Technology - Washington Weekly
Saturday 18/08/2018 - 03:26 am


Technology

Facebook renews promise to lawmakers: we"re ready for elections Facebook renews promise to lawmakers: we"re ready for elections
 Facebook is sending a signal to Capitol Hill that its taking the integrity of its social network seriously during the U.S. primary election season. The social networking giant hosted 250 or so media, civil servants and Facebook community members at an event here Tuesday, less than one mile from the White House and a mile and a half from Congress. The location is more than symbolic as Facebook finds itself t

2018.06.23 03:56

Netflix executive fired over repeated use of racial slur in front of colleagues 2018-06-23

Netflix executive fired over repeated use of racial slur in front of colleagues
 Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says he fired the company’s top spokesman over use of the N-word. The spokesman, Jonathan Friedland, confirmed in tweets that he was leaving the company, saying he was insensitive in speaking with his team abo
More ...

GDPR: Tech firms struggle with EU"s new privacy rules 2018-05-24

GDPR: Tech firms struggle with EU"s new privacy rules
Several tech firms have opted to block EU residents from using their services because of concerns they are not compliant with a shake-up to the 28-nation blocs data privacy laws. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on Fr
More ...

Google "stole my videos", says film-maker Philip Bloom 2018-05-24

Google "stole my videos", says film-maker Philip Bloom
Google has enraged a leading film-maker by using his footage in a corporate video that later leaked online. The technology company used material from more than half a dozen of Philip Blooms films to make a provocative presentation about ways it co
More ...

Facebook engineer fired over stalking claims 2018-05-03

Facebook engineer fired over stalking claims
Facebook has fired a security engineer accused of using his access to data to stalk women online. Chief security officer Alex Stamos in a statement to the BBC said: "We quickly investigated this situation and immediately fired the person.&quo
More ...

Cambridge Analytica: Facebook data-harvest firm to shut 2018-05-03

Cambridge Analytica: Facebook data-harvest firm to shut
Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy at the centre of the Facebook data-sharing scandal, is shutting down. The firm was accused of improperly obtaining personal information on behalf of political clients. According to Facebook, data a
More ...

GDPR: Are you ready for the EU"s huge data privacy shake_up? 2018-04-21

GDPR: Are you ready for the EU"s huge data privacy shake_up?
Next month a new law will make the consequences of failing to protect personal data for banks and others far more serious. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on 25 May, will be the biggest shake-up to data privac
More ...

Google"s SMS replacement ready to launch 2018-04-21

Google"s SMS replacement ready to launch
Google has started the global roll-out of its new Chat messaging service, which is designed to replace SMS text messages on Android phones. Chat has features such as group texts, videos, typing indicators and read receipts, which are not available
More ...

Google honors geochemist Katsuko Saruhashi 2018-03-22

Google honors geochemist Katsuko Saruhashi
Google is using its logo Thursday to honor a pioneer in geochemistry. The companys latest doodle pays tribute to Katsuko Saruhashi, born on this day 98 years ago in Japan. Saruhashi is credited with creating a table bearing her name accurately mea
More ...

YouTube to ban videos about gun sales and modifications 2018-03-22

YouTube to ban videos about gun sales and modifications
YouTube is tightening its restrictions for content about guns and now forbids videos about the selling and making of firearms, ammunition and accessories. The Google-owned video sharing site recently banned videos about how to convert firearms to
More ...

Tech Tent: The woes of the world wide web 2018-03-10

Tech Tent: The woes of the world wide web
It was a technology that was supposed to bring peace love and understanding - but has the dream of the web as a force for good died? Sir Tim Berners-Lee tells Tech Tent that he has become less optimistic about the beneficial effects of his crea
More ...

Burger-flipping robot taken offline after one day 2018-03-10

Burger-flipping robot taken offline after one day
Flippy the burger-flipping robot that started work this week in a California restaurant has been forced to take a break because it was too slow. The robot was installed at a Cali Burger outlet in Pasadena and replaced human cooks. But after jus
More ...

FCC Chair Ajit Pai defends net neutrality repeal to doubters at Mobile World Congress 2018-02-27

FCC Chair Ajit Pai defends net neutrality repeal to doubters at Mobile World Congress
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai defended his agencys repeal of net neutrality regulations at the mobile industrys annual conference here, saying the lighter rules set to replace them will amount to "targeted enforcement." "Our order restoring
More ...

Spy games: Is buying a Chinese smartphone risky? 2018-02-27

Spy games: Is buying a Chinese smartphone risky?
 Does buying a smartphone from certain Chinese brands expose you to spying? Ordinarily you’d judge the Mate 10 Pro from Chinas Huawei on its its lovely 6-inch OLED display and exceptional battery life. But there’s a bigger issu
More ...

Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo and its rivals: Here"s how it stacks up 2018-01-30

Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo and its rivals: Here"s how it stacks up
Now its Siris turn. Were about to find out if the  HomePod smart speaker using digital assistant Siri that Apple — following a lengthy delay — finally starts shipping on Feb. 9 can lure listeners away from Amazons Alexa, and to a
More ...

Google employees say the company"s not doing enough to protect them from harassment, threats 2018-01-30

Google employees say the company"s not doing enough to protect them from harassment, threats
The firing of Google engineer James Damore for suggesting men are more suited to technical roles than women has triggered a culture war inside the Internet giant, with some Google employees saying the company is not doing enough to protect them from
More ...

Luxury phone-maker Vertu collapses 2017-07-14

Luxury phone-maker Vertu collapses
A British-based company that made smartphones costing thousands of pounds will be liquidated after a plan to save it failed. Vertu was known for its high-end, jewel-encrusted handsets, but recently faced financial difficulties. The companys liq
More ...

Bupa data breach affects 500,000 insurance customers 2017-07-14

Bupa data breach affects 500,000 insurance customers
A Bupa employee inappropriately copied and removed information relating to 547,000 international health insurance plan customers, the company has said. The data included names, dates of birth, nationalities, some contact and administrative informa
More ...

As orbit becomes more crowded, risk from space debris grows 2017-04-26

As orbit becomes more crowded, risk from space debris grows
Decades’ worth of man-made junk is cluttering up Earth’s orbit, posing a threat to spaceflight and the satellites we rely on for weather reports, air travel and global communications. More than 750,000 fragments larger than a centimete
More ...

Icelandic language at risk; robots, computers can’t grasp it 2017-04-26

Icelandic language at risk; robots, computers can’t grasp it
When an Icelander arrives at an office building and sees “Solarfri” posted, they need no further explanation for the empty premises: The word means “when staff get an unexpected afternoon off to enjoy good weather.” The peo
More ...

North Korea more likely to launch cyberattack than military strike: DHS chief 2017-04-17

North Korea more likely to launch cyberattack than military strike: DHS chief
North Korea is more likely to wage a cyberattack against the United States than a military strike, according to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. As tensions build between Pyongyang and Washington in anticipation of possible military action
More ...

Sensenbrenner defends repealing internet privacy protections 2017-04-17

Sensenbrenner defends repealing internet privacy protections
A Republican lawmaker provided a peculiar explanation Thursday in defense of his decision to recently back a controversial bill stripping privacy safeguards from internet users. “Nobody’s got to use the internet,” Rep. F. James &
More ...

Trump administration abandons effort to unmask anti-Trump Twitter account 2017-04-11

Trump administration abandons effort to unmask anti-Trump Twitter account
The federal government has abandoned its effort to compel Twitter for information involving an anti-Trump account after its request spurred the social networking service to file suit. Twitter sued the Trump administration last week in response to
More ...

New York police set to deploy 1,200 bodycams around the city 2017-04-11

New York police set to deploy 1,200 bodycams around the city
The New York Police Department is set to deploy the first body cameras to officers around the city after resolving some of the thorniest issues on when to switch on the camera, how long to keep the tape and when to tell the public they’re being
More ...

Islamic State propaganda outlet Amaq targeted by computer hack 2017-04-03

Islamic State propaganda outlet Amaq targeted by computer hack
The Islamic State’s propaganda arm, Amaq, issued a warning Wednesday after its website was compromised in a manner that made visitors susceptible to cyberattacks. Amaq took to its Telegram account on Wednesday after learning that individuals
More ...

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" review (4k UHD) 2017-04-03

"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" review (4k UHD)
Director David Yates and screenwriter J.K. Rowling’s successful cinematic expansion of the Harry Potter universe moves to ultra high-definition home theaters in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, rated PG-
More ...

Montana Senate kills "porn revenge" bill but few know why 2017-03-27

Montana Senate kills "porn revenge" bill but few know why
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A bill meant to combat “revenge porn” seemed on its way to passage earlier this week in the Montana Legislature until an unexpected and still-unclear turn of events doomed it. Two days after the state Senate
More ...

Millions of job seekers likely compromised by massive employment services breach 2017-03-27

Millions of job seekers likely compromised by massive employment services breach
Name, birthdates and Social Security numbers of millions of job seekers from 10 states recently became compromised as the result of a newly disclosed data breach revealed Wednesday. The FBI has reportedly launched an investigation upon being notif
More ...

Army prepares truck-mounted laser weapon test 2017-03-21

Army prepares truck-mounted laser weapon test
The U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin plan to test a record-breaking laser weapon within months. Lockheed Martin made national headlines in June 2015 when its 30-kilowatt ATHENA laser weapon destroyed a truck “within minutes.” The Maryland
More ...

Perry needs to focus the energies of his new department 2017-03-21

Perry needs to focus the energies of his new department
ANALYSIS/OPINION: “It’s better to do a few things well than to do many things poorly.” Such sayings become commonplace for a reason: They ring true. Bakers can make great doughnuts, but that doesn’t mean they’ll ex
More ...

Russian security officers, hackers being charged in Yahoo security breach 2017-03-15

Russian security officers, hackers being charged in Yahoo security breach
The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that four defendants, including two officers of Russian security services, are being charged in connection with a massive Yahoo cybersecurity breach that occurred in 2014. Yahoo disclosed in Septe
More ...

Verizon sought nearly $1B discount from Yahoo after data breaches came to light 2017-03-15

Verizon sought nearly $1B discount from Yahoo after data breaches came to light
Verizon tried to acquire Yahoo’s online services for nearly $1 billion less than initially offered after the internet company acknowledged being the victim of two major data breaches, according to a regulatory filing Monday. Both companies a
More ...

Vitus Mach 3 bicycle review – "Maybe the thieves just couldn’t resist it" 2017-03-04

 Vitus Mach 3 bicycle review – "Maybe the thieves just couldn’t resist it"
I am not a violent person. I’ve never punched anyone in the face, or kicked them in the knackers. Even in my netballing days on the pitiless Lancastrian high school circuit I was not one for scratching a rival when the referee wasn’t look
More ...

Did Einstein Invent the Internet? 2017-03-04

Did Einstein Invent the Internet?
How Einstein’s equations about stimulating light, published 100 years ago today, were transformed into the backbone of the Internet. On March 3, 1917, Albert Einstein published his revelation about how light is created by ‘stimulated e
More ...

SpaceX ready for Saturday launch to International Space Station 2017-02-18

 SpaceX ready for Saturday launch to International Space Station
The Florida launch pad from which astronauts once blasted off for the moon comes back to life this weekend thanks to the commercial space venture founded by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk. Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is pre
More ...

Canadian policies on cellphone searches at border aren"t easy to find 2017-02-18

 Canadian policies on cellphone searches at border aren"t easy to find
When you travel to the U.S., customs agents can search your smartphone, laptop and other electronic devices at will — a longtime policy that has attracted renewed scrutiny in light of President Donald Trumps controversial immigration ban. Ca
More ...

New technology front and centre at Montreal International Auto Show 2017-01-21

New technology front and centre at Montreal International Auto Show
 In today’s modern world, technology advances at breakneck speeds and the auto industry is no exception. Every year, automakers release new advancements in vehicle engines, electrification, connectivity and autonomous mobility. The 49th&
More ...

Debrett"s 500 List: Engineering & Technology 2017-01-21

Debrett"s 500 List: Engineering & Technology
 Engineering and Technology The Baroness Brown of Cambridge, DBE, Vice-Chancellor, Aston University, 62   Professor Nick Bostrom, Director, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford, 44   Andy Cowell, Managing Director, M
More ...

Using smartphone technology to combat workplace injury 2016-12-13

Using smartphone technology to combat workplace injury
 And theres a lot of physical effort required of factory workers. The strain of repetitive motion can lead to various musculoskeletal injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis in the wrists, arms and shoulders. Risks of injury not o
More ...

Six hot car technology trends to watch in 2017 2016-12-13

Six hot car technology trends to watch in 2017
 Clarifications & Corrections: Corrects the Mazda model slated to be first with a diesel engine in the U.S.   Will your next car talk to traffic lights? Are diesel engines on their last gasp? Have electric vehicles charged into the ma
More ...

Tech Tent: Fun and Games in Finland 2016-12-03

Tech Tent: Fun and Games in Finland
 On this weeks Tech Tent we travel to Slush, one of the most relaxed and vibrant technology events you will find anywhere in the world. It is held in almost total darkness in a huge exhibition hall in Finlands capital Helsinki and feels more lik
More ...

Fake news detector plug-in developed 2016-12-03

Fake news detector plug-in developed
 As pressure mounts on firms such as Google, Facebook and Twitter to do more to tackle fake news, some are taking things into their own hands. Technologist Daniel Sieradski has developed a plug-in - known as BS Detector - that flags up "qu
More ...

Okay Google, you need a cuter name 2016-12-03

Okay Google, you need a cuter name
 The first thing I say when I wake up every morning is “Okay Google”. Now don’t worry - it’s not shrieked amidst some kind of panicked, cold sweat. I’m not having nightmares about search engines, or even the prolon
More ...

Think your friend is in trouble? Facebook could help 2016-10-26

Think your friend is in trouble? Facebook could help
If you see a disturbing post from a Facebook friend, you don’t have to leave the social network for help. This week, Facebook’s Safety Center, a resource page with tips on bullying prevention and suicide hotlines, became available in m
More ...

Google Fiber halts rollout, top exec leaves 2016-10-26

Google Fiber halts rollout, top exec leaves
SAN FRANCISCO — Google Fiber is halting its rollout in 10 cities and laying off staff as its chief executive Craig Barratt steps down, dealing a major setback to the Internet giants ambitions of blanketing the nation in super-speedy Internet.
More ...

Microsoft to sell MSN China to XiChuang Technology 2016-08-31

Microsoft to sell MSN China to XiChuang Technology
 Three months after saying it would shutter its MSN China web portal, Microsoft Corp. has decided instead to sell the business to a Chinese entity run by a former general manager at Microsoft Online. Microsoft MSFT, -0.59%  
More ...

Oakley introduces TruBridge technology to its prescriptions glasses 2016-08-31

Oakley introduces TruBridge technology to its prescriptions glasses
 If you’re that kind of rider who prefers to ride with prescription eyewear, then you might want to take a look at the new Oakley TruBridge technology. To make it simple, Oakley’s new R&D product can be recap as a frame
More ...

Ibotta adds deep-linking technology to offer up to 40 percent cash-back rebates 2016-08-31

Ibotta adds deep-linking technology to offer up to 40 percent cash-back rebates
 When Ibotta linked its mobile-app users to cash rebates from online stores three years ago, the experiment failed. Miserably. “We felt the tools and technology weren’t good enough for our use case,” said Bryan Leach
More ...

Acer"s insane gaming laptop is a magic box of stupid 2016-08-31

Acer"s insane gaming laptop is a magic box of stupid
 It weighs 17 pounds, or around 8 kilograms -- a serious bit of heft, as we can attest from getting our hands on it at IFA here in Berlin. Its the worlds first laptop with a curved screen...not to mention two (2) GeForce GTX 1080
More ...

NASA offering $18,000 for human lab rats to stay in bed 2015-04-13

NASA offering $18,000 for human lab rats to stay in bed
NASA will pay $18,000 to anyone prepared to stay in bed for 10 weeks and submit to a gruelling regime of tests for more than three months. The only criteria are the candidates have to be healthy and American citizens. Scientists will constantly
More ...

Stylus maker Adonit releases its first iPad drawing app 2015-02-24

Stylus maker Adonit releases its first iPad drawing app
 Adonit makes some of the best iPad styluses out there, and now its starting to make an iPad drawing app to help you sketch with them. The app, called Forge, is being released today. Its specifically designed to work with Adonits
More ...

Lenny Kravitz designed a Leica that"s the camera version of pre-ripped Abercrombie jeans 2015-02-24

Lenny Kravitz designed a Leica that"s the camera version of pre-ripped Abercrombie jeans
 Leica is releasing another jealousy-inducing camera, this time featuring a gorgeous, custom design from musician Lenny Kravitz. This isnt a brand new model, just a redesigned version of the existing Leica M-P, but it has a stylish overhaul that
More ...

BlackBerry Classic coming to Verizon on February 26th 2015-02-24

BlackBerry Classic coming to Verizon on February 26th
 The BlackBerry Classic will launch on Verizon Wireless this Thursday, February 26th. Youll be able to buy its "familiar design and iconic keyboard" — two things BlackBerry has really found itself clinging to — for $99.99 o
More ...

Microsoft opens up OneDrive storage for developers to integrate into apps 2015-02-24

Microsoft opens up OneDrive storage for developers to integrate into apps
 Microsoft is opening up its cloud storage service, OneDrive, to developers today so they can start integrating it directly into applications. A new OneDrive API will include support for Windows, iOS, Android, and the web, with the full features
More ...
Archive