Tech Sightings, May 8, 2014

Posted May 8th, 2014 at 2:29 pm (UTC+0)
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 Mobile Internet Shakes up Stodgy China Industries

China is witnessing a sea of change triggered by consumers shifting their Internet surfing to tablets and smartphones. Around 81 percent of China’s 618 million Internet users go online wirelessly; and the country’s tech companies are scrambling to meet the need with mobile-friendly services.

More than 100 tech firms have come together to sign a letter to the FCC Chairman and commissioners, protesting FCC plans to implement net neutrality rules that could allow ISP’s to charge content providers like Netflix or Amazon to deliver their packets faster or at a higher quality.

Bitcoin Lacks ‘Credibility and trust,’ Says US SEC

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued a lengthy warning to investors about the risks of Bitcoin and virtual currencies, given their recency and lack of proven track record.

Japanese Man Held on Suspicion of Owning 3-D-Printed Guns

The arrest of the suspect, who had the plastic guns at his home, marks the first time that Japan’s firearms control law has been applied to the possession of guns made by 3-D printers.

Address Bar Tweak in Early Chrome Beta Sounds Security Alarm

Security researchers are concerned about a change that removes the URL from the address bar in some versions of Google’s Chrome browser. They say removing the URL makes it harder for users to know when they are visiting a malicious site

New Cassette Tape Could Hold 47 million Songs

Sony’s record-breaking magnetic tape technology lets users store 180 terabytes of data on a single cartridge. But don’t get your hopes up. This cartridge is unwieldy and recording and retrieving data takes longer than other digital storage devices, which makes it more suited for large backups.

Nintendo to Introduce Console for Emerging Markets as Early as 201/16

Nintendo, searching for new opportunities amid losses on its Wii U home game console, now plans to  introduce a new console and software for consumers with lower incomes and less gaming experience in emerging markets.

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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