<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Tech News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcboston.com/news/tech http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC10 Boston https://www.nbcboston.comen-usSun, 22 Jul 2018 03:13:17 -0400Sun, 22 Jul 2018 03:13:17 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Girl Scouts Join Tech World to Close Pay Gap]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:53:18 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Girl_Scouts_Join_Tech_World_to_Close_Pay_Gap.jpg

Girl Scouts are doing more than just selling cookies these days, they are getting into the tech world in an effort to close the gender pay gap. Amazon just had a record-selling day as it sold more than 100 million products on Prime Day. Shoppers geared more toward smart home products, Amazon said. An unlikely duo is the one we never knew we needed – Rolls-Royce and Harvard University are working together to create micro bugs that will help drivers diagnose their vehicle’s problem.

<![CDATA[FB CEO Uses Holocaust Example to Defend Takedown Policies]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 23:22:39 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/zuck-blue.jpg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a podcast interview released Wednesday that his social network does not remove posts that deny the Holocaust because the company wants to allow its users to make unintentional mistakes, NBC News reported.

Zuckerberg volunteered the example of Holocaust deniers unprompted in the middle of a discussion on the Recode Decode podcast about Facebook’s role in the spread of hoaxes and false news stories.

“I’m Jewish, and there’s a set of people who deny that the Holocaust happened,” he said. “I find that deeply offensive. But at the end of the day, I don’t believe that our platform should take that down because I think there are things that different people get wrong.”

“I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong,” he continued, before the interviewer, Kara Swisher, interrupted him.

“In the case of the Holocaust deniers, they might be, but go ahead,” Swisher said.

Zuckerberg backtracked later on Wednesday, saying in an email to Swisher that he did not mean to defend the intent of Holocaust deniers, according to a copy of the email posted by Swisher.

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<![CDATA[This Small Forensics Company Is Suddenly Cracking Cold Cases]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:33:33 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/April+Tinsley.png

A small DNA technology company called Parabon NanoLabs has helped solve five cold cases since early May with a new approach to genetic analysis that could spur a massive clearance of unsolved crimes, NBC News reported.

The Virginia company makes use of high-tech DNA analysis, traditional genealogy and online ancestry databases. It's found matches about 60 percent of the time, thanks to suspects or their relatives submitting genetic profiles to public databases.

"I predict we will see dozens or hundreds of cold cases resolved over the next couple of years," researcher CeCe Moore said.

One recent case Parabon NanoLabs helped to bring charges in is that of April Tinsley, an 8-year-old killed in April 1988. Her killer eluded police and the FBI even though they had his DNA — until Moore narrowed the list of potential suspects to two brothers.

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<![CDATA[Here Are the Emojis That Get Used Most and Least ]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:43:31 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/071717emojis.jpg

If you find yourself frequently sending the heart or face with tears of joy emojis, you're in good company. Those are among the most commonly sent emojis on Facebook and Twitter.

The social media networks revealed Tuesday the emojis that are most often shared in posts and messages most often Tuesday, which is World Emoji Day. It falls on July 17 because that date appears on the calendar emoji for iPhone and Android users, according to Fortune

Facebook users post the heart emoji twice as much as they did last year, the network said in an email to NBC. More than 2,800 emojis are used on Facebook and its Messenger app each day.

The heart-eyed face, blushing face, kissing face and birthday cake are among the most popular emojis used on Facebook. The loudly crying face emoji is the lone emoji that appeared on Twitter’s top-five list that wasn’t on Facebook’s.

Emojitracker, which attempts to track the use of all emoji on Twitter, finds that the aerial tramway emoji is the least used on the platform.

The mouse face, juggling and blocked number one emojis are among the least popular on Facebook.

Two variations of a smiley face emoji were among the top searched emojis worldwide last year, according to Google Trends. 

Apple celebrated World Emoji Day by announcing its plans to roll out more than 70 new emojis in a software update that’s scheduled to be released later this year. The new emojis feature people with red hair, gray hair and curly hair and people who are bald, according to a news release.

Emojis originated in Japan, according to NBC News, and the Unicode Consortium ensures that the emojis can be recognized on any device worldwide. The group also controls what emojis are created.

When an emoji becomes part of an update, designers at platforms like Apple and Google determine how it will appear on their devices.

The consortium accepts emoji proposals, though the process can be long.

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<![CDATA[Amazon Prime Day Shoppers Power Through the Glitches]]> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:33:15 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Amazon_Prime_Day_Shoppers_Power_Through_the_Glitches.jpg

Amazon Prime Day continues today despite many users reporting glitches during their shopping experience. The e-commerce giant has added 150 million new subscribers to Prime in the last three years alone. Those who prefer in-store shopping may or may not know about Target’s exclusive app, Studio Connect. The invite-only application offers elite users early access to products, gift cards and exclusive discounts. Emojis have taken part in daily conversations so it’s only natural to increase the language. Apple announced that new emojis will be released before the end of the year.

<![CDATA[Apple, Google Cashed in on Conspiracy App]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:12:00 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/QDrops.jpg

An app that sent alerts about a child sex ring conspiracy theory called QAnon stayed in Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store for months, raising revenue for the conspirators and the tech giants, NBC News reported.

The fringe QAnon conspiracy purports that a secret police task force put assembled by President Donald Trump has arrested world politicians in a murderous child sex ring and forced them to wear ankle bracelets. It's an offshoot of the "pizzagate" fiction and has led to real-world actions, like a follower who blocked an entrance to the Hoover Dam last month.

The 99-cent QDrops app was launched in April and sends alerts when new details about the supposed investigation are posted on the anonymous social media site 4Chan.

QDrops peaked at No. 10 among all paid Apple apps, though Apple removed it from its app store Sunday after it was contacted by NBC News. The app remains live on the Google Play Store; Google has yet to respond to a request for comment.

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<![CDATA[Thai Cave Rescue Diver Mulls Legal Action Against Elon Musk]]> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 07:51:48 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/elonmuskchinatrade_1200x675.jpg

A British diver involved in the Thai cave rescue mission that saved 12 boys and their soccer coach is reportedly considering legal action against Tesla head Elon Musk for having called him a "pedo guy."

Spelunker Vernon Unsworth got on Musk's bad side after he dismissed a submarine made by Musk's team from a SpaceX rocket part as a "PR stunt," CNBC reported.

The submarine wasn't used in the resuce and Unsworth told CNN the idea "had no chance of working."

“He can stick his submarine where it hurts,” Unsworth said.

In response, Musk alleged in a now-deleted series of tweets that Unsworth was a "pedo guy."

When Unsworth was asked by The Guardian whether he would consider pursuing legal action against Musk over the baseless claim that appeared to label him a pedophile, Unsworth said, "Yes, it's not finished."

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<![CDATA[FCC May Start Charging $225 to Look Into Consumer Complaints]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 15:17:34 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/892330012-FCC-Ajit-Pai.jpg

Consumers who ask the Federal Communications Commission to investigate complaints against broadband providers would be charged $225 — possibly more than the amount in dispute — under a proposal the FCC is voting on Thursday, NBC News reported.

The proposal is expected to pass the Republican-controlled commission, though the lone Democrat called it "bonkers" while two congressional Democrats said it runs counter to the FCC's mission of working for consumers.

Thousands of consumer complaints on things like billing and poor internet service are submitted to the FCC each year. The commission typically passes complaints along, but if the new process passes, it will only follow up on disputes if the person making the complaint goes through a formal process that comes with a $225 filing fee.

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<![CDATA[Fortnite Season 5 Arrives: What You Should Know]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:14:59 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-954188922.jpg

After weeks of hype and bringing items from the online game into the real world, Season 5 of Fortnite has arrived.

For those who haven’t yet joined the craze, Fortnite is a game available on consoles, PC and mobile where 100 players drop from a flying school bus, collect guns and resources to fight and build structures (hence the "fort") and fight to be the last player standing.

Thousands of Fortnite gameplays can be found on YouTube or the popular livestreaming website Twitch.tv, which is owned by Amazon.

This time, the popular multi-player "battle royale" game has upgraded its map, added new cosmetic skins and items in the new update.

In Season 4, players watched a rocket launch into the sky while they were battling to eliminate 99 other players in the game. That rocket exploded and appeared to have caused a worm hole, bringing items from other eras like a viking ship, an ATV and even a Moai statue.

Players can still enjoy the game for free and they're able to purchase V-Bucks to get access to Season 5 Battle Pass. The pass cost 950 V-Bucks which is around $10.

Some gamers might opt to spending more to earn a higher tier because a Battle Pass will start you off at level 1. Players will gain more access to over 100 new items as they level up and complete challenges.

If you're wondering why your children can't seem to stop playing this game, challenges are different every season and every week. They vary from simple things like killing five opponents with a pistol to opening loot chests at different locations in the map. (Here are some tips for beginners.

The game gives different rewards for each challenge completed. This season, players can even unlock an exclusive outfit by completing special challenges.

One of the biggest changes in Season 5 is the addition of "toys." Players can conjure up a golf ball and a beach ball to actually play at the new "points of interest" in the arena.

Fortnite has gotten rid of older points of interest, where players would land and collect firearms and other items that will help them win the game, to keep the game fresh for veteran players.

The game made $233 million in March, CNBC reported, and its popularity doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon.

Fortnite has millions of players. Many are children younger than 16, and they can be seen as easy targets for hackers and scammers. Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite, has been warning players to be aware of scams around free or discounted V-Bucks. 

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<![CDATA[Just How Popular is Music and Video Streaming in the U.S.?]]> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 08:58:30 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Just_How_Popular_is_Music_and_Video_Streaming_in_the_US.jpg

Streaming movies and music online in the U.S. is growing in impressive numbers. In the first half of 2018 alone, there were at least 403 billion streams in the U.S., nearly reaching the overall number for the year of 2016. It’s cliché to say, “There’s an app for that,” but it seems true. Thanks to the Nurux app, you can have your contraceptives delivered to your door. And sports fans are about to welcome a new kind of audience to ESPN – video game fanatics. The Overwatch playoffs are playing on air on ESPN.

<![CDATA[Twitter Announces Purge of Locked Accounts]]> Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:35:15 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/936806438-Twitter-logo.jpg

Twitter users, don't despair if you see a sudden drop in followers soon.

NBC News reports that the social media company is set to begin a purge this week of tens of millions of accounts flagged as suspicious and locked.

Most people are set to lose less than five followers, but large accounts may experience a "more significant drop," according to a blog post from Vijaya Gadde, Twitter's head counsel.

It's the latest step from Twitter in its attempt to clean up the platform — last week it disclosed that it can identify about 10 million potential spam accounts per week to shut them down.

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<![CDATA[Overwatch Makers Raise Over $12 Million for Charity]]> Tue, 10 Jul 2018 08:12:59 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Overwatch_Makers_Raise_Over_12_Million_for_Charity.jpg

While video games may give parents a lot of grief, one video game company used their popularity for good. The makers behind 'Overwatch' raised more than $12.5 million by selling in-game accessories and real life T-shirts for breast cancer research. Shopping may just becoming even easier if the rumors of a Snapchat and Amazon fuse come true. Snapchat users will supposedly be able to take a photograph of an item they are interested in and connect that to Amazon to purchase said item. However, this rumor has not been confirmed. Drug users are reportedly using smart watches to monitor their heart beat. Doctors say this trend does not make drug usage any safer.

<![CDATA[SpaceX Tests 'Kid-Sized Submarine' to Help in Thai Cave Rescue]]> Mon, 09 Jul 2018 14:00:42 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/218*120/7-9-2018-mini-sub-thailand-cave-rescue-musk-spacex.jpg

A mini-submarine designed to help rescuers bring members of a soccer team and their coach out of a flooded Thailand cave was tested over the weekend in a Southern California high school pool.

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted video of the tests at Palisades Charter High School.

The small escape pod was built and designed in about a day, then placed on a plane bound for Thailand, according to Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX. It was not immediately clear whether the sub will be deployed in the rescue.

On Monday, dive teams had already brought out eight of the 13 people trapped in the flooded cave.

Last week, Musk said he is sending engineers from two of his companies to Thailand to help with the complex rescue operation. Musk's Boring Co. digs tunnels for high-tech transport system, but also can provide ground-penetrating radar.

The miniature submarine can be maneuvered through confined spaces, like the narrow cave passage, and uses a component from Spacex's Falcon 9 rocket. 

A SpaceX spokesperson told NBC News that the project team is in touch with Thai government officials. 

"Got more great feedback from Thailand. Primary path is basically a tiny, kid-size submarine using the liquid oxygen transfer tube of Falcon rocket as hull," Musk tweeted Saturday. "Light enough to be carried by 2 divers, small enough to get through narrow gaps. Extremely robust."

With some modifications, the design also could be used for an escape pod in space, Musk added.

Four boys were rescued from the cave Monday, bringing the total number of rescues to eight. It was not immediately clear whether the remaining five people, including the team's coach, will be extracted in one or more operations.

Photo Credit: SpaceX
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<![CDATA[FB Flags Declaration of Independence Passage as Hate Speech]]> Thu, 05 Jul 2018 23:43:07 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/071518decofindependencestock.jpg

In anticipation of Fourth of July, a Texas-based publisher posted various passages from the Declaration of Independence on its Facebook page in an attempt to make it “a little easier to digest,” according to NBC News.

But Facebook’s algorithm detected the phrase “merciless Indian savages” and flagged the passage that features those words as hate speech. The passage was flagged at a time when Facebook is using a combination of humans and artificial intelligence to prevent hate speech from spreading across the social media network.

Facebook eventually apologized, and the publisher’s post was restored.

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<![CDATA[European Lawmakers Reject Online Copyright Law]]> Thu, 05 Jul 2018 13:18:42 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-758281457.jpg

Lawmakers in the European Parliament on Thursday rejected a new copyright proposal that digital rights campaigners said would have changed the free and open nature of the internet, NBC News reported.

Article 13 of the E.U. copyright directive would have held platforms like Google and Facebook responsible for enforcing copyright laws, requiring them to use content recognition technologies to filter out images, audio, code or footage that infringe on copyrights. For example, media that often fall on the margins of copyright law are memes, which invariably re-purpose images or clips to create running jokes online, and often fall on the margins of copyright law.

Jim Killock, the executive director of the London-based digital rights organization Open-Rights Group, said in a statement after the vote: "Round one of the Robo-Copyright wars is over. The E.U. Parliament has recognized that machine censorship of copyright material is not an easy and simple fix."

The legislation had support from musicians' groups hoping the legislation would give protection to and improve the rights of intellectual property holders of audio and video. Former Beatle Paul McCartney urged Parliament ahead of Thursday's vote to support the proposal, saying the legislation would "address the value gap and help assure a sustainable future for the music ecosystem and its creators."

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<![CDATA[World Cup Fans Are More on the Go Now]]> Thu, 05 Jul 2018 07:12:33 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/World_Cup_Fans_Are_More_on_the_Go_Now.jpg

The World Cup is one of the most popular sporting events in existence and this year, more viewers are watching the tournament on the go. NBC’s sister station Telemundo reports that a total of 105 million viewers watching the first 48 games did so online. In the music world, Spotify subscribers are irked at the app’s heavy promotion of Drake’s newest album. So much so that some fans have asked for a refund. And an 897-square-feet home in Silicon Valley is on the market for a mere $2.59 million. The tiny house is just a 15 minute drive from Google’s headquarters.World Cup Fans Are More on the Go Now

<![CDATA[Samsung Investigating Reports of Phones Quietly Sending Pics]]> Wed, 04 Jul 2018 10:16:26 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP_18052695428929.jpg

Samsung says it is investigating reports that some of its smartphones messaged users' photos without their knowledge.

Several people posted online that photos stored on their smartphone were sent at random to numbers saved in their contacts, Gizmodo reported Monday.

One Reddit user said their Galaxy S9, a newer Samsung model, somehow sent the phone's entire photo gallery to their girlfriend in the middle of the night. But there was no record of it in the messaging app itself — the Redditor said they confirmed the mishap through logs from T-Mobile.

It’s unclear what caused the issue or how many people it may have affected. 

"Samsung has reviewed this matter thoroughly these past few days; however, there were no hardware or software issues found to be relevant to this particular case," a spokesperson told CNBC in an email. "While there have been no known similar customer reports globally, we will continue to investigate this issue further.

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<![CDATA[Breakdown of Most Downloaded Apps in Honor of Anniversary]]> Tue, 03 Jul 2018 07:33:21 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Breakdown_of_Most_Downloaded_Apps_in_Honor_of_Anniversary.jpg

Rideshare company Lyft just bought Motivate, the company behind Boston's blue bikes. Doctor visits and check-ups are becoming more digital friendly with virtual visits. A simple video chat with your doctor may help you get a diagnosis from the comfort of your own home. And in honor of the app's store 10th anniversary, Brian Schatman breaks down the most downloaded apps in history.

<![CDATA[Boeing Plans Hypersonic Plane to Cross Atlantic in 2 Hours]]> Thu, 28 Jun 2018 13:44:49 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/180626-boeing-hypersonic-dk-1331_4061d4979fa1c835a5ca4d76ed2f4c6f.fit-2000w.jpg

Boeing has revealed plans for a futuristic, sleek aircraft capable of flying five times the speed of sound, or about 3,800 miles per hour, NBC News reported

Flying that fast, the airliner could reach London from New York City in about two hours, instead of the eight hours it takes on a conventional plane. It would cruise at about 90,000 feet, where passengers could see the blackness of space and the curvature of the Earth, the company's chief hypersonics scientist said.

The new concept, unveiled at an aviation conference in Atlanta this week, would fly the transatlantic route more than twice as fast as the Concorde, a supersonic plane that had limited routes to protect people on the ground from hearing the loud sonic boom produced by the aircraft. Boeing’s new aircraft proposal would fix that by using new technology that mitigates sound.

It's not yet clear if passengers would be willing to pay the high prices that hypersonic air travel would require.

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<![CDATA[South Korea Man Faces Jail Time for Hacking Video Game]]> Tue, 26 Jun 2018 07:39:02 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/South_Korea_Man_Faces_Jail_Time_for_Hacking_Video_Game.jpg

A surprising study found that social media users spend close to an hour on Instagram and on Facebook daily. In South Korea, a man is facing prison after he was caught hacking the popular video game, "Overwatch."

<![CDATA[Northeastern Gives Out Echo Dots; Instagram Launches IGTV]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:06:19 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Tech_Check_WBTS_for_Share_2018_06_21_06_42_13.jpg

Northeastern University has been piloting a program where incoming students can use an Echo Dot to help organize their lives on campus. Students are given the device which is stocked with information like class schedules and tuition information. The goal is to reduce the need to make calls for such information and to simply life for students.
Instagram has launched what they are calling IGTV. Users can upload videos and watch videos up to an hour long. Intitially, no ads will be shown but executives say that will likely change in the future.
And Amazon has come out with the Echo Look. The camera acts like a personal fashion consultant by analyzing your clothing and makes recommendations. The device is free for Amazon Prime members.

<![CDATA[Tech Companies Working With ICE as Border Crisis Continues]]> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 06:43:21 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/ICEGettyImages-688613960.jpg

Several high-profile data and technology companies have been profiting off of contracts with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for the last several months, NBC News reported

Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Thomson Reuters, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions and Palantir all have active contracts with ICE, according to a public records search. Their contracts show how many tech companies are putting their innovations to use with the U.S. government in ways that are not often visible to the public. 

Palantir, for example, has a $39 million contract with the agency that began in 2015. Thomson Reuters Special Services, a subsidiary of the mass-media firm and news agency Thomson Reuters, signed a $6.8 million contract with ICE in March. 

Palantir and Motorola Solutions did not respond to requests for comment. Hewlett Packard and Microsoft condemned the administration's family separation policy, while Thomson Reuters would not comment on it.  

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<![CDATA[Bitcoin Allowed in NY Trading; 'Fortnite' Player Makes $500K]]> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 07:31:35 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Bitcoin_Allowed_in_NY_Trading_Fortnite_Player_Makes_500K.jpg

Bitcoin, the digital currency that has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, is now allowed to be traded in New York. Those who are knowledgeable in fun facts can win money with a trivia app named PROVEIT. The app allows users to face off in matches to beat their online opponents. You may not believe how much a top gamer makes monthly. Famous Fornite player “Ninja” reportedly makes $500,000 each month.

<![CDATA[iPhone Security Loophole Blocked; 'Fortnite' Hits 125M Users]]> Thu, 14 Jun 2018 07:25:36 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Tech_WBTS_for_Share_2018_06_14_06_43_23.jpg

Apple is closing a loophole that lets people collect personal information from a locked iPhone through a charging port. The loophole was a popular work-around for law enforcement trying to get evidence on possible criminals. The change will be coming on a future software update.
With the World Cup starting Thursday, soccer fans in Russia are being warned to be vigilant that Russians may try to hack into cell phones, tablets or laptops in an effort to steal personal data. Players have also been warned not to use internet banking while in Russia.
And the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, takes place this week in Los Angeles. Dominating the expo is this year's breakout game, Fortnite, which has now hit 125 million users!

<![CDATA[Chicago Picks Elon Musk Company to Dig Express Tunnel to O'Hare]]> Thu, 14 Jun 2018 14:31:08 -0400 https://media.nbcboston.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.

Photo Credit: The Boring Company]]>