<![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-usMon, 29 May 2017 15:13:37 -0400Mon, 29 May 2017 15:13:37 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[How Best Buy Escaped the Retail Apocalypse]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 19:52:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Best+Buy+General+copy.jpg

Shares of Best Buy surged more than 20 percent Thursday after the company posted unexpected sales growth in same store locations.

Best Buy is a retail anomaly because it's an enjoyable place to shop, CNBC reported.

Best Buy has worked with partners like Google and Samsung to establish small sections of the store where each can show off new products. Visit a Samsung area, for example, and you'll find the latest smartphones and tablets, virtual reality headsets and accessories.

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<![CDATA[New 'Soundwave' Tattoos Can Talk, Play Music]]> Thu, 25 May 2017 09:14:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT+SOUNDWAVE+TATTOOS+THUMB.jpg

What if tattoos could talk? That's what Nate Siggard, CEO and founder of Skin Motion, is trying to do with his soundwave tattoo app. It works like this: users can upload sounds and voices to the app, creating a waveform of the audio. They can print out these waveforms and have them turned into tattoos. They can point their mobile phone or tablet device at the tattoo and use the app to play back the sound.

<![CDATA[App Helps People Save a Life With CPR]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 13:34:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/PulsePoint+App+3.JPG

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<![CDATA[Program Trains 21st Century Scouts For Online Survival]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 22:15:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/189*120/160661169.jpg

Traditionally, Boy Scouts were trained in fire and knife skills, preparing them to be ready for outdoor adventures. Along the way, they also learned how to be good stewards of the wilderness, to safely traverse rugged terrain, and to recognize dangers along the way.

In the 21st century, the Boy Scouts of America continues to instill those skills and mindset but for a different wilderness. The Cyber Chip program replaces fire and knife training with smartphone, internet chat and video game behavior training.

The principles are the same. The program wants to teach Scouts how to be safe on the internet, recognize the dangers from random chats, and how to behave responsibly.

Aaron Chusid, communications director for the National Capital Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, said the Cyber Chip program is just a natural evolution in the scouting program to change with the times and stay as current as possible.

“The core of the scouting program is about leadership and development,” Chusid said. “We want to help young people be prepared for the world they are living in. If you go back and look at the first edition of the Boy Scouts Handbook, among the how-to guides in there, there is a guide on how to stop a runaway horse and carriage. That used to be a vital skill. Not so much today.”

The Cyber Chip program is taught in stages based on the age and school grade of the scout. Topics of cyberbullying, cellphone use, texting, blogging, gaming and identity theft are presented at a graduated pace for the needs of the different age groups.

Cyber Chip Requirements

The tools were developed with NetSmartz, part of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and a training expert for many law enforcement agencies.

Chusid said the program for first-grade scouts is vastly different from the program for high school seniors, because their needs are different. The example he gave highlighted responses to chat requests from unknown individuals. The younger child is taught to reject those requests and talk to their parents.

The older scout is taught how to evaluate the request safely and respond appropriately, because older teens and college-aged scouts use the internet to meet new people.

“The principles we teach the scouts apply to every part of your life,” Chusid said. “Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, reverent. That’s whether you are sitting in church or talking to someone on the internet.”

The chip is a patch the scouts earn, but it is one they must renew every year to gain additional knowledge in an ever-changing web environment. Scout troops can also tailor the program to fit their needs.

The program extends beyond the scout troop and leadership by drawing in parents to help them understand the goals and create open dialogue about internet safety and use between the adults and the child.

Pete Murray, a father of a scout in Troop 965 in Havre de Grace, Maryland, said he and his son, Simon, 13, have a contract that spells out, specifically, the expectations between scouts and parents about good behavior online. He said the Cyber Chip program teaches the scouts the skills, but it is up to the family to decide how best to use them.

“It is up to the parents and the scouts to come up with what they agree on,” Pete Murray said. “It helps me articulate what I do to try and be a responsible adult online and teach it in a way that he’s going to understand it. It proves to be very, very helpful in having that conversation.”

For example, the contract for the Murrays states that Simon won’t download in-app purchases without his parents’ permission, avoiding the surprise of a huge credit card bill. If there is something Simon wants, he knows he can go to his parents and ask them for permission, because they have already talked about the situation.

Murray works in a technology field, so the contract worked out with his son was very detailed. Other parents, who are not as tech-savvy, read the contract and realized how much they didn’t know about the internet and its dangers. He helped them understand how the web and technology are being learned and used by the kids of today.

Simon, a Second Class scout, said the contract helps his family stay on the same page about safe and smart online usage. The Cyber Chip program lets the scouts in Troop 965 use electronic devices that could connect with the internet when out at scouting events. The training, tools and skills opened new ways for the scouts to complete their duties and tasks.

“We get the freedom to use our phones to look up recipes for something when we have to cook something on an outing or take notes during the meetings using out phones, because beforehand, we weren’t allowed to take them in,” Simon said. “(We) take pictures on the outings (using our smartphones). We have to put together a photo collage at the end, and I feel like using our technology allows us to benefit for scouts.”

For Simon, his Cyber Chip program includes video game behavior and how to protect himself when chatting online. Establishing the contract allowed him to play online video games with other people because of the framework spelled out in the agreement with his parents.

He said the program makes him a better person overall. By using the parameters and understanding the consequences of going outside those parameter, he said he has more freedom to interact on the internet during chats with his friends and while playing games online.

“It helps me not be a jerk on the internet, which a lot of people are, and it allows me to have better interactions with people,” Simon said.

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<![CDATA[GIF Celebrates Milestone and Philly Is Crying]]> Wed, 24 May 2017 09:49:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-74146469-%281%29.jpg

Cheer up Philly! According to a new study, the city of brotherly love is the saddest city in America.

The mobile app Tenor celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Graphics Interchange Format, better known as GIF, by creating a breakdown of the most popular emotions and images among the top 10 U.S. markets based on GIF search behavior.

While “Wow” was most popular in Chicago and “Wink” in Los Angeles, Philadelphia’s top search was for the “Cry” GIF, according to Tenor. We’re guessing the recent struggles of the city’s major sports teams may have had something to do with Philadelphians feeling blue.

Still, the findings should be taken with a grain of salt. Any study that claims New Yorkers are “happy” can’t be completely trusted. 

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<![CDATA[Risks of Streaming Illegal Content on Amazon Fire Stick]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 08:18:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/amazon-fire-stick-generic.jpg

The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a popular device designed to make streaming easier than ever before, letting consumers stream Netflix, Hulu, Amazon video and premium channels like HBO without a fancy smart TV or connecting their laptops to their televisions.

But the NBC Dallas-Fort Worth Consumer Responds team has learned there's a loophole that's giving people access to much more than that.

"You can view all the new movies and stuff that are out," said Randy Haba, a tech expert at DKB Innovative. "[It] eliminates cable bill. It works wonders. You can pretty much jailbreak it."

Videos posted online show self-proclaimed "jailbreak instructors" teaching users how to get all the movies and shows they've ever wanted for nothing. And while it may be possible to use the Fire Stick this way, it's also illegal. 

Amazon declined to comment to NBC DFW on the misuse of its Fire Stick.

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<![CDATA[Hackers Could Target Your Home Devices]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 14:30:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Home_Devices_Can_Be_Easily_Hacked.jpg

NBC10's Matt DeLucia explains what steps you should take after purchasing WiFi-enabled home devices.

<![CDATA[Twitter Users Report Glitches Amid Service Disruption]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 14:02:59 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Twitter-generic1.jpg

Some Twitter users were having trouble with the social media service Friday morning, as the company noted, and service distruptions continued through the afternoon.

"Some users are currently experiencing problems accessing Twitter & Tweeting. We are aware of the issue and are working towards a resolution," the Twitter Support account said in the morning.

The Twitter service tracker noted a disruption in the timeline function, and more performance issues with the stream. Those reports were in effect for hours.

The website-tracking site DownDetector noted spikes in outage reports after midnight, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET. The U.S., U.K., France and Japan appeared especially hard-hit.

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<![CDATA[6 Injured After Fire Breaks Out at Google Conference: Officials]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 23:30:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/shoreline-0518.jpg

A fire during the Google I/O Conference in Mountain View on Thursday sent three people to the hospital, one with critical injuries, according to fire officials.

Firefighters responded to Shoreline Amphitheatre on reports of a fire inside one of the venue's food service buildings that was contained to the one building, fire officials said.

A total of six people were injured in the blaze, fire officials said. Three were transported to a hospital, one with life-threatening injuries. The other three were treated at the scene.

The developer conference was interrupted only briefly and continued Thursday evening. No evacuations were ordered, and no other injuries were reported, fire officials said.

Fire officials said the flames were caused by a grease fire in the kitchen of one of the food service buildings.

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<![CDATA[Tesla Workers Suffer Fainting Spells, Dizziness: Report]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 21:48:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-479833756-Musk.jpg

Workers at Tesla's car factory in California have been fainting, experiencing dizziness and even having seizures, often requiring medical attention.

The symptoms have led to more than 100 calls for ambulances since 2014, according to incident reports obtained by the Guardian newspaper, which first reported the story Thursday.

Company CEO Elon Musk acknowledged that workers are "having a hard time, working long hours, and on hard jobs," but he also said he cared deeply about their health and well-being.

In a blog post published Sunday, the company said: “Tesla's safety record is much better than industry average, but it is not enough.”

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<![CDATA[College Student's Drone Shows Off Comcast Technology Center]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 15:15:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/comcast-technology-center-12.jpg Christopher Kao is using the Philadelphia skyline as his canvass for amazing photos from his trusty drone. The 21-year-old University of Pennsylvania Computer Science Engineering and Marketing major jumps on a bike share at least once a week with his eyes on the sky. His latest project gives a unique view of the Comcast Technology Center in Center City Philadelphia.

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<![CDATA[Facebook fined $122 million by EU Over Whatsapp Information]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 12:09:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/markzuckerbergneutralface_1200x675.jpg

Facebook has been fined 110 million euros ($122 million) by European regulators for providing "misleading information" about its acquisition of instant messaging service WhatsApp.

The social media giant bought WhatsApp in 2014 for $19 billion. The European Commission, the European Union's executive arm, said that Facebook told it that there was no possibility to establish "reliable automated matching between Facebook users' accounts and WhatsApp users' accounts" that year.

The Commission's issue centers around the U.S. social networking giant linking Facebook accounts to WhatsApp user identities.

But last year, Facebook released an update to its terms of service that raised the possibility of linking accounts from both platforms.

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<![CDATA[Companies Stashing Bitcoin in Anticipation of Cyberattacks]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 08:11:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bitcoins.jpg

Companies are stockpiling bitcoins in preparation of future "ransomware" attacks, which have grown exponentially over the past few years, NBC News reported. 

According to cybersecurity experts and firms, about a third of British companies in 2016 retained a cache of digital monies as part of a strategy to "regain access to important intellectual property or business critical data." 

They keep Bitcoin on hand — which currently exchanges for about $1,800 per unit — because government agencies don't necessarily have a fix for institutions once hackers have taken hold of their files, and its cybercriminals' preferred payment method.

The most recent cyberattack, known as "WannaCry," took hundreds of thousands of computers' data files hostage unless users paid a $300 to $600 ransom via Bitcoin.

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<![CDATA[Security Apps For Your Phone]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 10:50:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PCMike0516_MP4-149503218056400001.jpg Tech guru PC Mike Wendland looks at apps designed to protect smartphones and tablets from malware, spyware and viruses.]]> <![CDATA[Ordering a Wawa Shorti? There's an App for That]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 08:00:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/208*120/Mobile+Ordering+Wawa.JPG

There is now an app to order your Wawa sandwiches ahead of time before even entering a Wawa. Todd Miller explains how to order from the app and what it does.

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<![CDATA[Instagram Introduces 'Face Filters' Similar to Snapchat ]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 11:03:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/snapchatgeneric_1200x675.jpg

Instagram on Tuesday announced a feature called "face filters," the latest effort to steal the thunder from upstart Snap, which is the parent company of Snapchat. 

Instagram's face filters allows users to add graphics to a selfie, then it can be added to a video or photo and sent through direct messaging or added to a public story — much like Snapchat's Lenses.

In addition to face filters, Instagram featured editing tools for video and photo.

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<![CDATA[Protect Yourself From Schemes]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 09:26:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000020815544_1200x675_944882243973.jpg

Ee continue the weeklong series on top ways to protect yourself. NBC10’s Matt DeLucia reports some of the top schemes hitting our area and a couple ways you can fight back.

<![CDATA[Top Tips: How to Avoid Becoming a Victim]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 14:31:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/209*120/GettyImages-483787493.jpg

The #NBC10Mornings Team is digging into safety. This week the focus is "Don't Be A Victim." Whether you're working out, at a gas station, traveling or online, here are some top tips that can prevent you from being a victim. 

Keep an eye on your personal information. Check your personal privacy settings online as well as the settings of websites or apps you use. Report fraud if it happens.  

  1. Do you receive scam calls? The best thing to do with an unknown number is let the answering machine get it. Sign up for or with the “do not call list,” “Hiya” app, or Nomorobo.
  2. Always be aware of your surroundings.
  3. When traveling, plan ahead. Know where you're staying, and no matter where you go, keep an eye on your valuables. 
  4. Tell someone you trust where you’re going, whether it’s on vacation or to a park, or go with a buddy.
  5. Turn your vehicle's engine off when at the gas station or convenience store. 

Follow these tips and the information coming in all this week, and prevent yourself from becoming a victim.

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<![CDATA[Cyber Crime a Constant Batlle]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 10:24:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000020792472_1200x675_943953475633.jpg

Online thieves are finding new ways to take your personal information. NBC10's Matt DeLucia reports.

<![CDATA[Lyft, Waymo Agree to Work on Self-Driving Car Technology]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 06:49:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/LyftWaymoSplit.jpg

In the race to the self-driving future, Lyft has agreed to work with Waymo, the self-driving car company owned by Google's parent company, to bring autonomous vehicles to the masses, both companies told NBC News on Sunday night.

The announcement comes as Waymo has accused Lyft's biggest competitor, Uber, of stealing trade secrets from the company to advance its own self-driving operation.

In a statement to NBC News, a Lyft representative said the plan is to partner with Waymo to "safely and responsibly launch self-driving vehicle pilots."

"Waymo holds today's best self-driving technology, and collaborating with them will accelerate our shared vision of improving lives with the world's best transportation," the company said.

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<![CDATA[Elon Musk Moves Forward With 'Boring' Traffic Remedy]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 19:38:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/202*120/elon-musk-tunnel.PNG

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk can claim a perhaps unparalleled string of visionary company creations -- PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, The Boring Company.

The Boring Company?

"We're trying to dig a hole under LA," Musk explained during a recent TED Talk interview.

WARNING: The video below contains flashing lights, which has potential to induce motion sickness and/or seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised. 

After months of social media musing on tunneling to escape traffic congestion in metropolitan Los Angeles, Musk is moving ahead with test boring in a Hawthorne parking lot across Crenshaw Boulevard from SpaceX.

It appears to be a step toward what Musk foresees as a "3D network of tunnels to alleviate congestion."  What Musk calls "electric sleds" would carry cars piggyback through the tunnels at speeds up to 125 mph.

Going from Westwood to LAX would take six minutes or less, Musk predicted.

Cars could access and depart the tunnels through roadside auto elevators, each of which Musk said would require the room of only two parking spaces. The scenario is depicted in an animation video posted on The Boring Company's website.

Musk contends that unlike surface roadways, underground you need never run out of room to add lanes, because you can simply go down another level.

But transportation engineers have doubts about the feasibility of Musk's tunnel vision, and apart from benefiting the tunnel users, how much it would reduce traffic and improve transit overall.

"How such a narrow system could contribute to that is not clear to me," said Jim Moore, director of the USC Viterbi Transportation Engineering Program.  Be that as it may, Moore said he considers Musk a "bona fide genius," and applauded his investing in researching such a novel approach.

Musk believes autonomous driving technology will enable car travel to be more efficient, and that cars -- not public transit -- will continue to carry a large percentage of ground travelers.

A major obstacle to underground travel is the cost of boring tunnels. The cost of new underground transit lines runs into the billions of dollars.

Musk said the Boring Company is focusing on ways to improve technology and efficiency enough to reduce cost by at least tenfold.

An inquiry to The Boring Company for detail on what is being done at the Crenshaw site elicited a response from sister company SpaceX--but no comments on the record.  It appears the current work east of Crenshaw is a separate project from the proposed--but yet to be started--pedestrian tunnel which the city of Hawthorned has approved to be bored beneath Crenshaw Blvd.

Musk acknowledged improvement in boring technology may have crossover benefit for another vision of his for using tunnels to speed travel: Hyperloops, in which passengers would be transported in pods at near supersonic speeds through tubes with reduced air pressure. Musk sees this as a step beyond high speed rail, such as exists in Japan and the state of California currently is constructing.

The test Hyperloop that SpaceX built in Hawthorne alongside Jack Northrop Boulevard is above ground. But future Hyperloops for congested urban areas, such as the Washington-New York corridor, would best be placed underground, Musk said during the April TED talk recorded in Vancouver, Canada.

Musk spoke with enthusiasm for the Boring Project, but during the TED talk put it in context -- at this point, it is receiving only 2 to 3 percent of his time.

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<![CDATA[No Service? Philly Wants to Fix Wissahickon Park Dead Zones]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 20:51:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wissahickon+Creek+Park.jpg

Wissahickon Valley Park, with its gravel trails and lush tree canopy, is a peaceful oasis from the hustle and bustle of city life.

But when an emergency strikes, calling for help can be difficult. That's because the 2,042 acre park has a cell service problem.

Thanks to the very features that make the Northwest Philadelphia park appealing — heavy forest cover and a deep gorge — mobile devices can get spotty connections or none at all.

"It's not the providers fault. It's a fault of geography," said Maura McCarthy, executive director of Friends of the Wissahickon, a nonprofit that helps maintain and preserve the park.

McCarthy said there is a need to fix the dead zones. In 2013, when a father and son became trapped in Devil's Pool, a popular swimming spot in the Wissahickon Creek, family members had to run for a mile to the Valley Green Inn to call for help.

The father and son drowned in the creek before help could arrive.

"The children had cell phones with them and they couldn't get a signal," McCarthy said.

Crime is also a concern. Police do patrol the park and crime is down citywide in the park system, officials said.

Still, more than 1,600 criminal incidents took place at Philadelphia parks so far this year, according to police data. Statistics for only Wissahickon Valley Park were not available.

Recent assaults along the Schuylkill River Trail add to worry.

McCarthy was one of several officials — law enforcement, environmentalists and cell service representatives — to testify Friday before a Philadelphia City Council hearing called by Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.

The goal: figure out how to improve cell service in Wissahickon and Fairmount parks, both part of the same park system, without becoming a detriment to the environment and park serenity.

"The balance is that we don't want to see the cell towers. We just want to enjoy the benefits of them," McCarthy said.

Jones, Jr. said city council will work with the cell phone companies and environmental advocates to find common ground on the issue.

"As technology improves, so should we," Curtis, Jr. said.

It's too early to project a timeline for improving the cell service, but once it does come to fruition, McCarthy hopes folks won't let technology get in the way of the natural world.

"Once that ability is in place, please turn off your phones and don't use them," McCarthy said.

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<![CDATA[Inappropriate Posts Can Ruin Reputations]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 10:12:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000005864149.JPG

Radnor Township police are warning young people to not share compromising photos as it can cost them a job or getting into college.

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<![CDATA[Snap CEO, Co-Founder Could Lose More Than $1B Each]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 13:40:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-647154742.jpg

Snapchat's poorly-received first earnings report and subsequent drop in stock led CEO Evan Spiegel to lose more than the $750 million he received in a stock bonus for completing his company's initial public offering (IPO) in March, CNBC reported.

The social media app's shares fell $5.35, or 23 percent, Wednesday to $17.66 after the company released its first quarterly financial results as a public company. The drop in price means Snap is just above its IPO price of $17.

If the same price drop happens Thursday, Spiegel will have lost more than $1.3 billion in a period of less than 24 hours. Spiegel's co-founder, Bobby Murphy, will have lost $1.1 billion.

Still, even if shares drop to $17, both men's holdings in the company will remain worth more than $3.5 billion each.

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<![CDATA[Social Media Success: Making Money]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 08:04:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Social_Media_Success__Making_Money.jpg

NBC10's Katy Zachry explains how you can make money off of your social media account.

<![CDATA[Snap Plunges on First Earnings Report as Public Company]]> Wed, 10 May 2017 17:41:51 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/snapchatonwallst_1200x675.jpg

Snap, parent company of social media site Snapchat, reported quarterly financial results for the first time on Wednesday, posting revenue that missed estimates and slower-than-expected user growth.

Shares plummeted more than 19 percent in after-hours trading.

Since its initial public offering in early March, Snap has faced an uphill battle to convince Wall Street it can make money with advertising, even with Facebook and Google dominating the market.

While its $3.9 billion initial stock sale in early March was the largest U.S. IPO in more than two years, the company has consistently reported huge losses.

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<![CDATA[The 5 Highest-Paying Tech Summer Internships: Survey]]> Wed, 10 May 2017 10:49:15 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/472655314-internship-generic.jpg

The top internships in the tech industry these days aren't the monotonous office drone work, CNBC reports. They offer challenging projects that pay thousands of dollars a month.

The highest paying summer internship in tech this year is at Facebook, which pays $8,000 monthly, according to jobs website Glassdoor, which compiled data based in part on anonymously submitted feedback.

"Facebook moves fast. Really, really fast. The pace definitely took some getting used to, but I think it's coupled with (an) implicit trust," a software engineer intern wrote. "There is so much to learn."

Rounding out the top five highest-paying internships are Microsoft, Salesforce, Amazon and Apple — which offers perks like food and housing, one intern noted.

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<![CDATA[Tracking Your Kids Online]]> Wed, 10 May 2017 09:44:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Social_Media_Success__Tracking_Your_Kids_Online.jpg

NBC10 looks at the best way to track your kids' online activity. We have tips on how to monitor their location as well as website visits.

<![CDATA[New App from UD Students Aims to Boost Delaware Tourism]]> Wed, 10 May 2017 06:53:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GEO+SWAP+DE+TOURISM+6P+TIM+PKG+-+00002211_23549315.jpg

A new smartphone app aims to help Delaware visitors and residents find fun events and activities right in their area. The Delaware Tourism Office and State parks announced during a news conference Tuesday their new partnership with GeoSwap, a location-based mobile app.

GeoSwap was created by students in the University of Delaware Horn Program in Entrepreneurship. UD students Jason Bamford, Jordan Gonzalez and Keith Doggett said they came up with the idea for the app while in their dorms more than two years ago.

“High-quality, reliable information is essential to making GeoSwap worthwhile for its users,” Bamford said. “By partnering with Visit Delaware and State Parks, we can ensure that here in the state. We have worked to create a viable product, and it’s very gratifying to have these state agencies get behind us and show their support in this way.”

The app engages and encourages users to visit locations and share their experiences by navigating them to fun events and activities in their immediate area, including water parks, beaches, skating rinks, farmers markets, and places for bike riding. Geo pins with the Visit Delaware and State Parks logos were added to the app due to the new partnership. The pins will help visitors and residents identify locations and events.

“This is a great example of higher education, a small business and state government working together,” Delaware Governor John Carney said. “The partnership shows how innovation drives tourism in the state and how entrepreneurship plays an essential role in the new economy in Delaware.”

The partnership is the latest accomplishment for the GeoSwap creators. The app came in first place at Hen Hatch, the University of Delaware’s startup funding competition. It was also a finalist in April at e-Fest, a business plan competition.

“The efforts of these young entrepreneurs are truly impressive,” Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Delaware) said. “As Delaware Labor Secretary and now as a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, I’ve seen how educational opportunities, like the ones provided at UD, can enable students to succeed in a competitive economy.”

The GeoSwap app is available for free on iPhones and Androids.