<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Tech News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/tech http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:39:10 -0500 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:39:10 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA["Doorman" Keeps Online Orders Safe]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:42:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/1125-2014-Doorman.jpg

A San Francisco start-up wants to make sure you never miss a package again, or have one stolen off your doorstep. Doorman delivers boxes and envelopes to your door, when you are home.

“Shopping behavior online is changing dramatically,” said Co-Founder of Doorman Kapil Israni. “People are getting their toilet paper online. The problem is they're never home to get their package."

Doorman gives its customers an address to use when purchasing online. That package goes to the company’s warehouse, and customers are alerted when it arrives. The user can then respond with what time they’ll be home that night. One of the part-time contracted drivers then takes the package to your front door and texts you when they’re outside. Deliveries are made between 6 p.m. and midnight, seven days a week.

"This is our attempt to modernize the last broken piece of e-commerce,” said Co-Founder Zander Adell.

Packages arrive the same day they would if you ordered directly from a retailer. The cost is $4 per package, or $20 dollars a month. The hope, is you'll never miss a package again.

“There's nothing worse than getting a door tag. I'd rather get a parking ticket,” said customer Michele Mandell.

“If I'm not home, (other delivery companies) just return it. Then I have to take my car to the center and lose 3-4 hours,” said customer Loic Le Meur.

For now, Doorman is only available in San Francisco, but there are other options in the Bay Area.

Amazon has lockers you can ship packages to, and pick them up when you’re available.

If you ship through the Postal Service, you're urged to insure your package and make sure the box or envelope has to be signed for when it arrives. You can also track its progress online.

"One thing people do is have a trusted neighbor keep an eye out for their packages and say, 'hey, I'm expecting something, can you keep an eye out for it, and I'll do the same,” said USPS Spokesperson Augustine Ruiz.

The Postal Service announced its employees will begin delivering seven days a week through the holidays. USPS expects to deliver 12 percent more packages this holiday season than the same time last year. That equals more than 450 million packages.



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<![CDATA[3-D Printing Gives Chance to Little Girl Born With Heart Defect ]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:31:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/195*120/11-24-14_Heart-Defect-Surgery-Hensel.JPG

Esther Perez was born with heart defects that could have taken her young life, but thanks to a series of breakthrough procedures at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the now-14-month-old little girl is thriving.

Using a series of conventional MRIs, 3-D MRIs and an incredible printer that reconstructed a model of the girl’s heart, doctors were able to plan her surgery, practice it and reduce her risks and increase her chances of survival.

That was the first miracle for her mother, Martha Perez, who found about her daughter's medical problem while she was still in the womb.

"I stop the pregnancy, or continue. Maybe the baby will be born for just five, 10 minutes, and then the baby maybe will be dying," she recalled, near tears.

Perez credits her faith with helping her to make it through the pregnancy, but when Esther was born, things looked bleak.

Her cardiologist said the baby just wasn’t getting enough oxygen to her body.

An early surgery provided a temporary fix, but as time went on it became clear a second, much more serious operation was needed.

Doctors decided the innovations could help, including creating a life-size model of Esther’s heart.

The paper-and-plastic model was an exact replica of Esther’s heart, so doctors could explore and strategize before the actual surgery.

"As soon as we opened the heart, it was exactly as I had seen before, so making the patch and doing the connections were quite straightforward," said Dr. Richard Kim, the cardiothoracic surgeon who operated on Esther.

Similar heart surgeries were done long before the 3-D technology was available, but doctors said it has helped increase the effectiveness and safety of similar operations.

Dr. Kim said Esther now stands a very good chance of having a healthy, normal life.

Perez said she’s grateful for the chance her daughter has been given.

"It’s a miracle," she said.

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<![CDATA[Uber Finalizes Plans in Wilmington]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:31:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/4532534881.jpg Uber is coming to Wilmington, Delaware and Zipcar could also soon arrive in town, according to a report.

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<![CDATA[7 Tech Trends for 2015]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:34:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP836878317132.jpg

Will 2015 be the year of wearable tech?

The long-awaited Apple Watch will be making its debut in early 2015 and consumers will be able to get their hands on newly available 3D printers to make food and collectibles. Smart home devices are also among the hot tech trends in the new year, experts say.

“It’s a world of synced devices that will become mainstream in 2015," said Stacy Glasgow, a Chicago-based consumer trends consultant for market research firm Mintel. "It’s no longer about startups or early adopters. We’re seeing a lot of big retailers giving consumers smart products and devices.”

Glasgow said that in Mintel’s research, the company found that 59 percent of U.S. consumers were interested in using an app or device to control their home. About 22 percent already owned a wearable device already. “We definitely see that number in a position to grow,” she said.

Eric Openshaw, vice chairman and U.S. technology, media and telecom leader for Deloitte based in San Francisco, said that the wearable technology market is exploding but is probably going to be more important for businesses rather than consumers.

“I think there are huge benefits for the industrial user,” he said.

Coye Cheshire, an associate professor for the School of Information at the University of California at Berkeley, said most of the trends we’re seeing have to do with playing with user data.

“It’s called instrumenting the experience,” he said. “It’s all these apps, such as fitness apps or other metrics, capturing user data and returning it back to the consumer.” The hype is exciting, but he said society is not quite sure what it really wants to know. “The assumption is that if there’s more of this data and you turn it back to the people it will equal better experience, but it remains highly unknown if that’s the case.”

Here's a list of seven tech trends for 2015:

TellSpec

The TellSpec is a small spectroscope that uses a beam of infrared light to figure out the composition of food and help users determine exactly how many calories and grams of fat, protein or carbohydrates they are consuming just with a wave of the device. The TellSpec shoots the information to a smartphone (Android or iOS) where users can see not only the vital stats of the food, but also if it contains allergens like eggs or gluten. The company has been busy scanning foods so the spectroscope has a full database and can identify traces of ingredients, according to Fast Company.

Cheshire seemed interested but not optimistic about the scanner. “Will some people carry them around? There are a small amount of people who are responsible for almost all the uptick of all devices,” he said of the new adopters. But will it be popular with the mainstream – that’s another story.

Wearable Technology

The Apple Watch will likely be a must-have for those who want both a status symbol and a stylish timepiece (they come in different colors, from sensible stainless steel to elegant 18K rose gold). Other wearable tech, such as Google Glass, have already made their debut and caused the public to crave more gadgets like it. Samsung is launching a new platform, Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions (also dubbed SAMI), to capitalize on wearables. Expect to see more offerings from Microsoft, Motorola, Jawbone and others, including the Polo Tech Shirt which also offers biometric readings with a designer label.

Gartner Inc. predicts more wearable tech will come on the market because our society is becoming increasingly mobile and wants it available in more environments, including work. Cheshire said that cheaper sensors are making it possible. “This is the early stage of wearable technology and different companies are trying to throw things at the wall and see what sticks,” he said. "If were playing futurist, I wouldn’t bet on many of these things being around in a few years."

Smart Appliances and Smart Homes

“Virtually every large appliance is looking at the ‘Internet of Things,’ from sensor technology to smartphones to home networks,” Openshaw said of today's smart appliances and machines. Both Nest and Apple have devised ways to tell your house to turn on lights, adjust the thermostat or record TV programs via your smartphone, and you can expect to see more in 2015.

According to GigaOm, small startups are also joining the smart home movement by adding Bluetooth so users can control light bulbs, outlets or even receive pictures with their smartphone of who is knocking at your door. Expect all these apps to work with voice integration, so you will literally be talking to your smartphone to start your dryer or start preheating the oven.

Digitized Dining

We’re all familiar with making reservations online with apps such as OpenTable or finding food online via GrubHub, but now more restaurants are letting you order your food online. Already Pizza Hut offers that capability (and receives half of its online orders from mobile devices) as does Panda Express. Some Chili’s and Applebee’s provide tablets for customers to order, while McDonald’s and White Castle are also working on a touch-screen customizing kiosk, which may do away with a cashier altogether.

“I think the trend is rooted to an unprecedented expectation for on-demand convenience,” Glasgow said. “It’s this new immediacy in shopping and food service.” She said to expect more “blurring” between online and brick-and-mortar stores.

Paying With Your Phone

The idea of “click and pay” with a smartphone has been around for the last few years, but perhaps it needed Apple’s new iPhone 6 to bring the mobile payment system to the mainstream. Security professionals say it's a "significant improvement over using a credit card" and Apple said it "doesn't collect your purchase history, so we don't know what you bought, where you bought it or how much you paid for it."

But there are still some issues. According to Consumer Reports, a reporter used his wife’s credit card after scanning it into his iPhone without impunity or questions and in October, Bank of America apologized for charging customers twice for purchases they made using the system.

Cheshire said that digital payment isn't enough to the transaction more seamless. “Paying by your phone alone doesn’t make it efficient,” he said, “but if you also make an order and pay for it with the same phone it can be.”

Life360

It may sound a bit creepy, and your teenagers will hate it, but keeping tabs on your entire family at all times is now a reality with this free Life360 app.

“If I had an application for (my kids aged) 11 to 12 so I could know what they’re doing, I would be thrilled,” Openshaw said.

Parents will likely love the “Places” part of the app that is literally a map that shows everyone in the circle coming or going from certain spots and alerts users when members have left or have entered a specific area.

“I think the social implication is that we’re raising our kids to know they can’t be trusted or trust people in general,” Cheshire said. Glasgow disagreed, saying that it may calm parental anxieties. “If I have an application for (my kids aged) 11 to 12 to know what they’re doing, I would be thrilled,” Openshaw said.

3D Printers

How would you like to have a printer that can create a gun or a pizza? Apparently many people are interested. The shipments of 3D printers will double in 2015 and double again in 2016, according to Gartner Inc. Previously the domain of scientific labs or universities, 3D printers have captured the interest of the masses perhaps because it can reduce costs and create facsimiles almost instantly.

“We see another trend that consumers are finding they enjoy making things on their own and I think 3D printing facilitates that,” Glasgow said, mentioning the beauty of 3D printer Mink which can create custom-colored eye shadow or lipstick.

Consumers may also be interested in exploring cuisine with the Foodini, a 3D printer that creates your favorite foods from “sweet to savory” according to CNN. Lynette Kucsma, co-founder of Natural Machines which creates the Foodini, says a consumer version of its product will be out soon and retail for around $1,000.



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<![CDATA[Company Unveils Electronically-Powered Skates]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:18:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/1121-2014-RocketSkates.jpg

Forget walking or rollerblading — how about rocket skating?

California-based company Acton has developed electronically-powered skates that can propel the wearer up to 12 miles per hour — no pushing required.

Founders said the idea was inspired by "Iron Man," "Inspector Gadget" and "The Jetsons."

"The idea of just being able to slide around the urban environment is very exciting," said Peter Treadway, co-founder of Acton. "It's kind of like a magic carpet for your feet."

The skates were released this week and sell for $500 a pair.



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<![CDATA[Drone Tests to Start in New Jersey]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:38:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008721874_1200x675_361977923664.jpg NBC10's Ted Greenberg explains how drones could be used to examine hurricane damage.]]> <![CDATA[FB Shuttle Drivers “Like” Union Bid]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:11:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/fb16.jpg

Shuttle bus drivers who take Facebook employees to and from Silicon Valley overwhelmingly gave the "thumbs up" to forming a union on Wednesday, after they had complained publicly for months about their low pay, split shifts and health insurance benefits.

Rome Aloise, secretary for the Teamsters Local 853 in San Leandro, said the vote was 43 in favor of unionizing and 28 opposed. A total of 16 of the 87 drivers who work for Loop Transportation - the shuttle company contracted to drive Facebook employees, did not vote.

"This will now give these drivers at Facebook, and most probably the drivers for all of the companies that use this type of service a chance at a piece of the pie," Aloise said. "This makes it possible for those that make Facebook successful to get to work comfortably, safely and in a timely fashion.  Hopefully the tech companies will step up and pay the "freight" so to speak"

The National Labor Board still needs to certify the election, and then bargaining can begin with Loop for a first-time contract.

In a statement, Loop CEO Jeff Leonoudakis said that the company didn't feel "our drivers' interests are best served by union representation."

But, he added: "Our drivers have spoken and we will now begin the negotiation process."

Leonoudakis reiterated that the company's drivers earn between $17 and $25 an hour and get full medical benefits valued at up to $714 per month per employee. One of the drivers' complaints is over their split shifts. They pick up Facebook employees about 6 a.m. and have to take them home sometimes 14 or 15 hours later - and are only getting paid for an eight-hour shift.

Leonoudakis said that the drivers can sleep at the Loop Transportation yard, or eat for free at Facebook's campus.

Facebook officials has not formally commented on the labor strife, indicating that the fight is not with their tech company, but with a third party contractor.



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<![CDATA[Google "Trekkers" Maps Hiking Trail]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:23:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/1118-2014-GoogleTrekker1.jpg

Google "trekkers" are helping you map out your next hiking trip and get a feel for being on the trail.

The backpack-type trekker carries 15 cameras and records the hiker's every move with the same technology used in Google Earth and Google Maps.

"The trekker takes an image as the person walks -- every two and a half seconds," said Deanna Yick, a Google Street View manager. "That enables us to get a picture of what a place is like and a feel for being there."

Hannah Lonergan recently went on a hike using a Google trekker.

"It's a lot heavier, you have an antenna, you have to watch out for low-hanging branches," Lonergan said when asked how a trekker compares to a regular camping backpack. She added that the trekker weights about 60 pounds.

The City of Monterey is working with Google to get trekkers on local trails.

"We feel like this is a great way to showcase Monterey County," said Tammy Blount, Monterey City Convention Bureau CEO.

Google officials said trekkers can handle privacy concerns on the spot. For example, if someone is hiking on the trial and doesn't want to be in the picture, the hiker can pause the camera and make sure the hiker's anonymity is preserved.



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Tony Hawk Rides Hoverboard]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:28:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-11-17+at+3.26.35+PM.png

The hoverboard is reality, and Tony Hawk has taken a spin on it.

The pro skateboarder tested the $10,000 prototype Hendo Hoverboard after husband and wife Greg and Jill Henderson launched a Kickstarter to fund it. 

In the video, Hawk performs a few tricks on the board, which hovers an inch off the ground and uses magnets, though he also ends up falling several times.

Hawk had caught attention for another hoverboard video earlier this year — a fake video made by Funny or Die that featured the skateboarder, musician Moby and others riding boards high into the sky, in a prank for which Hawk eventually apologized.  


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<![CDATA[Fugitive of 12 Years Caught]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:53:35 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/11-14-14-Eduardo+Rodriguez+Juan+Carlos+Campos+Gamino.jpg

A fugitive wanted for murder on the lam for more than a decade was captured in Riverside, California, after police recognized photos of him on Facebook, federal authorities said Friday.

Eduardo Rodriguez, 35, was taken into custody about 6:30 p.m. Thursday at his home in the 3500 block of Farnham Place, Laura Vega of the U.S. Marshals Service said. He had been living under an assumed identity for at least five years and was working as a carpenter in Riverside.

Rodriguez, also known as Juan Carlos Campos Gamino, disappeared soon after he was indicted in 2003 on four counts of homicide and two counts of attempted homicide. The Los Angeles Police Department listed him as one of its most wanted fugitives.

Last year, after the LAPD case went cold, a Glendale police detective on light duty because of an injury began monitoring the Facebook pages of Rodriguez's family members and friends, Vega said. The detective recognized him in photos with a woman.

Glendale police tracked down the identity of the woman, who turned out to be Rodriguez's fiancee, and U.S. marshals began surveilling the woman's home. He was taken into custody Thursday evening, Vega said.

"Everyone was pointing at him and told him to put his hands up," neighbor Nancy Vallejo said. "That's when we noticed, oh my gosh that's our neighbor."

Rodriguez's fiancee told NBC4 on Friday she had no idea he was wanted for multiple homicides, and the couple's neighbors said he seemed like a normal father of three children. Additional details about the children were not immediately available.

"He looks like a really nice person," neighbor Francisca Garivay said. "He is really nice to us."

"He didn't seem like that type of guy," another neighbor said. "He seemed like a hard working guy."

His fiancee also told NBC4 Rodriguez would sometimes go to Mexico, which investigators also suspected.

At the time Rodriguez was charged with the crimes, he was second in command of the Toonerville criminal street gang under Timothy McGhee, Vega said.

Officials said the gang, previously led by McGhee, claimed an area of narcotics distribution around Los Feliz Boulevard between San Fernando Road and the Los Angeles River in Atwater Village and Glendale.

McGhee, who is now behind bars, is suspected of committing at least 12 murders in the years between 1997 and 2001, and was convicted in 2007 of three murders, Vega said. McGhee was sentenced to death and multiple, consecutive life sentences in January 2009.

Rodriguez was taken to Los Angeles for booking, and will be scheduled for arraignment later, officials said. Details of Rodriguez's alleged crimes were not immediately available.



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<![CDATA[Techology Upgrade at Philly Boys & Girls Club]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:12:10 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008647920_1200x675_357895747640.jpg Singing superstar Jordin Sparks joins Comcast's David Cohen as Comcast helps bridge a technology gap for the kids and the Wayne Avenue Boys & Girls Club. Comcast is the parent company of NBC10.]]> <![CDATA[Comcast Apologizes for X1 Service Outages]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:39 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Comcast+Center+XFinity.jpg Comcast said it plans to make things right with customers who have been experiencing persistent television outages over the past few days. (Comcast is the parent company of NBC10).

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<![CDATA[Classic Arcade Games Now Playable Online]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 08:29:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2014-11-04+at+12.52.55+PM.png

Being productive just got a little harder.

A massive collection of classic, coin-operated arcade games is now available to play in web browsers for free at the Internet Archive’s new Internet Arcade.

Approximately 900 games from the ‘70s, '80s and '90s are available for play, including: “Super Pac-Man,” "Millipede," “Q*bert,” "Bomb Jack,” and “Street Fighter II.”

"Obviously, a lot of people are going to migrate to games they recognize and ones they may not have played in years," Jason Scott of the Internet Arcade said on his blog.

Although the games can be played using a keyboard, some of the controls don’t functioning correctly when translated to browsers.

“Some are in pretty weird shape – vector games are an issue, scaling is broken for some, and some have control mechanisms that are just not going to translate to a keyboard or even a joypad,” Scott wrote.  "But damn if so many are good enough. More than good enough."

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<![CDATA[Pa. Students Create Phone Case to Deter Assaults]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 06:53:59 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/lifeshel+whistl+phone+case+assault+.jpg

Jogging along a trail in a safe community, Leah Yingling carried just a few items, including her cell phone, when an attacker suddenly came upon her.

"When I thought of sexual assault, I thought of it as something that would never happen to me," she said.

Yingling was able to dial 911 and the call was enough to scare the assailant away. But her ordeal sparked an idea among some of her Carnegie Mellon University classmates.

"We saw how a sexual assault could really affect [our friends] lives," said Jayon Wang, CEO of LifeShel, which creates hardware and software that broadcast signals in distress situations.

Wang, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon's engineering program, partnered with two friends to create LifeShel and the company's first product, Whistl -- a smartphone case that wirelessly connects to 911 dispatch when the phone's owner places their fingertips over two buttons simultaneously.

"We are taking 911 and trying to introduce it into the new age of data that we have access to," Wang said. "Previous models for 911 was to dial, connect and describe your situation."

Whistl speeds up the process by sending rescuers the users' pertinent personal information and their location based on the phone's GPS signal, sounding a 120-decibel alarm and emitting a bright light, while maintaining the look, feel and weight of a regular phone case, Wang said.

The buttons incorporate the same technology that allows smartphone users to select apps on the screen with their fingertip, but not, for instance, with a pencil.  "If it is in your purse or pocket, it won't be set off by another object," he said.

If someone mistakenly triggers Whistl, safeguards are in place.

"You will get an opportunity to swipe your personally selected safety color to prevent any alarms from being activated," Wang said. "If you select the wrong color, it will tell your phone you are being forced to swipe the wrong color or someone else did. Then it will turn off the noise alarm and the [light], but the hardware on the phone... will still be able to send the data to emergency responders to bring help to your location."

The trio presented the product at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia Oct. 18 -- receiving praise, as well as questions about the security of one's personal data and the choice to place the burden of preventing an assault on the potential victim.

Wang explained the information is encrypted to ensure its security and the phone case can contribute to the larger societal changes needed.

"How can we use technology to shift the needle in our culture?" he asked.

While he acknowledges the importance of education to reduce the number of assaults, Wang reasoned Whistl reminds its users and fellow community members of lessons learned.

"Education gives people the power to change all our worlds," he said.

"A hardware device that people could touch everyday," he continued, "that could show myself and my community I know the importance of prevention."

A retail price for the phone case, which several dozen people already preordered through LifeShel's Kickstarter campaign, is not yet set as the LifeShel team continues to work to cut costs, Wang said.

Whistl will be released in summer 2015.



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<![CDATA[Sexting Scandal at Bucks County High School]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:55:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tlmd_sexting_batavia.jpg

A Bucks County school district alerted police and disciplined students after allegations of students sexting came to light.

The incident shook Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

“Neshaminy School District officials and Middletown Township Police are investigating an incident involving several students at Neshaminy High School that allegedly possessed inappropriate photo texts of a sexual nature,” said district spokesman Chris Stanley in a statement sent to news outlets Friday. “The incident was reported to school officials by students who saw the inappropriate photos on classmates’ phones in the school.”

The sexting scandal involved a large number of students across the student body, according to the district.

Students and parents at the Neshaminy High School homecoming Friday night told NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez that some of the sexts came from members of the football team who were barred from playing in the game.

Stanley said the sexts involved several students and weren’t focused on just one student or group of students.

The district didn’t reveal any details about the shared messages outside of saying they were sexual in nature. It wasn’t clear where the photos originated, according to Stanley.

School officials alerted parents of the sexts and said individual students would be disciplined on a case-by-case basis.

The sexting scandal follows a tumultuous week for the school. On Wednesday, the school sent out a warning to parents to check their high schoolers phones after a series of inappropriate comments directed toward students were posted on social media.

High School Principal Dr. Rob McGee posted a message to the school’s website Wednesday asking parents to check their children’s phones for the Yik Yak app and giving instruction on how to see what their children posted.

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<![CDATA[University "Breeding Team" Creates New Apple From Honeycrisp]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 06:56:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_newapple1028_700x394.jpg The Honeycrisp apple was created by the University of Minnesota's apple breeding team in the 1950s and released to the masses in 1991.]]> <![CDATA[Police Offer Place to Sell Craigslist Items]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:36:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008504157_1200x675_349616707534.jpg NBC10's Deanna Durante has tips on how you can safely sell and exchange items via Craigslist by meeting in a police parking lot in Montgomery County.]]> <![CDATA[Local Students at the New WHYY Flash Media Labs]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:58:35 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008493126_1200x675_349122627791.jpg The WHYY Flash Media Lab opened Tuesday in two Philadelphia Public Schools. NBC10 was there in the Northeast for the reveal.]]> <![CDATA[NASA Rocket Explodes With NJ Students' Experiment]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:07:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wallops+Island+rocket+launch+explosion+1028-rocket.jpg

A group of South Jersey students watched in person as their award-winning science experiment blasted off toward the International Space Station Tuesday night, only to see the rocket carrying it explode seconds later.

The group of Ocean City High School students made the trip down to Wallops Island, Virginia to witness the launch of NASA’s Antares ORB-3 since their experiment was on board when the rocket blasted off Tuesday around 6:22 p.m.

Moments later, the rocket — along with the students’ experiment — fell back to the ground in a fireball.

Nobody was injured in the accident, and all personnel were accounted for, the launch director said soon after the blast.

Ocean City Principal Matthew Jamison said the students were a safe distance from the blast and that no one was hurt.

Dan Bowersock — whose daughter Lauren Bowersock helped design the test tube-sized experiment — said that shortly after the blast the students boarded a bus to return home.

Bowersock and five classmates designed an experiment that was intended to examine the effect of microgravity on E. coli attachment to lettuce leaves, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

There was significant damage to the equipment on board the rocket. The Cygnus capsule was carrying "classified cryptoequipment," and the area around the debris field needed to be secured for accident investigation and security reasons, the launch director said.

An official said on NASA's livestream of the explosion's aftermath that the countdown had been "flawless" and the launch team had not been tracking any known issues.

The rocket launch was initially scheduled for Monday evening, but got scrubbed when a sailboat entered the hazard zone about 40 miles off the coast.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were expected to perform the first investigation.


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<![CDATA[Rocket Antares Explodes on Launch at Wallops Island]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:11:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000008334662_1200x675_349125187669.jpg The unmanned rocket Antares exploded after launch at Wallops Island on Virginia’s eastern shore. The rocket was carrying supplies to the International Space Station.]]> <![CDATA[Rocket Launch Aborted Over Boat Just Before Blast-Off]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:59:54 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/15011952803_64c309615d_o.jpg

The planned launch of a rocket from a NASA launchpad in Virginia was aborted less than 10 minutes before blast-off Monday night, after a sailboat wound up in the restricted launch range area.

Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket , which will carry a capsule stuffed with space gear and science experiments to astronauts at the International Space Station, is now set to launch Tuesday evening.

The rocket had been supposed to launch its space gear-stuffed Cygnus capsule into space at 6:45 p.m. ET on Monday, en route to the International Space Station, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's eastern shore, becoming the biggest rocket to launch from the site.

But although the Monday mission was aborted, skygazers in the Washington, D.C., area were still in for quite a sight, as the International Space Station itself was passing overhead just a few minutes after the rocket had been slated to launch.

Orbital has explained when watchers will be able to see the rocket soar into view with a handy map, showing how many seconds after blast-off they should expect to spot it. 

If you're unsure how to spot a rocket blasting off, the Washington Post advises looking for a glowing trail of light that makes an arc in the sky. Orbital released diagrams of the expected view from major sites and cities on its website.

The launch now slated for Tuesday will kick off the third in a series of eight planned Orbital delivery missions to ferry crucial equipment and food to astronauts.

This one will also carry a trove of science experiments — including the Meteor, the first space-based system to observe meteors, and the Drain Brain, a special neck collar for astronauts to determine how their blood flows down to their hearts without gravity, Discovery News reported. The results could help researchers develop countermeasures for headaches in space, an ISS scientist told Discovery.



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<![CDATA[911 Swatting Prank Targets NJ Man]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:02:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/226*120/Millville+Swatting.JPG Harry Hairston and the NBC10 Investigators look into a 911 shooting prank that targeted a Millville video gamer's home. It's part of "Swatting" hoax that costs taxpayers thousands of dollars and puts people in danger.
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<![CDATA[Schools Officials Investigate Nude Pics, Lewd Tweets]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:24:28 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/elizabeth+schools+twitter+sexting.jpg

Officials in a New Jersey school district say they're investigating a sexting scandal involving multiple schools and that they've notified police. 

According to Elizabeth school district officials, multiple Twitter accounts are tweeting out nude photos that they claim to be of students, along with "lewd, insulting and highly offensive messages." 

It's not known if the people behind the Twitter accounts are students, but they have logos of the schools in their profile photos.

Police are investigating whether the girls in the pictures are in fact students and are underage, which would make it child pornography, according to officials. 

"What was being put on there were various forms of harassment, bullying and in many cases, could be construed as criminal behavior," said Elizabeth schools spokesman Donald Goncalvez. 

The 5,300 high school students at all six high schools in the district were warned about the investigation by their respective principals, and given letters saying the perpetrators could face criminal charges.

At one school, the William F. Halsey, Jr. Leadership Academy, principal Jeffrey Roszkowski wrote the district "will not tolerate the sending of harassing, intimidating or bullying tweets or other messages that create a hostile educational environment." 

The district said any student who tweets, retweets or favorites one of the offensive messages, or who follows the offensive tweeters will be disciplined. The district will also "take whatever other legal actions are available to it to unmask these anonymous harassers and impose appropriate discipline," the letter stated. 

Elizabeth police have also been notified and are investigating. The district says it's planning to brief the school board and notify parents. 

Officials said they've also notified Twitter to remove the accounts. Some have been suspended, but NBC 4 New York found at least two still running Thursday evening. 

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<![CDATA[Company Paid Workers $1.21 An Hour]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:47:49 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/1022-2014-EFI.jpg

A Bay Area tech company has been slapped with a fine and ordered to pay thousands of dollars in back wages after a United States Department of Labor investigation revealed the company paid workers $1.21 an hour.

The Labor Department said about eight employees of Fremont-based Electronics For Imaging were flown in from India and worked 120-hour weeks to help with the installation of computers at the company's headquarters. The employees were paid their regular hourly wage in Indian rupees, which translated to $1.21.

EFI, which posted third-quarter revenue of nearly $200 million, released the following statement on Thursday: "During this process we unintentionally overlooked laws that require even foreign employees to be paid based on local US standards."

Last year, another company, Bloom Energy in Sunnyvale, faced similar charges and was fined for underpaying employees from Mexico an hourly wage of $2.66.

Federal officials said both cases are particularly egregious, given the booming labor market and the wealth in Silicon Valley.

"It is certainly outrageous and unacceptable for employers here in Silicon Valley to bring workers and pay less than the minimum wage," said Alberto Raymond, an assistant district director for the United States Department of Labor.

EFI has been ordered to pay $40,000 in back wages to the employees. In addition, the company was hit with a $3,500 fine.



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<![CDATA[Students Create 'Fear No Bully' App]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:05:55 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CR-smart-phone-050913.jpg The "Fear No Bully" app was revealed in Delaware County by a team of students.]]> <![CDATA[Apple Event: New iPads Announced]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:11:17 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/new-ipad-AP903945536056_0.jpg Check out the newest products and programs tech giant Apple announced on Oct. 16, 2014.

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