Turning Sewage to Water; Sony CEO Speaks; Musk a Gaming Nerd?

Posted January 6th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

Bill Gates’ Plan to Help Developing World Profit From Sewage

The OmniProcessor, designed by Janicki Bioenergy and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is a new low-cost waste treatment plant that transforms sewage into clean water.

Elon Musk, Gaming Supernerd

When he’s not stretching the limits of space exploration or dreaming about colonizing Mars, Tesla CEO Elon Musk kicks back with a video game, more often with a strategy or a shooter game like Colonization and Mass Effect.

A Videogame That Teaches You to Write Poetry, Even if It Intimidates You

An unlikely partnership, to be sure, but Elegy for a Dead World lets gamers write prose and poetry as they explore distant planets and dead civilizations. Different challenges put the player in different roles while offering some narrative. The rest of the tale is up to the player’s muse.

Sony Boss Breaks Silence Over ‘Vicious’ Hack

In his first public comments since Sony Pictures Entertainment suffered a major hack attack late last year, CEO Kazuo Hirai thanked all the people who stood up to the hackers. He praised Sony employees, saying they “were victims of one of the most vicious and malicious cyberattacks we have known, certainly in recent history.”

Best of CES 2015

A slew of new, innovative gadgets from wearable tech to everyday Internet of Things items are coming out of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Mashable takes a look at some of these products.

CES, the World’s Largest Trade Show, Is Too Big for Vegas

The Consumer Electronics Show, the world’s largest annual trade fare, which receives as many as 160,000 visitors, is taxing area hotels and resources. This year’s exhibit covers about 2 miles of floor space. Organizers are trying to limit the number of attendees while planning international exhibits in Asia.

Pastebin Access Restored in India

Pastebin services have been restored in India after the government blocked 32 websites, affecting millions of users. Up to 27 other sites, including Internet Archive, are still blocked. A statement from Pastebin says there is still no “verifiable explanation for India’s government-ordered internet censorship,” according to ZDnet.

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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