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Snap shares jump after report of talks with major music studios

Tech | New York Post

Shares of Snap Inc. jumped as much as 6 percent Friday on reports that the Snapchat parent wants to expand the ways users can include music in their disappearing messages. Snap, led by Chief Executive Evan Spiegel, is in talks with major music studios — including Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music...

May 24th 2019, 11:13 pm

NASA tests air traffic control system for drones

Tech | New York Post

RENO, Nev. — NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the operator’s line of sight as businesses look in the future to unleash the unmanned devices in droves above busy streets and buildings. Multiple...

May 24th 2019, 5:39 pm

Smartphones to help spot signs of Alzheimer’s before symptoms appear

Tech | New York Post

Smartphones will be able to spot Alzheimer’s disease up to 30 years before symptoms appear, scientists say. The new digital test is reportedly 90 percent accurate, compared to 50 percent for current basic methods using pen and paper questions. It uses virtual-reality headsets to examine recall of directions — the first skill hit by Alzheimer’s...

May 24th 2019, 5:39 pm

NASA needs help deciding where to land on this asteroid

Tech | New York Post

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission has already accomplished a lot since arriving at the space rock known as Bennu late last year. The spacecraft successfully entered orbit around the asteroid, scanned its surface with a laser and learned a lot about its surface. But its mission is far from over and eventually, the probe will need to...

May 24th 2019, 12:16 pm

SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket, Starlink satellites into orbit

Tech | New York Post

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX, the private rocket company of high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched the first batch of 60 small satellites into low-Earth orbit on Thursday for Musk’s new Starlink internet service. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellites blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at about 10:30 p.m. local time, clearing...

May 24th 2019, 1:45 am

Snapchat employees abused data access, spied on users: report

Tech | New York Post

Snapchat employees have been using internal tools — which offer them privileged access to user data — to spy on people’s pages, a report says. Two workers who are no longer with the app’s parent company, Snap, spoke to Motherboard about the alleged abuse of power– which included breaches of location info and and other...

May 24th 2019, 12:41 am

How Facebook is changing its political ad-buying policies

Tech | New York Post

Mark Zuckerberg just can’t quit political ads. Facebook executives considered banning political ads after it was revealed that Russia used the social network to influence the 2016 presidential election, but the company’s billionaire CEO decided against it, according to a Thursday report. The social network has, however, removed ad-sales employees’ incentives to run political ads...

May 23rd 2019, 10:14 pm

Portable speakers recalled because they keep exploding

Tech | New York Post

About 41,000 portable speakers are being recalled after the company received reports of the speakers exploding, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said. Ion Audio LLC voluntarily recalled the speakers on Tuesday, including its Sport Express, Cornerstone, Cornerstone Glow and Keystone ION Audio speakers, according to a recall notice. The speakers reportedly have batteries that...

May 23rd 2019, 3:10 pm

Amazon developing device that reads human emotion

Tech | New York Post

Amazon is reportedly developing a voice-activated wearable device that can recognize human emotions. The gadget, meant to be worn on a person’s wrist, is reportedly a health and wellness product developed via a collaboration between Lab126 — which built Amazon’s Echo smart speaker — and the Alexa software team. According to internal documents obtained by...

May 23rd 2019, 3:10 pm

Facebook removed 3 billion fake accounts in just 6 months

Tech | New York Post

Facebook removed more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March, twice as many as the previous six months, the company said Thursday. Nearly all of them were caught before they had a chance to become “active” users of the social network. In a new report, Facebook said it saw a “steep increase” in...

May 23rd 2019, 3:10 pm

Ford commercial reveals our surreal robot-assisted future

Tech | New York Post

If you’re skeptical of or put off by the idea of self-driving cars, then there’s a good chance you won’t be a fan of Ford’s intriguing research project designed to have robots get out of self-driving cars and deliver packages right to your door. Over the past few months, Ford and Agility Robotics have been...

May 23rd 2019, 3:10 pm

Massive asteroid with its own moon set to fly by Earth

Tech | New York Post

Most space rocks that pass nearby Earth are solo travelers making their way around the sun and slipping past our planet as they do so. Asteroid 1999 KW4, which will make a distant pass of Earth on May 25th, is quite a bit different. The large primary body of the object is thought to be...

May 23rd 2019, 10:52 am

NASA will send your name to Mars with the 2020 Rover

Tech | New York Post

Mars 2020 is shaping up nicely. NASA recently revealed that its rover-hauling spacecraft is essentially complete and currently undergoing testing — well ahead of its July 2020 launch window — and it’s now accepting names of hopeful Mars “travelers” who want to get in on the action. No, you can’t actually go to Mars —...

May 23rd 2019, 10:22 am

Chinese man guilty of sending 1,500 fake iPhones to Apple in warranty fraud

Tech | New York Post

SALEM, Ore. — Over the span of two years, a Chinese national in Oregon sent devices that looked like iPhones to Apple, saying they wouldn’t turn on and should be replaced under warranty. He didn’t just submit a couple of the devices — he delivered in person or shipped to Apple around 3,000 of them....

May 22nd 2019, 8:42 pm

Why you should never use phone charging stations at airports

Tech | New York Post

A cybersecurity expert has warned that plugging into USB power charging stations in the airport may come with a cost you can’t see.

May 22nd 2019, 5:11 pm

Top 10 tech stresses that frustrate Americans

Tech | New York Post

Slow Wi-Fi, login troubles or plagued by a dying battery? A majority of Americans endure five tech frustrations every day, according to new research. A recent poll examining the tech habits of 2,000 Americans found more than 80 percent experience some type of tech frustration on a daily basis. Over half of Americans (53 percent)...

May 22nd 2019, 4:54 pm

Nonprofits using cryptocurrency to help needy Venezuelans

Tech | New York Post

BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela — Andreina Cordero started the year skipping meals so her three kids could eat. Her husband, a construction worker, was out of a job. And the family’s savings had been devastated by the nation’s hyperinflation, limiting Cordero’s children to a diet of rice, beans, pasta and fried corn patties. But the family got...

May 22nd 2019, 4:24 pm

Scientists create video game to help elderly drivers stay safe

Tech | New York Post

A video game that makes elderly motorists safer on the roads has been developed by scientists. The game called Cognitive Training for Car Driving (CTCD) comes at a time when the number of older car drivers worldwide is increasing.

May 22nd 2019, 4:24 pm

AI voice assistants fuel sexist gender stereotypes: UN study

Tech | New York Post

Hey Siri, is this sexist? A new study from the United Nations says that female AI assistants reinforce harmful gender stereotypes. Apple’s Siri, Google’s Google Assistant, Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa all come with female voices, though most offer the choice of switching to a male voice setting. The UN report states that when asked,...

May 22nd 2019, 3:38 pm

Google’s new AI is better at detecting lung cancer than doctors

Tech | New York Post

Science fiction has taught us to fear the inevitable rise of digital brains and while it’s true that handing too much power to machines of our own creation could end badly, AI is proving itself to be an incredible tool for improving lives. The New York Times reports that one such AI, built by Google,...

May 22nd 2019, 11:49 am

Popular anti-groping app in Japan yells ‘Stop!’ at harassers

Tech | New York Post

TOKYO — A smartphone app developed by Japanese police is being widely downloaded by women trying to protect themselves from gropers on packed rush-hour trains. The “Digi Police” app was originally issued by Tokyo police three years ago, but a function to scare off molesters was only added a few months ago. Since then, the...

May 22nd 2019, 10:19 am

AI assistants like Siri and Alexa spread sexism, UN study reveals

Tech | New York Post

Voice-activated personal assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri are reinforcing and spreading sexism, according to a recent United Nations study. The feminine-voiced AI helpers, which also include Google Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana, perpetuate the harmful gender stereotype that women are subservient and tolerate being treated poorly, the report from UNESCO found. “Because the speech...

May 22nd 2019, 12:13 am

Scammers are using Facebook to run a ‘terrorist donation’ scheme

Tech | New York Post

Scammers are using Facebook Messenger and other apps to trick Americans into thinking they gave money to terrorist groups like ISIS and al Qaeda. According to a new warning from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General, the scammers make contact through a messaging app or even Words with Friends and sometimes...

May 21st 2019, 2:51 pm

NASA finds water on mysterious Ultima Thule

Tech | New York Post

Since first encountering the mysterious Ultima Thule earlier this year, NASA has made several discoveries about the ancient space object. Now, researchers from the government space agency have made a startling discovery about “the farthest world ever explored”: There are both water and “organic molecules” on its surface. In the research, which is published in...

May 21st 2019, 2:51 pm

NASA is testing ‘bee’ robots on the ISS

Tech | New York Post

NASA is betting big on the future of space robots. As automated gadgets become more and more advances, scientists are starting to imagine how robots could not only aid space travelers but perhaps even shoulder some of the load when it comes to various duties. To explore those possibilities, NASA sent a trio of Astrobee...

May 21st 2019, 12:36 pm

The truth about whether your phone is spying on you

Tech | New York Post

Almost everyone has an eerie tale to tell. Perhaps you’ve been talking to a friend about an island vacation, when suddenly deals for the Maldives or Hawaii pop up on your Facebook feed. Or you are talking to your co-worker about yard renovations when advertisements for lawnmowers litter your Twitter, or maybe you were talking...

May 21st 2019, 12:36 pm

NASA teases its Mars 2020 spacecraft

Tech | New York Post

NASA’s Curiosity rover, InSight lander and Reconnaissance Orbiter are all doing remarkable work on and around the red planet, but that’s not stopping scientists from pushing ahead with plans to send yet another piece of high-tech hardware to the Martian surface. The Mars 2020 mission will send another rover to Mars and with just over...

May 21st 2019, 11:36 am

Self-driving trucks begin delivering mail for US Postal Service

Tech | New York Post

The US Postal Service on Tuesday started a two-week test transporting mail across three Southwestern states using self-driving trucks, a step forward in the effort to commercialize autonomous vehicle technology for hauling freight. San Diego-based startup TuSimple said its self-driving trucks will begin hauling mail between USPS facilities in Phoenix and Dallas to see how...

May 21st 2019, 10:48 am

YouTube cracks down on videos that promote drinking bleach as ‘miracle cure’

Tech | New York Post

YouTube has cracked down videos posted by crackpots and fringe figures who promote a host of “miracle cures,” including a holy elixir bleach peddled by a self-described archbishop from another galaxy, according to a report. Jim Humble, a onetime gold prospector from Nevada, has used the video site to push the Miracle Mineral Solution, or...

May 21st 2019, 9:48 am

Instagram accidentally leaks private data of major influencers

Tech | New York Post

Instagram has accidentally leaked the private information of 49 million of its users including major influencers and bloggers. A huge database containing details about celebrities, influencers and brand accounts was recently discovered online and anyone could access it. How was the leak discovered? Security researcher Anurag Sen discovered the database and alerted TechCrunch in the...

May 21st 2019, 9:18 am

Indigenous community going digital to protect ancestral lands

Tech | New York Post

ISLA JOVAI TEJU, Paraguay – Rumilda Fernández’s indigenous community has long tended its ancestral lands in Paraguay, marking boundaries with an ancient system of names for trees and streams. Now, squeezed by deforestation and farming, the community is going digital to defend itself. Fernández, 28, is one of the group’s first technology-equipped forest monitors, traversing...

May 20th 2019, 4:57 pm

Google cuts off Huawei’s access to key Android services

Tech | New York Post

Google yanked Huawei’s access to some of its key Android services, dealing a blow to the Chinese smartphone maker as it’s caught in an escalating trade war between the US and China. The California-based search giant said Monday that it would comply with US government restrictions that require US suppliers to seek licenses to continue...

May 20th 2019, 4:57 pm

Cybersecurity experts warn Baltimore over ransomware attacks

Tech | New York Post

Cybersecurity experts say Baltimore is playing with fire as a deadline to pay thousands of dollars in ransom to hackers holding several of the city’s servers hostage has come and gone. It has been two weeks since a cyberattack crippled Baltimore’s computer network. The internet thieves wanted 13 bitcoins – about $100,000 – at the...

May 20th 2019, 4:27 pm

Video game urges players to kill journalists to make them ‘famous in a different way’

Tech | New York Post

A twisted video game featured on Apple and Android devices urged players to gun down journalists to make headlines before the level was yanked by developers. Sniper 3D Assassin, which is available on iPads and cell phones, had a mission dubbed “Breaking News” in which a reporter was targeted alongside ruthless murderers and thieves, according...

May 20th 2019, 3:40 pm

This wearable band can control your body temperature

Tech | New York Post

Everyone loves to be comfortable, but what you consider to be a perfect temperature might be drastically different than the temperature preferred by a person sitting just a couple feet away. Whether you work in a large office, or even just live with one or more other people, you know that battles over thermostat settings...

May 20th 2019, 2:22 pm

Snapchat’s gender-swap photo filter is no game for trans people

Tech | New York Post

Hit a button, and you’re “transformed” into a woman. The beard disappears. The face and jaw smooth out. The hair floats jauntily around the shoulders. “Yo this is SPOT ON my mom.” ”Pretty.” ”Are you in a sorority?” A swipe and another click. Suddenly you’re a square-jawed man — heavy of brow, sporting five o’...

May 17th 2019, 3:55 pm

This five-seater air taxi just completed its first flight

Tech | New York Post

The promise of flying cars has never been fulfilled. Sure, there are pint-sized airplanes you can also drive on land but let’s be honest here, those are nothing like how futurists in the 1950s imagined transportation would be like over a half-century later. It’s a disappointing reality, but some companies are trying to get us...

May 17th 2019, 2:18 pm

Japan gets ‘all clear’ to mine Mars’ moon

Tech | New York Post

Japan is ready to mine Mars’ largest moon after successfully completing all of the compulsory “space contamination” paperwork. Japanese space agency JAXA hopes to travel to the Mars moon, drill into it and then bring a piece of it back to Earth for investigation. Mars actually has two small moons called Phobos and Deimos and...

May 17th 2019, 2:07 pm

Apple’s new Powerbeats are the biggest threat to AirPods

Tech | New York Post

The biggest threat to the dominance of AirPods is coming from within Apple. The new Powerbeats Pro wireless headset from Apple-owned headphone-maker Beats so thoroughly embarrasses Apple’s AirPods in terms of sound quality, comfort and appearance, that this reporter wonders what the AirPods could do to bring him back into their stiff, white fold. Beats...

May 16th 2019, 10:41 pm

Samsung finally fixes design flaws on $2K foldable phone

Tech | New York Post

Samsung has finally fixed its $2,000 foldable phone — and the solution is jaw-droppingly low-tech. The gadget-maker’s fix: to extend a thin protective layer that covers the screen enough that it can be tucked behind the display area, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. That minor tweak — along with a reported reduction in...

May 16th 2019, 10:29 pm

Proposal would ban use of facial recognition at apartment buildings

Tech | New York Post

ALBANY — New York lawmakers want to ban facial recognition technology on all rental properties, arguing it infringes on tenant privacy. New legislation would outlaw landlords from being able to “obtain, retain, access or use” the machinery on residential premises. Violators could face up to $10,000 in penalties if the bill passes. “New Yorkers have...

May 16th 2019, 8:10 pm

Most Americans say they’ve given private info to a website they don’t trust

Tech | New York Post

More than half of Americans (56 percent) admit to inputting critical personal information into a website they didn’t fully trust, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 Americans aiming to uncover just how easily people trust websites with their personal details found that the average American has their credit card information stored on five...

May 16th 2019, 4:08 pm

Schools turn to technology to reduce toll during shootings

Tech | New York Post

LOS ANGELES — Efforts to combat school shootings are starting to shift from preventing the violence to reducing the number of victims through technology that speeds up law enforcement’s response and quickly alerts teachers and students to danger. School districts are using products like gunshot detection systems that identify where shots are fired and apps...

May 16th 2019, 2:55 pm

US refuses to sign global pledge to curb online extremism

Tech | New York Post

PARIS — The White House is not endorsing a global pledge to step up efforts to keep internet platforms from being used to spread hate, organize extremist groups and broadcast attacks, citing respect for “freedom of expression and freedom of the press.” The statement came Wednesday after World leaders led by French President Emmanuel Macron...

May 16th 2019, 12:09 pm

Smartphone app could help diagnose kids’ ear infections

Tech | New York Post

Ear infections are one of the most common reasons for pediatrician visits but parents may soon be able to check their kids' ears at home by simply using a phone app.

May 16th 2019, 11:50 am

Small used cars are the most dangerous, study finds

Tech | New York Post

A new study suggests bigger is better when it comes to car safety. Online automotive marketplace and research outfit iseecars.com took fatal accident reports from NHTSA covering 2013 to 2017 models and combined them with information from its used car sales database to come up with a ranked list of vehicles with the most occupant...

May 16th 2019, 10:20 am

China criticizes US ‘abuse of export control’ against Huawei

Tech | New York Post

BEIJING — China’s government has criticized Washington for imposing export controls on technology sales to tech giant Huawei, saying it will “resolutely safeguard” Chinese companies. A foreign ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, criticized “abuse of export control measures” on Thursday after President Donald Trump signed an order requiring vendors to get approval for sales to Huawei....

May 16th 2019, 6:31 am

Google awarded anti-abortion group $150,000 in free advertising: report

Tech | New York Post

Google has come under the scrutiny of activists and reproductive rights groups after it was reported that the tech giant gave $150,000 worth of free advertising to anti-abortion group Obria.

May 15th 2019, 5:36 pm

Facebook launches new rules aimed at stopping extremist content

Tech | New York Post

Facebook announced new the rules around its live streaming platform that it says would have stopped a deranged gunman from using the service to broadcast a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques in March. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based social network said Wednesday that it is instituting a new “one strike” policy aimed at combating...

May 15th 2019, 5:36 pm

FCC proposes rules that would curb annoying robocalls

Tech | New York Post

NEW YORK — New measures by US regulators could help thwart some of the billions of robocalls received in the US. The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday that it will vote in June on whether to let wireless carriers block spam calls by default, which should mean that more spam calls are blocked. Right now,...

May 15th 2019, 4:06 pm

‘World first’ driverless electric truck makes deliveries in Sweden

Tech | New York Post

Resembling the helmet of a Star Wars stormtrooper, a driverless electric truck began daily freight deliveries on a public road in Sweden on Wednesday in what has been described as a world first.

May 15th 2019, 3:35 pm

$10M prize to be awarded for tech that teaches illiterate to read

Tech | New York Post

LOS ANGELES — The challenge was to develop software that could easily be downloaded onto tablets that poor children around the world could use to teach themselves to read, write and do simple arithmetic. The incentive was $10 million for the winner. Nearly 200 teams from 40 countries around the world jumped at the chance...

May 15th 2019, 3:35 pm

Japanese space startup wants to compete with US rocket rivals

Tech | New York Post

TOKYO — A Japanese startup that launched a rocket into space earlier this month plans to provide low-cost rocket services and compete with American rivals such as SpaceX, its founder said Wednesday. Interstellar Technology Inc. founder Takafumi Horie said a low-cost rocket business in Japan is well-positioned to accommodate scientific and commercial needs in Asia....

May 15th 2019, 2:36 pm

NASA plans to use Trump funding to send woman to the moon by 2024

Tech | New York Post

NASA plans to send the first woman to the moon in 2024 with the help from $1.6 billion funding increase in their budget from president Trump, the agency said this week. The 2024 mission, called Artemis, after the Greek goddess of the moon and twin sister of Apollo, will be the first mission to the...

May 14th 2019, 4:31 pm

Amazon re-training employees after mistakenly blocking Christian ads

Tech | New York Post

Amazon is retraining its staff after incorrectly blocking several Christian sellers from advertising online for crosses, Bibles and religious symbols and statements. After one person who has sold “Christian Fashion Gifts” on the platform for two years had an ad blocked, the seller asked Amazon why. In an email, the company said the content of...

May 14th 2019, 2:34 pm

AI is now better at predicting mortality than human doctors

Tech | New York Post

As scientists continue to toil away at creating machine learning algorithms that will one day enslave humanity save us all, artificial intelligence researchers have discovered that computers are outpacing human doctors in a number of important areas. We’ve already seen the ability of AI to spot things like cancer and a new study reveals that...

May 14th 2019, 1:51 pm

Facebook raises wage for US content reviewers after criticism

Tech | New York Post

Facebook will pay at least $18 an hour to US contractors who do some of its most taxing work, including watching violent and other objectionable material for possible removal.

May 14th 2019, 12:03 pm

Japan tests out bullet train with record-breaking speed of 249 mph

Tech | New York Post

All aboard! With a maximum speed of 249 miles per hour, the new Alfa-X model by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Hitachi will be the fastest bullet train in the world, according to CNN. The current zippiest model, which is in use in Japan and France, has a capacity of roughly 200 miles per hour. Test...

May 14th 2019, 12:03 pm

Microsoft partners with distillery to create world’s first AI whiskey

Tech | New York Post

Microsoft has helped distill the first-ever whiskey that has been developed by artificial intelligence. The tech giant, which is usually associated with more sober products, teamed up with a Swedish whiskey distillery to find the perfect recipe. Details of the process used by the award-winning distillery, Mackmyra, have not been released. But according to Popular...

May 14th 2019, 10:33 am

San Francisco to vote on banning face recognition technology

Tech | New York Post

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco supervisors will vote on surveillance oversight legislation Tuesday that includes a ban on the use of facial recognition technology by police and other city departments. If approved by the full board, San Francisco would become the first U.S. city to outlaw the tech at a time when it is becoming...

May 14th 2019, 2:57 am

WhatsApp discovers spyware that infects with just a phone call

Tech | New York Post

WhatsApp says a vulnerability in the popular communications app let mobile phones be infected with sophisticated spyware with a missed in-app call alone. The Facebook subsidiary says “an advanced cyber actor” infected an unknown number of people with the malware, which it says it discovered in early May. A WhatsApp spokesman who would not be...

May 14th 2019, 12:23 am

China blocks access to all language editions of Wikipedia

Tech | New York Post

People in China are no longer able to access any Wikipedia pages from within the country — with all language editions reportedly being blocked by the Chinese government. Internet users who go to the site are now greeted with a connection error, according to PC Magazine, which cites internet monitoring services operated by the Tor...

May 13th 2019, 6:49 pm

Twitter accidentally shared user data with advertising partner

Tech | New York Post

Twitter says it “inadvertently” collected iOS location data from some of its users and shared it with one of its “trusted” advertising partners — marking the fourth time in the past year that people’s private information has been made public. “You trust us to be careful with your data, and because of that, we want...

May 13th 2019, 6:34 pm

ISIS still uses Instagram to promote jihad and provoke terror attacks: study

Tech | New York Post

ISIS extremists still use Instagram “to promote jihad and incite support for terror attacks on the West,” according to an investigation by British newspaper The Telegraph. However, Instagram maintains terrorists aren’t welcomed on the platform as parent company Facebook continues to crack down on dangerous users. The investigation indicates that the Islamic State circumvents the...

May 13th 2019, 4:49 pm

Cryptocurrency scammer’s victim gets record $75.8 million judgment

Tech | New York Post

In January 2018, tech entrepreneur Michael Terpin got scammed out of $23.8 million in cryptocurrency. On Mon., May 13, it was announced that the 62-year-old Nevada resident is getting payback: Los Angeles Superior Court awarded Terpin a record-setting cyber-crime default judgment of $75.8 million. As reported in The Post, Terpin was targeted by a Gen-Z hacker...

May 13th 2019, 2:48 pm

Satellites could save Americans $30 billion on internet bills

Tech | New York Post

Upcoming satellite technology could lower prices for internet services, a new report predicts. Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites from Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink project and Jeff Bezos’ Project Kuiper could save American households more than $30 billion per year by introducing more broadband competition, according to a report from BroadbandNow. “The arrival of this emergent...

May 13th 2019, 1:30 pm

Uber’s IPO nightmare gets worse as stock tanks again

Tech | New York Post

Uber’s nightmare debut as a public company continued on Monday, with the ride-hailing giant’s stock plunging more than 10 percent after a disastrous kickoff on Friday. Shares of the San Francisco-based app were recently off $4.20, or 10.1 percent, at $37.37 as jitters about an escalating China trade war got coupled with investor fears that...

May 13th 2019, 12:45 pm

San Francisco may ban police, city agencies from using facial recognition

Tech | New York Post

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco is on track to become the first US city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a technology that’s creeping into airports, motor vehicle departments, stores, stadiums and home security cameras. Government agencies around the US have used the...

May 13th 2019, 12:00 pm

Supreme Court rules against Apple in App Store monopoly suit

Tech | New York Post

The US Supreme Court on Monday gave the go-ahead for a lawsuit by consumers accusing Apple of monopolizing the market for iPhone software applications and forcing them to overpay, rejecting the company’s bid to escape claims that its practices violate federal antitrust law. Apple shares fell more than 5 percent after the justices, in a...

May 13th 2019, 11:45 am

Tiny laser-powered spacecraft could reach nearby star system in 20 years

Tech | New York Post

A spacecraft so small it could fit in the palm of your hand may be the first to reach another star system in less than 20 years. Scientists have created the tiny craft, referred to as the watercraft, with plans to propel it into space with lasers and learn more about what’s out in the...

May 13th 2019, 10:59 am

Uber’s IPO bombs, has worst debut for marque name in a decade

Tech | New York Post

Uber’s IPO is officially a bust. The ride-hail giant finished its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange down nearly 8 percent — making it the worst IPO for a marque name in at least a decade. After pricing its shares at $45 a share Thursday, Uber’s stock quickly opened down 7...

May 10th 2019, 8:17 pm

Tesla CEO Elon Musk faces trial for calling Thai rescue diver a ‘pedo’

Tech | New York Post

LOS ANGELES — Tesla CEO Elon Musk will have to go to trial to defend himself for mocking a British diver as a pedophile in a verbal sparring match that unfolded last summer after the underwater rescue of youth soccer players trapped in a Thailand cave. A federal court judge in Los Angeles set an...

May 10th 2019, 8:17 pm

Original iPod hits eBay with insane $20K list price

Tech | New York Post

When Apple unveiled the original iPod back in 2001, the reactions weren’t universally positive. Indeed, some fan reactions on a MacRumors message board at the time have since taken on a life of their own. As an illustrative example, one outraged Apple fan wrote the following nearly 18 years ago: “I still can’t believe this!...

May 10th 2019, 6:16 pm

Elon Musk weighs in on porn filmed in Tesla on autopilot

Tech | New York Post

Just call it the Tesla Model XXX. Telsa CEO Elon Musk responded nonchalantly this week to word that an aspiring porn star had used his vehicle’s autopilot feature to make a sex flick while driving through traffic. “Turns out there’s more way to use Autopilot than we imagined,” Musk tweeted Thursday after the sex performer,...

May 10th 2019, 4:16 pm

G7 countries to simulate first cross-border cyber attack next month

Tech | New York Post

PARIS — Leading Western industrial powers will for the first time jointly simulate a major cross-border cybersecurity attack on the financial sector next month, French officials said on Friday. The exercise, organized by the French central bank under France’s presidency of the Group of Seven nations (G7), will be based on the scenario of a...

May 10th 2019, 4:16 pm

Space tourism a step closer to reality in New Mexico

Tech | New York Post

British billionaire Richard Branson and his space-tourism company Virgin Galactic announced new steps Friday toward offering thrill rides into the low reaches of space for paying passengers.

May 10th 2019, 4:16 pm

China creates camera that can spot you from 28 miles away

Tech | New York Post

A team of Chinese researchers has just announced their creation of an inexpensive but powerful camera that’s the size of a shoebox and which seems destined to further chip away at privacy and individual anonymity — what’s left of them, at any rate. The camera is meant for surveillance and target recognition and is reportedly...

May 10th 2019, 12:59 pm

Uber opens first day of trading at $42, below IPO price

Tech | New York Post

It’s not the 5-star ride Uber wanted. The ride-hailing giant opened its first day of public trading at $42 a share, well below its IPO price of $45 a share — a major setback for the company’s much-anticipated trading debut. The lower-than-expected initial trading comes after Uber priced its shares at the low end of...

May 10th 2019, 12:12 pm

Space station experiment seeks to slow aging process using nanoparticles

Tech | New York Post

An experiment aboard the International Space Station is testing the potential for man-made nanoparticles to be used in the fight against free radicals, which are one of the biggest culprits of cell damage.

May 10th 2019, 11:29 am

Radioactive remnants of nuclear bomb tests found on ocean floor

Tech | New York Post

Nuclear weapons testing dates back to the mid-1940s and ramped up significantly starting in the early 1950s. Several countries, including the US, Soviet Union, China and France spent decades testing new versions of the incredibly destructive arms and, as a new study shows, the Earth is still dealing with the fallout. In a new paper...

May 10th 2019, 11:29 am

US adults spend billions on video games for their smartphones

Tech | New York Post

The average American video gamer is 33 years old, prefers to play on their smartphone and is spending big on content — 85 percent more than in 2015, according to a new report.

May 9th 2019, 3:48 pm

Samsung to make a decision on its troubled $2k phone in ‘days’

Tech | New York Post

Samsung is still deciding when — and perhaps whether — to launch its troubled $2,000 folding phone. Samsung’s chief executive says the Korean electronics giant will soon decide when to the launch the device, which has been held up after multiple reporters complained of problems, including blacked out screens and breaking hinges. “(The company) has...

May 9th 2019, 3:48 pm

Jeff Bezos to announce Blue Origin’s mission to the moon

Tech | New York Post

Jeff Bezos is expected to announce plans Thursday of his space company Blue Origin’s mission to the moon, according to a new report. The world’s richest man and Amazon founder will lay out details of the lunar missions, as well as a lunar lander spacecraft the company is currently developing, sources told Reuters. Blue Origin...

May 9th 2019, 3:37 pm

Facebook auto-generates videos celebrating extremist images

Tech | New York Post

WASHINGTON — The animated video begins with a photo of the black flags of jihad. Seconds later, it flashes highlights of a year of social media posts: plaques of anti-Semitic verses, talk of retribution and a photo of two men carrying more jihadi flags while they burn the stars and stripes. It wasn’t produced by...

May 9th 2019, 3:37 pm

How AI could help with early detection of breast cancer

Tech | New York Post

Artificial intelligence can help patients at risk of breast cancer make smarter health decisions, new research suggests. A deep-learning model developed by a team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can predict a woman’s breast-cancer risk using a mammogram up to five years in advance, according to a paper published this week in...

May 9th 2019, 3:37 pm

NASA is designing flexible robots that could go to Mars

Tech | New York Post

Robots and space exploration go hand-in-hand, so it’s no surprise that NASA is on the forefront of experimental new robotics technologies that could be used during missions to other planets. The group’s rovers and robotic landers have proven incredibly useful for gathering information about places like Mars, but rigid metal might not be the ideal...

May 9th 2019, 3:37 pm

Twitter suspends more than 160K accounts for terrorism content

Tech | New York Post

Twitter suspended 166,153 accounts between July and December last year for promoting terrorism, a 19 percent drop from the 205,156 accounts suspended in the previous six months.

May 9th 2019, 3:37 pm

How Chris Hughes and Facebook co-founders were portrayed in ‘Social Network’

Tech | New York Post

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes writes in his new op-ed for The Times that Facebook has become a “threat” to democracy. Wait, who is Chris Hughes? Until this week, the face of Facebook has always been hoodie-clad computer genius Mark Zuckerberg, whose story of rampant success and legal troubles was immortalized by actor Jesse Eisenberg in 2010 with...

May 9th 2019, 11:48 am

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes says it’s time to break it up

Tech | New York Post

Et tu, roommate? Chris Hughes, who helped launch Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg in a Harvard dorm room 15 years ago, claims that the 34-year-old billionaire CEO has power that is “unprecedented and un-American” and that the social network should be “separated into multiple companies.” In a blistering op-ed piece published in the New York Times...

May 9th 2019, 10:48 am

Drones map Chernobyl’s Red Forest for radioactive hotspots

Tech | New York Post

Chernobyl’s ghostly Red Forest, one of the most radioactive sites on the planet, has been mapped by specially-equipped drones to measure the extent of its contamination. Researchers from the UK’s University of Bristol, working as part of the National Centre of Nuclear Robotics (NCNR) recently traveled to the Chernobyl exclusion zone where they harnessed drones...

May 8th 2019, 6:01 pm

Lawmaker targets Candy Crush, other apps with ban on ‘pay to win’ schemes

Tech | New York Post

Video game apps including the popular Candy Crush would be banned from offering “pay to win” schemes aimed at kids, who pay for upgrades and bonus features, under federal legislation introduced Wednesday. Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri proposed a bill that covers games explicitly targeted to underage players whose parents end up forking over...

May 8th 2019, 3:41 pm

Chinese researchers try brain implants to treat drug addicts

Tech | New York Post

SHANGHAI — Patient Number One is a thin man, with a scabby face and bouncy knees. His head, shaved in preparation for surgery, is wrapped in a clean, white cloth. Years of drug use cost him his wife, his money and his self-respect, before landing him in this drab yellow room at a Shanghai hospital,...

May 8th 2019, 1:41 pm

Chinese hackers reportedly used NSA malware tools for attacks

Tech | New York Post

An unidentified group of hackers that are referred to as Shadow Brokers posted several NSA hacking tools online in 2016 and 2017. But a new report reveals that some of the NSA’s malware tools were reversed-engineered long before that by Chinese hackers who then used them in cyberattacks targeting other countries. Security researchers from Symantec...

May 8th 2019, 1:30 pm

World’s fastest computer will fire up in 2021

Tech | New York Post

On the heels of the US government’s announced in March that the first US exascale computer is being built just outside Chicago and coming in 2021, the US government announced today that it’s also commissioned a manufacturer to build what would be the most powerful computer in the world that will also make its debut...

May 8th 2019, 1:30 pm

Scientists on the verge of creating 100 percent recyclable plastic

Tech | New York Post

We’re surrounded by plastics for much of our lives. Plastics are cheap and easy to make, they’re often incredibly durable and they last just about forever. Unfortunately, those upsides are also terrible news for the environment, as plastic waste continues to pile up despite recycling efforts and public awareness campaigns. One of the biggest problems...

May 8th 2019, 12:30 pm

Google releases affordable versions of its Pixel smartphone

Tech | New York Post

Google’s Pixel smartphone just got a whole lot cheaper. The search giant on Tuesday unveiled affordable versions of its flagship smartphone that clock in at half the price of its current models — and less than half the price of the cheapest flagship phone, the iPhone XS. It was seemingly an admission by Google that...

May 7th 2019, 10:51 pm

These AI-powered gadgets do all the thinking for you

Tech | New York Post

In case you haven’t been paying attention, gadgets with artificial intelligence are getting even smarter. Feel free to panic about “Terminator”-style robots taking over the world, but for now, these gadgets save us time by thinking for us. Some are so smart they trick a criminal into looking at a security camera; another senses how...

May 7th 2019, 6:02 pm

Microsoft offers software tools to secure elections

Tech | New York Post

Microsoft has announced an ambitious effort to make voting secure, verifiable and subject to reliable audits by registering ballots in encrypted form so they can be accurately and independently tracked long after they are cast. Two of the three top US elections vendors have expressed interest in potentially incorporating the open-source software into their voting...

May 7th 2019, 5:02 pm

Chrome will make it harder for companies to track you — except Google

Tech | New York Post

Chrome browser will make it harder for companies that are not Google to track you online. Google is about to make a move that will prove that it’s also getting a lot more serious about privacy than you’d expect from a company that collects a treasure trove of information about you. A report says that...

May 7th 2019, 4:44 pm

Facebook, Instagram delete more accounts linked to Russia

Tech | New York Post

Facebook said on Monday it had removed multiple pages, groups and accounts linked mostly to Russia that were used to spread misleading information on the social network and its Instagram service. The company deleted 97 accounts from Russia that focused on Ukraine and another 21 that focused on Austria, the Baltics, Germany, Spain, Ukraine and...

May 7th 2019, 1:26 pm
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