Tech Sightings, April 30, 2014

Posted April 30th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC+0)
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‘Dark Wallet’ Is About to Make Bitcoin Money Laundering Easier

Government regulators’ worst fears are about to come true. After spending the past year trying to prevent cryptocurrency from becoming money launderers’ currency of choice, a group of coders announced a new product called Dark Wallet, a bitcoin application that protects users’ identities and could render impending regulation to tie identities to bitcoin ownership useless.

Social Media in Afghanistan Takes On Life of Its Own

A social media network initially financed by the United States is connecting millions of Afghans with cellphones and mobile devices to exchange ideas in ways that were not possible in Afghanistan before.

Why Teens Prefer Twitter to Facebook

Research firm GlobalWebIndex found in a global survey that Twitter has been able to retain some of the teenagers leaving larger social media networks in favor of more privacy. The percentage of active teens on Facebook dropped by 9 percent during 2013, but only fell by 3 percent on Twitter.

There’s a New 3-D Printing Pen On the Block

A U.K. startup is trying to build a more precise 3D-printing pen for professional users. Their Lix pen prototype, which launched its Kickstarter campaign yesterday, is fast approaching its funding goals, with 29 days to go.

The ‘I hate passwords’ guide

Passwords are here to stay. Until a better security system is found to safeguard information, here are some tips to help deal with password headaches.

Microsoft to sell Xbox One console in China

Microsoft says it is launching Xbox One through a partnership with BesTV New Media Co., a subsidiary of Shanghai Media Group. The system will be available throughout China.

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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