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US to Cede Internet DNS Control; Window’s 10’s Data Mining Dilemma

Posted August 18th, 2016 at 12:40 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: US: We’re Now Ready to Give Up Governing the Internet The U.S. National Telecommunications & Information Administration says it is now ready to pass internet domain name (DNS) control to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California-based nonprofit organization. The move marks the end of a 20-year U.S. […]

Best Mobile Connectivity Is in Korea; Web Tracking Is on the Rise

Posted August 17th, 2016 at 12:11 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: OpenSignal: Koreans Enjoy Best Mobile Internet, Dutch Spend Most Time on Wi-Fi A new report from wireless signal mapping company OpenSignal places South Korea at the top of the list of countries enjoying 3G mobile connectivity 93 percent of the time, followed by Japan and Israel. The U.S. took 17th place with […]

Smart Cars Vulnerable to Hackers; Older Workers Just as Tech Savvy

Posted August 10th, 2016 at 12:06 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Half of Smart Cars’ Vulnerabilities Give Hackers Control A recent study from IOActive says half of the vulnerabilities it found in the smart cars of a “leading vehicle manufacturer” could give a hacker full control of the car. Researchers also found that nearly three quarters of the vulnerabilities could be easily exploited. […]

Minecraft Meets AI; the Fall and Decline of Yahoo

Posted July 21st, 2016 at 11:49 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Minecraft Is Testing Ground for Human-AI Collaboration Minecraft, the computer game of blocks, has been used to build all sorts of things for fun and educational applications. Now, Microsoft researchers have released an experimental version intended as an artificial intelligence (AI) training ground. Nicknamed Project Malmo, the open source effort allows a […]

Pokemon Fraud Rising; AI Could Be Key to Fighting Cybercrime

Posted July 14th, 2016 at 1:04 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: A Surge of Pokemon GO-related Apps Is Out to Steal Your Data If you’ve caught the Pokemon GO fever, keep your wits about you. Numerous unofficial apps taking advantage of the popularity of the Nintendo game are raising red flags for their pursuit of users’ personal data. Cybersecurity experts warn that some […]

Millions of SE Asian Jobs at Risk; Protecting Biometric Data

Posted July 7th, 2016 at 11:40 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: ILO: Millions of SE Asian Jobs May Be Lost to Automation in Next Two Decades A new study from the International Labor Organization says more than half of workers in five Southeast Asian countries could lose their jobs within the next two decades as a result of automation. The report warns that […]

Chinese Malware Hits Android Devices; the New Face of Cybercrime

Posted July 5th, 2016 at 12:02 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Android Malware Infects Millions of Devices, Earns Its Creators $300,000 a Month HummingBad is a malicious piece of software that has infected millions of Android devices around the world. The malware earns the hackers who created it around $300,000 a month as a result of false advertisements and fake apps that end […]

Tech Firms Scramble After Brexit; Windows 10 Update Coming August 2

Posted June 29th, 2016 at 11:55 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Brexit Fallout Begins as Vodafone Warns It Could Move Headquarters Out of UK Britain’s biggest technology company – Vodafone – could move its headquarters out of Britain after the country’s vote to exit the European Union. The move is contingent on understanding the future relationship between the U.K. and the EU. The […]

Apple’s Youngest Developer; African Startup Wins Major US Investment

Posted June 16th, 2016 at 12:46 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Meet Apple’s Youngest App Developer. She’s Nine. Her name is Anvitha Vijay. The nine-year-old who created an app about animals in Australia applied to a scholarship to attend Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference. She was accepted – the youngest developer to attend – and got a shout-out from CEO Tim Cook himself. Scholarship […]

Android’s Location Data Jackpot; Google Search Adds Privacy Controls

Posted June 1st, 2016 at 11:20 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Police Filing Warrants for Android’s Vast Store of Location Data If you use Google Maps on your Android device, you should know the software has a feature that builds a comprehensive history of the places you visit. Google’s Location History system collects the information, which is then used in Maps. The resulting […]