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Virtual Reality Helps Seniors With Dementia Get Back on Track

Posted October 6th, 2017 at 11:56 am (UTC-5)
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Virtual reality (VR) is helping seniors with cognitive and physical impairments express themselves and experience the outside world. But its use in therapy is far outpacing research, which has yet to determine how VR affects the brain in the long-term. Residents at Maplewood Senior Living, assisted-living communities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Ohio, are typically in […]

Suspected Russian Hackers Target Macs; a Visor for the Legally Blind

Posted February 15th, 2017 at 1:04 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Russian Cyberspies Blamed for US Election Hacks Now Targeting Macs Bitdefender cybersecurity researchers have uncovered a Mac OS Trojan that probably was used by the Russian hackers blamed for breaching the U.S. Democratic National Committee last year. The program, called Sofacy or X-Agent, has been around for other operating systems, but researchers […]

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 […]

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. […]

Apple, FBI Face Off; Using VR to Help Stroke Patients

Posted February 17th, 2016 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Tim Cook: Apple Will Fight Push to Add Backdoor to iPhone Apple CEO Tim Cook said helping the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) break into the iPhone of one of the San Bernandino, California mass shooters would be a “dangerous precedent.” The statement came in response to a court order demanding that […]

Google; Data Overload; Linux DDoS; iOS 9 Bugs; Windows Privacy

Posted September 29th, 2015 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Key Google Announcements Expected Today, September 29 The San Francisco event will highlight new features for Google’s Nexus 5X smartphone. The company also is expected to talk about its Android Marshmallow mobile operating system, Chromecast and other products. Study: ‘Data Overload’ Is Leaving UK Users Stressed, Sleep-Deprived A study of about 1,000 adults […]

Microsoft; China Tech Rules; VR; iOS 9; YouTube Gaming

Posted September 17th, 2015 at 3:59 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Microsoft to Spend $75 Million to Boost Computer Science in US Schools Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that his company will spend $75 million over the next three years on initiatives to boost youth access to computer science education. The initiative is part of Microsoft’s YouthSpark program, an effort to get young […]