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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 […]

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 […]

Robot Surgeons Are Coming; Pokemon GO’s Security Risks

Posted July 28th, 2016 at 11:49 am (UTC-4)
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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-4)
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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 […]

Minecraft Meets AI; the Fall and Decline of Yahoo

Posted July 21st, 2016 at 11:49 am (UTC-4)
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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-4)
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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. […]