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IFA 2015; Shifu; Windows’ Spying Tools; Adobe Flash

Posted September 1st, 2015 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Tech’s Biggest Names Descend on Berlin for IFA 2015 The Germany-based consumer electronics show, IFA is coming up this September 4, with participation from some of technology’s biggest brands. The show will feature an array of wearable technology and smart devices, large screens, virtual reality gadgets and a whole lot more. Here’s […]

Hawking’s Voice; Google in Africa; Bitcoin Split?

Posted August 18th, 2015 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Stephen Hawking’s Voice Now Available as Open Source Software Intel is making astrophysicist Stephen Hawking’s distinctive voice available to the public for free. The technology developed for Hawking, who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is called the Assistive Context-Aware Toolkit (ACAT). Intel will now make the source code open for people to […]

Facebook; HTC; Windows 10 Privacy; the Cult of Apple

Posted August 13th, 2015 at 3:07 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Facebook Axes Internship for Student Who Exposed Location Flaw Facebook did not appreciate an app created by enterprising Harvard student Aran Khanna that exploited a privacy flaw in Facebook’s Messenger. The flaw allowed Messenger to automatically share the location of users whenever they chatted. The plugin Khanna created allowed buddies to see […]

Privacy; China’s Online Police; OS X; Android Fragmentation

Posted August 5th, 2015 at 3:48 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Online Is Poised to Spread Europe’s highest court’s ruled more than a year ago that search engines had to give Internet users the “right to be forgotten” to help safeguard privacy. But some privacy and free speech advocates expect the controversial “right to be forgotten” to expand beyond […]

3-D Printed Drug; Mac Thunderstrike 2; Windows 10 Privacy

Posted August 4th, 2015 at 3:17 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: FDA Approves First 3-D Printed Drug Increasingly, 3-D printing has been leaving its mark in the fields of prosthetics, industrial parts and other areas. Now, Aprecia Pharmaceuticals has announced that the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its new 3-D-printed drug, SPRITAM, for the treatment of epilepsy. The company said it is the […]

Facebook; Google Translate; Wearable Tech; Windows 10; e-Sports

Posted July 30th, 2015 at 1:09 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Half of the World’s Population Is on Facebook Facebook’s daily active users now average 968 million, an increase of 17 percent over last year. According to Facebook, up to 1.49 billion users – half of the world’s online population of three billion – accessed the social network by the end of the […]

Google Takes on Sri Lanka; Home Robots; Windows 10; Hammertoss

Posted July 29th, 2015 at 1:07 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Google’s Internet Balloons Will Provide Connectivity to All of Sri Lanka Google’s Project Loon and the government of Sri Lanka have just signed an agreement to provide connectivity to the entire country. The island’s IT Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, said the project — using helium balloons to provide Internet access — will connect […]

Lighting Rural Africa; AI; IoT; Windows 10; App Store Vulnerability

Posted July 28th, 2015 at 3:02 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: A Laptop-Sized Solar Panel Is Lighting Rural Africa M-Kopa, a Nairobi-based provider of solar-lighting systems, is making affordable solar panels to power homes that have no access to Kenya’s electrical grid. The panel is the size of a laptop, with a battery that generates about 8 watts of energy. ​Hawking, Musk, Wozniak Call […]

Virtual Warsaw; IBM’s Power Chip; Sexism in Games; Windows 10

Posted July 9th, 2015 at 3:33 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: How the Blind Led Warsaw to Internet of Things A project that started in Warsaw, Poland, a few years ago to help the visually impaired get around the city has taken on new life. The service, which provided an app that gave real-time traffic and navigation information based on the user’s location, […]

Laser Internet; Android Malware; Windows 10; Mobile Addiction

Posted July 2nd, 2015 at 3:14 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Facebook Works to Deliver High Speed Internet Using Laser Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on his social media page that Facebook’s Connectivity Lab is developing a laser communication system that can beam data via drones and satellites, thereby providing Internet connectivity at much higher speeds. New Android Malware Is Sprouting […]