<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Tech News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/tech http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida http://www.nbcmiami.comen-usFri, 22 Sep 2017 07:49:42 -0400Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:49:42 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[SEC Says Hackers Breached System, Accessed Data]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:59:12 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/166323747-computer-generic.jpg

Hackers breached the filing system of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and may have accessed "nonpublic information" for profit, the agency said in a statement late Wednesday.

The SEC, which regulates the financial securities industry, gave few details on the hack but said the hackers may have made "illicit gain through trading," NBC News reported.

It is not believed that any personally identifiable information or SEC operations were compromised, the agency added.

The hack was first detected in 2016, but the SEC didn't realize until last month that the hackers may have benefited from the data accessed.

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<![CDATA[Companies Help Schools Teach Students How to Work for Them]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:16:00 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/delta+airlines.jpg

Some companies are so set on having workers who know just how their computer systems work that they're partnering with schools to start or invest in job training programs of their own, NBC News reported.

Call it "new collar" jobs, as opposed to white collar and blue collar. They require some specialized education to get the job, but not a four-year degree.

For example, Delta has partnered with 37 aviation maintenance schools to help shed light on the often-technical aviation maintenance technician job. A company executive said that the curriculum required by the Federal Aviation Administration is "very generic" and that it takes at least a year of working at Delta even with certification to be able to sign off on anything as an AMT.

Nationwide, there were 6.2 million job openings at the end of June, a record high, and many of these openings are "new collar jobs that are unfilled as a result of an unskilled and under-skilled workforce," said Eugene Giovannini, chancellor at Tarrant County College in Texas.

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<![CDATA[300 Drones Light Up Night Sky Over Downtown LA]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:54:17 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DIT+WONDER+WOMAN+THUMB.jpg

To celebrate the Blu-ray release of “Wonder Woman,” 300 drones flew over downtown Los Angeles in an illuminated, choreographed art show creating some stunning visuals. Patty Jenkins has signed on to direct the sequel, and the deal will make her the highest-paid female director of all time.

<![CDATA[DHS Tells Feds to Ditch Software From Russia-Linked Lab]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:38:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Kaspersky-lab.jpg

Federal agencies have been ordered to stop using software made by Kaspersky Lab because of concerns about the company’s ties to Russian intelligence.

The Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that the "risk that the Russian government, whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky, could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates U.S. national security."

The move came after mounting concerns about Kaspersky, which is the subject of an ongoing FBI counterintelligence investigation. FBI agents in June paid visits to at least a dozen employees at home, asking questions about that company's operations as part of the inquiry, multiple sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.

A Kaspersky spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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<![CDATA[Apple Rolls Out New iPhone X on iPhone's 10th Anniversary]]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:50:27 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/iphonex-150525398447800002.jpg

Apple has unveiled the iPhone X, a new flagship model that coincides with the tenth anniversary of the popular device. The new phone has an edge-to-edge screen that eliminates the "home" button to unlock it, in favor of a biometrics sensor called Face ID.

<![CDATA[Oops: Apple's Facial Recognition Fails During iPhone X Demo]]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:52:38 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/apple-exec.jpg

Let's face it - that was awkward.

Apple had an embarrassing moment during the tech giant's much-hyped reveal of its new iPhone X Tuesday when a key facial recognition feature failed to work during a demonstration, CNBC reported

The new Face ID feature is supposed to allow you to unlock the $1,000 gadget with a glance, but an Apple exec needed to enter a passcode to get it to work while on-stage Tuesday in California. 

Check out how the facial recognition feature flopped during Apple's demo in the below video.

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<![CDATA[Apple Announces iPhone 8 and iPhone X]]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:59:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/iphonex.jpg

Apple announced their new line of iPhones, which will ship later this year. The lineup includes iPhones 8, 8 Plus and the all-new iPhone X.

<![CDATA[Equifax Execs Sold Stock Before Revealing Massive Breach]]> Thu, 07 Sep 2017 20:24:59 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Equifax-Generic.jpg

A data breach discovered in July may have affected as many as 143 million U.S. consumers, credit tracker Equifax said Thursday.

And three of the company's executives sold nearly $2 million in Equifax shares days after the cyberattack was discovered, SEC filings show.

It was unclear whether their share sales had anything to do with the breach, CNBC reports. An Equifax spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Leaked data includes names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses and some driver's license numbers, CNBC reported. The company added that 209,000 U.S. credit card numbers were also obtained.

Equifax said it is alerting customers whose information was included in the breach via mail, and is working with state and federal authorities. Its private investigation into the breach is complete, the company said.

Consumers who think their personal information may have been compromised in this incident can find out more here.

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<![CDATA[FB Sold Political Ads to Russian Company During Election]]> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 17:39:06 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/FB-event-int.jpg

It is “likely” Russian political operatives spent $100,000 on Facebook ads with “divisive messages” between June 2015 and May 2017, the company said Wednesday.

In a blog post on the issue and the company’s internal investigation, Facebook said the operation involved 3,000 separate ads purchased over a two-year period and appears to have been run out of Russia.

In addition, Facebook found 470 affiliated fake accounts and pages.

About $50,000 of the funds — about 2,200 ads— were potentially related to U.S. politics. The majority of the ads did not reference the U.S. presidential election, voting or a specific candidate.

As CNBC reports, the ads focused on "divisive social and political messages" about hot-button topics including LGBT rights, race, immigration and gun rights. Facebook has shared its findings with U.S. authorities.

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<![CDATA[Hackers Hit US Power Companies, Utilities: Security Firm]]> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 07:41:14 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Hacker506944962.jpg

Advanced hackers have successfully broken into core operations systems after targeting energy companies in the United States and Europe, according to new report from a cybersecurity firm.

Reuters reported that Symantec researchers found malicious email campaigns helped a group, apparently one called Dragonfly, gain entry into U.S. energy firms, as well as in Turkey and Switzerland and likely elsewhere.

The researchers believe the cyberattacks are probably the work of a foreign government, and while their report didn't name Russia, some code strings were in Russian.

The research adds to concerns that utilities and other industrial firms could be susceptible to damaging cyberattacks in a global conflict. In June, the U.S. government alerted firms about a hacking campaign targeting the nuclear and energy sectors.

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<![CDATA['Everyone Deserves a Chance': Silicon Valley Reacts to Trump's DACA Decision]]> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 22:58:30 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/markzuckerberg_1200x675.jpg

The Trump administration on Tuesday decided to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, triggering ripple effects throughout Silicon Valley.

The tech industry is known as a place where immigrants have risen to, and often started, successful companies. The loss of DACA, which gives renewable, two-year permits to immigrants who entered the United States as undocumented minors, is expected to heavily cost Silicon Valley.

“This has a very real impact on the bottom line of companies,” said Peter Leroe-Munoz, the vice president of tech and innovation policy at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

He said certain industries have especially benefited from young immigrant employees.

“Whether in autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence or cyber security, there is a source of intellectual capital that can help grow those technologies here in the US and increase American jobs,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, at the Asian Law Alliance, the phone rang off the hook, with young immigrants from all over the world reacting to the uncertainty of their future.

"There are people who came here from Asian countries, African countries, European countries, obviously people who crossed the southern border from Mexico to California, but the population of DACA recipients (is) very diverse,” said Richard Konda, with the Asian Law Alliance.

The movers and shakers of the tech world on Tuesday vocalized their support for DACA.

"The decision to end DACA is not just wrong,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American Dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it."

Dara Khosrowshahi, who was recently named the chief executive of San Francisco-based ridesharing company Uber echoed the sentiment.

“It's against our values to turn our backs on #DREAMers. Everyone deserves a chance to work, study and contribute - the #AmericanDream!” he wrote on Twitter.

NBC Bay Area's Rhea Mahbubani contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Apple's iPhone 8 Event Set for Sept. 12]]> Thu, 31 Aug 2017 12:29:11 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP111004191461.jpg

Apple will host its iPhone 8 event on Sept. 12, CNBC reported. The company sent invites out to the press with a note: "Let's meet at our place.

Please join us for the first-ever event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino."

Apple is expected to unveil three new iPhones, including the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and iPhone 8. A 4K Apple TV is also reportedly on the docket, according to CNBC.

Apple provided few details in its announcement but has previously rolled out new iPhones at its September events. 

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<![CDATA[New Wearable Tech to Defend Against Sexual Assault]]> Fri, 25 Aug 2017 11:37:43 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/NC_cn11funmix_1500x845.jpg

One in five women are sexually assaulted or raped while in college. Take a look at these new tools that aim to help combat the problem through technology.

<![CDATA[Man 'Furious' After Daughter's Disturbing Encounter on Game App]]> Thu, 24 Aug 2017 07:38:46 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/dad+fb+post.jpg

Warning: Details in this story may be disturbing for some users

A suburban Chicago dad has issued a now-viral warning to parents after he made a disturbing discovery on a popular app being used by his 7-year-old daughter.

Brad Summer, of Batavia, said he and his wife allowed their daughter to use the app Musical.ly on their phones while under supervision by an adult.

“She used this app to connect with her cousins and make goofy duets of songs together,” he wrote on Facebook.

But what he said was a fun, family-friendly game, quickly made him “furious.”

Summer said someone pretending to be 9 years old had messaged his daughter via the app and his daughter alerted him to the disturbing exchange.

“First I want to say how proud of our daughter I am and want this to be a warning to your families,” he wrote.

In screenshots posted by Summer, the messages show someone identified only as “Jessy” asking the young girl how old she is. The person then asks the girl to send a photo of herself.

When the girl sends a selfie, the person says “looking nice” and “send me your pics without t-shirt.”

“I like to see your body without t-shirt,” one message read.

The girl tells the person she can’t, but they continue to press for photos, saying “don’t tell to anyone” and “it’s secret between us only.”

Then, the young girl’s father chimes in.

“I am her father and I am a police officer,” the message reads. “We have documented your ip address and location. I recommend that you refrain from any other contact.”

Summer said he called police and handed the phone over so they could pull information in hopes of tracking the person down.

He said he knows some might criticize his parenting but said “we never thought like predators and I guess we were naïve in thinking our daughter safe on what we thought to be a kid friendly app.”

“We live and learn and I continue to do so everyday as a parent,” he wrote. “This post is meant as a warning call to others that let their children use this app. This post wasn't meant for people telling me how to raise my child. My child came and told me and it didn't get any further luckily. She followed what I taught her. I'm sure that others families aren't so lucky. The world we live in needs focus on these types of things, say what you will.”

Summer’s post has been shared more than 80,000 times and liked more than 18,000 times.

Musical.ly did not respond to NBC Chicago’s request for comment, but the app’s rules prohibit anyone under the age of 13 from using it.

The app’s website also provides resources for parents on internet safety and cyberbullying and details how to change message settings so only approved followers can message an account.

“If you’d like to make sure that only approved followers can send messages via direct.ly, we recommend enabling the ‘only friends can direct.ly me’ on the settings page,” the website reads. “With these private settings enabled, only approved followers can view your teen’s videos and send them messages.”

Summer said since his posting, he’s received support from parents across the world.

“This story has spread through almost every continent and the replies have been overwhelmingly touching,” he wrote. “From those who comment, to those of you who send me a PM, I read each and every one. I have been given advice, other sites to look out for and most appreciated, the encouragement to keep fighting.”

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<![CDATA[Meet 'Pepper' the Robot Priest]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:35:45 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_ROBOT_PREIST_082317_1-150352176110200001.jpg

Japanese telecommunications company Softbank has built a robot programmed to fulfill religious duties. The robot, named "Pepper," is on display at a funeral and cemetery expo in Tokyo.

<![CDATA[Samsung Unveils New Galaxy Note 8, Successor to Note 7]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:44:19 -0400 http://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_SAMSUNG_NOTE_082317_1-150351962828700001.jpg

Samsung announced its newest smartphone, the Galaxy Note 8, on Aug. 23. The new phone is the successor to the Galaxy Note 7, which was recalled when dozens caught fire because of a battery problem.