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FBI Asked Anew About San Bernardino Shooter’s iPhone

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are asking the FBI to explain what they called a “troubling” recent report that appears to show the agency failed to exhaust all technical possibilities before pushing Apple to unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. The lawmakers, including U.S. ... Read More »

No, Facebook Is Not Eavesdropping on You Through Your Smartphone

It’s time to move on from everyone’s favorite Facebook conspiracy theory: No, Facebook is not listening to you through your phone’s microphone. This is a crowd favorite. When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress this week to discuss the company’s data collection and privacy policies, he was asked if ... Read More »

Battle Over Online Sales Tax Heads to High Court

Sales Tax: $0. Online shoppers have gotten used to seeing that line on checkout screens before they click “purchase.” But a case before the Supreme Court could change that. At issue is a rule stemming from two, decades-old Supreme Court cases: If a business is shipping to a state where ... Read More »

NASA Spacecraft Aims To Find and Map Mystery Planets

Calling all planets that orbit around bright, nearby stars: NASA’s new Tess spacecraft is looking to do a head count. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite — Tess for short — is embarking Monday on a two-year quest to find and identify mystery worlds thought to be lurking in our cosmic ... Read More »

Ex-Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs May Still Lead Takeover Bid

Former Qualcomm Chairman Paul Jacobs is continuing his efforts to raise money to buy the San Diego cellular giant and take it private, two news outlets reported Thursday. Bloomberg and CNBC said Jacobs is in discussions with potential investors to see if he can raise enough capital to acquire the ... Read More »

Spectre and Meltdown: Cyber Hardware Flaws Studied

The most frequent cause of malicious cyberattacks is when computer users click on links that result in malware being downloaded onto computer networks. But another emerging hardware-based cyberthreat is being studied by the Cyber Command and U.S. intelligence community, according to the nominee to head the command and the National ... Read More »

Sony Claims New Xperia XZ2’s Camera Tops the iPhone’s

With today’s announcement about its newest smartphone, Sony Mobile claims to have outdone competitors, such as Apple and Samsung, on a key feature: the smartphone camera. The Xperia XZ2 Premium comes with high ISO sensitivity for both photos and videos, enabling users to capture images even in low-light conditions. It ... Read More »

Zuckerberg Faced ‘Grandpa’ Questions from Lawmakers

Mark Zuckerberg faced two days of grilling before House and Senate committees Tuesday and Wednesday to address Facebook’s privacy issues and the need for more regulation for the social media site. Yet the hearings in Washington managed to showcase the normally press-shy Zuckerberg’s ability to perform as an able and ... Read More »

Driverless Cars Give Hope to the Blind

In 2012, Steve Mahan, who is blind, climbed into the driver’s seat of a self-driving car and rolled up to the drive-thru of a Taco Bell in a video that’s been viewed more than 8 million times online. The piece, produced by Google, captured the potential of autonomous-car technology to ... Read More »