<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Tech News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/tech http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usFri, 24 Feb 2017 07:38:13 -0600Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:38:13 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[TV Snooping: What Your Tube Knows]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:49:59 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/TechTalker0224_MP4-148793967321000001.jpg
Similar to internet ads that follow you while you are shopping, smart TVs can snoop on what shows you watch, what you search for, or even your daily television patterns.]]>
<![CDATA[Bill Gates Thinks It May Be Time to Tax Robots]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:05:44 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/Bill_Gates.jpg
Bill Gates sees an upside to the robots taking jobs from humans: taxes. Harnessing technology helped make Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, the richest man in the world. Now, told the publication Quartz that technology can be harnessed to help maintain the social safety net for the communities that lose jobs because of automation. "Right now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed and you get income tax, social security tax, all those things," Gates said in the interview. "If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you’d think that we’d tax the robot at a similar level."

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<![CDATA[Young Adults More Likely Than Teens to Text and Drive: Study]]> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:39:44 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-565978511.jpg
A new study by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety confirmed that millennials can’t seem to put down their cellphones, even when they’re behind the wheel. After surveying over 2,500 Americans, AAA concluded that 19- to 24-year-olds are more inclined than any other age group to check their phones for texts while in the driver’s seat.

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<![CDATA[Apple Unveils New 'Planet of the Apps' Show]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:45:40 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_16294465474204-iphone-charger.jpg
Apple revealed the first trailer for its upcoming TV reality show "Planet of the Apps," an unscripted series about apps and the talented developers who make them.The show, a mashup of "Shark Tank" and "The Voice," features an "escalator pitch," a celebrity panel and some of Silicon Valley's heavy hitters.

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<![CDATA[Keith Morrison Is a New Guest Voice on Waze App]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:02:15 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Keith-Morrison.jpg
Keith Morrison and Waze have a special Valentine's Day present for fans of NBC's "Dateline," which is turning 25. Morrison is a limited-edition voice guide on the traffic navigation app starting Feb. 14, NBC News reported. He'll guide you around traffic and construction and help you avoid those pesky potholes. To get Keith's voice, Waze app users should go to Settings in the app, hit Voice Directions and scroll down to Keith Morrison.

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<![CDATA[Elon Musk Bashes Claim of Unfair Work Conditions at Tesla]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:35:47 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-479833756-Musk.jpg
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has denied allegations by an employee that his car company overworks and underpays its workers, CNBC reports. Jose Moran, who says he works for Tesla’s San Francisco Fremont plant, wrote a scathing blog post about his working conditions, including "excessive mandatory overtime." Musk responded in a Twitter direct message to tech news site Gizmodo, saying, "Frankly, I find this attack to be morally outrageous.” He suggested that Moran had been placed at Tesla by labor union United Auto Workers, which tasked him with agitating for unionization. UAW called Musk’s claim "fake news" in a statement to CNBC.

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<![CDATA[Uber Taps NASA Engineer to Boost Flying Car Initiative]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:04:24 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/UberFlyingCars.JPG
Just four months after officially joining the flying car revolution, Uber has added a big name to orchestrate its innovative plans.

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<![CDATA[Hackers Take Down Thousands of ‘Dark Web’ Sites]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 19:36:13 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/computer+generic2.JPG
Someone claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous compromised a private web hosting service last week, taking down more than 10,000 sites on the highly encrypted "dark web," security researchers said. As NBC News reports, the hacker or hackers broke into the hidden web hosting service Freedom Hosting II, claiming to have harvested all of the sites' files and its database, totaling almost 80 gigabytes of material. "Dark web" is the term used to describe the networks of private sites that exist on the same public internet you use at home and at work but that are accessible only through special software or access configurations. Sites on the dark web are often used for legitimate, even laudable, purposes, but they are also often used to shield illegal activities from law enforcement, particularly black markets in weapons, drugs and child pornography.

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<![CDATA[300 Drones Flew as 1 for Lady Gaga's Super Bowl Show]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:40:50 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Super-Bowl-LI-Flag.jpg
There’s no question that Lady Gaga was on fire all on her own Sunday night, but the singer's Super Bowl extravaganza was made even more electrifying by 300 "Shooting Star" drones floating above in the Houston sky. They were run by Santa Clara, California-based Intel, which proudly tweeted about its tech throughout the Big Game. The colorful quadcopter drones, which weigh less than a volleyball and can generate over 4 billion color combinations together, are created for use festivals and other events, the company says, and have the audience's safety in mind.
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<![CDATA[Tech Companies File Legal Brief Against Immigration Order]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 14:18:41 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/632863052-realdonaldtrump-potus-donald-trump-twitter.jpg
Twitter, Uber, Google and Apple were among 97 companies to file a friend-of-the-court brief early Monday with a federal appeals court hearing challenges to President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, NBC News reported.In the filing, known in legalese as an amicus curiae brief, the companies claim the order “is inflicting substantial harm” on U.S. businesses."It hinders the ability of American companies to attract great talent; increases costs imposed on business; makes it more difficult for American firms to compete in the international market- place; and gives global enterprises a new, significant incentive to build operations—and hire new employees—outside the United States,” the brief filed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco read.The brief also argues that the order violates 1965 immigration legislation, signed into law by former President Lyndon Johnson, which prohibited discrimination on the basis of national origin when granting asylum to foreign travelers.

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<![CDATA[Online Privacy Virtually Nonexistent For Users]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:03:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_techtalker0203_1500x845.jpg
Should internet users expect to see personal information online? With something as simple as a name and the click of a mouse, dozens of websites will fork over your personal information for a small fee...or even sometimes for free.]]>
<![CDATA[Texas Boy Invents Device to Prevent Hot Car Deaths]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:17:32 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/bishop+curry+v.jpg
The number of children who overheated and died inside cars increased across the country last year, and Texas had the highest number of cases. Now a boy from McKinney has invented what he hopes is a life-saving tool that every parent could use. Bishop Curry V says he was inspired to create a device he calls "Oasis" after a baby died in hot minivan last summer outside a home in Melissa.

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<![CDATA[Celebrities, Tech VIPs Drive ACLU's $24M Weekend Surge]]> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 04:25:17 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GOOGLE_AP_16118529018333.jpg
The American Civil Liberties Union took in more than $24 million over the weekend in a surge of online donations following President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, NBC News reported.The organization typically raises a total of about $4 million online annually.Celebrities including singer Sia and actor Kal Penn appealed for donations on Twitter, while Google created a $4 million crisis fund for the ACLU, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, International Rescue Committee and UNHCR, USA Today reported. The company set aside $2 million in donations that can be matched in employee donations totaling $4 million.
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<![CDATA[In Trump's Twitter Presidency, Experts See Risks and Rewards]]> Fri, 27 Jan 2017 01:11:25 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_16238456041305.jpg
Former President Barack Obama was the first commander-in-chief to ever send a tweet, but President Donald Trump is pioneering an approach to mass communication that may put Twitter at the center of his strategy, raising legal and security questions, NBC News reported.In his first week on the job, Trump has used an unsecured Android phone to post tweets from his personal Twitter account, and to delete them. His staff initially used a personal email to arrange his government Twitter account, which was updated to a government email on Thursday.Experts said these activities, while perfectly legal, create avoidable risks.Using an unsecured phone, or personal email registration, makes the president more susceptible to hacking.

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<![CDATA[HP Recalls More Than 100,000 Batteries Due to Overheating]]> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:24:49 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/battery_1024.jpg
HP is recalling about 101,000 laptop batteries due to risk of overheating and causing fires.The company has expanded the number of recalled batteries to include those shipped with laptops sold between March 2013 and October 2016. A previous battery issue for the same model led to a recall of 40,000 batteries in June 2016.]]>
<![CDATA[Facebook's Zuckerberg Testifies at VR Copyright Trial]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:22:40 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/zuckerberg-trial-dallas.jpg
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in Dallas Tuesday to testify at an intellectual property lawsuit over his company's virtual reality headset. Zuckerberg arrived at the Earle Cabell Federal Building for the trial Tuesday morning, which began Jan. 10. ZeniMax Media, which owns Richardson-based id Software, filed the lawsuit claiming that Facebook-owned Oculus VR stole secrets and technology that led to the development of the headset. Zuckerberg testified Tuesday that he believes the allegations are false.

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<![CDATA[IHOP: Our Twitter Was Hacked]]> Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:30:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ihop-deleted-tweet-new.jpg
IHOP said that sometime Sunday morning, the company’s Twitter account was hacked when a politically charged retweet appeared that caused some customers to pledge to never eat their golden fluffy pancakes again. The International House of Pancakes confirmed to NBC4 the retweet in question involved a statement that Hillary Clinton ran a "major garbage campaign."
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<![CDATA[Facebook Issues Briefly Affect Some Pages]]> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:03:36 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/211*120/Facebook-generic-1.jpg
Some Facebook pages weren't loading properly Friday for about an hour. The Facebook platform product dashboard didn't indicate any errors, but people on Twitter started tweeting about getting error pages soon after 12 p.m. ET and the website outage tracking page downdetector.com showed widespread outages in the U.S., Europe and Peru. Downdetector said Facebook started having issues at 12:08 p.m. ET. NBC has reached out to Facebook's press department for comment.

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<![CDATA[Yahoo CEO to Resign After Verizon Takeover, Company Says]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 02:19:55 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/YAHOO_AP_16254012507905.jpg
Yahoo Inc. announced Monday that CEO Marissa Mayer, one of the highest-profile women in the predominantly male tech world, will resign once the company's merger with Verizon Communications Inc. closes, NBC News reported.When Verizon announced the $4.8 billion deal in July, Mayer said she intended to continue as CEO.But in a brief filing Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Yahoo said Mayer and company co-founder David Filo will leave once Verizon takes control of its operating business. Four other board members are leaving with Mayer and Filo, according to document.However, the Verizon deal has been jeopardized by Yahoo's recent discovery of two separate hacking attacks that stole personal information from more than 1 billion user accounts.

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<![CDATA[Echo Accidentally Orders Dollhouses]]> Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:40:49 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/amazon-echo1.jpg
Be careful what you say around Alexa. A San Diego TV station’s report on Friday about an Amazon Echo — and how a young girl in Texas accidentally bought a dollhouse and 4 pounds of cookies through the smart speaker — prompted a slew of dollhouse orders across the region. Here’s what happened: San Diego CW 6 reported on the Texas story, and one of its news anchors said: “I love that little girl saying, 'Alexa ordered me a dollhouse,'” according to the station’s report.

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<![CDATA[Detroit Auto Show Kicks Off With Self-Driving Cars and More]]> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:29:11 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AutoShowAM0109_MP4-148397187754400001.jpg
The North American International Auto Show opens Monday in Detroit. The concept cars are cool, but in an industry coming off an unprecedented seventh year of record sales, the spotlight is on the moneymakers. "There are a lot of cars here that may not be the flashiest of car, but they are the workhorses of the United States," said Jessica Caldwell, a senior analyst for Edmonds.com.]]>
<![CDATA[Check Out the Latest Smart Tech at CES 2017]]> Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:52:16 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/AP_17006057282852-ces.jpg
Bendable smartphones, floating speakers and smart cars are only a fraction of the offerings at the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show. Check out other smart tech that may streamline work and home spaces in the near future.

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<![CDATA[CES 2017 Kicks Off]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:15 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/630987680-CES-2017-Intel-VR-presentation.jpg
Intel, arguably one of the more sedate companies in Silicon Valley, was apparently so concerned about its Virtual Reality demo Thursday night at the annual CES convention in Las Vegas, company reps handed out barf bags along with Oculus Rift headsets.

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<![CDATA[CES Tech Conference Kicks off in Las Vegas]]> Thu, 05 Jan 2017 09:16:52 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CESAM0105_MP4-148362783195600001.jpg
The Consumer Electronics Show gets underway Thursday, Jan. 5 in Las Vegas. Thousands of companies from around the world will unveil products and technologies you might use in the near future. From fitness trackers that fit on your finger to robots that will give you directions at the airport, this year's hot buzz phrase is "The Internet of Things" or IOT.]]>
<![CDATA[Cruise Company Carnival Gets Personal With Concierge Tech]]> Wed, 04 Jan 2017 07:28:15 -0600 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CarnivalCorp..jpg
What if your room on a cruise ship were to unlock automatically as you approach, or if the wait staff could bring your favorite cocktail before you even ask?

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