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Print Your Own Phone; Drone No-Fly Zone; Smartphone Replaces Computer

Posted February 10th, 2015 at 2:19 pm (UTC-4)
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Print Your Own Phone from Home British start-up OwnFone launches Kickstarter campaign. In its new PrintFone Kit users design and print a 2D or 3D phone at home, using either a standard inkjet printer or a 3D printer. Users are free to create any type of phone they like, adding any personal touches to their […]

Japan’s Robot Hotel; Mobile Money; Street View Bangladesh

Posted February 5th, 2015 at 2:17 pm (UTC-4)
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Can Mobile Banking Revolutionize the Lives of the Poor? Kenya’s mobile payment system, M-PESA, introduced in 2007, enriched the lives of Kenyans and gradually spread to other countries. M-PESA allows cellphone users to save and transfer money  and use SMS to exchange funds over the network. But will mobile money actually transform the lives of […]

The Pope’s Hangout; Privacy Invasions; Sleeping With Your Gadgets

Posted February 4th, 2015 at 2:16 pm (UTC-4)
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Pope Francis to Address World’s Children on Google Hangouts Pope Francis is getting ready to host his second video chat on Google Hangouts on Thursday. Sponsored by his educational entity Scholas, the Pope’s chat will feature questions from children with special needs and disabilities from Spain, Brazil, India and the US. China to Ban Online […]

Social Media Addicts; Malicious Apps; 3-D-Printed Bricks

Posted February 3rd, 2015 at 2:15 pm (UTC-4)
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China’s Internet Population Hits 649 million – 86 Percent on Phones According to the China Internet Network Information Center, the country’s total Internet population  increased by 31 million in 2014. The country had 649 million internet users by the end of 2014. Up to 557 million of those used mobile sets to get online. A […]

Cortana’s Super Bowl Pick; the Wearable Future; the Dreaded AI

Posted January 29th, 2015 at 2:16 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Beware Rise of the Machines, Warns Bill Gates Adding his voice to physicist Stephen Hawking and Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk on the dangers of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Microsoft founder Bill Gates said AI could pose a serious threat to humanity unless it is kept under control. Mozilla Puts Old Hardware to […]

Wikipedia Denies Purging Feminists; 3-D-Printed Food; the Linux ‘Ghost’

Posted January 28th, 2015 at 2:15 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Wikipedia Denies ‘Purging’ Feminist Editors Over Gamergate Debate Wikipedia has been under fire since The Guardian and others reported last week that five editors opposed to Gamergate were banned from editing gender or sexuality pages. But according to The Verge, a Wikipedia statement today said that “press stories have mistakenly claimed that […]

Cuba’s Secret Internet; Wickr’s Cats; Twitter New Features

Posted January 27th, 2015 at 2:14 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: How Sensors and Drones Can Combat Global Hunger Author Shawn DuBravac argues that sensors, which have revolutionized mobile devices and are now empowering wearable technology, could potentially help alleviate world hunger. He suggests equipping food-supply wares and storehouses with sensors that raise the alarm once a shortage begins, rather than having a person […]

A Gates’ Look at the Future; Microsoft’s HoloLens; WhatsApp

Posted January 22nd, 2015 at 2:01 pm (UTC-4)
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Bill and Melinda Gates Bet Big on the Future Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda paint a rosy future for the world’s poorest in their foundation’s 2015 annual letter. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s outlook foresees mobile banking transforming lives and software advances revolutionizing learning, among other things. Gaming to Death: What […]

Ebola Internet Access; Internet in Space; League of Legends Trojan

Posted January 21st, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Tech Firms Extend Internet Access to Help Ebola Treatment in Africa San Francisco-based non-profit, Inveneo, has launched a three-month initiative to connect 100 West African locations to the Internet to help fight the spread of Ebola. The group teamed up with Facebook’s data-science team to determine how to deploy its equipment in Sierra Leone, Guinea […]

Uganda’s Robotics Generation; 3D-Printed Buildings; Apple; Windows 10

Posted January 20th, 2015 at 2:37 pm (UTC-4)
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Robotics Revolution Hits Ugandan Classrooms Fundi Bots founder Solomon King Benge is betting that a new generation of Ugandans can develop creative skills and learn from robots how to solve real-world problems. His company offers robotics training in 15 schools in Kampala and Gulu in the north that let kids tinker with robotics parts and […]