Tech Sightings, October 30, 2014

Posted October 30th, 2014 at 2:23 pm (UTC-4)
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Tim Cook Speaks Up

In an article in Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly declared that he is gay. “Let me be clear,” he wrote. “I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”

Having a Heart Attack? This Drone Could Help

Alec Momont, whose parents lost a neighbor to cardiac arrest when the ambulance failed to arrive in time, has been developing “ambulance drones” to help keep track of people who might be suffering from heart problems and need an ambulance in a hurry.  The drones are a work in progress and could be very expensive once available to the public.

Beyond Gaming, the VR Boom is Everywhere—From Classrooms to Therapy Couches

Virtual reality may work well for gaming, but VR immersion therapy, a cheaper and more convenient option, has found a place in the real world, helping treat patients suffering from phobias, anxiety and a host of other issues.

How Facebook Could End Up Controlling Everything You Watch and Read Online

Facebook is pushing to host more content onsite to keep visitors from clicking out to other websites – a move that could change the future of Internet content. Online publishers might not be willing to cede as much control to Facebook, but will they have a choice?

Mark Zuckerberg Reveals Grand Vision for Next 10 Years of Facebook

CEO Mark Zuckerberg is looking to connect Facebook’s one billion users in the next 5-10 years to WhatsApp, Messenger, Search, Video, NewsFeed, Oculus, and Instagram before monetizing them and improving advertising. He would also like to have Facebook build the next major computing platform.

Slovakia’s AeroMobil Unveils Flying Car

Slovakian startup AeroMobil has unveiled its AeroMobil 3.0 – a flying car in development for the past 25 years. The car uses fuel from any old gas station and does not require a lot of runway space to take off. AeroMobil sees a market for its flying vehicle in countries that are strapped for the billions of dollars needed for constant road expansion and maintenance.

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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