Today’s Tech Sightings:
Writer Preston Gralla argues that technology might hold the key to helping save some lives from the vicious cycle of gun violence in the United States, so long as gun fanatics can be reigned in. He suggests introducing smart-gun technology with fingerprint readers that would prevent anyone but legitimate owners from firing the gun. Coupled with RFID or Radio Frequency Identification technology, fingerprint readers are only fitted on guns whose owners wear a specific identifying object.
Swiftkey’s newly-released Symbols Android app, geared for young users, allows people with non-verbal autism to communicate. Its predictive language keyboard, machine-learning capabilities and hand-drawn symbols all combine to help users begin to form sentences.
The topic the world talked about most on Facebook during 2015 was the U.S. presidential election, despite the fact that it is still almost a year away. Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump had a lot to do with that. Right now, the second-most searched term related to Trump is a petition signed by thousands of people in the UK to ban him from visiting their country.