Category: Technology

Google Maps already tracks you; now other people can, too

BY MICHAEL LIEDTKE SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google Maps users will soon be able to broadcast their movements to friends and family – the latest test of how much privacy people are willing to sacrifice in an era of rampant sharing. The location-monitoring feature will begin rolling out Wednesday in an update to the Google Maps mobile app, which is already installed on most of the world’s smartphones. It will also be available on personal computers. Google believes the new tool will be a more convenient way for people to let someone know where they are without having to...

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Intel drops $14 Billion on Mobileye in race for a driverless future

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Intel will buy Israel’s Mobileye in a deal valued at just over $14 billion, the latest push by a major tech company to advance autonomous vehicles that could change the way traffic moves globally. Mobileye develops technology that essentially gives computers a sense of their physical surroundings and it has also been busying creating ties to get that technology onto the road. Last year, it teamed up with Delphi Automotive to develop the building blocks for a fully autonomous car. Also in 2016, ride-hailing company Uber Technologies and Volvo signed a $300 million deal...

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California to give the green light to truly driverless cars

BY JUSTIN PRITCHARD LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cars with no steering wheel and nobody at all inside could be driving themselves on California roads by the end of the year. In a powerful boost to the industry from the nation’s most populous state, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles is proposing rules that would open the way for truly driverless cars. For the past two years, tech companies and automakers have been testing self-driving cars on California’s roads. But regulators insisted that those vehicles have steering wheels, pedals and human backup drivers who could take over in an emergency. Now...

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Child porn case dropped as US refuses to show software code

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors have dropped child pornography charges against a Washington teacher after the U.S. Justice Department refused to disclose information about a software weakness it exploited during an investigation last year. Charges against Vancouver, Washington, teacher Jay Michaud in U.S. District Court in Seattle were dismissed Monday. In 2015, Michaud was arrested and accused of downloading child pornography. During the child porn investigation, the FBI allowed a secret child porn website on the largely anonymous Tor network to run for two weeks while it tried to identify users by hacking into their computers. The child porn...

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WikiLeaks reveals CIA trove alleging wide-scale hacking

BY JACK GILLUM AND RAPHAEL SATTER – ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — WikiLeaks published thousands of documents Tuesday described as secret files about CIA hacking tools the government employs to break into users’ computers, mobile phones and even smart TVs from companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung. The documents describe clandestine methods for bypassing or defeating encryption, antivirus tools and other protective security features intended to keep the private information of citizens and corporations safe from prying eyes. U.S. government employees, including President Donald Trump, use many of the same products and internet services purportedly compromised by the...

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Fitbit tracks your steps; now it wants to chart your Zs, too

BY ANICK JESDANUN – AP TECHNOLOGY WRITER NEW YORK (AP) — Fitbit, whose devices encourage people to walk 10,000 steps each day, now wants to put them to sleep as well. The company said data collected by the millions of Fitbit trackers in use show that people are averaging less than seven hours of sleep a night, the amount recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the Zs people do get aren’t necessarily the right kind of sleep. So Fitbit will offer deeper sleep tracking on some of its devices. Fitbits already track how much sleep...

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Snapchat parent rockets higher in Wall Street debut

NEW YORK (AP) — The company behind Snapchat closed on a high note in its Wall Street debut, proof, at least for a day, that there’s investor demand for young but still unproven tech companies. Shares of Snap Inc. jumped $7.58, or 44 percent, to close at $24.48 on Thursday. The company had priced its initial public offering of 200 million shares at $17 each on Wednesday. That was above the expected range of $14 to $16. Snap’s IPO was one of the most anticipated for a technology company since Twitter’s in 2013. That, in turn, had created the...

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Yahoo punishes CEO in latest fallout from security breakdown

BY MICHAEL LIEDTKE – AP TECHNOLOGY WRITER SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo is punishing CEO Marissa Mayer and parting ways with its top lawyer for the mishandling of two security breaches that exposed the personal information of more than 1 billion users and already have cost the company $350 million. Mayer won’t be paid her annual bonus nor receive a potentially lucrative stock award because a Yahoo investigation concluded her management team reacted too slowly to one breach discovered in 2014. Yahoo’s general counsel, Ronald Bell, resigned without severance pay for his department’s lackadaisical response to the security lapses....

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Samsung delays its new phone, and showcases tablets instead

BY ANICK JESDANUN – AP TECHNOLOGY WRITER NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung’s product showcase Sunday is notable for what’s missing: a new flagship phone. Instead, Samsung is spotlighting new Android and Windows tablets after delaying the Galaxy S8 smartphone – an indirect casualty of the unprecedented September recall of the fire-prone Note 7 phone . The new tablets will carry the Galaxy brand and come with many of the Note 7’s features, including the S Pen stylus and screens with rich colors. Consumers will have to wait at least a few weeks longer for details on Samsung’s next major...

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Sharp vision: New glasses help the legally blind see

BY MICHAEL LIEDTKE – AP TECHNOLOGY WRITER SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jeff Regan was born with underdeveloped optic nerves and had spent most of his life in a blur. Then four years ago, he donned an unwieldy headset made by a Toronto company called eSight. Suddenly, Regan could read a newspaper while eating breakfast and make out the faces of his co-workers from across the room. He’s been able to attend plays and watch what’s happening on stage, without having to guess why people around him were laughing. "These glasses have made my life so much better," said Regan,...

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New Apple headquarters to have theater named for Steve Jobs

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple has announced that its new headquarters will open for employees in the spring and will include a theater named for its late co-founder, Steve Jobs. Apple says in a news release on its website that the process of moving its 12,000 employees from its old digs in Cupertino, California, to the new Apple Park nearby will begin in April and will take more than six months to complete. The 175-acre campus includes a 2.8 million-square-foot main building in the shape of a giant ring. Apple says the building will run entirely on renewable energy....

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Yahoo salvages Verizon deal with $350 million discount

NEW YORK (AP) — Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts. The revised agreement announced Tuesday eases investor worries that Verizon Communications Inc. would demand a discount of at least $1 billion or cancel the deal entirely. The hacking bombshells, disclosed after the two companies agreed on a sale, represent the two biggest security breaches in internet history. Under the amended deal, Yahoo will be responsible for 50 percent of any...

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