Today’s Tech Sightings:
As the death toll from Nepal’s massive earthquake surpassed 5,000, experts from Ontario-based GlobalMedic are using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to map disaster areas. The survey helps provide a better picture of needs on the ground and identify flooded areas, blocked roads, damaged infrastructure and population movements.
A new survey from IT security firm ESET found that 60 percent of polled parents are worried about their kids getting exposed to pornography websites, while 40 percent worry that their kids might visit terrorism sites. Up to 47 percent of polled parents worried their children could end up visiting gambling domains.
Annoyed by stereotypes that often lump the entire Middle East region under one negative category, Saudi Prince Fahad Al Saud has resorted to video games to spark what he calls an intellectual artistic renaissance. Game topics range from camel racing and wordplay to a daring Saudi female uprising against oppressive males.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced Wednesday that the tech giant will make it easier for Apple and Android apps to work with Windows phones. The move, announced at the company’s Build Developer Conference, marks a radical shift in strategy for Microsoft, whose tablets and phones have struggled, in part due to lack of apps.
Hong Kong’s Stephen Wong, a businessman jailed in 2006 for theft and fraud, is staging a comeback. Wong, founder of China’s Skyworth Digital Holdings, was jailed for stealing more than $6.5 million and engaging in stock options fraud. Part of his fortune comes from an electric-car business he is hoping to model after Tesla Motors.
Secret’s co-founder David Byttow announced that he is shutting down his struggling app, Secret, which launched a year ago, and refunding its investors. He said on Twitter that steps will be taken to ensure all content and data are permanently removed.