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WWW Turns 25; Saving Lives in South Africa’s Slums

Posted August 23rd, 2016 at 12:06 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Happy 25th Birthday to the World Wide Web Yes, it’s been 25 years already. On August 23, 1991, Switzerland-based computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee deployed the World Wide Web (WWW), where all documents and web pages are stored, for the first time. Berners-Lee, who worked for CERN – the European Organization for Nuclear […]

Chesky’s Airbnb – From Bodybuilding to Tech; Linux Bug Hits Android

Posted August 16th, 2016 at 10:44 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: How a Former Bodybuilder Became One of America’s Richest Young Tech Founders His name is Brian Chesky. And the 34-year-old New Yorker and founder of Airbnb was in his younger days more interested in bodybuilding and hockey than in technology. But overbooked hotels triggered an idea and drove him to launch a […]

Smart Cars Vulnerable to Hackers; Older Workers Just as Tech Savvy

Posted August 10th, 2016 at 12:06 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Half of Smart Cars’ Vulnerabilities Give Hackers Control A recent study from IOActive says half of the vulnerabilities it found in the smart cars of a “leading vehicle manufacturer” could give a hacker full control of the car. Researchers also found that nearly three quarters of the vulnerabilities could be easily exploited. […]

‘Making’ Tomorrow’s Workforce; Wireless Keyboards’ Bug Found

Posted July 26th, 2016 at 11:51 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: The Maker movement That Impacts Economy, Education and Culture Technology is about more than just coding, argues writer Dale Daugherty. “Makers” – those who create and craft using electronics, 3-D printing and a mix of physical and digital skills – are already shaping the future. The maker movement is on the rise […]

‘Pokémon GO’ to Fix Account Access ‘Error’; Singapore Takes Up Bots

Posted July 12th, 2016 at 11:39 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: ‘Pokémon GO’ Maker Says Full Google Account Access an ‘Error’ While you are completely engrossed in the latest gaming craze, Pokémon GO, you should know that the popular game was erroneously granted full access to your Google accounts, including email, Google docs, photos and other stuff. Also noteworthy is the fact that […]

Millions of SE Asian Jobs at Risk; Protecting Biometric Data

Posted July 7th, 2016 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: ILO: Millions of SE Asian Jobs May Be Lost to Automation in Next Two Decades A new study from the International Labor Organization says more than half of workers in five Southeast Asian countries could lose their jobs within the next two decades as a result of automation. The report warns that […]

Few Countries Reap Tech Benefits; Robots Define Health Care Future

Posted July 6th, 2016 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Report: 7 Countries Benefit Most From Technology Innovation You’d think technology is giving developing countries a boost, but it turns out seven countries are getting the most economic and digital return for technological innovation. Those are the United States, Singapore, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and Israel, according to a new survey […]

Chinese Malware Hits Android Devices; the New Face of Cybercrime

Posted July 5th, 2016 at 12:02 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Android Malware Infects Millions of Devices, Earns Its Creators $300,000 a Month HummingBad is a malicious piece of software that has infected millions of Android devices around the world. The malware earns the hackers who created it around $300,000 a month as a result of false advertisements and fake apps that end […]

Pakistan Goes for Robocup Glory; Russia’s New Online Spying Laws

Posted June 27th, 2016 at 9:36 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Pakistani Roboteers Hunt Global Soccer Glory For the first time, students at Pakistan’s National University of Science and Technology will participate in the annual RoboCup tournament, held this year in Leipzig, Germany, June 30–July 4. The Pakistani ‘team’ of six humanoid robots was purchased from France, costing about $17,000 each. Russia’s State […]

Tech Giants Look to DNA for Data Storage; Zuckerberg’s Webcam Tape

Posted June 22nd, 2016 at 11:59 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: The Future of Storage May Be in DNA It used to be a big deal to have a hard drive with 20 or 40 megabytes of storage space. Now they can fit terabytes of data. But the sheer volume of space needed now and in the future to store all of humanities’ […]