Facebook’s New Patent System Can Use Your Smartphone’s Mic to Monitor Your TV Habits

Facebook has found itself in hot water for violating its users' privacy again and again. Though the social media giant has sworn to turn over a new leaf, the company filed a patent earlier this month for some tech that might make people uncomfortable. The patent presents a way for Facebook to remotely turn on the microphone in a user's device, and prompt it to start recording....

Why YouTube Will Dominate the Future of Cable TV

Since cutting the cable cord more than four years ago, I've made the rounds of streaming TV services. I've been a subscriber of Netflix, Hulu, Hulu Live TV, AT&T's DirecTV Now, and Dish Network's Sling TV at various times with varying results. But every service has its weaknesses, especially when it comes to the availability of live sports.  This year, I made the switch...

$17 Billion Deleted From Cryptocurrency Market in 24 Hours as Ethereum Falls 7%

The cryptocurrency market has recorded a loss of over $17 billion in the past 24 hours, triggered by the loss of major cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, and EOS. EOS recorded the largest loss amongst major digital assets, demonstrating a loss of more than 10 percent overnight. Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, Stellar, and Cardano fell behind EOS, falling...

Intel’s Brian Krzanich Forced Out As CEO After ‘Consensual Relationship’ with Employee

Intel's Brian Krzanich was forced out as CEO following an investigation into a "consensual relationship with an Intel employee," the company announced Thursday. Krzanich has also left the board, it said.Chief financial officer Robert Swan will step in as interim CEO, effective immediately, and the board has already begun the search for a permanent replacement. "An ongoing investigation by internal and external counsel...

Watch This Drone Use AI To Spot Violence In Crowds from the Sky

Researchers say the technology can spot stabbings, shootings and brawls, but civil libertarians have warned that software like it could lead to mass surveillance. The right machine learning algorithms can let aerial surveillance systems spot when people are being violent on the ground, according to research from researchers in the U.K. and India. The researchers trained a deep learning neural network using...

Hawaii: Using Drones to Save People Trapped by Hot Lava

They’ve also been faster and safer than putting boots on the ground, a department official said. Navigating a field of hot lava makes for a fun kids game, but it’s far more terrifying in real life. On May 27, one unfortunate individual was in that exact situation, surrounded by molten rock flowing from the Mount Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. But the Interior Department...

Tech This Out: These New 3D-Printed Corneas Could Help 15 Million People See Again

A team of English researchers has developed a novel piece of biotechnology that could wind up helping millions get their eyesight back. It’s another marvel of three-dimensional printing, using stem cells, collagen, and a type of polysaccharide called alginate to create a so-called “bio-ink” that can be used to print a cornea. It’s not yet on the market, but if...

Coca-Cola’s New Soda Machines Using Bluetooth To Help You Make Personalized Drinks

Look out world, Coca-Cola is introducing beverages to Bluetooth. On Friday, the company announced its brand new soda machine, the Coca-Cola Freestyle 9100, which will utilize Bluetooth connectivity to allow users connect via the Freestyle mobile app. Remember how Coca-Cola Freestyle brought its innovative touch screen soda machines — stocked with close to 200 drink options — to eateries, college campuses, and...

New Tech Startup’s Racial-Profiling Algorithm Shows AI Can Be Dangerous Way Before Any Robot Apocalypse

The new algorithm which promises to accurately look at images of people and determine their ethnic background. The biggest danger AI poses today isn’t the potential of killer robots or Roko’s Basilisk—it’s the potential to scale bias and racism to the size of the internet. The latest example of this is an “ethnicity detection” algorithm marketed by Moscow-based NtechLab as an “upcoming...

Amazon: Echo Device Sent Conversation To Family’s Fontact

An “unlikely” string of events prompted Amazon’s Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family’s private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle, the company said Thursday. The woman told KIRO-TV that two weeks ago an employee of her husband contacted them to say he thought their device had been hacked. He told them he had...