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Future of Mobile; Robot Aides; Apple, Google Security Woes

Posted March 4th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Will Robots Help the Bedridden See the World? Seven museums are participating in a beta program to test Suitable Technologies’ Beam telepresence robot. The remotely-controlled, camera-equipped mobile robot can be steered from a laptop to help bedridden people explore museums they are otherwise unable to visit in person. Five Keys to Future of […]

Connectivity vs. Privacy; Huawei Thinks Big; US-EU Digital Gap

Posted March 3rd, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings   The Disturbing Consequences of Ultra-Connectivity The meaning of connectivity is taking on a whole new meaning as it extends to everyday gadgets, cars, implants and much more. And that opens up new possibilities for abuse of privacy and security. Mobile World Congress: Huawei Wants to Take on Apple In an interview […]

Ramnit Botnet Busted; Lenovo Hacked; Beijing Drops Apple; Vivec Wadhwa

Posted February 26th, 2015 at 2:48 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: ‘State of Connectivity’ Says  Most World Population Not Online A new report from Facebook Newsroom said Internet adoption is slowing down, with only 6.6 percent of the population getting connected in 2014, compared to the 2010 record of 14.7 percent. The report estimated that up to 3 billion people will go online […]

Mobile in 2015; Bionic Arms; Printed Leaves; Rise of China’s Brands

Posted February 25th, 2015 at 2:47 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Mind-Controlled Bionic Hands Are Medical First No, it’s not science fiction. There are already three men in the world today outfitted with bionic arms that they control with their minds. The patients, who suffered nerve damage in climbing and motorcycle accidents, had their hands amputated and replaced with robotic hands in a […]

3D-Scanning Ethiopia’s History; Lenovo’s Superfish; Indonesia Smartphones

Posted February 24th, 2015 at 2:46 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: 3D Laser Scanner Makes Haunting Works of Art Historians Charles Matz and Jonathan Michael Dillon use 3D Lidar scanning — a technology that uses pulses of light to map 3D structures — to help preserve Ethiopia’s historic sites. Inadvertently, they turned their scanning device into a tool for creating works of art. […]

Red Envelopes From China; Superfishy Lenovo; Sony; Bitcoin Auction

Posted February 19th, 2015 at 2:45 pm (UTC-4)
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Chinese Usher in Lunar New Year on WeChat With a Billion Virtual Red Envelopes The annual tradition of gifting red envelopes with token money went online yesterday as the Chinese celebrated the new lunar year on the popular messaging app WeChat, also known as Weixin in China. Weixin users, said to number more than 400 million, […]

Biohacking; Bionic Hands; CLAMs; Million-Year Storage

Posted February 18th, 2015 at 2:44 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Scientists Create Million-Year Data Storage With DNA Floppy disks may be dead and hard drives may not be far behind. In an effort to save digital human knowledge from eventual extinction, researchers at ETH Zurich have found a way to use DNA as a storage medium to hold data possibly for more […]

Apple’s Car Buzz; Robot Ethics; Impossible Malware?

Posted February 17th, 2015 at 2:38 pm (UTC-4)
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Google Exec: Digital Media Could Vanish Remember the LP and the cassette player? Or the Floppy Disk? Looking back, it seems as if these gadgets became obsolete a very long time ago. With the stunning speed of technological progress, though, even newer gadgets are at risk of becoming passé just as quickly. Google’s Vice President, […]

WoW for Ebola; Samsung’s TV Saga; Apple’s Labor Woes

Posted February 12th, 2015 at 2:21 pm (UTC-4)
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WoW Players Raise Nearly $2 Million to Fight Ebola Blizzard’s World of Warcraft’s latest charity campaign has netted more than $1.9 million to help fight Ebola in Africa. The donations were raised through in-game purchases; and all proceeds were donated to the Red Cross. Microsoft Researchers Say Their Newest Deep Learning System Beats Humans An […]

Watson Learns Japanese; Hospital Robots; Samsung’s Smart TV Debacle

Posted February 11th, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Gaming Can Give Troubled Teens Another Shot at Learning Game developer Kuato’s game, Hakitzu, a hit in London schools, already has been used in more than 1 million coding sessions. The game lets students, some of whom have had various issues, learn how to code by leading a robot through an adventure-shooter scenario. […]