Tech Sightings, July 29, 2014

Posted July 29th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC+0)
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DNA Computer Could Curb Virus Spread

A research team at the University of the Sunshine Coasthas developed a computer that can diagnose and distinguish between various types of viruses using molecular circuitry.

Microsoft Faces China Antitrust Probe

A Chinese government statement says State Administration of Industry and Commerce officials who visited Microsoft’s offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu Monday are conducting a probe into possible anti-trust violations. China recently increased scrutiny of U.S. tech companies amid mutual accusations of cyberspying.

A Baseball Team So Bad It’s Putting Robots in Empty Seat

It probably won’t improve performance, but it might boost morale. South Korea’s Hanwha Eagles baseball team has been losing so badly that people just stopped showing up to watch. To remedy the situation, the team has turned to robo-fans to cheer them along. The robots project faces of supporters while they lounge at home and can be moved to hold up signs and cheer, as necessary.

Japan Wants to Bring Robot Competitions to the Olympics

If you thought South Korea’s robo-fans were a novel idea, how about a competition that pits robots against other robots? Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose country is hosting the 2020 Olympics, would love nothing more than to bring the world’s robots together for an Olympics on technical skill.

HP Says Internet of things Big Security Worry

Hewlett-Packard says nearly 70 percent of Internet of Things devices come with vulnerabilities that could be exploited. Among other security woes, the company found 25 vulnerabilities in every device examined.

Facebook Forces Users Worldwide to Download Messenger for Mobile Chat

In the next few days, Facebook will stop all mobile messaging in iPhone and Android apps and will force users to download its standalone Messenger app. Facebook says having only one mobile app will help it improve performance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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