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India to Probe WhatsApp Privacy; DeepMind, UK Join to Fight Cancer

Posted August 31st, 2016 at 11:42 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: WhatsApp in Hot Water in India Over Privacy Policy Changes Messaging service WhatsApp’s about-face on privacy has raised eyebrows in the U.S., Europe, and now in India. New Delhi’s High Court has asked the government and telecom regulators to look into WhatsApp data-sharing after some users complained about changes in its privacy […]

Apple to EU: It’s Jobs or Taxes; Sri Lankan Teen Hacker Gets Fine, Jail

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Apple: You Can Have Taxes or You Can Have Jobs, but You Can’t Have Both That sentiment sums up Apple’s official response to the EU’s decision that the company received illegal state aid and should pay Ireland nearly $13 billion in back taxes. But the situation is complicated due to an understanding […]

Drones for Refugees; Tim Cook’s Apple, 5 Years Later

Posted August 24th, 2016 at 1:24 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: How a Former Refugee Uses Drones to Help Others Survive Dangerous Sea Crossings “Drones for Refugees” is a project designed to help rescue workers move swiftly to locate and rescue refugees making the treacherous crossing of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas to a better life. The project was founded by drone expert […]

Best Mobile Connectivity Is in Korea; Web Tracking Is on the Rise

Posted August 17th, 2016 at 12:11 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: OpenSignal: Koreans Enjoy Best Mobile Internet, Dutch Spend Most Time on Wi-Fi A new report from wireless signal mapping company OpenSignal places South Korea at the top of the list of countries enjoying 3G mobile connectivity 93 percent of the time, followed by Japan and Israel. The U.S. took 17th place with […]

Chesky’s Airbnb – From Bodybuilding to Tech; Linux Bug Hits Android

Posted August 16th, 2016 at 10:44 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: How a Former Bodybuilder Became One of America’s Richest Young Tech Founders His name is Brian Chesky. And the 34-year-old New Yorker and founder of Airbnb was in his younger days more interested in bodybuilding and hockey than in technology. But overbooked hotels triggered an idea and drove him to launch a […]

Smart Cars Vulnerable to Hackers; Older Workers Just as Tech Savvy

Posted August 10th, 2016 at 12:06 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Half of Smart Cars’ Vulnerabilities Give Hackers Control A recent study from IOActive says half of the vulnerabilities it found in the smart cars of a “leading vehicle manufacturer” could give a hacker full control of the car. Researchers also found that nearly three quarters of the vulnerabilities could be easily exploited. […]

Robot Surgeons Are Coming; Pokemon GO’s Security Risks

Posted July 28th, 2016 at 11:49 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: New Crop of Robots to Vie for Space in the Operating Room One in three surgeries in the United States are likely to be performed by robotics systems within the next five years, which is more than double the current levels. The approach will have surgeons sitting at computer consoles to guide […]

IBM, Brazil Team Up Against Zika; Windows 10 Update Coming August 2

Posted July 27th, 2016 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: IBM Steps Up Efforts in Fight Against Zika International Business Machines Corp (IBM) has announced it will provide Brazil’s leading Oswaldo Cruz Foundation with technology and resources to help track the Zika virus. The foundation, affiliated with Brazil’s Ministry of Health, will use IBM’s technology to analyze data about human travel patterns […]

‘Making’ Tomorrow’s Workforce; Wireless Keyboards’ Bug Found

Posted July 26th, 2016 at 11:51 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: The Maker movement That Impacts Economy, Education and Culture Technology is about more than just coding, argues writer Dale Daugherty. “Makers” – those who create and craft using electronics, 3-D printing and a mix of physical and digital skills – are already shaping the future. The maker movement is on the rise […]

Minecraft Meets AI; the Fall and Decline of Yahoo

Posted July 21st, 2016 at 11:49 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Minecraft Is Testing Ground for Human-AI Collaboration Minecraft, the computer game of blocks, has been used to build all sorts of things for fun and educational applications. Now, Microsoft researchers have released an experimental version intended as an artificial intelligence (AI) training ground. Nicknamed Project Malmo, the open source effort allows a […]