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China’s 3-D-Printed Car; Google’s Gmail Pay Plans; Persson’s Crazy Mansion

Posted March 25th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Beijing Official: Chinese Have No Need for Blocked Websites A Chinese official said Wednesday that if Beijing wins the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, then foreigners attending the games will be able to access the Internet unhindered. But he said that is not an issue for the Chinese because they “don’t […]

Google, Facebook Vie for Africa; AI Threat; Kaspersky Denies KGB Ties

Posted March 24th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:   Battle for African Internet Users Stirs Freedom Fears Africa is expected to have as many as 360 million smartphones and 50 percent Internet penetration by 2050, according to data from McKinsey Consultants. And Google and Facebook are paying attention and offering controversial freebies as they vie for the continent’s Internet users. […]

App for Ringing Ears; MusicGlove; Ethical Robots; Trust in Facebook?

Posted March 19th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:   Musical Glove Helps Stroke Patients Use Their Hands Again Part of the problem of rehabilitating stroke victims is that many of them don’t keep up their physical therapy. In an effort to change the situation, Nizan Friedman, founder of Flint Rehabilitation Devices, has come up with a wearable device called MusicGlove […]

FREAK Bug, Smart Glasses Still Alive; Windows 10 Piracy; IoT Future

Posted March 18th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:   Internet of Things: Sillier, Scarier and Coming Your Way Wearable, connected devices and “smart” everyday gadgets are slowly making their way into people’s homes, turning everything from the cellphone to the fridge to Barbie dolls into a connected, Internet of Things tech challenge. While using your cellphone to turn on or […]

Cuba’s First Free Wi-Fi; Printed Prosthetics; Steve Jobs Legacy?

Posted March 17th, 2015 at 2:26 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:   Non-Profit 3D-Prints $100 Arm for Boy in Sudan Back in 2013, California-based non-profit Not Impossible Labs built its own 3-D printer prosthetic lab in Sudan — the world’s first. Now, the group has printed a prosthetic arm for Daniel, a 14-year-old boy who lost both arms during a bombing attack. Contemporary […]

Zombies at Work; Selfie Sticks; Social Media Addiction; Stuxnet Returns

Posted March 12th, 2015 at 2:30 pm (UTC-4)
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Social Media Addiction: ‘Getting a Like over Having a Life’ A new report from training and consulting group VitalSmarts, entitled Society’s New Addiction: Getting a ‘Like’ over Having a Life, found that 91 percent of respondents polled reported seeing tourists letting precious moments get away from them amid their eagerness to share their experiences on […]

Apple’s Researchkit Ethics; Bye-Bye Barbie; PlayStation Mobile to Shut Down

Posted March 11th, 2015 at 2:30 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:   Plans to Censor South Africa’s Internet Called ‘Unconstitutional’ A campaigning group called Right2Know has blasted proposed policies released last week by the South Africa Film & Publication Board to regulate online publications and vet their content. Right2Know said the document gives authorities too much room to infringe on citizens’ constitutional right […]

Internet’s Human Side; Smart Devices Vex Users; 3-D Cool Bricks

Posted March 10th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:   Internet Offers Help to Homeless Sierra Leone Athlete Whose Family Died of Ebola Jimmy Thoronka, a top athlete from Sierra Leone who went to Britain to participate in the Commonwealth Games, ended up homeless after losing his family in Sierra Leone to the Ebola virus. But as he was being prepared […]

Mobile Spans Language Gap to Aid Human Trafficking Victims

Posted March 6th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Technological wizardry is quick to provide solutions to many of the world’s problems these days — from sanitation and water purification to connectivity. The latter is now coming to the aid of millions of enslaved people around the world. A mobile solution from the Mekong Club, a non-profit group dedicated to fighting slavery, helps identify […]

Global Connectivity; Universal Wireless Charging; an App for your Teeth

Posted March 5th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings In Race Over Global Connectivity, Everyone Wins Google and Facebook have been thinking of big ways to connect the world’s 4 billion unconnected people to the Internet, including satellites and wireless balloons, among other things. And the CEOs of both companies had a chance this week to rally support for their efforts […]