<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Tech News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/tech http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:18:09 -0400 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:18:09 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Apple Watch Hits the Streets]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:47:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NC_applewatch0423001.jpg The first customers to sign up for the new Apple Watch will begin receiving their devices today.]]> <![CDATA[Google Launches Wireless Phone Service]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:15:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP125290752356.jpg

Google is offering a wireless phone service designed to pressure major carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless into lowering their prices.

The service, called "Project Fi," will cost $20 per month and only charge customers for the amount of cellular data that they use each month instead of a flat rate. Each gigabyte of data will cost $10 per month. That means a customer could sign up for a plan offering three gigabytes of data and get $20 back if only one gigabyte was used in a month.

Most wireless phone carriers allow their customers to roll over unused data into another month of service without refunding any money.

Google's service initially will be available only on the Nexus 6, a Motorola phone made with Google's help.

<![CDATA[New App Helps Drivers Find Parking in Philly]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:52:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/202*120/AP380968501889.jpg A new app called Spot Park is coming to Philadelphia. It's purpose is to help drivers find a place to park by renting someone's personal parking space as an alternative to feeding the meter or paying to park in a lot.

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<![CDATA[Discover App Allows You to Freeze Lost Credit Cards]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:04:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010080532_1200x675_430816835834.jpg "Freeze It," a new app from Discover, allows you to freeze a lost or stolen card. You can unfreeze it when the card is recovered.]]> <![CDATA[Women in Tech Conference]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20:26:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Women-in-Tech-Event-Renee.jpg NBC10s Renee Chenault Fattah particpated in Saturday's Women in Tech Conference in Center City.]]> <![CDATA[Are Students Addicted to Texting?]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 23:27:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/apptext.jpg Researchers at Penn State University looked at college students' texting habits and found while most participants said they considered texting while taking a shower to be socially inappropriate, 34 percent did it anyway.

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<![CDATA[DA Warns Teens About Sexting Dangers]]> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:44:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Seth-Williams-on-Garner-Fer.jpg District Attorney Seth Wiliams spoke about the dangers of sexting at a Philadelphia school.

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<![CDATA[Man Tears Tendon Playing "Candy Crush": Medical Journal ]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:24:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/candy-crush.jpg

Spending too much time playing “Candy Crush Saga” really can have consequences, according to a new case report on a San Diego man who injured his thumb after many weeks of playing the puzzle game on his smartphone.

Dr. Andrew Doan, head of addictions research at Naval Medical Center San Diego, co-authored the case report, “Tendon Rupture Associated with Excessive Smartphone Gaming,” published this week in the JAMA Internal Medicine medical journal.

According to the report, a 29-year-old San Diego man played “Candy Crush Saga” on his smartphone all day for six to eight weeks. As a result, he suffered chronic left thumb pain and loss of active motion.

“He played with his left hand while using his right hand for other tasks, stating that ‘playing was kind of a secondary thing, but it was constantly on,’” the report said.

When doctors examined him and performed a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of his thumb, they found he had ruptured the tendon. He had to undergo surgery to repair the damage, Doan said.

According to the report, the patient claimed he felt no pain while playing the video game, and only noticed the injury many weeks later.

Doan told NBC 7 research shows video gaming can cause the release of hormones in the body that help reduce pain perception. That means one could sustain an injury from repeated smartphone use, but not necessarily notice the pain right away.

“Are we experiencing physical injury now because we’re not experiencing pain?” he said. “This case illustrates what we believe video gaming can do.”

Doan said video games are a type of “digital painkiller” with both negative and positive effects on health.

He said clinically, video games can be used to help children undergoing painful medical procedures, including pediatric patients during burn treatments.

The visual distraction and “natural painkiller” effect could help a patient feel less pain, Dr. Doan said. In some cases, Dr. Doan said video games could be used in place of medication.

Though video gaming could aid in a patient’s recovery, the doctor noted it’s important not to overuse video games or smartphones.

Citing a study by Andrew K. Przybylski, PhD, titled “Electronic Gaming and Psychosocial Adjustment,” Doan said one hour or less per day of video gaming could be beneficial for the psychological adjustment of children between 10 and 15 years old.

Three hours or more, however, could have negative effects on children, according to that study.

“The key is moderation here,” Doan told NBC 7.

He said monitoring overuse of video games is important in both adults and children, but because children are still developing, it’s especially crucial to watch their use.

“When a young child spends too much time in Internet faming on Internet activities, there can be significant problems,” said Doan. “The child needs time, boundaries, and intensive face-to-face attention to program the other areas of the brain that have been neglected.”

In the case of this adult patient, Doan said the man was not diagnosed with an addiction to “Candy Crush,” rather he just played the game as a way to pass the time after leaving the military and being between jobs. He  said this was one of the strangest cases he's seen in his research career.



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<![CDATA[Prank Targets Lawmaker Trying to Take Down Swatting]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 01:51:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Paul+Moriarty+911+Swatting.jpg

A South Jersey lawmaker said he recently became the victim of a modern-age crime he's trying to fight with tougher penalties.

“Some sick, evil person had reported that there was a shooting at my house,” said New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-District 4).

Moriarty became the victim of swatting. The NBC10 Investigators brought the issue of swatting to the Garden State lawmaker last October and now the problem has come to his front door.

Last Saturday afternoon, Moriarty was relaxing at home when he got a call from Gloucester County police dispatchers.

“I was stunned,” said Moriarty. “The dispatch guy says to me next … ‘we need you to come outside and show yourself and keep your hands where we can see them.”

He walked outside to find about one dozen police officers pointing weapons at him and his house.

“I knew right away, I said, ‘I’ve been swatted,’” said Moriarty.

NBC10 obtained the recording of police dispatch reporting what the prankster told him.

"He just hung up on me stating that he tied his family up, his mother, his father and his 5-year-old sister," the officer says in the recording. "He stated he shot his father with a 12-gauge shotgun. He could not tell me whether his father was conscious or alert. Be advised he says he's gonna shoot any cop that arrives." 

Swatting is a cruel prank where someone makes a phony 911 call that leads to a SWAT team showing up at an unsuspecting house.

“I can’t imagine what goes through the heads of people who think this is funny,” said Moriarty. “My heart was beating pretty quick, let me tell you. It was a scary moment to see what was going on outside my door.”

Moriarty said he was grateful he answered the phone since, if he didn’t, police could have possibly stormed into his home. This was one of two swatting incidents over the weekend in Washington Township.

“They’re very dangerous for the officers and the residents,” said Washington Township Police Chief Rafael Muniz. “I mean, all our officers are treating this as actual incidents.”

Moriarty believes he was targeted because of a bill he's sponsoring that increases the penalties for swatting.

“They need to go to jail, this should be a second-degree crime that would be punishable by 10 to 15 years in jail, $150,000 fine and also make that being be responsible for paying for all the SWAT team coming out to your house,” said the lawmaker.

But getting the people responsible for a swatting incident is easier said than done as swatters often hide behind online personas and phone blockers.

“Many times these numbers bounce from different IP addresses, different phone numbers so it can take some time,” said Muniz.

“Law enforcement has to find a way to find out who’s doing this and right now they don’t seem to have the technology to do the job,” said Moriarty.

Muniz said responding to fake calls means his officers could be out of position to get to real emergencies.

“At times these incidents could take -- even if they’re a prank, they’re swatting incidents -- can take up to half an hour to clear. And so we’re backlogging many calls,” said Muniz.

Despite an increased effort to stop swatting, the practice continues.

“Someone could get seriously injured or killed,” said Moriarty.

Moriarty said his bill should be heard in the next few weeks.

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<![CDATA[What Tech Experts Are Saying About the Apple Watch ]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:41:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/465696900.jpg

Pre-orders for the highly anticipated Apple Watch start online today, two weeks before the high-tech time piece hits the stores.

But is the wearable gadget worth the price tag, which ranges from $349 for a basic model to more than $10,000.

Early reviews from some of tech's leading voices praised the smartwatch as a product with potential, but some room for improvement post-launch.

Lance Ulanoff, chief correspondent and editor-at-large for Mashable, called it a “breakout star” and a “gorgeous, smart, fun, extensible, expensive and an object of true desire.” Yet he said the app store is an area that “needs the most improvement,” because the apps “took forever to install.”

Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times echoed a similar tone in a review about the third-party apps, which he said “are useless right now.” He wrote that “the Apple Watch works like a first-generation device, with all the limitations and flaws you’d expect of brand-new technology.”

CNET.com Senior Edior Scott Stein, who wore the watch for a week, said it’s a “clever invention” that can help you in four areas: communication, fitness, information and time. He used it to order lunch, track daily activities, play his favorite tunes and hail a car from Uber. When it came to the last task,  he said using the app on iPhone offers a better view of cars in the area.

Here's a recap of what reviewers found to be the top features — and drawbacks — of the device:

What’s good about it?

  • Many tech experts, including "Today" show contributor Katie Linendoll, agree that the “comprehensive device” is more functional than fashionable. It allows users to check the weather, calendar appointments, make calls, send text messages and play music.
  • The watch's “Fitness Tracker PLUS” feature monitors your heart rate if you’re jogging or taking a walk.
  • If you're not adapted to the selfie stick, you can use the device to take a selfie even though it doesn't have a camera. Simply sync your phone, tap the watch screen and say "cheese."

What’s bad about it?

  • You need to have an iPhone 5 or a newer version in order make calls, send text messages and check emails using your watch.
  • Some reviewers concluded that the biggest red flag about the gadget is its “bad battery life.” They said it has to be charge every day if it's used often.
  • It only allows you to read or discard emails; you can’t reply.
  • It is not waterproof.

If you’re still unsure about getting a watch, you could rent one for as low as $45 a week to test if it’s worth the investment, through a service offered by the San Francisco-based gadget rental start-up called Lumoid

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<![CDATA[Camden Police Using New High-Tech Crime Fighting Tool]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 00:32:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Camden+crimefighting+tool.PNG Camden's police chief is touting a new high-tech crime fighting tool. He thinks it will help other officers all over the region take guns and criminals off the street. NBC10's Drew Smith explains how it works and the early success they're already seeing.]]> <![CDATA[Apple's Racially Diverse Emojis]]> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 06:05:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Apple-Emojis.jpg

Apple has released its latest iOS update with plenty of new features, including the highly-anticipated racially diverse characters. 

The iOS 8.3's enhanced keyboard comes with 300 new emojis and users can finally choose from six different skin tones.

There's also a larger variety of country flags and emojis to represent different types of families, plus the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch have been added to the catalog.

"Apple supports and cares deeply about diversity, and is working with The Unicode Consortium to update the standard so that it better represents diversity for all of us," an Apple spokesperson said in a statement in February.

The different skin tones can be changed by holding down and tapping the icon.

iOS 8.3 also brought new languages to Siri, including Russian, Danish, Dutch, Thai, Swedish, Turkish and Portuguese. Numerous bug fixes were also included in the update.

The update is available for free in the Settings app or in iTunes.

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<![CDATA[Top Cars at 2015 New York Auto Show]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:52:08 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/car+show+new.jpg A collection of photos taken at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

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<![CDATA[Smartphone Livestreaming App]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 09:41:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/0402-2015-Periscope.jpg

Add Periscope as the latest company allowing people to broadcast live from their smartphones.

"Our vision for Periscope was it would feel like a teleportation experience where you can just sort of travel the world through someone else's eyes in real time," co-founder Kayvon Beykpour said.

San Francisco-based Twitter acquired the company last month and launched the app this week.

"I think the biggest plus is being able to see what's happening anywhere in the world," said Ben Parr, author of "Captivology."

And, like the web itself, there is no limit to the reach in real time.

"Something like Periscope will take all these people that you know that are in the far reaches of the Twitterverse and shrink all those distances and bring all those connections closer to you," said Jasmine Bina, a Periscope user.

Thanks to apps like Periscope and Meerkat, anyone can follow and stream their every move.

The numbers for Periscope have been especially high these days because the service is under Twitter, which has tens of millions of people broadcasting every minute.

The app's popularity is exploding.

"Ringo Starr was on Periscope yesterday and Aaron Paul the actor from Breaking Bad takes us into his living room for acoustic guitar concerts," Beykpour said. "The creativity of how users have been playing with Periscope has been nothing short of mind-boggling."

But using the app does come with some risk of seeing indecent exposure or bullying.

"I think the big negative is the combination of the trolling and the lack of control," Parr said. "I think you will see something bad happen at some point."

Periscope said if bullying or indecent exposure were to happen, there are measures in place.

"Periscope is not a place for harassment and abuse. It's also not a place for pornography," Beykpour said. "We have tools in place and teams in place to make sure that policy is being adhered to as much as possible."

Beykpour said they are constantly working to improve the apps' uses and options.

For now, he hopes people enjoy the sights and sounds across the world on your phone.

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<![CDATA[Cops: Teen "Catfishes" 20 People]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 10:38:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/4601103451.jpg

A Connecticut high school student is facing charges after "catfishing” nearly two dozen people online, many of them teenagers, posing as a young girl in order to convince them to send naked pictures and iTunes gift cards, according to police.

Police said the 16-year-old from Hartford created fake Internet accounts under the name of Casey Morales, a teenage girl claiming to be a junior at Francis High School in Meriden.

The teen told police he “lost count somewhere around 20 victims,” some of whom were as young as 14 years old. “Casey” asked the boys to send nude pictures on the photo sharing app Snapchat, then took screenshots and threatened to share them online if the victims didn’t pay up. He also demanded the victims masturbate for “Casey” on video chat but refused to show his face.

A number of the victims acquiesced and sent the teen iTunes gift cards, some of which he redeemed while at Glastonbury High School, according to police. One of the teen boys sent him two gift cards worth $80 and $50 apiece.

The Glastonbury school resource officer helped identify the teen as a suspect. Police said the teen later admitted to using fake Internet accounts to “catfish” other teenagers. He stored their nude photos on his iPhone but later deleted them because he was afraid his mom would see, according to police.

According to the warrant for the teen's arrest, the case came to light last June when a 15-year-old victim told his mother what had happened and the two went together to West Hartford police.

Internet safety expert Scott Driscoll said the case “unfortunately” doesn’t surprise him.

“When it comes to pictures, I have a very simple rule. If you’re not ready for the world to see the picture, you shouldn’t be taking the picture with today’s technology,” Driscoll said.

The teen has been charged with three counts of first-degree larceny by extortion, 16 counts of criminal attempt at first-degree larceny by extortion, five counts of third-degree possession of child pornography, 10 counts of promoting a minor in an obscene performance.

He pleaded not guilty and is due back in court May 21.

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<![CDATA[2015 April Fools' Day Pranks: Selfie Car, Twelfie Stick and More]]> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 04:29:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/selfie+car.JPG

Celebrities and companies did not disappoint this April Fools’ Day. Some unique pranks surfaced this year that you may not have noticed. Here's a look at some of the most creative.

The Honda Selfie Car

Honda says it prides itself for being on the forefront of the latest automobile technologies. The company "rolled out" its 10 camera-equipped HR-V that is equipped to take selfies. They said the technology uploads photos hands-free to social media sites via HondaLink.

'Twelfie Stick'

Twitter unveiled its "Twelfie Stick" Wednesday, a "highly sophisticated and first-of-its-kind device" that the company says would allow users to tweet out "selfie" pictures directly. Twitter said the device will be available in time for the holiday shopping season for $39.99.

Army Drones to Deliver Pizzas

The U.S. Army proposed using drones to deliver 3-D printed pizzas to men and women on the front lines across the world. Calling this "an expected breakthrough," the Army said the first drone pizza deliveries are to be made by April Fools' Day 2016.

Sam Smith is Straight

The "Stay with Me" singer tweeted that he is straight, which had a female fan asking, "Can you date me now?" One hour later, he posted that is was all a joke.

A Samsung Smart Knife?

Samsung presented its Galaxy BLADE edge, "the world's first smart knife with smart phone capabilities." The phone features a "razor-sharp diamond edge that is tough enough to cut through a lobster tail and sharp enough to slice through tender heirloom tomatoes."

Selfie Shoes

Are selfie sticks too much to handle? Why not get Selfie Shoes from Miz Mooz? The company said the tool adds functionality without sacrificing "comfort our women on-the-go have come to love about our footwear." How does it work? Just insert your phone into the port at the front of any shoe, raise your photo to the perfect angle and click the internal button with a tap of your toe to take a selfie.

Pac-Man Returns?

Google announced in celebration of April Fools' Day that you can now play Pac-Man on Google Maps. How does it work? Open maps in your browser, scroll to the bottom left and click on Pac-Man. Before you know it, you'll have something to eat.

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<![CDATA[Google Maps Introduces Pac-Man Feature ]]> Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:51:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/photoGoogle+Maps+PAC+MAN.jpg

Let the office productivity fall even more.

If March Madness wasn’t enough of a distraction, people can now play Pac-Man from the convenience of their desks.

Google Maps introduced a new online rendition of the classic arcade game on Tuesday in celebration of April Fools' Day. Click on the Pac-Man icon in the lower left corner beside the Earth icon, and use your keyboard arrows to move your little yellow man through the maze.

Not all addresses typed into Google Maps are playable areas. Cities, including New York, N.Y., appear to work best because of the number of roads. Pac-Man can’t play in some rural and suburban areas such as Hoover, Alabama, and Burlington, Massachusetts, because there aren’t enough roads for Pac-Man to get around.

Click here to try your hand at Pac-Man and see how high a score you can earn. Just make sure your boss isn’t looking.

<![CDATA[Tesla Branching Out Beyond Cars, Says CEO]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:03:58 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/elonmuskmarch.jpg

Tesla Motors is about to take a detour from making cars.

CEO Elon Musk tweeted Monday that a major new product line that's not a car would be shown for the first time on April 30 at Tesla's Hawthorne Design Studio. 

The vague missive indirectly invited social media users to guess what Tesla's next creation would be; popular choices to date on both Twitter and Reddit include a motorcycle and a home battery.

A parody Twitter user called BoredElonMusk suggested a product called, "GitHub for tracking where other people in your house put stuff that you now can't find."

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<![CDATA[Jay Z's Tidal Set to Relaunch]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:00:04 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/jay-z-454627193.jpg

Watch out, Spotify – there’s a new streaming service in town.

Music streaming service Tidal is set to officially relaunch Monday under new ownership by rapper Jay Z. The company will hold a press conference at 5 p.m. ET where its new owner “will announce a commitment to a new direction for the music industry from both a creative and business perspective.”

Tidal boasts 25 million tracks with “high fidelity sound quality, high definition music videos and expertly curated editorial" features. It could give competitors such as Spotify and Beats a reason to be concerned. Its plan of attack also includes getting first releases of tracks by big-name artists before other digital streaming services, according to TechCrunch.

Unlike Spotify, Tidal does not offer a free streaming option. The music streaming service – which Jay Z reportedly acquired for $54 million – costs subscribers $19.99 per month for high quality streaming compared to Spotify’s premium, ad-free price of $9.99 per month.

Tidal subscribers also have the option of “standard definition service” matching Spotify’s premium price of $9.99.

Tidal currently has 35,000 subscribers – a smaller amount than Spotify’s 15 million paying subscribers as of January.

Spotify has run into controversy with big-name artists such as Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean taking their entire catalogs off the service after claiming its failure to fairly compensate musicians. TechCrunch reports that Tidal is offering musicians “payouts of twice as much as its rivals.”

The Jay Z-owned streaming service has already garnered support from big-name musicians including Madonna, Kanye West, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.

West and Rihanna were just two of the musicians using social media to support Tidal by using the hashtag #TIDALforALL and changing their Twitter profile pictures to the same shade of cyan.

A teaser video featuring musicians supporting the service was released March 30 to coincide with the relaunch.

Tidal currently offers a 30-day free trial for new users.

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<![CDATA[Apple's Tim Cook: "Religious Objection" Laws Are "Very Dangerous"]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:22:16 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tim-cook-apple-fortuna.jpg

Apple CEO Tim Cook slammed Indiana's new "religious objection" legislation over the weekend, penning a Washington Post piece warning that “there’s something very dangerous happening in America.”

The piece, which was posted late Sunday night, said the openly gay executive, who was raised in a Baptist home in the South, was "deeply disappointed" in the recently passed "Religious Freedom Restoration" law in Indiana that shields business owners who turn away customers for religious reasons.

"This isn’t a political issue," he wrote. "It isn’t a religious issue. This is about how we treat each other as human beings. Opposing discrimination takes courage. With the lives and dignity of so many people at stake, it’s time for all of us to be courageous."

Cook called this new wave of legislation "very dangerous," noting there are about 100 similar bills under consideration in two dozen states. And he added that they "go against the very principles our nation was founded on" and "have the potential to undo decades of progress toward greater equality."

“America's business community recognized a long time ago that discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business,” he wrote. “At Apple, we are in business to empower and enrich our customers' lives. We strive to do business in a way that is just and fair. That's why, on behalf of Apple, I'm standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation — wherever it emerges. I'm writing in the hopes that many more will join this movement.”

Cook, who was baptized in a Baptist church and grew up in the South in the 1960s and 1970s.  He publicly disclosed that he is gay in October. Last week, Cook announced that he will give his fortune away.

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<![CDATA[PlayStation's Spotify-Powered Music Service Starts Today]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 06:54:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/72271665.jpg

Spotify's music service is coming to PlayStation game consoles and replacing Sony's own Music Unlimited.

Spotify hits the PlayStation 3 and 4 on Monday, with a new app adapted for large television screens. Sony says partnering with Spotify brings a music service to more countries, as well as better tools for playlists and music discovery.

Spotify's music app is available on some Internet-connected TVs and set-top boxes, but Spotify says it worked closely with Sony to optimize its service for the PlayStation. Among the notable features: the ability to listen to music while playing a game and still listening to sound effects.

The service is free with ads, or costs $10 a month for a premium ad-free version.

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<![CDATA[Preventing Potholes: Fiber-Infused Asphalt Being Tested in Bucks County]]> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:11:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/fiber-infused+asphalt.PNG Jesse Gary explains the pothole prevention plan to fix the roads.]]> <![CDATA[Apple Store Employees Learn How to Be Fashion Stylists]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:19:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/apple-watch-new-event.jpg

Apple Watches will come in a variety of styles and prices, and the company's retail division is reportedly being instructed on how to give fashion advice to customers.

9to5Mac published what appears to be a visual training guide for Apple retail employees to help them suggest the right Apple Watch to prospective customers based on fashion, lifestyle and job cues.

Among the tips: "Don't focus on price as a reason to recommend an option because many customers may be willing to spend more for a model that makes them feel good."

The tech media is already casting a side eye.

"The notion that a plainly dressed, modestly paid worker could become a fashion expert is a bit silly, and Apple's example customers don't always make sense," wrote Engadget. "What kind of waiter makes enough money to drop $1,000 on a steel smartwatch without flinching?"           

Apple Watch goes on sale on April 24, with a suggested retail price range of $349 to $1,049. There is also an 18-karat gold "Apple Watch Edition" option that starts at $10,000.

<![CDATA[Ban on Flying Drones Over State Parks]]> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:02:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/drone+generic.jpg

Officials warned drone enthusiasts that they aren't allowed to get a spur-of-the-moment bird’s eye view of state parks in one state.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control reiterated Wednesday its ban on all drone flights over state park lands with proper authorization.

“Delaware State Parks believes that, in the best interest of wildlife and other park users, the flying of hobby drones is a recreational activity that must be properly managed,” said Parks Director Ray Bivens. “In our management of drones, we would encourage hobbyists to come to us in an organized way with detailed plans of their group activity.”

The ban, which is enforced by state parks police, also includes radio-controlled model aircraft.

“The flying of unmanned aircraft now presents enforcement challenges at national parks ranging from harassment of wildlife, filming of unaware park visitors and even personal injury as a result of crash landings,” said Delaware State Parks Enforcement Chief Wayne Kline.

Officials wanted to make it clear that are not “anti-drone,” rather they asked for the public to be forthcoming with plans to fly drones. Such an opportunity is coming up at an International Drone Day event at Brandywine Creek State Parks on Sunday.

“Event organizers worked closely with park leadership to plan and issue a permit for the event,” said Bivens. “In fact, we would encourage the public to come learn more about this new emerging technology.”

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<![CDATA[Driverless Car Starts Journey from San Francisco to New York]]> Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:44:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/autonomous-driving-vehicle-turning-into-traffic-for-delphi-drive-cross-country-road-trip.jpg

A driverless car took off from the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge for its cross-country trip to New York.

The 10-day, 3,500-mile trip will be the first and longest coast-to-coast drive by an automated vehicle. The Delphi will navigate highways and other roadways with no human hands on the wheel.

But there will be an operator in the driver's seat at all times in case of trouble.

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