<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Tech News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/tech http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usTue, 26 Sep 2017 15:55:31 -0400Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:55:31 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Fall Is the Season for Colorful Family Photos]]> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:14:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fall_Is_The_Season_For_Colorful_Family_Photos.jpg

Fall has arrived and it is the season to get colorful family photos with all the changing leaves. The best time of day to shoot is an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset. NBC10's Katy Zachry tells us where to get the best snapshots and how to make your pictures standout.

<![CDATA[SEC Says Hackers Breached System, Accessed Data]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:59:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/166323747-computer-generic.jpg

Hackers breached the filing system of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and may have accessed "nonpublic information" for profit, the agency said in a statement late Wednesday.

The SEC, which regulates the financial securities industry, gave few details on the hack but said the hackers may have made "illicit gain through trading," NBC News reported.

It is not believed that any personally identifiable information or SEC operations were compromised, the agency added.

The hack was first detected in 2016, but the SEC didn't realize until last month that the hackers may have benefited from the data accessed.

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<![CDATA[Companies Help Schools Teach Students How to Work for Them]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:16:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/delta+airlines.jpg

Some companies are so set on having workers who know just how their computer systems work that they're partnering with schools to start or invest in job training programs of their own, NBC News reported.

Call it "new collar" jobs, as opposed to white collar and blue collar. They require some specialized education to get the job, but not a four-year degree.

For example, Delta has partnered with 37 aviation maintenance schools to help shed light on the often-technical aviation maintenance technician job. A company executive said that the curriculum required by the Federal Aviation Administration is "very generic" and that it takes at least a year of working at Delta even with certification to be able to sign off on anything as an AMT.

Nationwide, there were 6.2 million job openings at the end of June, a record high, and many of these openings are "new collar jobs that are unfilled as a result of an unskilled and under-skilled workforce," said Eugene Giovannini, chancellor at Tarrant County College in Texas.

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<![CDATA[300 Drones Light Up Night Sky Over Downtown LA]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:54:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT+WONDER+WOMAN+THUMB.jpg

To celebrate the Blu-ray release of “Wonder Woman,” 300 drones flew over downtown Los Angeles in an illuminated, choreographed art show creating some stunning visuals. Patty Jenkins has signed on to direct the sequel, and the deal will make her the highest-paid female director of all time.

<![CDATA[DHS Tells Feds to Ditch Software From Russia-Linked Lab]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:38:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kaspersky-lab.jpg

Federal agencies have been ordered to stop using software made by Kaspersky Lab because of concerns about the company’s ties to Russian intelligence.

The Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that the "risk that the Russian government, whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky, could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates U.S. national security."

The move came after mounting concerns about Kaspersky, which is the subject of an ongoing FBI counterintelligence investigation. FBI agents in June paid visits to at least a dozen employees at home, asking questions about that company's operations as part of the inquiry, multiple sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.

A Kaspersky spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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<![CDATA[New K9 Added to ICAC Team, Hired to Detect Child Porn]]> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 06:37:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Charlie+1+Jack+Whelan+Council.jpg

The District Attorney’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force just added their newest, one-of-a-kind member: Charlie.

Charlie, who was introduced by District Attorney Jack Whelan and Special Agent in Charge Marlon Miller of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, is a two-year-old Labrador retriever.

She is the first and only electronic detection forensic K9 in Pennsylvania, not to mention one of less than two dozen with this title in the country.

“Charlie is a great addition to our ICAC team in their daily efforts to bring predators to justice,” said District Attorney Jack Whelan. “In Delaware County, we are constantly looking at how we can advance our abilities and forensic capabilities to catch predators. Amazingly, Charlie can find elements of a crime that even the most seasoned investigator can miss, which are essential for prosecution.”

The ICAC’s goal is to protect against child predators which often includes cases related to child porn. Many of the pornographic images are found on electronic devices.

Charlie’s job is to find the devices that predators hide.

According to the Delaware County's director of Public Relations Emily Harris, Charlie can track the current and previous locations of small electronic devices that have potential to contain pornographic images. These small storage devices such as flash drives and SD cards have a specific chemical smell that humans cannot detect.

Charlie, alongside her handler and forensic analyst of the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division Nat Evans, was trained by Gerald Azzi of Azzi International Service for Dogs who has over 35 years of experience in training.

In 2016 alone, 3,003 cyber tips were received in Pennsylvania leading to 303 arrests. The Delaware County ICAC handled 29 of these arrests. Their work has led to finding the identity of seven pornographic abuse victims. The ICAC team all together consists of three detectives, two forensic analysts, two analysts who investigate cyber tips and now Charlie.

“We are excited to introduce Charlie the first and only ICAC electronic-detection K9 in the state of Pennsylvania," said Marlon V. Miller, special agent in charge of HSI Philadelphia. "Charlie has the ability to detect objects that would be impossible to find. We are excited to have her on the team and look forward to her contributions in helping bring predators to justice."

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<![CDATA[A Brief History of the Cellphone]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:26:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/edt-zack-morris-phone.jpg Cellphones may seem like a relatively new phenomenon, but its concept has been around since the 1940s. Click to take a look back at the most famous incarnations of the cellphone.

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<![CDATA[Locals React to New iPhone Unveiling, Design and Price]]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:58:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/iPhone+10_25113654.jpg

The design for the new iPhone 10 was revealed by Apple Tuesday afternoon. NBC10's Ted Greenberg gets reactions from people from our area on the design and price.

<![CDATA[Apple Rolls Out New iPhone X on iPhone's 10th Anniversary]]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:50:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/iphonex-150525398447800002.jpg

Apple has unveiled the iPhone X, a new flagship model that coincides with the tenth anniversary of the popular device. The new phone has an edge-to-edge screen that eliminates the "home" button to unlock it, in favor of a biometrics sensor called Face ID.

<![CDATA[Oops: Apple's Facial Recognition Fails During iPhone X Demo]]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:52:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/apple-exec.jpg

Let's face it - that was awkward.

Apple had an embarrassing moment during the tech giant's much-hyped reveal of its new iPhone X Tuesday when a key facial recognition feature failed to work during a demonstration, CNBC reported

The new Face ID feature is supposed to allow you to unlock the $1,000 gadget with a glance, but an Apple exec needed to enter a passcode to get it to work while on-stage Tuesday in California. 

Check out how the facial recognition feature flopped during Apple's demo in the below video.

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<![CDATA[Apple Announces iPhone 8 and iPhone X]]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:59:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/iphonex.jpg

Apple announced their new line of iPhones, which will ship later this year. The lineup includes iPhones 8, 8 Plus and the all-new iPhone X.

<![CDATA[Educational Apps for the School Year]]> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 07:54:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kids_Educational_Apps.jpg

NBC10 gives you a list of apps to help your child stay ahead of the curve this school year.

<![CDATA[Equifax Execs Sold Stock Before Revealing Massive Breach]]> Thu, 07 Sep 2017 20:24:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Equifax-Generic.jpg

A data breach discovered in July may have affected as many as 143 million U.S. consumers, credit tracker Equifax said Thursday.

And three of the company's executives sold nearly $2 million in Equifax shares days after the cyberattack was discovered, SEC filings show.

It was unclear whether their share sales had anything to do with the breach, CNBC reports. An Equifax spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Leaked data includes names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses and some driver's license numbers, CNBC reported. The company added that 209,000 U.S. credit card numbers were also obtained.

Equifax said it is alerting customers whose information was included in the breach via mail, and is working with state and federal authorities. Its private investigation into the breach is complete, the company said.

Consumers who think their personal information may have been compromised in this incident can find out more here.

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<![CDATA[FB Sold Political Ads to Russian Company During Election]]> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 17:39:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/FB-event-int.jpg

It is “likely” Russian political operatives spent $100,000 on Facebook ads with “divisive messages” between June 2015 and May 2017, the company said Wednesday.

In a blog post on the issue and the company’s internal investigation, Facebook said the operation involved 3,000 separate ads purchased over a two-year period and appears to have been run out of Russia.

In addition, Facebook found 470 affiliated fake accounts and pages.

About $50,000 of the funds — about 2,200 ads— were potentially related to U.S. politics. The majority of the ads did not reference the U.S. presidential election, voting or a specific candidate.

As CNBC reports, the ads focused on "divisive social and political messages" about hot-button topics including LGBT rights, race, immigration and gun rights. Facebook has shared its findings with U.S. authorities.

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<![CDATA[Hackers Hit US Power Companies, Utilities: Security Firm]]> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 07:41:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hacker506944962.jpg

Advanced hackers have successfully broken into core operations systems after targeting energy companies in the United States and Europe, according to new report from a cybersecurity firm.

Reuters reported that Symantec researchers found malicious email campaigns helped a group, apparently one called Dragonfly, gain entry into U.S. energy firms, as well as in Turkey and Switzerland and likely elsewhere.

The researchers believe the cyberattacks are probably the work of a foreign government, and while their report didn't name Russia, some code strings were in Russian.

The research adds to concerns that utilities and other industrial firms could be susceptible to damaging cyberattacks in a global conflict. In June, the U.S. government alerted firms about a hacking campaign targeting the nuclear and energy sectors.

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<![CDATA['Everyone Deserves a Chance': Silicon Valley Reacts to Trump's DACA Decision]]> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 22:58:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/markzuckerberg_1200x675.jpg

The Trump administration on Tuesday decided to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, triggering ripple effects throughout Silicon Valley.

The tech industry is known as a place where immigrants have risen to, and often started, successful companies. The loss of DACA, which gives renewable, two-year permits to immigrants who entered the United States as undocumented minors, is expected to heavily cost Silicon Valley.

“This has a very real impact on the bottom line of companies,” said Peter Leroe-Munoz, the vice president of tech and innovation policy at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

He said certain industries have especially benefited from young immigrant employees.

“Whether in autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence or cyber security, there is a source of intellectual capital that can help grow those technologies here in the US and increase American jobs,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, at the Asian Law Alliance, the phone rang off the hook, with young immigrants from all over the world reacting to the uncertainty of their future.

"There are people who came here from Asian countries, African countries, European countries, obviously people who crossed the southern border from Mexico to California, but the population of DACA recipients (is) very diverse,” said Richard Konda, with the Asian Law Alliance.

The movers and shakers of the tech world on Tuesday vocalized their support for DACA.

"The decision to end DACA is not just wrong,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American Dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it."

Dara Khosrowshahi, who was recently named the chief executive of San Francisco-based ridesharing company Uber echoed the sentiment.

“It's against our values to turn our backs on #DREAMers. Everyone deserves a chance to work, study and contribute - the #AmericanDream!” he wrote on Twitter.

NBC Bay Area's Rhea Mahbubani contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Apple's iPhone 8 Event Set for Sept. 12]]> Thu, 31 Aug 2017 12:29:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP111004191461.jpg

Apple will host its iPhone 8 event on Sept. 12, CNBC reported. The company sent invites out to the press with a note: "Let's meet at our place.

Please join us for the first-ever event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino."

Apple is expected to unveil three new iPhones, including the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and iPhone 8. A 4K Apple TV is also reportedly on the docket, according to CNBC.

Apple provided few details in its announcement but has previously rolled out new iPhones at its September events. 

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