Tech Sightings, September 16, 2014

Posted September 16th, 2014 at 2:47 pm (UTC-4)
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A Walkway for Slowpokes Staring at Their Smartphones?

Getting tired of being stuck behind people walking while perusing their cellphones? China has an answer for that. The city of Chongqing is introducing the world’s first pedestrian slow lane for mobile users.

Sensors Let Alzheimer’s Patients Stay Home, Safely

Families with Alzheimer patients can now feel secure that their loved ones do not stray outdoors undetected. Sensors made by SmartThings attach to key chains and monitor patients’ movements, sleeping and eating habits and makes the information available to family members on their cellphones.

Teenager creates Breath-to-Speech Device That Costs 100x Less Than the Competition

Sixteen-year-old Arsh Shah Dilbagi, an Indian student, has come up with a device that allows patients with movement or speech impairments to speak. While these types of devices typically cost a fortune, Dilbagi’s device, TALK, costs only $80.

Microsoft Sets Windows 9 Reveal for September 30

Microsoft has issued invitations for a September 30 event in San Francisco to unveil the next version of its Windows operating system, widely expected to be called “Windows 9.”

Facebook Joins Leading Tech Giants to Introduce New Open Source Platform

Facebook’s open source project, TODO or“talk openly, develop openly,” is being developed in collaboration with Google, Dropbox, Twitter and many other tech giants to help address open source challenges.

Governments Pressure Google for More User Information

Google is under pressure from governments around the world to make its user data available to criminal investigations. The company’s transparency report says the number of requests increased 15 percent sequentially in the first half of this year.

Is This Free Wi-Fi Safe? Search the Map of Dangerous Networks

The application, built on Google Maps, makes it easy for end users to find Wi-Fi locations with known malicious networks previously encountered within the last six months. Once the location has been identified, it places a pin on the map.


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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