Teens & Smartphones; One-armed Robots; Lego Dimensions

Posted April 9th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

Study: Most Teens Rely on Smartphones to Go Online

A Pew Research Center survey of more than 1,000 teens aged 13-17 found that 91 percent of them go online using their mobile devices. Black and Latino teens used the Internet more frequently, with 34 percent of black teens and 32 percent of Latino teens saying they go online “almost constantly.”

Will This One-armed Robot Put You Out of a Job?

Barely a month old, a one-armed robot named Sawyer has already made a name for itself as the new kid on the robotics block. Prospective employers may want to take a look at his skills.  Sawyer can assemble goods on a factory floor day after day without tiring, taking toilet breaks, or asking for a raise. But one problem Sawyer can’t solve is how to revolutionize manufacturing.

Retailers Urged to Ditch Millennials in Favor of Older Shoppers

A new report by Forrester Research Inc. say retailers should stop wasting so much time courting millennials because they’re often broke. Instead, they should target older shoppers with more money to spend, the analysts say.


In its quest to generate new revenue Google-owned YouTube will offer a commercial-free paid subscription service. Speculation is YouTube will charge about $10 a month for the no-ads plan.

A Farm-to-Table Social Network? Yep, That Exists

The startup social network Kakaxi hopes to “link food to the story behind it” by utilizing devices “planted” in the farm that allow farmers to share time lapse videos of crop growth. It will also record measures like temperature, humidity, day length, sap flow and soil conditions in its database.

Warner Bros. Unveils Lego Dimensions, a Skylanders-style Toy-game Mashup

Warner Bros. is joining one of the hottest trends in video games: combining the power of physical toys sold at retail with video games that can bring those toys to life. Its a battle for modern kids who are growing up in the digital age.


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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