Uganda’s Robotics Generation; 3D-Printed Buildings; Apple; Windows 10

Posted January 20th, 2015 at 2:37 pm (UTC-4)
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Robotics Revolution Hits Ugandan Classrooms

Fundi Bots founder Solomon King Benge is betting that a new generation of Ugandans can develop creative skills and learn from robots how to solve real-world problems. His company offers robotics training in 15 schools in Kampala and Gulu in the north that let kids tinker with robotics parts and come up with new ideas.

These Buildings Were Created With a 3D Printer

A villa and a 6-story residential block are the latest projects from Shanghai-based Winsun — a company using a 3D printer that recycles industrial waste to come up with new building material. According to Winsun, the residential building is the world’s tallest 3D-printed structure.

Man Dies After 3-Day Video Gaming Binge

The incident marks Taiwan’s second “sudden death” case at an Internet cafe this year. The Taipei Times reports that a 32-year-old gamer in Kaohsiung, who suffered cardiac failure, was found dead after playing combat computer games for three consecutive days.

Mobile Malware on the Rise Worldwide; Ransomware Hits Spotlight

New research from mobile security firm Lookout says mobile malware, particularly chargeware and ransomware, is on the rise worldwide. But the report notes a geographical separation of malware types. Western Europe, for example, sees more chargeware and SMS billing techniques which often are banned in the United States.

Apple Cuts Off Developers in Crimea

Apple has terminated the services of app developers in Crimea. The move complies with U.S. sanctions against the Russian-annexed parts of Ukraine that make it illegal for Apple to sell any apps originating in Crimea.

Facebook Report Says It Adds More Than $200 Billion to Global Economy

A new study from Deloitte & Touche consulting firm, commissioned by Facebook, says the social media giant, which has up to 1.35 billion users, would be the world’s second-most populous nation if it were a country. Moreover, Facebook says it created 4.5 million jobs in 2014, and adds that it had an economic impact to the tune of $227 billion.

What We Want to See From Windows 10

Microsoft is getting ready to host its Windows 10 event Wednesday, and everybody has something to say about the future of the Windows operating system. Windows 10 is not expected until later this year. In the meantime, CNET writer Nate Ralph has come up with a list of options ahead of the release that he would like to see.

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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