New Hard Drive Uses Chlorine Atoms; Protecting Privacy With Snapchat

Posted July 19th, 2016 at 12:21 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

A Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is seen in Kiev, Ukraine April 21, 2016. (Reuters)

A Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is seen in Kiev, Ukraine April 21, 2016. (Reuters)

World’s Smallest Hard Disk Stores Data Using Chlorine Atoms

Researchers at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have created the world’s smallest hard drive – a rewritable device that stores up to 500 terabits per square inch. This is enough room to store all the books ever written. The technique uses chlorine atoms to find the most efficient storage mechanism. The atoms on the surface of the device represent the computer’s binary code.

Despite War, This Ukrainian City’s Tech Sector Has Tripled in Six Years

The Ukrainian city of Lviv has become a magnate for tech companies despite struggling with political turmoil following Russia’s annexation of Crimea two years ago. About two percent of the city’s population are employed as IT professionals, and the emphasis on outsourcing has created a thriving tech sector that has attracted American, Canadian and European tech companies.

Snapchat Finds a Way to Use Facial Recognition to Protect Privacy

Smartphone messaging firm Snapchat has just patented new technology that uses facial recognition to scrutinize whether a scanned photo should be shared without permission. Depending on how the algorithm works and detects pictures, the feature might even be able to edit an image to protect the privacy of the subject.


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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