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Tech Sightings, October 7, 2014

Posted October 7th, 2014 at 2:04 pm (UTC-5)
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Efficient, Useful Blue-light LED Draws Nobel Prize in Physics Japanese professors Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano, and American professor Shuji Nakamura won the 2014 Noble Prize in physics for inventing blue light-emitting diode (LED) technology, currently used for high-speed networking, data storage, water purification and home illumination. Software, Robots Will Take One in Three Jobs […]

Tech Sightings, October 2, 2014

Posted October 2nd, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Twitter Wants MIT to Make Sense of Your Tweets Social media giant Twitter is offering MIT $10 million and a five-year commitment to back the creation of the Laboratory for Social Machines. The aim is to access real-time tweets, old and new, and develop technologies that can distinguish patterns across social media and digital content. If […]

Tech Sightings, September 30, 2014

Posted September 30th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Hong Kong Protesters Turn to Mesh Networks to Evade China’s Censorship As tens of thousands of students fill Hong Kong Streets as part of the Umbrella Revolution,  demanding democratic reform, Beijing blocked Hong Kong social media sites to keep mainland China in the dark. But the protesters are a step ahead with an app called […]

Tech Sightings, September 25, 2014

Posted September 25th, 2014 at 2:09 pm (UTC-5)
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The Man on a Quest to Open-Source Cancer Research His name is Isaac Yonemoto. He is a chemist; and he is experimenting with open source software to make cancer research available to the world. The goal of his patent-free project, funded by the bitcoin cryptocurrency, aims to revive work on an anti-cancer compound called  9-deoxysibiromycin, […]

Tech Sightings, September 23, 2014

Posted September 23rd, 2014 at 2:07 pm (UTC-5)
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Alibaba’s Jack Ma Rises to Top of China Rich List Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma has become China’s richest man with an estimated fortune of $25 billion. According to Hurun Reports of China’s super-rich for this year, Ma has relegated to second place Wanda property group chief Wang Jianlin, whose fortune is estimated at $24.2 billion. […]

Tech Sightings, September 18, 2014

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Make Peace, Not War The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the United Nations Development Program, and Build Up have teamed up to sponsor PEACEapp, a competition intended to showcase the work of game developers who create games to channel cultural dialogue and conflict management. October 15 is the deadline for entries. China’s Signal Hijacks Have […]

Tech Sightings, September 17, 2014

Posted September 17th, 2014 at 2:33 pm (UTC-5)
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Middle-School Dropout Codes Clever Chat Program That Foils NSA Spying John Brooks, a coder who dropped out of school at the age of 13, first created Ricochet, an encrypted instant messaging program, as a hobby. After the Snowden leaks about U.S. intelligence spying came to light, Brooks realized that he has the solution that can […]

Tech Sightings, September 11, 2014

Posted September 11th, 2014 at 2:46 pm (UTC-5)
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Google Buys High-Tech Spoon Manufacturer It’s not an ordinary spoon. Lift Labs’s high-tech spoon accounts for tremors and makes it easier for people suffering from neurodegenerative disease to eat. The company, along with some of its employees, will join Goggle’s Life Sciences division. Bank of England Sees Bitcoin Fraud Risk, Deflation Danger The Bank of […]

Tech Sightings, September 10, 2014

Posted September 10th, 2014 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Botnet Twists the Knife in iCloud Security After stealing pictures of nude celebrities from Apple’s iCloud accounts, hackers are now using a botnet – Kelihos botnet – to send their victims emails, purportedly from Apple, asking them for ID information to address alleged iTunes purchases . Printable Solar Panels May Be Coming to a Device […]

Tech Sightings, September 4, 2014

Posted September 4th, 2014 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Apple Chastised for Unsafe Working Conditions in Supplier Factory Labor rights and advocacy groups say a Suqian, China factory owned by Catcher Technology was found to be in “serious health and safety, environmental, and human rights violations.”  The factory produces iPad and iPhone parts. Singapore Hospital Pilots Telehealth for Heart Patients Singapore’s Changi General Hospital […]