Tech Sightings, June 12, 2014

Posted June 12th, 2014 at 2:13 pm (UTC+0)
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Wearable Technology Sets Trend at Mobile Asia Expo

San-Francisco-based Fitbit is launching its products in China this month as the popularity of its wearable health technologies continues to surge.

South African Entrepreneurs Create Solar-Powered Android Tablet

The Millbug Vuya is a solar-powered tablet developed by South African entrepreneurs Sabelo Sibanda and Thulisile Volwana. Using the latest version of the Android operating system, the device comes with a solar charger and runs only on Wi-Fi.

HP’s Revolutionary Computer Could Shrink a Data Center to Size of Refrigerator

“The Machine,” as it is called internally at HP, is a new project that could replace giant data centers with one computer the size of a refrigerator that is able to instantly process massive amounts of data with minimal energy consumption.

Expedia Now Accepts Bitcoin

Travel booking website Expedia has announced that it is now accepting bitcoins for hotel bookings in conjunction with Coinbase. Payments will be converted to dollars as soon as they are made.

Microsoft Fights Warrant for Customer Emails Stored Overseas

The U.S. government has issued a search warrant to obtain information about Microsoft’s overseas cloud customers, allegedly in relation to drug trafficking and money laundering. In a court filing released this week, Microsoft argued that prosecutors have no right to execute the warrant for data stored in Ireland.

Facebook Will Use Your Browsing History to Target Ads

In a move that has alarmed privacy advocates, Facebook plans to use personal information culled from users’ activities online to hit them with more personalized advertisements. To calm the furor, Facebook announced that it will let users determine which ads they would like to allow or remove within their News Feeds.

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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