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Africa’s Solar-Powered Internet Schools Bridge Digital Divide

Posted June 20th, 2014 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)

Looking to the skies, Google and Facebook are harnessing solar energy to launch fleets of balloons, drones and satellites to connect the world to the Internet. But another tech company has taken a different path, using the sun’s ubiquitous – and free – energy to power new opportunities in health and education in Africa. As […]

‘Rocketdog’ Gives Stroke Survivors a Helping Hand

Posted June 13th, 2014 at 4:14 pm (UTC-5)
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Some games seem to revel in violence – a point that might add to the quiver of detractors complaining about violent video games. That said, all games are not violent; and there are those among them whose only purpose is to improve people’s lives. Rocketdog is one of those games. “You’re like this cute little dog,” […]

Can Technology Boost Mine Safety?

Posted June 6th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Technological progress has enhanced mine safety significantly in recent years. But tragedies still occur. A recent mine explosion and fire in Turkey killed at least 301 coal miners, while a mine collapse in Chile in 2010 trapped 33 miners underground for a record 69 days. It took a massive rescue effort, sheer determination, ingenuity and […]

Mobile Apps Empower Victims, Embolden Bullies

Posted May 30th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The last two blog entries looked at cyberbullying and the dynamics that drive a bully to taunt a victim, sometimes to the brink of depression or suicide. Often, bullies exploit the same technologies their targets use for protection. But technology can provide tools that give kids, their parents and advocates an advantage in the battle against […]

A Mirror of Culture, Cyberbullies Need Help Too

Posted May 23rd, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Last Friday’s blog post gave an overview of cyberbullying without lifting the veil off the perpetrators’ faces – who they are and what drives them to be mean to others. The answers delve into a problem that goes beyond cyberspace to reflect a social culture that sometimes fails to see bullying for what it is. […]

Behavior, Not Technology Drives Cyberbullying – Q&A with Cybersmile’s Scott Freeman

Posted May 16th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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That I can still remember the face of the school bully I finally had to confront is a luxury most cyberbullying victims don’t have. Some of them are driven to despair as their tormentors exploit technology to hide their identities – a behavior that has led makers of popular anonymous apps like Yik Yak to […]

Aid Groups Turn to Unmanned Aircraft for Disaster Support

Posted May 9th, 2014 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) just getting off the ground in commercial and private space are already running into some challenges. But concern surrounding their use has not stopped at least one humanitarian group from putting them to work for disaster relief operations. Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (AUVs), as they are sometimes called, “have a […]

New Technologies Bolster Autism Therapies

Posted May 2nd, 2014 at 2:21 pm (UTC-5)
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Technology is a work in progress. It might not have all the answers to humanity’s problems, but it can go a long way toward alleviating some of them. Such is the case with the autism spectrum disorder, a group of brain development disorders characterized by difficulties in communication, social interaction and repetitive behavior that has […]

Wearable Devices Raise Privacy Concerns

Posted April 25th, 2014 at 2:36 pm (UTC-5)
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Wearable devices such as Fitbit or Google Glass are raising concerns over their data recording features. And while some are finding a niche in sports, health and other professional sectors, privacy advocates say there are serious implications associated with many of these devices that should have been taken into account during their development. “Some of […]

Is There a Future for Passwords?

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 2:34 pm (UTC-5)
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Whether you go online to check your email, use social media, shop or play games, the odds are you have more passwords than you can keep straight in your head and even more scribbled on enough sticky notes to decorate an entire room. And they just keep getting longer and trickier as cyber attacks become […]