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Automated vehicles won’t be taking truckers’ jobs anytime soon: study

Tech | New York Post

Truck drivers can put the brakes on their worst automation fears. Robots are not getting behind the wheel and stealing the jobs of long-haul drivers anytime soon, according to two government experts, offering a contrarian view to some of the biggest names in tech and a presidential candidate. In a study published in the Industrial...

September 18th 2019, 6:23 pm

NASA manager casts doubt on 2024 moon landing

Tech | New York Post

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A top NASA manager cast doubt Wednesday on the space agency’s ability to land astronauts on the moon by 2024. Kenneth Bowersox, acting associate administrator for human exploration and operations, told a Congressional subcommittee that NASA is doing its best to meet the White House-imposed deadline. But he noted: “I wouldn’t...

September 18th 2019, 5:04 pm

Female engineer sues Google for sex-discrimination

Tech | New York Post

A female engineer at Google has accused the search giant of stiffing her out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by passing her over for promotions in favor of less-qualified men. Ulku Rowe had 22 years of experience in financial services, including as a managing director at JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America Merrill Lynch,...

September 18th 2019, 4:53 pm

Massive volcano on one of Jupiter’s moons could erupt imminently, scientists say

Tech | New York Post

Researchers say that one such volcano — the massive 125-mile-wide Loki Patera on Jupiter’s moon Io — is on the edge of eruption.

September 18th 2019, 3:18 pm

Paris tests new eco-friendly bubble-shaped water taxi

Tech | New York Post

Its designers claim it makes “zero sound, zero waves, zero carbon dioxide.”

September 18th 2019, 1:18 pm

Mars orbiter captures crazy photo of planet’s North Pole

Tech | New York Post

The Mars we often seen in photos from rovers and orbiters is dry, dusty and barren, but there are parts of the planet that, when viewed separately, could trick you into thinking you’re looking at a totally foreign alien land. The latest snapshot captured by the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter fits perfectly into that latter...

September 18th 2019, 12:18 pm

Millions of Americans’ private medical images are available online, report finds

Tech | New York Post

Medical images and health data belonging to millions of Americans — including X-rays and CT scans — are unprotected online and able to be seen by anyone with basic computer expertise, a scathing new report published Tuesday found. According to ProPublica, which worked in partnership with German broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk on the investigation, the records...

September 18th 2019, 12:18 pm

Facebook to train AI with police body-cam footage to combat extremism

Tech | New York Post

Facebook will work with law enforcement agencies to train its artificial intelligence systems to detect videos of violent events as part of its ongoing battle against extremism on the platform.

September 18th 2019, 12:18 pm

Facebook rolls out new line of creepy home speakers

Tech | New York Post

Facebook just can’t take a hint. After its first-ever hardware device got slammed by critics as a potential spying device last year, Facebook on Wednesday unveiled a new generation of its “Portal” video chatting devices. The screen-equipped home speaker is a privacy nut’s nightmare: it is equipped with long-range microphones, as well as a smart...

September 18th 2019, 12:18 pm

Scientists struggling to figure out age of Saturn’s rings

Tech | New York Post

Saturn’s rings may be shining as bright as ever, but the debate over how old they are has rekindled following a new study. The research, published in Nature Astronomy, suggests that even though the rings might appear young in a cosmic sense, data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows that they are in fact nearly as...

September 17th 2019, 4:47 pm

AI surveillance that tracks citizens is expanding worldwide

Tech | New York Post

WASHINGTON — A research group says a growing number of countries are following China’s lead in deploying artificial intelligence to track citizens. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace says at least 75 countries are actively using AI tools such as facial recognition for surveillance. The list of countries where some form of AI surveillance is...

September 17th 2019, 2:30 pm

Universe’s heaviest star is ‘almost too massive’ to exist

Tech | New York Post

The heaviest star in the universe has been discovered — and it’s only 15 miles wide. It is more than twice the mass of the sun, meaning a sugar cube of it would weigh 100 million tons. That is the same weight as the entire human population. Known as a neutron star, it is the...

September 17th 2019, 12:00 pm

Amazon Music adds lossless streaming tier to its service

Tech | New York Post

Amazon on Tuesday unveiled a new high-quality tier to its music streaming service — making it the first major streamer to dive into CD-quality audio. The upgraded service, called Amazon Music HD, can be tacked onto existing Amazon Music subscriptions for an additional $5 a month. The service costs for $12.99 per month for Prime...

September 17th 2019, 12:00 pm

Apple awards iPhone supplier $250M from manufacturing fund

Tech | New York Post

Apple on Tuesday said it would award Corning Inc $250 million from a $5 billion fund dedicated to US advanced manufacturing. Corning supplies glass to Apple for products such as the iPhone and Apple Watch. Since the first iPhones hit the market in 2007, the glass on every iPhone sold has been produced at Corning’s...

September 17th 2019, 9:57 am

Elon Musk says ‘pedo guy’ insult not defamation, cave diver ‘seemed like a creepy old man’

Tech | New York Post

Elon Musk says that when he called a British rescue diver a “pedo guy” last summer, he didn’t mean to imply the man improperly touched children. “‘Pedo guy’ was a common insult used in South Africa when I was growing up,” the billionaire tech executive said in a court filing Monday. “It is synonymous with...

September 16th 2019, 6:30 pm

Netflix buys streaming rights for ‘Seinfeld’

Tech | New York Post

“Seinfeld” is coming to Netflix. Streaming giant Netflix has inked a deal for the rights to the hit sitcom staring Jerry Seinfeld, paying “far more” than half a billion dollars, according to a report Monday. While exact price tag was not disclosed, Netflix is said to have paid more than the $500 million NBCUniversal paid...

September 16th 2019, 1:44 pm

NASA astronauts preparing for moonwalk in giant water tank

Tech | New York Post

NASA astronaut candidates have to meet a long list of criteria before the space agency decides they’re fit to carry out important duties in space. When astronauts return to the moon in the near future, they’ll be met with challenges that few space travelers have ever endured and NASA wants to make sure they’re ready...

September 16th 2019, 11:23 am

Astronomers reveal first photo of mysterious interstellar comet

Tech | New York Post

A mystery object from deep space heading towards our solar system has been pictured for the first time. Astronomers first spotted the extrasolar comet around two weeks ago, but the scientific world is baffled about its nature and origins. Experts at the Gemini Observatory took multiple snaps of the rogue space object, which were combined...

September 16th 2019, 11:13 am

Apple fights EU order to pay 13 billion euros in back taxes

Tech | New York Post

Apple will launch a legal challenge on Tuesday to a European Commission order to pay 13 billion euros in Irish back taxes in a landmark case in the EU’s crackdown on tax avoidance by multinational companies. The iPhone maker is expected to send a six-man delegation headed by chief financial officer Luca Maestri to the...

September 16th 2019, 11:13 am

New Airbus planes will track when you go to the bathroom

Tech | New York Post

The connected home is a pretty mainstream phenomenon at this point, as more and more consumers bring products like smart speakers and displays, connected video doorbells, smart appliances and the like into their lives. Making ubiquitous connectivity and digitization an even more commonplace part of everyday existence. And now, thanks to aerospace giants like Airbus,...

September 16th 2019, 11:13 am

Asteroid the size of a skyscraper to hurl past Earth: NASA

Tech | New York Post

A skyscraper length asteroid will whiz by Earth today. The space rock, Asteroid 2000 QW7, is roughly between 951 and 2,132 feet long according to NASA. The larger estimation would make it the second tallest building on the planet, behind only Dubai’s Burj Khalifa — which reaches 2,717 feet. Another smaller asteroid, 2010 C01, will...

September 14th 2019, 1:02 pm

Enormous black hole in Milky Way galaxy appears to be hungry

Tech | New York Post

The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy is suddenly gorging on interstellar snacks, according to researchers, who can’t explain why it’s suddenly so hungry. “We have never seen anything like this in the 24 years we have studied the supermassive black hole,” said UCLA professor Andrea Ghez, co-senior author of...

September 13th 2019, 8:04 pm

Gene-editing shows promise as HIV cure in early tests

Tech | New York Post

Scientists are reporting the first use of the gene-editing tool CRISPR to try to cure a patient’s HIV infection by providing blood cells that were altered to resist the AIDS virus.

September 13th 2019, 8:04 pm

Social media firms to testify on violent, extremist online content

Tech | New York Post

WASHINGTON – Google, Facebook and Twitter will testify next week before a US Senate panel on efforts by social media firms to remove violent content from online platforms, the panel said in a statement on Wednesday. The Sept. 18 hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee follows growing concern in Congress about the use of social...

September 13th 2019, 8:04 pm

PlayStation insists the ‘X’ button is really called ‘Cross’

Tech | New York Post

PlayStation is really in the cross hairs of this fierce debate. The gaming company’s UK Twitter account has revealed that the controller’s X button is officially called “Cross,” not “X.” And the announcement has gamers in a tizzy. “If Cross is called ‘X’ (it’s not), then what are you calling ‘Circle?’ ” the company tweeted...

September 13th 2019, 8:04 pm

Mysterious comet of interstellar origin spotted zooming toward Earth

Tech | New York Post

From a galaxy far, far away… Astronomers believe a comet zooming in Earth’s direction could be the second interstellar object ever spotted in the solar system, according to reports Thursday. The massive space rock — which boasts the cosmically dull official name of C/2019 Q4 — was first discovered by an amateur stargazer from the...

September 13th 2019, 8:04 pm

Study finds the universe might be 2 billion years younger

Tech | New York Post

New calculations suggest the universe could be a couple billion years younger than scientists now estimate -- and even younger than suggested by two other calculations published this year that trimmed hundreds of millions of years from the age of the cosmos.

September 13th 2019, 8:04 pm

World’s darkest material is ‘blackest black’ ever created

Tech | New York Post

A high-tech material has been dubbed the “blackest black” ever created. The unnamed substance traps over 99.9% of light, making it 10 times blacker than anything that’s come before it. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology made it from nanotubes – tiny bits of carbon 50,000 times smaller than the width of a human...

September 13th 2019, 8:04 pm

Saturn shines in latest NASA image: ‘Rings are still as stunning as ever’

Tech | New York Post

Amateur astronomers in the Northern Hemisphere may be able to currently see Saturn, but NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken a series of images of the ringed planet that give new details about its rings, as well as its ever-changing weather. In a blog post, NASA said the images snapped by the telescope “are more...

September 13th 2019, 8:04 pm

PewDiePie rescinds donation pledge to anti-hate group after fan backlash

Tech | New York Post

YouTube star PewDiePie pledged to donate to an anti-hate group following criticism for peddling anti-Semitic content – then decided to pull his donation after backlash from his fans. PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, announced on Tuesday he would be donating $50,000 to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in a video celebrating his 100 millionth...

September 13th 2019, 8:04 pm

Facebook expands new tool aiming to shrink ‘news deserts’

Tech | New York Post

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is trying to coax “news deserts” into bloom with the second major expansion of a tool that exposes people to more local news and information. But the social network confesses that it still has a lot to learn. The social media giant said Thursday it is expanding its “Today In” service...

September 13th 2019, 8:04 pm

Artificial leaf turns sunlight into medicine

Tech | New York Post

Taking cues from Mother Nature, the tiny reactors utilize intricate channels that flow like veins through the leaves. When sunlight hits certain liquids flowing through the leaves it sparks a chemical reaction.

September 10th 2019, 3:33 pm

Big Tech’s ‘nemesis’ in EU gets new term — and more power

Tech | New York Post

Margrethe Vestager, who angered the Trump administration by imposing multibillion-dollar penalties on the likes of Google and Apple, was reappointed Tuesday for a second five-year term as the bloc’s competition commissioner.

September 10th 2019, 3:33 pm

Asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs had power of 10 billion atomic bombs: study

Tech | New York Post

An international team of scientists led by the University of Texas at Austin examined hundreds of feet of rocks that filled the Chicxulub impact crater within the first 24 hours after impact.

September 10th 2019, 3:21 pm

Apple unveils latest iPhones, Apple Watch

Tech | New York Post

It’s deja vu all over again. Apple on Tuesday unveiled a trio of new iPhones that look almost identical to the handsets it released in 2018 and 2017. The company’s new flagship phone — the iPhone Pro — is virtually a clone of last year’s iPhone XS, save for an enormous and unsightly camera bump...

September 10th 2019, 2:06 pm

AppleTV+ details announced: New streaming service will cost just $4.99

Tech | New York Post

Watch out, Netflix. Apple on Tuesday said its new video streaming service, Apple TV+, will cost just $4.99 a month – undercutting entertainment giant Disney, which rocked the boat earlier this year when it said it will sell its new streaming service for just $6.99 a month. At its annual product event in Cupertino, Calif.,...

September 10th 2019, 2:06 pm

Astronauts mix concrete in space for the first time

Tech | New York Post

The experiments, while rather straightforward, are helping to build the knowledge base for future construction projects in space.

September 10th 2019, 1:36 pm

Judge lets Facebook privacy lawsuit proceed, calls company’s views ‘so wrong’

Tech | New York Post

A federal judge on Monday night ordered Facebook to face the brunt of a privacy class action lawsuit, chastising the social network for views about privacy he called “so wrong.” While dismissing some claims, US District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco said users could try to hold Facebook liable under various federal and state...

September 10th 2019, 12:36 pm

‘Joker’ malware was hidden on dozens of Android apps

Tech | New York Post

Batman can’t help you with this “Joker.” A bad batch of Android apps briefly available in the Google Play store amassed hundreds of thousands of downloads — and they reportedly carry a malware code designed to sign you up for subscription-based services without user knowledge. The bug, called “Joker,” can easily fly under the radar...

September 10th 2019, 12:06 pm

Majority of Americans think the government is hiding info about UFOs

Tech | New York Post

In a Gallup poll released Friday, 68 percent of respondents said the government knows more than it's saying about UFOs in the wake of a plan to "Storm Area 51" in Nevada.

September 10th 2019, 12:06 pm

50 AGs launch antitrust probe on ‘juggernaut’ Google

Tech | New York Post

A group of 50 attorneys general have launched an antitrust probe into Google, saying the search giant’s dominance has become a concern for consumers and businesses alike. The law enforcement heads — including 48 from US states and two from the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico — requested documents from Google that focus on...

September 9th 2019, 10:35 pm

Period-tracking apps share sensitive data with Facebook: study

Tech | New York Post

Period-tracking apps used by millions of women are sharing information about their sex lives and health with Facebook, a new study revealed. Researchers with the advocacy group Privacy International published a report Monday that found two period-tracking apps, MIA Fem and Maya, sent data regarding users’ health to the social media giant. “When Maya asks...

September 9th 2019, 7:06 pm

NASA captures images of 11,000-year-old star explosion

Tech | New York Post

NASA has released a stunning image showing the remnants of a massive ancient supernova. Light from the original star’s explosion took around 11,000 years to reach Earth – in the late 17th century. Experts believe astronomers may have spotted it at the time. But only now has NASA been able to capture a detailed snapshot...

September 9th 2019, 3:19 pm

Russia says Facebook, Google had political ads on country’s election day

Tech | New York Post

MOSCOW – Russian state communications watchdog Roskomnadzor said tech giants Google and Facebook had allowed political advertising during Sunday’s regional elections despite being asked to ban such publicity. “Such actions can be seen as interference in Russia’s sovereign affairs and hindering the conduct of democratic elections in the Russian Federation”, the watchdog said on its...

September 9th 2019, 2:19 pm

Volkswagen bets big on electric — but will consumers buy in?

Tech | New York Post

RANKFURT, Germany — Volkswagen is rolling out what it bills as the breakthrough electric car for the masses, the leading edge of a wave of new battery-powered vehicles about to hit the European auto market. The cars are the result of massive investments in battery technology and new factories driven by environmental regulation and concerns...

September 9th 2019, 2:19 pm

India finds missing Vikram probe on the surface of the moon

Tech | New York Post

India has located its missing Vikram lander on the lunar surface after losing contact with the probe when it was in the final stage of an audacious moon landing attempt Friday. Communication with the unmanned lander was lost when it was just 1.3 miles from the lunar surface. K Sivan, chairman of the Indian Space...

September 9th 2019, 12:17 pm

Amazon plans nationwide job fairs as it looks to hire 30,000 workers

Tech | New York Post

Amazon is going on a hiring spree. The online shopping giant is holding job fairs across the country next week, aiming to hire more than 30,000 people by early next year. Amazon is looking for all kinds of workers, from software engineers, who can earn more than $100,000 a year, to warehouse staff paid at...

September 9th 2019, 11:00 am

How the DMV is making millions by selling drivers’ personal data

Tech | New York Post

Motor vehicle departments around the United States are taking drivers’ personal information and selling it to a range of businesses, including private investigators, generating millions of dollars in revenue, said a scathing new report. According to Motherboard, which obtained hundreds of pages of documents through public records requests, members of the public are likely not...

September 9th 2019, 10:44 am

Apple, Foxconn admit they hired too many temporary workers in China

Tech | New York Post

Apple and manufacturing partner Foxconn on Monday rebutted allegations of lapses in people management leveled by a non-profit monitor of worker rights, though confirmed they employed too many temporary workers. The response comes after China Labor Watch on Monday issued a lengthy report accusing the two companies of breaching numerous Chinese labor laws, including one...

September 9th 2019, 10:30 am

US states kick off antitrust probe expected to focus on Google

Tech | New York Post

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday will detail a multi-state antitrust probe of potentially anticompetitive practices at major US technology companies, which is expected to focus on Alphabet’s Google. Once lauded as engines of economic growth, the social media, search and e-commerce giants have sparked anger amid allegations of abusing outsized market power and...

September 9th 2019, 9:31 am

NASA’s launch hardware luckily survives Hurricane Dorian

Tech | New York Post

Aerial footage showed the gigantic Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center unscathed in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

September 6th 2019, 2:52 pm

NASA spots mysterious flashes of green and blue from faraway galaxy

Tech | New York Post

The NuSTAR X-ray observatory was looking at the Fireworks galaxy (NGC 6946) and saw multiple blobs of blue and green light that appeared and disappeared within weeks, according to a new study.

September 6th 2019, 2:35 pm

New York AG leads multi-state antitrust probe into Facebook

Tech | New York Post

Several US state attorneys general will investigate Facebook on whether the social network stifled competition and put users at risk, days after reports that Google would face an antitrust probe from a host of attorneys general. “I’m launching an investigation into Facebook to determine whether their actions endangered consumer data, reduced the quality of consumers’...

September 6th 2019, 11:19 am

China introduces first cloned kitten

Tech | New York Post

A Chinese businessman who couldn’t bear the loss of his beloved cat, Garlic, is now the proud pet parent of Garlic II, a clone of his late furry friend. Huang Yu, 22, sought the services of Beijing-based Sinogene, a commercial pet-cloning company that has already cloned more than 40 dogs — at a cost of...

September 5th 2019, 4:17 pm

Tech companies meet with US intelligence on 2020 election

Tech | New York Post

US technology companies including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter met with US intelligence agencies on Wednesday to discuss security strategies ahead of the November 2020 election. The companies’ security teams met representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security at Facebook’s headquarters...

September 5th 2019, 3:05 pm

Mystery swirls around missing underwater observatory after divers find shredded cable

Tech | New York Post

A sophisticated underwater observatory has disappeared from the Baltic seabed, baffling scientists. The observatory, which was in a restricted area at the entrance to Eckernförde Bay off the German coast, made its last data transmission on Aug. 21. Installed by German research organizations GEOMAR and HZG in December 2016, the observatory comprised two racks containing...

September 5th 2019, 3:05 pm

Activists pushing for federal facial recognition ban

Tech | New York Post

A coalition of activist groups representing more than 15 million combined members is pushing for a federal ban on law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology. The groups, which are planning to blanket lawmakers with emails and phone calls, are coming together under BanFacialRecognition, which was organized by the digital rights group Fight for the...

September 5th 2019, 1:35 pm

Facebook launches US dating platform; Tinder owner’s shares sink

Tech | New York Post

Shares of Tinder’s parent company sank nearly 5 percent after Facebook announced the US launch of a new dating platform. Facebook Dating will be available to all American users 18 and older starting Thursday, the social-networking giant said at a media event in New York. Shares of Tinder’s owner Match Group were down 4.7 percent...

September 5th 2019, 1:35 pm

Trump says US ‘not doing business with Huawei’

Tech | New York Post

President Trump on Wednesday declined to directly address Chinese tech company Huawei’s allegations of US cyberattacks, as he called the matter a “national security concern.” “Huawei is a big concern of our military, of our intelligence agencies, and we are not doing business with Huawei,” the president told reporters at the White House. “And we’ll...

September 4th 2019, 4:04 pm

Chinese ‘deepfake’ app sparks concerns over identity theft

Tech | New York Post

Zao, a Chinese app that uses “deepfake” technology to let users superimpose themselves onto the faces of movie and TV stars, has sparked a privacy backlash amid concerns about identity theft. Deepfakes are created using artificial intelligence and facial mapping technology to yield false, but realistic clips. Celebrities and public figures, such as Facebook CEO...

September 4th 2019, 3:04 pm

China finds mysterious ‘shiny gel’ on dark side of moon

Tech | New York Post

China’s Chang’e-4 lunar rover, which successfully landed on the moon in January, has found something rather strange and perplexing — an oddly colored “gel-like” substance that can’t yet be explained. According to Our Space, a Chinese government-sanctioned publication that focuses on space and exploration, the substance is described as a “gel with a mysterious luster.”...

September 4th 2019, 12:29 pm

Alphabet’s chief legal officer quietly marries Google employee

Tech | New York Post

Alphabet’s top lawyer — who last week got accused by a former underling of ignoring the tech giant’s rules about romantic relationships, even as he neglected their child — quietly married another ex-employee over the weekend, according to a report. David Drummond, the 56-year-old chief legal officer of Google’s parent company, married a 37-year-old woman...

September 4th 2019, 11:15 am

Google fined $170M for YouTube’s violation of child privacy laws

Tech | New York Post

Google has agreed to pay a $170 million fine for allowing YouTube to profit by breaking child privacy laws, authorities announced Wednesday. Regulators said the video site, which was bought by Google in 2006, illegally gathered children’s data without their parents’ consent and then made millions by targeting them with ads. The company agreed to...

September 4th 2019, 10:29 am

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold will go on sale Friday in South Korea

Tech | New York Post

Samsung’s $2000 foldable phone is almost upon us. The long-delayed Galaxy Fold, will go on sale on Friday in South Korea, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. The Fold was originally due to hit the US market in the spring, but once review units made their way out to gadget...

September 4th 2019, 10:15 am

Amazon testing payment system that uses hands as ID

Tech | New York Post

Forget the titanium Apple Card — Amazon’s latest payment method uses flesh and blood. The e-tailing giant’s engineers are quietly testing scanners that can identify an individual human hand as a way to ring up a store purchase, with the goal of rolling them out at its Whole Foods supermarket chain in the coming months,...

September 3rd 2019, 5:50 pm

Mass extinction killed nearly all life on Earth 2 billion years ago

Tech | New York Post

There have been several mass extinction events during the planet’s history, including the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event, arguably the best known because of the death of the dinosaurs. Now, researchers may have discovered a new mass extinction event, one that happened 2.05 billion years ago and likely killed between 80 percent and 99.5 percent of all...

September 3rd 2019, 3:02 pm

Remnants of ancient planet found in famous meteorite

Tech | New York Post

Though it was discovered in the Australian outback in the 1950s and has been studied often since then, researchers only just recently found a surprising result buried inside the Wedderburn meteorite — remnants of an ancient planet and a new mineral not seen in nature. The seven-ounce red and black meteorite was found in Victoria,...

September 3rd 2019, 3:02 pm

European Space Agency forced to redirect satellite after SpaceX ignores risk

Tech | New York Post

You’d never be able to tell from the ground, but the area around Earth is getting a bit crowded. Fully functional satellites from NASA, the European Space Agency and other groups have to regularly account for all manner of manmade space junk and occasionally they even have to dodge one another. That’s exactly what happened...

September 3rd 2019, 2:48 pm

PayPal suspends account used to raise money for KKK

Tech | New York Post

PayPal suspended an account used to raise money for the Ku Klux Klan on Friday after being flagged by anti-bigotry activists, according to a report. The account was promoted on a donation page ran by The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the BBC News reported. The white supremacist group claimed the “donation...

September 3rd 2019, 2:18 pm

Amazon’s Ring shared stats on users who refused police requests

Tech | New York Post

Ring, the home security company owned by Amazon, tracked how users responded to law enforcement requests for footage captured by its doorbell video devices and gave overviews to police departments when requested to do so. Ring informed a Florida police department about the number of times residents had refused police access to their cameras or...

September 3rd 2019, 1:31 pm

India’s spacecraft set for historic moon landing

Tech | New York Post

India’s dream of landing on the moon is getting closer to reality as its Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft split in two on Monday, with one half set to land on the lunar surface later this week. First launched in July, the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft broke into two pieces as expected. “The Vikram Lander successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter...

September 2nd 2019, 1:17 pm

Robot ‘snakes’ could slither inside your brain to treat blood clots: study

Tech | New York Post

Robots may soon be taking over our brains — but not for the reason you think. Mechanical engineers have developed a snake-like robot to navigate narrow pathways in the body — particularly blood vessels in the brain. The scientists with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hope the invention, now in the prototype stage, can...

August 30th 2019, 5:24 pm

This space hotel will be ‘like going on a cruise’ or to Disney

Tech | New York Post

Full-service kitchens and bars, movie screenings, and even interiors with natural materials and a cozy color palette sound like the trappings of any nice hotel. But future guests of the Von Braun Rotating Space Station — an in-the-works hotel for space tourists — can enjoy the same perks while cruising the heavens. “Eventually, going to...

August 29th 2019, 6:50 pm

Defense Department freaks out Twitter with cryptic tweet, ‘Stranger Things’ reference

Tech | New York Post

The defense department’s technology wing asked the Twitterverse for help in finding privately owned underground space for testing purposes — and then made a “Stranger Things” joke amid a flurry of replies from freaked out users. DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, touched off the madness with a cryptic tweet Wednesday morning. “Attention, city dwellers!...

August 29th 2019, 5:50 pm

Google’s top lawyer accused of repeated romances with underlings

Tech | New York Post

Google’s top lawyer routinely ignored company rules regarding dalliances with underlings — and pointed to the lecherous ways of top Googler Eric Schmidt to justify his philandering, an explosive new blog post alleges. David Drummond, chief legal officer of Google’s parent company Alphabet, dabbled in numerous office romances, according to a former underling, who dished...

August 29th 2019, 5:50 pm

Elon Musk: AI will soon make us look like monkeys

Tech | New York Post

Elon Musk isn’t ready for our new robot overlords.

August 29th 2019, 1:35 pm

Amazon tactic pushes shoppers to its own brand before clicking ‘buy’

Tech | New York Post

Amazon has introduced a new feature that markets its private-label brands right before consumers add rival products to their shopping carts. The Washington Post conducted dozens of product searches and saw offers for a “similar item to consider” featuring an Amazon brand appearing just above the area where shoppers click to add a purchase to...

August 29th 2019, 12:49 pm

Save a bundle on these charging cables, power banks and smartphone accessories

Tech | New York Post

Why does it seem like the more advanced phones become, the quicker they die? Just look through all the screenshots you’ve taken lately. Ten bucks says your battery percentage is abysmal in each one. And it definitely doesn’t help that Apple supplies the worst standard cables ever. Fortunately, there’s a ton of different options on...

August 29th 2019, 10:59 am

Apple will supply parts to independent repair shops for first time

Tech | New York Post

Apple said on Thursday it will begin selling parts, tools and repair guides to independent shops to fix broken iPhones, a major change after years of lobbying against laws in some US states that would have compelled it to do just that. Apple said the program, which should help ease heavy demand on Apple and...

August 29th 2019, 9:48 am

Apple apologizes for letting contractors eavesdrop on Siri’s sex recordings

Tech | New York Post

Sorry we’ve been eavesdropping on your sex life. Apple on Wednesday apologized to its users for employing third-party contractors to listen to audio recordings picked up by its Siri voice assistant, including when the voice assistant program was accidentally triggered by muffled background noise. The practice — in which Apple had contractors listened to recordings...

August 28th 2019, 5:38 pm

Facebook tightens rules for political ads ahead of 2020

Tech | New York Post

Facebook is tightening its political ad rules in the US, it said on Wednesday, requiring new disclosures for its site and photo-sharing platform Instagram ahead of the US presidential election in November 2020. The social media giant is introducing a “confirmed organization” label for US political advertisers who show government-issued credentials to demonstrate their legitimacy....

August 28th 2019, 3:23 pm

Google’s crowd-sourced app Pigeon expands to all New York transit services

Tech | New York Post

Google’s crowd-sourced transit app Pigeon is expanding beyond the Big Apple subway — and now provides service updates for every public transit service in the New York region, the company announced Wednesday. The Waze-like iPhone app launched last October, but had been limited to the subway. As of Wednesday, it also encompasses city buses and...

August 28th 2019, 2:22 pm

Researchers studying Facebook’s impact on democracy threaten to quit

Tech | New York Post

SAN FRANCISCO — A group of philanthropies working with Facebook to study the social network’s impact on democracy threatened on Tuesday to quit, saying the company had failed to make data available to researchers as pledged. The funders said in a statement that Facebook had granted the 83 scholars selected for the project access to...

August 28th 2019, 2:22 pm

Astronomers spot strange, giant planet ‘unlike any other’

Tech | New York Post

Astronomers have spotted a giant exoplanet that they say is unlike any other. Planet HR 5183 b has three times the mass of Jupiter and travels on an incredibly long, egg-shaped path around its star, according to Caltech, which led the research. The planet takes 45 to 100 years to complete its orbit, Caltech noted...

August 28th 2019, 2:22 pm

SpaceX’s Mars rocket test startles nearby residents

Tech | New York Post

SpaceX test-launched an early prototype of the company’s Mars rocket, rattling the nerves of people living near the Texas site.

August 28th 2019, 2:22 pm

Andrew Yang proposes ‘giant space mirrors’ to combat climate change

Tech | New York Post

"Space mirrors would involve launching giant foldable mirrors into space that would deploy and reflect much of the sun’s light [away from the planet]," he said.

August 28th 2019, 11:35 am

Get access to this coding master class at a huge discount

Tech | New York Post

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that coding is one of the most invaluable skills you can have in 2019 – not to mention one of the most lucrative. And, guess what: you don’t even need to spend years in school or your life savings to learn. Even if you’ve never touched a...

August 28th 2019, 10:18 am

NASA chief argues Pluto should still be considered a planet

Tech | New York Post

Despite it being over a decade since this decision was made, the topic is still hotly disputed and there are those who think Pluto should be labeled as a planet once more.

August 27th 2019, 3:53 pm

Feds charge Ex-Google, Uber engineer with stealing trade secrets

Tech | New York Post

Anthony Levandowski, the star engineer who was accused by Google’s self-driving car unit of stealing trade secrets for Uber in 2016, has been arrested and charged by federal prosecutors. Levandowski was charged with 33 counts of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets — he allegedly downloaded 14,000 Waymo documents in December 2015 as he...

August 27th 2019, 3:53 pm

New gene-editing technique could ‘fix’ inherited diseases

Tech | New York Post

A new study published in Cell Research offers hope for making conditions like Huntington’s disease a thing of the past.

August 27th 2019, 1:06 pm

Alien planets could be better suited for life than Earth: study

Tech | New York Post

The study suggests that exoplanets that have "favorable ocean circulation patterns" could be better suited to support a wider range of life than Earth.

August 27th 2019, 11:36 am

Peter Thiel’s venture capital fund has sold all its Facebook shares

Tech | New York Post

Early Facebook backer, Founders Fund, has sold all of its holdings in the social media giant as part of a previously established trading plan by the venture capital firm’s partner, Peter Thiel, according to a regulatory filing from late Monday. The filing showed Thiel, a board member at Facebook, now owns just 63,550 Class A...

August 27th 2019, 11:36 am

Inside Facebook’s underground meat market

Tech | New York Post

Where’s the beef? Facebook, apparently. People have been using the social media site to “gamble” on high-end food items — including A5 Wagyu, stone crabs and in one case, a whole Spanish octopus. The online meat market was profiled in a recent article by Mel Magazine. It is made up of private, invite-only FB groups...

August 27th 2019, 12:09 am

Security expert warns sextortion scams are back

Tech | New York Post

Sextortion is seeing an uptick after a lull at the beginning of the year. After relative inactivity during the past several months, sextortion scams are back on the radar, according to Internet security firm Malwarebytes. The basic template of the blackmail scheme hasn’t changed. It goes something like this: Your account has been hacked and...

August 26th 2019, 5:51 pm

Scientists in Italy fertilize 7 northern white rhino eggs

Tech | New York Post

CREMONA, Italy — Silvia Colleoni’s hand holding a syringe was trembling as she injected liquid into a micro pipette to facilitate the aspiration of sperm that had been removed and later frozen from one of the last then-living male northern white rhinos on Earth. Her nervousness in the Avantea laboratory in northern Italy on Sunday...

August 26th 2019, 5:21 pm

Lab-grown coral ‘breakthrough’ could save America’s reefs

Tech | New York Post

Florida and its unique ecosystems have a lot more to offer than fence-jumping alligators and vomiting vultures — which is why marine scientists hope to rebuild the coral so vital to ocean health. Now, researchers at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa say they’ve taken a huge step forward — by spawning, for the first time...

August 26th 2019, 5:09 pm

Employees of Big Tech are speaking out like never before

Tech | New York Post

SAN FRANCISCO — When Liz O’Sullivan was hired at the New York City-based artificial intelligence company Clarifai in 2017, she felt lucky to find work at the intersection of two of her main interests: technology and ethics. Two years later, she found herself facing a moral dilemma. Clarifai was developing aerial photography and object detection...

August 26th 2019, 4:51 pm

Experts say it might not matter if telescope is in Hawaii or Spain

Tech | New York Post

HONOLULU — When starlight from billions of years ago zips across the universe and finally comes into focus on Earth, astronomers want their telescopes to be in the best locations possible to see what’s out there. Despite years of legal battles and months of protests by Native Hawaiian opponents, the international coalition that wants to...

August 26th 2019, 4:39 pm

FAA threatens a $25K fine for anyone weaponizing their drones

Tech | New York Post

There is a rite of passage, it seems, for a certain kind of person who acquires a drone. First, buy said drone. Have fun experiencing the novelty of playing with it. After that, see what you can get away with adding to it — which, for some people, unfortunately, means adding everything from weapons to...

August 26th 2019, 11:48 am

Brave New World: Uncle Sam is taxing robots as companies invest in advanced tech

Tech | New York Post

It’s a brave new world for the IRS: taxing robots. Uncle Sam is padding the Treasury with millions of dollars to assess bots at the same time that corporations invest more in advanced technology and labor-saving machinery, according to experts. New “robot” taxes are expected to multiply in the coming decades as millions of Americans...

August 25th 2019, 6:20 am
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