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Chesky’s Airbnb – From Bodybuilding to Tech; Linux Bug Hits Android

Posted August 16th, 2016 at 10:44 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: How a Former Bodybuilder Became One of America’s Richest Young Tech Founders His name is Brian Chesky. And the 34-year-old New Yorker and founder of Airbnb was in his younger days more interested in bodybuilding and hockey than in technology. But overbooked hotels triggered an idea and drove him to launch a […]

Going Outdoors? These Apps Might Help

Posted August 11th, 2016 at 12:03 pm (UTC-4)
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If being outdoors is your thing, there are a few apps that can simplify your life, come to your rescue if need be, and help you share some of the memories you collected along the way. When traveling, Waze, a community-based app for Android and iOS, offers information about traffic and navigation, gridlocks, alternative routes, maps […]

Dealing With Augmented Reality Cities; Facebook Under Fire Over Ads

Posted August 11th, 2016 at 11:37 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Games Will Reshape Cities As the Pokemon GO craze continues unabated, many countries are restricting and zoning urban areas to prevent players from meandering into government sites and other sensitive areas to hunt Pokemon characters. Writer Geoff Manaugh argues that once this game is forgotten, new augmented reality games that place a […]

Smart Cars Vulnerable to Hackers; Older Workers Just as Tech Savvy

Posted August 10th, 2016 at 12:06 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Half of Smart Cars’ Vulnerabilities Give Hackers Control A recent study from IOActive says half of the vulnerabilities it found in the smart cars of a “leading vehicle manufacturer” could give a hacker full control of the car. Researchers also found that nearly three quarters of the vulnerabilities could be easily exploited. […]

Facebook Blocks Ad Blockers; Delta Outage a Taste of What’s Coming?

Posted August 9th, 2016 at 2:24 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Facebook to Block Ad Blockers In an effort to render ad blockers useless, social media giant Facebook says it has found a way around the popular software. The move will allow Facebook to serve up advertisements to its desktop site even if a user is running an ad blocker. The move will […]

How Much Do You Know About Your Online Privacy?

Posted August 5th, 2016 at 11:00 am (UTC-4)
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Protecting online privacy in the age of “convenience” and indiscriminate data-sharing is a daunting task as marketers glean all kinds of data from unwary Internet surfers. Some online users assume their information is anonymous, but that’s one of many potentially costly privacy misconceptions. Blame it on convenience – that conscious choice you make to have […]

Tech Savvy Olympians; US Internet Speeds Up

Posted August 4th, 2016 at 1:15 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Technology is Transforming How Olympians Train When the Rio de Janeiro Olympics officially start on Friday, many of the athletes will have spent years training their bodies for their sport, but increasingly technology is playing an important role in how an athlete trains. Technology can help athletes from nearly any sport analyze […]

Rio Mobile Network Gets Test; Alphabet OKed to Test Delivery Drones

Posted August 3rd, 2016 at 1:45 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: 40 Percent of Businesses Attacked by Ransomware A survey of businesses by the computer security firm Malwarebytes reveals that nearly 40 percent of businesses have been the victims of ransomware attacks in the past year. The attacks take over a computer or device and requires the user to pay to regain access. […]

Darpa’s Robot Hackers; Apple’s Emojis

Posted August 2nd, 2016 at 1:44 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: DARPA Seeks to Create ‘Robot Hackers’ The U.S. government agency that developed the early Internet is now focusing on creating software called “robot hackers.” The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) hopes the robots will be able to spot and fix software vulnerabilities before human hackers are even aware they exist. DARPA is […]

What You Need to Know About HIPAA

Posted July 29th, 2016 at 10:35 am (UTC-4)
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The 1996 U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was created to regulate the way health care providers handle health and medical data. But mobile technologies have since given rise to a new breed of health data trackers not covered by HIPAA – a trend that is raising concern as well as questions about […]