Tech Diversity; Wearable Computers; IoT Privacy Risks

Posted January 7th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

Intel Announces $300 Million Tech Diversity Initiative

Given the bleak diversity numbers that keep coming out of Silicon Valley, Chip giant Intel has pledged $300 million over the next five years to increase diversity in its workforce to include more women and minorities. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said in a speech at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that “It’s not good enough to say we value diversity and then underrepresent women and minorities,” and that Intel “wants to lead by example.”

Eight Innovative Products at CES Designed to Keep You Safe

After 2014 saw a surging wave of vicious cyberattacks, cybersecurity took center stage at this year’s CES, with several new products designed to keep users safe both in cyberspace and in the real world.

Intel CEO Krzanich Unveils Wearable Processor Curie

Wearable technology is taking off in a big way; and according to Intel’s CEO Krzanich, the latest is Curie, a wearable open source computer the size of a button. Curie is now a prototype and will be a game changer once it becomes available in the second half of this year, according to Krzanich.

Internet of Things’ Poses Risks, FTC Chairwoman Warns

The Internet of Things vision of an always-on, collaborative world of connected devices is already causing alarm. The Federal Trade Commission’s chairwoman, Edith Ramirez, voiced concern at CES that the 25 billion connected devices expected around the world this year, raise privacy and security risks, particularly with regards to ubiquitous data collection, personal data use and cyberthreats, among other issues.

We Are the World: Samsung’s Vision for IoT

Samsung is thinking big. And its CEO BK Yoon says his company is ready to lead in creating an ecosystem for the Internet of Things. In a speech at CES, Yoon said the technology needed to enable collaborative, always-connected everyday devices will be available this year and that Samsung is ready to stretch the IoT horizon.

Android TV Arrives at CES, Quietly Kicks Google TV to the Curb

As the battle to control the living room heats up, Google unveiled a slew of third-party TV sets for its Android TV platform at CES. The tech giant announced that several electronics manufacturers will launch Android-based TV sets in the spring.

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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