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Ransomware Payouts on the Rise; STEM Stigmas Start as Early as Age 6

Posted April 26th, 2017 at 12:55 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Symantec: Cyber Extortion Demands Surge as Victims Keep Paying Hackers are getting bolder as more of their victims are willing to pay hefty sums to free their computers from malicious software, according to cybersecurity firm Symantec. The trend is encouraging cybercriminals to demand increasingly hefty sums from users. The average amount tripled […]

Emojis Tackle Language Disorders; Parsing Future Tech From Fiction

Posted April 25th, 2017 at 1:52 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Samsung Develops Emoji-based Chat App for Language Disorders More often than not, people use emojis for fun when they chat. But for those with language disorders like aphasia, which makes reading, writing and talking difficult, emojis might be just the thing to help facilitate communication. To address the gap, Samsung’s Italian subsidiary […]

Murder, Graphic Content Haunt Facebook; Android Pay, PayPal Team Up

Posted April 18th, 2017 at 11:54 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Facebook Kicks Off F8 Developer Conference Amid Murder Controversy CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a lot to talk about at Tuesday’s F8 developer conference in San Jose, California. But his keynote speech comes at an inopportune time as the social media giant grapples with violent videos of murder, torture and rape. In the […]

Kids Lose Sleep With Touchscreen Use; an Argument for Editing Tweets

Posted April 13th, 2017 at 12:03 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Study: Kids Who Use Touchscreen Devices Sleep Less at Night Earlier research has linked television and video games to sleep problems, but for the first time, a new study appearing in the Scientific Advances journal, looked at the use of mobile touchscreen devices among children. The study found that infants and toddlers […]

Brexit Vote Site May Have Been Hacked; Net Neutrality Fight Begins

Posted April 12th, 2017 at 1:44 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: UK Lawmakers: Brexit Referendum Website Might Have Been Hacked Rumors of possible manipulations swirled early on in last year’s Brexit referendum saga. But now, a UK legislative committee says the website that allowed more than a million potential voters to register for the referendum might have been hacked. Last June, the British […]

Social Media Use Skyrocketing; Google Denies Bias Against Women

Posted April 11th, 2017 at 12:57 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Social Media Gains 14 New Users Every Second Internet users around the world have increased by one percent since January of 2017, accounting for more than 3.8 billion people. The percentage represents an increase of 28 million people. And in the past three months alone, nearly 110 million people started using social […]

Twitter Eyes India Expansion; Facebook Goes After Fake News – Again

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 1:52 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Twitter Pushes Into Countries With Poor Connectivity Twitter’s latest “Twitter Lite” mobile service, a faster, more data-efficient version of the microblogging service, will target parts of the world where connectivity is spotty in an effort to add new users. Twitter Lite will be rolled out globally, but is primarily aimed at India, […]

Window’s Data-collection Explained; Facebook Expands in Africa

Posted April 5th, 2017 at 11:53 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Microsoft Opens Up on Windows Data Collection It’s no secret that Windows 10 has been collecting all sorts of “analytics” data and raising privacy concerns in the process in the absence of clarity. Microsoft has now provided more details about the sort of data its Windows 10 Creators Update will be collecting […]

iOS Spyware Pegasus Returns for Android; Apple’s Mac Pro Faux-pas

Posted April 4th, 2017 at 12:43 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: State-backed Spyware Is Using Android Phones to Eavesdrop, Grab Data A new incarnation of spyware previously used to snoop on activists on iPhones now targets Android smartphones. Lookout and Google researchers announced the original strain, also known as Pegasus, last year, when it was being used by a state to monitor Middle […]

Musk Goes After Human-Computer Interface; the Ongoing iCloud Saga

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 12:33 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Elon Musk’s Neuralink Will Connect Our Brains to Computers If you feel you’re not ready for the future just yet, wait till you hear this: Tesla Motors, SpaceX CEO and visionary Elon Musk now wants to connect brains directly to computers. If reinventing transportation and fixing the world’s energy problems aren’t enough, […]