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Posted August 26th, 2015 at 3:02 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Seeks Ties With Kenyan Telcos

Facebook’s has been in touch with several of Kenya’s telecommunications companies for partnerships that could benefit the country, as part of its efforts to connect remote parts of the world to the Internet.

How Intel’s Future Goes Way Beyond the PC

As the PC market shrinks further, U.S. chipmaker Intel is looking to diversify its portfolio. The company is looking at the potential of wearable technology, Internet of Things (IoT) devices and computer sense-based interaction.

Knewton Opens Up Learning Platform

A New York-based company, Knewton, is offering its adaptive learning platform for free to allow teachers, parents and students to learn K-12 math, English, science, and history at no cost.

Google Maps Adds Transit Directions for Nairobi

Nairobi residents and sightseers can now follow public transportation routes on Google Maps. The effort is the result of collaboration between Google and Kenya’s Digital Matatus.

GitHub Attacked Again

Code-sharing website GitHub was unavailable to users for several hours Tuesday after suffering another distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. The site suffered a more severe attack in March and was likely targeted again because it hosts software projects that allow Chinese Internet surfers to hide their traffic and bypass the country’s Great Firewall.

Hackers Can Steal Your Gmail Login From Your Refrigerator

If, for some reason, you own a smart fridge, you might want to consider this: researchers recently discovered a man-in-the-middle vulnerability that allows hackers to access a connected refrigerator. No, they’re not after your turkey. However, they can steal your Gmail credentials when the appliance attempts to update Google’s Calendar app.

Survey: US Boundaries Shift on Cellphone Behavior

A Pew Research Center survey on shifts in what is socially-acceptable in an increasingly wired world found that 82 percent of American adults view cellphone use as harmful to conversation in social gatherings, But 89 percent said they use their cellphones during social gatherings and 16 percent said they turned to their phones after losing interest in the group they were with.

YouTube Gaming Challenges Twitch’s Livestreaming Dominance

YouTube is launching a video game streaming service to fend off rival Amazon’s Twitch, which has attracted large U.S. audiences. YouTube Gaming, offered both as an app and a website, will include pages for more than 25,000 games.


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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