Emojis Tackle Language Disorders; Parsing Future Tech From Fiction

Posted April 25th, 2017 at 1:52 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

Samsung Develops Emoji-based Chat App for Language Disorders

More often than not, people use emojis for fun when they chat. But for those with language disorders like aphasia, which makes reading, writing and talking difficult, emojis might be just the thing to help facilitate communication. To address the gap, Samsung’s Italian subsidiary came up with a new app called Wemogee. The app can translate more than 140 text sentences into emoji messages.

UN, Ma, Estonia’s e-Residency Join to Support Startups in Developing World

The United Nations will start working with Estonia’s digital residency platform to help startups in developing countries. Alibaba’s founder Jack Ma will serve as advisor to the new initiative, dubbed “e-Trade For All.” Estonia’s e-Residency service gives users who pay a small fee secure digital identities for various payment transactions.

Our Sci-Fi Future: Silly vs. Terrifying

Rapid technological progress and new innovations that look like they came out of the Star Trek TV series science fiction seem to be blurring the lines between reality and fantasy. Writer Peter Suciu sifts through the real and the imaginary comparisons between the latest technologies and fictional innovations.


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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