Tech Sightings, June 3, 2014

Posted June 3rd, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC+0)
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Apple Expands into Health, Home

Apple’s 25th annual conference for application developers unveiled plans to expand the company’s products into home and health management with new tools that track health and control household appliances.

Internet Balloons in the Sky Can Also Fall Down

Filling the sky with Internet balloons sounds like a cool idea that might need some reevaluation. One of Google’s test Loon Balloons recently stopped providing Internet access and crashed in Yakima, Washington, taking out with it local power for a number of houses.

US Ambassador Decides to Get Sworn in on a Kindle

On Monday, Suzi LeVine became the first U.S. ambassador to be sworn in on a Kindle. The U.S. representative to Switzerland took the oath over a digital copy of the U.S. Constitution, saying she wanted to reflect her passion for technology and her hopes for the future.

Samsung Starts Kenya Schools Project

Seeking to improve the quality of education in Kenya’s public schools, Samsung Electronics East Africa has launched the first Solar Powered Internet School through the Hope for Children initiative. The school was donated to Arap Moi Primary School, in Kajiado County.

Wearable Robot Arms Are Here to Help

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with robotic limbs designed to give the wearer more limbs to help with cumbersome chores, such as lifting heavy things to levels above a person’s head.

Tool Can Plug Gunshot Wounds in Seconds

Medical technology company RevMedx has been working on a way to seal gunshot wounds, in response to a request from the U.S. military. It came up with XStat, an injection of tiny sponge-like discs treated with an anti-hemorrhagic substance that expand once injected into the wound.

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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