Superhero Robotics; Linux; China’s Gaming Vernacular

Posted August 25th, 2015 at 5:02 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

Superhero-Inpsired Robotic Hand Wins UK Dyson Award

British inventor Joel Gibbard of Open Bionics has won the UK’s James Dyson Award for creating low-cost robotic hands inspired by comic superheroes. The idea was to create prosthetics for amputees, which they would not be afraid to show off.

Crash-Proof Computers Could Be On Horizon

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new file system for operating systems that they say is “mathematically guaranteed” not to lose information. The file system stores information on a computer’s hard drive and keeps track of it. While the new file system is still slow, it can be improved on in the future.

Happy Birthday, Linux

Twenty-four years ago, the first version of the Linux project was released as the core GNU/Linux component. Linux might have started off with its own niche market, but it has become more prevalent since then, powering Google searches, online transactions and a whole lot of other Internet stuff.

Start Me Up! Microsoft’s Breakthrough OS Windows 95 Turns 20

Windows 95 turned 20 on Monday. Microsoft launched its Windows 95 operating system on August 24, 1995, during what could be considered the golden age for PCs. The operating system, which introduced a lot of features that remain with new iterations of Windows, dominated the market, pushing out its OS/2 and Apple rivals, for a while at least.

Popular Online Gaming Changing Vernacular in China

China sports an avid online gaming market worth up to $22 billion; and multiplayer online games like DOTA 2 and World of Warcraft are so popular that they are changing the way gamers and non-gamers speak.

Moscow Lifts Ban on Russian Wikipedia

Russian regulators lifted a ban on the Russian-language version of Wikipedia Thursday. The ban was imposed a day earlier after regulators objected to an article about a drug deemed illegal in the country.

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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