Tech Sightings, June 4, 2014

Posted June 4th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC+0)
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China State Media Calls for ‘Severe Punishment’ for Google, Apple, US Tech Firms

The People’s Daily said on its microblog that U.S. technology companies like Apple, Google, Yahoo, Cisco, Microsoft, Facebook and others threaten China’s cybersecurity and Chinese Internet users, and they should be severely punished.

LinkedIn Draws Fire for Tiananmen Square Censorship

LinkedIn is being criticized for blocking content related to the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. The company sent emails to some users to inform them that their posts will not be shown in mainland China. Beijing has been censoring media coverage ahead of the massacre’s 25th anniversary.

Oxfam’s Initiative to Use 3-D Printing for Emergencies Is Exciting, Raises Questions

A 3-D printing industry commentator lauds Oxfam for its plan to deploy 3D printers overseas to help people design the products they need for home sanitation and water cleaning. He said that with the exception of ceramics, however, the printing process and the materials used have not been deemed to be food-safe.

How to Protect Yourself From Cryptolocker Before 2-Week Window Closes

Law enforcement agencies around the world have been able to disrupt Gameover Zeus and Cryptolocker — two pieces of malware that have been encrypting computer files and demanding ransom for unlocking them. The two are estimated to have infected up to 15,000 computers in the UK and millions more around the world. While there is no solution in sight, there are a few common sense steps that can help.

First Fully 2-D, Wonder Material Transistor Ushers In Fast Electronics

Using single-atom-thick wonder materials — graphene, boron nitride, and molybdenite — Berkeley Lab researchers have created the first all-2-D field-effect transistor, which could lead the way to faster electronics in the future.

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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