Tech Sightings, November 4, 2014

Posted November 4th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Startup Box seeks to bring many of the tech jobs once sent offshore back to the U.S.—to places like Hunts Point in the South Bronx, New York. That location could become a new hub for computer software testing.

Microsoft and Dropbox Team up in Mobile

Competitors Dropbox and Microsoft are now syncing up. The collaboration would make it easier for users of both Microsoft Office and Dropbox to share documents on the web.There is a catch: Dropbox users can only create and edit Office documents if they subscribe to Office 365.

How Verizon Wireless Is Tracking You All Around the Web

Traditionally, cookies didn’t do anything on their own and could be read only by whatever site created them.  However,  Internet provider Verizon Wireless is tagging most of its subscribers’ Internet traffic with individual identifiers as part of an advertising initiative.
One major difference — you can’t turn it off.

Smart Glasses Doomed to Stay a Niche Product, While Smart Wristwear Takes Off

Just a short while ago, Google Glass was one of the hottest new tech products on the horizon. But a recent report paints a bleak picture for its future, stating shipments are unlikely to total more than 10 million per year until 2018. On the flip-side, the outlook for smart bands and smart watches is far more positive. One report  predicts smart wrist wear shipments will reach 135 million by 2018.

Banks to Launch New Tool to Fight Hackers: WSJ

A group of cybersecurity firms are working with some big banks to launch a platform that will allow financial companies to communicate and to thwart potential cyber breaches faster.

Starwood Hotels Let You Unlock your Hotel Room with Your Phone

Starting next year, guests will be able to obtain their room number and Bluetooth key to enter their room without stopping at the front desk by using the Starwood app on a mobile device.

Cute or creepy? This Toy Lets Babies Post Selfies on Facebook

The toy resembles a mobile in the shape of a Facebook logo and Twitter bird. When the baby reaches out to it, the device takes a quick snapshot or a video and automatically posts it on social media.

Google Starts Doling Out Android 5.0 Lollipop

The new software arrives with several apps from outside developers and companies that already support material design, including the Wall Street Journal, Tumblr and Buzzfeed. Lollipop also boosts battery life, adds improved notifications, and a “personal locking” feature that lets your Android devices unlock another.

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