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Gaza Startups Catch Silicon Valley’s Eye; China Snubs Pokemon GO

Posted January 10th, 2017 at 1:28 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Gaza Is Attracting Attention of Silicon Valley The Gaza Strip, more often closed to the world than not, has one of the highest unemployment rates and myriads of everyday problems, not the least of which is an unreliable power supply. But the strip is undergoing a bit of a tech evolution as […]

The IoT Home Invasion; Apple Pulls New York Times Apps in China

Posted January 5th, 2017 at 12:32 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Like It or Not, ‘Internet of Things’ Is Going to Invade Your Home Let’s face it, there will come a time when you will not be able to avoid buying that smart fridge that orders your groceries or the digital assistant that listens to your every word at home or in your […]

Android Malware Goes After Wi-Fi Routers; More Ransomware in 2017

Posted January 4th, 2017 at 1:26 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Android-infecting Trojan Malware Uses Your Phone to Attack Your Router Kaspersky Lab researchers have uncovered a new Android Trojan malware. Dubbed “Switcher Trojan,” the malware can attack its victims’ wireless routers and render connected devices vulnerable to fraud. The virus tricks users to redirect Wi-Fi traffic from the networks users are on […]

The Trouble With IoT; What to Expect From CES 2017

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 12:19 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Almost Three in Four Organizations Collect IoT Data By all accounts, Internet of Things (IoT) devices are expected to continue to grow and thrive in 2017. And a new report from 451 Research projects a 33 percent increase in IoT spending this year. But along with that comes the finding that more […]

CES, 2017 Tech Trends; Minecraft Extension Aims to Teach Chemistry

Posted December 29th, 2016 at 11:47 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: The 5 Tech Trends That Will Dominate CES and 2017 The Consumer Electronics Show is coming to Las Vegas on January 5, 2017. It promises to unveil thousands of new gadgets and products, some of which made headway in 2016 but will achieve a level of maturity in 2017. The world’s largest […]

Singapore to Record Iris Scans; Fake News Story Raises Bangkok Alarm

Posted December 28th, 2016 at 11:28 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Singapore to Record Iris Scans of Citizens Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs said the country will begin collecting iris scans of citizens and permanent residents beginning January 1. A ministry statement said the goal is to improve efficiency for immigration procedures and registration and renewal of identity cards and passports. The iris […]

Six-year-old Skirts Biometric Login; How Hackers Use Stolen Credit Data

Posted December 27th, 2016 at 11:48 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Child Uses Sleeping Mom’s Fingerprints to Buy Pokémon Gifts Biometrics are supposed to offer better security for your mobile devices. But no one probably expected that Bethany Howell’s six-year-old daughter, in Arkansas, would borrow her fingerprint while she slept to buy $250 of Pokémon Christmas gifts. The child, Ashlynd, later admitted she had […]

Closing in on a Cyborg Future; Social Media Use Makes You Miserable?

Posted December 22nd, 2016 at 12:18 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: How We Got Closer to Our Cyberhuman Future in 2016 There is no escaping the growing symbiosis between man and machine. Writer Kristen V. Brown says we have already become cyborgs in the sense that we are tethered to electronic devices. And she argues that the breakthroughs seen in 2016 have brought […]

E-taxi GPS Data Tapped to Improve Roads; 2016’s Worst Cyberbreaches

Posted December 21st, 2016 at 12:31 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: GPS Data From E-taxi Platforms Could Improve Roads in Developing Countries The World Bank is partnering with tech companies, nonprofits, and cab-hailing services in Asia and Latin America in an effort to improve transportation services and ease congestion in different parts of the world. Under an open data license, the Open Transport […]

Apple Eyes Production in India; Thieving Russian Botnet Exposed

Posted December 20th, 2016 at 1:21 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: WSJ: Apple in Talks With India to Manufacture Locally Apple has been in communication with the Indian government to explore manufacturing its products locally in India. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple sent a letter to New Delhi to lay out manufacturing plans and request financial incentives. India’s Prime Minister, Narendra […]