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Android Malware Hijacks Bank Accounts; Facebook’s Dilemma in India

Posted January 13th, 2016 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Android Malware Steals Banking Passcodes, Hijacks Accounts Protected by Two-factor Authentication Internet security firm Symantec has warned that an updated Android malware, called Bankosy, can intercept one-time passcodes that help safeguard online banking accounts. While banks have moved to relay the codes by phone, instead of email, the updated malware forwards all […]

Windows 10 is Spying on You; Are Video Games Addictive?

Posted January 6th, 2016 at 11:08 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Microsoft Shows off What It Knows About Windows 10 Users If you ever had any doubts that Windows 10 collects all kinds of user data for Microsoft, then here’s proof. In a recent blog post, Microsoft revealed what it knows about its Windows 10 customers, including how many hours they spent with […]

Reigning in Artificial Intelligence; IoT Spending Leaders

Posted December 15th, 2015 at 11:54 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Elon Musk Takes On Saving the World From Artificial Intelligence Tesla Motors’ CEO Elon Musk, along with several tech heavyweights, just founded a non-profit, billion-dollar outfit called OpenAI to research artificial intelligence (AI) in a way that benefits humanity. Musk had expressed concern that artificial intelligence could take over the world. Ready […]

2015’s Biggest Tech Turkeys; Windows 10 Kills Some Third-party Apps

Posted November 25th, 2015 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: The Biggest Tech Turkeys of 2015 Writer Roger Cheng conjures up scary images of Halloween ahead of Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day as he offers a brief look at some of the biggest tech fiascoes of 2015. Post Deletion Stress Disorder Is Real What is Deletion Stress Disorder (PDSD), you ask? Well, if you […]

Dell Apologizes for Certificate Fiasco; Amazon’s Bezos Joins Twitter

Posted November 24th, 2015 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Dell Apologizes for HTTPS Certificate Fiasco, Provides Removal Tool Dell has issued an apology after shipping PCs with a certificate that makes it possible for hackers to impersonate HTTPS-protected websites. The company also released a tool that helps users of affected machines remove the faulty security credential. Dell officials said the certificate […]

China, India Dominate Internet Market; China’s Kids Take Up Coding

Posted November 18th, 2015 at 12:18 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Report: India Set to Become World’s Second-Largest Internet Market A new report from the Internet and Mobile Association of India and market research firm IMRB says India’s Internet users are expected to exceed 400 million by the end of this year, making the Indian Internet market the world’s second-largest after China. Latest […]

Retailers Lights Have Eyes; Google Launches ‘About Me’

Posted November 12th, 2015 at 2:01 pm (UTC-5)
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Tech Sightings: Editors Note: Techtonics is taking November 13 off. Will return next week. We’re Watching You: Carrefour Lights Have Eyes Almost three-quarters of British retailers are using new technologies, including facial recognition software, to track customers in stores. French retailer, Carrefour, started using a marketing tool that tracks your movements and beams data to […]

Thailand’s Firewall; the Next Big Thing; Android; Steve Jobs

Posted October 8th, 2015 at 3:38 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Thai Military’s Plan for ‘Great Firewall’ Risks Internet Competition Free speech advocates and former officials say the proposal by Thailand’s military government to create a single, controlled Internet gateway would kill competition and be seen as the latest effort to smother freedom of expression and dissent. Android Creator Thinks the Next Big […]

Satellite Internet; Twitter’s Cultural Footprint; Windows 10

Posted October 6th, 2015 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Zuckerberg: Facebook Will Deliver ‘Internet From Space’ to Africa Facebook’s internet.org and satellite operator Eutelsat Communications will launch a satellite next year to deliver broadband Internet services to rural communities in Africa. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in his blog that the company will work with local providers to help communities access the […]

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 […]