Google’s New Algorithm; Robots; Drones; Apple’s ‘RootPipe’ Still Lives

Posted April 21st, 2015 at 2:39 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

Disaster Robots Slow to Gain Acceptance From Responders

According to the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue, robots have been used in 43 disasters worldwide, although first responders have been slow to adopt them. But the center is working to change that.

Drones, Data Fight New Battle Against Poachers

South Africa’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal is often scene of poaching – an illegal but profitable $70 billion industry. To combat this plague and prevent the extinction of some species, South Africa’s unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturer, UAV and Drone Solutions, and the Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation have launched a joint effort to raise enough money to train East African rangers and drone operators.

Cyberstalking ‘Linked to Internet Addiction’

According to the UK-based National Center for Cyberstalking Research, people who spend a lot of time online run the risk of struggling with real-world relationships and could end up fixating on people with whom they have virtual relations.

Chinese, Russians Team Up to Help Startups at Skolkovo High-Tech Park

The Russian government’s Skolkovo Foundation and China’s Cybernaut Investment Group announced Wednesday that they have signed an agreement to set up a joint Russian-Chinese robotics center and $200 million venture fund. The new incubator will be based outside Moscow and will house at least 15 Skolkovo resident companies.

Google Changes Search Algorithm

Google’s sweeping changes to its search algorithms favor mobile-friendly websites, particularly on smartphones. The changes could seriously impact the ranking and profits of businesses whose websites are not deemed mobile friendly.

How to Download Your Entire Google Search History

Google’s Takeout service now lets users export data from their Google accounts, including their search history – a crucial record of keywords that pretty much reveal everything about you that you didn’t want the whole world to know about.

Researcher Warns Apple Failed to Fix ‘Rootpipe’ Backdoor Flaw

Apple recently fixed a vulnerability, dubbed “Rootpipe,” that affects its OS X desktop operating system. But security researcher Patrick Wardle said he found a new and trivial way to bypass the patch and allow the user to exploit the vulnerability – again.

Report: Elon Musk Considered Selling Tesla to Google

A new book about Tesla CEO Elon Musk, expected to be released soon, says Musk nearly sold Tesla to Google in 2013. But after negotiations, the deal never came together. The writer, Ashlee Vance, said Musk’s financial demands were a sticking point.

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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