Tech Sightings, October 28, 2014

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 2:19 pm (UTC-4)
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App Annie: Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey, India Power Next Wave of App Growth

Mobile app analytics firm App Annie and mobile content and commerce association MEF project that the next growth market for app downloads will take place in Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey and India in the next quarter.

Ebola Research Gets a Boost From Crowdfunding Campaign

A crowdfunding campaign launched by Dr. Erica Saphire and the Scripps Research Institute, part of the group that created the experimental Ebola ZMap serum said to have cured some Ebola patients, has raised more than $99,000. The money will be used to get the necessary equipment to create a road map for new treatments.

A Guide to Modern Manners in an Electronic World

Britain’s etiquette gurus at Debrett’s have released an updated guidebook that includes advice on proper – and improper – behavior while using electronic devices. Hint: It’s rude to pay more attention to your phone than the person in your company.

Death of Real-Life Conversation

Are smartphones killing direct human interaction? If you have doubts, check out London-based photographer Babycakes Romero’s photo series on the effect of cellphones on the human touch, so to speak.

Get Used to Twitter Messing Around With Your Timeline

If Twitter’s recent earnings report is any indication – more revenue, not as many new users – the social media service will be working hard to become accessible to more users across the globe. That means Twitter will probably do some more experimenting, along the lines of its recent move to inject random tweets into timelines. By the way, you can block what you don’t like.

21,000 Push Apple to Replace ‘Defective’ MacBook Pros

An online petition with more than 20,000 signatures is demanding that Apple replace 2011 MacBook Pros allegedly subject to frequent crashing and graphics failures within two or three years of their date of purchase.

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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