Total Disruption: T-Mobile & Sprint Finally Merge

T-Mobile and Sprint announced Sunday that they reached an agreement to combine into a new company that would reshape the U.S. wireless landscape by reducing it to three major cellphone providers.  The deal would help the companies slash costs and could make them a stronger competitor to the larger AT&T and Verizon. But consumers might see higher prices because the...

Damn! Bill Cosby Found Guilty of Drugging, Molesting Woman

Bill Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing the spectacular late-life downfall of a comedian who broke racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom as America's Dad. Cosby, 80, could get up to 10 years in prison on each of the three counts...

Are Social Security Numbers Outdated. So Why Do Americans Use Them?

The form of identification has become dangerously risky to use in the digital age. The world has changed faster than our infrastructure or policymakers can keep up with. Case in point: the American Social Security number. What was once a simple administrative number is now an antiquated form of national identification that has become dangerously risky to use in the digital age. It...

FBI’s Big Data Reveals Some of the Most Violent Cities In Mostly Every State

The FBI recently released crime statistics that the agency compiled from US cities with a population over 100,000 between January 2017 to June 2017. Among the data was the number of violent crimes committed in these cities, including murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. We then took these violent crime rates per 10,000 people to rank the most violent city in each...

Blurred Lines: Child Advocates Ask FTC to Investigate YouTube

Read carefully through the fine print of YouTube’s terms of service and you might notice that you’ve affirmed you are old enough to watch it. “If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use the service,” the terms say. “There are lots of other great web sites for you.” It’s a warning that goes unheeded by millions...

What Are You Looking At? The Government Wants To Know

The Social Security Administration wants to look deep into your eyes to learn your most ardent desires—or at least what you’re looking at most on their websites. The agency issued a request for information Wednesday seeking eye-tracking technologies to help improve the user experience on its sites. Social Security already does usability testing but wants an eye-tracking capability to improve the data...

Meet The Man Who Tried To Marry His Laptop

A man who tried to marry his laptop in a legal fight against same-sex marriage is promoting legislation across the country to require a filter to block pornography and human trafficking websites that would be lifted if a user pays $20. The measure pushed by Chris Sevier has been described as the "Elizabeth Smart Law" after the girl who was...

How Facebook Was Able To Steal Your Phone Calls & Text Log

The news that Facebook’s Android app has been collecting call and text histories is yet another black eye for the social media giant. But just why was Facebook able to siphon off records of who its users were contacting — and when — in the first place? The short answer: Because Google let it. The longer answer: Well, it’s complicated. The social network acknowledged...

China Censors ‘Winnie the Pooh’ Social Media Posts Amid Xi Criticism

China has launched a social media crackdown after criticism of President Xi Jinping's plan to remain in office indefinitely was revealed.Searches for "I object", "proclaimed king", "tenure system" and "Winnie the Pooh" - the portly cartoon character which Mr Xi has often been compared - were blocked. Some articles reporting the news were also taken down, while pieces praising the...

Tech This Out: Enter The New Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung unveiled new smartphones with largely unchanged designs and incremental improvements such as a better camera — accompanied by a second annual price increase for many customers. The static design of the new Galaxy S9 underscores both the slowing pace of smartphone innovation and the extent to which other manufacturers, particularly Apple, have caught up with Samsung features that once...