Germany starts facial recognition tests at rail station

BERLIN — Germany’s top security official is extending tests of automatic facial recognition technology after an initial six-month trial showed the system had a good success rate. The tests used high-quality pictures of more than 200 volunteers to identify them as they passed through Berlin’s Suedkreuz railway station. Interior Minister

Shervin Pishevar quits his VC firm over sex misconduct allegations

Silicon Valley billionaire Shervin Pishevar, slammed by a half-dozen sexual misconduct allegations, has resigned from his venture capital firm. Pishevar, an early Uber backer, will no longer be a part of Sherpa Capital as he looks to pursue lawsuits against those he says are trying to defame him, he

Facebook says social media problems really not its fault

Facebook said Friday that any harm brought about by social media is caused by user error. In other words … it’s not us, it’s you. “According to the research, it really comes down to how you use the technology,” David Ginsberg, Facebook’s director of research, wrote on a blog post. The

Shervin Pishevar quits his VC firm over sex misconduct allegations

Silicon Valley billionaire Shervin Pishevar, slammed by a half-dozen sexual misconduct allegations, has resigned from his venture capital firm. Pishevar, an early Uber backer, will no longer be a part of Sherpa Capital as he looks to pursue lawsuits against those he says are trying to defame him, he

Rising number of people using Uber for hospital trips

Hey Uber, let’s go to the ER! Ambulance use has plunged at least 7 percent nationally since the ride-sharing app hit the market, according to a new study. Researchers compared the number of ambulance rides taken before Uber launched to after it became available in 766 cities in 43 states

Rising number of people using Uber for hospital trips

Hey Uber, let’s go to the ER! Ambulance use has plunged at least 7 percent nationally since the ride-sharing app hit the market, according to a new study. Researchers compared the number of ambulance rides taken before Uber launched to after it became available in 766 cities in 43 states

A robot security guard is terrifying homeless people in San Francisco

The San Francisco SPCA, a non-profit whose mission is “to save and protect animals … and enhance the human-animal bond,” is reportedly doing just the opposite with its latest robot security guard. It is terrifying homeless people that hang out near the SPCA building in the Mission section of

World’s steepest funicular line opening in Switzerland

ZURICH – Swiss technology is due to hit new heights on Friday when the world’s steepest funicular line opens at one of its Alpine resorts. Swiss President Doris Leuthard will officially open the $52.6 million project running from Schywz to the mountain village of Stoos, which lies 4,300 feet

Net neutrality is dead

WASHINGTON — The US Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape. The approval of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal marks a

Net neutrality is dead

WASHINGTON — The US Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape. The approval of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal marks a

The top Google searches of 2017 were super depressing

America’s top Google searches have one thing in common: bad news. Hurricane Irma, Matt Lauer and the late singer Tom Petty were the top three lookups that caused the most traffic spikes in the US this year, according to Google’s annual list of the top trending searches for 2017. The

The FCC is about to kill net neutrality

The US Federal Communications Commission is expected on Thursday to rescind net neutrality rules championed by Democratic former President Barack Obama that barred the blocking or slowing of internet traffic. The 2015 rules barred broadband providers from blocking or slowing access to content or charging consumers more for certain

These hackers took down the internet for money and revenge

Last year, hackers used a network of hundreds of thousands of hijacked devices to take major portions of the internet offline for hours. The Mirai botnet, as it’s called, conscripted routers, smart fridges and CCTV cameras to take down vital services that power companies like PayPal and Netflix. New

Iconic “Star Wars’ weapon would be a total dud on the battlefield

Giant machines on legs. Bristling with guns. Full of stormtroopers. So how grounded in reality are the intimidating walkers of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi?” The motivation is real enough. Armies need transport. That transport must be capable of traversing rough terrain. It must fight its way to a destination. It

Robot to explore secret chamber inside Great Pyramid of Giza

French researchers are building an exploration robot that is set to reveal the secrets of mystery chambers inside the Great Pyramid of Giza. The new robot will be able to squeeze into a long narrow passage that leads to the inner chambers and see what’s been hiding in there

Archaeologists reconstruct face of 1,200-year-old queen

Archaeologists have learned a great deal about “the Huarmey Queen” in the five years since they discovered the tomb at El Castillo de Huarmey in Peru and found her body inside. They’ve learned that she was from the pre-Incan Wari culture and she lived about 12 centuries ago. They know

MIT creates “Avatar’-like plants that glow in the dark

These plants are glowin’ up. Scientists at MIT have succeeded in creating plants that light up for hours at a time. “The vision is to make a plant that will function as a desk lamp — a lamp that you don’t have to plug in,” Michael Strano, co-author of the

We may not have the biggest solar system anymore

We should have kept Pluto a planet! More On: nasa This new island could help scientists understand life on Mars NASA thinks Pluto may be hiding a vast ocean ISS astronauts throw pizza party in zero gravity NASA unveils new robot that will hunt for Martian life Our solar system is now engaged in a

T-Mobile plans to launch its own TV service next year

T-Mobile US will launch a new television service in 2018 and acquire television technology company Layer3 TV for an undisclosed amount as part of its plans, it said on Wednesday. The No. 3 US wireless carrier’s announcement comes after its board last week approved its first-ever buyback program, a

‘Free’ Starbucks wi-fi caught mining for Bitcoin

Did you know that when you’re logging into the wi-fi at Starbucks, you could have code installed on your laptop that is used to mine for Bitcoin? This is what recently happened to one man who stumbled across the code after joining the store’s wi-fi. The complaint was addressed by

Apple drops white color scheme with new iMac Pro

Apple fans, prepare to get jealous. The tech titan on Thursday will roll out a black Lightning cable, the first time the company has produced a desktop computer or cable — for earphones, charging an iPhone or otherwise — that wasn’t white. But getting your hands on the black Lightning

Nintendo strikes gold for first time in years

Nintendo has officially gotten its groove back. After a dismal few years, when it was overshadowed by Microsoft and Sony, the pioneering Japanese video game company has struck gold with its Nintendo Switch, sales figures released Tuesday reveal. Nintendo, the creator of Super Mario, sold 10 million units of the

Apple spends $390 million to build iPhone chip plant in Texas

Apple said on Wednesday it would invest $390 million in Finisar, which it will use to build out a plant in Texas to make chips that power popular iPhone features such as face ID, animojis and portrait-mode selfies. The award will be part of Apple’s $1 billion “Advanced Manufacturing

Your Tinder matches will know even more about you now

Tinder is testing a new feature that will make it easier to find out more about the people you match with. Introduced in a blogpost, Feed will not only let you know when you make new matches, but also show you updates of any of your matches’ activity on

Ancient ticks found full of dinosaur blood

Researchers working with ancient amber thought to be nearly 100 million years old have discovered something that sounds like the beginning of a new chapter in the Jurassic Park franchise: a host of ticks which appear to have feasted on dinosaur blood. The ticks, which have been identified

This new island could help scientists understand life on Mars

It’s not often that a whole new chunk of land just comes jutting out of the ocean, but that’s just what happened with a new island in the South Pacific. A large undersea volcano blew its top in late 2014, shooting rock and ash skyward and once everything

Instagram is really upping its hashtag game

You know all those hashtags you’ve been adding to your Instagram posts in the hope that more people with similar interests will find your content and you’ll turn them into faithful followers? Well, hashtags are about to get a lot better and smarter, at least on Instagram, as

Two companies will suck up half of tech’s profits in 2018

On the whole, tech giants are poised to deliver “stable” revenue and profit in 2018, but Apple and Microsoft are expected to be the main reasons for continued earnings growth. According to an analysis from Moody’s released Tuesday, big tech is projected to boost revenue by 3.5 percent to