Mind-Controlled Robots; Samsung Updates; Flash, Android Woes

Posted June 24th, 2015 at 3:46 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

Mind-Controlled Telepresence Robots Could Restore Mobility to the Disabled

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology’s Defitech Foundation Chair in Brain-Machine Interface in Lausanne are developing a brain-computer interface that will allow disabled people to control telepresence robots with their minds. After training, disabled users participating in early tests were able to easily control the telepresence robot.

IBM Helps Towns Predict Disasters

IBM, in partnership with The Weather Company, has developed a predictive platform called “Intelligent Operations Center for Emergency Management” that uses live forecasts and city maps to predict infrastructural damage from weather disasters.

Samsung is Disabling Windows Update on Some PCs It Sells

Microsoft expert Patrick Barker has uncovered a file called Disable_Windowsupdate.exe that can be downloaded from Samsung’s website and apparently disables Windows updates once installed. Samsung sells. Samsung said Windows updates are disabled on some machines to prevent driver overwriting. But the lack of critical Windows security updates could prove to be a problem for a lot of users.

Adobe Patches Critical Flash Flaw

A new patch from Adobe addresses a critical Flash Player vulnerability that a Chinese hacking group has been exploiting. The update patches a flaw that affects the way Flash Player parses video files.

Android Instapaper App Vulnerable to Cyberattacks

Researchers at security firm Bitdefender have discovered a vulnerability in the Android version of the popular Instapaper app that opens users to man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks. When users connect to a monitored Wi-Fi network, hackers can intercept Instapaper’s communication channel and get access to the user’s log-in credentials.

Microsoft to Supply Windows 10 on USB Flash Drives for Faster Installation

Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 10, is reportedly being released in July. While the new OS will be available for download online through Windows Updates, writer Anthony Leather reports that the system will also be available on USB Flash drives.

Instagram Gets Into Real-Time News

Instagram has updated its search feature to highlight current events. The overhauled Explore tab now features trending tags for popular news events and sorts pictures by theme. The updates are currently only available in the U.S.

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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