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Why Verizon and AT&T are suddenly pulling their ads from Google and YouTube

13 hours agoTechnology : Post Tech

AT&T and Verizon are withdrawing much of their advertising from Google amid a widening backlash against the Internet giant's algorithmic ad-placement software. Wednesday's decision reflects concern by the country's biggest telecom companies...Show More Summary

What you should think about before buying Apple’s cheaper iPad and red iPhone

Apple announced several new products Tuesday morning, including a cheaper version of the iPad and a new red shade for the iPhone. Consumers will be able to place their orders for the new devices on Friday. If you’ve been thinking about treating yourself to something new and are intrigued by Apple’s announcements, here are some […]

Three things Samsung says its Bixby assistant will do that Siri can’t

2 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

Samsung on Monday officially revealed Bixby, its new voice assistant and Siri rival. Bixby will debut on the Samsung Galaxy S8, which the firm is revealing later this month, the company said in a blog post. Samsung has voice recognition, called S Voice, on its phones. But analysts have been expecting a more sophisticated AI on […]

The days of owning a car are fading away, thanks to these alternatives

2 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

Recent years have seen an explosion in services that offer a product for a flat monthly fee. No longer the domain of magazines or newspapers, the subscription model now supports everything from streaming music to clothing shipments. Now, that approach is increasingly coming to the automobile. Since its debut in February, between 4,000 and 5,000 people […]

You can now put multiple personalities onto your iPhone — but do you want to?

5 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

The war of the personal digital assistants got hotter this week. Amazon officially announced that it’s putting its Alexa voice assistant on the iPhone. Alexa is available through Amazon’s iOS shopping app. It is not yet available for Android. With Alexa joining Microsoft's Cortana in challenging Siri on Apple's own turf, it brings up the question for consumers of […]

Can’t find a Nintendo Switch? Here’s some good news for you.

5 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

Since the Nintendo Switch has hit shelves, it's been hard to get a hold of it across the country. The console has been either out of stock or egregiously marked up at most major retailers -- with asking prices on eBay going for more than $4,000. But if you've been dying for a Nintendo Switch to […]

Samsung needs its next phone to be a success. Here’s how it may lure you back.

6 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

Samsung is set to debut its next major smartphones on March 29. The new phones, expected to be called the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, are the company's first new flagship phones since Samsung recalled the Galaxy Note 7 over problems with exploding batteries. If history is any indication, it’s likely the phones would hit shelves in […]

The crucial service Trump left out of his massive infrastructure goals, and how the FCC wants to fix it

When politicians talk about infrastructure, they typically mean the basics: Roads, bridges, ports. The electric grid. Maybe rail, if it's lucky. But America's top telecom regulator wants the government to expand that thinking by including a type of network that 3 out of 4 Americans use on a daily basis, but doesn't often make it on the […]

How Google and Levi’s smart jacket shows what’s coming next for wearables

Google and Levi's showed off this week a new joint project: a $350 smart jean jacket. While this jacket literally puts tech on your sleeve, it does it in a subtle way that doesn't require putting another screen on your body. In doing so, it offers a glimpse of what smart fabrics can do and of the […]

Could Google rankings skew an election? New group aims to find out.

A researcher who long has argued that rankings on Google and other search engines can skew elections will announce plans on Tuesday to establish a global monitoring system to detect and counter the political effects of such alleged bias. Robert Epstein, a former editor in chief of Psychology Today and co-founder of a behavioral research institute […]

Facebook says police can’t use its data for ‘surveillance’

Facebook is cutting police departments off from a vast trove of data that has been increasingly used to monitor protestors and activists. The move, which the social network announced Monday, comes in the wake of concerns over law enforcement’s tracking of protesters’ social media accounts in places like Ferguson, Mo. and Baltimore. It also comes […]

Can Amazon Echo help solve a murder? Police will soon find out.

A 2015 Arkansas murder case that had raised privacy questions surrounding “always-on” electronic home devices took a step forward last week after Amazon agreed to release recordings from the murder defendant's Amazon Echo as possible evidence. Show More Summary

Panicked about the WikiLeaks smart TV disclosure? Here’s what you should know.

2 weeks agoTechnology : Post Tech

Samsung on Wednesday said that it is looking into reports based on WikiLeaks documents that the Central Intelligence Agency may have developed a way to access Samsung SmartTVs to control some features of the device and to record conversations within range of the television. According to the documents, which have not been confirmed by the CIA, the agency was able […]

Ex-CIA chief to Stephen Colbert: No, the government is not spying on you through your microwave

2 weeks agoTechnology : Post Tech

Gen. Michael Hayden, the former director of the CIA and National Security Agency, was a guest on CBS's "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on Tuesday ostensibly to promote his new book. Instead, Hayden spent most of his time addressing host Colbert's half-joking questions about the two biggest intelligence-related stories currently in the news. One breaking story […]

The luxury of telling poor people that iPhones are a luxury

2 weeks agoTechnology : Post Tech

A GOP lawmaker is selling his party's vision for the U.S. health care system by presenting Americans with a decision: Your iPhone or your health. "Americans have choices, and they've got to make a choice," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on CNN Tuesday. "So rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and want to […]

‘This is an all hands on deck thing': A former Obama technology adviser on robots, jobs and cyberwarfare

2 weeks agoTechnology : Post Tech

During the Obama administration, R. David Edelman was one of the president's top advisers. As a part of Obama's National Security Council and his National Economic Council, Edelman was among those responsible for crafting U.S. policies on cybersecurity, technology and innovation — at a time when all three were making national headlines. Now, Edelman is headed to […]

Nintendo’s U.S. chief responds to our biggest gripes about the company’s new console

2 weeks agoTechnology : Post Tech

Nintendo's new console, the Switch, is out in the wild and flying off shelves. The Switch has become Nintendo's fastest-selling console in the United States, outpacing the record-selling Wii in its first two days of sales, the company said, although it did not give exact numbers. I got a chance to talk to Nintendo America's […]

Why the CIA is using your TVs, smartphones and cars for spying

2 weeks agoTechnology : Post Tech

The latest revelations about U.S. government’s powerful hacking tools potentially takes surveillance right into the homes and hip pockets of billions of users worldwide, showing how a remarkable variety of every day devices can be turned to spy on their owners. Televisions, smartphones and Internet-connected vehicles are all vulnerable to CIA hacking, according to the […]

Jeff Bezos scores a first paying customer for his growing space company

2 weeks agoTechnology : Post Tech

After years of relying almost exclusively on Jeffrey P. Bezos’s fortune, Blue Origin now has a paying customer that will bring in a precious resource that has been scarce in the company’s 17-year existence: revenue. At a satellite conference Tuesday morning, Bezos announced that Eutelsat Communications, a French-based satellite company, has signed on to be […]

Trump’s new travel ban raises the same Silicon Valley objections

2 weeks agoTechnology : Post Tech

President Trump signed a new, seemingly softened travel ban Monday, but the reaction from Silicon Valley sounded very much the same. "Our sentiment has not changed: President Trump's immigration ban is unjust and wrong," Uber, the ride-hailing company, said in a statement. "Barring people from entering our country because of where they're from was wrong the first […]

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