Tech Sightings, June 18, 2014

Posted June 18th, 2014 at 2:08 pm (UTC+0)
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Report: Neither iOS Nor Android Inherently More Secure Than the Other

Apple might have an edge over Android in mobile app security, but a report by Marble Security found that companies face data breach risks regardless of the platform if they let their employees bring in their own devices.

A ‘Bionic Pancreas’ Might Transform How Diabetes is Managed

Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University have been experimenting with a “bionic pancreas” to help some diabetes patients manage the disease. Doctors say the wearable experimental device has successfully monitored blood sugar and automatically administered insulin as needed.

Wearable Electronic Device Could Help Smokers Kick the Habit

Using wireless technology, Chrono Therapeutics’s wearable SmartStop adds behavioral support to nicotine withdrawal. The device can be programmed to deal with cravings while letting the user hook up with an app for guidance and support.

The Women of Alibaba Put Silicon Valley to Shame

As Silicon Valley grapples with the lack of diversity in its workforce, Alibaba, China’s tech company that is bracing for this year’s largest IPO, has revealed that one third of its 27 partners are women.

Social Media Battle Augments Iraq Bloodshed

Iraq’s bloody crisis is turning to social media for propaganda, often with gruesome results.

Twitter Unblocks ‘Blasphemous’ Tweets in Pakistan

Twitter has restored account access in Pakistan, blocked on May18 in response to a request from Pakistani authorities for the removal of material deemed “blasphemous” or “unethical.”

How Old and Scratched Cellphones Get Turned Into Cash

Cellphone trade-in businesses are on the rise both in the United States and overseas. And the old cellphone you trade in for a bit of cash might actually bring a smile to someone’s face elsewhere in the world.

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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