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Printed Prosthetics; Green Chips; iPhone Blues; IoT; Instagram

Posted May 27th, 2015 at 3:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Google Pledges $20 Million to Give 3-D Prosthetics a Helping Hand The Director of Google’s non-profit Google.org, Jacquelline Fuller, announced the launch of the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities project in a blog post, with $20 million in funding. The project is intended to support people with disabilities and push the development of […]

Mobile vs. PCs; ‘Chucky’ the Teddy Bear; Smartphone Cold Wars

Posted May 26th, 2015 at 2:38 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Mobile Isn’t Killing the Desktop Internet The PC is dead? No, wait, it’s not dead – yet. Pundits have been going on for years about how mobile is killing the desktop PC and how people are increasingly using their mobile phones to get online. But according to comScore, mobile use might not […]

YouTube Turns 10; Video Sharing Wars; ‘Project Fi’; PC Graveyards

Posted April 23rd, 2015 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: YouTube Marks 10 Years of Uploads With New Studios for Filmmakers A decade after its launch, YouTube still gets billions of views each day. To improve content, YouTube is investing in “YouTube Spaces,” or studios similar to what it has in Tokyo that give filmmakers access to everything they need to create […]

The Future of VR; User-Aided Hack Attacks; Android’s ‘Trusted Voice’

Posted April 14th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Google Malaysia Service Disrupted by Hackers Users of Google’s Malaysia website got redirected Tuesday to a hacked site. A Google Malaysia spokesperson told Reuters the company has contacted the group that administers the domain name to address the issue. Likewise, Chinese hackers are said to be spying on governments in Southeast Asia […]

Tim Cook’s Apple; Cryptoine Hacked; Android Woes; Facebook’s Transformation

Posted March 26th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Tech Giants Call for Mass Surveillance Reform A slew of leading tech companies, including Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, Dropbox and others have banded together in a Reform Government Surveillance coalition to call on U.S. Congress to end government agencies’ bulk collection of communications data. The coalition has also attracted civil rights groups […]

China’s 3-D-Printed Car; Google’s Gmail Pay Plans; Persson’s Crazy Mansion

Posted March 25th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Beijing Official: Chinese Have No Need for Blocked Websites A Chinese official said Wednesday that if Beijing wins the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, then foreigners attending the games will be able to access the Internet unhindered. But he said that is not an issue for the Chinese because they “don’t […]

FREAK Bug, Smart Glasses Still Alive; Windows 10 Piracy; IoT Future

Posted March 18th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:   Internet of Things: Sillier, Scarier and Coming Your Way Wearable, connected devices and “smart” everyday gadgets are slowly making their way into people’s homes, turning everything from the cellphone to the fridge to Barbie dolls into a connected, Internet of Things tech challenge. While using your cellphone to turn on or […]

Cuba’s First Free Wi-Fi; Printed Prosthetics; Steve Jobs Legacy?

Posted March 17th, 2015 at 2:26 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:   Non-Profit 3D-Prints $100 Arm for Boy in Sudan Back in 2013, California-based non-profit Not Impossible Labs built its own 3-D printer prosthetic lab in Sudan — the world’s first. Now, the group has printed a prosthetic arm for Daniel, a 14-year-old boy who lost both arms during a bombing attack. Contemporary […]

Apple’s Researchkit Ethics; Bye-Bye Barbie; PlayStation Mobile to Shut Down

Posted March 11th, 2015 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:   Plans to Censor South Africa’s Internet Called ‘Unconstitutional’ A campaigning group called Right2Know has blasted proposed policies released last week by the South Africa Film & Publication Board to regulate online publications and vet their content. Right2Know said the document gives authorities too much room to infringe on citizens’ constitutional right […]

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 […]