<![CDATA[NECN - Tech News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.necn.com/news/tech http://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gif NECN https://www.necn.comen-usMon, 18 Jun 2018 11:29:45 -0400Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:29:45 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Chicago Picks Elon Musk Company to Dig Express Tunnel to O'Hare]]> Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:31:08 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/oharetunnel.jpg

After two reports surfaced late Wednesday night, the city of Chicago confirmed that Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announced the selection of Elon Musk's Boring Company to build and operate an express service to O'Hare International Airport.

The company plans to transport passengers between O’Hare and Block 37 in the Loop in approximately 12 minutes each way by using electric vehicles that run through new twin underground tunnels, the city said. The project will be funded entirely by the company with no taxpayer subsidy, according to a press release from the city.

“Bringing Chicago’s economic engines closer together will keep the city on the cutting edge of progress, create thousands of good-paying jobs and strengthen our great city for future generations,” Emanuel said in an emailed statement. “This transformative project will help Chicago write the next chapter in our legacy of innovation and invention.”

The Boring Company said a map of the route would be posted later this summer on its website.

"Loop is a high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported on autonomous electric skates traveling at 125-150 miles per hour," Boring's website reads. "Electric skates will carry between 8 and 16 passengers, or a single passenger vehicle. "

Skates are built on a modified Tesla Model X chassis and feature a climate-controlled cabin, luggage storage space and Wi-Fi.

Fares for the express tunnel are not finalized but will be less than half the typical price of a taxi or ride-share services, but higher than the Blue line, Boring said.

The city said it will begin one-on-one contract negotiations with a final agreement will be presented to the City Council.

The news was first reported by Bloomberg and the Chicago Tribune.

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<![CDATA[Net Neutrality Repeal Takes Effect, But Fight Continues]]> Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:23:51 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/AP_18073783915779.jpg

As the repeal of Obama-era net neutrality regulations took effect Monday, advocates for an open internet continue to fight the changes, NBC News reported. They’ve introduced efforts to re-implement similar rules prohibiting internet service providers from throttling internet speeds at the state level and pass a resolution in Congress to undo the Federal Communications Commission’s decision.

The FCC voted on the repeal last December amid widespread controversy. Since then, at least 22 states have filed suit against the commission. But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai continues to defend the new system.

“Our framework will protect consumers and promote better, faster Internet access and more competition,” Pai wrote in an op-ed published on CNET on Sunday

Net neutrality advocates argue that without an explicit ban, internet providers will quietly and slowly replace a level playing field with a web that favors big companies.

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<![CDATA[Why One Judge's Decision Could Change the Fate of US Media]]> Sat, 09 Jun 2018 13:31:06 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-474782114.jpg

A senior judge at the U.S. District court for the District of Columbia, Richard Leon will decide on Tuesday whether to approve AT&T's $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, NBC News reported.

AT&T's argument for the merger is focused on the looming threat from tech companies that have used the internet to sidestep the traditional media distribution methods of movie studios and cable systems. Media companies are now trying to stockpile the most sought-after content and develop their own internet-based distribution in hopes of attracting enough subscribers to compete with globally established tech companies.

Jonathan Knee, a senior advisor at investment bank Evercore, said the growing power of tech companies has forced media companies to start teaming up out of fear that they'll be left behind.

If Leon sides with the Justice Department, which has challenged the deal by arguing it will be bad for consumers, media companies will have little choice but to take the decision as a signal that the government will block other major media mergers. Just as AT&T and Time Warner are trying to merge, both Disney and Comcast, owner of NBCUniversal, are pursuing 21st Century Fox. T-Mobile and Sprint are also looking to combine.

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<![CDATA[Facebook Bug Made Private Posts of 14 Million Users Public]]> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 17:13:03 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Facebook-dev-conf.jpg

A software bug changed the privacy settings of about 14 million Facebook users without their knowledge, causing messages intended for friends or smaller groups to be shared widely with the general public, the company said Thursday.

The company said the bug, which was active from May 18 to May 27, has been fixed. Facebook said it will begin to notify affected users Thursday by posting a notification at the top of their news feeds, CNBC reported.

"We recently found a bug that automatically suggested posting publicly when some people were creating their Facebook posts," chief privacy officer Erin Egan said in a statement. "We'd like to apologize for this mistake."

The issue resulted from Facebook's efforts to allow users to highlight items on their profiles, like photos. The featured items defaulted to public settings, which inadvertently made all posts by the user during the affected time period also default to public.

It's another misstep in Facebook's ongoing data privacy issues, spurred by revelations of a data leak that affecting as many as 87 million users.

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<![CDATA[Apple to Unveil iOS 12 at WWDC ]]> Mon, 04 Jun 2018 13:08:32 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NC_apple0601_1500x845.jpg
Apple will be showing off the company's latest updates today at the Worldwide Developers Conference. iOS 11 brought big changes to the iPhone, and controversy, when Apple admitted to slowing down older models to extend battery life. 
Now, the pressure is on for IOS 12. 
<![CDATA[Scottish Hospital Is Ready to Treat Cryptocurrency Addicts]]> Sun, 03 Jun 2018 05:39:08 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/bitcoin-GettyImages-919078630.jpg

A Scottish hospital is ready to begin treating people with cryptocurrency addictions, NBC News reported.

Castle Craig Hospital, a residential rehab center that treats alcohol, drug, behavioral and gambling addictions will now treating crypto-addiction within its gambling program, the center’s website says. The compulsive need to check the price of cryptocurrency or to make trades can turn into an all-consuming addiction, and has the potential to have a disastrous impact on peoples’ finances, while also affecting their lives, the center said in a news release.

Jeremy Gardner, managing partner at Ausum Ventures, who runs the Crypto Castle, a San Francisco residence serving as a hub for blockchain startups and crypto investors, told NBC he sees how a crypto-rehab program could benefit some. 

"The 24/7, ultra-volatile nature of cryptoasset markets compounded with the highly social nature of the crypteconomy provide a rush unlike few other financial markets, and certainly has the potential to be addicting," he said. "I've met too many people who have sacrificed their mental and physical well-being for this pursuit, and I can see how an attempt at taming their passion might be healthy."

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<![CDATA[Teen's Science Project Reveals Online Vulnerabilities]]> Thu, 31 May 2018 23:23:41 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Teen_s_Science_Project_Reveals_Online_Vulnerabilities.jpg

A Massachusetts student could teach us all a thing or two about cybersecurity.

<![CDATA[Misspelling Web Addresses Can Lead to Trouble, Experts Say]]> Thu, 31 May 2018 04:57:00 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/computerGettyImages-860264044.jpg

A simple typo in a web address can lead internet users to look-alike sites capable of installing malware, stealing sensitive personal and financial information or even locking up computers, NBC News reported.

"Typosquatting" occurs when malicious sites are registered under a similar URL to a popular website, which can result in internet users being led to the site rather than receiving an error message, like espn.cm or turbotax.cm. John Breyault, who runs the National Consumers League's Fraud.org, said the scam is "definitely getting worse." His website recently issued a fraud alert about it. 

"You may go to a site that looks totally legitimate, but when you enter your Social Security number, bank account number or passwords, you’re giving scammers access to those websites where they can transfer funds, set up lines of credit or access your email and start using it for phishing attacks," Breyault told NBC News.

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<![CDATA[This is How European Data Privacy Laws Help US Users]]> Tue, 29 May 2018 10:07:57 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2018-05-29+at+9.43.39+AM.png

Strict privacy guidelines designed for European customers is starting to show benefits for users in the United States as well. The General Data Protection Regulation adopted by the European Union was designed to let users take control of their own data, which covers user information release, restriction and deletion. 

<![CDATA[New Uber Feature Connects You to 911 in an Emergency]]> Tue, 29 May 2018 08:25:21 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/914593316-Uber-App.jpg

Uber unveiled a new security feature Tuesday that allows you to connect directly with a police dispatcher at the tap of a button.

The "call 911" feature in Uber's app also displays your location information, the make and model of the driver's vehicle, and its license plate number, NBC's "Today" show reported.

An Uber pilot program in six cities will go further. The ride-hailing company's "call 911" button will automatically send information about the car's location and driver directly to police.

Cities kicking off the pilot program are: Denver, Charleston, South Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; Naples, Florida; and Tri-Cities, Tennessee.

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<![CDATA[FBI Urges Internet Users to Reboot Home Routers]]> Tue, 29 May 2018 07:16:41 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/reboot_router_0528_2926440.JPG

The FBI on Monday went public with a warning, urging people to reboot the internet routers in their homes because Russian hackers have targeted hundreds of thousands of the devices.

The FBI said malware capable of shutting down web traffic and collecting private information can come through internet routers. But it may only take a minute to make sure a router is safe by unplugging the device and waiting at least 30 seconds before plugging it back in. That simple action will reboot the system and disrupt any malware being sent to the router, according to internet security experts.

Experts from Silicon Valley say nearly half a million routers are already under attack. Hackers are using the devices as a way to get into networks and see data. And instead of trying to get into businesses, the hackers are targeting private homes.

The source of the malware program, known as VPNFilter, was traced to the Sofacy Group, also known as A.P.T. 28, Fancy Bear and Pawn Storm, according to a report from Forbes.

It is reportedly the same group that hacked the Democratic National Committee ahead of the 2016 presidential election, the Forbes report said.

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<![CDATA[How to Update Privacy Settings Across Social Media]]> Sat, 26 May 2018 02:58:11 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/social-mediaGettyImages-957668860.jpg

With strict new European privacy regulation taking effect on Friday, several social media companies are reaching out to users with updated privacy policies, NBC News reported

Customers will have control of their data under the new regulations and companies will be held liable for misuse of data. 

Facebook's "Basic Privacy Setting & Tools" page tells users how to manage all of their privacy settings on the social networking site. On Twitter, users can delete location tags from their Tweets and decide whether to share their data with the company's business partners. 

Meanwhile Instagram has an explainer for users to learn how to set their accounts to private, and to opt out of being suggested to other users. And Google has a portal that gives users a look at how to control which data the company collects from them. 

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<![CDATA[Echo Device Recorded Family, Sent Audio to Random Contact]]> Thu, 24 May 2018 18:17:12 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/alexa-commands.jpg

An Echo device in the home of a Portland family recorded a conversation, which it then sent to a random person on their contact list, CNBC reported.

A report from Seattle TV network KIRO7 said the family was alerted by a colleague in Seattle who had received the audio file of their conversation.

After confirming the audio file was indeed a recording of their private conversation, the family unplugged all of their Alexa-powered devices, the report said.

In a statement to CNBC, Amazon blamed the incident on Alexa misinterpreting background conversation as a set of commands.

"As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely," the company's statement says.

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<![CDATA[Amazon Done Visiting the 20 Contenders for New HQ: Sources]]> Wed, 16 May 2018 13:47:17 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/AP_17290781101684-Amazon-Headquarters.jpg

Amazon is done visiting the 20 cities that are finalists in its search for a second headquarters, sources close to the process told NBC News Wednesday.

Amazon's "HQ2" will bring a $5 billion investment and as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs, the e-commerce giant has said.

While Seattle-based Amazon hasn't revealed many details about the decision-making process, it has said it's been looking to find "a city that is excited to work with us and where our customers, employees, and the community can all benefit."

Some cities in the top 20 have reported a surge in economic development inquiries from other companies since the list was released in January.

Photo Credit: Elaine Thompson/AP, File]]>
<![CDATA[Report: Bostonians Spend $150 a Month on Uber, Lyft]]> Tue, 15 May 2018 12:39:08 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Uber+Lyft+pic.jpg

Bostonians are spending a lot on ride-sharing services each month, according to a new report.

CNBC reports that Boston has the second highest average total costs for ride-sharing, spending $95 per month on Uber and $55 per month on Lyft.

Boston was behind only San Francisco, which spent an average of $110 per month on Uber and an average of $89 per month on Lyft.

The numbers were based on Uber and Lyft transactions from 50,000 users of the money app Empower, CNBC reported.

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<![CDATA[Musk Tells Tesla Employees of Major Upcoming Shakeup: Memo]]> Mon, 14 May 2018 12:49:43 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Elon-Musk-Tesla.jpg

Tesla CEO Elon Musk plans to "flatten" the company's structure, he told employees in a memo obtained by CNBC Monday.

"To ensure that Tesla is well prepared for the future, we have been undertaking a thorough reorganization of our company," Musk said.

The Wall Street Journal first reported about the memo. Tesla declined to comment to CNBC.

Tesla has recently been burning through billions in cash and Musk had warned that the company would be making some changes.

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<![CDATA[Tesla's Top Vehicle Engineer Is 'Taking Time Off' ]]> Sat, 12 May 2018 01:58:49 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/teslamodel3AP_18106125253598.jpg

Amid issues with the Model 3 sedan, Tesla’s senior vice-president of engineering is leaving the company for what the automaker has characterized as a leave of absence, #mce_temp_url#CNBC reported.

Doug Field is reportedly taking a step back from his duties to “recharge and spend time with his family,” according to a Tesla spokesperson, who also said Field has not left the company. Tesla declined to answer questions about Field’s expected return.

Field is responsible for the development of new vehicles at Tesla, including the Model 3 electric sedan. While the company’s future depends on efficient, high-volume production of the car, they have failed to hit their production goals for the vehicle. It has not yet released the $35,000 base model of the car.

In April, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that he would take over responsibilities for Model 3 production from Field. 

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<![CDATA[Boston Dynamics' Atlas Robot Goes for a Run in the Suburbs]]> Fri, 11 May 2018 16:50:38 -0400 https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/boston-dynamics.jpg

Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot has wowed us with a backflip and amused us with its iffy box-stacking abilities. In a video posted Thursday on the company's YouTube channel, the humanoid robot demonstrates its running ability, NBC News reported.

It's quite a feat for the robot's creators, but it might not reassure people who worry that smart, agile machines like Atlas are harbingers of a robot apocalypse.

"Wow, kinda scary," one commenter said of the video.

Photo Credit: Boston Dynamics via YouTube
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