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Robot Surgeons Are Coming; Pokemon GO’s Security Risks

Posted July 28th, 2016 at 11:49 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: New Crop of Robots to Vie for Space in the Operating Room One in three surgeries in the United States are likely to be performed by robotics systems within the next five years, which is more than double the current levels. The approach will have surgeons sitting at computer consoles to guide […]

IBM, Brazil Team Up Against Zika; Windows 10 Update Coming August 2

Posted July 27th, 2016 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: IBM Steps Up Efforts in Fight Against Zika International Business Machines Corp (IBM) has announced it will provide Brazil’s leading Oswaldo Cruz Foundation with technology and resources to help track the Zika virus. The foundation, affiliated with Brazil’s Ministry of Health, will use IBM’s technology to analyze data about human travel patterns […]

‘Making’ Tomorrow’s Workforce; Wireless Keyboards’ Bug Found

Posted July 26th, 2016 at 11:51 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: The Maker movement That Impacts Economy, Education and Culture Technology is about more than just coding, argues writer Dale Daugherty. “Makers” – those who create and craft using electronics, 3-D printing and a mix of physical and digital skills – are already shaping the future. The maker movement is on the rise […]

Minecraft Meets AI; the Fall and Decline of Yahoo

Posted July 21st, 2016 at 11:49 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Minecraft Is Testing Ground for Human-AI Collaboration Minecraft, the computer game of blocks, has been used to build all sorts of things for fun and educational applications. Now, Microsoft researchers have released an experimental version intended as an artificial intelligence (AI) training ground. Nicknamed Project Malmo, the open source effort allows a […]

Twitter Account Verification Now Open; Indian Teen Wins Google Award

Posted July 20th, 2016 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Twitter Opens Up Account Verification Twitter used to award its “verified account” blue badge to celebrities who might contend with fake accounts using their names. Now, any public Twitter account can apply to get the verification, provided users fill up a form with information about their influence level and various personal data. […]

New Hard Drive Uses Chlorine Atoms; Protecting Privacy With Snapchat

Posted July 19th, 2016 at 12:21 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: World’s Smallest Hard Disk Stores Data Using Chlorine Atoms Researchers at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have created the world’s smallest hard drive – a rewritable device that stores up to 500 terabits per square inch. This is enough room to store all the books ever written. The technique uses chlorine […]

Mobile Health Bridges Funding Gap for Nonprofit Apps

Posted July 15th, 2016 at 10:39 am (UTC-5)
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Funding a mobile game or a celebrity app is often easier than finding backers for special needs and not-for-profit applications. But the growing interest in mobile health is helping bridge the gap. Depending on their function and subject matter, apps are either funded by big companies, public donations, or paid for by interested organizations and […]

Pokemon Fraud Rising; AI Could Be Key to Fighting Cybercrime

Posted July 14th, 2016 at 1:04 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: A Surge of Pokemon GO-related Apps Is Out to Steal Your Data If you’ve caught the Pokemon GO fever, keep your wits about you. Numerous unofficial apps taking advantage of the popularity of the Nintendo game are raising red flags for their pursuit of users’ personal data. Cybersecurity experts warn that some […]

The Age of Smartphone Fondling; Beware: New, Lying Ransomware

Posted July 13th, 2016 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Research Shows We Touch Our Cell Phones 2,617 Times Per Day How many times do you admire and fondle your phone every day? Well, a new study from research firm dscout found that the top 10 percent of extreme cell phone users touch their phones more than 5,400 times daily. The average […]

‘Pokémon GO’ to Fix Account Access ‘Error’; Singapore Takes Up Bots

Posted July 12th, 2016 at 11:39 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: ‘Pokémon GO’ Maker Says Full Google Account Access an ‘Error’ While you are completely engrossed in the latest gaming craze, Pokémon GO, you should know that the popular game was erroneously granted full access to your Google accounts, including email, Google docs, photos and other stuff. Also noteworthy is the fact that […]