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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


Filed under National, Technology

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


Filed under Technology

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


Filed under Technology, Top Stories

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


Filed under Technology

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...

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ to kick off summer season with a bang

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ to kick off summer season with a bang

May 9, 2018


Filed under Activities, Movies, National, Opinion, Technology, Television

The summer movie season will kick off early this weekend with “Avengers: Infinity War,” the third installment in Disney and Marvel Studios’ sprawling “Avengers” saga that may push the Marvel cinematic universe to new heights. The superhero release is expected to easily conquer the weekend...

Pablo Escobar is old school; modern global criminal is a hacker

Pablo Escobar is old school; modern global criminal is a hacker

February 22, 2018


Filed under Business, Technology

WASHINGTON _ The amount criminals earn off ID theft, hacking and other forms of cybercrime worldwide is approaching the levels of global drug trafficking, and rising rapidly, experts say. Hackers display "shocking inventiveness" in leveraging technology for extortion as they cause losses of up to $600...

How Trump’s tariffs could help — or hammer — one beleaguered segment of the U.S. solar industry

February 1, 2018


Filed under Business, Technology

WASHINGTON — Much of the U.S. solar industry is slamming President Trump’s decision to slap a 30 percent tariff on solar equipment made outside of the United States. But Trump’s confrontational approach has provided a glimmer of hope for U.S.-based companies that make polysilicon, a key component...

Aliens on the Vegas Strip? New York-New York adds virtual reality to the Big Apple coaster

February 1, 2018


Filed under Technology, Travel

The New York-New York Hotel & Casino will add a virtual reality experience to the Big Apple roller coaster, taking riders on an aerial adventure through the Nevada desert and over the Las Vegas Strip. The new up-charge virtual reality experience, set to open Feb. 7, combines make-believe computer-animated...

‘Pokemon Go’ creators are making a ‘Harry Potter’ AR game

November 14, 2017


Filed under Technology

By Tracy Brown Los Angeles Times (TNS) Accio smartphone! “Harry Potter” fans will soon get a chance to explore the Wizarding World in real life with a new mobile game from “Pokemon Go” creators Niantic. Niantic announced that it will team up with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and W...

Amazon’s high-end Kindle gets a recharge as e-reader marks 10th year

Amazon’s high-end Kindle gets a recharge as e-reader marks 10th year

October 17, 2017


Filed under Technology

By Matt Day The Seattle Times (TNS) SEATTLE — For its 10th birthday, Amazon’s Kindle is getting a new suit. A refreshed version of the high-end Kindle Oasis, unveiled on Wednesday, sports an aluminum back and larger screen and is the first waterproof device Amazon has rolled out in the decade since l...

Amazon unveils newer, smaller Echo — with newer, smaller price

Amazon unveils newer, smaller Echo — with newer, smaller price

September 28, 2017


Filed under Technology

By Matt Day The Seattle Times (TNS) SEATTLE — Amazon wants Alexa to be everywhere. The company unleashed a barrage of new hardware on Wednesday, including refreshed Echo speakers, an upgraded Fire-branded streaming device and a new alarm-clock-like Echo Spot. The new devices represent the Seatt...

Early-morning tweet and ‘farmer talk’ leads to Microsoft-Mojang deal

Early-morning tweet and ‘farmer talk’ leads to Microsoft-Mojang deal

May 16, 2017


Filed under Business, Technology

SEATTLE — Microsoft’s acquisition of “Minecraft” began with a tweet and a text. Markus “Notch” Persson, the man behind the smash hit world-building game, posted a tweet out of frustration with the fame of running a company with obsessive fans. “Anyone want to buy my share of Mojang so I...

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