<![CDATA[NBC10 Boston - Tech News]]>Copyright 2019 https://www.nbcboston.com/news/tech http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC10 Boston https://www.nbcboston.com en-usMon, 18 Feb 2019 14:18:55 -0500Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:18:55 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[App Makes it Easy for Cows to Find Romance]]> Thu, 14 Feb 2019 07:25:30 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/App_Makes_it_Easy_for_Cows_to_Find_Romance.jpg

Apple is getting ready to try its hand at streaming with a service that could be released in April. Nintendo’s new Battle Royale version of Tetris was just launched and allows players to square off. Love is in the air and the app “Tudder” is helping pairs get connected. The app is a matchmaking service for cows! It started in England and farmers can swipe right to find breeding partners for their cattle.

<![CDATA[Home Where Amazon Started Now For Sale]]> Tue, 12 Feb 2019 08:31:21 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Home_Where_Amazon_Started_Now_For_Sale.jpg

Reddit is worth some big bucks and is now worth $3 billion. iPhone users spent roughly $79 on apps in 2018. The home where Amazon was founded is now up for sale. This is where Jeff Bezos started the company from his garage.

<![CDATA[Trump Calls for Investment in Artificial Intelligence]]> Tue, 12 Feb 2019 04:01:06 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Trump-AP_19042683380809.jpg

The U.S. on Monday released its plan to become the world leader in artificial intelligence, nearly two years after China laid out its own playbook, NBC News reported.

President Donald Trump's executive order explained his administration's views on developing artificial intelligence but left open a major question: Where's the money?

"Money talks when it comes to government priorities, and new money actually drives priorities," said R. David Edelman, a former special assistant to President Barack Obama for tech policy.

Trump's executive order, which did not include any new funding for A.I. research, comes amid mounting tension over China’s ambitious efforts. China in 2017 laid out a national plan to try to develop A.I. technology, an ambition that was likened to the Apollo missions to the moon and set off anxiety within the United States as the Trump White House was silent.

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<![CDATA[Apps Could Be Recording Your Screen]]> Thu, 07 Feb 2019 07:07:08 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/Apps_Could_Be_Recording_Your_Screen.jpg

A new report shows some apps track and record your screen to see how you use their apps to learn about customer interaction. The Calm app is valued at $1 billion. The relaxation app says it now has 40 million downloads worldwide.

<![CDATA[Flickr Starts Deleting Thousands of User Photos ]]> Tue, 05 Feb 2019 12:11:46 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/219*120/flickr30384.PNG

Social media giant Flickr announced it will be deleting a large amount of user photos on its website starting Tuesday. 

The company was purchased by Smugmug from Yahoo! last April and announced policy changes in November. 

Free users will now be limited to a total of 1,000 pictures. Customers can opt for Flickr Pro for $50 a year. 

At one point, Flickr offered users a terabyte of free storage, leading to more sign ups for the incentive. 

"I'm not concerned about the deletion," said user Calvin Smith of San Marcos, California. "I have those photos saved somewhere else. Flickr was mainly used to share photos easily." 

The company said it will start deleting the oldest photos first until the 1,000 picture limit is reached. 

"I don't want old photos deleted on any social sites because they don't have my permission," said Grace Lee in San Diego's Gaslamp District Monday. 

For users who want to download their photos, anyone with tens of thousands of them will have to spend some time on the task. 

Users can download 500 pictures at a time, which are sent in a .zip file to their Flickr inboxes. Clicking on the file downloads and stores it. 

"While current free users with over 1,000 photos and videos will become eligible for deletion starting tomorrow, users may not see any of their content deleted immediately," said Allen Nguyen, a consultant for Flickr, in an email to NBC 7 Monday. "The first accounts to be impacted will be abandoned accounts that bear large volumes of private photos." 

Statistics show Flickr has about 90 million monthly users. An average of one million photos are shared daily on the site. 

<![CDATA[Google Tech Releases Service to Help Hearing Impaired]]> Tue, 05 Feb 2019 07:28:21 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Google_Tech_Releases_Service_to_Help_Hearing_Impaired.jpg

Flickr changed ownership, meaning only 1,000 photographs can be stored for free accounts. Anything above that number will be deleted and those who are interested in preventing that from happening can pay the $50 a year subscription. Google Technology is working to help those who are hearing impaired. One of their newest gadgets transcribes audio in real time. Right now it’s available for Android users with Pixel 3 phones. This week marks 15 years since the creation of Facebook.

<![CDATA['Very Scary': Apple Users React to FaceTime's Eavesdropping Glitch]]> Tue, 29 Jan 2019 23:41:31 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Apple_Under_Fire_for_FaceTime_Glitch.jpg

An Apple app intended to bring more people facing backlash for doing just that — even without permission.

A bug in Apple's popular group FaceTime feature let contacts access people's microphones and, in some cases, cameras, even if a recipient didn't accept a call.

"I think it's very scary," one iPhone user said outside the Apple Store in Boston on Tuesday night.

Apple said Tuesday it had disabled the group FaceTime feature and was working on a fix to the bug.

"It's why we need to be careful with the first generation of any new technology, because not everything has been tested out to the fullest, and it's only when it gets out to the consumer environment that you start to find these sort of issues," said David Gerzof Richard, a professor at Emerson College.

<![CDATA[Children With More Screen Time Develop Slower, Study Says]]> Tue, 29 Jan 2019 07:41:37 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Children_With_More_Screen_Time_Develop_Slower_Study_Says.jpg

Researchers have found that children ages 2 to 5 who use more screen time than other children scored worse on developmental tests. Snapchat is considering making some photos public, according to reports. It’s a move to compete with Instagram. As Apple deals with slowing iPhone sales, it’s coming up with new projects that involve a streaming service, a magazine subscription and video game subscription.

<![CDATA[Apple Launches Women Entrepreneurs Camp at Its HQ]]> Mon, 28 Jan 2019 02:37:33 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/apple_women_0127_5845756.JPG

Apple on Sunday launched its first program dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs develop apps.

The Cupertino-based tech giant invited 11 companies run by women to participate in a free two-week entrepreneur camp. The goal: to help women successfully develop their apps.

"We can't wait to see you and your skills and help you thrive with your apps," Esther Hare of Apple's developer relations told the group.

To qualify, a company must be run or founded by a woman or have a woman on the development team.

Elena Krasnoperova of Los Altos said she welcomes advice about ways she can improve the app she designed to help make life easier for divorced parents.

"I feel I won the lotto," said Krasnoperova, founder and CEO of FamTerra. "Developing is a lot of hard work, and getting mentorship and advice from Apple is like a dream come true."

For the next two weeks, participants will receive coding help from Apple engineers and attend sessions on design, technology and marketing. Some of the entrepreneurs are developing apps targeted specifically for women.

Renee Olson, for instance, is working on a dating app that will better help women find a good match. She's hoping the entrepreneur camp will take her app to the next level.

"Helping me implement new features and also just being here to network," said Olson, founder of Mental Mobile, based in Southern California.

The developers are from all parts of the world, and many are hoping the experience with Apple will also help them get the financial backing they need to get their apps into the market.

Apple plans to offer the camp to 20 female entrepreneurs every quarter.

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<![CDATA[Twitter to Test New Way of Determining Where a Tweet Started]]> Thu, 24 Jan 2019 18:11:28 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/twitterlike213.jpg

NBC News reports Twitter is testing an “original tweeter” icon to make it easier for people to determine who started a thread — marking the company’s latest attempt to curb abuse.

The icon was quietly rolled out to some users on Wednesday with the intent of helping to stop imitation accounts from commandeering the conversation in a thread. The gray icon is placed below the original tweeter’s handle in a tweet. While it’s a start, it could come in handy when it comes to distinguishing copycats of high profile accounts, such as Elon Musk and Kim Kardashian.

“Twitter’s purpose is to serve the public conversation. As part of this work, we’re exploring adding more context to discussions by highlighting relevant replies — like those from the original Tweeter,” Sara Haider, Twitter’s director of product management, said in an emailed statement.

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<![CDATA[Flying Car Successfully Tested]]> Thu, 24 Jan 2019 08:09:46 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Flying_Car_Successfully_Tested.jpg

Sony released a digital dog named Aibo, which can track faces and be used for home security. A smartphone built with no ports could be on the way. It’s going to officially Launch in China. Boeing successfully tested a flying car recently.

<![CDATA[10-Year Photo Challenge Raises Data Mining Concerns]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:06:14 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/NC_10yearchallengeconcerns_1500x845.jpg

 The "10 Year Challenge" has gone viral on social media, leading millions to post side-by-side photos of themselves from a decade ago and now. It may seem fun, but tech experts say participants could unknowing be giving up valuable information. 

<![CDATA[Some Samsung Users Cannot Delete Facebook App]]> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 07:52:00 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Some_Samsung_Users_Cannot_Delete_Facebook_App.jpg

Certain Samsung phones come preloaded with the Facebook app as part of a deal between the mobile giant and social media company. Users cannot delete the app, but can disable it. Google Assistant debuts lives translation to people who don’t speak the same languages. It supports 27 different languages. Jaxjox showed off its new kettlebell that can be adjusted to different weights. It also tracks your progress.

<![CDATA[Facebook Shows Off New Cambridge Digs]]> Wed, 09 Jan 2019 17:41:16 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Facebook+new+office+Cambridge.JPG

Facebook has relocated its Massachusetts office and plans to expand in the city where the company first started.

The social media giant showed off its new office on Binney Street in Cambridge's Kendall Square Wednesday. Facebook officials said they outgrew their previous office in nearby Boston.

"When we opened the office down the street five years ago, there was only seven of us," explained Facebook Boston founder Ryan Mack.

With three floors of space, the company plans to hire several hundred more people in addition to the 200 or so who currently work at the Kendall Square location.

"There's products being built here that are used by over 2 billion people and that's always really exciting," Laney Zamora, Facebook Boston site lead, said.

Company officials said they hope to attract employees from the area.

"The teams here that work on location-based products own 'find Wi-Fi,' they own 'nearby friends,' explained Mack. "Those are products we do our developing here. We have engineers, we have product management and recruiting as well."

State leaders say they are looking forward to that investment in Massachusetts.

"Please hire more people and graduates from Massachusetts and again ... keep them here," said Damon Cox, assistant secretary of Massachusetts' technology, innovation and entrepreneurship office.

Facebook is promising to continue partnerships with local community colleges and the Museum of Science to promote digital and STEM learning.

"(Facebook) is an authentic partnership that supports both of our mission(s) to give the power to the people to create a community," said Annette Sawyer, vice president of education at the Museum of Science.

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<![CDATA[The Robots of CES]]> Tue, 08 Jan 2019 15:45:35 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Robots_the_Focus_of_CES-154697956955600002.jpg
From Lovot to LG's Cloi, robots are working to win over visitors at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Ub Tech's "Walker" can even bribe you with snacks.
<![CDATA[Aspiring Paleontologist Wins National Google Doodle Contest]]> Wed, 09 Jan 2019 07:23:26 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/010819+dinosaur+google+doodle.jpg

An aspiring paleontologist in the second grade has won Google's annual Doodle for Google contest.

Sarah Gomez-Lane, 7, of Virginia, had her drawing of dinosaurs selected and transformed into an animation on the search giant's homepage. In it, dinosaurs play the trumpet, eat blueberries and more.

Sarah, who responded to the prompt "What inspires me ...," originally drew the Doodle's design as a first grader, a Google spokesperson confirmed.  

Google said her school in Falls Church, Virginia, will be awarded $50,000 to spend on technology, and Sarah will get $30,000 toward a college scholarship.

"When they called my name, I felt happy and surprised," she said when she learned she had won. "I'm going to call my principal. He's going to say 'Yay!'"

On video, a Google employee said she hoped the Doodle would inspire kids and adults alike.

"I just hope that when people see the Doodle, they also are inspired to think about — not only what they dreamed of and wished for when they were kids — but to also just take a second to enjoy the simple things in life," she said.

Sarah's drawing will be on the Google homepage for 24 hours. Go there to see the Doodle in action.

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<![CDATA[Smart Restrooms Boast Tranquil Ambiance]]> Tue, 08 Jan 2019 07:28:27 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Smart_Restrooms_Boast_Tranquil_Ambiance.jpg

The Super Bowl of the tech world is being hosted in Las Vegas this year. Airbag for cyclists is being tested and it could potentially save lives. A four-legged first responder car is being prototyped and it can travel in remote areas when disaster hits. Kohler’s smart bathroom is meant to make things tranquil as possible. A heated toilet, mood lightning and temperatures and pressures for showers are all features offered.

<![CDATA[Tech to Expect at CES 2019]]> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 12:08:25 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/ces-day-2.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Autonomous Gadgets Stars at CES]]> Mon, 07 Jan 2019 12:57:26 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/CES_2019_Offers_a_Look_Into_the_Future.jpg

New gadgets go on display at the Consumer Electronics Show 2019 in Las Vegas. Mekahlo Medina reports for NBC4 News at 12 a.m. on Jan. 6, 2019.

<![CDATA[Grindr Harassment Suit Could Change Accountability for Tech]]> Sat, 05 Jan 2019 11:00:26 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-625496356.jpg

Matthew Herrick, a restaurant worker and aspiring actor in New York, claimed that for months an ex-boyfriend used the dating app Grindr to harass him.

His former partner created fake profiles on the app to impersonate Herrick and then direct men to show up at Herrick’s home and the restaurant where he worked asking for sex, sometimes more than a dozen times per day. Herrick took action against his ex, filing 14 police reports. The alleged harassment continued for months, even after Herrick obtained a temporary restraining order against Grindr that required the company to disable the impersonating profiles.

Herrick is pursuing an unusual legal theory as he continues to push back against Grindr, arguing that tech companies should face greater accountability for what happens on their platforms, NBC News reported. His lawsuit alleges that the software developers who write code for Grindr have been negligent, producing an app that’s defective in its design and that is “fundamentally unsafe” and “unreasonably dangerous” — echoing language that’s more typically used in lawsuits about, say, a faulty kitchen appliance or a defective car part.

If successful, the lawsuit could bring about a significant legal change to the risks tech companies face for what happens on their platforms, adding to growing public and political pressure for change.

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<![CDATA[New Year's Tech Resolutions: Protect Your Data]]> Fri, 04 Jan 2019 10:53:14 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/NC_resolutions0104_1500x845.jpg

Your data was probably stolen in 2018. Billions of consumers were affected by breaches and cyber-attacks last year, resulting in millions of dollars in losses. Now, more than ever, it's important to make a digital security check-in an annual habit.

<![CDATA[Calling All 'Snowflakes': British Army Recruits Millennials]]> Thu, 03 Jan 2019 12:02:02 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/240*120/190103-british-army-mn-0940.jpeg

"Snowflakes," "phone zombies," "binge gamers" and "me me me millennials" are the focus of the British army's latest recruitment campaign, NBC News reported

Posters and billboards reminiscent of the famous World War I "Your Country Needs You" ads have been given a 21st-century twist, sending the message: "The army spots potential. Even if others don't."

The U.K. has struggled to maintain its target of 82,000 troops in recent years due to a declining number of recruits. The new ads appear to attempt to engage millennials by connecting the stereotype of the screen-addicted generation with desirable skills. "Phone zombies" are wanted for their focus and "binge gamers" for their drive.

"We are trying to show that we are unlocking potential — potential that many elements of society may not see in young people, but we do," Col. Ben Wilde, head of recruiting for the British Army, told journalists at a press briefing on the initiative Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Fortnite Nets $3 Billion for Parent Company in 2018]]> Thu, 03 Jan 2019 08:13:01 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Fortnite_Nets_3_Billion_for_Parent_Company_in_2018.jpg

Fortnite’s creator, Epic Games, netted an astonishing $3 billion in profits from the video game this year. The game’s most popular player, Ninja, made a whopping $10 million in 2018. Google just got approval from the FCC for hands-free tech called “Soli.” It captures your hand in motion to allow you to control their devices without touch.