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Hospital Hacked; Malware Remotely Erases Android Devices

Posted February 16th, 2016 at 11:36 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:   Hollywood Hospital Held to Ransom by Hackers Hackers have taken control of computer systems at the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center and are now demanding $3.6 million in ransom. The hospital has been crippled by the attack, with staff having to revert to pen and paper for their records. The attackers are […]

Americans Choose Privacy Over Savings; Here Comes Your New AI Doctor

Posted January 14th, 2016 at 11:19 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: When Is It Worth Giving Up Your Data? Americans Aren’t Quite Sure A new report from the Pew Research Center found more than half of the 461 Americans surveyed would rather give up discounts than be tracked by gadgets wherever they go. Forty-five percent of respondents rejected energy savings and car insurance […]

Facebook, India Battle Over Free Internet; China’s Tech Transformation

Posted December 29th, 2015 at 11:03 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Battle Over Facebook’s Free Basics Internet Service Intensifies in India India’s net neutrality activists are on the war path as Facebook launches a new app that offers free internet service to users of the Reliance network in six Indian states. Save the Internet (STI) members argue that there are many ways to […]

Smart Tech Can Fight Gun Violence; Non-Verbal Autistic Users Get New App

Posted December 10th, 2015 at 11:57 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Smart Tech Offers Ways to Reduce Gun Violence Writer Preston Gralla argues that technology might hold the key to helping save some lives from the vicious cycle of gun violence in the United States, so long as gun fanatics can be reigned in. He suggests introducing smart-gun technology with fingerprint readers that […]

IBM AI to Fight Beijing Smog; Is Social Media Hurting Relationships?

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 11:38 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: IBM Broadens Push in China, India to Predict Pollution Patterns An International Business Machines Corporation division – IBM Research – will be working with the Delhi Dialogue Commission to understand the correlation between traffic and pollution. The initiative is similar to IBM’s effort in China, where it is testing artificial intelligence to […]

China, India Dominate Internet Market; China’s Kids Take Up Coding

Posted November 18th, 2015 at 12:18 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Report: India Set to Become World’s Second-Largest Internet Market A new report from the Internet and Mobile Association of India and market research firm IMRB says India’s Internet users are expected to exceed 400 million by the end of this year, making the Indian Internet market the world’s second-largest after China. Latest […]

Mobile Consumes Teen Generation; Emoji Makes 2015 Word of the Year

Posted November 17th, 2015 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: I’m 15 and I Can’t Look Up From My Phone Mobile devices and their various apps are sucking in a whole generation of teenagers. Writer Ruby Karp notes how young people easily grab their smartphones in the middle of a social gathering or a conversation because they don’t know how to be […]

Snapchat & Teens; Your AI Muse; Apple; Online Reviews

Posted October 20th, 2015 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: I’m 15 and Snapchat Makes Me Feel Awful About Myself Writer Ruby Karp argues that Snapchat’s latest update encourages FOMO or fear of missing out among teenagers. She says teens are obsessed with the Snapchat stories feature, which lets them “boast” about who they are with, what they’re doing — and “what […]

Margaret Hamilton; Apple News; Google Drones; Pepsi Smartphone?

Posted October 13th, 2015 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Her Code Got Humans on the Moon — and Invented Software You might never have heard of Margaret Hamilton. In the 1960s, she landed a job as a programmer at MIT. But when the Apollo space program came along, she led an engineering feat that would land a man on the moon […]

Thailand’s Firewall; the Next Big Thing; Android; Steve Jobs

Posted October 8th, 2015 at 3:38 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Thai Military’s Plan for ‘Great Firewall’ Risks Internet Competition Free speech advocates and former officials say the proposal by Thailand’s military government to create a single, controlled Internet gateway would kill competition and be seen as the latest effort to smother freedom of expression and dissent. Android Creator Thinks the Next Big […]