<![CDATA[NBC 6 South Florida - Tech News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/tech http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+6+LOGO+GOOGLE.png NBC 6 South Florida https://www.nbcmiami.comen-usTue, 22 May 2018 20:57:50 -0400Tue, 22 May 2018 20:57:50 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Amazon Done Visiting the 20 Contenders for New HQ: Sources]]> Wed, 16 May 2018 13:47:17 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_17290781101684-Amazon-Headquarters.jpg

Amazon is done visiting the 20 cities that are finalists in its search for a second headquarters, sources close to the process told NBC News Wednesday.

Amazon's "HQ2" will bring a $5 billion investment and as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs, the e-commerce giant has said.

While Seattle-based Amazon hasn't revealed many details about the decision-making process, it has said it's been looking to find "a city that is excited to work with us and where our customers, employees, and the community can all benefit."

Some cities in the top 20 have reported a surge in economic development inquiries from other companies since the list was released in January.

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<![CDATA[Musk Tells Tesla Employees of Major Upcoming Shakeup: Memo]]> Mon, 14 May 2018 12:49:43 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Elon-Musk-Tesla.jpg

Tesla CEO Elon Musk plans to "flatten" the company's structure, he told employees in a memo obtained by CNBC Monday.

"To ensure that Tesla is well prepared for the future, we have been undertaking a thorough reorganization of our company," Musk said.

The Wall Street Journal first reported about the memo. Tesla declined to comment to CNBC.

Tesla has recently been burning through billions in cash and Musk had warned that the company would be making some changes.

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<![CDATA[Tesla's Top Vehicle Engineer Is 'Taking Time Off' ]]> Sat, 12 May 2018 01:58:49 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/teslamodel3AP_18106125253598.jpg

Amid issues with the Model 3 sedan, Tesla’s senior vice-president of engineering is leaving the company for what the automaker has characterized as a leave of absence, #mce_temp_url#CNBC reported.

Doug Field is reportedly taking a step back from his duties to “recharge and spend time with his family,” according to a Tesla spokesperson, who also said Field has not left the company. Tesla declined to answer questions about Field’s expected return.

Field is responsible for the development of new vehicles at Tesla, including the Model 3 electric sedan. While the company’s future depends on efficient, high-volume production of the car, they have failed to hit their production goals for the vehicle. It has not yet released the $35,000 base model of the car.

In April, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that he would take over responsibilities for Model 3 production from Field. 

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<![CDATA[SpaceX's Dragon Supply Ship Leaves ISS]]> Sat, 05 May 2018 13:48:28 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_22_27.Still003.jpg

The resupply ship, carrying 4,000 pounds of NASA equipment, left the International Space Station and before splashing down in Baja, California.

<![CDATA[Political World Braces for The Next Generation of Fake News]]> Fri, 04 May 2018 16:50:24 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/phone-getty.jpg

Have you ever wanted to manipulate the facial expressions of political leaders or copy a politicians voice to make them say exactly what you want? thanks to new technology, now you can. 

The rapid advancement of audio and video manipulation tools has a number of lawmakers, technology experts and campaign consultants concerned about what the future of "fake news" will look like, NBC News reported. And it doesn’t take much imagination to see the disruptive impact an authentic looking or sounding piece of media could have on politics, diplomacy, the economy and beyond. 

The issue was thrust into the national spotlight last month when Buzzfeed partnered with the filmmaker Jordan Peele to create a video of former President Barack Obama appearing to deliver a public service announcement about the potential impact of manipulated media. Only it wasn’t Obama. Instead it was Peele’s impersonation of Obama.

The video showcases both the potential and the limits of where the technology stands. A casual observer could be forgiven at first for mistaking the video for a genuine presidential message, especially if watching on a mobile device. A closer look is less impressive, but it may not be long before the signs of tampering become nearly impossible to pick up with the untrained eye.

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<![CDATA[YouTuber Raises Money for Musk's Couch, Donates to Charity]]> Fri, 04 May 2018 14:13:44 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/BenSullinsTESLA.JPG

Lots of us heard Elon Musk say he was tired, overworked, and sleeping on the Tesla factory floor.

Most of us probably giggled, or maybe said "just get those Model 3’s made" under our breath.

But one San Diego resident, Ben Sullins, went to work.

Sullins, host of a YouTube show called “Teslanomics,” thought it would be funny to try to raise enough money to buy the Tesla CEO a couch after he saw Musk's interview on "CBS This Morning" where he said he's under a lot of stress to get the Model 3 production on track. 

Thanks to fans on Sullins' channel, Twitter and GoFundMe, the fundraising idea took off.

“People love Elon Musk,” Sullins said. “They believe in the mission.”

People believe enough to raise $8,500 on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe. The Tesla Club of Sweden also raised another $1,500, way more than enough to buy a nice couch.

Tesla itself decided to get involved, matching donations dollar for dollar and when the cushions cleared, Sullins had raised $18,000.

Then, furniture company Wayfair donated the couch, and Sullins decided the money should go to charity.

Sullins went back to the internet and held a vote among donors on where the money should be donated. All the money will go to UK-based Renewable World, which fights poverty through renewable energy.

Sullins delivered the couch to Fremont’s Tesla factory, and although he didn’t get to meet Musk himself, he said the whole project made him feel great.

“I’m completely floored by the whole thing,” Sullins said. “To put all the money to charity, that’s icing on the cake.”

Rest well, Elon. And get those Model 3s made.

Scott Budman follows Musk, and Tesla, on Twitter: @scottbudman

Photo Credit: Ben Sullins]]>
<![CDATA[Twitter Tells All Users to Change Passwords as Precaution]]> Fri, 04 May 2018 03:18:21 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Twitter24.jpg

Twitter on Thursday advised all users to change their passwords after the company discovered a bug that stored unmasked passwords.

The social media company said that the bug was fixed and that there was "no indication of breach or misuse by anyone." It urged its more than 300 million users to change their passwords on all services that use the same password.

Twitter said it uses a standard industry process to mask the passwords with a random set of numbers and letters that are stored in Twitter’s system. The bug allowed the password to be stored before the process happened, Twitter said.

Experts say anyone who reuses a password increases their chances of falling victim to data theft.

Hackers often test big batches of passwords stolen in one breach against other potentially sensitive accounts, a practice called "credential stuffing," the Associate Press reported.

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<![CDATA[Cambridge Analytica Shutting Down After Facebook Scandal]]> Wed, 02 May 2018 14:42:42 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-938093784.jpg

The political research firm accused of improperly gaining access to the sensitive user information of as many as 87 million Facebook users is shutting down, NBC News confirmed.

Cambridge Analytica, which had ties to Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, is shutting down following a whirlwind of privacy and data collection allegations in recent months, CNBC reported.

The firm is shuttering in part due to mounting legal fees associated with its investigation into whether there had been any wrongdoing with regard to Facebook data, according to the Wall Street Journal who first reported the move.

"Despite Cambridge Analytica’s unwavering confidence that its employees have acted ethically and lawfull the siege of media coverage has driven away virtually all of the company’s customers and suppliers," the company wrote in a statement. "As a result, it has been determined that it is no longer viable to continue operating the business, which left Cambridge Analytica with no realistic alternative to placing the company into administration."

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<![CDATA[Facebook Looking Into Claim That Employee Stalks Women]]> Tue, 01 May 2018 18:44:19 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/AP_18088666533179-Facebook-in-the-Spotlight.jpg

Facebook is investigating a claim that a security engineer took advantage of his position to access information he then used to stalk women online, the social media giant confirmed on Monday to Motherboard.

The claim surfaced in a tweet Sunday by the founder of Spyglass Security, a cybersecurity consultancy, who alleged she received copies of a user's text conversation from the dating app Tinder that showed "a security engineer currently employed at Facebook is likely using privileged access to stalk women online."

NBC News has not received or reviewed the chat messages Stokes referenced, but a screenshot of a text message she added to the thread showed one participant saying that their job involved being "more than" a security analyst. The user said they try to "figure out who hackers are in real life... so professional stalker."

"I have to say that you are hard to find," the user added, "lol."

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<![CDATA[Twitter to Produce Original Shows With NBC, Others]]> Mon, 30 Apr 2018 19:40:57 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/twitter25.jpg

NBCUniversal, Disney and Viacom — among other media companies — will be making original shows for Twitter.

The company on Monday announced more than 30 new partnerships at its NewFront event in New York, an annual presentation of video content for advertisers.

"We're not guessing: We're listening," Twitter's head of content Kay Madati said at the event. "People on our service tell us directly what they want to see through conversations on Twitter."

Twitter daily video views have doubled over the past year. The company previously announced video makes up half its advertising revenue.

NBCUniversal is the parent company of NBC News, CNBC and this station.

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<![CDATA[T-Mobile Seals Blockbuster Sprint Merger Deal]]> Sun, 29 Apr 2018 16:44:12 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-526664952.jpg

Sprint and T-Mobile have sealed a blockbuster merger agreement, producing a telecom behemoth that values the combined company at $146 billion, the two carriers announced on Sunday.

The proposed all-stock deal values Sprint at about $59 billion and the combined company at $146 billion, including debt, CNBC reported. Without debt, the combined company is valued at $26.5 billion.

The new company — which is touting an ability to create a large scale 5G network and thousands of U.S. jobs — will preserve T-Mobile's name, and will have dual headquarters in Bellevue, Wash. and Overland Park, Kan. John Legere, T-Mobile's current CEO, will retain the top job in the newly formed company.

If approved, the combined T-Mobile would have an estimated 120 million subscribers, but would be better positioned to compete against the two largest U.S. carriers, Verizon and ATT, both of which have more than 100 million subscribers each.

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<![CDATA[New Gmail Features 'Nudges' for Procrastinators ]]> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:21:23 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/gmailiconlogoAP_1200x675.jpg

Google is giving Gmail a makeover for its 1.4 billion users with new tools and features, including most notably, disappearing messages the tech giant announced Wednesday, NBC News reported. 

At first glance, the new Gmail design tweaks are subtle, including a new side panel for accessing calendars and tasks and large, color-coded warnings on suspicious emails, NBC News reported.

Some of the features include a user deciding whether a message could disappear now or five years from now and the option to revoke an email at any time. For procrastinators, a new feature will also "nudge" remind users how much has past since receiving an email, NBC News reported. 

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<![CDATA[Funky Finding: Study Confirms Uranus Smells Really Bad]]> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:15:08 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/pia18182-uranus-voyager1.jpg

Scientists have confirmed that the planet Uranus smells like farts and rotten eggs — and, yes, NASA already made the joke you're thinking of.

A team of scientists determined that the seventh planet from the sun, whose name has long made it the subject of schoolyard wisecracks, has hydrogen sulfide in the clouds surrounding its surface. That's the chemical behind the smell of rotten eggs, NASA said Tuesday in a news release. It's the same noxious gas behind the smell of passed gas.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory put it more succinctly in a tweet: "The science is in: Uranus stinks."

The funky finding, published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy, comes after an international team of researchers analyzed light from Uranus captured by a telescope atop Hawaii's highest mountain, Mauna Kea.

But its smell won't threaten human nostrils any time soon, according to the study's lead author.

"Suffocation and exposure in the negative 200 degrees Celsius [392 degrees Fahrenheit] atmosphere made of mostly hydrogen, helium and methane would take its toll long before the smell," said Patrick Irwin, of Oxford University, in the NASA news release.

Jupiter and Saturn would have a different smell, according to the news release, since they've been found to have ammonia, not hydrogen sulfide, in their cloud decks.

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<![CDATA[Alexa for Kids: Amazon Aims to Help Parents With New Device]]> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:07:19 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/Amazon-Echo-Dot-Kids-Edition.jpg

Amazon unveiled the Echo Dot Kids Edition on Wednesday, telling NBC News that the device is meant to help children spend less time in front of screens and reinforce good manners.

The device also has parental controls, time limits and activity review.

The company stressed that third-party app developers don't get access to a child's data or information.

A spokesman said Amazon does not "share any information, we don't share audio recordings or any identifiable personal information to those developers."

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<![CDATA[How to Watch the Lyrid Meteor Shower]]> Sat, 21 Apr 2018 17:48:44 -0400 https://media.nbcmiami.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-588663534.jpg

If you like shooting stars, you're in luck. The annual Lyrid meteor shower, which got going this year on April 16, is expected to peak in the early morning on Sunday, April 22, NBC News MACH reported.

Your best bet for seeing the action will come after the moon sets at around midnight local time. Find an area far from sources of light and buildings or other possible obstructions, lie face-up on a blanket or lawn chair with your feet facing east, and simply look up.

The Lyrids aren't as spectacular as the Perseids, which return each August. But with the first recorded sighting of the Lyrids going all the way back to 687 B.C., they're the oldest known meteor shower.

Skywatchers should expect an average display this time. Though the Lyrids have been known to produce up to 90 meteors per hour, this year most people should expect to see about 10 per hour.

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