25 Jan 2021

ADT Tech Hacks Home-Security Cameras to Spy on Women

A former ADT employee recently went to trial, confessing that he accessed customers’ cameras to spy on household members, specifically women. Telesforo Aviles allegedly took note when there were attractive women residing at a home he serviced, all in the Dallas area. He would then add his personal email address

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22 Jan 2021

Google Duo may soon stop working on uncertified Android devices

Google Duo may soon fail to operate on Andriod devices that are uncertified, following suit with the Google Messages app which made the same move. Earlier this week, Google Messages included a notice that the app would cease to work on uncertified Andriod devices or certain devices that are not

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22 Jan 2021

Google Meet Gets One Of Zoom’s Best Features: Live Otter.ai Transcription

Otter.ai services will now be offered on Google Meet, allowing Google to offer one of the significant features Zoom boasted over the tech giant. Otter.ai will offer a plugin for Google meet in which participants will be able to get a live transcription of the meeting, saving users from having

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21 Jan 2021

Trump Takes Executive Action on Drones in Final White House Days

Just a few days before his departure, former President Donald Trump issued a slate of executive orders, including one that changes how the US can obtain drones. The executive order tells federal agencies that they may not procure unmanned aerial systems (UAS) from China, Russia, Iran, and other adversarial nations.

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21 Jan 2021

Parler Finds a Reprieve in Russia—but Not a Solution

After the Capitol riots on January 6, a large number of leading tech companies decided to pull support for Parler, a social network that aims to provide free speech and communication. Parler was the preferred social media for many far-right conservatives, as the site was more relaxed in terms of

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20 Jan 2021

Google is investigating the actions of another top AI ethicist

Google is reportedly investigating recent actions taken by Margaret Mitchell, a top artificial intelligence ethicist at the tech giant. The probe into Mitchell follows the forced exit of another prominent researcher on the AI ethics team at Google, Timnit Gebru. Gebru’s exit sparked outrage among Google employees. Google allegedly found

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20 Jan 2021

Air Force, Korean Partners Unveil Plan to Co-Fund ‘Breakthrough’ Quantum Research

A new collaboration aiming to fund breakthrough Quantum Research has been announced by the US Air Force and two previously existing Korean research partners. The group released a joint solicitation offering three-year grants to initiate innovation and headway in quantum information science. The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFSOR)

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19 Jan 2021

Cruise, GM partner with Microsoft to commercialize self-driving vehicles

Self-driving car company Cruise has announced alongside majority shareholder General Motors that they are planning on partnering with Microsoft Corp to commercialize the autonomous vehicles. Microsoft, General Motors, Honda Motor Co., and other investors joined together in a combined new equity investment of more than $2 billion. This has elevated

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19 Jan 2021

Thermo Fisher To Buy Covid-19 Test Maker Mesa Biotech For $450 Million

Innovative science firm Thermo Fisher Scientific recently announced that they are dishing out $450 million on cash to buy Mesa Biotech, the company that launched one of the first Covid-19 rapid tests. Mesa Biotech is privately held and credited with helping to increase the availability of Covid-19 tests. Mesa Biotech

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18 Jan 2021

Blue Origin Launches And Lands Its First Space Tourism Rocket Of The Year, With Human Flights In Sight

Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’s private spaceflight company, hit a milestone last week by successfully launching and landing its New Shepard vehicle. The latest mission, NS-14, pushes Blue Origin one step closer to human space tourism. The mission launched on January 14 in West Texas from the company’s launch site. The

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