Tech Sightings, April 17, 2014

Posted April 17th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC+0)
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‘Titanic’ Director Cameron’s Mini Robot Probes May Aid Malaysian Jet Quest

Film director and deep-sea explorer James Cameron says robot probes used on the wreck of the Titanic could investigate debris from the missing Malaysian jet once it’s located. The miniaturized probes could help explore larger structures of the plane, if found.

Singapore Broker Urges ‘Light Touch’ Bitcoin Regulation

David Moskowitz, Director of Singapore-based Bitcoin broker, Coin Republic, says regulation alone will not address concerns such as money laundering or the failure of a Bitcoin exchange. He suggests that technology should be allowed to do most of the governing to safeguard against illegal activities.

‘Chinese Twitter’ Firm Weibo to Go Public in US

Sina Weibo, known as China’s version of Twitter, is going public in the United States Thursday at a price below expectations. Weibo debuts on Nasdaq in an initial public offering expected to raise at least $340 million.

Around 50 million Android Smartphones Still Vulnerable to Heartbleed Flaw

Tens of millions of Android smartphone users worldwide are still vulnerable to the Heartbleed OpenSLL security flaw. According to data provided by the Guardian and Google, devices running the 2012 Jelly Bean Android version 4.1.1 are particularly vulnerable.

New Phishing Scam Sees Hackers Bypass Steam Guard Security

A new phishing scam is allowing hackers to bypass security measures that Steam, an online game distribution service, put in place protect users whose accounts are compromised.

Faulty Charger Forces Nokia to Halt Lumia 2520 Tablet Sales in 7 Countries

According to Nokia, the plastic cover of the charger’s exchangeable plug can sometimes come loose and separate. If that happens, internal components can cause an electric shock if touched while the device is plugged into a socket.

Google Glass to Assist Surgeons

A new study published in the International Journal of Surgery says Google’s high-tech eye-wear, Google Glass, can be useful for surgeons, particularly for training and hands-free access of information while in the theater, although patient privacy remains a concern.

Americans Wary of Futuristic Science, Tech

A new report from the Pew Research Center shows that Americans, typically enthusiastic about new technologies, are a bit nervous about technologies like drones buzzing overhead or meat manufactured in a lab.

Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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