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White House Tackles AI Potential, Risks; Britain Unprepared for AI

Posted October 12th, 2016 at 12:39 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: White House: AI Has Potential to Be Major Driver of Economic Growth, Social Progress A study commissioned by the White House earlier this year to look into the potential impact of artificial intelligence has concluded the technology holds much promise. But the writers also caution that strong vigilance is needed, saying the […]

Social Media Wins Presidential Debate; Google Spreads Wings in India

Posted September 27th, 2016 at 12:21 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Social Media Won the US Presidential Debate – in a Landslide Monday night’s U.S. presidential debate was the most tweeted debate ever, according to Twitter. To put this in perspective in the absence of more concrete numbers, the first presidential debate of 2012 netted 10 million tweets. The debate was also the […]

Researcher Honored for India TB Tracking; Yahoo’s Massive Data Breach

Posted September 22nd, 2016 at 11:58 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Microsoft Researcher Behind TB Treatment-monitoring Program Wins ‘Genius’ Grant Microsoft’s Bill Thies, who works on communications programs in developing countries, will receive the “genius” grant, awarded by the MacArthur Foundation. Thies’ work on India’s 99DOTS program provides a low-cost way for people to receive monitored tuberculosis treatment. Using their cell phones, patients can […]

Internet ICANN Move Hits Congressional Block; Google Launches Allo

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 12:25 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: The Internet Belongs to the World, Not to Ted Cruz The United States is supposed to hand over control of internet domain management to ICANN on October 1. ICANN is short for the nonprofit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a nonprofit organization. The problem now is that the U.S. Congress […]

Nigerian Girls to Get Tech Training; Indian Students Take on WhatsApp

Posted September 20th, 2016 at 12:05 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Youth for Technology Foundation to Train 6,000 Nigerian Girls in Technology The Youth for Technology Foundation announced it will train 6,000 Nigerian girls unable to attend school or risk the dangers of human trafficking to use 3-D printing. The training, which was made public during the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting and […]

IoT Farmers Become Data Scientists; New York Curbs Free Wi-Fi

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 12:44 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: How IoT Is Creating ‘Precision Farming’ The Internet of Things (IoT) is slowly changing the way farmers work, turning them into data scientists to help them better manage their crops and livestock. Access to remote sensors and cloud services is enabling farmers to monitor the health of their livestock and make more […]

Dutch Drones Meet Their Match; Black Interns Take on Silicon Valley

Posted September 14th, 2016 at 12:14 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Eagles Take on Dutch Drones After months of training and trials, Dutch police now believe the birds they have trained can tackle and take down illegally-operated drones. This is the first project of its kind, and Dutch police are now buying their own eagle chicks to breed and train to deal with […]

Tweet Changes Coming; Facebook Sued Over Teen’s Naked Images

Posted September 13th, 2016 at 11:49 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Twitter’s Iconic140-character Limit Is About to Change Come September 19, Twitter will change the way tweets work. While the actual 140-character count will remain the same, Twitter will take out of the count quotes and various media attachments to give users more flexibility and room for their tweets. Facebook Prosecuted Over ‘Naked […]

Goodbye, iPhone Headphone Jack; Ireland Backs Apple Against EU Fine

Posted September 8th, 2016 at 11:58 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Eulogy for the iPhone Headphone Jack Twitter burst into a flurry of activity Wednesday when Apple declared the death of the iPhone headphone jack at its iPhone 7 event in San Francisco. The tech giant replaced the jack with wireless earbuds, outfitted with their own communications chip. Apple described the move to […]

Apple’s Changing World; Facebook News Feed Turns 10

Posted September 7th, 2016 at 12:31 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Today’s iPhone Event a Test of Trust for Apple Apart from some updates and perhaps a couple of new devices, Apple’s big event Wednesday puts the tech giant face-to-face with new challenges amid declining iPhone and iWatch sales. Apple also faces criticism on its lack of innovation as iPhones maintain the same […]