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India Rebuffs Apple; Scientists Seek Gamers to Battle Dementia

Posted May 4th, 2016 at 12:37 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Apple Rebuffed as New Delhi Pushes ‘Make in India’ Initiative Indian government officials have rejected Apple’s plan to import refurbished iPhones at a discount, citing rules against importing used electronics. A government spokesman said India “does not encourage dumping or recycling of hazardous materials.” But the development also coincides with New Delhi’s […]

US Teens Addicted to Smartphones; 50 Life-changing Gadgets

Posted May 3rd, 2016 at 11:44 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Half of US Teens Think They’re Addicted to Smartphones Fifty percent of U.S. teens aged 12-18 feel they are addicted to their smartphones, according to a new poll conducted for Common Sense media, a non-profit organization that helps negotiate media and technology. Up to 59 percent of parents said their teens were […]

Cisco: 12 Million PCs Have Backdoors; IoT’s Privacy Dilemma

Posted April 28th, 2016 at 12:38 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Cisco Finds Backdoor Installed on 12 Million PCs Researchers working with U.S. technology firm Cisco have discovered software that installed backdoors on 12 million computers around the world. The software, found by Cisco’s Talos security intelligence and research group, was developed by a French online advertising firm called Tuto4PC that has been under […]

Autism Groups Look to Tech for Help; China Unveils Zapping Robocop

Posted April 27th, 2016 at 11:16 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Autism Advocates Look to Tech but Cash Is Tight Technology could hold the key to help individuals with the autism spectrum disorder, but autism advocates lack the funds to pursue this avenue. Parents and advocates hope apps, robots and wearable devices can open up the world to autistic children and help them […]

The Question of Robot Safety; Banking Trojan GozNym Eyes Europe

Posted April 26th, 2016 at 11:41 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Robots May Be Able to Lift, Drive, Chat, but Are They Safe? Robots are slowly taking up support roles to care for the elderly, chat with children, or navigate a driverless car, to name a few functions. But so far, many questions surrounding the safety of these assistants remain unanswered. Massachusetts Institute […]

What Chatbots Say About US; Will Big Data Kill Privacy?

Posted April 21st, 2016 at 11:21 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: What Chatbots Reveal About Our Own Shortcomings The latest obsession on the technology landscape these days are chatbots, artificial intelligence programs that help Internet surfers get content, services and shopping without any help from humans. Facebook, Microsoft and other tech leaders are looking to capitalize on this technology. Citing a recent incident […]

US Tech Firms Fight Encryption-limits Bill; Free Wi-Fi Networks Unsafe

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 12:48 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Groups Representing Google, Netflix, Microsoft, Apple Slam Latest Bill Aiming to Curb Tech Security Both houses of the U.S. Congress are looking at bills that could seriously limit building strong privacy measures into tech devices and social media messaging services. But this week, a host of groups representing major tech companies published […]

Augmented Reality Takes on the PC; Your Newscast in Virtual Reality

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 11:59 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: This Mysterious Startup Wants to Kill Computers for Good It’s called Magic Leap – a new startup that is developing a headset or goggles it hopes will do away with computer screens for good. The plan is to use the headset to add an augmented reality layer to the real world view. […]

Encrypting the Entire Web; Facebook’s New Plan to Connect the World

Posted April 14th, 2016 at 11:35 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: A Scheme to Encrypt the Entire Web Is Actually Working Encryption is slowly becoming the enemy, so to speak, as lawmakers, at least in the U.S., rush to enact legislation that would either add back doors to mobile devices or force tech companies to comply with government requests to unlock certain smartphones. […]

Robot Joins Search for Loch Ness Monster; Facebook’s Bots Are Coming

Posted April 13th, 2016 at 12:57 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Robot Finds ‘Monster’ Film Prop In Loch Ness Munin, an underwater robot, has been making an in-depth exploration of Scotland’s famous Loch Ness. Scientists undertook the mission to investigate an underwater trench said to house the nest of the fabled Loch Ness monster. So far, it has managed to find some film […]