<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Tech News]]>Copyright 2019 https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/tech http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area https://www.nbcbayarea.com en-usSat, 16 Feb 2019 14:51:17 -0800Sat, 16 Feb 2019 14:51:17 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Apple is Upping Its Game in the Health Care Industry]]> Tue, 12 Feb 2019 19:37:31 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/apple_health_0212_6055055.JPG

In a very bold statement for a tech company, Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said its greatest contribution to mankind will come in the world of health care.

So how can Apple blend technology and health?

In an exclusive interview, NBC Bay Area talked with the doctor spearheading Apple’s health care effort.

Dr. Sumbul Desai arrived at Apple from Stanford University to infuse health care into the way Apple products are designed. For example, the Apple Watch, which gives a user health data, ranging from how much they’re exercising to heart rate and whether they have a potential heart condition.

Desai says expect even more health-related data in the future.

"So, where we think things are gonna change is we think we as physicians will have a better picture of what’s going on as they live their life and have a better understanding of where we can help and where there may be potential issues," she said.

When asked about the always controversial subject of privacy, Desai says Apple is not using or selling patient data, something critically important to her coming from a medical practice. She also said users shouldn't worry about going to their own doctor with tech-inspired medical questions. She said that’s part of the plan.

"When someone comes in, you know you’re starting with an engaged patient, and that’s half the battle," she said. "When you take care of individuals, you want them to ask the right questions, and you want to see what’s going on with them. And we’re used to it. Google introduced us to that."

In addition to hiring medical professionals, Apple is talking more about health care. The company held a Heart Health Night in Union Square last week, answering questions about its gadgets and how they fit into users' health care picture.

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<![CDATA[Trump Calls for Investment in Artificial Intelligence]]> Tue, 12 Feb 2019 01:01:06 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Trump-AP_19042683380809.jpg

The U.S. on Monday released its plan to become the world leader in artificial intelligence, nearly two years after China laid out its own playbook, NBC News reported.

President Donald Trump's executive order explained his administration's views on developing artificial intelligence but left open a major question: Where's the money?

"Money talks when it comes to government priorities, and new money actually drives priorities," said R. David Edelman, a former special assistant to President Barack Obama for tech policy.

Trump's executive order, which did not include any new funding for A.I. research, comes amid mounting tension over China’s ambitious efforts. China in 2017 laid out a national plan to try to develop A.I. technology, an ambition that was likened to the Apollo missions to the moon and set off anxiety within the United States as the Trump White House was silent.

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<![CDATA[Facebook Offers New Tools for Security, Privacy]]> Fri, 08 Feb 2019 05:35:10 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/02072019FacebookSummit_5987198.JPG

Facebook on Thursday admitted there are problems on the social media platform that must be addressed and offered new tools to help with security and privacy.

Representatives from the social media giant spoke to hundreds of its most-active users during its annual Facebook Communities Summit. Hundreds of Facebook groups, some with tens of thousands of members, came here to talk to the Facebook top brass about growth and concerns about privacy.

The groups came all over the country to talk about their time on Facebook.

NBC Bay Area's Business and Tech Reporter Scott Budman has more on the summit in the video report above.

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<![CDATA[Flickr Starts Deleting Thousands of User Photos ]]> Tue, 05 Feb 2019 09:11:46 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/219*120/flickr30384.PNG

Social media giant Flickr announced it will be deleting a large amount of user photos on its website starting Tuesday. 

The company was purchased by Smugmug from Yahoo! last April and announced policy changes in November. 

Free users will now be limited to a total of 1,000 pictures. Customers can opt for Flickr Pro for $50 a year. 

At one point, Flickr offered users a terabyte of free storage, leading to more sign ups for the incentive. 

"I'm not concerned about the deletion," said user Calvin Smith of San Marcos, California. "I have those photos saved somewhere else. Flickr was mainly used to share photos easily." 

The company said it will start deleting the oldest photos first until the 1,000 picture limit is reached. 

"I don't want old photos deleted on any social sites because they don't have my permission," said Grace Lee in San Diego's Gaslamp District Monday. 

For users who want to download their photos, anyone with tens of thousands of them will have to spend some time on the task. 

Users can download 500 pictures at a time, which are sent in a .zip file to their Flickr inboxes. Clicking on the file downloads and stores it. 

"While current free users with over 1,000 photos and videos will become eligible for deletion starting tomorrow, users may not see any of their content deleted immediately," said Allen Nguyen, a consultant for Flickr, in an email to NBC 7 Monday. "The first accounts to be impacted will be abandoned accounts that bear large volumes of private photos." 

Statistics show Flickr has about 90 million monthly users. An average of one million photos are shared daily on the site. 

<![CDATA[Uber and Lyft Drivers Want Guns for Safety After Arizona Attacks]]> Mon, 04 Feb 2019 09:10:02 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/Uber_and_Lyft_Drivers_Want_Guns_for_Safety.jpg

Uber and Lyft drivers want to carry guns for safety after a pregnant Lyft driver was stabbed to death and an Uber driver’s throat was slit in Arizona. Thom Jensen reports.

<![CDATA[Apple Engineer Accused of Stealing Self-Driving Car Secrets]]> Thu, 31 Jan 2019 10:31:09 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1072681538.jpg

For the second time in six months, the FBI is accusing a Chinese national working for Apple of attempting to steal trade secrets related to the company’s secret autonomous vehicle program, NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit learned Tuesday.

Apple began investigating Jizhong Chen when another employee reported seeing the hardware developer engineer taking photographs in a sensitive work space, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed this week.

Chen, according to the complaint, allowed Apple Global Security employees to search his personal computer, where they found thousands of files containing Apple’s intellectual property, including manuals, schematics, and diagrams. Security personnel also found on the computer about a hundred photographs taken inside an Apple building.

Apple learned Chen recently applied for a job at a China-based autonomous vehicle company that is a direct competitor of Apple’s project, according to the complaint. A photo found on Chen’s computer, which Apple provided to the FBI, showed an assembly drawing of an Apple-designed wiring harness for an autonomous vehicle.

Chen allegedly told the company he backed up his work on his personal device as an "insurance policy" because he was placed on Apple's Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) in December 2018, CNBC reported. But Apple said the confidential information was found prior to his placement on PIP.

Chen was arrested just one day before he was scheduled to fly to China, according to the complaint. His lawyer and a spokesperson from the Northern District of California U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment, CNBC said.

Last July, former Apple employee Xiaolang Zhang was arrested by federal agents for allegedly stealing proprietary information related to the company’s autonomous vehicle project. Zhang was accused of trying to bring Apple’s trade secrets to China-based XMotors.

"Apple takes confidentiality and the protection of our IP very seriously," the company said in a statement Tuesday. "We are working with authorities on this matter and are referring all questions to the FBI."

The FBI declined to comment on the story.

Last week, CNBC reported that Apple dismissed more than 200 employees from its secretive autonomus vehicle group, Project Titan.

NBC Bay Area will update the story as it learns more.

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<![CDATA[Apple Launches Women Entrepreneurs Camp at Its HQ]]> Sun, 27 Jan 2019 23:37:33 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/apple_women_0127_5845756.JPG

Apple on Sunday launched its first program dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs develop apps.

The Cupertino-based tech giant invited 11 companies run by women to participate in a free two-week entrepreneur camp. The goal: to help women successfully develop their apps.

"We can't wait to see you and your skills and help you thrive with your apps," Esther Hare of Apple's developer relations told the group.

To qualify, a company must be run or founded by a woman or have a woman on the development team.

Elena Krasnoperova of Los Altos said she welcomes advice about ways she can improve the app she designed to help make life easier for divorced parents.

"I feel I won the lotto," said Krasnoperova, founder and CEO of FamTerra. "Developing is a lot of hard work, and getting mentorship and advice from Apple is like a dream come true."

For the next two weeks, participants will receive coding help from Apple engineers and attend sessions on design, technology and marketing. Some of the entrepreneurs are developing apps targeted specifically for women.

Renee Olson, for instance, is working on a dating app that will better help women find a good match. She's hoping the entrepreneur camp will take her app to the next level.

"Helping me implement new features and also just being here to network," said Olson, founder of Mental Mobile, based in Southern California.

The developers are from all parts of the world, and many are hoping the experience with Apple will also help them get the financial backing they need to get their apps into the market.

Apple plans to offer the camp to 20 female entrepreneurs every quarter.

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<![CDATA[Futuristic Interiors for Self-Driving Cars]]> Fri, 25 Jan 2019 20:58:39 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CarInterior+THUMB.jpg

You step outside to the curb and summon a ride with an app on your phone — but in the self-driving future envisioned by Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, that's where the familiar part ends.

"Even before it arrives, it's already cleaning itself," Yanfeng VP Tim Shih explained as we approached a full-sized vehicle simulator the size of an SUV, with a purple beam of light crawling across the dashboard. "It's slowly sweeping that front surface — that's our UV sanitation."

From the anti-germ measures to the odor-killing ventilation system, the XIM-20 — Yanfeng's latest concept car — is built from the wheels up to be a shared electric vehicle that needs no human driver to steer it or clean it.

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors’ latest concept car reimagines what an Uber or Lyft vehicle will look like once it can drive itself. Passengers can choose between a bright, windowed front seat and a cozy, private back seat.

"You notice there's no instrument panel, there's no floor console, door panels as we typically know them are also not there," Shih said.

Instead, a clean bamboo surface sweeps across the front of the vehicle, with disappearing touch controls and illuminated outlines where a motorized cup holder and phone charging pocket can appear when needed. A domed windshield lets in the daylight in front, while the windowless back seat remains a cocoon of privacy. Shih calls the two areas the "exposure zone" and the "enclosure zone."

"if you go out to a restaurant, for example, you can have the privacy of the booth inside — maybe it's a date," he said. "Or you're with friends, you want to sit outside, have the openness to the outdoors, especially when the weather's nice."

At CES 2019, Hyundai showed off this concept for a car interior that allows humans to drive in style... or put away the steering wheel and relax while the car does the work.

Yanfeng, headquartered in Shanghai, is just one of the companies focused on redesigning the inside of tomorrow's vehicles, while other companies like Waymo and Zoox focus on making them drive autonomously. At CES in Las Vegas, a division of Hyundai called Mobis showed of a different interior concept — one for a personally-owned vehicle used to commute to work.

The Mobis concept car transforms using motorized seats and smart glass from a "relaxation mode" with blacked-out windows, a giant movie screen and reclining seats, to an "office mode," with a small desk, and finally to "drive mode" in which a steering wheel pops out of the front console.

Across the CES show floor, another Hyundai exhibit showed off a car with rowing machines built into the dash, turning the sluggish morning commute into prime workout time.

At CES 2019, an entire convention hall devoted to vehicle technology included a slew of concept designs for cars and buses that could exist in an age when human drivers aren’t necessary.

Shih acknowledges these vehicles are a long way off: State and Federal laws still require passenger cars to have such mundane features as steering wheels, pedals and side windows you can see out of.

"We hope that by showcasing the possibilities of an autonomous future, we can help to accelerate the progression," he said.

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<![CDATA[Twitter to Test New Way of Determining Where a Tweet Started]]> Thu, 24 Jan 2019 15:11:28 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/twitterlike213.jpg

NBC News reports Twitter is testing an “original tweeter” icon to make it easier for people to determine who started a thread — marking the company’s latest attempt to curb abuse.

The icon was quietly rolled out to some users on Wednesday with the intent of helping to stop imitation accounts from commandeering the conversation in a thread. The gray icon is placed below the original tweeter’s handle in a tweet. While it’s a start, it could come in handy when it comes to distinguishing copycats of high profile accounts, such as Elon Musk and Kim Kardashian.

“Twitter’s purpose is to serve the public conversation. As part of this work, we’re exploring adding more context to discussions by highlighting relevant replies — like those from the original Tweeter,” Sara Haider, Twitter’s director of product management, said in an emailed statement.

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<![CDATA[Apple Dismisses 200 From Autonomous Vehicle Team: Report]]> Wed, 23 Jan 2019 23:39:00 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/apple-mac-generic.jpg

Apple dismissed more than 200 employees this week from its stealthy autonomous vehicle group, Project Titan, according to a CNBC report citing people familiar with the program.

An Apple spokesperson acknowledged the layoffs and said the company still sees opportunity in the space, according to the CNBC report.

The dismissals were seen internally as anticipated restructuring under the group's relatively new leadership, the CNBC report said.

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<![CDATA[Are Driverless Cars Going to Help Us or Hurt Us?]]> Thu, 24 Jan 2019 06:08:58 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_16348710077996-waymo.jpg

A new report from a Bay Area group warns that autonomous vehicles may cause more harm than good.

The report worries that driverless cars could lead to more inequality, fewer jobs and a decline in public transportation.

Driverless cars are an exciting part of our high-tech future and come with the promise to be more comfortable and make life much more convenient.

"From my perspective, that sounds like a new fancy toy for the wealthy," said Hana Creger with the Greenlining Institute.

The institute admits autonomous vehicles are impressive, but worries they may one day take the place of public transportation and lead to even more traffic congestion. The institute also said driverless cars could potentially take jobs from anyone who drives for a living.

The study comes out on the same day Yanfeng, with offices in China and the Bay Area, showed off a prototype of a driverless car interior.

Another recent study showed that ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft caused a 12 percent decline in local public transportation.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Family Terrified by Nuclear Attack Hoax on Nest Cam]]> Tue, 22 Jan 2019 18:03:32 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_17310831499737.jpg

A Bay Area family was terrified by a warning of a nuclear attack broadcasting from her security camera, but it turned out to be nothing but a hoax.

Orinda resident Laura Lyons told The East Bay Times that she heard a loud noise similar to what you'd hear during an emergency alert coming from her Nest camera, and then she heard a message that warned North Korean missiles were headed to Los Angeles, Chicago and Ohio.

Lyons said the message sent her, her husband and their 8-year-old son into a panic, according to the East Bay Times.

"We need to get in the car, we need to grab the dog, I wish we had more cash, which direction should we drive?," Lyons described her thought process at that moment to the newspaper.

Security experts say smart home devices that are connected to the internet can be vulnerable to hackers and Lyons' family isn't the first to experience it.

In December, a woman in Houston, Texas, said a man’s voice came through her Nest camera, and it said "I’m going to kidnap your baby. I’m in your baby’s room."

Internet-enabled cameras, speakers, TVs or even refrigerators are open to outside attacks, especially if security measures aren't taken during the set up of the devices. 

"Can we trust any of these? Personally, I always have problems trusting," said Fleming Shi, the Chief Technology Officer at Barracuda Networks, a security company based in Campbell.

Nest is owned by Google, which admitted that there had been an outside breach and that some of their devices may have been affected. 

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<![CDATA[Google Helping People With Disabilities Access Internet]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:31:04 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0117GoogleEmployees_5727915.JPG

The ability to use a smart phone is something most of us probably take for granted.

But for people who couldn't use one, a Silicon Valley tech giant is coming to the rescue. Google is now helping people with disabilities access the Internet.

"Googlers are volunteering their time to build devices for people with disabilities," said Chad Leaman, Neil Squire Society.

The company on Thursday hosted what it calls the "Buildathon" at its headquarters, and you could say they're building a new way to search.

Launched by an $800,000 Google grant, techies are working with the Neil Squire Society, which aims to bring economic and social equality to people with disabilities.

The result? They call it lip sync.

"The lip sync is a mouth-operated mouse for someone with a disability that can't use their hands," Leaman said.

So people can -- for the first time -- operate a computer, tablet and even a smartphone by using their mouths to navigate around. The device itself uses common electronics, a little 3D printing and costs Google about $200 each.

"A device like lip sync can help users do what other people can do with their devices -- browse the Internet, maybe watch cat photos, send an e-mail, apply for a job, pay their bills," said Olga Prelipova with Google.

In other words, join the mobile revolution. With a piece of technology Google says it will give away to patients, for free.

"It's very rare we get to build something in a day and see how it impacts their life," Prelipova said.

Google said the first batch of 10 lip syncs it made will be donated to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. The company is also posting the assembly instructions online so others can make them too.

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<![CDATA[10-Year Photo Challenge Raises Data Mining Concerns]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 10:06:14 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NC_10yearchallengeconcerns_1500x845.jpg

 The "10 Year Challenge" has gone viral on social media, leading millions to post side-by-side photos of themselves from a decade ago and now. It may seem fun, but tech experts say participants could unknowing be giving up valuable information. 

<![CDATA[Google Shows Off Amusement Park Ride at CES]]> Fri, 11 Jan 2019 14:16:37 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CES_2019_Google_Ride_web_video_1200x675_1424429123789.jpg

In the battle of the smart voice assistants, Google’s CES marketing stunt outdid them all: a full-fledged indoor amusement park ride, complete with rain and fog effects, that takes riders through a chaotic day in the life of a dad chasing after Grandma’s birthday cake with the help of the Google Assistant.

<![CDATA[Apple to Unveil Three New iPhones in 2019: Report]]> Fri, 11 Jan 2019 13:42:56 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Apple_to_Unveil_Three_New_iPhones_in_2019__Report.jpg

Apple plans to unveil three new iPhones this year, one of which will be a successor to the struggling iPhone XR, according to The Wall Street Journal.

<![CDATA[Tech Company Helps Inspect Food During Shutdown]]> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 18:53:57 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/01102019Zest_5641985.JPG

The government shutdown is putting the food you buy and eat at risk. The number of inspections are down while government workers are furloughed. Farms, restaurants and grocery stores are now turning to a Bay Area tech company for help. Scott Budman reports.

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<![CDATA[#CES2019: Live Blog From the World's Largest Tech Fair]]> Sat, 12 Jan 2019 18:40:23 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/175*120/GettyImages-903955170.jpg

NBC Bay Area reporter Jonathan Bloom is in Las Vegas where he will be checking out the latest tech trends at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Watch this space for more from Jonathan @BloomTV.


That shiny 4K TV you just got? Already obsolete.

This year, 8K TVs will be among the innovations taking center stage at CES in Las Vegas, the biggest annual event in the consumer electronics world.

With an estimated 2.5 million square feet of exhibit space and nearly 4,000 companies showing off their goods, CES (which used to be called the Consumer Electronics Show) is where the biggest makers of TVs, cars and computer chips come to announce their latest advances, and smaller companies come to debut their new products — including some that might not ever make it to market.

TVs are expected to get bigger, laptops are expected to get smaller, and cars are expected to get smarter. Many of these devices will talk to each other over next-generation 5G cellular networks, and we can expect to hear announcements from the major wireless carriers about how they’ll begin rolling out 5G data speeds to consumers.

In a classic case of “what’s old is new again,” there’s an awful lot of buzz about foldable phones leading up to CES 2019 — though they’ll do a lot more than your old flip phone from 2005. In this case, the technology is foldable color displays, and we could see them show up in futuristic laptop and tablet designs — products that may or may not ultimately be mass-produced for consumers.

In the past, CES has served as the center of the self-driving car world. This year, things are expected to be quiet in that department, after an Uber self-driving vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in March, slowing the pace of innovation across the industry. Car makers appear focused on innovation for human-driven cars, including all-electric concept vehicles.

We’ll be covering CES in Las Vegas starting on Sunday evening, so watch this space for updates on all the announcements!



5G Cellular Could Change How You Drive:It’s called Cellular V2X — which means “vehicle to everything.” Automakers and cell phone chipmakers are teaming up to get cars “talking” to each other — which could help prevent crashes whether the drivers are humans or robots.



Google’s Amusement Park Ride at CES: In the battle of the smart voice assistants, Google’s CES marketing stunt outdid them all: a full-fledged indoor amusement park ride, complete with rain and fog effects, that takes riders through a chaotic day in the life of a dad chasing after Grandma’s birthday cake with the help of the Google Assistant.


Do you like beer? Now, you can brew your own right on your kitchen counter — even if you’re not a certified brewmaster. LG’s HomeBrew sits on your counter, with two stainless steel tanks and a shiny beer tap, and takes care of all the details. You add the ingredients, it makes the beer — and cleans itself when it’s done.


CES tech show kicks off in Las Vegas: From a flying taxi to a virtual roller coaster, the tech world’s biggest yearly event shows a peek at what life could be like in the not-so-distant future.


The biggest tech event of the year has arrived. We got early looks at some of the biggest exhibits at CES, and talked with experts about the trends that might change lives and living rooms in the coming year.


A cordless hair dryer you can use in your Uber, a robot that will fold your clothes, and a kitchen sink you can talk to — CES 2019 is off to a start!

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<![CDATA[The Robots of CES]]> Tue, 08 Jan 2019 12:45:35 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Robots_the_Focus_of_CES-154697956955600002.jpg
From Lovot to LG's Cloi, robots are working to win over visitors at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Ub Tech's "Walker" can even bribe you with snacks.
<![CDATA[Aspiring Paleontologist Wins National Google Doodle Contest]]> Wed, 09 Jan 2019 04:23:26 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/010819+dinosaur+google+doodle.jpg

An aspiring paleontologist in the second grade has won Google's annual Doodle for Google contest.

Sarah Gomez-Lane, 7, of Virginia, had her drawing of dinosaurs selected and transformed into an animation on the search giant's homepage. In it, dinosaurs play the trumpet, eat blueberries and more.

Sarah, who responded to the prompt "What inspires me ...," originally drew the Doodle's design as a first grader, a Google spokesperson confirmed.  

Google said her school in Falls Church, Virginia, will be awarded $50,000 to spend on technology, and Sarah will get $30,000 toward a college scholarship.

"When they called my name, I felt happy and surprised," she said when she learned she had won. "I'm going to call my principal. He's going to say 'Yay!'"


On video, a Google employee said she hoped the Doodle would inspire kids and adults alike.

"I just hope that when people see the Doodle, they also are inspired to think about — not only what they dreamed of and wished for when they were kids — but to also just take a second to enjoy the simple things in life," she said.


Sarah's drawing will be on the Google homepage for 24 hours. Go there to see the Doodle in action.

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<![CDATA[Tesla Model S Affected by Next Phase of Takata Airbag Recall]]> Tue, 08 Jan 2019 05:12:44 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tesla_recall_0107_5606010.JPG

The industry-wide recall of Takata airbags has reached its next phase and includes later-year Tesla Model S vehicles, according to the electric carmaker.

The front passenger airbag recall, which already had been in effect for 2012 and 2013 models is now in effect for 2014-16 Model S cars, Tesla said on its Support blog.

The airbags have defective inflators that have prompted millions of recalls worldwide and across the auto industry.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted customers do not need to be concerned about recalled airbags in their vehicles before they receive a formal recall notice, Tesla said.

A predetermined schedule for remedy ensures customers they will have sufficient time to replace the airbags before they present a risk to safety, the NHTSA said.

<![CDATA[Tech to Expect at CES 2019]]> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 09:08:25 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/ces-day-2.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Autonomous Gadgets Stars at CES]]> Mon, 07 Jan 2019 09:57:26 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CES_2019_Offers_a_Look_Into_the_Future.jpg

New gadgets go on display at the Consumer Electronics Show 2019 in Las Vegas. Mekahlo Medina reports for NBC4 News at 12 a.m. on Jan. 6, 2019.

<![CDATA[CES 2019 Unveiled: Startups Demo Their Gadgets for Reporters]]> Mon, 07 Jan 2019 13:14:41 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CES2019_Unveiled_web_video_1200x675_1421400643616.jpg

CES sneak preview! Some of the newest startups exhibiting at CES this year demo their gadgets for reporters. Jonathan Bloom reports.

<![CDATA[Grindr Harassment Suit Could Change Accountability for Tech]]> Sat, 05 Jan 2019 08:00:26 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-625496356.jpg

Matthew Herrick, a restaurant worker and aspiring actor in New York, claimed that for months an ex-boyfriend used the dating app Grindr to harass him.

His former partner created fake profiles on the app to impersonate Herrick and then direct men to show up at Herrick’s home and the restaurant where he worked asking for sex, sometimes more than a dozen times per day. Herrick took action against his ex, filing 14 police reports. The alleged harassment continued for months, even after Herrick obtained a temporary restraining order against Grindr that required the company to disable the impersonating profiles.

Herrick is pursuing an unusual legal theory as he continues to push back against Grindr, arguing that tech companies should face greater accountability for what happens on their platforms, NBC News reported. His lawsuit alleges that the software developers who write code for Grindr have been negligent, producing an app that’s defective in its design and that is “fundamentally unsafe” and “unreasonably dangerous” — echoing language that’s more typically used in lawsuits about, say, a faulty kitchen appliance or a defective car part.

If successful, the lawsuit could bring about a significant legal change to the risks tech companies face for what happens on their platforms, adding to growing public and political pressure for change.

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<![CDATA[New Year's Tech Resolutions: Protect Your Data]]> Fri, 04 Jan 2019 07:53:14 -0800 https://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NC_resolutions0104_1500x845.jpg

Your data was probably stolen in 2018. Billions of consumers were affected by breaches and cyber-attacks last year, resulting in millions of dollars in losses. Now, more than ever, it's important to make a digital security check-in an annual habit.