Today’s Tech Sightings:
British inventor Joel Gibbard of Open Bionics has won the UK’s James Dyson Award for creating low-cost robotic hands inspired by comic superheroes. The idea was to create prosthetics for amputees, which they would not be afraid to show off.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new file system for operating systems that they say is “mathematically guaranteed” not to lose information. The file system stores information on a computer’s hard drive and keeps track of it. While the new file system is still slow, it can be improved on in the future.
Twenty-four years ago, the first version of the Linux project was released as the core GNU/Linux component. Linux might have started off with its own niche market, but it has become more prevalent since then, powering Google searches, online transactions and a whole lot of other Internet stuff.
Windows 95 turned 20 on Monday. Microsoft launched its Windows 95 operating system on August 24, 1995, during what could be considered the golden age for PCs. The operating system, which introduced a lot of features that remain with new iterations of Windows, dominated the market, pushing out its OS/2 and Apple rivals, for a while at least.
China sports an avid online gaming market worth up to $22 billion; and multiplayer online games like DOTA 2 and World of Warcraft are so popular that they are changing the way gamers and non-gamers speak.
Russian regulators lifted a ban on the Russian-language version of Wikipedia Thursday. The ban was imposed a day earlier after regulators objected to an article about a drug deemed illegal in the country.