Mobile Apps Challenge Open Web; The New Internet Digital Gap

Posted February 3rd, 2016 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - An illustration in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina shows a 3-D plastic representation of the Facebook logo in front of the logos of various social networks and video services. (Reuters)

FILE – An illustration in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina shows a 3-D plastic representation of the Facebook logo in front of the logos of various social networks and video services. (Reuters)

Why Mobile Apps Are the Biggest Challenge to Internet Freedom

Smartphone users spend up to 90 percent of their phone time in mobile apps. And while that may not necessarily be a bad thing, writer Matt Asay argues that it is not a healthy or open web environment if one company owns all app access, while another owns web search or all forum discussions.

World’s First Fully Robot-run Farm Will Double Production, Halve Costs

Japan, an aging country and a leader in robotics, will launch the world’s first robot-run farm by mid-2017. The planting of seeds is the only thing that will not be automated. The vegetable producer doing this hopes to cut costs, increase production and apply sustainable farming techniques

Study: US Basic Internet Access Nearly Universal, but There’s a Catch

A new study from New York’s Joan Ganz Cooney Center – the creators of Sesame Street – found that even among poor U.S. families, Internet access stands at 91 percent. But a new digital gap was revealed during the research – one that separates those who only have a single device to Internet access from those who have Internet access on multiple gadgets.

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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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