Tech Sightings, May 27, 2014

Posted May 27th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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China Renews Crackdown on Tencent’s Messaging App WeChat

China’s state media announced Tuesday authorities will launch a month-long crackdown on Tencent’s popular WeChat messaging application. WeChat has become a source of more reliable news for mobile users in China.

Twitter’s Growth Shifts to Developing Countries

A new report by the research firm eMarketer shows Twitter’s growth slowing down in the United States but continuing to spread in Asia and Latin America. According to the report, Twitter’s most significant growth this year will take place in Indonesia, India, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil.

#YesAllWomen Campaign Hits Twitter After US Shooting

Before committing suicide, Elliot Rodger’s assault in Isla Vista, California on Friday left six people dead. Following the rampage, a campaign denouncing misogyny kicked off on Twitter with the hashtag #YesAllWomen to allow women to share their stories of misogyny.

Life-Saving App Knows How Much Blood You Lost

Determining how much blood a patient has lost during surgery has typically been more of an educated guess. But Gauss Surgical’s new Triton Fluid Management System now allows medical personnel to hold a blood-soaked cloth up to an iPad’s camera, and take a photo. The photos are sent to a remote server for processing and a more accurate estimation of the amount of blood the patient has lost.

What Shopping Will Look Like in the Future

It’s unlikely that physical stores will disappear any time soon, but advances in technology and online shopping will probably allow surviving retailers to make shopping more focused on the experience rather than the product – using a hologram, for example, to try out clothes without getting undressed.

Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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