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Google Ends AI Program With Pentagon After Employees Resign In Protest

  by Kyle Perisic Google was set to help develop an artificial intelligence program to help military drone strikes reduce the number of civilian casualties — that is, until 12 employees resigned from the company in protest and another 3,000 signed an open letter blasting the program as evil. Google had an employee meeting to discuss whether AI should be used ...

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Survey: Americans Believe Tech Makes Their Lives Better But Society Worse

The vast majority of Americans believe that smartphones and internet technology have improved their lives, yet consumers are extremely concerned about tech’s impact on society as a whole – especially in relation to data security, the growing gap between rich and poor, and job opportunities. Americans do not believe that policymakers are keeping up with the pace of technological change ...

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Nearly 40% of U.S. Broadband Households Own a Streaming Media Player

New research today shows that ownership of streaming media players has risen from about six percent of U.S. broadband households in 2010 to almost 40% at the beginning of 2018. Parks Associates’ consumer data indicates that Amazon’s share of streaming media players owned in U.S. broadband households has increased by 4% since last year, taking some of Google’s share of the ...

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Amazon Cloud Is Being Used To Harvest Cryptocurrency By Hackers

  by Kyle Perisic Hackers are using malware hosted on Amazon’s cloud service to harvest cryptocurrency, according to a security software company. The malware campaign, called “Xbooster,” has infected Windows operating systems and has harvested about $100,000 worth of the cryptocurrency Monero, according to Krishna Narayanaswamy, founder and chief scientist of Netskope — a U.S. company that helps companies use secure software-as-a-service (SaaS), ...

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Apple Says It Will Start Telling Public When Government Wants To Shut Down Apps

Apple logo

  by Eric Lieberman Apple revealed Friday that it will start publishing reports on government requests to shut down apps on its software platform. The new policy, announced in its bi-annual transparency report, is potentially in response to intensified criticism Apple receives for sometimes capitulating to foreign officials’ commands. China, for example, has been trying to clamp down on certain technological capabilities that empower people with digital freedoms, ...

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Watch: That Time It Rained for Two Million Years

It rained for 2 million years

At the beginning of the Triassic Period, with the continents locked together from pole-to-pole in the supercontinent of Pangea, the world is hot, flat, and very, very dry. But then 234 million years ago, the climate suddenly changed for the wetter.

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Turns Out Amazon Alexa Really Is Listening To Your Private Conversations

Amazon Alexa

  by Kyle Perisic Since the rise of Amazon’s Alexa, tech junkies have speculated the device is secretly listening to private conversations. So-called tech experts often laughed at those claims, but it turns out the artificial intelligence device really does listen to people’s personal exchanges. A Portland, Ore., family discovered their Amazon Alexa recorded a private conversation and sent it to a Seattle ...

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Ultimate Drop Test Proves Which Smartphones are Toughest and Which Aren’t

Broken smartphone drop test Tom's Guide

Who makes the toughest smartphone? Tom’s Guide dropped 12 of the leading handsets as part of its first annual Drop Everything special report, and the Motorola Moto Z2 Force emerged as the world’s toughest phone. Thanks to its shatterproof display, it survived multiple drops on wood and concrete from 4 and 6 feet — as well as a plunge into a ...

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Google To Announce New Initiative Assisting Homeschoolers With Educational Services

  by Eric Lieberman Google is set to announce a new initiative Thursday in which its slate of services and products — known as G Suite, specifically G Suite Education — will be available for homeschools and their leaders for the first time ever. The software tools are valuable for fostering collaboration, productivity, and creativity in a system of education that is ...

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3 out of 5 Americans distrust social media

A new survey found that 3 out of 5 Americans distrust social media when it comes to protecting their privacy online. Despite increased use of social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat and use of smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home, most Americans have little or no trust that these platforms, or current laws, will protect them, according to the ...

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U.S. Consumers Will Buy More Than 485 Million Connected Devices in 2021

A new report released at CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference says that U.S. consumers will purchase more than 485 million connected consumer devices in 2021, including smart home, connected health, mobile, and connected entertainment products. By 2022, sales will exceed 520 million units. The event takes place this week in San Francisco, starting today with the opening keynote address “The Impact of Artificial ...

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Microsoft Introduced the new Suface Hub 2 – Despite the stupid name, I want one .. or four

Microsoft announced its newest gadget last week and for the first time in … forever .. they’ve actually produced something original – the Surface Hub 2. The first Surface Hub was little more than a giant touchscreen monitor with a built-in computer. It did what it was supposed to, but it wasn’t portable, and certainly didn’t change the game. The Surface ...

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27% of U.S. Broadband Households Own at Least One Smart Speaker

A new report “Global Connected Living Outlook: Expanding IoT Momentum” reports 27% of U.S. broadband households reported owning at least one smart speaker. The research firm will host CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conferenceon May 22-24 in San Francisco to examine the impact of voice and AI innovations on consumer experiences in the smart home. “Smart speakers with personal assistants represent the early stages of innovations that ...

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New Facebook data breach shows why you should never reveal personal information on social media

Facebook, still reeling from the Cambridge Analytica personal data scandal, is facing scrutiny again as the intimate details of 3 million of its users were exposed in a data breach. The data came from a popular Facebook hosted personality app which stored answers to very personal questions in a database that was accessible to anyone on the internet. ‘This type ...

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NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars

NASA is sending something to Mars that no one before has, a helicopter. The Mars Helicopter will be included in the Mars 2020 Rover mission which was announced on May 11.   Once landed, the autonomous flying rover will undergo a 30-day test cycle to understand the viability of flying a heavier-than-air craft across the Martian terrain. “NASA has a ...

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