Cuba’s Secret Internet; Wickr’s Cats; Twitter New Features

Posted January 27th, 2015 at 2:14 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

How Sensors and Drones Can Combat Global Hunger

Author Shawn DuBravac argues that sensors, which have revolutionized mobile devices and are now empowering wearable technology, could potentially help alleviate world hunger. He suggests equipping food-supply wares and storehouses with sensors that raise the alarm once a shortage begins, rather than having a person count available containers.

Cuban Youth Build Secret Computer Network Despite Wi-Fi Ban

Young Cubans have found a way to skirt their government’s ban on most home Internet connections and its exorbitant fees for Internet connectivity in state-run hotels and Internet cafes. Linking thousands of computers via secret communications networks across Havana has allowed youngsters to chat with their friends and get Internet access that the online world already enjoys.

Foxconn Says No, Actually, We’re Not Reducing Workforce

Following a report from Reuters that Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group is reducing its workforce due to declining revenue growth and rising wages in China, CNET obtained a statement from the company saying it is “still recruiting employees and will maintain the more than one million employees it has worldwide.”

In Emergencies, Companies Are Turning to Employee-Tracking Services

International SOS is one of several new firms that allow companies to check on the safety of their employees in emergencies with an online tracking tool that allows them to look up traveler’s plans and contact information.

Wickr Uses Cat Pics to Hide Photos in Plain Sight

In a new twist on cybersecurity, secure chat app Wickr has come up with a new feature that uses a self-destructing photo feed of adorable felines to allow users to exchange and share photos securely and quietly for 24 hours, while the feline guise continues to parade across your mobile screen.

Google: Why We Won’t Patch Pre-KitKat Android WebView

For all intents and purposes, Google’s decision not to patch WebView vulnerabilities in Android versions 4.3 and earlier leaves more than 930 million Android devices open to attack. When the security bug was discovered recently, researchers were told the company had no intention of issuing a patch. Now, Google explains why it took that decision.

Twitter Launches New Group-Messaging and Video Features

The two new features  — group messaging and video features — are available as of today. Twitter CFO Anthony Noto recently hinted that additional features would be coming as the company continues its quest to expand its user base.

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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