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Encrypting the Entire Web; Facebook’s New Plan to Connect the World

Posted April 14th, 2016 at 11:35 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: A Scheme to Encrypt the Entire Web Is Actually Working Encryption is slowly becoming the enemy, so to speak, as lawmakers, at least in the U.S., rush to enact legislation that would either add back doors to mobile devices or force tech companies to comply with government requests to unlock certain smartphones. […]

IBM’s Watson Joins Cancer War; Google to Train 1 Million Africans

Posted April 12th, 2016 at 11:33 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: IBM Watson Enlists in War on Cancer IBM’s artificial intelligence system, also known as Watson, is being fed nearly 14,000 pages of all kinds of cancer topics to create a mobile app that can offer personalized advice to cancer patients. The effort is a partnership between IBM and the American Cancer Society. […]

3-D Printing Recreates Rembrandt; The Woman Behind Microsoft’s Tay

Posted April 6th, 2016 at 11:28 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Computer, 3-D Printer Create Perfect Rembrandt Painting ‘The Next Rembrandt’ – a collaboration between historians, software developers, scientists, engineers and analysts – has recreated the work of Dutch painter Rembrandt using a computer and a 3-D printer. The team spent months studying the master’s works in order to create an algorithm that […]

Mayo Clinic Takes on VR Sickness; China Challenges Google’s AlphaGo

Posted March 31st, 2016 at 11:30 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Mayo Clinic Cure Said to Alleviate VR Motion Sickness Some, but not all virtual reality (VR) headgear cause wearers to experience nausea and motion sickness even with higher frame rates and lower latency. But according to Fast Company, the Mayo Clinic hospital has developed algorithms that can trick the VR user’s brain […]

Building Brain Cells With Minecraft; China Defends Internet Rules

Posted March 30th, 2016 at 11:56 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: The Video Game That Builds Brain Cells The world of blocks known as Minecraft is probably one of the most popular games on the planet. And if you are concerned your kids are spending too much time with their blocky creations, consider that the game is being used to teach kids a […]

How to Stop Locky Ransomware; the Promise of Artificial Intelligence

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 11:58 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: This Bag of Tricks May Help Stop a Locky Ransomware Infection Remember Locky? That’s the name of a recent malware that used email spam to trick computer users into opening fake attachments loaded with malicious code. The ransomware appeared a few months ago and locked California’s Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center out of […]

Bangladesh Cyber Heist Biggest on Record; Google AI Beats Human 4-1

Posted March 15th, 2016 at 11:52 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Manila Man Gets $30 Million Cash From Cyber Heist; Bangladesh Central Bank Governor Quits Bangladesh’s central bank governor Atiur Rahman resigned Tuesday, succumbing to demands for accountability after the bank lost $81 million to cybercriminals. About $30 million of the money was delivered in cash to a Philippines casino operator in Manila. […]

Google AI Wins Second Go Match; Future Hacks Could Cause Injuries

Posted March 10th, 2016 at 11:57 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Google’s AI Wins Pivotal Second Game in Match With Go Grandmaster AlphaGo, Google’s artificial intelligence (AI) program, won a second round in the ancient Chinese board game Go against grandmaster Lee Sedol. No machine has ever beaten humans at Go, a complex strategy game where players vie for more ground. AlphaGo needs […]

Google Joins UNICEF Against Zika; African Tech Goes Global

Posted March 3rd, 2016 at 11:35 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Google Combats Zika Virus With Expanded Search Results, Mapping Tool Partnering with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Google Thursday announced a grant of $1 million to help the agency fight the Zika virus in Brazil. Google is also launching new initiatives to enhance Zika search results and maps to provide more […]

Android vs. iOS; Virtual Reality: Hype or Promise?

Posted February 25th, 2016 at 11:58 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Android vs iOS: The Great Security Debate Traditional thinking has it that iOS is the most secure of the mobile operating systems. That is no longer the case as more malware and other malicious software target that ecosystem. On the other hand, the fragmented Android operating system is, at best, a security […]