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Passenger Drone Tests Begin This Year; Apps Put Wildlife at Risk

Posted June 8th, 2016 at 1:08 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: China’s Ehang Will Test World’s First Passenger Drone This Year Ehang – the Chinese company that unveiled an electric passenger drone in January – now has clearance to begin testing it in Nevada sometime this year. The permissions were secured through a partnership with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems and the […]

Android’s Location Data Jackpot; Google Search Adds Privacy Controls

Posted June 1st, 2016 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Police Filing Warrants for Android’s Vast Store of Location Data If you use Google Maps on your Android device, you should know the software has a feature that builds a comprehensive history of the places you visit. Google’s Location History system collects the information, which is then used in Maps. The resulting […]

Twitter Eases 140-Character Limit; Google Toys With Killing Passwords

Posted May 24th, 2016 at 11:49 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Twitter Makes Important Changes to Its 140-character Limit, Ditching ‘@mention’ Twitter is moving forward with changes to its 140-character limit that take links and @replies out of the word count. Pictures and other attachments will no longer count toward the 140-character count. A retweet button will also be added to personal tweets. […]

Foxconn Nabs Nokia Dumbphone Brand; LinkedIn Data Posted for Sale

Posted May 18th, 2016 at 11:48 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Why a Taiwanese Company Is Paying $350 Million to Build Nokia Dumbphones Microsoft announced Wednesday it is selling its featurephone Nokia brand to Foxconn, a Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer best known as the manufacturer of iPhones. Old fashioned featurephones, also known as dumbphones, are still very popular around the world and show no […]

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

Posted April 20th, 2016 at 12:48 pm (UTC-5)
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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 […]

Asia Mobile Banking Apps Riddled With Malware

Posted April 15th, 2016 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Mobile users are more likely to fall victim to cyberattacks in Asia than in any other region, in part because the continent’s Android mobile banking system is riddled with malware, thanks to a lack of awareness and the proliferation of third-party software. While cybercriminals are likely to attack wherever they can get a foothold, the […]

Technology a Lifeline for Brussels Victims; Tor Project Tightens Security

Posted March 22nd, 2016 at 11:21 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Brussels Attacks Highlight Technology’s Importance, But We Could Do So Much More In Brussels, Belgium, thousands tried to reach loved ones following the devastating terror attacks on airport and subway systems, bringing the country’s mobile networks to a halt. As a result, people reached out on social media, using WhatsApp, Twitter and […]

Computer AI Trounces Go Champ; UN Slams UK Web Snooping

Posted March 9th, 2016 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Computer 1, Human 0 as Google’s AI Wins First Game in Go Challenge And the battle is on. Google’s artificial intelligence (AI) program has soundly beaten professional South Korean Go master Lee Se-dol in their first face-off. Google’s DeepMind’s AlphaGo made a clean 5-0 sweep in the first round of the complicated […]

Android vs. iOS; Virtual Reality: Hype or Promise?

Posted February 25th, 2016 at 11:58 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Android vs iOS: The Great Security Debate Traditional thinking has it that iOS is the most secure of the mobile operating systems. That is no longer the case as more malware and other malicious software target that ecosystem. On the other hand, the fragmented Android operating system is, at best, a security […]

Hospital Hacked; Malware Remotely Erases Android Devices

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 11:36 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:   Hollywood Hospital Held to Ransom by Hackers Hackers have taken control of computer systems at the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center and are now demanding $3.6 million in ransom. The hospital has been crippled by the attack, with staff having to revert to pen and paper for their records. The attackers are […]