Today’s Tech Sightings:
The Gaza Strip, more often closed to the world than not, has one of the highest unemployment rates and myriads of everyday problems, not the least of which is an unreliable power supply. But the strip is undergoing a bit of a tech evolution as young entrepreneurs – half of them women – fight for a better future. And with the help of NGOs and some Silicon Valley know-how, Gaza’s startups are building just about everything tech, from business to humor, but with a local flavor.
St. Jude Medical has patched several security vulnerabilities affecting the Merlin remote monitoring system, used with implantable pacemakers and defibrillators. The manufacturer – MedSec – previously denied its products had any security flaws, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sided with the hospital, saying devices that are radio-frequency enabled are vulnerable to hacking.
Millions of Chinese gamers will miss out on Nintendo’s hit smartphone app, Pokemon GO and other augmented reality games. China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television cited national security and the “safety of people’s lives and property” among the risk factors relating to the game. There have been reports of injuries and even deaths in the case of Pokemon gamers not paying attention to their surroundings in various parts of the world.
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