Technology

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2013 file photo, a worker looks at his mobile phone at the newly opened Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. According to a New York Times report, ToTok, a chat app that quickly became popular in the United Arab Emirates for communicating with friends and family, is actually a spying tool used by the government to track its users. (Patrick Castillo/Emarat Al Youm via AP, File)
December 23, 2019 - 10:07 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A chat app that quickly became popular in the United Arab Emirates for communicating with friends and family is actually a spying tool used by the government to track its users, according to a newspaper report. The government uses ToTok to track conversations, locations, images and...
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FILe - In this, San Francisco 49ers fullback Joe Perry, right, shows quarterback Y. A. Tittle the plastic mask he has worn during the football season to protect his bridgework, during practice at Menlo Park, Calif. Tittle, who suffered a cheekbone fracture against the Detroit Lions, is wearing the mask he has used since. Helmets have evolved from the original hard leather of the NFL’s infancy to hard polycarbonate single-piece shells with various amounts of padding and air bladders that served as the primary form of head protection into the beginning of this century. (AP Photo/File)
December 21, 2019 - 9:07 pm
Long gone are the days of the leather shell and single-bar face mask. Today’s football helmets are technological marvels, using cutting edge materials and design elements to make the headgear the safest it’s been in the 100th season of the NFL. No piece of protective equipment has undergone as much...
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December 21, 2019 - 5:21 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — RavnAir canceled at least a half-dozen flights in Alaska on Saturday — at the peak of holiday travel — following what the company described as “a malicious cyber attack” on its computer network. The cancellations affected around 260 passengers, according to company...
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FILE - This July 9, 2019, file photo shows pedestrians walking across the street from the Twitter office building in San Francisco. Twitter says it has removed nearly 6,000 accounts it has deemed tied to a state-backed information operation in Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
Associated Press
December 20, 2019 - 5:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter has identified and removed nearly 6,000 accounts that it said were part of a coordinated effort by Saudi government agencies and individuals to advance the country's geopolitical interests. Separately, Facebook said it removed hundreds of Facebook accounts, groups and pages...
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FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo an iPhone displays a Facebook page in New Orleans. A Ukrainian security researcher says a database with the names, phone numbers and unique user IDs of more than 267 million Facebook users was exposed on the open internet for at least 10 days this month. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
Associated Press
December 20, 2019 - 1:33 pm
A Ukrainian security researcher reported finding a database with the names, phone numbers and unique user IDs of more than 267 million Facebook users — nearly all U.S.-based — on the open internet. That data was likely harvested by criminals, said researcher Bob Diachenko, an independent security...
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December 19, 2019 - 4:32 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California marijuana users can now turn to their smartphones to find out if a dispensary is legit. The Bureau of Cannabis Control on Thursday announced a program encouraging licensed cannabis retailers to post QR codes in their store windows. The checkerboard codes can be...
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Passengers find their rides at the Ride Share point as they exit Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, in Phoenix. The Phoenix City Council is set to vote on raising fees charged to ride-hailing companies at the airport. If approved Wednesday afternoon, the proposal will increase the current fee from $2.66 per pickup. That would jump to $4 starting Jan. 1 and be applied to drop-offs as well. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Associated Press
December 19, 2019 - 4:10 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Uber and Lyft said they will make good on their threats to stop taking customers to and from the airport in the nation's fifth-largest city, creating confusion next year for travelers used to opening a phone app to catch a ride after Phoenix decided to raise fees on ride-hailing...
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FILE - This April 2, 2015 file photo shows a Wawa convenience store in Philadelphia. The Wawa convenience store chain says a data breach may have collected debit and credit card information from thousands of customers, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
December 19, 2019 - 3:46 pm
WAWA, Pa. (AP) — The Wawa convenience store chain says a data breach may have collected debit and credit card information from thousands of customers. Pennsylvania-based Wawa Inc. said Thursday that its information security team discovered malware on its payment processing servers on Dec. 10 and...
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FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2019, file photo commuters pass through the World Trade Center in New York. A study by a U.S. agency has found that facial recognition technology often performs unevenly based on a person's race, gender or age. This is the first time the National Institute of Standards and Technology has investigated demographic differences in how face-scanning algorithms are able to identify people. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 19, 2019 - 2:04 pm
A study by a U.S. agency has found that facial recognition technology often performs unevenly based on a person's race, gender or age. But the nuanced report published Thursday is unlikely to allay the concerns of critics who worry about bias in face-scanning applications that are increasingly...
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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo a worker gets ready to pass out instructions in how fill out the 2020 census during a town hall meeting in Lithonia, Ga. Facebook says it won't allow interference with the U.S. census on its platform, including posting misleading information about when and how to participate, who can participate and the consequences of taking part. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
December 19, 2019 - 9:53 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook plans to clamp down on attempts to use its services to interfere with the 2020 U.S. census, including the posting of misleading information about when and how to participate, who can participate and what happens when people do. Facebook and other social media companies...
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