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

Posted January 2nd, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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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 […]

‘The Interview’ Cyberwar; 3D-Printing Cancer; Apple in Russia

Posted December 17th, 2014 at 2:04 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Not Even North Korea Can Stop the Internet Those behind the devastating hack attack that targeted Sony Pictures Entertainment have also threatened violence against theaters showing the movie The Interview. To thwart that group’s effort to prevent people from seeing the picture, which centers around an assassination plot against North Korean leader […]

Wiping Out Sony; Girl Scouts; GTA 5; Best Android Apps

Posted December 4th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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The Princess Trap A New-York based software engineer, whose four-year-old daughter is already going for cultural gender cliches and predesignated social roles, writes about the uphill battle he and others face getting kids – especially girls – interested in science. Inside the “Wiper” Malware That Brought Sony Pictures to its Knees The malware used to […]

Tech Sightings, November 11, 2014

Posted November 11th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Canadian Researchers: China Hackers Target Rights Groups Canadian technology research group, Citizen Lab, says Chinese hackers are targeting journalists and human rights activists with the same methods they use to steal data from state and corporate entities. The difference, according to the group, is that the new victims lack the tools and resources to protect […]

Tech Sightings, November 5, 2014

Posted November 5th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Germany’s Top Publisher Bows to Google in News Licensing Row Based on the findings of a two-week experiment, Germany’s biggest news publisher, Axel Springer,  says it scrapped a bid to block Google from running snippets of articles from its newspapers. China Proposes Tougher Rules on Text Message Spam China proposed stricter regulations on sending spam […]

Tech Sightings, October 30, 2014

Posted October 30th, 2014 at 2:23 pm (UTC-4)
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Tim Cook Speaks Up In an article in Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly declared that he is gay. “Let me be clear,” he wrote. “I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.” Having a Heart Attack? This Drone Could Help Alec Momont, whose […]

Tech Sightings, October 28, 2014

Posted October 28th, 2014 at 2:19 pm (UTC-4)
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App Annie: Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey, India Power Next Wave of App Growth Mobile app analytics firm App Annie and mobile content and commerce association MEF project that the next growth market for app downloads will take place in Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey and India in the next quarter. Ebola Research Gets a Boost From Crowdfunding […]

Tech Sightings, October 22, 2014

Posted October 22nd, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Survey: Harassment a Common Part of Online Life A new study from the Pew Research Center found that online harassment is a common phenomenon, at least in the United States, with nearly three-quarters of American adults who use the Internet witnessing online harassment, and 40 percent  being harassed themselves. Hungary Plans New Tax on Internet […]

Tech Sightings, October 14, 2014

Posted October 14th, 2014 at 1:49 pm (UTC-4)
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Mark Zuckerberg, Wife Priscilla Donate $25M to Fight Ebola Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have announced that they have made a donation of $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola, the deadly virus that has claimed more than 4,000 lives and continues to spread. While […]

Tech Sightings, October 9, 2014

Posted October 9th, 2014 at 2:07 pm (UTC-4)
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Zuckerberg in India: Facebook Wants to Boost Rural Connectivity to Reach 5 Billion People Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who is visiting India, is meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday to offer help in providing Internet connectivity and possibly local content to about 600,000 remote villages. Robots in US Hospitals Help Prevent Spread […]