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Philippines Suffers Massive Breach; Your Next Car Needs a Firewall

Posted April 7th, 2016 at 12:01 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Megabreach Leaves 55 Million Philippine Voters Exposed The database of the Philippines’ Commission on Elections has been compromised in what could be the biggest government-related breach ever. Researchers at cybersecurity firm Trend Micro found sensitive information, including passport and fingerprint data, among the compromised files. Officials played down the incident, saying sensitive […]

3-D Printing Recreates Rembrandt; The Woman Behind Microsoft’s Tay

Posted April 6th, 2016 at 11:28 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Computer, 3-D Printer Create Perfect Rembrandt Painting ‘The Next Rembrandt’ – a collaboration between historians, software developers, scientists, engineers and analysts – has recreated the work of Dutch painter Rembrandt using a computer and a 3-D printer. The team spent months studying the master’s works in order to create an algorithm that […]

AI Helps Blind Navigate Facebook; China’s Panama Papers Scramble

Posted April 5th, 2016 at 11:54 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Facebook Using Artificial Intelligence to Help Visually Impaired Most of Facebook’s one billion users scroll through their timelines unhindered and unaware that there are many others who cannot see what they see because of visual impairment. Facebook has been working to remedy the situation with a tool powered by artificial intelligence that guides […]

Mayo Clinic Takes on VR Sickness; China Challenges Google’s AlphaGo

Posted March 31st, 2016 at 11:30 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Mayo Clinic Cure Said to Alleviate VR Motion Sickness Some, but not all virtual reality (VR) headgear cause wearers to experience nausea and motion sickness even with higher frame rates and lower latency. But according to Fast Company, the Mayo Clinic hospital has developed algorithms that can trick the VR user’s brain […]

Building Brain Cells With Minecraft; China Defends Internet Rules

Posted March 30th, 2016 at 11:56 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: The Video Game That Builds Brain Cells The world of blocks known as Minecraft is probably one of the most popular games on the planet. And if you are concerned your kids are spending too much time with their blocky creations, consider that the game is being used to teach kids a […]

Raising Girl Coders in Mumbai’s Slums; Can All iPhones Be Hacked?

Posted March 29th, 2016 at 11:57 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Crowdfunding Campaign Aims to Raise Money for Teenage Girl Coders From Mumbai Slum Started in 2014 by filmmaker Nawneet Ranjan, a slum innovation project in India’s Mumbai has been producing mobile, open source apps to help teenage girls deal with everyday problems such as sexual harassment, water access and education. The project […]

Microsoft’s AI Learns Racism From Humans; New Trojan Targets USBs

Posted March 24th, 2016 at 11:32 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Microsoft’s Tay AI Chatbot Goes Offline After Being Taught to Be Racist Which is more dangerous: human or machine?  Microsoft launched its artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot Wednesday, targeting people 18-24-years old, only to withdraw it 16 hours later. After many hours of chatting, it appears Internet users managed to teach Tay to […]

How to Stop Locky Ransomware; the Promise of Artificial Intelligence

Posted March 23rd, 2016 at 11:58 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: This Bag of Tricks May Help Stop a Locky Ransomware Infection Remember Locky? That’s the name of a recent malware that used email spam to trick computer users into opening fake attachments loaded with malicious code. The ransomware appeared a few months ago and locked California’s Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center out of […]

Technology a Lifeline for Brussels Victims; Tor Project Tightens Security

Posted March 22nd, 2016 at 11:21 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Brussels Attacks Highlight Technology’s Importance, But We Could Do So Much More In Brussels, Belgium, thousands tried to reach loved ones following the devastating terror attacks on airport and subway systems, bringing the country’s mobile networks to a halt. As a result, people reached out on social media, using WhatsApp, Twitter and […]

Apple Warns of ‘Surveillance’ Future; New Ransomware Impossible to Crack

Posted March 17th, 2016 at 11:35 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Even CEO Tim Cook is Suggesting Apple Could Be Forced to Build ‘Surveillance OS’ Apple CEO Tim Cook, in an in interview with Time, warned that the future could very well herald a scenario where the government can force tech companies to develop software to spy on their users. The comment comes […]