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US Teens Addicted to Smartphones; 50 Life-changing Gadgets

Posted May 3rd, 2016 at 11:44 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Half of US Teens Think They’re Addicted to Smartphones Fifty percent of U.S. teens aged 12-18 feel they are addicted to their smartphones, according to a new poll conducted for Common Sense media, a non-profit organization that helps negotiate media and technology. Up to 59 percent of parents said their teens were […]

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 […]

Star Wars Technologies Almost Real; Can the Internet Be Shut Down?

Posted December 17th, 2015 at 12:15 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: 10 Star Wars Technologies That Are About to Become Reality The latest long-awaited installment in the Star Wars science fiction saga hits U.S. theaters December 18. The movie – Star Wars: The Force Awakens – comes with an array of futuristic technologies that have their origins in existing technologies or have equivalents […]

VTech Under Fire; Apple’s Awkward Battery Case Raises Eyebrows

Posted December 8th, 2015 at 11:50 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: VTech Slammed for ‘Unforgivable’ Security Lapse Toy maker VTech is in the crosshairs following the November hack attack that compromised account data for more than six million kids in the company’s app store. Some experts claim a lot of the stolen information was available online for a while before it was taken […]

Wireless-tracking Chip; Kids, Parents’ Info Hacked in VTech Products

Posted December 1st, 2015 at 12:03 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Former BlackBerry Execs Create Wireless-Tracking Chip Developed by Cognitive Systems Corp., the chip, called R10, can pick up and analyze wireless radio signals from various devices, including routers and television remote controls. Built on top of that is Amera, a wireless tracking technology that can sense motion by detecting changes in wireless […]

Cuba on the Web; Indonesia’s Poaching Games; Mobile Addicts

Posted August 27th, 2015 at 3:04 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Cuba’s Internet Dilemma: How to Emerge From Web’s Stone Age Cuba is finding its way to the Internet highway the rest of the world has been using, albeit very slowly. The challenge now is for the country to embrace the Internet as a vital tool for business and commerce and a host […]

Social Media Addicts; Malicious Apps; 3-D-Printed Bricks

Posted February 3rd, 2015 at 2:15 pm (UTC-4)
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China’s Internet Population Hits 649 million – 86 Percent on Phones According to the China Internet Network Information Center, the country’s total Internet population  increased by 31 million in 2014. The country had 649 million internet users by the end of 2014. Up to 557 million of those used mobile sets to get online. A […]

A Gates’ Look at the Future; Microsoft’s HoloLens; WhatsApp

Posted January 22nd, 2015 at 2:01 pm (UTC-4)
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Bill and Melinda Gates Bet Big on the Future Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda paint a rosy future for the world’s poorest in their foundation’s 2015 annual letter. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s outlook foresees mobile banking transforming lives and software advances revolutionizing learning, among other things. Gaming to Death: What […]

Tech Sightings, November 18, 2014

Posted November 18th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Executives Say Digital India Needs Broadband Access Like Water and Electricity Participants at the  Indo-U.S. Technology Summit in New Delhi say India’s plans to improve governance by enhancing Internet access are behind schedule as the government grapples with the costs of fiber optic networks and spectrum challenges. Uber Exec Suggests Spying on Journalists Critical of […]

Tech Sightings, April 10, 2014

Posted April 10th, 2014 at 2:25 pm (UTC-4)
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Facebook to Pull Messages from App With the acquisition of WhatsApp, Facebook will soon begin pulling chat messages out of its primary apps in hopes of “…help[ing] connect everyone in the world.” Why You Should Treat Customer Care Like it’s Your Core Product With the click of a finger, consumers seemingly have unlimited control to identify […]