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Tech Sightings, September 23, 2014

Posted September 23rd, 2014 at 2:07 pm (UTC-4)
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Alibaba’s Jack Ma Rises to Top of China Rich List Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma has become China’s richest man with an estimated fortune of $25 billion. According to Hurun Reports of China’s super-rich for this year, Ma has relegated to second place Wanda property group chief Wang Jianlin, whose fortune is estimated at $24.2 billion. […]

Tech Sightings, September 18, 2014

Posted September 18th, 2014 at 2:35 pm (UTC-4)
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Make Peace, Not War The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the United Nations Development Program, and Build Up have teamed up to sponsor PEACEapp, a competition intended to showcase the work of game developers who create games to channel cultural dialogue and conflict management. October 15 is the deadline for entries. China’s Signal Hijacks Have […]

Tech Sightings, September 17, 2014

Posted September 17th, 2014 at 2:33 pm (UTC-4)
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Middle-School Dropout Codes Clever Chat Program That Foils NSA Spying John Brooks, a coder who dropped out of school at the age of 13, first created Ricochet, an encrypted instant messaging program, as a hobby. After the Snowden leaks about U.S. intelligence spying came to light, Brooks realized that he has the solution that can […]

Tech Sightings, September 16, 2014

Posted September 16th, 2014 at 2:47 pm (UTC-4)
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A Walkway for Slowpokes Staring at Their Smartphones? Getting tired of being stuck behind people walking while perusing their cellphones? China has an answer for that. The city of Chongqing is introducing the world’s first pedestrian slow lane for mobile users. Sensors Let Alzheimer’s Patients Stay Home, Safely Families with Alzheimer patients can now feel […]

Tech Sightings, September 11, 2014

Posted September 11th, 2014 at 2:46 pm (UTC-4)
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Google Buys High-Tech Spoon Manufacturer It’s not an ordinary spoon. Lift Labs’s high-tech spoon accounts for tremors and makes it easier for people suffering from neurodegenerative disease to eat. The company, along with some of its employees, will join Goggle’s Life Sciences division. Bank of England Sees Bitcoin Fraud Risk, Deflation Danger The Bank of […]

Tech Sightings, September 10, 2014

Posted September 10th, 2014 at 2:45 pm (UTC-4)
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Botnet Twists the Knife in iCloud Security After stealing pictures of nude celebrities from Apple’s iCloud accounts, hackers are now using a botnet – Kelihos botnet – to send their victims emails, purportedly from Apple, asking them for ID information to address alleged iTunes purchases . Printable Solar Panels May Be Coming to a Device […]

Tech Sightings, September 9, 2014

Posted September 9th, 2014 at 2:31 pm (UTC-4)
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The Great Internet Slowdown: Tomorrow’s Protest Against the FCC’s New Net Neutrality Rules The first great Internet Slowdown on September 10 is a concerted effort by some of the Web’s largest companies to protest the FCC and the U.S. government’s handling of net neutrality. A spinning, loading wheel will appear on many websites to remind […]

Tech Sightings, September 4, 2014

Posted September 4th, 2014 at 2:25 pm (UTC-4)
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Apple Chastised for Unsafe Working Conditions in Supplier Factory Labor rights and advocacy groups say a Suqian, China factory owned by Catcher Technology was found to be in “serious health and safety, environmental, and human rights violations.”  The factory produces iPad and iPhone parts. Singapore Hospital Pilots Telehealth for Heart Patients Singapore’s Changi General Hospital […]

Tech Sightings, September 3, 2014

Posted September 3rd, 2014 at 2:24 pm (UTC-4)
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IT jobs’ Big Threat: Robots, automation A brisk conversation is already taking place about the ramifications of immersing robots in the job market. For the IT sector, people with strong interpersonal and collaborative skills will likely keep their jobs as artificial intelligence and automation become more prevalent. But questions about the potential unemployment arising from […]

Tech Sightings, September 2, 2014

Posted September 2nd, 2014 at 2:21 pm (UTC-4)
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The Cult of Xiaomi Seeks World Domination Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi grabbed14% share of the smartphone market in the second quarter of this year, after outselling even Apple. And the events the company hosts to encourage and reward its fans are creating something of a rock concert feel that might make Xiaomi’s advance in the […]