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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Tech Sightings, December 11, 2013

Posted December 11th, 2013 at 4:19 pm (UTC-5)
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Study: Incessant Instagramming Keeps You from Remembering Things According to researchers at Fairfield University, people who rely on their cameras to capture every moment of an event are not fully immersed in it themselves and so are less likely to remember it. Kenya: Remote Borehole Pump Monitoring to Transform Water Supply in Remote Areas Kenyan […]

Tech Sightings, December 10, 2013

Posted December 10th, 2013 at 4:19 pm (UTC-5)
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Three Reasons Bitcoins Aren’t in Your Wallet Yet Security and flexibility of the virtual currency are among several big challenges, experts say. Google Cancels Plans for a $300 Million Data Center in Hong Kong The Hong Kong site – which was estimated to cost $300 million – would have complimented data centers that are being […]

Game Addiction Plagues Asia, Grows in US

Posted December 6th, 2013 at 6:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Recent estimates put the number of gamers worldwide at around 1.2 billion. China and Southeast Asia are home to about 84 million of them, according to market intelligence firm, Nico Partners. The downside is that Asia is the world leader in online gaming addiction. Dr. David Greenfield, Director of the Center for Internet and Technology […]

Tech Sightings, December 5, 2013

Posted December 5th, 2013 at 8:01 pm (UTC-5)
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How Your Game Can Change the World A piece that explores a number of social impact games to see what they might teach about designing games to have a more positive impact on the world. Four Reasons Why Video Games are Good for Your Health (According to American Psychological Association) A new paper in American […]

Tech Sightings, December 4, 2013

Posted December 4th, 2013 at 9:17 pm (UTC-5)
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Katy Perry Puts Twitter Army on Standby Pop queen Katy Perry, who has  a record 48 million followers on Twitter ,  told AFP that she is ready to put her force to good use. The 29-year-old star officially became an envoy for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday. Volcano Alert: A System to Warn […]

Tech Sightings, December 3, 2013

Posted December 3rd, 2013 at 8:58 pm (UTC-5)
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The Latest Theory is that the Creator of Bitcoin Is a Blogger Despite the massive attention bitcoin has received this year, no one knows the true identity of its creator. Apple Awarded Patent on Wireless Charging The wireless charging patent includes the ability to power up desktops, as well as mobile devices. Bitcoin Rises as […]

Wi-Fi Solutions Fill Basic Gaps for Developing World

Posted November 29th, 2013 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A host of governments, United Nations agencies and tech companies, including Google, are working on projects aimed at providing developing countries with low-cost broadband Internet connectivity.   Google estimates that two-thirds of the world’s population lacks fast, affordable Internet access. To bridge the gap, the company has been experimenting with Wi-Fi-beaming balloons.   “Project Loon […]

Welcome to TECHtonics

Posted November 27th, 2013 at 3:06 pm (UTC-5)
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Sometimes it’s hard to remember what things were like before cellphones and SMS messaging, or computers or email, or the Internet, radio or television. People used to have more face-to-face conversations, read more books, write letters, play Scrabble and Monopoly – scenes that seem more like faded photographs from another era. Technology changed everything. And […]