Tech Sightings, June 5, 2014

Posted June 5th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC+0)
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Tech Has Key Role to Play in Climate Change Battle

Apart from political solutions to climate challenges, technology can help in reducing emissions, for example. Carbon capture and storage allows plants to burn the same amount of coal without the pollutants. Wide-scale implementation, though, might be a major challenge.

Next-Gen Tech Featured at Asia’s Computex Show

Get a comprehensive look at all the news coming out of Computex 2014.

Taiwan’s Tech Industry Tests Waters in Wearables, Internet of Things

More Taiwanese vendors are embracing wearables at this year’s Computex show, putting on display exercise shirts that can track a user’s health, smartwatches and gesture-control glasses, among others. They hope to make a dent in Taiwan’s tech market, amid stiff competition.

Google Maps Kicks Off World Cup With Street View Flair

Google Maps Street View’s new package was designed specifically for the World Cup. Folks who are unable to attend the games personally can use this feature to explore all of Brazil’s 12 World Cup stadiums and their respective pitches.

Ceramic Fuel Cells Could Be Future of Green Power, Heat Generation

Engineers from the Fraunhofer Institute have developed a super-efficient ceramic fuel cell that can be used to generate electricity and heat from natural gas at home. The cells produce as much power as needed for the space, but their price might be a problem.

The Unbearable Sameness of Social Networks

Today’s social networks are all beginning to look so much alike that their individuality is lost, and users have a more difficult time deciding which network is the most suitable for their needs and sensibilities.

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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Whether you are in a big city or a small village – technology is in your hands, your pocket, your car, your home. It is everywhere. And everywhere, it is becoming us.

Techtonics looks at how technology intersects people’s lives, how it empowers them or traps them in a world increasingly obsessed with technological wonders even as privacy slips through its fingers. It aims to inform, discuss, and hopefully inspire.

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