Tech This Out: The U.S. Military Is Chopping Up Its Iron Man Suit For Parts

When Adm. William McRaven announced in May 2013 that the military would create a next-generation, bulletproof super suit for elite soldiers, the effort immediately became an object of hype, speculation, and skepticism. The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, project—more popularly known as Iron Man—sounded like it came from a Stan Lee fever dream. It was meant to endow its wearer with...

Coders: Making America Great

The civic tech organization is focused on four big problems. In the civic tech community, Code for America’s annual summit is an important gathering to learn from and interact with the best and brightest in the world of government technology. This week, the San Francisco-based organization released its call for proposals for the 2019 summit, which is scheduled for May 29-31...

Could China Be The World’s Most Perfect ‘Surveillance State’

China's growing prowess in cyberspace is a bigger, more dangerous threat to the United States than Russia's attempt to undermine U.S. elections, Washington's top intelligence official said, warning that Beijing is on a path that could lead to global supremacy. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats characterized the Chinese threat as deliberate, methodical and subtle, allowing it to escape the...

US Government Hacker Jailed After Stupid Move

Nghia Hoang Pho, 68, who developed hacking tools for the National Security Agency, illegally stored material on his home computer. A man who illegally took home hacking tools from his workplace at the National Security Agency, and then allegedly lost them to Russian intelligence, has been jailed for five years and six months. Nghia Hoang Pho, 68, developed hacking tools at...

White House ‘Plans To Investigate Facebook and Google’

The White House has drafted an executive order for Donald Trump which would instruct federal agencies to investigate the business practices of technology giants including Facebook and Google. Without naming specific companies, a draft copy of the order, obtained by Bloomberg, instructs antitrust (competition law) authorities to "thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust...

WTF: The Pentagon Declares War on Scooters

The Pentagon hates your little scooters, too. In fact, DoD would like you and your ride-sharing company to know that if you leave your rental scooters or shared-bicycles anywhere on Pentagon property, they will be impounded, right quick. Last week, Pentagon police in one day found seven abandoned, stand-up style motorized scooters around its property. It’s the latest example of the vehicles showing...

Google Defends Gmail Data Sharing

Google provided details of how it protects user data in Gmail from third-party apps. In a letter to US lawmakers, Google said it uses automated scans to help monitor third parties with access to Google data. Alphabet Inc's Google defended how it polices third-party add-ons for Gmail in a letter to U.S. senators made public on Thursday, saying that upfront...

Social Media Platforms Such As Instagram More Secure Than State Department Email

Four U.S. senators are asking for enhanced security for email. Instagram, a popular photo sharing app, officially has more tighter cybersecurity than nearly 90 percent of State Department officials. Like many apps, Instagram now allows users to use two-factor authentication to reduce the risk of being hacked. Two-factor authentication is recommended by most security officials as a basic measure to keep...

France Is Taking Google To Court To Control Content Globally

The country's data regulator wants the power to remove content from all Google domains under the "right to be forgotten". France is headed to the European Court of Justice to establish whether it can force companies such as Google to de-list search results globally. France's data regulator is seeking clarification on whether material removed under the "right to be forgotten"...

Apple Informs U.S Lawmakers iPhones Are Not Listening In On Your Consumers

Apple Inc told U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday that its iPhones do not listen to users without their consent and do not allow third-party apps to do so either, after lawmakers asked the company if its devices were invading users’ privacy. Representatives Greg Walden, Marsha Blackburn, Gregg Harper and Robert Latta wrote to Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook and Alphabet Inc...