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Millions of Twitter Accounts Are Bots; Looking to Musk to Fix the World

Posted March 14th, 2017 at 9:38 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings Study: Up to 48 Million Twitter Accounts Are Bots Twitter, according to a joint study released by the University of Southern California and Indiana University, has more than 48 million bot accounts – and some of them could be among your followers.  Twitter has about 319 million active monthly users. The study […]

More Ads Stray Into Windows 10; Backup Files Before Next iOS Update

Posted March 9th, 2017 at 1:14 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Microsoft Ads Invade Windows 10’s File Explorer Microsoft is spamming Windows 10 systems with ads that are appearing in the file system. Some users report an ad about Office 365 hidden in an offer to expand cloud storage. Writer Ian Paul shares a tip to turn these ads off if you are […]

Getting More Women Into Tech; Millions of Android Devices at Risk

Posted March 8th, 2017 at 1:03 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Microsoft, LinkedIn Encourage Girls to Pursue STEM on International Women’s Day The World Economic Forum notes that only 16 percent of female students graduate from STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curricula. In the U.S., only 26 percent of employees in computer and mathematics jobs are women, according to the Department of […]

Jury Out on Online Suicide-prevention Tools; ‘TorrentLocker’ Is Back

Posted March 2nd, 2017 at 12:31 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Big Questions Surround Facebook’s Suicide-Prevention Tools Facebook has been ramping up its suicide-prevention tools to include ways to encourage users to report people whose Facebook streams contain signs of self-injury. The person with the perceived suicidal tendencies then sees a message that provides resources for help. Writer Rachel Metz says experts see […]

Inside Uber’s Workplace Culture; Google Renews Fight for Racial Justice

Posted February 23rd, 2017 at 12:16 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Inside Uber’s Aggressive, Unrestrained Workplace Culture Ride-hailing app Uber, one of Silicon Valley’s most successful ventures, is in full damage control after engineer Susan Fowler, who left Uber in December, recently described a long-standing culture of gender discrimination and harassment. In an in-depth look, the New York Times says that includes groping, […]

Twitter Restricts Abusive Users; IBM, VISA Team Up for IoT

Posted February 16th, 2017 at 12:56 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Twitter Starts Temporarily Restricting Abusive Accounts Twitter will now temporarily restrict users who engage in abuse and sexual harassment online so that only their followers are able to see their tweets. The move also prevents these tweets from being retweeted to non-followers. This is the latest in a series of measures Twitter […]

Suspected Russian Hackers Target Macs; a Visor for the Legally Blind

Posted February 15th, 2017 at 1:04 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Russian Cyberspies Blamed for US Election Hacks Now Targeting Macs Bitdefender cybersecurity researchers have uncovered a Mac OS Trojan that probably was used by the Russian hackers blamed for breaching the U.S. Democratic National Committee last year. The program, called Sofacy or X-Agent, has been around for other operating systems, but researchers […]

The New Face of Social Media; India’s Apple Manufacturing Dilemma

Posted January 19th, 2017 at 1:04 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: How Social Media Is Crippling Democracy Writer Jason Perlow argues that increased use of technology at home and work disconnects Americans from face-to-face relationships while amplifying their bad habits. Meanwhile, their interpersonal skills decline. In this ecosystem, more people rely on social media for their news, regardless of the legitimacy or truthfulness […]

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 […]

Gaza Startups Catch Silicon Valley’s Eye; China Snubs Pokemon GO

Posted January 10th, 2017 at 1:28 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Gaza Is Attracting Attention of Silicon Valley 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 […]