Tech Sightings, June 25, 2014

Posted June 25th, 2014 at 2:27 pm (UTC-4)
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Intel Introduces ‘Jimmy,’ First Member of a Family of 3D-Printed Robot Kits

‘Jimmy,’ the first member of a family of robot kits for 3D printers developed by Intel, is due for release in September. The chipmaker hopes that enthusiasts will be willing to develop more functionality for the robots to carry out various daily activities.

One Woman Tackles Newborn Hearing Loss in Developing World

India’s Sohum Innovation Lab, founded by Neeti Kailas and her husband Nitin Sisodia, has developed a prototype for a screening device called Sohum that can detect early hearing loss in infants ahead of any speech loss.

India Gains on US in Twitterverse

Some governments are paying more attention to digital diplomacy these days. India is one of them. A recent Twitter analysis projects that India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the fifth most-followed world leader on Twitter, will soon overtake the White House’s 4.97 million followers.

Twitter Experimenting with New Way to Retweet

An experimental feature called “retweet with comment” gives Twitter users participating in conversation added context and commentary. This feature might end up replacing the “quote tweet” option.

Research: Facebook still reigns among US teens

A new study released by Forrester Research shows that Facebook, the world’s biggest social network, continues to be the top choice for U.S. teens, despite earlier reports of young people bolting in favor of other services.

Your Friend’s Face Could be Your New Password!

Facelock relies on psychological research showing that humans recognize familiar faces even in  low-grade images to create a new authentication system. Picking a familiar face out of a set of images can then be used as a password to lock or unlock a device.

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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