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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 […]

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, […]

‘Tetris’ for Your Sanity; Cloud Tools Bring More Flexibility to Classrooms

Posted March 29th, 2017 at 1:40 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Tetris Shows Promise in Helping PTSD Victims Video games have been both panned and praised for their impact on users, with some studies claiming they promote violent tendencies. Now, researchers in Sweden say playing the 19980s game Tetris reduced symptoms of PTSD in motor vehicle crash victims. While the findings are promising, […]

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, […]

Google Wi-Fi Goes to India; Stuxnet-like Malware Spreading Worldwide

Posted February 9th, 2017 at 11:51 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Google Wi-Fi Station Project Is Coming to India First Google Station, a project that aims to bring fast Wi-Fi connectivity to railway stations and other public places, will launch for the first time in Pune, a city southeast of Mumbai, India. The project is a collaboration between several local and international tech […]

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 […]

Malicious Ads Put Millions at Risk; the Trouble With Smart Cities

Posted December 7th, 2016 at 1:03 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Malicious Online Ads Expose Millions to Possible Hack Cybersecurity firm ESET says infected banner ads have put millions of internet users at risk of installing Trojans and spyware on their computers since October. The company said Stegano, as the attack campaign is called, has spread from malicious ads on several reputable sites, […]

Samsung’s Environmental Impact; the Problem With IoT Devices

Posted November 3rd, 2016 at 12:30 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: So Where Will All Those Recalled Note 7s End Up? Remember all those exploding Galaxy Note 7s Samsung recently recalled? All of the flawed devices have to go somewhere – a device graveyard of sorts. But Samsung says it is trying to limit the environmental impact of the massive recall of more […]

Twitter Goes After Trolls – Again; the Devices That Crippled the Internet

Posted October 27th, 2016 at 12:10 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Twitter Promises ‘Meaningful’ Safety Updates Next Month Twitter has a huge problem with trolls, online bullies and people who are using the platform for hate speech and even threats of violence. But since that not-so-friendly environment has scared off potential buyers of the micro-blogging platform, Twitter is now promising “meaningful” changes. The […]

Instagram Adds Mental Health Support; Teen App Helps Isolated Kids

Posted October 19th, 2016 at 12:49 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Instagram Introduces Support Tool to Anonymously Help Those in Distress Social networking service Instagram is rolling out a new tool that will allow users to reach out to help people suffering from mental health issues who might be in danger of harming themselves. The new feature allows users to alert Instagram to […]