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Foxconn Nabs Nokia Dumbphone Brand; LinkedIn Data Posted for Sale

Posted May 18th, 2016 at 11:48 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Why a Taiwanese Company Is Paying $350 Million to Build Nokia Dumbphones Microsoft announced Wednesday it is selling its featurephone Nokia brand to Foxconn, a Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer best known as the manufacturer of iPhones. Old fashioned featurephones, also known as dumbphones, are still very popular around the world and show no […]

Spy Hacking Group Targets Asia; Elderly Find Refuge in Technology

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 11:08 am (UTC-5)
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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 […]

India Rebuffs Apple; Scientists Seek Gamers to Battle Dementia

Posted May 4th, 2016 at 12:37 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Apple Rebuffed as New Delhi Pushes ‘Make in India’ Initiative Indian government officials have rejected Apple’s plan to import refurbished iPhones at a discount, citing rules against importing used electronics. A government spokesman said India “does not encourage dumping or recycling of hazardous materials.” But the development also coincides with New Delhi’s […]

The Question of Robot Safety; Banking Trojan GozNym Eyes Europe

Posted April 26th, 2016 at 11:41 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Robots May Be Able to Lift, Drive, Chat, but Are They Safe? Robots are slowly taking up support roles to care for the elderly, chat with children, or navigate a driverless car, to name a few functions. But so far, many questions surrounding the safety of these assistants remain unanswered. Massachusetts Institute […]

AI Helps Blind Navigate Facebook; China’s Panama Papers Scramble

Posted April 5th, 2016 at 11:54 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Facebook Using Artificial Intelligence to Help Visually Impaired Most of Facebook’s one billion users scroll through their timelines unhindered and unaware that there are many others who cannot see what they see because of visual impairment. Facebook has been working to remedy the situation with a tool powered by artificial intelligence that guides […]

Raising Girl Coders in Mumbai’s Slums; Can All iPhones Be Hacked?

Posted March 29th, 2016 at 11:57 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Crowdfunding Campaign Aims to Raise Money for Teenage Girl Coders From Mumbai Slum Started in 2014 by filmmaker Nawneet Ranjan, a slum innovation project in India’s Mumbai has been producing mobile, open source apps to help teenage girls deal with everyday problems such as sexual harassment, water access and education. The project […]

India’s Biometrics Raise Privacy Fears; Malware Slams Major Media Websites

Posted March 16th, 2016 at 12:32 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: India’s Billion-member Biometric Database Raises Privacy Fears Biometrics might prove to be one solution to cybersecurity intrusions, but it is a cause for concern, particularly in India. Citing national security interests, the country’s parliament is getting ready to pass a bill that would give government agencies access to the world’s largest biometrics […]

Apple Encryption Battle Could Boost Security; Tor Users Treated Differently

Posted February 24th, 2016 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Apple Encryption Fight Could Speed Development of Government-proof Devices Apple’s refusal to obey a court order to decrypt an iPhone belonging to a California mass shooter faces some public opposition, but also has the support of many like-minded tech firms. But the showdown has already triggered a move toward developing more secure […]

LA Hospital Pays Bitcoin Ransom; Empowering Indian Women in Tech

Posted February 18th, 2016 at 11:59 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Hollywood Hospital Pays Bitcoin Ransom Demand The Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, whose computer systems were hijacked and locked down by hackers demanding payment on February 5, has succumbed and paid around $17,000 in digital bitcoin currency. Chief Allen Stefanek said paying the ransom was the most efficient way to restore normal hospital […]

Indonesia Fights Same-sex Emoticons; 25 Percent of Mobile Apps Insecure

Posted February 11th, 2016 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Indonesia Warns Messaging Apps to Drop Same-sex Emoticons The government of Indonesia, where homosexuality is a sensitive topic, is demanding that instant messaging apps remove stickers and images that express support for bisexual or transgender orientations. The move follows a backlash on social media over same-sex stickers on popular messaging app Line […]