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LA Hospital Pays Bitcoin Ransom; Empowering Indian Women in Tech

Posted February 18th, 2016 at 11:59 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Hollywood Hospital Pays Bitcoin Ransom Demand The Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, whose computer systems were hijacked and locked down by hackers demanding payment on February 5, has succumbed and paid around $17,000 in digital bitcoin currency. Chief Allen Stefanek said paying the ransom was the most efficient way to restore normal hospital […]

Mobile Apps Challenge Open Web; The New Internet Digital Gap

Posted February 3rd, 2016 at 11:30 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Why Mobile Apps Are the Biggest Challenge to Internet Freedom Smartphone users spend up to 90 percent of their phone time in mobile apps. And while that may not necessarily be a bad thing, writer Matt Asay argues that it is not a healthy or open web environment if one company owns […]

In 2016, Social Media, IoT to Dominate; Asia Startups Likely to Shine

Posted December 24th, 2015 at 11:20 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Technology Trends for 2016? IoT, Social Media Rule The Internet of Things (IoT) will take root in 2016, projects Mark Barrenechea, CEO of Enterprise Information Management firm OpenText. Barrenechea says IoT will become more prevalent in 2016 as social media dominate the world, becoming the new marketing avenues of choice. How Vulnerable IoT […]

Retailers Lights Have Eyes; Google Launches ‘About Me’

Posted November 12th, 2015 at 2:01 pm (UTC-4)
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Tech Sightings: Editors Note: Techtonics is taking November 13 off. Will return next week. We’re Watching You: Carrefour Lights Have Eyes Almost three-quarters of British retailers are using new technologies, including facial recognition software, to track customers in stores. French retailer, Carrefour, started using a marketing tool that tracks your movements and beams data to […]

These Mobile Apps Help With Epilepsy, Depression, Autism

Posted November 6th, 2015 at 2:10 pm (UTC-4)
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Mobile apps are increasingly delving deeper into daily life, extending a helping hand to users with anything from fitness trackers and nutrition data to tools that monitor a host of disorders. Among the latter are these three apps that focus on helping people suffering from epilepsy, depression and Autism. EpiWatch is a new mobile app […]

Online Harassment; Apps for the Blind; Bitcoin; iOS 9.1

Posted October 22nd, 2015 at 12:02 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Experts Address How Silicon Valley Can Solve Online Harassment Despite all the wonders of the Internet, it remains a playground for abusers looking to silence minority voices. Wired talks to six experts about what Silicon Valley can do to help put an end to online harassment. How One Woman is Using Instagram […]

Facebook in Africa; Popemoji; More Apps, Less TV; Apple Stylus

Posted September 10th, 2015 at 3:40 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Facebook Rakes in Users in Nigeria, Kenya; Eyes Rest of Africa Twenty million users and counting now use Facebook in Nigeria and Kenya, according to the social network giant’s latest statistics. The majority of these users access their account on mobile devices. Facebook’s active African users, most of whom are in North […]

Three-D Printing; App Fraud; Asia Eyes US Gaming Market

Posted July 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: India Needs China’s 3-D Printing Construction Technology Now Building a house in India takes about six months, on average. But recently, a Chinese company put together a 3-D-printed house in a matter of three hours. Writer Abhimanyu Ghoshal argues that India could use this technology to pare down the time it needs […]

Beware the Mixed Blessings of Mobile Health, Medical Apps

Posted June 26th, 2015 at 3:48 pm (UTC-4)
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Health and medical apps are becoming part of daily life. They track fitness, provide useful health indicators, and even create new health care opportunities in developing countries. But despite their promise, unregulated apps are raising concerns about safety as well as the security of patient data. While health and medical apps can be useful, Kevin […]

Robots; Tech Diversity Race; War Crimes App; Apple’s WWDC

Posted June 9th, 2015 at 3:13 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Korean Robot Takes Home $2 Million Prize in DARPA Challenge A South Korean team won this weekend’s DARPA Robotics Challenge to design robots for disaster aid, taking home two million dollars. The winning DRC-HUBO robot completed all tasks in 45 minutes and was able to transform into a wheeled position to move faster. […]