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Sony’s SmartWig, Google helps you ditch your iPhone, NSA spying scandal deepens

A quick look at what’s making news around the world of technology

Jim Kerr is Alberta Venture's web editor. Get in touch with him at jkerr@albertaventure.com.

Nov 29, 2013

by Jim Kerr

Losing your hair trying to keep up with the latest technology trends?  Sony’s got you covered (literally).

The Japanese company recently applied for a patent that takes wearable technology to the next level. Fast Company reports the SmartWig connects to smartphones and can include a GPS device and camera near the forehead.

Sony says “wigs can be expected to look almost the same as natural hair in the near future,” so the SmartWig has “huge potential.”

If a tablet is on your Christmas list this year, you’ve certainly got some choices to make. Reports say Google’s Android mobile operating system will make up 65 per cent of the tablet market next year, overtaking Apple’s iOS for the first time. The reason? A wave of cheap Android tablets.

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Speaking of Android – if you’ve been contemplating a switch from the iPhone, Google’s executive chairman wants to help. Eric Schmidt recently published a guide to converting to Android, saying one of the latest high-end phones that use the OS would make a “great Christmas present to an iPhone user!”

Not long after announcing they’d be blocking images of abuse from its search engines, Google is making waves online with a change to YouTube. The company’s new policy forces people commenting on videos to identify themselves through a social media account, hoping to reduce the number of cruel and disturbing anonymous comments. Some say it’s another way to increase the number of Google+ accounts, while others hail this as another way of “cleaning up” the Internet.

Reports have surfaced that the U.S. National Security Agency may have done more than just listen in on some of its foreign targets. The BBC reports the NSA allegedly infected 50,000 networks across a number of countries with malware and then stole information from them. In response to the broader NSA allegations, Twitter has also announced new security measures to protect against government snooping. Meanwhile, The Financial Post is reporting that the uproar over the spying scandal could be costing American tech firms as much as $35 billion in lost revenue.

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