Stories about Technology from August, 2015
Google's Optical Character Recognition Software Now Works with All South Asian Languages
Google's OCR software supports more than 248 world languages, including all the major South Asian languages, bringing together hope for the large-scale digitization of old texts.
Is Telegram's Compliance with Iran Compromising the Digital Security of Its Users?
Telegram has been complying with the Iranian government to block features, a cause for privacy concerns on a platform that boasts secure communication.
Uruguay, Chile and Brazil Lead South America in Download Speeds
Uruguay had the best ranking in the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean's report, while Bolivia, Paraguay, and Venezuela came in last.
Tajikistan Cracks Down on Pop Idol Traffic Rule Breakers
"Like many ex-Soviet cities, Dushanbe has a driving culture straight out of a Fast and Furious movie. Potholed roads encourage swerving at speed."
Ethiopia's Zone9 Bloggers Head Back to Court After 15 Months Behind Bars
The Zone9ers' trial has been postponed 33 times, for reasons ranging from the banal to the bizarre. They may finally learn their fate this Wednesday, at their next court date.
Meet Sam Wakoba of TechMoran Blog
Bloggers Association of Kenya profiles Sam Wakoba who runs Techmoran blog. Techmoran won the award for the Best Technology Blog in Kenya this year: We caught up with Sam to get some insights into his blogging journey. Who is Sam Wakoba, in a few words? Sam Wakoba is a humble...
Google's New CEO Sundar Pichai is Getting a lot of Love from India
Google has created a new larger holding company Alphabet with a new CEO for Google, Sundar Pichai. Indian social media users welcome Pichai's new leadership with greetings, pun and humour.
Shanghai Telecom Triples Cost of Access to Overseas Websites
If commercial restrictions on accessing overseas sites becomes common practice, the Chinese Internet could become a de facto domestic network for the majority of Internet users.
Girls vs. Princesses: The Pink Dictatorship's Days are Numbered
A virtual game made in Bolivia encourages girls not to let sexy dresses, high heels, makeup and Prince's kisses steal their right to decide who they want to be.
Serbian Intelligence Agency Caught Inquiring to Purchase Surveillance Software
Serbian NGO SHARE Defense reported in July 2015 that leaked emails and files belonging to Milan-based software company Hacking Team (HT) published on Wikileaks reveal that at least one Serbian security service inquired about and negotiated the purchase of surveillance software from this company in 2012. There is also evidence...
How India's Porn Ban Backfired And “Brought the Entire Nation Together”
India's overreaching ban on pornography sites was lifted less than a week after it was laid down, in the wake of heavy criticism. But the mockery of government continues.
Young Israeli Fashion Designer Prints World's First 3D Collection
Fashion designer and innovator Danit Peleg, 27, is giving the world something to talk about. The creator of the world's first 3D printed clothing collection, Peleg explains: My goal was to create a ready-to-wear collection printed entirely at home using printers that anyone can get. I've spent the past year...
Metal Titans From the US and Japan Agree to an Epic Giant Robot Battle
American and Japanese robotics companies Megabots and Suidobashi Heavy Industries have agreed to participate in a giant robot battle one year from now.
‘Films for Action’ Website Shares List of Top 100 Documentaries ‘We Can Use to Change the World’
After years of promotion and reviews of documentaries devoted to social change, the site Films for Action released a list of what they consider to be the 100 most influencial and provocative. From critiques to manistream media to the corporate world, passing through the ideas and solutions proposed in and by...