Tech Sightings, October 9, 2014

Posted October 9th, 2014 at 2:07 pm (UTC-4)
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Zuckerberg in India: Facebook Wants to Boost Rural Connectivity to Reach 5 Billion People

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who is visiting India, is meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday to offer help in providing Internet connectivity and possibly local content to about 600,000 remote villages.

Robots in US Hospitals Help Prevent Spread of Ebola

As the world fights to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, some 250 U.S. hospitals are now using robots to help even the odds. The $115,000 robots look like a UV bulb on wheels and are being used for remote disinfection and decontamination.

Google’s Schmidt Says US Spying Scandal Will ‘break the Internet’

During a roundtable Wednesday with U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, tech industry leaders warned that government surveillance has severely impacted the digital economy and that the problem will probably get worse before any improvements are seen. Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt who has been outspoken on this issue says “we’re going to wind up breaking the Internet.”

The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts

University of California at Santa Monica professor Giovanni Vigna, head of the Center for CyberSecurity and Seclab, says some future malware will evolve to mimic benign software behavior, while others will be revolutionary in their evasive and scouting capabilities.

Can Apple Keep Its Innovation Engine Running?

Three years after the death of Steve Jobs, critics of Apple’s CEO Tim Cook have complained of a lack of new product categories, despite the company’s recent forays into new markets. But some analysts say that despite Apple’s recent offerings, most of its new products revolve around upgrades for longstanding products.

Wearable Charger Harnesses the Energy of Your Movements

A new wearable device created by three Northwestern University students harnesses kinetic energy to charge the wearer’s cellphone. The device, called Ampy, charges the phone whenever it detects movement and can provide up to three hours of additional battery life per day.

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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