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Wikipedia Denies Purging Feminists; 3-D-Printed Food; the Linux ‘Ghost’

Posted January 28th, 2015 at 2:15 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Wikipedia Denies ‘Purging’ Feminist Editors Over Gamergate Debate Wikipedia has been under fire since The Guardian and others reported last week that five editors opposed to Gamergate were banned from editing gender or sexuality pages. But according to The Verge, a Wikipedia statement today said that “press stories have mistakenly claimed that […]

Internet’s Missing Second; Skeleton Key; Android Exploits; iPhone Addiction

Posted January 13th, 2015 at 2:18 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: ‘Leap Second’ Threatens to Break the Internet According to the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service announced, the Earth’s rotation has slowed by a second. That means the planet — and its computer systems that will have to grapple with this issue – need an extra second to catch up. This is […]

Apple Malware; Biometrics; Super Cookies; CES

Posted January 8th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: New Undetectable Apple Malware Can Infect Any Thunderbolt Device Using a new exploit called Thunderstrike, hackers can infect an Apple Thunderbolt peripheral with malware, then load it into a system’s firmware interface using the Thunderbolt device’s Option ROM. Robot Comforts Children Through Chemotherapy The robot, MEDI, short for Medicine and Engineering Designing […]

RoboSimians; IT Nightmares and the Great Firewall of China

Posted December 30th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: The Great Firewall of China is Nearly Complete Officially called the “Golden Shield,” China’s decade-old Internet firewall, which recently blocked Google Gmail and typically blocks Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Google search, is the most effective in the world. The program restricts content deemed sensitive and blocks thousands of websites, including some Voice […]

Tracking Santa; the Eyes Have It; Death of Voicemail?

Posted December 24th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: It’s Christmas Eve and the Battle of NORAD vs. Google Santa Trackers Has Begun! Santa and his reindeer are traveling somewhere around the world; and Google is racing to track his every movement ahead of Microsoft and its North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) partner. You can find Google’s Santa Tracker here and […]

EU Wants Google to ‘Forget’ US Citizens; Regin; 3-D Printing

Posted November 26th, 2014 at 2:24 pm (UTC-4)
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Tech Sightings today: Google Pushed to Extend ‘Forgotten’ Requests to US After two days of meetings, EU data protection chiefs drafted rules that now require Google to extend the right to be forgotten beyond Europe to the United States to allow U.S. residents to submit privacy requests to Google if they are unhappy with their […]

Sony Hijacked? Killer Technology; EU vs. Google and More

Posted November 25th, 2014 at 2:02 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Tech’s Gender Gap Wasn’t Always So Bad. Here’s How It Got Worse A filmmaker whose daughter wanted to drop out of her computer science major because she was one of only two girls attending resulted in a documentary about gender inequality in the U.S. tech and science sectors. The film, called CODE: […]

Tech Sightings, November 20, 2014

Posted November 20th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Africa’s Mobile Money Goes to Europe with M-Pesa Africa’s money transfer system, M-Pesa, launched in 2007, now has some 17 million active users worldwide. And with the recent launch of a mobile wallet in Romania, M-Pesa in expected to continue its advance in the European market. New Tool Helps Spy Victims Detect Government Surveillance German […]

Tech Sightings, November 19, 2014

Posted November 19th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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China Blocks Websites as Internet Meeting Begins China’s vigilant censors have blocked several popular websites even as the World Internet Conference convened in the country. Blocked sites include networks that help speed website performance and services that enable users to access typically blocked content. Next Year’s DDOS Attacks Expected From Vietnam, India, Indonesia According to […]

Tech Sightings, November 13, 2014

Posted November 13th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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There’s an App that Needs You: The Rise of Mobile Crowdsourcing Today, crowdsourcing apps are used in investing, creative work, and funding start up projects. They are showing up on many smartphones with thousands of mini-reports coming in from around the internet. The mosaic of information can form a larger picture that can be used […]