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TikTok And WeChat To Be Banned From United States On Sunday

WASHINGTON DC - Bytedance's TikTok and Tencent's WeChat social networking apps will be barred from US downloads starting Sunday, the Trump administration said, capping weeks of speculation and efforts by US and Chinese authorities to come to an agreement that would allow the apps to continue operating. TikTok's future in the US has been in limbo since early

By |2020-09-18T09:14:51-04:00September 18th, 2020|News|

School Is Starting Bridging Broadband Gap Massive Problem

SAN FRANCISCO - When the coronavirus pandemic forced California schools to close in March, the West Contra Costa Unified School District knew it had a problem. Most of its 29,000 students had school-provided Google Chromebooks, but an estimated quarter of them didn't have access to reliable internet connectivity at home -- something that was vital for attending classes

By |2020-08-26T18:12:05-04:00August 26th, 2020|IoT|

US Begins $1 billion Quantum Computing Plan To Best Adversaries

WASHINGTON DC - The Department of Energy's five quantum computing centers, housed at US national laboratories, are funded by a five year, $625 million project bolstered by $340 million worth of help from companies including IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Applied Materials and Lockheed Martin. The funds came from the $1.2 billion allocated by the National Quantum Initiative Act, which

By |2020-08-26T18:12:06-04:00August 26th, 2020|IoT, STEM|

Weather Channel’s Location Data Settlement Doesn’t Mean Much For Your Privacy

 LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles city attorney on Wednesday announced a settlement with the Weather Channel over a lawsuit claiming the company's app gathered millions of people's location data without properly disclosing that the sensitive information was shared with advertisers. The office considered the settlement a major privacy win, as it will now require The Weather Channel

By |2020-08-23T15:47:30-04:00August 23rd, 2020|Cyber Defense|

How China Uses Facial Recognition To Control Human Behavior

SAN FRANCISCO - Facial recognition supporters in the US often argue that the surveillance technology is reserved for the greatest risks -- to help deal with violent crimes, terrorist threats and human trafficking. And while it's still often used for petty crimes like shoplifting, stealing $12 worth of goods or selling $50 worth of drugs, its use in the US still looks tame

By |2020-08-11T17:06:01-04:00August 11th, 2020|Internet, IoT|

5G Wireless Broadband Couldn’t Have Come To Health Care At A Better Time

SAN FRANCISCO - When it comes to health care, seconds can mean the difference between brain damage and full recovery, between paralysis and a short stint in physical therapy, between life and death. The heavy bandwidth pipe required for those speedy response times is slowly becoming reality. 5G, which is seen pushing many key technologies like

By |2020-07-16T18:31:56-04:00July 16th, 2020|Life Sciences, Mobile MI, Mobility|

Michigan, Canadian Governments Update COVID-19 Plans; Brown Updates Pandemic In Michigan

ANN ARBOR – On MITech TV June 29, Canadian Consul General Joe Cromarte will outline his government response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Then Bobby Chasnis, director of the Pure Michigan Business Connect program, will join Colin Dillon to present Michigan’s Arsenal of Innovation plan. Finally infectious disease expert Fred Brown will update where the COVID-19

By |2020-06-29T09:11:33-04:00June 29th, 2020|M2 TechCast, mitechtv, Podcasts|

Safari Gets New Encryption Option For Network Privacy On iPhones, Macs

CUPERTINO, CA. - Apple's Safari will take advantage later this year of new encryption technology that protects an important type of network communication called DNS. It's part of a broader movement to build privacy into internet technology like email and the web that initially sent sensitive data unprotected. DNS, short for Domain Name System, looks up the numeric

By |2020-06-29T09:12:28-04:00June 28th, 2020|Cyber Defense|

IBM To Withdraw From Facial Recognition Market Out Of Profiling Fears

SAN FRANCISCO - IBM announced Monday that it's withdrawing from the general-purpose facial recognition market, saying it worries that the technology is being used to promote discrimination and racial injustice. "IBM firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of

By |2020-06-09T21:16:22-04:00June 9th, 2020|Cyber Defense|

Facial Recognition Companies Scrambling To See Past Face Masks

SAN FRANCISCO - In the age of the coronavirus, face masks have become a part of normal life. They're a safety requirement in many places, and for some people, a fashion statement. But for facial recognition technology, they pose a major challenge. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended wearing face coverings to help fight the

By |2020-05-15T15:13:04-04:00May 15th, 2020|Cyber Defense|