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Privacy; North Korea; and the Spider Dress

Posted December 23rd, 2014 at 2:08 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Downing North Korea’s Internet Not Much of a Scalp North Korea lost its Internet connectivity for half a day Monday, though the reasons for the blackout remain unclear. But that is hardly a major loss for a country that barely has 1,000 Internet addresses, one Internet service provider and one connection to […]

WordPress Infected; TorrentLocker; Sony’s Nightmare

Posted December 18th, 2014 at 2:05 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Technology Trends For 2015: Part One What will the 2015 tech landscape look like? Expect more wearable tech, more encryption and more space ventures. Who Really Hacked Sony Pictures? (It Probably Wasn’t North Korea) Did North Korea orchestrate the destructive hack attack that targeted Sony Pictures a few weeks ago? U.S. officials […]

‘The Interview’ Cyberwar; 3D-Printing Cancer; Apple in Russia

Posted December 17th, 2014 at 2:04 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Not Even North Korea Can Stop the Internet Those behind the devastating hack attack that targeted Sony Pictures Entertainment have also threatened violence against theaters showing the movie The Interview. To thwart that group’s effort to prevent people from seeing the picture, which centers around an assassination plot against North Korean leader […]

Unmasking Tor; 3-D Printing; Sony Blues; Facebook Drops Bing

Posted December 16th, 2014 at 2:38 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: The FBI Used the Web’s Favorite Hacking Tool to Unmask Tor Users According to WIRED, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) used an abandoned Metasploit project called the “Decloaking Engine” in 2012 to launch “Operation Torpedo” to identify child port suspects using Tor’s anonymous network to hide. Patient-Specific Knee Parts Can […]

3-D Printing Goes Wild; Bitcoin Finds Microsoft; the Hacking Wars

Posted December 11th, 2014 at 2:44 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Silicon Valley Summit Explores Ways to Make Tech Workforce More Diverse Leading tech companies, including Apple, Google, Facebook and many others, are participating in a California summit to look at ways to increase diversity in the tech sector, currently dominated by white and Asian men. Microsoft Begins Accepting Bitcoin Microsoft has added […]

Choking Russia’s Internet; Uber Troubles; IoT; Google Hangouts

Posted December 10th, 2014 at 2:43 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Russia’s Creeping Descent Into Internet Censorship A new Russian law could soon prevent foreign Internet companies from reaching the country unless they set up local servers. The move would effectively put these companies at the mercy of the Russian government, which has been gradually expanding censorship. Obama Becomes First US President to Write […]

Firefighting With Technology; Sony, Uber Woes; Linux Malware

Posted December 9th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: FBI Official Says ‘No Attribution’ to North Korea in Sony Hack Probe The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation says the FBI has not confirmed suspicions that North Korea is the culprit in the recent Sony Entertainment hack attack that wreaked havoc on the company’s systems. PlayStation Network Hacked ‘By Lizard Squad’ Sony […]

Wiping Out Sony; Girl Scouts; GTA 5; Best Android Apps

Posted December 4th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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The Princess Trap A New-York based software engineer, whose four-year-old daughter is already going for cultural gender cliches and predesignated social roles, writes about the uphill battle he and others face getting kids – especially girls – interested in science. Inside the “Wiper” Malware That Brought Sony Pictures to its Knees The malware used to […]

PC Power Fights Ebola; IoT; Google’s Santa Tracker

Posted December 3rd, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Tech Sightings today: IBM Helps You Donate Computer Power to Fight Ebola In a new twist on ways to fight the Ebola virus, IBM and scientists at Scripps Research Institute in southern California have come up with a way to enable users to donate processing time on their PCs and various digital devices to researchers. Harvard: […]

Hacking Sony; Stephen Hawking; Browser Wars

Posted December 2nd, 2014 at 2:34 pm (UTC-4)
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Today in Tech Sightings: How Intel Helped Stephen Hawking Communicate With the World Celebrated astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, Director of Research at the Center for Theoretical Cosmology in Cambridge, suffers from a degenerative motor neuron disease that has made it impossible for him to communicate with the world without the aid of technology. Now, Intel has […]