PC Power Fights Ebola; IoT; Google’s Santa Tracker

Posted December 3rd, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Tech Sightings today:

IBM Helps You Donate Computer Power to Fight Ebola

In a new twist on ways to fight the Ebola virus, IBM and scientists at Scripps Research Institute in southern California have come up with a way to enable users to donate processing time on their PCs and various digital devices to researchers.

Harvard: IoT Is Third Big Technology ‘Wave’ In the Last 50 Years

Michael Porter, an economist at the Harvard Business School and James Heppelmann, president and CEO of PTC, argue that the Internet of Things (IoT) may be the most significant event since the arrival of the Internet because of its potential to usher a new era of prosperity.

Sony Pictures Struggles to Recover Eight Days After Cyber Attack

Sony is still trying to restore its systems eight days after suffering a crippling cyberattack with a data-wiping virus. Employees were given new computers as investigators search for clues that might reveal the attackers’ identities.

Cybersecurity Threats 2015: More Espionage, More Apple Malware

Leading security experts expect hackers to flourish in 2015 and increasingly go after Apple devices. They also project that the cyber espionage scene will expand to include new comers from developing countries anticipating high economic growth.

Bluetooth Update Aims to Shield Your Smartphone from Prying Beacons

An upcoming Bluetooth update will improve connectivity, give users more privacy controls, and make it much more difficult for snoopers to get covert access to a user’s mobile device.

Twitter Announces Sweeping Update to Reporting, Blocking Tools

New tweaks announced Tuesday enhance Twitter’s blocking and reporting mechanisms for handling Internet trolls.The update, which is still a limited release, lets users report abusive behavior via Twitter’s mobile app.

Google Santa Tracker Site Now Live

You’d better watch out! Christmas is just four weeks away. But Google’s Santa Tracker website is already in action so that visitors can track Santa’s sleigh as it travels the world on  December 24.

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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