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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: […]

Have You Been Harassed Online?

Posted December 2nd, 2014 at 12:00 pm (UTC-4)
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There are a lot of behaviors from the real world that we wish weren’t be duplicated in the digital world. But unfortunately harassment, especially for many women, is a reality in both worlds. Given recent, ugly episodes of online harassment, TECHtonics will feature a three-part series on the subject in coming weeks. If you have […]

Twitter, Uber Mobile Snooping; EU vs. Google

Posted November 27th, 2014 at 2:25 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: European Parliament Calls On Commission to Consider Breaking Up Google In a non-binding resolution, European Union legislators urged antitrust regulators to consider separating search engines from other commercial products to boost search market competition. The move is widely seen as targeting Google, which controls about 90 percent of Europe’s search engine market. […]

Sony Hijacked? Killer Technology; EU vs. Google and More

Posted November 25th, 2014 at 2:02 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Tech’s Gender Gap Wasn’t Always So Bad. Here’s How It Got Worse A filmmaker whose daughter wanted to drop out of her computer science major because she was one of only two girls attending resulted in a documentary about gender inequality in the U.S. tech and science sectors. The film, called CODE: […]

Growing Super Crops: Conventional or GM?

Posted November 21st, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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A lot of folks probably don’t like their food messed with, meaning they’d rather not have carrots cross-bred into pea-carrots, for example, or potatoes genetically fortified with nutrients they weren’t born with. But in regions like Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia, fortified crops can help populations struggling for survival. Fortified crops are created either through […]

Tech Sightings, November 20, 2014

Posted November 20th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Africa’s Mobile Money Goes to Europe with M-Pesa Africa’s money transfer system, M-Pesa, launched in 2007, now has some 17 million active users worldwide. And with the recent launch of a mobile wallet in Romania, M-Pesa in expected to continue its advance in the European market. New Tool Helps Spy Victims Detect Government Surveillance German […]

Tech Sightings, November 19, 2014

Posted November 19th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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China Blocks Websites as Internet Meeting Begins China’s vigilant censors have blocked several popular websites even as the World Internet Conference convened in the country. Blocked sites include networks that help speed website performance and services that enable users to access typically blocked content. Next Year’s DDOS Attacks Expected From Vietnam, India, Indonesia According to […]

Tech Sightings, November 18, 2014

Posted November 18th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Executives Say Digital India Needs Broadband Access Like Water and Electricity Participants at the  Indo-U.S. Technology Summit in New Delhi say India’s plans to improve governance by enhancing Internet access are behind schedule as the government grapples with the costs of fiber optic networks and spectrum challenges. Uber Exec Suggests Spying on Journalists Critical of […]

Social Media Combats Ebola With Facts and Dancing

Posted November 14th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Social media has the power to do good or cause harm: It can raise public awareness and galvanize the masses, or spread rumors and mask abusers and scammers. Using common sense and a dance challenge, Los Angeles-based non-profit End Ebola Now is fighting Ebola on all of these fronts. The latest in the group’s efforts […]

Tech Sightings, November 13, 2014

Posted November 13th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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There’s an App that Needs You: The Rise of Mobile Crowdsourcing Today, crowdsourcing apps are used in investing, creative work, and funding start up projects. They are showing up on many smartphones with thousands of mini-reports coming in from around the internet. The mosaic of information can form a larger picture that can be used […]