US lifts laptop ban for all remaining airlines and airports
 The U.S. has now lifted entirely a controversial ban on laptops in hand luggage for passengers flying to the country from the Middle East or via certain Middle Eastern airlines, with the Department of Homeland Security professing itself satisfied with “enhanced security measures in place”. Read More ...
US lifts laptop ban for all remaining airlines and airports
 The U.S. has now lifted entirely a controversial ban on laptops in hand luggage for passengers flying to the country from the Middle East or via certain Middle Eastern airlines, with the Department of Homeland Security professing itself satisfied with “enhanced security measures in place”. Read More ...
Elon Musk clarifies that AI regulation should follow observation and insight
 Elon Musk made headlines over the weekend with comments calling for government controls around artificial intelligence, which he has said repeatedly he believes is an existential threat to humanity if left unchecked. Musk was at the International Space Station R&D conference today, and during a fireside chat explained more about his views on the matter in response to an audience member… Read More ...
Facebook fights fake news spread via modified link previews
 Until now, any Facebook Page that posted a link could change the headline, body text, and image that appeared in the News Feed preview. That allowed fake news distributors to bait-and-switch readers into visiting articles they didn’t expect, or make it look like legitimate news publishers were posting inflammatory or false headlines. But it also let real news outlets A/B test link… Read More ...
Trump’s Advocate: 5 reasons you should FIGHT Net Neutrality [SATIRE]
There’s a good number of reasons why a company should support Net Neutrality, and a couple why an individual like yourself should, too. Over the past several years, I’ve come to realize that the Internet is not an essential element in day-to-day life, and because of this, it should not be treated like the other basic utilities like electricity or … Continue reading...
PSA: US Border Patrol can’t search your phone’s cloud data
The issue of electronic device searches at the border is a hot one, and though US Border Patrol can (and at times will) search your phone, it isn’t allowed to search your cloud data accessible through the handset. The Customs and Border Patrol recently acknowledged that it does not have the authority to search cloud-only data found on phones, and … Continue reading...
Net Neutrality Day of Action spurs millions to speak out for online freedoms
 Yesterday was the much-ballyhooed “Net Neutrality Day of Action,” an online protest day on which thousands of websites, people and services called attention to the impending revocation of net neutrality rules by the FCC. And the turnout, it turns out, was quite impressive. Read More ...
This is how Uber and Yandex are taking over Russia right now
Uber announced today that they’d be taking a step up in the world by buying up a bunch of Russia’s Google – Yandex. If you’ll take a look at Yandex on the web, it’ll become clear rather quickly what they’re in a position to do. They’ve got all the bases covered – or nearly all the bases covered – for … Continue reading...
How to join the Internet’s Day of Action to save Net Neutrality NOW
The most important news today – the most important topic for the Internet, on the Internet, is about Net Neutrality. Today the biggest and most influential websites on the internet are pushing the FCC together to stop the FCC from giving in to pressure to end Net Neutrality and destroy the open web. If Net Neutrality is killed, readers like … Continue reading...
DARPA awards $65 million to develop the perfect, tiny two-way brain-computer interface
 With $65 million in new funding, DARPA seeks to develop neural implants that make it possible for the human brain to speak directly to computer interfaces. As part of its Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) program, the agency will fund five academic research groups and one small San Jose-based company to further its goals. For a taste of what DARPA is interested in, the Brown team will… Read More ...
Here’s how to get a refund if you registered your drone with the FAA
 If you’ve been following the drone registration saga in the United States, you may remember that in May a Federal Appeals Court struck down the FAA’s drone registration requirement. The registration requirement, which mandated hobbyists pay $5 and submit their personal information into an FAA database and attach a registration number to their drone, was relatively mild. However… Read More ...
Tesla gets go ahead for 100MW Powerpack system in South Australia
Remember when Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised that he could have a backup power solution in place for South Australia in 100 days? The promise came after South Australia experienced severe storms that caused a blackout, leaving 1.7 million residents without power. Musk and his company will now get the chance to make good on that promise, as Tesla has … Continue reading...
In NASA speech, Mike Pence shoots for the Moon (and Mars)
 Taking a break from touching pieces of sophisticated technology labeled “do not touch” in a Kennedy Center clean room, Vice President Mike Pence made a speech to NASA yesterday that further signaled the Trump administration’s apparent enthusiasm toward space exploration. The one where Vice President Mike Pence visits the Orion clean room https://t.co/cu8TNNxygl… Read More ...
Nuclear facility hacks remain fairly superficial for now, say DHS and FBI
 A new report from the New York Times sheds some light on ongoing cyber threats to U.S. nuclear facilities. According to the report, a number of manufacturing and energy facilities have been penetrated in attacks that began in May. The Times obtained a joint DHS and FBI joint report which names Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation in Kansas as a specific target, though the story suggests… Read More ...
This bill proposal seeks to send doxxers and swatters to prison
A new bill proposal seeks to make the act of doxxing someone — that is, finding and then publishing their personal information on the Internet — a federal offense. Called the Online Safety Modernization Act, the bipartisan proposal seeks to stop individuals from using the Internet as a personal weapon, whether that involves releasing their enemy’s address to online mobs, … Continue reading...
More than half of major malware attack’s victims are industrial targets
 A new report from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs examining the targets — and intended effects — of this week’s massive malware attack comes up with some significant insights. The attack, initially believed to be a variation of commercial malware software known as Petya, appeared to be a vast ransomware scheme. As the story developed, it became clear that the attack was… Read More ...
It’s not your imagination, you are waiting longer for an UberPOOL using your commuter card
 Use a commuter benefits card to take UberPOOL? You might have noticed you have a much longer wait time to get a ride than those using just a regular credit card. We first received a tip that this might be happening to commuters, so I asked around and found out several other commuter card-carrying friends were experiencing the same thing. This morning I had one of these friends test it out and… Read More ...
Cyberattack targets British lawmakers
While the US still tries to sort out how Russian cyberattacks played an influence on the recent presidential election, the British Parliament is currently experiencing its own attack from hackers this weekend. News reports say the country’s lawmakers have been left unable to use or access their email as a result of a “sustained and determined” cyberattack from unknown individuals. … Continue reading...
Seattle Police Department suspends its Twitch channel following Charleena Lyles controversy
 Facing backlash on its handling of the officer-involved shooting death of Charleena Lyles, the Seattle Police Department will shut down its official Twitch channel. The department started experimenting with community outreach over the game streaming platform earlier this year. Read More ...
At the White House’s emerging tech event, drones are one of the day’s big topics
 Tech leaders gathered today at the White House for a series of focused sessions on hot topics in tech. Thursday’s event, titled “American Leadership in Emerging Technology,” is the second big piece of the White House’s Technology Week, continuing on from Tuesday’s discussion about modernizing government technology. Read More ...