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With Blockchain, Sub-Saharan Women Move Forward Without Bias

Posted February 24th, 2017 at 11:30 am (UTC-4)
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Blockchain, the technology underlying digital currency Bitcoin, is making it easier for Sub-Saharan African women farmers to establish their economic credentials and negotiate gender bias. If you are a woman farmer in Sub-Saharan Africa and you go to a bank to borrow, you have to bring like seven pieces of paper, you might have to […]

The Biggest Online Threats; Robots Help Sick Kids Attend School

Posted February 22nd, 2017 at 12:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: The 15 Biggest Threats Online, Ranked A new report from the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security puts hacking for profit at the top of a list of leading online threats. The report says the trend will continue, aided by new tools and malware to boost the criminal business. Malware […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cameroon Internet Blocked; Hidden Sensors Track Employees

Posted February 14th, 2017 at 12:55 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Cameroon’s Internet Outage Is Draining Its Economy Cameroon is under international pressure to restore internet services. Up to 20 percent of Cameroon’s population has been denied internet access since January, and the problem persists. By all accounts, the internet disruptions are thought to be politically motivated, targeting long-marginalized English-speaking populations in the […]

US Travel Ban Rattles India, Pushes Silicon Valley to Action

Posted February 1st, 2017 at 1:24 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Facing Visa Issues, Indian Outsourcers Have Strength in Numbers The U.S. travel ban and impending changes to the immigration visa program are sounding alarm bells in India, which provides U.S. tech companies with skilled, low-cost talent. India’s booming outsourcing firms serve customers around the world and sometimes send representatives overseas to work […]

Beware These New Cyber Scams; the Augmented Future of Shopping

Posted January 31st, 2017 at 12:39 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Five Ways Fraudsters Could Make a Fool of You Criminals are constantly refining malware and finding new ways to fleece consumers, from phishing emails to adding followers that stalk you on social media to get you to click on a malicious link. Writer Tom Cheshire takes a look at some of the newest […]

Amazon Offerings Irk India; Americans Split on Encryption

Posted January 26th, 2017 at 11:03 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Amazon Has an India Problem Amazon, looking to expand in one of the world’s fastest-growing markets, has run into trouble with Indian officials on ‘sensitivity’ issues, for lack of a better word. First, it angered a lot of people a couple of weeks ago with a doormat bearing the Indian flag, for […]

How to Secure an IoT Device; Rise of the Immigrant Robots

Posted January 25th, 2017 at 12:45 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Top 5 Ways to Secure Your IoT Internet of Things (IoT) devices rely on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies to connect to the internet and other gadgets within range, which renders them vulnerable to hackers. Writer Tom Merritt offers a few tips to help improve IoT security. Middle-aged Americans Beat Millennials in Social Media […]

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 […]