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Robotic Police Dogs: Useful Hounds or Dehumanizing Machines?

Robotic Police Dogs: Useful Hounds or Dehumanizing Machines?

By Matt O'Brien | Jul 31, 2021

Privacy watchdogs — the human kind — warn that police are secretly rushing to buy the robots without setting safeguards against aggressive, invasive or dehumanizing uses.

Top of the Class: Why Vivint Smart Security Scores High Marks Among Consumers

Top of the Class: Why Vivint Smart Security Scores High Marks Among Consumers

SPONSORED CONTENT | Jul 30, 2021

For the LGBTQ community, safety and security have never been more critical, but not all smart security systems are created equal. Here's what you should be looking for to protect your home and property.

Russia Fines Google for Violating Data Storage Law

Russia Fines Google for Violating Data Storage Law

By Daria Litvinova | Jul 30, 2021

A Moscow court ordered Google to pay a fine for refusing to store the personal data of Russian users on servers in Russia — part of a longstanding government effort to clamp down on online activity.

Delivery Apps Expand Reach to Meet Customer Demands

Delivery Apps Expand Reach to Meet Customer Demands

By Dee-Ann Durbin | Jul 29, 2021

Spurred by skyrocketing consumer demand during the pandemic, restaurant delivery companies like DoorDash and Uber Eats are expanding their services.

Turn Off, Turn On: Simple Step Can Thwart Top Phone Hackers

Turn Off, Turn On: Simple Step Can Thwart Top Phone Hackers

By Alan Suderman | Jul 28, 2021

The NSA issued a "best practices" guide for mobile device security last year in which it recommends rebooting a phone every week as a way to stop hacking.

Has the Average Number of Tech Devices Increased per Household, and Why Might This Be?

Has the Average Number of Tech Devices Increased per Household, and Why Might This Be?

Jul 27, 2021

The average number of tech devices per household has steadily increased, jumping to an average of 25 devices per household, according to one source. But why has this increase occurred?

Patients and Providers Feel the Growing Pains of Pandemic-Driven Telemedicine

Patients and Providers Feel the Growing Pains of Pandemic-Driven Telemedicine

By Hannah Norman | Jul 26, 2021

Cost and demand are affecting both patients and providers as more people turn to telemedicine for their healthcare needs.

Priest Outed via Grindr App Highlights Rampant Data Tracking

Priest Outed via Grindr App Highlights Rampant Data Tracking

By Matt O'Brien and Frank Bajak | Jul 24, 2021

When a religious publication used smartphone app data to deduce the sexual orientation of a high-ranking Roman Catholic official, it exposed a problem that goes far beyond a debate over church doctrine and priestly celibacy.

Probe: Journalists, Activists Among Firm's Spyware Targets

Probe: Journalists, Activists Among Firm's Spyware Targets

By Frank Bajak | Jul 18, 2021

An investigation by a global media consortium provides further evidence that military-grade malware from Israel-based NSO Group is being used to spy on journalists and others.

How Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos will Soar into Space

How Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos will Soar into Space

By Marcia Dunn | Jul 18, 2021

No test pilots or flight engineers will be aboard for Jeff Bezos' Tuesday flight from West Texas; just Bezos, his brother, an 82-year-old aviation pioneer, and a teenage tourist.

They're Not Blown Away by NJ's Offshore wind Power Plans

They're Not Blown Away by NJ's Offshore wind Power Plans

By Wayne Parry | Jul 18, 2021

New Jersey is moving aggressively to become the leader in the fast-growing offshore wind energy industry on the East Coast, but not everyone is blown away by those ambitious plans.

Could Balloons Power Uncensored Internet in Cuba?

Could Balloons Power Uncensored Internet in Cuba?

By Tali Arbel | Jul 17, 2021

Florida's Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, called this week on the administration of President Joe Biden to greenlight a plan to transmit the internet to people in Cuba via high-altitude balloons.

Biden: Social Media Platforms 'Killing People' with Misinformation

Biden: Social Media Platforms 'Killing People' with Misinformation

Jul 17, 2021

President Joe Biden said Friday that social media companies are "killing people" by failing to police misinformation on their platforms about COVID-19 vaccines.

First Look: New Proposed Emojis Include Pregnant Man

First Look: New Proposed Emojis Include Pregnant Man

By Emell Adolphus | Jul 16, 2021

New proposed emojis include pregnant man, gender-neutral person with a crown and other LGBTQ inclusive emojis.

Apple's Weather App Will Never Tell You It's 69 Degrees

Apple's Weather App Will Never Tell You It's 69 Degrees

Jul 15, 2021

iPhone users will never know if they're experiencing 69-degree weather — if they're using the iOS weather app, that is.

Starlink Facing Possible Overheating Issues

Starlink Facing Possible Overheating Issues

Jul 8, 2021

Facing a multitude of issues keeping the systems from reaching their full potential, Starlink keeps finding new and exciting ways to break.

Popular Adult Streaming Site XTube to Shut Down this Year

Popular Adult Streaming Site XTube to Shut Down this Year

Jul 7, 2021

The popular adult streaming website XTube will soon be shutting down.

AP Source: Trump Plans Lawsuit Against Facebook, Twitter

AP Source: Trump Plans Lawsuit Against Facebook, Twitter

By Jill Colvin | Jul 7, 2021

Former President Donald Trump is planning to announce a lawsuit Wednesday against three of the country's biggest tech companies: Facebook, Twitter and Google.

Chinese Social Media Giant WeChat Shuts LGBTQ Accounts

Chinese Social Media Giant WeChat Shuts LGBTQ Accounts

By Fu Ting | Jul 7, 2021

China's most popular social media service has deleted accounts on LGBT topics run by university students and nongovernment groups, prompting concern the ruling Communist Party is tightening control over gay and lesbian content.

Scale, Details of massive Kaseya Ransomware Attack Emerge

Scale, Details of massive Kaseya Ransomware Attack Emerge

By Frank Bajak | Jul 5, 2021

Cybersecurity teams worked feverishly Sunday to stem the impact of the single biggest global ransomware attack on record, with some details emerging about how the Russia-linked gang responsible breached the company whose software was the conduit.

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