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Modular Devices Coming, But Don’t Hold Your Breath

Posted December 18th, 2015 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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When desktops ruled, upgrading individual computer parts instead of buying a new machine was probably the closest users ever got to having a modular PC with interchangeable parts. But in today’s mobile-driven, disposable-tech world, the only way to upgrade a smartphone is to buy a new one. “We’ve created an environment where it’s just so […]

Star Wars Technologies Almost Real; Can the Internet Be Shut Down?

Posted December 17th, 2015 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: 10 Star Wars Technologies That Are About to Become Reality The latest long-awaited installment in the Star Wars science fiction saga hits U.S. theaters December 18. The movie – Star Wars: The Force Awakens – comes with an array of futuristic technologies that have their origins in existing technologies or have equivalents […]

Microsoft Edge Security Flaws; Surprising Numbers About Video Gamers

Posted December 16th, 2015 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: With Edge Inheriting One-quarter of Internet Explorer’s Flaws, Is It Any More Secure? On the surface, Microsoft’s Internet browser, Edge, is a new, faster and better reincarnation of its now-dead predecessor, Internet Explorer (IE). But writer Zack Whittaker questions the security of the new browser, given how much it has in common […]

Reigning in Artificial Intelligence; IoT Spending Leaders

Posted December 15th, 2015 at 11:54 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Elon Musk Takes On Saving the World From Artificial Intelligence Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk, along with several tech heavyweights, just founded a non-profit, billion-dollar outfit called OpenAI to research artificial intelligence (AI) in a way that benefits humanity. Musk had expressed concern that artificial intelligence could take over the world. Ready […]

CyArk Gives World Heritage Digital Second Life

Posted December 11th, 2015 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Caught in the crossfire of war and extremism, many of the world’s ancient monuments, particularly in Iraq and Syria, are being destroyed. But one California-based non-profit is on a mission to digitally preserve as many of these sites as possible in the coming year. “We’ve seen a real increase in the … intentional destruction of […]

Smart Tech Can Fight Gun Violence; Non-Verbal Autistic Users Get New App

Posted December 10th, 2015 at 11:57 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Smart Tech Offers Ways to Reduce Gun Violence Writer Preston Gralla argues that technology might hold the key to helping save some lives from the vicious cycle of gun violence in the United States, so long as gun fanatics can be reigned in. He suggests introducing smart-gun technology with fingerprint readers that […]

IBM AI to Fight Beijing Smog; Is Social Media Hurting Relationships?

Posted December 9th, 2015 at 11:38 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: IBM Broadens Push in China, India to Predict Pollution Patterns An International Business Machines Corporation division – IBM Research – will be working with the Delhi Dialogue Commission to understand the correlation between traffic and pollution. The initiative is similar to IBM’s effort in China, where it is testing artificial intelligence to […]

VTech Under Fire; Apple’s Awkward Battery Case Raises Eyebrows

Posted December 8th, 2015 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: VTech Slammed for ‘Unforgivable’ Security Lapse Toy maker VTech is in the crosshairs following the November hack attack that compromised account data for more than six million kids in the company’s app store. Some experts claim a lot of the stolen information was available online for a while before it was taken […]

Why Virtual Whyville Still Inspires

Posted December 4th, 2015 at 10:47 am (UTC-5)
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Virtual worlds have been immersing people in fantastical, computer-simulated environments for years – using only avatars. One of the oldest is Whyville, the first learning and game-based virtual world for children. I am now 27 years old and am a qualified lawyer and accountant who is a director of a large wholesale company … in Australia, […]

Dropbox Malware Found; Google Denies Deception in Tracking Kids

Posted December 3rd, 2015 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: New Malware Found Hidden Inside Dropbox Account Researchers at U.S.-based security firm FireEye have discovered a new malware in Hong Kong that hides its Command and Control server in Dropbox accounts. The hackers, called ‘admin@338,’ are thought to have ties to the Chinese government. The malware targets media organizations and creates a […]