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German Firm Suffers Massive Cyberattack; Facebook Tackles Fake News

Posted December 8th, 2016 at 11:49 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: ThyssenKrupp Secrets Stolen in ‘Massive’ Cyberattack Germany’s ThyssenKrupp AG conglomerate said Thursday a massive cyberattack stole trade secrets from its steel production and manufacturing plant design divisions. The attack was discovered in April and traced back to February. The company, one of the world’s largest steel makers, is still trying to determine […]

Wechat’s Censorship Game; FireEye: Russia Weaponized Social Media

Posted December 1st, 2016 at 12:29 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Report: China’s WeChat Censors Users Abroad A new report from Toronto’s Citizen Lab says China’s top messaging app WeChat censors or blocks key words and sensitive terms in messages sent from overseas to mainland China. The block affects group chats of three or more users and messages containing terms not sanctioned by […]

Tech Giants Brace for Trump Presidency; Russia to Block LinkedIn

Posted November 10th, 2016 at 1:02 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Tim Cook: ‘The Only Way to Move Forward Is to Move Forward Together’ Apple CEO Tim Cook stressed his commitment to diversity and social progress in a message to employees following the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States.  Without mentioning Trump, who had threatened to ban […]

More IoT-based Cyberattacks Coming; AR, VR Help With Low Vision

Posted October 25th, 2016 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Friday’s IoT-based DDoS Attack Has Security Experts Worried Many experts believe cyberattacks that exploit Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices are just getting started. The massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack that took down major websites last Friday reportedly exploited Internet-enabled webcams and digital recorders. Experts have been warning for some […]

Researcher Honored for India TB Tracking; Yahoo’s Massive Data Breach

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 11:58 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Microsoft Researcher Behind TB Treatment-monitoring Program Wins ‘Genius’ Grant Microsoft’s Bill Thies, who works on communications programs in developing countries, will receive the “genius” grant, awarded by the MacArthur Foundation. Thies’ work on India’s 99DOTS program provides a low-cost way for people to receive monitored tuberculosis treatment. Using their cell phones, patients can […]

Nigerian Girls to Get Tech Training; Indian Students Take on WhatsApp

Posted September 20th, 2016 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Youth for Technology Foundation to Train 6,000 Nigerian Girls in Technology The Youth for Technology Foundation announced it will train 6,000 Nigerian girls unable to attend school or risk the dangers of human trafficking to use 3-D printing. The training, which was made public during the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting and […]

IoT Farmers Become Data Scientists; New York Curbs Free Wi-Fi

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 12:44 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: How IoT Is Creating ‘Precision Farming’ The Internet of Things (IoT) is slowly changing the way farmers work, turning them into data scientists to help them better manage their crops and livestock. Access to remote sensors and cloud services is enabling farmers to monitor the health of their livestock and make more […]

Goodbye, iPhone Headphone Jack; Ireland Backs Apple Against EU Fine

Posted September 8th, 2016 at 11:58 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Eulogy for the iPhone Headphone Jack Twitter burst into a flurry of activity Wednesday when Apple declared the death of the iPhone headphone jack at its iPhone 7 event in San Francisco. The tech giant replaced the jack with wireless earbuds, outfitted with their own communications chip. Apple described the move to […]

Apple CEO Slams EU; Tech Firms Forge Artificial Intelligence Ethics

Posted September 1st, 2016 at 1:39 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Apple’s Tim Cook: EU Ruling on Apple’s Irish Tax ‘Total Political Crap’ Apple CEO Tim Cook described the European Union’s demand that his company pay nearly $14.5 billion in back taxes as “total political crap.” The EU had said Apple was getting illegal state aid in Ireland, whose government is divided on […]

Apple to EU: It’s Jobs or Taxes; Sri Lankan Teen Hacker Gets Fine, Jail

Posted August 30th, 2016 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Apple: You Can Have Taxes or You Can Have Jobs, but You Can’t Have Both That sentiment sums up Apple’s official response to the EU’s decision that the company received illegal state aid and should pay Ireland nearly $13 billion in back taxes. But the situation is complicated due to an understanding […]