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Tech Sightings, May 27, 2014

Posted May 27th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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China Renews Crackdown on Tencent’s Messaging App WeChat China’s state media announced Tuesday authorities will launch a month-long crackdown on Tencent’s popular WeChat messaging application. WeChat has become a source of more reliable news for mobile users in China. Twitter’s Growth Shifts to Developing Countries A new report by the research firm eMarketer shows Twitter’s […]

Tech Sightings, May 22, 2014

Posted May 22nd, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Bitcoin Shows Signs of Stability as It Reaches $500 Passing the symbolic $500 mark for the first time in a month, Bitcoin seems to be stabilizing after months of turmoil. But the jump looks like it was spurred by a significant transaction from wealthy individuals tied to the system.. Do Mobile Heart Rate Monitors Actually […]

Tech Sightings, May 21, 2014

Posted May 21st, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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In Thailand, Martial Law Is a Backdrop for Selfies Waking up to Thailand’s new martial law reality, many people scrambled to take pictures of themselves with soldiers against the backdrop of the most recent of at least 18 military coups the country has seen since 1982. Facebook to Launch ‘I’m a Voter’ Feature Worldwide After […]

Tech Sightings, May 20, 2014

Posted May 20th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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What is Tech Doing to Children’s Brains? Thousands of UK children are being recruited for the Study of Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phones, or SCAMP – the world’s largest study on the impact mobile phones have on memory and attention span. The project will examine whether mobiles and other wireless devices affect children’s ability to […]

Tech Sightings, May 15, 2014

Posted May 15th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Amid protests, FCC to Vote on New ‘Net Neutrality’ Proposal Thursday’s vote determines if U.S. telecommunications regulators will formally propose “net neutrality” rules that may allow Internet service providers to charge content companies for faster and more reliable traffic on their networks. Critics say the new rules would create fast lanes for paying companies and […]

Tech Sightings, May 14, 2014

Posted May 14th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Samsung Apologizes for Sick, Dying Workers in Its Factories Samsung apologized this week for not taking action to help sickened workers in some of its factories. Some of the workers died from their illnesses. One of the company’s CEOs said in a press conference a third-party agency will determine the amount of compensation the families […]

Tech Sightings, May 13, 2014

Posted May 13th, 2014 at 2:31 pm (UTC-4)
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Ransomware Gang Targets Android Phones The Reveton Gang that pioneered the idea of locking up a victim’s computer and demanding a ransom to unlock it is now targeting the mobile market. Once Reveton mobile infects a phone, it will display a bogus warning that will hold the phone hostage until the extortionists get payment.  One […]

Tech Sightings, May 8, 2014

Posted May 8th, 2014 at 2:29 pm (UTC-4)
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 Mobile Internet Shakes up Stodgy China Industries China is witnessing a sea of change triggered by consumers shifting their Internet surfing to tablets and smartphones. Around 81 percent of China’s 618 million Internet users go online wirelessly; and the country’s tech companies are scrambling to meet the need with mobile-friendly services. Amazon, Netflix, Tech Giants […]

Tech Sightings, May 7, 2014

Posted May 7th, 2014 at 2:28 pm (UTC-4)
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Google Unveils Free Classroom Tool for Educators Goggle’s new “Classroom” tool integrates Google Docs, Drive, and Gmail and makes teachers’ use of IT and online communications in the classroom more streamlined and simplified. How Technology is Set to Transform India’s Fragmented Education System India has no overall technology policy for schools and Internet penetration is […]

Tech Sightings, May 6, 2014

Posted May 6th, 2014 at 2:05 pm (UTC-4)
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 IBM Sees Big Opportunity in Sequencing Microbes Not all microbes are bad. Researchers from around the world are gathering in San Jose, California for a two-day symposium to discuss sequencing microbes found just about anywhere. The goal is to better understand good and bad microbes and extend the study of “microbiomes” beyond the field of […]