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Should The Parkland Shooting Change How We Think About Phones, Schools and Safety?

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0500

Security experts say allowing students to have their phones with them during the school day is unlikely to make anyone safer. Maybe even the opposite.

Приве́т, 2018: Protecting America's Next Elections

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:18:30 -0500

"Frankly, the United States is under attack," Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats says.

Google To Block 'Annoying' Online Ads That Fail To Make The Grade

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:58:00 -0500

Starting today, Google will award ads a "passing," "warning" and "failing" designation and block some of the most annoying, including pop-ups and auto-playing videos.

Medical Records May Finally Be Coming To Your Apple Smartphone

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:14:43 -0500

In a planned upgrade of Apple's operating system for iPhones, the Health app will include health records, so people can take detailed, personal health information anywhere.

Tech Giants Under Pressure Over Russian Opposition Leader's Posts

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:19:00 -0500

YouTube and Instagram are reportedly facing the prospect of sanction in Russia if they do not remove posts implicating a Russian billionaire and a senior Russian government official.

Super Sensitive Sensor Sees What You Can't

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:08:00 -0500

Engineers at Dartmouth College have developed a computer chip that can detect a single particle of light. Cameras with the chip would have visual abilities even a superhero would envy.

Taking A Page From 'Shark Tank' To Put Up Political Candidates

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 05:00:26 -0500

In Austin, a political nonprofit is employing a model from the tech industry to find and train candidates. It is pitting them against each other to win campaign funding and support.

Malware Attacks On Olympics Could Have Come From Russia And North Korea, Experts Say

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 04:53:00 -0500

An attack known as "Olympic Destroyer" is similar to ones initiated by Russian hackers in the past, cybersecurity experts say. A separate attack may have been carried out by North Korea.

'Videocracy' Looks At What Makes A Video Go Viral

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:20:00 -0500

A new book by Kevin Allocca, YouTube's head of culture and trends, breaks down the world of viral videos. From fans of elevators to make-your-own-slime videos, online communities that form around niche interests are as vital as the videos themselves.

What Happens When You Fill A House With 'Smart' Technology

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:20:00 -0500

Gizmodo reporters Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu talk about their recent experiment in which Kashmir lived in a smart home — complete with connected bed, coffee maker, toys and more — and Mattu tracked the data being sent from all of those devices.

Tech Utopianism And Our Walled Gardens: Is It Time For A Jailbreak?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:44:44 -0500

John Perry Barlow's death last week raised the question of whether his legacy as a fierce defender of tech freedoms and whether his influence on the generation that came after would be a lasting one.

Porn And The Teenage Brain

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:06:30 -0500

There is a lot of pornography on the internet. There are a lot of teenagers with smartphones.

Smartphone Detox: How To Power Down In A Wired World

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:03:00 -0500

In an era when many kids get a first smartphone at age 10, psychologists say the devices have turned us into Pavlov's dogs — drooling for the next notification, buzz or text. Ready to dial back?

It's OK To Look At Your Phone At A Broadway Show, If Your Hearing Is Impaired

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 16:55:32 -0500

An estimated 48 million Americans suffer some degree of hearing loss. Now, a smartphone app makes it possible for the theatergoers among them to read closed captions on Broadway.

How U.S. Spies Tried And Failed To Retrieve Stolen Cyberweapons

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 08:02:00 -0500

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg about his story on the U.S. government's bungled attempt to reclaim stolen cybersecurity weapons from Russian operatives.