Tech Sightings, June 19, 2014

Posted June 19th, 2014 at 2:09 pm (UTC+0)
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Five World Cup Innovations You Might Have Missed

You think you know everything about World Cup technologies? Think again!

$50 million Google Coding Initiative Targets Girls

Made with Code is a $50 million Google initiative that aims to attract more girls to coding and show that coding in today’s high-tech world is vital.

China Cuts Access to Dropbox

Censorship watchdog GreatFire.org reports that access to online storage service Dropbox and its apps has been blocked by China’s censors. According to GreatFire.org, China has begun to block access to Dropbox’s HTTPS address.

Japan’s Ruling Party Won’t Regulate Bitcoin for Now

Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party has decided against regulating Bitcoin – at least for now – after initially considering tightening oversight following the collapse of Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox.

A Lack of Leading Ladies Haunts Game Industry

During the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo, video game developers featured their upcoming attractions, all of which had one thing in common – a distinct lack of female protagonists in the video game industry.

The Shadow Internet That’s 100 Times Faster Than Google Fiber

Scientists and NASA officials have access to a private shadow network 100 times faster than Google’s Fiber initiative. Supervised by the U.S. Department of Energy, the system’s data transfers have reached speeds of up to 91 gigabits per second between Denver and Maryland – the fastest ever reported.

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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