Today’s Tech Sightings:
IBM’s artificial intelligence system, also known as Watson, is being fed nearly 14,000 pages of all kinds of cancer topics to create a mobile app that can offer personalized advice to cancer patients. The effort is a partnership between IBM and the American Cancer Society.
Google’s training programs will target one million Africans next year in a push to improve digital skills. A company statement said 300,000 will be trained in South Africa, where 35 percent of young people aged 15-34 are unemployed. Another 400,000 will be trained in Nigeria, 200,000 in Kenya, and 100,000 from other Sub-Saharan African countries.
How many times have you seen it? You’re happily typing away when you are suddenly greeted by the notorious Blue Screen of Death that effectively tells you your computer just had a heart attack. Well, now Microsoft is updating this charming feature this summer with code you can scan to get more information and a tech support page for help.
- Google App Gives Users With Disabilities Verbal Control Over Android Smartphones
- Ransomware: Extortionist Hackers Borrow Customer-service Tactics
- Jigsaw Crypto-ransomware Deletes More Files the Longer You Delay Paying
- With Few Options, Companies Increasingly Yield to Ransomware Demands
- Software Flaws Used in Hacking More Than Double, Setting Record
- Facebook’s Quest for World Domination to Be on Display at Developer Conference
- Facebook Messenger Gets Dropbox File Sharing App
- IBM’s Watson Becomes More Human (Thanks to Taylor Swift)
- Virtual Reality Is a Dud — Here’s Why