<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Tech News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/tech http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:57:40 -0400 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:57:40 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Nearly 90,000 Women Joined Ashley Madison Last Week]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:51:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-484478072.jpg

Hundreds of thousands of people signed up for affair-seeking website Ashley Madison in the last week, parent company Avid Life Media said on Monday, even after a massive hack that leaked clients' information, Reuters reported. 

"Last week alone, women sent more than 2.8 million messages within our platform," Avid Life said, adding that 87,596 women had also signed up for Ashley Madison last week.

The company also struck back at reports that the site had few genuine female users, saying internal data released by hackers had been incorrectly analyzed.

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<![CDATA['Hey Siri, Give Us a Hint': Apple Event Scheduled for Sept. 9]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:51:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/229*120/siri.PNG

"Hey, Siri, give us a hint.”

That’s the cheeky opening Apple gave reporters this morning as part of an event invitation for the latest product update, scheduled for Sept. 9.

But as many reporters and analysts have already found, Siri isn't saying much. Apple tracker Carolina Milanesi of KWP Research, for example, got the response “I’d rather not say, Carolina" when she pressed the voice-activated feature for more clues about the event. 

The tight-lipped approach hasn't stopped the speculation surrounding Apple's plans. An update to the iPhone is due. But given Apple’s habit of updating incrementally, observers don’t expect a full-blown iPhone 7, rather an “S” update to the current phones. Perhaps more storage, a better camera, and some "gee-whiz" features to keep pace with recent Android smartphone updates from the likes of Samsung and 1+.

There’s also talk of an iPad update – perhaps a bigger tablet with more business-type features to try and make inroads into the business market – along with the ever-present rumors of an Apple TV update that includes apps, and maybe even a subscription service to take on the cable companies.

If the invitation’s tease is indeed a hint itself, look for more Siri integration in the latest gadgets.

NBC Bay Area tech reporter Scott Budman will provide Apple updates on Twitter: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[Too Hip to Be Square: Instagram to Allow Landscape Photos]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:09:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-146168661.jpg

Instagram photographers around the world are pleased that the photo-sharing service has decided to think outside the box.

"You can now share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape orientation on Instagram," the online application announced on its website.

Square format images have been a part of Instagram since day one, however, the company realized that square imaging has caused some problems for users.

"We know that is hasn't been easy to share this type of content on Instagram: friends get cut out of group shots, the subject of your video feels cramped and you can't capture the Golden Gate Bridge from end-to-end," Instagram's announcement said. 

With the new feature, users now have the option to choose a square, portrait or landscape orientation when posting a video or photo. 

It's been long debated by videographers that cellphone videos should be shot in landscape or "long ways" rather than vertical.

Instagram hopes its new option to post a video in widescreen will make a mobile video be more "cinematic than ever." 

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<![CDATA[Nevada Man Pleads Guilty to Spamming Facebook Users]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 03:44:52 -0400 > on May 9, 2011 in San Anselmo, California.]]> > on May 9, 2011 in San Anselmo, California.]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/204*120/GettyImages-113888441.jpg

A Nevada man pleaded guilty Monday to sending more than 27 million spam messages to Facebook users, federal officials said.

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said Sanford Wallace, of Las Vegas, admitted in federal court in San Jose, California, to accessing about 500,000 Facebook accounts and sending unsolicited ads disguised as friend posts over a three-month span.

Wallace collected Facebook user account information by sending "phishing" messages that tricked users of the social networking site into providing their passwords, prosecutors said.

He then used that information to log into their accounts and post spam messages on their friends' Facebook walls, according to the indictment. Those who clicked on the link, thinking it came from a friend, were redirected to websites that paid Wallace for the Internet traffic.

In 2009, Palo Alto-based Facebook sued Wallace under federal anti-spam laws known as CAN-SPAM, prompting a judge to issue a temporary restraining order banning him from using the website.

Wallace, 47, acknowledged accessing Facebook's computer network in order to send the spam messages on three occasions between November 2008 and February 2009.

Wallace also admitted that he violated a court order not to access Facebook's computer network. He was charged with fraud and criminal contempt, Haag said.

Wallace is free on bond and scheduled to be sentenced in December. He faces a $250,000 fine and up to three years in prison.

Wallace's lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.

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<![CDATA[Twitter Shuts Down Sites That Collect Deleted Tweets]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:55:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/242*120/politwoopsscreenshot.jpg

When politicians or diplomats delete controversial tweets, should they be allowed to just disappear? Twitter seems to think so.

Though The Guardian reported that the San Francisco company shut down Politwoops, an American website run by Sunlight Foundation, back in May, archival sites were still operating in several other countries until just a few days ago.

According to an announcement posted Sunday to Open State Foundation, publisher of a companion site for diplomats called Diplotwoops, Twitter announced over the weekend that it has blocked access to Diplotwoops as well as Politwoops sites in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Portugal, Egypt, Estonia, France, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Macedonia, Norway, Belgium, United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey and the Vatican.

Open State Foundation revealed a portion of Twitter's statement to the organization said, "Imagine how nerve-racking – terrifying, even – tweeting would be if it was immutable and irrevocable? No one user is more deserving of that ability than another. Indeed, deleting a tweet is an expression of the user’s voice."

"What elected politicians publicly say is a matter of public record," said Open State Foundation's director Arjan El Fassed. "Even when tweets are deleted, it’s part of parliamentary history. These tweets were once posted and later deleted. What politicians say in public should be available to anyone. This is not about typos but it is a unique insight on how messages from elected politicians can change without notice."

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<![CDATA[Apple to Replace Camera on Some iPhones]]> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:37:52 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-481503466.jpg

Apple announced a program to fix a camera issue on a batch of iPhone 6 Plus devices sold between September 2014 and January 2015, according to a statement on the company's website.

A component in the phone's camera is causing photos to appear blurry on some of the devices, the company said.

For this reason, Apple asks that anyone experiencing issues with blurry photos on a phone bought between this time to contact contact an authorized service provider, its technical support team, or to make an appointment at a retail store.

Once Apple determines the phone reaches the proper requirements, they will replace the device's iSight free of charge. Wireless carriers are not able to fix this issue. 

An iPhone 6 Plus with a cracked screen or other damage that will impair camera replacement must be fixed prior to service. 

Click here to see if your phone is eligible for the program. 

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<![CDATA[Stephen Hawking's Voice Now Available As Open Source Software]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 21:56:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_901166803859.jpg

Stephen Hawking is known for his brilliant theories involving black holes, quantum mechanics ... and One Direction. He is also known for his distinctive voice.

Now Intel is making that voice available to the public for free. The technology -- called the Assistive Context-Aware Toolkit (ACAT) -- was developed over three years by Intel Labs for Hawking, who has suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) since he was 21 years old. 

Since then, it has allowed Hawking to share his views on everything from God to artificial intelligence.

"Our hope is that, by open sourcing this configurable platform, developers will continue to expand on this system by adding new user interfaces, new sensing modalities, word prediction and many other features," Sai Prasad, the ACAT project owner, wrote on Intel's website.

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<![CDATA['RoboKiller' App Nets $25K Prize for NJ Hackers ]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:00:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-483836276smartphone82015.jpg

Tired of receiving phone calls about nonexistent grand prizes and luxury cruises at odd hours?

Well, the Federal Trade Commission has awarded two New Jersey hackers its top prize for developing an app intended to make those pesky robocallers go away.

The FTC announced the winner of its anti-robocall technology contest, Robocalls: Humanity Strikes Back, on Monday. The winning team, Ethan Garr and Bryan Moyles, received a cash prize of $25,000 for their mobile app, RoboKiller. Garr and Moyles work together at TelTech Systems, in South Amboy, New Jersey. The app relies on call forwarding and works on both landline and mobile phones. Users have greater control over how and when they receive calls by sending robocalls to a SpamBox and using personal filtering lists.

The FTC enlisted tech gurus at DEF CON, an annual hacker conference, as part of its broader campaign to fight illegal robocalls. This year’s conference was held from Aug. 6-9 in Las Vegas. A second-place winner, Hemant Sengar, was also announced. Sengar received a $10,500 cash prize.

The reason robocalls are still such a common problem is that telephone carriers do not have access to the content of calls themselves, said FTC spokeswoman Patty Hsue. "It's very difficult for carriers to really figure out what calls are good calls and bad calls," she said. "Until we figure out ways to differentiate good calls from bad calls, it's going to be a difficult issue to crack."

The FTC also announced the winners of DetectaRobo, a contest that asked participants to develop an algorithm that could predict which calls were likely to be robocalls. Team HaV was dubbed Champion RoboSleuth.

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<![CDATA[Google Introduces Project Sunroof]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 02:47:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/0818-2015-SolarPanel.jpg

As the cost of installing solar panels hits record lows, Google is now offering a tool that allows homeowners to see just how much they could save.

Launched Monday, Project Sunroof  calculates how many sunlight hours your roof receives each year, how much you could save over a 20-year period, and what system would work best for your house just by entering the street address.

Matthew Welch is the owner of Earth Electric, a company that installs solar panels. He thinks Project Sunroof will inspire homeowners to take the leap and go solar.

“It's going to generate a lot of buzz right now," Welch said. "I expect my phone to ring.”

The site offers an estimated savings. Welch says those prices may vary by company and based on whether you have any obstructions on your roof.

“For our quotes … we absolutely must come out to the house and do a site survey,” he said.

Earth Electric visited a homeowner on Tuesday who said the Project Sunroof estimates were spot on.

“We put a lot of research into our decision and [Project Sunroof] confirmed what we had found. It recommended a system very close to the size we got,” homeowner Anne Cowan said.

Project Sunroof is currently only available in the Bay Area, Fresno, Calif., and Boston, Mass.

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<![CDATA[You Can Now Review the TSA on Yelp]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:02:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Yelp-Reviews-0520.jpg

Not a fan of the TSA? Or have something really nice to say about a TSA field agent who helped you at the security check point?

Now Yelp says you can review the agency – plus landmarks, national parks and other government agencies – on the app, and maybe even get a response.

In a blog post Tuesday, Yelp said it had reached an agreement with the federal government that will allow "federal agencies and offices to claim their Yelp pages, read and respond to reviews, and incorporate that feedback into service improvements."

"We encourage Yelpers to review any of the thousands of agency field offices, TSA checkpoints, national parks, Social Security Administration offices, landmarks and other places already listed on Yelp if you have good or bad feedback to share about your experiences," the company said in a blog post. "Not only is it helpful to others who are looking for information on these services, but you can actually make an impact by sharing your feedback directly with the source."

“This allows agencies to go in and engage, and dedicate customer service staff to monitoring the feedback,” said Justin Herman, social media manager for GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, told the Washington Post.

Earlier this year, a group of Democrats in Congress had called for a branch of the federal government to work with Yelp on user reviews for government agencies. 

"In order to make government work better, we need to make it easier for people to say what's working – and what isn't," said Congressman Ron Kind (D-Wi) in a July 1 statement

Yelp will also be working with ProPublica to incorporate health care statistics and consumer opinion survey data onto the Yelp business pages of more than 25,000 medical treatment facilities, the company said.

The social networking, user review and local search company is also partnering with local governements to display restaurant health scores.

Yelp users have been reviewing various TSA checkpoints on their own for some time now, but Yelp's announcement about the new page makes it official.

Here are some reviews about the TSA at San José and San Francisco international airports from past years:

SJC TSA: "Of course, I think SJC has probably the best TSA because they're usually extremely fast. You're in and out within a few minutes and they have a strong focus on efficiency. I like that at airports where everything else takes forever and everything costs a bazillion dollars."

SFO TSA: "Not sure how I feel about the aggressive enhanced pat-downs they perform here."

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina tweeted today that she gave TSA a one star in her Yelp review:

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<![CDATA[Warning for E-ZPass Users]]> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 06:53:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ezpass+scam.jpg

E-ZPass is warning customers about bogus toll violation notices sent by email asking patrons to click a hyperlink to download an invoice.

The email, which appears to have E-ZPass' logo in the background, says, "Dear customer, You have not paid for driving on a toll road. This invoice is sent repeatedly, please service your debt in the shortest possible time. The invoice can be downloaded here."

The "downloaded here" link goes to a website that asks for credit card information.

E-ZPass says a large number of people have complained about the fake violation notices.

"New Jersey drivers should know that legitimate toll violation notices are sent by mail, not email, from the E-ZPass Customer Service Center in Newark, NJ," the Garden State arm of the company said in a statement. "The web address for paying a legitimate violation to agencies in the New Jersey E-ZPass Group is www.EZPassNJ.com."

Anyone who receives an unsolicited email demanding payment can call the toll-free E-Z Pass customer service center at 1-877-762-7824.

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<![CDATA[Bad Habits With Free Wi-Fi Could Cost You]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:44:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011592585_1200x675_506767427922.jpg You could be opening up your computer and personal information to hackers and scammers by hooking up to free Wi-Fi spots in public areas.]]> <![CDATA[Tinder CEO Leaves After Five Months]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:09:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/140411-tinder-dating-app-mn-1310_6f284758e68894d5f153e1d324a00965.nbcnews-fp-1360-600.jpg

Tinder's latest CEO Christopher Payne just didn't match with the company.

Payne is leaving the position after just five months on the job. Taking over will be Tinder co-founder and current president Sean Rad, NBC News reported.

"I enjoyed my time at Tinder but we mutually determined that this wasn't going to be optimal and thought that a quick transition served everybody best," Payne said in a statement.

Payne, a former eBay executive, took over Tinder's helm in March.

Rad returns to the top spot after he was accused in a lawsuit of ignoring an employee's complaints about being sexually harassed within the company. Tinder's parent company settled with the accuser, the former vice president of marketing. 

The move comes after Tinder said this week that its social media team had "overreacted" for posting more than two dozen tweets slamming a Vanity Fair article.

<![CDATA[Ex-Educator Could Go to Jail For Peeking at Emails]]> Fri, 07 Aug 2015 10:21:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Christine+Lentz+Ocean+City+High+School.jpg

A former Jersey Shore vice principal and athletic director read her superior’s email without permission and it could land her in prison for a decade, said prosecutors.

Ex-Ocean City High School vice principal and athletic director Christine Lentz, 53, faces official misconduct and computer criminal activity charges in Cape May County court, said the county prosecutor's office.

A month-long investigation by the county prosecutor’s tech unit showed that Lentz, while still employed at the school, read Superintendent Kathleen Taylor’s emails from April 1 to June 1 without clearance to do so.

After 30 years in the district and seven years as athletic director, Lentz retired at the end of last school year, reported The Press of Atlantic City.

The Woodbine, New Jersey resident turned herself in Tuesday and was released on a summons until her next court appearance, said prosecutors.

If convicted on both counts, Lentz faces up to 15 years in prison, said prosecutors.

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<![CDATA[Hackers Stealing Data on iOS Via Major Security Flaw]]> Thu, 06 Aug 2015 12:38:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_256712263767.jpg

Hackers are taking advantage of vulnerability in Apple's iOS mobile operating system to install malicious software disguised as Facebook, Twitter, Skype and other apps to steal personal information, CNBC reported. 

According to a new report by cybersecurity firm FireEye, the installation happens when a user clicks a link that may have been sent to them via email, text message or even a fake advertisement on a website.

The fake app looks like the real version and can steal sensitive information and send it back to a remote server.

So far, the hack has been used on iOS version 8.1.3 and before, FireEye said.

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<![CDATA[Super Cell: Big Wireless Service Upgrades for Pope Visit]]> Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:50:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Ben+Franklin+Parkway+oDAS+Cell+Service.jpg

On a beautiful Tuesday morning last month, Kevin Wallace slowly rose toward the aqua-blue sky at the corner of Art Museum Drive and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway diagonal from Eakins Oval. The burly technician guided the van-mounted cherry picker east to bring him eye level to a brown street pole.

Sliding metal radio receivers into pole-mounted racks and connecting fiber optic wires, Wallace installed some of the last pieces of equipment needed to complete a new cellular antenna system designed to flood the area with radio waves.

Wallace was one of 100 people working on the parkway that Tuesday racing to get the installation, called an Outdoor Distributed Antenna System or 'oDAS', up and running to provide expanded high-speed 4G LTE voice and data service along the grand avenue.

It's a network designed to (hopefully) keep 1.5 million of Pope Francis' pilgrims in contact with their families and social networks during his September visit — a daunting task.

The sheer number of people crammed into the confined area and data-hungry wireless habits of event attendees has wireless carriers beefing up coverage to ensure people can stay connected.

"That's a massive amount of people in the same place at the same time using their smartphone and tablet and that means it's a challenge, and we openly say that it is, but we're giving this challenge everything we've got," said AT&T spokeswoman Brandy Bell-Truskey.

AT&T and Verizon shelled out $42 million to make temporary and permanent upgrades around the region ahead of the papal visit. Both are leasing space on the parkway oDAS network and bringing in mobile cell towers called COWs (cells on wheels) to boost capacity.

Randall Miller, executive director of Verizon Wireless' local network operations, said engineers have been working to predict usage since the World Meeting of Families was announced in 2014.

"We'll use past models like Super Bowl events across the country or events on the Washington Mall like the presidential inauguration ... or New York City's Times Square for New Year's Eve celebrations," Miller said. "Those are all good starting points to give us what's going on and what we need to do to deploy capacity for this size."

During the 2015 Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, 70,000-plus attendees used more than 6 terabytes of data over wireless networks — the equivalent of posting 18 million photos to Instagram over just a few hours. Twenty-one times the people are expected to flood the parkway when Pope Francis celebrates Mass on September 27.

Adding to the unknown: when a large number of people will use the network. Traffic peaks during key points in an event or when something unexpected happens — something that's almost impossible to plan for.

"There are three wireless carriers that are trying to saturate the area with as much coverage as possible," said Mike Kavanagh, president of DAS Operations for Crown Castle. The telecommunications wholesaler designed and installed the oDAS system and carriers lease access for their customers.

The parkway oDAS array, described by Crown Castle employees as one-of-a-kind, is designed to relieve intense pressure a crush of people can inflict on wireless networks. It distributes 37 mini-cell towers — like Wi-Fi hot spots on steroids — along the parkway from the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Each tower is low to the ground bringing access closer to the cellular user.

"We're trying to limit the interference and to do that you gotta get lower to the ground," Kavanagh said. The system's first big test will be the two-day Made in America festival. A fraction of the people expected for the papal visit will attend the concert, however — only 50,000 a day. The parkway system is permanent and will join a similar oDAS array installed across Center City.

The carriers aren't putting all their eggs in one basket, though. AT&T installed a new permanent cell tower at 23rd and Race streets. The temporary COWs they're deploying will feature nine cellular beams — an upgrade from one when used under normal circumstances.

"These antennas are able to better serve a crowd by dividing it into sections, each with its own dedicated antenna beam," Bell-Truskey said. "The increased beams help to improve customers’ mobile experience by using cellular resources more efficiently."

Realizing the masses will be roaming the city and attending events in other venues like the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where the World Meeting of Families conference is being held, Verizon installed indoor cell sites and has taken a look at cell capacity on SEPTA's rail lines. They're also providing a secured network for the U.S. Secret Service, details of which, Miller declined to expand on.

Standing in Logan Circle, he said, "We're not just focused on the immediate event down here, but the Greater Philadelphia area as a whole."

While Pope Francis' visit was the catalyst for the added infrastructure, most of the upgrades are permanent meaning city residents can expect to reap the benefits with better service long after the papal visitors leave.

Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, vince.lattanzio@nbcuni.com or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter and Facebook.

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<![CDATA[See the New Features in Windows 10]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:37:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_louisianatheatershootingjonathanarnold_1500x845.jpg Windows 10 is a free upgrade that Microsoft hopes will fix some of the most glaring issues of Windows 8.]]> <![CDATA[Police Use Automatic License Plate Readers]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:14:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Automatic-License-Plate-Rea.jpg

Police throughout the Delaware Valley are recording and saving tens of millions of unsuspecting drivers’ license plate pictures.  The images allow police to document when and where a driver traveled at various times.  

“Everything we’re passing and going past, it's reading,” Lieutenant James Audette of the Coatesville Police Department said as he used an automatic license plate reader perched on the back of his squad car.

Coatesville Police keep the pictures and information associated with them for 30 days before purging it from computers. Coatesville Police didn’t know how many pictures the department captured since installing the technology in 2014.

In Philadelphia police have captured 29.9 million plate pictures in the last 18 months.

Captain Dan Angelucci said the information is stored in a massive database inside the city’s real time crime center.  He said the data is stored for one year.

“It has strict audit trails,” Angelucci said. “We know exactly who ran the tag and we know when they ran that tag.”

In Camden, police have snapped 1.2 million plate pictures since January 1.  Camden police have been tracking license plates since 2011.  They keep the license plate information for five years – meaning Camden police have every picture their automatic license plate readers have captured.

Coatesville, Philadelphia and Camden Police say the automatic license plate readers help solve crimes.  Philadelphia Police were the only department to provide the NBC 10 Investigators with specific crime data linked to the automatic license plate readers.

Philadelphia Police released the following statistics since January 1, 2014:

  • Total tags read: 29,785,983
  • Stolen Autos Recovered: 521
  • Terror suspects: 106
  • Arrests: 6
“This is an extraordinary amount of government surveillance for what appears to be a very small amount of criminal activity,” Pennsylvania ACLU legal director Mary Catherine Roper said.   “There are things in your life that are simply not public knowledge.” 
Police say the automatic license plate readers allow officers to focus on other police work while on patrol.  The license plate reader watches for stolen cars or tags associated with crimes while an officer keeps his eyes on the road and beat.

<![CDATA[GoPro Gives Dog Owner 'CharlieVision']]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 09:39:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Charlie+Dog+GoPro+Camera.JPG

A local rescue dog is showing us the world from his point of view thanks to a clever camera setup.

Aaron Talasnik adopted Charlie from the Delaware County SPCA in November 2014 and has been sharing the journey – including Charlie's first-ever exposure to snow – on social media ever since. 

"My Instagram feed has been filled with pictures of Charlie since he became a part of my family, but I was curious about what it would look like from his perspective," Charlie's owner said. "Sometimes it is good to get another view on things and I already had the GoPro so figured why not give it a try." 

Charlie has recorded his point of view at Freedom Park in Medford, New Jersey. while swimming, running and playing with other dogs.

The Delco SPCA brought Charlie to the shelter after he was found as a stray in the Atlanta suburbs. Talasnik said it was very important for his dog to come from a shelter.

"I just feel like there are so many dogs out there that need love and attention," he said. "Finding one that fit me from a shelter is something I felt was the right thing to do."

To follow Charlie's POV adventures – a trip to the dog beach is in his future – search #LifeofCharlieDoggy on Instagram.

And to find a friend like Charlie, help NBC10 #CleartheShelters on Aug. 15.

Photo Credit: Aaron Talasnik]]>
<![CDATA[Google Admits That Google+ is 'Confusing']]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:22:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Google-Privacy-Update-3-June-2015.jpg

Google has halted its pursuit of making Google+ a rival to Facebook with the search giant even admitting that the social service was a little "confusing" for users, NBC News reported.

The service's intention of unifying Google's sharing models was "a well-intentioned goal, but (we) realized it led to some product experiences that users sometimes found confusing," Bradley Horowitz, who took over Google+ a few months ago, said in a blog post on Monday.

Google+ has failed to gain traction as a serious contender in the social media space. Analysts said that the service failed to carve out its own distinctive purpose.

Google is not shutting its social media service down completely but said it is becoming "more focused."

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<![CDATA[Simple Hack Could 'Critically Expose' Most Android Phones]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:13:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/AP100520138908.jpg

A flaw called "Stagefright" in Google's Android operating system could let hackers take over a phone with a message -- even if the user doesn't open it, NBC News reported.

The flaw could "critically expose" 95 percent of Android devices, according to Zimperium, the security firm that discovered the vulnerability.

Stagefright, which Zimperium called the "mother of all Android vulnerabilities," allows people to send a video containing hidden malware to Android phones via a multimedia message (MMS) application. For the default messenger app on most Android phones, users don't even have to play the video.

"Patches have already been provided to partners that can be applied to any device," a Google spokesperson told NBC News in a statement.

<![CDATA[Ram, Jeep Recall Buy-Back]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:50:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011328077_1200x675_492022339952.jpg The biggest action of its kind in U.S. history. Fiat Chrysler forced to buy back hundreds of thousands of Ram pickup trucks and trade-in other vehicles. NBC10's Keith Jones has more.]]> <![CDATA[Squealing Sounds on 911 Calls in Pennsylvania County]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:37:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/911-Call-Generic-1.jpg Sprint and Verizon are working to fix an issue where 911 callers in Bucks County are hearing a squealing noise.]]> <![CDATA[High-Tech Car Seat Aims to Prevent Hot Car Deaths]]> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:24:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/evenflo.jpg

As summer temperatures continue to rise, so does the risk of hot car deaths among children. Now, one company is using new technology to help parents avoid tragedy by remembering their little one in the back seat.

The Evenflo Embrace DLX Infant Car Seat features a sensor that attaches across the baby's chest, sounding an alarm after the car ignition is turned off, according to TODAY.

"It seems impossible that you would forget that your baby is in the car, but you're exhausted, the seat's facing the other way, you're sort of going by muscle memory, and you can forget the baby is in the car,'' said Jason Tanz, editor-at-large at Wired Magazine. "So this is a reminder using Wi-Fi, using a sensor to keep your baby safe."

The carseat is currently sold online at Walmart for around $150, and is set to hit store shelves next month.

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<![CDATA[NASA Releases First Photo of Sunlit Earth in 40 Years]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:14:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/earth+new+photo.png

While images of Pluto are still coming in from NASA, the organization has released another milestone photo: one of a sunlit Earth.

The last time NASA released a full image of the Earth from space the year was 1972 and the photo, snapped by the Apollo 17 astronauts, was called the "Blue Marble." 

This photo is significantly better in quality than the "Blue Marble" pic because of the resolution (click here for the high resolution version). 

A camera, known as Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) on the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite took the historic photo from one million miles away, according to NASA. EPIC is made up of a four megapixel camera and telescope. 

The Earth image, taken on July 6, 2015, was created by combining three different images — taken with red, green, and blue filters — to create one full photo.

The image is meant to show the effects of sunlight scattered by air molecules. It showcases North and South America.

Eventually, NASA said on their website it is hoping the camera will harvest regular data and provide daily images of Earth.

Photo Credit: NASA
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<![CDATA[Apple Resolves Problem With Services]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:33:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/apple+services.jpg

Apple services were back up and running on Tuesday after it reported a problem with all store services, including the App Store and Apple Music.

"Users are experiencing a problem with the services listed above. We are investigating and will update the status as more information becomes available," a message said on the company's system status page.

Services affected include App Store, Apple Music, Siri, Radio, Photos, Apple TV, iCloud Mail, iBooks Store, iCloud Drive, iCloud Contacts, Beats Music, iTunes in the Cloud, OS X Software UpdateiTunes Match, iTunes Store and Mac App Store.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Hackers Threaten to Leak Ashley Madison Users' Info]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 11:51:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ash2.jpg

Hackers have threatened to release the private data of more than 37 million users of the cheating website Ashley Madison, according to Krebs on Security, a cyber security website.

The group, who calls itself The Impact Team, teased some of the compromised data online and threatened to release more, including nude photos, customer names, and credit card details if the dating site, which uses the slogan "Life is short. Have an affair," does not shut down.

The hackers claimed Avid Life Media, Ashley Madison's parent company, lied to its users about deleting their private records including credit card information. The hackers also demanded the shut down of another popular site run by the company called "Established Men."

Krebs on Security reported that in addition to leaked account data, the hackers also obtained sensitive internal company data, including bank accounts and salary information.

In a message to the company, the hackers wrote: "Shutting down AM (Ashley Madison) and EM (Established Men) will cost you, but non-compliance will cost you more."

ALM Chief Executive Noel Biderman confirmed the breach to Krebs, which he called a criminal act, and suggested that the hacker may have had earlier inside access to their technical services.

The company also apologized in a statement.

“At this time, we have been able to secure our sites, and close the unauthorized access points," ALM said. "We are working with law enforcement agencies, which are investigating this criminal act. Any and all parties responsible for this act of cyber–terrorism will be held responsible.”

Ashley Madison is in the process of raising millions through an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange, according to Reuters

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[This Command Can Cause Siri to Call 911]]> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 08:08:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_111010073653_Siri.jpg

If you need to charge your iPhone, it's probably best not to ask Siri.

Some users have discovered that asking Siri to "charge my phone 100 percent" will result in a five second delay before automatically calling 911 services, according to CNBC.

While this could cause problems to users who simply want their phone on full power, others have said the feature may come in handy during times of trouble.

It is unclear whether the function is intentional by Apple or a glitch in the system, according to NBC News.

Update: Apple appears to have fixed the glitch.


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