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Alexa, don’t store this recording: California bill targets smart home speakers

Alexa, don’t store this recording: California bill targets smart home speakers

June 25, 2019

A bill making its way through the California Legislature would prohibit makers of smart home speakers from saving or storing recordings without users’ explicit consent. The Anti-Eavesdropping Act, which cleared its first committee Wednesday, would also ban smart speaker device manufacturers from s...

‘Snitch-tagging’ destroys any subtlety that was left on Twitter

‘Snitch-tagging’ destroys any subtlety that was left on Twitter

April 2, 2019

First came Twitter. Then came Twitter fights. Then came Twitter passive aggression: Insults that don’t explicitly identify the person being criticized are so pervasive they have a name, the subtweet. Now that subtlety is being punctured by a rising Twitter behavior — snitch-tagging. A snitch-...

You can now download your Apple user data- here’s how

You can now download your Apple user data- here’s how

October 23, 2018

As other tech giants face increasing scrutiny over privacy, Apple is continuing to try to position itself as its champion. Apple this week launched a privacy portal for U.S. users. From there, they can now download the data the company has on them, something European users have been able to do sinc...

Facebook lured advertisers by inflating ad-watch times up to 900 percent: lawsuit

Facebook lured advertisers by inflating ad-watch times up to 900 percent: lawsuit

October 23, 2018

Not only did Facebook inflate ad-watching metrics by up to 900 percent, it knew for more than a year that its average-viewership estimates were wrong and kept quiet about it, a new legal filing claims. A group of small advertisers suing the Menlo Park social media titan alleged in the filing that Fa...

The mushroom dream of a ‘long-haired hippie’ could help save the world’s bees

The mushroom dream of a ‘long-haired hippie’ could help save the world’s bees

October 9, 2018

SEATTLE—The epiphany that mushrooms could help save the world’s ailing bee colonies struck Paul Stamets while he was in bed. “I love waking dreams,” he said. “It’s a time when you’re just coming back into consciousness.” Years ago, in 1984, Stamets had noticed a “continuous convoy of bees...

Apple to U.S. lawmakers: China did not hack us, as reported

Apple to U.S. lawmakers: China did not hack us, as reported

October 9, 2018

Apple is strongly denying to Congress an explosive report that its products have been compromised by the Chinese government. Apple’s top security officer told lawmakers the company has found no evidence of claims made in a report published last week. His response comes after the Department of Homeland Se...

City of Seattle fighting federal government’s new 5G rules

City of Seattle fighting federal government’s new 5G rules

October 2, 2018

SEATTLE — The city of Seattle will appeal rules set last week by the federal government that seek to set a countrywide standard for how much cities can charge telecom providers to set up 5G technology for ultrafast cellular connectivity. The rules from the Federal Communications Commission are an ...

A look into the Tribine

Regan Dorcey, Reporter

September 25, 2018

Husker Harvest Days is an event that is held in Wood River (near Grand Island) each year around the second week of September. There is a variety of companies and schools that have booths. One of those companies was a company based out of Newton, Kansas, called Tribine. Tribine is only three and a...

SIM swap, cryptocurrency busts highlight new frontier for Bay Area tech cops

SIM swap, cryptocurrency busts highlight new frontier for Bay Area tech cops

September 10, 2018

Standing near the LAX security check, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Sgt. Samy Tarazi waited for the suspected bitcoin thief to emerge. He had been tracking the 20-year-old Boston college student for months and now Tarazi and his team were about to make one of the first arrests of its kind in the c...

Thoughts on Mavic 2 Pro

Thoughts on Mavic 2 Pro

Austin Graves

September 6, 2018

The recent release of the new Mavic 2 Pro drone has everybody talking and giving their thoughts on the aircraft. As I researched and read articles I made the opinion that it was one of the best consumer drones that has been released on the market. I also was still a little skeptical because I was...

Google confession: Yes, we track your location, even when you turn off Location History

Google confession: Yes, we track your location, even when you turn off Location History

August 23, 2018

Google clarified that it does in fact collect users’ location data, even if the user’s Location History setting is turned off. The admission comes days after a report uncovered the Silicon Valley giant stored the data from smartphones regardless of setting. Google revised a help page about its...

As internet ‘spoofing’ gets better, you may surf into a sea of sharks

As internet ‘spoofing’ gets better, you may surf into a sea of sharks

August 23, 2018

LAS VEGAS — It’s easier than ever to get waylaid on the internet, diverted to dangerous territory where scam artists await with traps baited for the unsuspecting user. It’s all about devious misdirection, fumble-fingered typing and how our brains can confuse what our eyes see. Big money can await th...

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