Tech Sightings, August 19, 2014

Posted August 19th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC+0)
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The Neuroscience-y Reason You Can’t Spot Your Own Typos

Wondering why you missed that last typo? A University of Sheffield psychologist told Wired that people reading their own stuff look for meaning rather than the details that convey it.

New Minecraft Mod Teaches You Code as You Play

There’s always something that needs doing in Minecraft. But a new mod called LearnToMod adds new features to the game that help players building their fantasy worlds learn how to code.

Texas Mom Creates App to Force Her Kid to Return Her Calls

Suitably called “Ignore No More”, the app, created by a Houston Mother of two, will allow parents who install it to take control of their kids’ phones if they think their calls are being ignored.

Chinese Hackers Steal Data From 4.5 million Hospital Patients

The U.S. hospital network Community Health Systems confirmed Monday that its computers were the target of criminal hackers from China who stole the personal information of up to 4.5 million patients.

Twitter’s Retweet Experiment Will Make You Rethink Your Favorites

In an effort to attract and retain new users, Twitter is now sharing some “favorite” tweets as if they are re-tweets. But this change is a problem for users who are careful about who they follow and for what reason.

Apple Tackles Labor Violations in Chinese Factories

Apple is moving to address labor violations at two Quanta factories in China following a report by the Fair Labor Association that details the results of a 2013 audit. The auditors reported a number of problems at the two locations, including air pollution, illegal overtime for young workers and illegal working hours, among other issues.

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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