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Google Faces Age-discrimination Case, Mobile Ransomware Spikes

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 12:44 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Google Age-discrimination Lawsuit May Become a Monster Two people Google turned down for employment filed a lawsuit in California a year ago, claiming they were rejected because they were both over 40. Now, a San Jose federal court is being asked to determine if others who were also rejected because of their […]

Pakistan Goes for Robocup Glory; Russia’s New Online Spying Laws

Posted June 27th, 2016 at 9:36 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Pakistani Roboteers Hunt Global Soccer Glory For the first time, students at Pakistan’s National University of Science and Technology will participate in the annual RoboCup tournament, held this year in Leipzig, Germany, June 30–July 4. The Pakistani ‘team’ of six humanoid robots was purchased from France, costing about $17,000 each. Russia’s State […]

Apple Pulls Refugee ‘I Sea’ App; Preserving Digital History

Posted June 21st, 2016 at 11:59 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: App That Falsely Claimed to Aid Refugees at Sea Pulled From App Store Apple has pulled from its App Store an app called I Sea that claimed it could help find refugees lost at sea by showing real-time satellite footage of the Mediterranean Sea. But developers found the app only shows the […]

Passenger Drone Tests Begin This Year; Apps Put Wildlife at Risk

Posted June 8th, 2016 at 1:08 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: China’s Ehang Will Test World’s First Passenger Drone This Year Ehang – the Chinese company that unveiled an electric passenger drone in January – now has clearance to begin testing it in Nevada sometime this year. The permissions were secured through a partnership with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems and the […]

Microsoft’s Mobile Dreams Unravel; Foxconn Robots Replace Humans

Posted May 25th, 2016 at 12:05 pm (UTC-4)
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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 […]

China’s Fake Online Posts; Shenzhen’s Bright High-tech Future

Posted May 19th, 2016 at 11:38 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Study: China Fakes 488 Million Social Media Comments a Year A Harvard University study says the Chinese government fabricates up to 488 million social media comments every year – the equivalent of a day of global tweets – to distract its citizens from sensitive political issues. Harvard scholars started their study with […]

Chinese Proposals Tighten Internet Control; Law Firm Hires AI Robot

Posted May 17th, 2016 at 11:26 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: US: Proposed Chinese Regulations Could Fragment the Internet China is planning to push forward with new proposals requiring domain names to be registered through government-licensed providers. If the new rules are approved, they would also prevent some websites whose content is broadly defined as prohibited from registering. In a statement, U.S. officials […]

US Congress Targeted With Ransomware; Facebook Denies Censoring Content

Posted May 10th, 2016 at 12:45 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Congress Warned About Cybersecurity After Attempted Ransomware Attack on House The U.S. House of Representatives’ technology staff warned legislators that their third-party email apps were increasingly being targeted by malware attacks. In an internal email obtained by TechCrunch, the staff advised legislators that access to YahooMail and Gmail will be blocked on […]

Spy Hacking Group Targets Asia; Elderly Find Refuge in Technology

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 11:08 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Spy Hacking Group Targeting Asian Governments Spotted Microsoft’s latest Security Intelligence Report says hackers have been spying on Asian governments since 2009. Dubbed PLATINUM, this particular hacking group has carried out a number of cyber espionage campaigns against government and private targets in Asia, according to Tim Rains, security editor of the […]

US Teens Addicted to Smartphones; 50 Life-changing Gadgets

Posted May 3rd, 2016 at 11:44 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Half of US Teens Think They’re Addicted to Smartphones Fifty percent of U.S. teens aged 12-18 feel they are addicted to their smartphones, according to a new poll conducted for Common Sense media, a non-profit organization that helps negotiate media and technology. Up to 59 percent of parents said their teens were […]