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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 […]

Google Pushes to Close Education Gap; Smart Cities’ IoT Challenge

Posted March 21st, 2017 at 12:20 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Google Commits $50 Million to Close the Education Gap Google.org is looking to slash the number of students around the world who have no basic math or reading skills, estimated by UNESCO to be around 130 million individuals. Google.org plans to grant $50 million to nonprofit groups in the next two years […]

Android Pattern Lock Vulnerable to Attack; the Age of IoT Botnets

Posted January 24th, 2017 at 2:04 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Android Pattern Lock Might Be Vulnerable to (Very Determined) Thieves The chances of this happening are low, but if you are unlocking your Android smartphone with Pattern Lock in a public place and someone videotapes or watches the motions, then that hacker might be able to replicate the password and gain access […]

Twitter Account Verification Now Open; Indian Teen Wins Google Award

Posted July 20th, 2016 at 1:45 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Twitter Opens Up Account Verification Twitter used to award its “verified account” blue badge to celebrities who might contend with fake accounts using their names. Now, any public Twitter account can apply to get the verification, provided users fill up a form with information about their influence level and various personal data. […]

Drones to Take Over More Human Jobs; FBI Eyes Messaging Encryption

Posted May 12th, 2016 at 12:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Drones Could Replace $127 Billion Worth of Human Labor Drones could take over human jobs in infrastructure, agriculture and services sectors by 2030. A new report from PwC predicts drones, already on the job in some fields, could replace $127 billion worth of human labor. Evidence suggests robots could replace about 50 […]

Giving Women in Tech Their Due; Wearable Mobility for the Blind

Posted March 8th, 2016 at 12:10 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Why Have We Always Dissed Women in Tech? Decorated rocket scientist Yvonne Brill’s obit in 2013 focused more on her cooking and her family culture than on the propulsion system she invented to keep satellites in orbit. And that’s just one example that reflects what writer Richard Nieva calls “society’s tendency to […]

iPhones Too Pricey for Poorer World; Malaysia Blocks ‘Medium’

Posted January 27th, 2016 at 11:39 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Tim Cook Basically Admits Price of iPhones May Be Too High for World That’s Growing Poorer Apple’s earnings report shows iPhone sales declining. But CEO Tim Cook’s also conceded while addressing the report that one of the reasons for the decline is Apple’s policy of charging the highest possible prices to protect […]

Microsoft Edge Security Flaws; Surprising Numbers About Video Gamers

Posted December 16th, 2015 at 11:40 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: With Edge Inheriting One-quarter of Internet Explorer’s Flaws, Is It Any More Secure? On the surface, Microsoft’s Internet browser, Edge, is a new, faster and better reincarnation of its now-dead predecessor, Internet Explorer (IE). But writer Zack Whittaker questions the security of the new browser, given how much it has in common […]

The Pope & Tech; Internet Broadband; Tetris; Kaspersky; Firefox Chat

Posted September 24th, 2015 at 3:31 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: What Does the Pope Think About Technology? #It’sComplicated He poses for selfies. He thinks the Internet is a “gift from God” and has 7.2 million followers on Twitter. Yet Pope Francis believes digital media “can stop people from learning how to live wisely” and warns that too much digital data can cause […]

Mozilla Blocks Flash; Nadella’s Microsoft; Google’s Photo Mishaps

Posted July 14th, 2015 at 3:09 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Mozilla Blocks Flash Player on Firefox Mozilla has blocked all versions of Adobe Flash Player in its Firefox browser due to its vulnerability to attack. Last week’s breach of the Italian company Hacking Team was made possible by a Flash Player bug that hackers exploited. While Adobe issued a patch, there appear […]

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