Smartphones vs. Wearables; Flexible Battery; Bitcoin Foundation Bankrupt?

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

Apple, Google agree Only Wearables Can Save Humanity From Evil Smartphones

These two tech giants don’t agree on much, but writer Chris O’Brien argues that Google and Apple, both fierce competitors in the smartphone market, see smartphones as a malady inflicting phone addiction and anti-social behavior on society. And the two giants, both heavily invested in wearable tech, suggest that wearable computing is the answer.

Board Member Says Bitcoin Foundation Is Out of Cash

Olivier Janssens, elected last month to the board of the Bitcoin Foundation that promotes bitcoin development, said the organization is “effectively bankrupt.” Two other board members took issue with that statement, saying the group is not bankrupt, although it needs restructuring.

Report: Google Wireless to Offer Americans Free International Roaming

Google is reportedly discussing possible partnerships to establish a global network that would allow Americans to use their mobile phones internationally without incurring expensive roaming costs.

Stanford Develops Flexible, Fast-Charging Aluminum Battery

A new flexible and non-flammable battery that produces two volts of electricity can recharge a phone to full capacity in about a minute. Stanford University researchers who developed the aluminum-ion battery said their product has the potential to replace existing lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames.

With Tech, What’s Old Is New Again

Like fashion, technology seems to recycle old ideas after a while. Some of those ideas may have been ahead of their time when they first appeared or they simply ran into stiff opposition. Either way, as time moves forward, ideas evolve and re-emerge as new products. Writer Ron Miller looks at some of them.

10 Tech Inventions That Should Exist by Now

As the world moves closer toward a fully-automated, hopefully smarter future, writer Samantha Murphy Kelly cooks up a wish list of some of the inventions that she’d like to see that could greatly impact people’s lives.

How Apple Watch is Changing the Way Apple Stores Do Business

Apple is displaying its new watch under glass in its stores, as a gentle nudge to customers to buy the product online instead of spending hours – sometimes days – waiting in line in front of stores. The move reflects a significant shift in the mindset for Apple Store purchases.

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.

One response to “Smartphones vs. Wearables; Flexible Battery; Bitcoin Foundation Bankrupt?”

  1. Bill Webb says:

    I don’t do smart phones. I have a dumb phone right here that works fine. I don’t do Facebook, Twitter, texting. My email works fine for staying in touch with my circle of friends. My window on the world works fine for on line shopping, pizza, banking. I don’t do virtual reality. I like reality. So many news channels. Russia, China. Germany, Arabic. I frequent all of them. Nothing going on in Mozambique that I don’t know about. If Reagan were still president ISIS would be WASWAS.

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