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Uber’s Harassment Reality Check; Slack Bug Puts User Accounts at Risk

Posted March 1st, 2017 at 12:56 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Uber Case Could Be Watershed for Women in Tech The recent allegations of Uber’s culture of sexism and sexual harassment have put the tech sector and its diversity problems in the spotlight – again. But writer Farhad Manjoo argues the Uber case feels like a watershed that could trigger innovation and new […]

The Benefit – or Not – of Health Trackers; Kaspersky Launches New OS

Posted February 21st, 2017 at 1:03 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Scientists Warn Health Apps Could Be Doing More Harm Than Good Health apps might encourage better lifestyles, but researchers warn many of the thousands of available apps – ranging from fitness trackers to insulin monitors often are not based in real science. Researchers say there is no way to determine if the […]

The Dilemma of Defining ‘Electronic Persons’; Facebook Turns 13

Posted February 2nd, 2017 at 12:46 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Should Robots Be Treated Like Pets or People? If a robot makes a mistake, who is accountable for any resulting harm or damage? The answer may appear simple, but experts are still divided on the matter. Some argue robot owners are accountable in the same way pet owners are accountable for the […]

AI-enabled Smartphones Coming This Year; Using AI to Fight Hackers

Posted January 11th, 2017 at 1:14 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Deloitte: 300 Million Smartphones Will Have Machine Learning Ability A new report from Deloitte, a UK-based professional services firm, expects up to 300 million smartphones or a fifth of sold units to be equipped with on-board neural networks and machine learning features this year. China’s Huawei recently announced an Android smartphone with […]

2016 Was Year of Ransomware, Exploding Devices, AI, Social Media Lies

Posted December 30th, 2016 at 11:20 am (UTC-4)
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Looking back at this past year’s tech scene, 2016 distinguished itself as the year of ransomware and fake news. It witnessed the ongoing battle over privacy and Samsung’s exploding phones, and saw the continued rise of artificial intelligence and the proliferation of drones. Here are some of the year’s leading stories: The ransom year While […]

Six-year-old Skirts Biometric Login; How Hackers Use Stolen Credit Data

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 11:48 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Child Uses Sleeping Mom’s Fingerprints to Buy Pokémon Gifts Biometrics are supposed to offer better security for your mobile devices. But no one probably expected that Bethany Howell’s six-year-old daughter, in Arkansas, would borrow her fingerprint while she slept to buy $250 of Pokémon Christmas gifts. The child, Ashlynd, later admitted she had […]

E-taxi GPS Data Tapped to Improve Roads; 2016’s Worst Cyberbreaches

Posted December 21st, 2016 at 12:31 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: GPS Data From E-taxi Platforms Could Improve Roads in Developing Countries The World Bank is partnering with tech companies, nonprofits, and cab-hailing services in Asia and Latin America in an effort to improve transportation services and ease congestion in different parts of the world. Under an open data license, the Open Transport […]

Television Is Taking Over Social Media; 2016’s Biggest Breaches

Posted November 29th, 2016 at 11:21 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Social Media Is Killing Discourse Because It’s Too Much Like TV Writer Hossein Derakshan argues social media now represents the ascendance of television over other media. As video and graphic content replace text and hypertext, he says social media is recreating television, albeit with new problems. On social media, he argues, algorithms […]

Building the Bionic Man; Facebook Urged to Stop Racial Exclusion Ads

Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 12:34 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Building the Bionic Man It’s no longer science fiction. Replaceable body parts are already here. Now Swiss psychologist Bertolt Meyer, who has a prosthetic arm, is working to create a robot modeled after himself. The robot, Rex, is made of various prosthetic parts, has a circulatory system and a clunky body. Rex […]

Mobile Internet Sets Milestone; IoT Devices at Risk With New Malware

Posted November 1st, 2016 at 1:04 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Study: Mobile Internet Use Passes Desktop for the First Time The PC market has been struggling, largely due to the popularity of mobile devices. A new study from internet monitoring firm StatCounter found more people around the world are using mobile devices to access the Internet. In countries like India, mobile devices […]