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North Korea Online Population: 0.03 Percent; Death of the Java Plug-in

Posted January 28th, 2016 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: There Are Just 7,000 Web Users in North Korea That there are any people online in North Korea is refreshing. But a new survey from marketing Group We Are Social found only 7,200 Web users in the country. The survey says only about 0.03 percent of the population are allowed to go […]

Internet of Things Devices Still Not Secure; AI Pioneer Minsky Dies

Posted January 26th, 2016 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Forrester: Internet of things Security Years Away From Being Fully-baked A new report from Forrester Research expresses alarm that the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem has glossed over user security while focusing on analytics and growth. The research, based on 27 companies, says security standards are still non-existent and integration issues between […]

Encrypted Smartphone Sales Banned in California; iHeartRadio Reaches 80mil

Posted January 21st, 2016 at 11:34 am (UTC-5)
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Now California State Wants to Ban Sale of Encrypted Smartphones California’s assembly member Jim Cooper introduced legislation to ban the sale of smartphone devices that come with unbreakable encryption. The state is home to the world’s biggest technology companies. If approved, the legislation would require any smartphone manufactured “on or after January 1, 2017, and […]

New Memory Chips Emulate Human Brain; Browsing the Ad-blocked Web

Posted January 20th, 2016 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Memory That Learns Could Help Tomorrow’s Intelligent Computers Researchers at New Mexico-based start-up Knowm are working on a new generation of computer chips that can emulate more closely the way the human brain works. While existing chips can store a lot of information, the new breed, called memristors, can help artificial intelligence […]

Twitter Outages; Worst Passwords of 2015

Posted January 19th, 2016 at 11:31 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Twitter Hit by Sporadic Outages in Many Parts of Globe Twitter said on Tuesday its social network was suffering ongoing outages on computers and phones and it was working towards a resolution.  Outages were reported across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America. Users were told: “Some users are currently experiencing […]

Americans Choose Privacy Over Savings; Here Comes Your New AI Doctor

Posted January 14th, 2016 at 11:19 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: When Is It Worth Giving Up Your Data? Americans Aren’t Quite Sure A new report from the Pew Research Center found more than half of the 461 Americans surveyed would rather give up discounts than be tracked by gadgets wherever they go. Forty-five percent of respondents rejected energy savings and car insurance […]

Android Malware Hijacks Bank Accounts; Facebook’s Dilemma in India

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Android Malware Steals Banking Passcodes, Hijacks Accounts Protected by Two-factor Authentication Internet security firm Symantec has warned that an updated Android malware, called Bankosy, can intercept one-time passcodes that help safeguard online banking accounts. While banks have moved to relay the codes by phone, instead of email, the updated malware forwards all […]

Greece Tests Rescue Robots at Sea; Apple Pushes Board Diversity

Posted January 12th, 2016 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Robot Life Preserver Goes to Work in the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis In Mediterranean waters off Greece, rescuing African and Middle Eastern migrants trying to make the perilous voyage to Europe is a daily affair. Looking for help, the Greek Coast Guard invited Texas A&M University’s Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue to […]

3-D-printing Damaged Heritage Sites; Scaling Mount Everest in VR

Posted January 7th, 2016 at 11:58 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: How 3-D Printers Can Help Preserve Heritage Sites Historical heritage sites have paid a heavy toll for the exploits of Islamic State fanatics in the Middle East. But a joint venture between the Institute for Digital Archaeology, Harvard University, the University of Oxford and the Museum of the Future in Dubai is […]

Windows 10 is Spying on You; Are Video Games Addictive?

Posted January 6th, 2016 at 11:08 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Microsoft Shows off What It Knows About Windows 10 Users If you ever had any doubts that Windows 10 collects all kinds of user data for Microsoft, then here’s proof. In a recent blog post, Microsoft revealed what it knows about its Windows 10 customers, including how many hours they spent with […]