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Internet’s Human Side; Smart Devices Vex Users; 3-D Cool Bricks

Posted March 10th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:   Internet Offers Help to Homeless Sierra Leone Athlete Whose Family Died of Ebola Jimmy Thoronka, a top athlete from Sierra Leone who went to Britain to participate in the Commonwealth Games, ended up homeless after losing his family in Sierra Leone to the Ebola virus. But as he was being prepared […]

Social Media Addicts; Malicious Apps; 3-D-Printed Bricks

Posted February 3rd, 2015 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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China’s Internet Population Hits 649 million – 86 Percent on Phones According to the China Internet Network Information Center, the country’s total Internet population  increased by 31 million in 2014. The country had 649 million internet users by the end of 2014. Up to 557 million of those used mobile sets to get online. A […]

2014: A Wearable, Heartbleed, Sony-esque Kind of Year

Posted January 2nd, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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2014 saw Artificial Intelligence, 3-D printing and wearable technology expanding into new areas and new gadgets. It marked a turning point with increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. It was a year of upheaval that cast doubt on the viability of cryptocurrencies even as new methods of digital payments were born. And 2014 continued the lack of diversity […]

Privacy; North Korea; and the Spider Dress

Posted December 23rd, 2014 at 2:08 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Downing North Korea’s Internet Not Much of a Scalp North Korea lost its Internet connectivity for half a day Monday, though the reasons for the blackout remain unclear. But that is hardly a major loss for a country that barely has 1,000 Internet addresses, one Internet service provider and one connection to […]

Unmasking Tor; 3-D Printing; Sony Blues; Facebook Drops Bing

Posted December 16th, 2014 at 2:38 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: The FBI Used the Web’s Favorite Hacking Tool to Unmask Tor Users According to WIRED, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) used an abandoned Metasploit project called the “Decloaking Engine” in 2012 to launch “Operation Torpedo” to identify child port suspects using Tor’s anonymous network to hide. Patient-Specific Knee Parts Can […]

EU Wants Google to ‘Forget’ US Citizens; Regin; 3-D Printing

Posted November 26th, 2014 at 2:24 pm (UTC-5)
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Tech Sightings today: Google Pushed to Extend ‘Forgotten’ Requests to US After two days of meetings, EU data protection chiefs drafted rules that now require Google to extend the right to be forgotten beyond Europe to the United States to allow U.S. residents to submit privacy requests to Google if they are unhappy with their […]

Tech Sightings, November 6, 2014

Posted November 6th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Microsoft Makes More Office Features Free on iPads Microsoft announced today it is releasing Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for the iPhone for the first time, and rolling out a test version of those apps for Android tablets. The Android apps are expected to be released fully early next year. The new strategy offers customers […]

Tech Sightings, June 26, 2014

Posted June 26th, 2014 at 2:26 pm (UTC-5)
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What Developers Need To Know About Android L Google’s latest mobile operating system, Android L, which is available to developers as a preview version, could be the biggest Android update ever. The new release changes the way Android operates in fundamental ways that developers working with the Android OS will probably want to know. New […]

Tech Sightings, June 25, 2014

Posted June 25th, 2014 at 2:27 pm (UTC-5)
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Intel Introduces ‘Jimmy,’ First Member of a Family of 3D-Printed Robot Kits ‘Jimmy,’ the first member of a family of robot kits for 3D printers developed by Intel, is due for release in September. The chipmaker hopes that enthusiasts will be willing to develop more functionality for the robots to carry out various daily activities. […]

Tech Sightings, June 4, 2014

Posted June 4th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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China State Media Calls for ‘Severe Punishment’ for Google, Apple, US Tech Firms The People’s Daily said on its microblog that U.S. technology companies like Apple, Google, Yahoo, Cisco, Microsoft, Facebook and others threaten China’s cybersecurity and Chinese Internet users, and they should be severely punished. LinkedIn Draws Fire for Tiananmen Square Censorship LinkedIn is being […]