Tech Tuesday

Social media apps Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on an iPhone
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Parler, the social media network favored by conservatives, sued Amazon on Monday for taking the platform offline. That move comes after Apple and Google pulled the Parler app from their app stores and Amazon booted the social network from its Amazon Web Services hosting platform.

The escalating developments began when Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump’s account, following deadly riots in the U.S. Capitol last week. Other social networks took similar action.

Tech Tuesday: Virgin HyperLoop MidWest Hub

Jan 5, 2021
A recovery vehicle moves a sled down a track after a test of a Hyperloop One propulsion system, Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in North Las Vegas, Nev.
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Virgin Hyperloop successfully tested its latest ultrafast transportation technology, the HyperLoop, with human passengers in November, notching a first in a field crowded with other contenders.

Columbus transportation officials have been working with the company since 2017 in hopes of being part of the Hyperloop MidWest hub.

Tech Tuesday: Smart Technology For The Home

Dec 29, 2020
Amazon Alexa smart speaker
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The pandemic has forced us to make the most of our homes this year, and smart technologies are designed to make that a lot easier.

Whether you want to order a pizza with your speaker or change the thermostat from your phone, there's a smart product that will let you do it.

Tech Tuesday: Cyberattack Exposes Government Weaknesses

Dec 22, 2020
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The massive cyberattack on U.S. government agencies and companies last week was breathtaking in its boldness.

Cybersecurity experts blame Russian operatives for the sophisticated operation that is ongoing.

Smarthphone with social media icons
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Two lawsuits filed last week represent the latest and perhaps greatest challenge to business as usual at Facebook.

The Federal Trade Commission, in its filing, said the world’s largest social media company is a monopoly and should sell off WhatsApp and Instagram. Ohio joined 47 other states in a similar complaint.

Tech Tuesday: Top Trends In Children’s Technology

Dec 8, 2020
A student uses an iPad in a Hilliard classroom.
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Nearly seven out of 10 U.S. parents blame technology for their parenting struggles, according to a Pew Research Center study in March.

And that was before the pandemic, the shutdowns and stay-at-home orders that forced a paradigm shift to online learning and the age of hyper-connectivity.

Tech Tuesday: New Technology Trends In Transportation.

Dec 1, 2020
Lime electric scooter
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The pandemic may have disrupted travel but two popular modes of transportation, the e-scooter and automobiles, are using the lull to move ahead on high-tech concepts.

In England, 50 e-scooters are being beta-tested with artificial intelligence-enhanced pedestrian detection systems designed to improve safety.

In the U.S., five luxury automakers are rolling out subscription models for certain features, an emerging trend that may become more mainstream.

Today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher. new technology trends in transportation.

Tech Tuesday: Tips For Virtual Holiday Gatherings

Nov 24, 2020
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A new survey commissioned by Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center finds that 40% of Americans plan to defy medical advice and dine with 10 or more people on Thanksgiving.

Tech Tuesday: Cybersecurity During The Pandemic

Nov 17, 2020
Nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y. on July 27, 2020.
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Microsoft said Friday that seven pharmaceutical companies working on COVID-related vaccines and drugs were targeted, some successfully, by hackers originating from Russia and North Korea.

Two weeks ago, a ransomware attack took down computers and medical equipment at hospitals across the U.S., delaying some medical procedures and leaving frontline workers using pen and paper.

Tech Tuesday: Tracking COVID-19 With New Digital Tools

Nov 10, 2020
A person holds a smartphone with the official 'Corona Warn-App' (Corona Warning Application) in Berlin, Germany, Monday, June 15, 2020. The app will be introduced on Tuesday, June 16 by the German authorities.
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A number of states have been using mobile phone apps to track the spread of COVID 19.

But the results have been uneven. The lack of a national approach has left a hodge-podge system that varies from state to state.

Tech Tuesday: Technology's Role In How We Vote

Nov 3, 2020
In this Oct. 10, 2018, file photo, a voter casts their ballot on the first day of early voting at the Hamilton County Board of Elections in Cincinnati.
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Technology plays an integral role in how we vote, how votes are counted, and the overall security of free and fair elections.

In 2016, that process was tested as never before. Russia led the list of foreign countries seeking to influence and disrupt the U.S. election.

Four "expressions" have been defined as deformations of the geometry of the face. Any combination of these four expressions can be used to animate the mouth. Dozens of other similar controls are used to animate the entire character.
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An artificial intelligence service that’s free and available on the web can transform clothed images of women into nudes with life-like accuracy, including breasts and genitalia.

The so-called deepfakes are made without the women’s consent. And their faces are clearly visible.

Tech Tuesday: The Blueprint For Curbing Big Tech

Oct 20, 2020
Smarthphone with social media icons
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A House of Representatives subcommittee report issued on October 6 condemned Big Tech’s grip on the industry, saying the power it wields hurts innovation and consumers.

Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google denied that they engage in monopolistic practices.

Tech Tuesday: The Rise Of Esports

Oct 6, 2020
Team GFG seen at the NBA 2K16 Road to the Finals championship event on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Los Angeles.
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Esports was already a growing prospect before the pandemic. Universities constructed esports arenas, organized varsity teams and began offering majors – and scholarships.

Tech Tuesday: Well-Being In A Tech-Saturated World

Sep 29, 2020
person on smartphone holding a cup of coffee

Productivity apps like Slack and Zoom have become indispensable through the pandemic as many companies keep their employees working from home.

Our phones constantly chirp with news updates, emails, and social media notifications, and streaming services provide endless hours of distraction from lockdown tedium.