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Kim Jong Un; China Mobile Banking; Android’s ALPs; Privacy

Posted August 20th, 2015 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Kim Jong Un Has His Own Cellular Network According to a former technical director at North Korea’s cellular network Koryolink, Kim Jong Un and other high-ranking officials have their own private cellular network to secure their communications. The 3G network, according to the source, has its own algorithms and operating system. Many Apps […]

Hawking’s Voice; Google in Africa; Bitcoin Split?

Posted August 18th, 2015 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Stephen Hawking’s Voice Now Available as Open Source Software Intel is making astrophysicist Stephen Hawking’s distinctive voice available to the public for free. The technology developed for Hawking, who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is called the Assistive Context-Aware Toolkit (ACAT). Intel will now make the source code open for people to […]

Black Hat; Facebook Personality Dabbling; iPhone Fakes

Posted August 6th, 2015 at 3:49 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Black Hat Keynote Speaker: Dream of Internet Freedom Is Dying As the annual Black Hat security conference kicked off in Las Vegas, Jennifer Granick, Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, warned that overregulation, censorship and bad laws are killing the dream of a free and open […]

Privacy; China’s Online Police; OS X; Android Fragmentation

Posted August 5th, 2015 at 3:48 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Online Is Poised to Spread Europe’s highest court’s ruled more than a year ago that search engines had to give Internet users the “right to be forgotten” to help safeguard privacy. But some privacy and free speech advocates expect the controversial “right to be forgotten” to expand beyond […]

Bionic Eyes; Schooling Vietnam; Android Malware; Google Maps

Posted July 22nd, 2015 at 3:04 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: World First Bionic Eye Gives Hope to Millions A British pensioner suffering from macular degeneration has become the world’s first person to be fitted with a bionic eye.  The ground-breaking operation gave Ray Flynn, an electronic implant that works with a camera attached to his glasses to send video feeds to healthy […]

Mozilla Blocks Flash; Nadella’s Microsoft; Google’s Photo Mishaps

Posted July 14th, 2015 at 3:09 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Mozilla Blocks Flash Player on Firefox Mozilla has blocked all versions of Adobe Flash Player in its Firefox browser due to its vulnerability to attack. Last week’s breach of the Italian company Hacking Team was made possible by a Flash Player bug that hackers exploited. While Adobe issued a patch, there appear […]

Laser Internet; Android Malware; Windows 10; Mobile Addiction

Posted July 2nd, 2015 at 3:14 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Facebook Works to Deliver High Speed Internet Using Laser Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on his social media page that Facebook’s Connectivity Lab is developing a laser communication system that can beam data via drones and satellites, thereby providing Internet connectivity at much higher speeds. New Android Malware Is Sprouting […]

Mind-Controlled Robots; Samsung Updates; Flash, Android Woes

Posted June 24th, 2015 at 3:46 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Mind-Controlled Telepresence Robots Could Restore Mobility to the Disabled Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology’s Defitech Foundation Chair in Brain-Machine Interface in Lausanne are developing a brain-computer interface that will allow disabled people to control telepresence robots with their minds. After training, disabled users participating in early tests were able […]

Lithuania’s IT Power; Facebook Sued; Android Drops in EU; Mac BIOS Flaw

Posted June 4th, 2015 at 2:08 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: The Rise of Lithuania’s IT Power Attracted by its infrastructure and tech-favorable environment, more IT companies are flocking to Lithuania to set up shop there. Lithuania is home to 13 of the Baltic region’s 20 biggest IT firms; and its population ranks 16th in the world for their Information and Communication Technology […]

Digital Human Rights; Abuse Emojis; Google’s I/O Show; the Robot Wars

Posted May 28th, 2015 at 2:29 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: UN Report: Encryption is Important to Human Rights The United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said digital security and privacy are essential for freedom of expression around the world. A new U.N. report said encryption and anonymity tools help “provide the privacy and security necessary for the exercise of […]