Cuba’s First Free Wi-Fi; Printed Prosthetics; Steve Jobs Legacy?

Posted March 17th, 2015 at 2:26 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:


Non-Profit 3D-Prints $100 Arm for Boy in Sudan

Back in 2013, California-based non-profit Not Impossible Labs built its own 3-D printer prosthetic lab in Sudan — the world’s first. Now, the group has printed a prosthetic arm for Daniel, a 14-year-old boy who lost both arms during a bombing attack.

Contemporary Artist Gifts Cuba Its First Free Public Wi-Fi

Cuban artist Kcho’s new cultural center in Havana offering free public Wi-Fi has attracted the city’s young people who typically have no Internet access. The center’s offering, according to the Associated Press, was approved by the country’s state telecom — an unprecedented move.

Protesters Stage Anti-Robot Rally At SXSW 2015

The protest in Austin, Texas mostly reflected concern about a future dominated by technology. The Stop the Robots folks are trying to raise the alarm about the implications of letting technology run society.

Apple’s Bitter Fight to Define the Legacy of Steve Jobs

A book about Steve Jobs, written and researched by Walter Isaacson, has left some folks at Apple unhappy and campaigning to promote a new biography that they believe offers a better look at Steve Jobs. However, that endeavor is about to get more complicated.

Google Now Reviews Android Apps Before They Can Be Downloaded

Google Play no longer allows developers to publish their apps without oversight. Google announced that all apps in its store will now be manually tested and reviewed for malware and violations.

Microsoft is Killing off Internet Explorer Brand

Microsoft has been working on a new Internet browser codenamed Project Spartan for some time. But now, the company’s marketing chief Chris Capossela revealed that Microsoft is looking for a new name and brand for the browser, meaning that the Internet Explorer brand might not be around for long.

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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