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Cadillac's CEO on Apple CarPlay: "extremely clunky"
Jason's Deli data breach impacts up to 2 million customers
Jason's Deli identifies 164 locations affected by Dec. 2017 data breach
China criticizes US moves on intellectual property, telecoms
Samsung unveils special edition Galaxy Note 8 only for Olympians
The High Tech Fair comes to Balboa Park
Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 only for Olympians
This Self-Driving, Er, Self-Parking Startup Stood Out at CES
2018-01-19 12:37:42 Among the throng of self-driving startups making pronouncements at CES, high ambitions were in plentiful supply, but specific business plans were harder to find. Among those revealing previously secret intentions in Las Vegas, one company worth keeping an eye on is Steer, the first company to obtain an autonomous-vehicle testing permit in Maryland. While others focus on getting passengers from point A to point B, Steer is more concerned about what to do with cars after travelers arrive at their destinations   Read More ...
Report links hacking effort to Lebanese security agency
2018-01-19 12:33:39 LONDON - A major hacking operation tied to one of the most powerful security and intelligence agencies in Lebanon has been exposed after careless spies left hundreds of gigabytes of intercepted data exposed to the open internet, according to a report published Thursday. Mobile security firm Lookout, Inc. and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group, said the haul, which includes nearly half a million intercepted text messages, had simply been left online by hackers linked to Lebanon's General Directorate of General Security   Read More ...
IBM executive says blockchain 'creates a lot of value' for manufacturers, retailers
2018-01-19 12:23:47 "If you bought IBM stock today, you would have to wait three days for that to clear because it has to go through its process," Schroeter, IBM's senior vice president of global markets, told "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer. "In a blockchain, ... you can see every transaction instantly, so your trade could clear and go from their account to your account instantly   Read More ...
A.I. Has Arrived in Investing. Humans Are Still Dominating.
2018-01-19 12:10:19 Photo Machines are starting to take the place of the people who flip burgers, drive across town and, lately, manage stock portfolios. Artificial intelligence is taking on a bigger role in making investment decisions. A.I., including an ability to analyze data and actually learn from it, is considered useful in executing certain investing models, such as high-frequency trading, and in helping fund managers with tasks that rely on gathering and interpreting reams of information   Read More ...
Huawei's latest attempt to enter U.S. worries lawmakers — but Canada doesn't share its concern
2018-01-19 12:10:02 How 2 allies have responded to concerns the Chinese phone maker is a national security threat For the past decade, Chinese tech company Huawei has found no shortage of success in Canada. Its equipment is used in telecommunications infrastructure run by the country's major carriers, and some have sold Huawei's phones. The company has struck up partnerships with Canadian universities, and say it is investing more than half a billion dollars in researching next generation cellular networks here   Read More ...
SoftBank telecoms IPO faces headwinds from govt.-backed upstarts
2018-01-19 11:08:38 TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp’s () expected spin-off of its Japanese telecoms business will lure investors seeking exposure to a solid tech name, but the prospect of tougher competition in a mature industry may turn off those chasing higher returns. SoftBank shares have risen about 3 percent this week since it said it was considering what would be the largest IPO by a Japanese company in nearly two decades, a deal that would accelerate the group’s transformation into one of the world’s biggest tech investors   Read More ...
Data Breach At Apple Valley Testing Vendor Exposes 52 Students
2018-01-19 09:32:00 NEW YORK (AP) — A data breach at testing vendor Questar Assessment exposed personal information of about 52 students in five New York schools, state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said Thursday. Questar, headquartered in Apple Valley, Minnesota, reported that someone accessed a small amount of “personally identifiable” information from Dec. 30 to Jan. 2, Elia said. The data included some student names, identification numbers, grade levels and teachers’ names, but not student addresses, social security numbers, disability status or test scores   Read More ...
Uber nearing autonomous cars without human backup driver
2018-01-19 08:33:06 DETROIT — Uber plans to carry passengers in autonomous vehicles without human backup drivers in about the same time frame as competitors, which expect to be on the road at the latest sometime next year, the service’s autonomous vehicle chief said Wednesday. Advanced Technology Group leader Eric Meyhofer wouldn’t give a specific start date but he said the San Francisco company won’t deploy the driverless cars without human backups unless they are proved safe   Read More ...
Lifelike robots made in Hong Kong designed to win over humans
2018-01-19 08:33:03 HONG KONG — David Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become “super-intelligent genius machines” that might help solve some of mankind’s most challenging problems. If only it were as simple as that. The Texas-born former sculptor at Walt Disney Imagineering and his Hong Kong startup Hanson Robotics are combining artificial intelligence with southern China’s expertise in toy design, electronics and manufacturing to craft humanoid “social robots” with faces designed to be lifelike and appealing enough to win trust from humans who interact with them   Read More ...
Cadillac's CEO on Apple CarPlay: "extremely clunky"
2018-01-19 08:09:01 In this new world of advanced in-car infotainment and connectivity, car and tech companies alike are creating interfaces with mixed success. Apparently one system has annoyed Cadillac CEO Johan de Nysschen enough he's openly griping about it. In an interview with our friends at Yahoo Finance, the CEO had a number of complaints about Apple CarPlay, a system that, along with Android Auto, is rapidly becoming a staple of automotive infotainment   Read More ...
10 Artificial Intelligence Trends to Watch in 2018
2018-01-19 08:08:42 Share Add to Technology Artificial Intelligence 10 Artificial Intelligence Trends to Watch in 2018 How AI can change the marketplace (and the world) this year.   Read More ...
GAC Enverge Wows Detroit with Virtual Reality Windows and Removable Foglamps
2018-01-19 07:13:31 Chinese carmaker GAC has set its sight on selling car in the United States in 2019 and it has been testing waters by bringing all sorts of vehicle at North American auto shows. GAC also joined this year’s Detroit showcase with a bunch of cars that are already available in China. Among them, the GS8, a midsize SUV that will become the first Chinese vehicle sold in the U   Read More ...
How Robot Math and Smartphones Led Researchers to a Drug Discovery Breakthrough
2018-01-19 07:12:04 Robotic movement can be awkward. For us humans, a healthy brain handles all the minute details of bodily motion without demanding conscious attention. Not so for brainless robots—in fact, calculating robotic movement is its own scientific subfield. My colleagues here at the University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design have figured out how to apply an algorithm originally designed to help robots move to an entirely different problem: drug discovery   Read More ...
Google announces patent agreement with China's Tencent
2018-01-19 06:27:32 BEIJING, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Alpahbet Inc’s Google said it had agreed to a patent cross-licensing deal with Chinese social media and gaming firm Tencent Holdings Ltd, the U.S. company said on Friday. The agreement covers a broad range of products and paves the way for collaboration on technology in the future, it said. Google has similar patent agreements with a handful of other firms, but the latest agreement represents the first such deal with a large Chinese tech firm   Read More ...
Google announces patent agreement with Tencent amid China push
2018-01-19 06:26:36 BEIJING (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google has agreed to a patent licensing deal with Tencent Holdings Ltd as it looks for ways to expand in China where many of its products, such as app store, search engine and email service, are blocked by regulators. The U.S. technology company has signed similar agreements before with Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and Cisco Systems Inc, but the deal with Tencent is a first with a large Chinese tech firm   Read More ...
Breach at Testing Company Allows Access to 52 Students’ Data
2018-01-19 06:18:08 A data breach at the company that develops New York State’s third-through-eighth grade reading and math tests allowed an unauthorized user to access information about 52 students who took the tests by computer last spring, the state’s Education Department said on Thursday. The data that was viewed included students’ names, New York State Student Identification numbers, school names, grade levels and teacher names   Read More ...
N.M. man pleads guilty to cyber attacks on Minn. State Courts, sheriff's office
2018-01-19 05:28:25 John Kelsey Gammell, 55, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to cause intentional damage to a protected computer for intentionally slowing down and interrupting computer service to several different sites, court filings said. The attacks were directed against the websites of his prior employers, business competitors, public services and companies that turned down job applications from him, court documents said   Read More ...
When Will Astronauts Launch From U.S. Soil Again?
2018-01-19 05:26:55 In 2010, as the United States prepared to wind down the Space Shuttle program that carried Americans into orbit for three decades, NASA asked some commercial companies to start thinking about what came next. The space agency gave them a combined $50 million to design the transportation technologies of the future. Until then, NASA would pay Russia to send American astronauts to their shared home above Earth, the International Space Station   Read More ...
Jason's Deli data breach impacts up to 2 million customers
2018-01-18 16:49:01 Jason's Deli data breach impacts up to 2 million customers BEAUMONT, Texas — Jason's Deli fell victim to a data breach that impacted up to 2 million customers in 15 states. The Texas-based restaurant chain said cyber thieves used RAM-scraping malware to infiltrate payment processing systems at 164 locations in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin   Read More ...
Jason's Deli identifies 164 locations affected by Dec. 2017 data breach
2018-01-18 12:20:41 (KWES) - Jason's Deli has released a list of locations that were affected by a data breach in December of 2017. The list, which is posted on their website, showed a total 164 locations affected. The locations are in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. In a statement, Jason's Deli said, "a large quantity of payment card information had appeared for sale on the "dark web" and that analysis of the data indicated that at least a portion of the data may have come from various Jason's Deli locations   Read More ...
iOS update will let users decide if they want Apple to slow down older iPhones or not
2018-01-18 12:13:07 Apple will release a software update that will allow users to automatically control whether or not their iPhones are automatically slowed down, CEO Tim Cook told ABCNews on Wednesday. Apple caught heat earlier this year when it was found to purposefully slow down iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices with older batteries. The company said the intention was to slow the phones to preserve aging batteries and prevent the devices from automatically restarting   Read More ...
How to stop 'extremely disruptive' AI from harming society: Robert Shiller
2018-01-18 12:12:15 Artificial intelligence (AI) could be the biggest challenge facing the jobs market and even humanity itself, according to Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller. Speaking ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, which he will be attending, Shiller said: "What we're seeing is something unprecedented, which is the arrival of artificial intelligence, which has a big impact." Asked if he was worried about AI, Shiller said it was an unknown entity   Read More ...
China criticizes US moves on intellectual property, telecoms
2018-01-18 09:11:23 BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday criticized recent moves by the U.S. targeting the sale of fake goods and Chinese telecoms equipment, saying Washington lacked "objectivity" in its approach to Chinese businesses. Commerce Ministry spokesman Gao Feng told reporters the U.S. Trade Representative lacked direct conclusive evidence and supporting data in listing three Chinese online commerce platforms and six physical bazaars within China as "notorious markets" engaging in commercial-scale copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting   Read More ...
Apple's Tim Cook: Software update will allow you to stop your iPhone from slowing down
2018-01-18 09:00:09 Don't like your iPhone slowing down to protect your battery life? You soon will be able to turn the feature off. Speaking with ABC News following the company's announcement that it would bring back billions of dollars in profit stored overseas, Apple CEO Tim Cook said a new iOS developer update will arrive next month that will allow iPhone users to see their battery's health   Read More ...
Cyber security startups stumble despite hacking frenzy
2018-01-18 07:39:26 Transcript >> With all the cyber attacks happening around the world to all sorts of companies, you'd think that cybersecurity would be a hot space to invest in, but it's not. I'm Liana Baker with Reuters in New York. Cybersecurity is such a cutting edge, fast moving space that by the time a lot of these private startups come out with their technology, it's already obsolete and hackers have figured out how to infiltrate that technology   Read More ...
Jason's Deli identifies 164 locations affected by Dec. 2017 data breach
2018-01-18 04:04:21 (KWES) - Jason's Deli has released a list of locations that were affected by a data breach in December of 2017. The list, which is posted on their website, showed a total 164 locations affected. The locations are in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. In a statement, Jason's Deli said, "a large quantity of payment card information had appeared for sale on the "dark web" and that analysis of the data indicated that at least a portion of the data may have come from various Jason's Deli locations   Read More ...
Apple To Create 20,000 Jobs At Expanded U.S. Data Centers And New Campus
2018-01-18 04:03:01 iPhone make Apple announced today that it is making immense investments in the U.S. economy including building a new campus at an as-yet unnamed location and hiring 4,000 new workers a year for the next five years, many of whom will be employed at existing data centers. The Cupertino, California-based technology company will also spend approximately $30 billion on capital expenditures here in America   Read More ...
Facebook helping to turn Seattle area into virtual-reality hub
2018-01-18 04:01:49 When Facebook set up shop in Seattle in 2010, CEO Mark Zuckerberg didn’t have a particular type of work planned for the outpost. What exactly the social-media giant would do in the Northwest would depend on the kind of engineers the company could recruit. Eight years and a couple thousand hires later, an answer has emerged: The office is handling a little bit of everything, from networking and systems software to messaging apps and online marketplaces   Read More ...
Jason's Deli identifies 164 locations affected by Dec. 2017 data - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-01-18 03:47:33 (KWES) - Jason's Deli has released a list of locations that were affected by a data breach in December of 2017. The list, which is posted on their website, showed a total 164 locations affected. The locations are in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. In a statement, Jason's Deli said, "a large quantity of payment card information had appeared for sale on the "dark web" and that analysis of the data indicated that at least a portion of the data may have come from various Jason's Deli locations   Read More ...
Apple urged to study iPhone addiction in children
2018-01-18 03:03:53 NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Two large shareholders urged Apple to study whether iPhones are proving addictive for children and that intensive use of the smartphones may be bad for their mental health. "There is a growing body of evidence that, for at least some of the most frequent young users, this may be having unintentional negative consequences" on their health, said Jana Partners LLC and California State Teachers' Retirement System (Calstrs) in a letter sent to Apple dated January 6 and made public Monday   Read More ...
Charlotte-area locations affected in Jason's Deli data breach - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-01-18 03:02:00 Jason's Deli has released a list of locations that were affected by a data breach in December of 2017. The list, which is posted on their website, showed a total 164 locations affected. The locations are in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Nevada, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. Out of the locations, there are five located in the Charlotte area   Read More ...
LA Times iOS app FAQ
2018-01-18 02:09:18 Cost of Subscription How much is a subscription on the iPhone/iPad app? There are two levels of participation in the LA Times mobile app: Visitor: Enjoy 5 free articles each month in the LA Times mobile app. What do I get with my subscription? When do I get charged? Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase   Read More ...
BRIEF-Intel Says Firmware For Exploits Issued To 90 pct Of Intel CPUs Introduced In Past 5 Years‍​
2018-01-18 02:08:44 Jan 17 (Reuters) - Intel Corp: * FIRMWARE UPDATES AND INITIAL PERFORMANCE DATA FOR DATA CENTER SYSTEMS * ISSUED FIRMWARE UPDATES FOR THE EXPLOITS FOR 90 PERCENT OF INTEL CPUS INTRODUCED IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS * CUSTOMERS HAVE REPORTED MORE FREQUENT REBOOTS ON FIRMWARE UPDATED SYSTEMS * REPRODUCED SYSTEM REBOOT ISSUES INTERNALLY AND IS MAKING PROGRESS TOWARD IDENTIFYING THE   Read More ...
Tim Cook on iPhone Battery Controversy: 'Maybe We Should've Been Clearer'
2018-01-18 02:00:29 While visiting the Apple data center located in Reno, Nevada this afternoon, Apple CEO Tim Cook. did a quick interview with Rebecca Jarvis of ABC News, where he discussed Apple's economic announcements and touched on the ongoing controversy over power management features in older iPhones. According to Cook, when the power management features were first introduced in iOS 10.2.1, Apple did explain what was going on, but following the controversy, he believes Apple should have been clearer   Read More ...
Uber nearing autonomous cars without human backup driver
2018-01-18 01:37:28 DETROIT (AP) — Uber plans to carry passengers in autonomous vehicles without human backup drivers in about the same time frame as competitors, which expect to be on the road at the latest sometime next year, the service's autonomous vehicle chief said Wednesday. Advanced Technology Group leader Eric Meyhofer wouldn't give a specific start date but he said Uber won't deploy the driverless cars without human backups unless they are proved safe   Read More ...
GM’s self-driving fleet car makes public debut
2018-01-18 01:36:14 Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Facebook GM’s self-driving fleet car makes public debut GM’s vision of the future has no steering wheel or brake pedal. The Cruise AV can be seen through at least Friday at the RenCen. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.   Read More ...
LA Times Android app FAQ
2018-01-18 01:13:54 Cost of subscription How much is a subscription? There are two levels of participation in the Los Angeles Times mobile app: Visitor: Enjoy 5 free articles each month in the Los Angeles Times mobile app. I purchased a subscription through the app. How do I cancel? All in-app purchases are managed through the Play Store app. Tap into "My Apps & Games" for list of all your apps, then tap on the Los Angeles Times app   Read More ...
They Have Seen the Future, and It’s Wasting Zombies at the Arcade
2018-01-18 01:07:33 In a building that once housed a discount women’s clothing store and was the headquarters for the Zionist Organization of America, 12-year-old Carter Radmiller stood in a dark room, blowing away zombies. His eyes were pressed snugly against a virtual reality headset, and both of his hands gripped plastic controllers, while his avatar stood on a rocky outcropping, firing bullets and hurling grenades, dismembering the hordes of undead mutants that lumbered toward him from every direction   Read More ...
IBM May Finally Stop Shrinking. But Is It a Turnaround?
2018-01-18 01:07:14 For five and a half years, nearly the entire tenure of its chief executive, Virginia M. Rometty, IBM has reported a steady erosion of revenue. Selling off its chip manufacturing and smaller data-center computer businesses contributed to the decline. So, too, did the fact that new businesses like cloud computing, data analytics and artificial intelligence had not yet grown big enough to make up for the downturn in IBM’s traditional hardware and software products   Read More ...
Hackers held patient data ransom, so Indiana hospital system paid $50,000
2018-01-18 01:01:56 INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana hospital system said it paid a $50,000 ransom to hackers who hijacked patient data. The ransomware attack accessed the computers of Hancock Health in Greenfield through an outside vendor's account Thursday. It quickly infected the system by locking out data and changing the names of more than 1,400 files to "I'm sorry." The virus demanded four bitcoins in exchange for unlocking the data, which included patient medical records and company emails   Read More ...