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Apple Will Refuse Government Demands To Expand Photo-Scanning Beyond Child Sexual Abuse Material

CUPERTINO, Ca. - Apple last week said it will refuse any government demands to expand its new photo-scanning technology beyond the current plan of using it only to detect CSAM (child sexual abuse material). Apple has faced days of criticism from security experts, privacy advocates, and privacy-minded users over the plan it announced Thursday, in

By |2021-08-10T11:22:28-04:00August 10th, 2021|Cyber Defense|

Alexa Gets New Name And New Masculine And Celebrity Voices

SEATTLE - The digital assistant I've always called Alexa has a new name option -- Ziggy -- and a new, masculine-sounding voice to either pair with "Ziggy" or not. You're free to mix -- and remix -- those options however you want, since there are separate settings for voice and wake word (and one isn't linked

By |2021-07-27T07:14:40-04:00July 26th, 2021|New Products, New Products / Contracts|

Samsung’s New Foldables Smart Phones Arrive Unpacked Aug. 11

SAN FRANCISCO - Samsung's ready to update its foldable devices. The company on Tuesday said it will host a virtual Unpacked event on Aug. 11, where it's expected to show off less expensive foldables that aim to move the devices beyond niche products. The company sent invites to reporters, saying its virtual keynote will take

By |2021-07-25T12:59:27-04:00July 25th, 2021|New Products, New Products / Contracts|

Pegasus Spyware: What To Know About NSO Group’s Phone Surveillance Software

SAN FRANCISCO - It's a doozy of a digital spying case. Security researchers found evidence of attempted or successful installation of Pegasus, software made by an Israeli cybersecurity company, on 37 phones of activists, journalists and businesspeople. They appear to have been the targets of potentially intense secret surveillance by software intended to pursue criminals and terrorists.

By |2021-07-24T13:40:10-04:00July 24th, 2021|Cyber Defense|

FCC Votes To Give Households Up To $75 Monthly Discounts For Internet

WASHINGTON DC - The Federal Communications Commission voted Friday to establish a program to offer qualified households up to a $75 monthly benefit toward broadband Internet access during the pandemic. The so-called Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is expected to be implemented within 60 days. The program will provide discounts of up to $50 a month

By |2021-03-01T10:14:56-05:00February 28th, 2021|IoT, Politics, Politics/Government|

Verizon, AT&T Spend $70 Billion On Spectrum To Improve 5G Networks

WASHINGTON DC - The much-anticipated results of the FCC’s Auction 107 are in, with Verizon and AT&T spending big as anticipated on the coveted C-band spectrum. Verizon in particular spent nearly twice as much as AT&T, with a total spend of $45.4 billion. AT&T’s total bid adds up to $23.4 billion. T-Mobile is in a distant

By |2021-02-26T19:36:51-05:00February 26th, 2021|Digital, Engineering Society of Detroit, ESD|

Tech Industry Looking To Replace Smartphone — Waiting To See What Apple Develops

CUPERTINO, Ca. - Apple didn’t invent the smartphone — companies like Palm and Blackberry had been selling them for years. But the iPhone introduced a totally new way to interact with computers. The always-on internet connectivity, finger-friendly touch screen, and interface based around clickable app icons all seem commonplace now. But at the time, the

By |2021-02-26T19:26:39-05:00February 26th, 2021|Mobile MI, Mobility|

How To Set Up Amazon’s Alexa Guard Plus For Your Echo Smart Speakers And Displays

SEATTLE - Amazon recently launched Alexa Guard Plus, a premium subscription upgrade to the free Alexa Guard service launched in 2019. With both services, your smart speaker or smart display listens for sounds that could indicate trouble. Which sounds it listens for depends on whether or not you're willing to pay a premium. The paid service includes

By |2021-01-31T11:22:12-05:00January 31st, 2021|Cyber Defense|

Lyft Test Program Offers Drivers More Rides In Exchange For 10 Percent Pay Cut

SAN FRANCISCO - In late September, Earla Phillips got what she described as an irritating email from Lyft. The ride-hailing company was reaching out to drivers, like her, to notify them about a new feature called "priority mode." "Turn on priority mode to earn more," the email boasted. When drivers opted in, it said they'd

By |2021-01-24T18:25:20-05:00January 23rd, 2021|Auto Tech|