Tech Sightings, May 6, 2014

Posted May 6th, 2014 at 2:05 pm (UTC+0)
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 IBM Sees Big Opportunity in Sequencing Microbes

Not all microbes are bad. Researchers from around the world are gathering in San Jose, California for a two-day symposium to discuss sequencing microbes found just about anywhere. The goal is to better understand good and bad microbes and extend the study of “microbiomes” beyond the field of medicine to other industries.

Yosemite, Other Parks Ban Drones

California’s Yosemite National Park has banned the use of unmanned aircraft that are apparently being used to capture experiences in the park. Park management cited federal regulations that ban aircraft not being used for emergency purposes without a permit.

Rwanda Pushes for More Internet Penetration

A Rwandan official says the government is speeding up efforts to increase Internet penetration. His comment follows yesterday’s report by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) indicating that 44 percent of the world’s population will have Internet access by the end of 2014.

A laboratory at the University of California, San Diego is looking to move beyond flexible electronics into stretchable devices that conform to almost any shape. UC San Diego nanoengineering professor Darren Lipomi likens stretchable electronics to wrapping rubber around a ball without wrinkles.

Another Big Security Flaw Found in iOS 7.1

Several security issues have already been discovered in Apple’s iOS 7.1. The latest flaw, discovered by an Egyptian hacker, allows anyone to access a iPhone user’s contact list even when his or her iPhone is locked.

Security Pros Struggle With Cyberthreat Angst

A survey undertaken by Websense and the Ponemon Institute found that 57 percent of almost 5,000 global IT security pros felt their organizations were unprotected from sophisticated cyber attacks. Up to 62 percent had doubts they could safeguard confidential information on their systems from being compromised.

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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