3D-Printed Cars; iKubu; Kensington Palace Hops on Twitter

Posted January 14th, 2015 at 2:34 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

South Africa Launches Tablet Pilot With Slates for Schools in Gauteng

South Africa’s Gauteng province has formally launched a pilot program to give tablets to school children to further their education, along with a plan to upgrade IT infrastructure and connectivity in public schools.

Garmin Acquires South African Radar Startup iKubu

Garmin, a company that produces GPS units and watches popular among cyclists and runners, has acquired South African startup iKubu, recently in the final stages of building a bike radar that monitors the speed and distance of cars approaching from behind.

Singapore to Build Facility for Specialized Chip Production

Singapore’s industrial estate provider JTC announced plans to build a new facility to produce specialized semiconductors in the eastern part of the island at Tampines Hi-Tech Park. The building will be specifically designed to support chip production.

I Rode in a 3D-Printed Car (and I Kind of Liked It)

Local Motors’ car, Strati, might look funny, but it works. It was created by a gigantic 3D printer, a CNC milling machine and some mechanical parts. Writer Chris Ziegler, who took an older prototype for a ride, takes a closer look at this 3D-printed vehicle of the future.

Are Computers Better Judges of Personality Than Friends?

A new study from researchers at the University of Cambridge in England suggests that a computer model based on Facebook “Likes” and online participation was more accurate than family and friends in predicting people’s personalities online.

Prince William and Kate Now Have Official Twitter Account

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry sent their first tweet to the world Wednesday morning from their new Kensington Palace Twitter account, attracting 6,500 followers within the hour.

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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