Tech Sightings, September 4, 2014

Posted September 4th, 2014 at 2:25 pm (UTC+0)
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Apple Chastised for Unsafe Working Conditions in Supplier Factory

Labor rights and advocacy groups say a Suqian, China factory owned by Catcher Technology was found to be in “serious health and safety, environmental, and human rights violations.”  The factory produces iPad and iPhone parts.

Singapore Hospital Pilots Telehealth for Heart Patients

Singapore’s Changi General Hospital (CGH) is launching the country’s first telehealth initiative to help heart failure patients take better care of their health and reduce the risks of hospitalization and premature death.

Can a Computer Game Improve ‘Citizen Journalism’?

Citizen journalism has been redefining the way breaking news comes in, particularly with images. But images can be framed in certain ways that impact the way a story is interpreted. Indie game developer Nick Case has come up with an idea for a journalism game to help citizen journalists do just that.

Gaming Star Shuts Down Comments as YouTube’s Troll Problem Hits Critical Mass

Video game star Felix Kjellberg, also known as PewDiePie, has shut down comments on his popular YouTube channel, cutting off onsite comments from than 50 million subscribers. In a farewell video to his fans, he said he is shutting down comments because of the overwhelming amount of spam and trolling.

Real-time Emotion Detection With Google Glass: An Awesome, Creepy Taste of the Future

At Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute, researchers have come up with the world’s first real-time emotion detection app for Google Glass. The app also detects age and gender, although the gathered information never leaves the device to be stored elsewhere.

How to Keep Your Sexy Selfies (and Other Sensitive Files) Safe in the Cloud

If you must store your most private files on the cloud or on any server where they could be at risk, here are a few steps that you can take to protect your privacy.

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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