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Moore’s Law Turns 50; Killer Robots; Google vs. EU; Twitter Redesigned

Posted April 16th, 2015 at 2:02 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Happy Birthday to Moore’s Law Moore’s Law turns 50 on Sunday. The concept, put forward in the 1960s by Intel’s Gordon Moore, proposed that the complexity of chips doubles every two years as components become smaller, faster and more energy-efficient. Many pundits thought the prediction would falter in a decade. But half-a-century […]

Braille Tutor; Google vs. EU; Coding Hype; Smartphone Aids Chess Cheat

Posted April 15th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Black Box Teaches Braille to Blind Children in India, Zambia Carnegie Mellon University’s Braille Tutor, part of a program called TechBridgeWorld, is a computerized machine that teaches Braille to elementary school children in poor countries around the world. The inexpensive machine is now in use on in India, Tanzania, and Zambia. GAO […]

The Future of VR; User-Aided Hack Attacks; Android’s ‘Trusted Voice’

Posted April 14th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Google Malaysia Service Disrupted by Hackers Users of Google’s Malaysia website got redirected Tuesday to a hacked site. A Google Malaysia spokesperson told Reuters the company has contacted the group that administers the domain name to address the issue. Likewise, Chinese hackers are said to be spying on governments in Southeast Asia […]

Teens & Smartphones; One-armed Robots; Lego Dimensions

Posted April 9th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Study: Most Teens Rely on Smartphones to Go Online A Pew Research Center survey of more than 1,000 teens aged 13-17 found that 91 percent of them go online using their mobile devices. Black and Latino teens used the Internet more frequently, with 34 percent of black teens and 32 percent of […]

Ad Malware; Ozzie the Goose; IoT Insecurity; Microsoft Mobile Payments

Posted April 8th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Malicious, Large-Scale Google Ad Campaign Slams Users With Malware Researchers with Dutch security company Fox-IT found that advertisements distributed by Engage Lab, one of Google’s advertising partners in Bulgaria, redirect users to the Web-based Nuclear Exploit Kit. This particular exploit attempts to install malware on users’ computers by targeting vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash […]

Smartphones vs. Wearables; Flexible Battery; Bitcoin Foundation Bankrupt?

Posted April 7th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Apple, Google agree Only Wearables Can Save Humanity From Evil Smartphones These two tech giants don’t agree on much, but writer Chris O’Brien argues that Google and Apple, both fierce competitors in the smartphone market, see smartphones as a malady inflicting phone addiction and anti-social behavior on society. And the two giants, […]

Silicon Valley Diversity; S. Korea Lifts Browser Rule; Can Tech Save Failing Aircraft?

Posted April 2nd, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Can Technology Steer a Plane Away From Disaster? The Germanwings Flight 9525 that was deliberately slammed into the French Alps last week, killing 150 people, has ignited renewed calls among aviation experts to develop and deploy software that can control an aircraft and automatically steer it to safety if it loses altitude. […]

Creating Shapes in Mid-Air; Apple in China; April Fools’ Gags

Posted April 1st, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: New Tech Creates Buttons, Shapes in Mid-Air UltraHaptics, a British company, has come up with technology that uses sound waves to project sensations of tactile, three-dimensional shapes through the air and to the user. So for example, air pressure changes are perceived as suspended, tangible interfaces. That could potentially mean a person […]

Silicon Valley’s Gender Culture; GitHub vs. China; Drones on a Mission

Posted March 31st, 2015 at 2:19 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Women in Silicon Valley Objectified, Paid Less Than Male Counterparts Technology trade shows have a name for them: so-called booth babes, meaning scantily-dressed women hired to tout tech gadgets. Now, some associations are banning this culture, saying it is demeaning to women. Adding insult to injury, a recent study from research group […]

Tim Cook’s Apple; Cryptoine Hacked; Android Woes; Facebook’s Transformation

Posted March 26th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Tech Giants Call for Mass Surveillance Reform A slew of leading tech companies, including Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, Dropbox and others have banded together in a Reform Government Surveillance coalition to call on U.S. Congress to end government agencies’ bulk collection of communications data. The coalition has also attracted civil rights groups […]