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Apple Pulls Refugee ‘I Sea’ App; Preserving Digital History

Posted June 21st, 2016 at 11:59 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: App That Falsely Claimed to Aid Refugees at Sea Pulled From App Store Apple has pulled from its App Store an app called I Sea that claimed it could help find refugees lost at sea by showing real-time satellite footage of the Mediterranean Sea. But developers found the app only shows the […]

Facebook, India Push to Curb Suicide; Is Facebook’s Future All-video?

Posted June 14th, 2016 at 12:14 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Facebook Launches Suicide Prevention Tools for 148 Million Indian Users India leads the world with depression rates and has more suicides than any other country, according to the World Health Organization. Mental illness topics remain taboo in that country and in other developing parts of the world. Facebook’s new tools help nudge […]

IBM’s Watson Joins Cancer War; Google to Train 1 Million Africans

Posted April 12th, 2016 at 11:33 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: IBM Watson Enlists in War on Cancer IBM’s artificial intelligence system, also known as Watson, is being fed nearly 14,000 pages of all kinds of cancer topics to create a mobile app that can offer personalized advice to cancer patients. The effort is a partnership between IBM and the American Cancer Society. […]

VR Aids Therapy, but What Happens to Your Brain?

Posted April 8th, 2016 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Virtual reality (VR) is finally becoming a reality for consumers, thanks to a new generation of affordable gear that could expand its use beyond travel and entertainment to medicine. But what you might not know is that VR is already in use for therapy and has been for the past 20 years, although its long-term […]

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

Posted March 31st, 2016 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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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 […]

Bangladesh Cyber Heist Biggest on Record; Google AI Beats Human 4-1

Posted March 15th, 2016 at 11:52 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Manila Man Gets $30 Million Cash From Cyber Heist; Bangladesh Central Bank Governor Quits Bangladesh’s central bank governor Atiur Rahman resigned Tuesday, succumbing to demands for accountability after the bank lost $81 million to cybercriminals. About $30 million of the money was delivered in cash to a Philippines casino operator in Manila. […]

Google Joins UNICEF Against Zika; African Tech Goes Global

Posted March 3rd, 2016 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Google Combats Zika Virus With Expanded Search Results, Mapping Tool Partnering with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Google Thursday announced a grant of $1 million to help the agency fight the Zika virus in Brazil. Google is also launching new initiatives to enhance Zika search results and maps to provide more […]

Virtual Reality: the ‘Drug’ of the Future; Data Privacy Extinction

Posted March 2nd, 2016 at 12:49 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Game Devs on VR Future: ‘People Will Fall for It Like a Drug’ Virtual Reality continues its advance amid considerable hype, with promising applications in gaming and perhaps even therapy. Game developers project the technology will become mainstream in gaming. But one developer warns that it will be so immersive that “people […]

Android vs. iOS; Virtual Reality: Hype or Promise?

Posted February 25th, 2016 at 11:58 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Android vs iOS: The Great Security Debate Traditional thinking has it that iOS is the most secure of the mobile operating systems. That is no longer the case as more malware and other malicious software target that ecosystem. On the other hand, the fragmented Android operating system is, at best, a security […]

Wireless Mice, Keyboards Open to Attack; Bill Gates on Energy Miracles

Posted February 23rd, 2016 at 11:52 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Countless Computers Vulnerable to MouseJack Attack Through Wireless Mice, Keyboards Startup wireless security company Bastille reports that wireless mice and keyboards from several companies, including Amazon, Dell, Gigabyte, HP, Lenovo, Logitech and Microsoft can be hacked from 100 yards away or about three feet. The problem, called MouseJack, is the result of […]