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Android’s App Permissions Flaw; Assistive Tech Gets Smarter

Posted May 9th, 2017 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Serious App Permissions Flaw Will Not be Fixed Until Android O Google’s Android operating system might get a lot of unwanted attention from hackers because of its popularity, but research from Check Point security firm points to deeper problems. Google Play’s app permission model grants apps downloaded from the store extensive access, […]

Immersive Education Has Promise, but a Long Way to Go

Posted May 5th, 2017 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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Virtual reality (VR) technologies are slowly, albeit selectively, showing up in U.S. schools as educational tools. And there are efforts to bring them to schools in developing countries as well. But given the challenges, some experts say it is too early to even consider their impact on education. Spearheading the effort to bring virtual reality technologies […]

Samsung’s Environmental Impact; the Problem With IoT Devices

Posted November 3rd, 2016 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: So Where Will All Those Recalled Note 7s End Up? Remember all those exploding Galaxy Note 7s Samsung recently recalled? All of the flawed devices have to go somewhere – a device graveyard of sorts. But Samsung says it is trying to limit the environmental impact of the massive recall of more […]

Dealing With Augmented Reality Cities; Facebook Under Fire Over Ads

Posted August 11th, 2016 at 11:37 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Games Will Reshape Cities As the Pokemon GO craze continues unabated, many countries are restricting and zoning urban areas to prevent players from meandering into government sites and other sensitive areas to hunt Pokemon characters. Writer Geoff Manaugh argues that once this game is forgotten, new augmented reality games that place a […]

Microsoft’s Mobile Dreams Unravel; Foxconn Robots Replace Humans

Posted May 25th, 2016 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Microsoft Retreats in Smartphone Battle, 1,850 Jobs Could Go Microsoft’s foray into the mobile smartphone market appears to be at an end. The tech giant’s smartphone business has been in its death throes in recent months. And now, Microsoft just announced it will cut about 1,850 jobs, mostly in Finland, and write […]

Augmented Reality Takes on the PC; Your Newscast in Virtual Reality

Posted April 19th, 2016 at 11:59 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: This Mysterious Startup Wants to Kill Computers for Good It’s called Magic Leap – a new startup that is developing a headset or goggles it hopes will do away with computer screens for good. The plan is to use the headset to add an augmented reality layer to the real world view. […]

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 […]

Tech Sightings, March 27, 2014

Posted March 27th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Tomorrow’s Cargo Ships Will Use Augmented Reality to Sail the Seas The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Rolls-Royce says operating ships by remote control is already a possibility; and there are plans to deploy the first remotely-operated ship as early as next year. NASA Crowdsources New Spacesuit Design As of Wednesday morning, More […]