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Brexit Vote Site May Have Been Hacked; Net Neutrality Fight Begins

Posted April 12th, 2017 at 1:44 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: UK Lawmakers: Brexit Referendum Website Might Have Been Hacked Rumors of possible manipulations swirled early on in last year’s Brexit referendum saga. But now, a UK legislative committee says the website that allowed more than a million potential voters to register for the referendum might have been hacked. Last June, the British […]

Window’s Data-collection Explained; Facebook Expands in Africa

Posted April 5th, 2017 at 11:53 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Microsoft Opens Up on Windows Data Collection It’s no secret that Windows 10 has been collecting all sorts of “analytics” data and raising privacy concerns in the process in the absence of clarity. Microsoft has now provided more details about the sort of data its Windows 10 Creators Update will be collecting […]

The Biggest Online Threats; Robots Help Sick Kids Attend School

Posted February 22nd, 2017 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: The 15 Biggest Threats Online, Ranked A new report from the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security puts hacking for profit at the top of a list of leading online threats. The report says the trend will continue, aided by new tools and malware to boost the criminal business. Malware […]

Beware These New Cyber Scams; the Augmented Future of Shopping

Posted January 31st, 2017 at 12:39 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Five Ways Fraudsters Could Make a Fool of You Criminals are constantly refining malware and finding new ways to fleece consumers, from phishing emails to adding followers that stalk you on social media to get you to click on a malicious link. Writer Tom Cheshire takes a look at some of the newest […]

How to Secure an IoT Device; Rise of the Immigrant Robots

Posted January 25th, 2017 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Top 5 Ways to Secure Your IoT Internet of Things (IoT) devices rely on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies to connect to the internet and other gadgets within range, which renders them vulnerable to hackers. Writer Tom Merritt offers a few tips to help improve IoT security. Middle-aged Americans Beat Millennials in Social Media […]

Singapore to Record Iris Scans; Fake News Story Raises Bangkok Alarm

Posted December 28th, 2016 at 11:28 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Singapore to Record Iris Scans of Citizens Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs said the country will begin collecting iris scans of citizens and permanent residents beginning January 1. A ministry statement said the goal is to improve efficiency for immigration procedures and registration and renewal of identity cards and passports. The iris […]

Six-year-old Skirts Biometric Login; How Hackers Use Stolen Credit Data

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 11:48 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Child Uses Sleeping Mom’s Fingerprints to Buy Pokémon Gifts Biometrics are supposed to offer better security for your mobile devices. But no one probably expected that Bethany Howell’s six-year-old daughter, in Arkansas, would borrow her fingerprint while she slept to buy $250 of Pokémon Christmas gifts. The child, Ashlynd, later admitted she had […]

For Developing World, 2016 Brought Education, Drones, Big Data

Posted December 9th, 2016 at 11:18 am (UTC-5)
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2016 opened new technology frontiers for developing countries in education and healthcare, thanks to mobile devices and a little help from nonprofits and tech giants. In parts of the developing world, mobile technology has been bridging the gap where there is spotty or no traditional internet connectivity, a lack of teachers, limited school resources, and […]

Building the Bionic Man; Facebook Urged to Stop Racial Exclusion Ads

Posted November 2nd, 2016 at 12:34 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Building the Bionic Man It’s no longer science fiction. Replaceable body parts are already here. Now Swiss psychologist Bertolt Meyer, who has a prosthetic arm, is working to create a robot modeled after himself. The robot, Rex, is made of various prosthetic parts, has a circulatory system and a clunky body. Rex […]

White House Tackles AI Potential, Risks; Britain Unprepared for AI

Posted October 12th, 2016 at 12:39 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: White House: AI Has Potential to Be Major Driver of Economic Growth, Social Progress A study commissioned by the White House earlier this year to look into the potential impact of artificial intelligence has concluded the technology holds much promise. But the writers also caution that strong vigilance is needed, saying the […]