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Silicon Valley’s Gender Culture; GitHub vs. China; Drones on a Mission

Posted March 31st, 2015 at 2:19 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Women in Silicon Valley Objectified, Paid Less Than Male Counterparts Technology trade shows have a name for them: so-called booth babes, meaning scantily-dressed women hired to tout tech gadgets. Now, some associations are banning this culture, saying it is demeaning to women. Adding insult to injury, a recent study from research group […]

China’s 3-D-Printed Car; Google’s Gmail Pay Plans; Persson’s Crazy Mansion

Posted March 25th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Beijing Official: Chinese Have No Need for Blocked Websites A Chinese official said Wednesday that if Beijing wins the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, then foreigners attending the games will be able to access the Internet unhindered. But he said that is not an issue for the Chinese because they “don’t […]

App for Ringing Ears; MusicGlove; Ethical Robots; Trust in Facebook?

Posted March 19th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:   Musical Glove Helps Stroke Patients Use Their Hands Again Part of the problem of rehabilitating stroke victims is that many of them don’t keep up their physical therapy. In an effort to change the situation, Nizan Friedman, founder of Flint Rehabilitation Devices, has come up with a wearable device called MusicGlove […]

Internet’s Human Side; Smart Devices Vex Users; 3-D Cool Bricks

Posted March 10th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:   Internet Offers Help to Homeless Sierra Leone Athlete Whose Family Died of Ebola Jimmy Thoronka, a top athlete from Sierra Leone who went to Britain to participate in the Commonwealth Games, ended up homeless after losing his family in Sierra Leone to the Ebola virus. But as he was being prepared […]

Ramnit Botnet Busted; Lenovo Hacked; Beijing Drops Apple; Vivec Wadhwa

Posted February 26th, 2015 at 2:48 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: ‘State of Connectivity’ Says  Most World Population Not Online A new report from Facebook Newsroom said Internet adoption is slowing down, with only 6.6 percent of the population getting connected in 2014, compared to the 2010 record of 14.7 percent. The report estimated that up to 3 billion people will go online […]

Mobile in 2015; Bionic Arms; Printed Leaves; Rise of China’s Brands

Posted February 25th, 2015 at 2:47 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Mind-Controlled Bionic Hands Are Medical First No, it’s not science fiction. There are already three men in the world today outfitted with bionic arms that they control with their minds. The patients, who suffered nerve damage in climbing and motorcycle accidents, had their hands amputated and replaced with robotic hands in a […]

Red Envelopes From China; Superfishy Lenovo; Sony; Bitcoin Auction

Posted February 19th, 2015 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese Usher in Lunar New Year on WeChat With a Billion Virtual Red Envelopes The annual tradition of gifting red envelopes with token money went online yesterday as the Chinese celebrated the new lunar year on the popular messaging app WeChat, also known as Weixin in China. Weixin users, said to number more than 400 million, […]

The Pope’s Hangout; Privacy Invasions; Sleeping With Your Gadgets

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 2:16 pm (UTC-5)
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Pope Francis to Address World’s Children on Google Hangouts Pope Francis is getting ready to host his second video chat on Google Hangouts on Thursday. Sponsored by his educational entity Scholas, the Pope’s chat will feature questions from children with special needs and disabilities from Spain, Brazil, India and the US. China to Ban Online […]

Social Media Addicts; Malicious Apps; 3-D-Printed Bricks

Posted February 3rd, 2015 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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China’s Internet Population Hits 649 million – 86 Percent on Phones According to the China Internet Network Information Center, the country’s total Internet population  increased by 31 million in 2014. The country had 649 million internet users by the end of 2014. Up to 557 million of those used mobile sets to get online. A […]

Cortana’s Super Bowl Pick; the Wearable Future; the Dreaded AI

Posted January 29th, 2015 at 2:16 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Beware Rise of the Machines, Warns Bill Gates Adding his voice to physicist Stephen Hawking and Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk on the dangers of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Microsoft founder Bill Gates said AI could pose a serious threat to humanity unless it is kept under control. Mozilla Puts Old Hardware to […]