<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Tech News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/tech http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.comen-usSun, 19 Feb 2017 04:00:58 -0800Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:00:58 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Young Adults More Likely Than Teens to Text and Drive: Study]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:39:44 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-565978511.jpg
A new study by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety confirmed that millennials can’t seem to put down their cellphones, even when they’re behind the wheel. After surveying over 2,500 Americans, AAA concluded that...

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<![CDATA[Apple Unveils New 'Planet of the Apps' Show]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:45:40 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_16294465474204-iphone-charger.jpg
Apple revealed the first trailer for its upcoming TV reality show "Planet of the Apps," an unscripted series about apps and the talented developers who make them.The show, a mashup of "Shark Tank" and...

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<![CDATA[Keith Morrison Is a New Guest Voice on Waze App]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:02:15 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Keith-Morrison.jpg
Keith Morrison and Waze have a special Valentine's Day present for fans of NBC's "Dateline," which is turning 25. Morrison is a limited-edition voice guide on the traffic navigation app starting Feb.

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<![CDATA[Elon Musk Bashes Claim of Unfair Work Conditions at Tesla]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:35:47 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-479833756-Musk.jpg
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has denied allegations by an employee that his car company overworks and underpays its workers, CNBC reports. Jose Moran, who says he works for Tesla’s San Francisco Fremont plant, wrote a...

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<![CDATA[Uber Taps NASA Engineer to Boost Flying Car Initiative]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:04:24 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/UberFlyingCars.JPG
Just four months after officially joining the flying car revolution, Uber has added a big name to orchestrate its innovative plans.

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<![CDATA[Tesla, SpaceX, Others Sign on to Fight Trump Travel Ban]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:53:57 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/techcompanyamicus.jpg
More than 50 more tech companies signed on late Monday to a friend of the court brief trying to oppose President Donald Trump's travel ban, bringing the total number of those opposed to 150.Ninety three...

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<![CDATA[Hackers Take Down Thousands of ‘Dark Web’ Sites]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:36:13 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/computer+generic2.JPG
Someone claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous compromised a private web hosting service last week, taking down more than 10,000 sites on the highly encrypted "dark web," security researchers said.

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<![CDATA[300 Drones Flew as 1 for Lady Gaga's Super Bowl Show]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:40:50 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Super-Bowl-LI-Flag.jpg
There’s no question that Lady Gaga was on fire all on her own Sunday night, but the singer's Super Bowl extravaganza was made even more electrifying by 300 "Shooting Star" drones floating above in the Houston...
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<![CDATA[Tech Companies File Legal Brief Against Immigration Order]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:18:41 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/632863052-realdonaldtrump-potus-donald-trump-twitter.jpg
Twitter, Uber, Google and Apple were among 97 companies to file a friend-of-the-court brief early Monday with a federal appeals court hearing challenges to President Donald Trump's executive order on...

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<![CDATA[Online Privacy Virtually Nonexistent For Users]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 14:03:25 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NC_techtalker0203_1500x845.jpg
Should internet users expect to see personal information online? With something as simple as a name and the click of a mouse, dozens of websites will fork over your personal information for a small fee...or even sometimes for free.]]>
<![CDATA[Chip or No Chip, Credit Card Fraud on the Rise; Here's Why]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 17:03:51 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_357621665550.jpg
A leading research company says credit card fraud is up 18 percent from 2015. That's about $16 billion in total losses, according to Javelin Strategy & Research.

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<![CDATA[iPhone Sales Soar; Apple Stock Rises After Hours]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:10:23 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_16299610949177-Apple-Earnings.jpg
Apple has become the phone company. And that’s good news for investors in the Cupertino company, watching the stock price (AAPL) rise after the latest earning report.

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<![CDATA[Texas Boy Invents Device to Prevent Hot Car Deaths]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 11:17:32 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/bishop+curry+v.jpg
The number of children who overheated and died inside cars increased across the country last year, and Texas had the highest number of cases. Now a boy from McKinney has invented what he hopes is a life-saving tool that every parent could use. Bishop Curry V says he was inspired to create a device he calls "Oasis" after a baby died in hot minivan last summer outside a home in Melissa.

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<![CDATA[New Images Show Saturn Rings in Dazzling Detail]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 15:46:15 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/208*120/01-31-2017-cassini-saturn-ring-1250.jpg
New images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft provide some of the most detailed close-ups ever of one of space's most dazzling sights -- Saturn's rings.

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<![CDATA[Google Maps Provides Android Users Parking Alerts ]]> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 17:50:51 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/google-maps-street-parking-1.jpg
A new feature on a beta version of Google Maps has arrived for Android users looking for parking in traffic-congested areas.

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<![CDATA[Celebrities, Tech VIPs Drive ACLU's $24M Weekend Surge]]> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 02:25:17 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/GOOGLE_AP_16118529018333.jpg
The American Civil Liberties Union took in more than $24 million over the weekend in a surge of online donations following President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, NBC News reported.The organization typically raises a total of about $4 million online annually.Celebrities including singer Sia and actor Kal Penn appealed for donations on Twitter, while Google created a $4 million crisis fund for the ACLU, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, International Rescue Committee and UNHCR, USA Today reported. The company set aside $2 million in donations that can be matched in employee donations totaling $4 million.
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<![CDATA[In Trump's Twitter Presidency, Experts See Risks and Rewards]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 23:11:25 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_16238456041305.jpg
Former President Barack Obama was the first commander-in-chief to ever send a tweet, but President Donald Trump is pioneering an approach to mass communication that may put Twitter at the center of his strategy, raising legal and security questions, NBC News reported.In his first week on the job, Trump has used an unsecured Android phone to post tweets from his personal Twitter account, and to delete them. His staff initially used a personal email to arrange his government Twitter account, which was updated to a government email on Thursday.Experts said these activities, while perfectly legal, create avoidable risks.Using an unsecured phone, or personal email registration, makes the president more susceptible to hacking.

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<![CDATA[Stunning First Images From New Weather Satellite]]> Fri, 27 Jan 2017 09:50:31 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*160/NOAA1_resize4.jpg
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the first batch of images from GOES-16, the first spacecraft in its next generation of geostationary satellites.]]>
<![CDATA[Buying a TV? Here's How to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck]]> Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:39:05 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/big-screen-tv-GettyImages-93193633.jpg
With Super Bowl LI less than two weeks away, big deals on TVs are starting to crop up. But how do you know if you're getting the best bargain? There is a sweet spot about six months in where you can get the best value.

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<![CDATA[HP Recalls More Than 100,000 Batteries Due to Overheating]]> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:24:49 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/battery_1024.jpg
HP is recalling about 101,000 laptop batteries due to risk of overheating and causing fires.The company has expanded the number of recalled batteries to include those shipped with laptops sold between March 2013 and October 2016. A previous battery issue for the same model led to a recall of 40,000 batteries in June 2016.]]>
<![CDATA[Dementia Patients Get Police Tracking Devices]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 02:22:25 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-dementia-tracking-device-project-lifesaver.jpg
Police in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale are hoping to reduce the time it takes to find missing people diagnosed with dementia by providing patients with tracking devices.

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<![CDATA[Facebook's Zuckerberg Testifies at VR Copyright Trial]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:22:40 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/zuckerberg-trial-dallas.jpg
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in Dallas Tuesday to testify at an intellectual property lawsuit over his company's virtual reality headset. Zuckerberg arrived at the Earle Cabell Federal Building for the trial Tuesday morning, which began Jan. 10. ZeniMax Media, which owns Richardson-based id Software, filed the lawsuit claiming that Facebook-owned Oculus VR stole secrets and technology that led to the development of the headset. Zuckerberg testified Tuesday that he believes the allegations are false.

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<![CDATA[IHOP Says Twitter Account Hacked]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:30:16 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ihop-deleted-tweet-new.jpg
IHOP said that sometime Sunday morning, the company’s Twitter account was hacked when a politically charged retweet appeared that caused some customers to pledge to never eat their golden fluffy pancakes again.
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<![CDATA[Facebook Issues Briefly Affect Some Pages]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:03:36 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/Facebook-generic-1.jpg
Some Facebook pages weren't loading properly Friday for about an hour. The Facebook platform product dashboard didn't indicate any errors, but people on Twitter started tweeting about getting error pages soon after 12 p.m. ET and the website outage tracking page downdetector.com showed widespread outages in the U.S., Europe and Peru. Downdetector said Facebook started having issues at 12:08 p.m. ET. NBC has reached out to Facebook's press department for comment.

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<![CDATA['We Call It a Robot': Exoskeleton Helps Mom Walk Again]]> Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:08:49 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/knbc-exoskeleton-mom.jpg
After doctors originally gave Marylou Soto just pain medication for what was later detected as a seriously damaging cyst to her spinal cord, the Orange County mom now has a second chance to walk again.

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<![CDATA[Yahoo CEO to Resign After Verizon Takeover, Company Says]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:19:55 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/YAHOO_AP_16254012507905.jpg
Yahoo Inc. announced Monday that CEO Marissa Mayer, one of the highest-profile women in the predominantly male tech world, will resign once the company's merger with Verizon Communications Inc. closes, NBC News reported.When Verizon announced the $4.8 billion deal in July, Mayer said she intended to continue as CEO.But in a brief filing Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Yahoo said Mayer and company co-founder David Filo will leave once Verizon takes control of its operating business. Four other board members are leaving with Mayer and Filo, according to document.However, the Verizon deal has been jeopardized by Yahoo's recent discovery of two separate hacking attacks that stole personal information from more than 1 billion user accounts.

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<![CDATA[Echo Accidentally Orders Dollhouses]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:40:49 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/amazon-echo1.jpg
Be careful what you say around Alexa. A San Diego TV station’s report on Friday about an Amazon Echo — and how a young girl in Texas accidentally bought a dollhouse and 4 pounds of cookies through the smart speaker — prompted a slew of dollhouse orders across the region. Here’s what happened: San Diego CW 6 reported on the Texas story, and one of its news anchors said: “I love that little girl saying, 'Alexa ordered me a dollhouse,'” according to the station’s report.

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<![CDATA[Detroit Auto Show Kicks Off With Self-Driving Cars and More]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:29:11 -0800 //media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AutoShowAM0109_MP4-148397187754400001.jpg
The North American International Auto Show opens Monday in Detroit. The concept cars are cool, but in an industry coming off an unprecedented seventh year of record sales, the spotlight is on the moneymakers. "There are a lot of cars here that may not be the flashiest of car, but they are the workhorses of the United States," said Jessica Caldwell, a senior analyst for Edmonds.com.]]>