<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Tech News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/tech http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usFri, 26 Aug 2016 16:13:15 -0400Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:13:15 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[What If Apple Really Ditches the iPhone Headphone Jack?]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:11:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-516859294.jpg

The next iPhone may be too skinny for the traditional headphone jack.

The potential change is something that has many wondering how the absence of the 3.5 mm headphone jack could impact some of the ways people use their iPhones — and what it will do to the multi-billion dollar market for headphones.

Apple hasn't commented on any of the rumors, but it's believed the lack of a traditional headphone jack would require Bluetooth headphones or an adapter to plug in to the phone's lightning port.

Steve Wozniak, who left Apple in 1985, told the Australian Financial Review he believes the potential change, which Apple has not confirmed, would "tick off a lot of people."

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<![CDATA[NY Artist Paints Giant 'Pokemon Go' Mural]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:19:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/pokemon+go+mural+NY2.jpg Efren Andaluz painted 151 Pokemon on the side of his studio on Long Island. This time-lapse video shows how it all came together.]]> <![CDATA['Flying Bum': World's Largest AirshipTakes Maiden Voyage]]> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:45:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AIRLANDER_GettyImages-591547252.jpg

The world's largest aircraft has taken off on its maiden flight, NBC News reported.

The 302-foot-long "Airlander 10" is filled with 1.3 million cubic feet of helium, can reach an altitude of up to 16,000 feet, and stay in the air for five days.

The manufacturer HAV (Hybrid Air Vehicles) claims the aircraft can be used for surveillance, communications and humanitarian aid deliveries.

In case it isn't immediately clear — the Airlander 10 earned its "Flying Bum" nickname due to the resemblance its plump front end shares with a human's butt.

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<![CDATA[US Judge Dismisses Suit Against Twitter Over ISIS Rhetoric]]> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:28:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/twitter-532623572.jpg

A federal judge ruled Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the widow of an American killed in Jordan, which accused Twitter Inc. of giving voice to ISIS, NBC News reported.

Tamara Fields, a Florida woman whose husband Lloyd died in an attack on the police training center in Amman last year, said Twitter knowingly let the militant Islamist group use its network to spread propaganda, raise money and attract recruits.

U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick in San Francisco ruled that Twitter cannot be held liable for ISIS' rhetoric, but gave the plaintiff a chance to refile an amended lawsuit.

While Orrick called the deaths "horrific," he agreed with Twitter and said federal law protects the company from liability for the content that third parties publish on its platform.

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<![CDATA[Back-to-School Safety Tech That Helps Keep Kids Safe]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 16:18:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/walking-519519169.jpg

Millions of parents in the U.S. will allow their children to walk to and from school this fall.

No matter how mature and responsible a child is, those few blocks without adult supervision are enough to make most parents worry, NBC News reports.

Technology can help assuage concern and keep track of a child's whereabouts, with options ranging from a free app to wearables and connected home devices.

PocketFinder, Life 360, Canary and August are some technological solutions to help children get to school safely.

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<![CDATA[Navigation App Launches New Alerts to Prevent Hot Car Deaths]]> Mon, 08 Aug 2016 17:45:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/1-26-15_Waze.JPG

More than two dozen children have died in hot cars this year. It is a statistic that compelled the makers of Waze, a popular traffic app, to add a feature that reminds drivers when they are traveling with a child.

Users can opt to set an alert that will remind them to take their child or pet out of their vehicle when they reach the destination they navigated to with Waze.

"Time driving is usually spent planning next steps. What we'll do when we reach our destination, what to make for dinner, which route to take?" the company said on its blog. "We hope this feature serves as a reminder to be present and remember any little ones who cannot speak up when it's time to get out of the car."

Heatwaves across the country have sent temperatures soaring to dangerous marks, especially inside cars left in the sun. Twenty-six children have died in hot cars this year, according to data collected by noheatstroke.org, up from 24 total deaths in 2015.

Last week, a father in Georgia left his twin daughters in an SUV and has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for their deaths. A 4-year-old girl died in a hot car in Pennsylvania just days prior to the Georgia death. In Falls Church, Virginia, a dog died after his owner left him in a car outside a pet store.

Babies have a particularly difficult time regulating their body temperature, which can quickly rise over the usually fatal level of 107 degrees, according to the National Institutes of Health. Both the NIH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend drivers never leave children or pets unattended in the car, even if the windows are down or if the weather feels cool and comfortable.

<![CDATA[Execs Say 'Pokemon Go' Clone Unlikely in Near Future ]]> Tue, 09 Aug 2016 08:36:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-547175550.jpg

Gamers shouldn’t expect another “Pokemon Go" style game out anytime soon. Nearly a dozen executives at companies from Sony to "Angry Birds" creator Rovio said "Pokemon Go" would be a tough act to follow, and some even said a challenge would not be worth it, NBC News reports.

"Pokemon Go" has been the most downloaded mobile game since its July release. Executives said hundreds of game developers at their companies are playing to understand how it has captivated audiences.

Some say the game is just a fad while others say the game’s success in getting players onto their feet is brilliant as is the integration of mapping technology but, both are difficult to replicate. The multigenerational appeal of characters like Pikachu is also unique to the Pokemon brand.

"Today is not the right moment to release an (augmented reality) experience," said Neil Young, chief executive of mobile game developer N3twork and a former group general manager at Electronic Arts. "That moment is sort of reserved, I think, for "Pokemon Go."

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<![CDATA[The Olympics Meet Virtual Reality]]> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:07:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-08-05-at-10.43.16-AM.jpg For the first time, the world's biggest sporting event can be experienced through virtual reality, allowing sports fans to get a front-row seat to the Rio Olympics without having to leave the country.

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<![CDATA[Hoverboard Store in New Jersey Catches Fire]]> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 15:24:57 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/hoverboard-file.jpg

Fire broke out Wednesday afternoon at a store selling hoverboards in Garfield, New Jersey.

It was not immediately clear how severe the blaze was, though it was put out within about 15 minutes. There were no reported injuries from the fire, which investigators believe may have been started by an overheated hoverboard.

The two-wheeled devices were a popular holiday gift last year despite controversy over their potential to catch fire.

Earlier this year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said no hoverboard on the market could be considered safe. At the time, the agency said it had received more than 50 reports of hoverboard fires, including those that destroyed two houses. 

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<![CDATA[University of Idaho to Offer Pokemon Go Class]]> Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:59:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/575424400-pokemon-go-generic.jpg

Pokemania has all but taken over the global landscape as players of the popular app take their Pokeball quest through parks, stadiums, museums, and now into the realm of academia.

This fall, the University of Idaho is offering a course called “Pop Culture Games” in which students can play Pokemon Go and other smartphone and live-action games for course credits. The class is designed to teach students about living active lifestyles, teamwork and exploring their communities. 

“This app does more than let you shoot a Pokeball,” instructor Steven Bird told the University of Idaho News. “You get to adventure around, seeing different things, being active, seeing the sun.”

Pokemon Go, with over 100 million iOS and Android downloads to date, allows players to search for digital creatures that pop up on smartphone screens as they move through real-world locations.

Bird, a staff member in the UI College of Education’s Department of Movement Sciences, said he had been planning the course for some time, but after seeing the popularity of Pokemon Go, he knew he had to make it part of the course.

“We are hoping to capture the interest in Pokemon Go and other active games and draw the link with a healthy, active lifestyle,” Philip Scruggs, chair of UI Department of Movement Sciences, told the university news. 

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<![CDATA[Apple Gives Glimpse of New, Redesigned Emojis]]> Mon, 01 Aug 2016 17:55:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/New-Emojis.jpg

Apple's newest software update for iPhone and iPad will feature more than 100 new and redesigned emojis, including more gender options and nontraditional families, NBC News reported. 

The iOS 10 update, to be released this fall, will add rainbow flags and single-parent families to Apple's emoji repertoire, along with female athletes and working women, the company announced Monday. 

"Apple is working closely with the Unicode Consortium to ensure that popular emoji characters reflect the diversity of people everywhere," Apple said in a news release posted on its website

Among the redesigned emojis is the revolver, which will become a squirt gun in iOS 10.

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<![CDATA[Instagram Testing Comment Moderation Feature]]> Mon, 01 Aug 2016 17:27:38 -0400

Instagram is testing a feature that allows users of the photo-sharing app to disable or filter comments, NBC News reported.

The tool, now available to select high-volume accounts, could soon be made available to the full Instagram community of 500 million people.

An effort to thwart Internet trolls, the feature lets users block or filter out comments that contain certain keywords.

"Our goal is to make Instagram a friendly, fun and, most importantly, safe place for self expression. We have slowly begun to offer accounts with high volume comment threads the option to moderate their comment experience," an Instagram representative said by email. "As we learn, we look forward to improving the comment experience for our broader community."

<![CDATA[Russia's Bid to Win New Space Race Isn't Going to Plan]]> Sun, 31 Jul 2016 09:55:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/525252272-Vostochny-Cosmodrome--Russian-Space-Project.jpg

Russia is building a spaceport designed to reinstate it at the forefront of cosmic travel and evoke its 1950s Soviet heyday when Moscow put the first human in orbit.

But five years after construction began, NBC News reports that the Vostochny Cosmodrome is behind schedule, billions of dollars over budget, and dogged by accusations that officials have embezzled funds and did not pay workers for months at a time.

The complex in Russia's Far East designed to launch missions to the Moon and Mars is on course to be the most expensive spaceport ever built.

According to an expose by RBC published in July 2015, the original cost of the facility was supposed to be just $1.9 billion in today's prices. The spiraling price tag — $7.5 billion according to an official estimate in 2011 — makes it almost four times as expensive as NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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<![CDATA[Lawmaker Warns of Pokemon Risks ]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:38:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/190*120/72916go.jpg

A state lawmaker in New York says the wildly popular smartphone game "Pokemon Go" could inadvertently give sexual predators easy access to new prey.

To ensure that doesn't happen, the state should prohibit higher-level sex offenders from being able to play the game, and others like it, Sen. Jeffrey Klein said. The Bronx Democrat also proposes requiring game manufacturers to take steps to ensure the virtual Pokemon creatures don't pop up near the homes of sexual offenders.

"While children believe they are out to catch a Pokemon, what might really be lurking could be a predator instead of a Pikachu," Klein said, referring to a type of Pokemon creature. "We want our children to have safe fun, but it makes no sense at all to give dangerous sexual predators a virtual road map to where our children congregate."

Users playing "Pokemon Go" roam through the physical world searching for virtual Pokemon creatures. The game also allows players to attract other users using so-called "lures."

Klein said the state already prohibits high-level offenders from using social media, and said it makes sense to prohibit them from playing a game that could easily be used for malicious purposes.

In addition, Klein's proposal would require game makers to cross reference the state's sexual offender registry to automatically delete any Pokemon creatures near the residence of an offender.

An investigation by the senator's office found several instances of Pokemon creatures near the homes of sex offenders, he said.

He predicted the game is only the first of a wave of similar augmented reality games.

A message sent by The Associated Press seeking comment from the game's manufacturers was not immediately returned Friday.

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<![CDATA[Web's Beloved Dogs Meet at Facebook]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 08:11:07 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/facebookdogs_n.jpg

Two social media powerhouses joined together for a business lunch at Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters on Thursday, no doubt striking a few business deals, comparing notes on the best brands of dog food, and arguing over who really is the internet's favorite dog. 

The dress code was, ahem, collar optional. 

Beast Zuckerberg, sporting a professional top-knot (or is it a dogbun?), invited social media star Doug the Pug for a sit down chat. The meeting's minutes and agenda were not released to the public, so there's no way to know for sure what the pooches were plotting. 

However, a photograph Beast's personal assistant, Mark Zuckerberg, posted to Facebook does provide some hints: 

"Apparently Beast had an important meeting at the office today with Doug the Pug," Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook. "They agree that Facebook needs more kibble and belly rubs. Beast also wants some sheep."

After their clandestine luncheon, Doug the Pug used his vast social media following to share a picture of the new business buddies, although Doug couldn't help throwing a little shade in the process. 

Beast has yet to respond to this potential dig via his personal Facebook.

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<![CDATA[Long Lines at NJ MVC]]> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 05:42:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/lodi+lines.jpg

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission's offices were unable to process drivers license transactions because of computer problems for part of the day Thursday, spurring long lines and high tensions.

The agency announced that there were computer problems causing issues at all 39 offices across the Garden State at about noon. About an hour later, the agency tweeted that the problems had been fixed.

But heavy delays at the MVC were reported throughout the afternoon. In Lodi, a line stretched out the door as frustrated drivers tried to get licenses and registrations renewed or complete other transactions on a late July day where temperatures topped 90 degrees.

Customers said they waited more than four hours -- two hours outside, then two hours inside -- to accomplish routine tasks, like renewing their licenses, and one man said the wait cost him half a day's pay.

It's the second time this week there have been issues at the MVC. Intermittent computer problems caused similar delays on Tuesday, as well.

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<![CDATA[New Mobile Unit Saves Lives of Stroke Patients ]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:49:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/MobileStroke0727_MP4-146971814986100001.jpg A new mobile stroke unit in ambulances in Colorado is saving stroke patients' lives, allowing them to get treatment before arriving at the hospital. ]]> <![CDATA['Parkémon' Initiative in Texas Piggybacks on 'Pokémon Go']]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:44:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/arlington-parkemon.jpg The Arlington Parks and Recreation Department is taking advantage the hype around "Pokémon Go" in a unique way.

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<![CDATA[Facebook Beats Analyst Expectations in Second Quarter]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:32:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/FacebookLogo3.jpg

Facebook beat Wall Street expectations, posting stronger earnings for the second-quarter, NBC News reported. 

The company reported $6.44 billion in revenue, according to a release posted at the end of the trading day. Analysts expected Facebook to earn $6.02 billion. The boost was due to strong user engagement and dominance in mobile and digital advertisements. 

The company reported 1.71 billion users. Daily active users were 1.13 billion on average for June 2016, amounting to a 17 percent increase year over year. Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook will now focus on expanding the community. 

"We have five billion people left to connect," Zuckerberg said. "The biggest thing we can do to help people and grow the business is to focus on improving and expanding this already dynamic and large community we have using the Facebook app."

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<![CDATA[Apple Has Sold Over 1B iPhones]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:21:28 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-462369662.jpg

Apple recently sold its billionth iPhone, the Cupertino-based company announced in a blog post Wednesday.

CEO Tim Cook made an appearance at an employee meeting Wednesday to celebrate the milestone, but he did not specify exactly when or where the billionth device was sold. He did thank Apple employees for making the iPhone "one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history."

"It's become more than a constant companion," Cook said. "iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day."

Cook added that Apple never set out to make the most, but it has always set out to "make the best products that make a difference."

The iPhone launched in June 2007, and the millionth iPhone was sold less than three months later.

Apple has since released a dozen renditions of the device and is poised to come out with the newest version, what some have dubbed iPhone 7, in September.

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<![CDATA[Back To School Laptops: Top Picks]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 09:34:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/TechTalker0722_MP4-146944855631300001.jpg Shopping for a new computer before school resumes? NBC's Mark Barger has some of your best options.]]> <![CDATA[Last VCR Manufacturer to Stop Production]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:25:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/182*120/Electronics+Recycled1.jpg

The once-revolutionary videocassette recorder is headed for the technological cemetery, 40 years after it first hit markets.

Funai Electric, a Japanese consumer electronics company, released a statement Thursday that it will stop making VHS recorders at the end of the month, the Japanese Newspaper Nikkei reported.

The company, the only VCR manufacturer in the world, cited a lack of demand and difficulty acquiring parts.

While the company said it sold 15 million VCR units a year at its peak, only 750,000 were sold worldwide in 2015, the New York Times reported.

The VCR first awed the country in the 1950s, then costing around $50,000 each.

The recording device became increasingly popular in the 1980s, with VCRs in around 15 million homes by the end of 1984 and prices dropping to between $600 and $1,200.

However, the DVD quickly began to surpass videocassette sales after its introduction in 1995. Both hardware devices have increasingly declined since video streaming has taken hold.

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<![CDATA[Rowan's Student Success Center Gets Virtual Tour]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:43:55 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016362924_1200x675_729345091888.jpg Rowan College in Burlington County is building a new multi-million dollar student success center. It is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2017, and can be viewed via a new virtual tour.]]> <![CDATA[Husband Searching for Pokemon Slams Into Cop Car: Police]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:43:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Rehoboth+Pokemon+Go+crash.jpg

Police along the Delaware beaches have a warning for drivers after an eager couple trying to catch a Pokemon crashed into a marked police cruiser: "If you are going to play Pokemon Go, please do not do so while operating a motor vehicle."

Rehoboth Beach Police released a photo Wednesday of a damaged police cruiser they say was struck by a 28-year-old man anxious to locate a Pokemon Gym.

Dover, Delaware’s Mark Oldenburg was driving along Rehoboth Avenue when he crossed into the adjacent lane and crashed into the passenger side of the marked vehicle around 12:05 a.m., said police.

Oldenburg’s wife had told him to pull onto the median "because there was a Pokemon Gym in that direction," said police. He didn’t check his surroundings before pulling over and crashing into the police car.

No one hurt but police urged people to pay attention to the road rather than digital creatures because "we only have so many cars."

Police cited Oldenburg for inattentive driving and an improper turn.

Photo Credit: Rehoboth Beach Police
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<![CDATA['Pokemon Go' Could Generate Billions For Apple: Analyst]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:50:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-546258766.jpg

Apple can thank the "Pokemon Go" phenomenon for the billions of sales expected to come into the company, CNBC reports.

Laura Martin, managing director of investment firm Needham & Co., estimates that the smartphone game could generate $3 billion in revenue for Apple in the next 12 to 24 months as the game expands into more countries.

Martin attributes Apple's success to its ecosystem business structure and other revenue generators such as the App Store.

"The next genius that makes a hit game, Apple shares on that one too. So while this one may be transitory, Apple has an option on all future hit games over the iOS platform," Martin said.

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<![CDATA[Twitter Suspends Breitbart Editor Over Leslie Jones Abuse]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:46:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-543705532.jpg

Twitter said Tuesday it had permanently suspended the account of conservative provocateur and Breitbart.com tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos, after reports he led the harassment campaign against "Ghostbusters" actor Leslie Jones, Reuters reported.

Jones retweeted and shared several abusive tweets she received Monday before telling her 250,000 followers she's quitting Twitter.

"I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart. All this cause I did a movie. You can hate the movie but the s**t I got today... wrong," she wrote. 

Other accounts had also been suspended, Twitter said. The social media giant has long come under fire for not doing enough to police abusive behavior on the messaging service.

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<![CDATA[Homeowner Opens Fire On 'Pokemon Go' Players]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:29:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_pokemonshooting0719_1920x1080.jpg A Florida man mistook teens playing "Pokemon Go" for burglars and opened fire on them outside his home. WESH's Gail Paschall-Brown reports.]]>