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Passenger Drone Tests Begin This Year; Apps Put Wildlife at Risk

Posted June 8th, 2016 at 1:08 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: China’s Ehang Will Test World’s First Passenger Drone This Year Ehang – the Chinese company that unveiled an electric passenger drone in January – now has clearance to begin testing it in Nevada sometime this year. The permissions were secured through a partnership with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems and the […]

Stolen Tumblr Data Up for Sale; US, Vietnam World’s Biggest Spammers

Posted May 31st, 2016 at 12:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: 65 Million Tumblr Account Records Up for sale on Underground Market A few week after Tumblr notified users it suffered a data breach, 65 million records showed up for sale on the dark web. The information is on offer on a dark market site called TheRealDeal, owned by the same person who […]

China’s Fake Online Posts; Shenzhen’s Bright High-tech Future

Posted May 19th, 2016 at 11:38 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Study: China Fakes 488 Million Social Media Comments a Year A Harvard University study says the Chinese government fabricates up to 488 million social media comments every year – the equivalent of a day of global tweets – to distract its citizens from sensitive political issues. Harvard scholars started their study with […]

Wireless-tracking Chip; Kids, Parents’ Info Hacked in VTech Products

Posted December 1st, 2015 at 12:03 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Former BlackBerry Execs Create Wireless-Tracking Chip Developed by Cognitive Systems Corp., the chip, called R10, can pick up and analyze wireless radio signals from various devices, including routers and television remote controls. Built on top of that is Amera, a wireless tracking technology that can sense motion by detecting changes in wireless […]

Digitally Preserving Syria’s History; Vonvon Defends Facebook Word Clouds

Posted November 26th, 2015 at 11:50 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: The Digital ‘Monuments Men’ Are Fighting IS Devastation They are called “Monuments Men.” And they are in a race to save the world’s cultural heritage from destruction by Islamic State zealots. Working with non-profit group CyArk, they are using all available tech means to digitally preserve endangered structures by scanning them, then […]

Dell Apologizes for Certificate Fiasco; Amazon’s Bezos Joins Twitter

Posted November 24th, 2015 at 12:30 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Dell Apologizes for HTTPS Certificate Fiasco, Provides Removal Tool Dell has issued an apology after shipping PCs with a certificate that makes it possible for hackers to impersonate HTTPS-protected websites. The company also released a tool that helps users of affected machines remove the faulty security credential. Dell officials said the certificate […]

3D-Printed Cars; iKubu; Kensington Palace Hops on Twitter

Posted January 14th, 2015 at 2:34 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: South Africa Launches Tablet Pilot With Slates for Schools in Gauteng South Africa’s Gauteng province has formally launched a pilot program to give tablets to school children to further their education, along with a plan to upgrade IT infrastructure and connectivity in public schools. Garmin Acquires South African Radar Startup iKubu Garmin, […]

Tech Sightings, September 4, 2014

Posted September 4th, 2014 at 2:25 pm (UTC-4)
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Apple Chastised for Unsafe Working Conditions in Supplier Factory Labor rights and advocacy groups say a Suqian, China factory owned by Catcher Technology was found to be in “serious health and safety, environmental, and human rights violations.”  The factory produces iPad and iPhone parts. Singapore Hospital Pilots Telehealth for Heart Patients Singapore’s Changi General Hospital […]

Tech Sightings, April 9, 2014

Posted April 9th, 2014 at 2:23 pm (UTC-4)
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New ‘Heartbleed’ Bug Poses Major Threat to User Data A new type of bug that affects a widely used Web encryption technology has made data on many of the world’s major websites vulnerable to theft by hackers. How to Protect Yourself from the ‘Heartbleed’ Bug The natural response to the Heartbleed Bug might be the […]

Tech Sightings, March 13, 2014

Posted March 13th, 2014 at 2:52 pm (UTC-4)
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 Intel Lead on Conflict Minerals Helps, Challenges Other Firms After spending more than five years figuring out how to rid its supply chain of minerals that finance conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Intel Corp is now offering to “open source” its methods so that other companies can follow suit. Singapore Backtracks, Unveils New […]