Wireless-tracking Chip; Kids, Parents’ Info Hacked in VTech Products

Posted December 1st, 2015 at 12:03 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

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Former BlackBerry Execs Create Wireless-Tracking Chip

Developed by Cognitive Systems Corp., the chip, called R10, can pick up and analyze wireless radio signals from various devices, including routers and television remote controls. Built on top of that is Amera, a wireless tracking technology that can sense motion by detecting changes in wireless signals that connect mobile devices to their networks.

Microsoft Revamps Its Navigation Headphones for the Blind

Microsoft is working on experimental headphones to aid the visually impaired as part of the Cities Unlocked initiative – a partnership with UK-based charity Guide Dogs. The headphones use a Bluetooth-connected smartphone to provide users with audio prompts and directional aids.

Singapore Consumers Warned of Malware Targeting Mobile Banking Services

The Association of Banks in Singapore issued a statement advising users of iPhone and Android smartphones to be wary of a malware that targets banking systems. The malware prompts the user to download a malware-infected app, to grant permission to certain apps or update existing apps. Once the device is infected, it then accesses confidential information including credit card data and SMS one-time-passwords, which are then used to authenticate some banking services as well as online transactions to make fraudulent online purchases.


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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