<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Tech News]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/tech http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia https://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usFri, 24 Nov 2017 13:35:04 -0500Fri, 24 Nov 2017 13:35:04 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Net Neutrality: What It Is and Why It Matters]]> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:18:03 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_16_23.Still003.jpg

The FCC is set to dismantle rules requiring internet service providers to ensure consumers have equal access to all online content.

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<![CDATA[Uber Hid Hack That Exposed 57M Users, Drivers]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:17:58 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_05_11.Still002.jpg

The cyberattack included 50 million Uber riders globally and 7 million drivers in the U.S.

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<![CDATA[Living Secure: Donating Safe]]> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:59:20 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Living_Secure_Donating_Safe.jpg

NBC10's Matt DeLucia discusses the dos and don'ts of donating online so your cash ends up in the right hands.

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<![CDATA[Living Secure: Safe Homes]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:33:45 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Living_Secure_Safe_Homes.jpg

NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal discusses smart devices and how keeping yourself connected could make you an unsuspecting victim.

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<![CDATA[White Nationalist Spencer, Others Lose Twitter Verification]]> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:56:37 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Richard-Spencer-supremacista-blanco.jpg

Richard Spencer and other prominent white nationalists have lost their official blue check marks on Twitter after the social media platform announced changes to its verification practices.

Twitter said Wednesday that its official verification of public figures' accounts had "long been perceived as an endorsement." The platform added that it is working on a new verification process and removing blue badges from "accounts whose behavior does not fall within these new guidelines."

After the series of tweets, Spencer said on his account, which has more than 79,000 followers, that he is "verified no more! Is it not okay to be proudly white?"

Far-right activist Laura Loomer also lost her verification, saying it is "a form of censorship." Jason Kessler, organizer of the far-right Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, lost his badge as well.



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<![CDATA[Staying Safe in Security Breaches]]> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:26:37 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Staying_Safe_in_Security_Breaches.jpg

Complex passwords may no longer be enough in an era of hackers. NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal has tips on how you can keep your information secure when companies are breached.

Staying Safe Online Starts With Your Password

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<![CDATA[Study Shows Families Want More Interaction Free of Phones]]> Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:26:34 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/2kid_phone_1200x675_971336259986.jpg

Smartphones have revolutionized the ways in which people interact with each other. But not all of those changes are necessarily positive. For families, phones can mean a lack of face time (real face time, not the iPhone kind) between parents and children.

A recent survey by NBC10’s parent company Comcast suggests that the majority of families want their interaction with each other to be free of phones. The survey, conducted by Wakefield Research, revealed the following:

  • Dinnertime is bonding time – Nearly every (98 percent) parent surveyed agrees that disconnecting from devices during mealtime improves family bonding.
  • Parents can set an example – More than half (52 percent) of parents have been told by their children to put their device away during meals.
  • Device-free meals are rare – More than 2 in 5 parents (42 percent) can’t remember the last time their family had a device-free meal.  And Millennial parents have an especially hard time remembering the last time they broke bread without a device at the table (49 percent), compared to Gen Xers (37 percent) and Boomers (33 percent).
  • Sneaking screen time - Parents admit to taking away their children’s devices an average of once per week and more than half (56 percent) have found their children trying to sneak their devices when they were banned from them.
  • Going to extremes to disconnect – nearly one-third (31 percent) of parents make their children leave their devices in a basket before bedtime, while 14 percent go so far as to disconnect their modems to stop Wi-Fi usage.

Dr. Elizabeth Dowdell, a professor of Pediatric Nursing at Villanova University and expert on children and smart devices, provided tips for parents on how to encourage more time together away from their phones and computers.

"Don't be afraid," Dr. Dowdell said. "That Internet is very intimidating. But at the end of the day, that child is the priority."

Dowdell urges parents to always talk with their child to maintain a strong parent-child relationship and set positive habits in the future.

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<![CDATA[Staying Safe Online Starts With Your Password]]> Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:23:48 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Helping_You_Stay_Safe_Online_Starting_With_Passwords.jpg

Bank account information, personal dates and medical records are all things that are privately stored online. NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal tells us what you are doing wrong (or right) with your password and the best combinations to keep hackers out when it comes to passwords.

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<![CDATA[Sean Parker: Facebook Exploits Human 'Vulnerability']]> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 18:47:41 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sn-prkr.jpg

Napster founder and former president of Facebook Sean Parker on Wednesday shared that he believes the social media giant was designed with potentially addictive features that he believes exploit "a vulnerability in human psychology."

While speaking with Axios, Parker said that the "thought process" held during the creation of Facebook was as follows: "How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?"

"And that means that we need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever," Parker told Axios. "And that's going to get you to contribute more content, and that's going to get you, you know, more likes and comments."

Parker called that process a "social-validation feedlack loop."

"It's exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with because you're exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology," he told Axios.

Parker said he and other founders of the now-ubiquitous social media platform knew what they doing and "did it anyway."

NBC Bay Area has reached out to Facebook for comment.

Flashing back to when Facebook was just getting going, Parker also said that even if people were against signing up at the beginning because they valued genuine and in-person human interaction, they would eventually cave.

The shift to digital human interaction has most likely changed the way people operate, Parker believes.

"It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways," Parker told Axios. "God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains."



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<![CDATA[Twitter Stops Verification Requests After Kessler Backlash]]> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:05:44 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/KesslerCharlotte.jpg

Twitter said Thursday that it will "pause" its verified account system in the wake of criticism over an organizer of the Charlottesville rally having received a coveted blue check mark on his profile. 

Jason Kessler, a white nationalist who has taken credit for organizing the "United the Right" rally that led to the death of a counterprotester, promoted his new Twitter verification on Tuesday. His profile features a confederate flag and notes that he has written for far-right websites. 

Kessler was charged with a felony perjury charge just last month for allegedly lying to a judge that he was not the aggressor when a man was assaulted earlier this year. 

Back in August, Kessler used Twitter to insult Heather Heyer, the women who was killed while protesting at the Charlottesville rally. He had called her “fat” and a “disgusting communist,” and said that her death was “payback time.” He later claimed he was hacked, then blamed prescription drugs and alcohol as the reason behind the tweet. He briefly deleted his account.

The move to verify Kessler’s account comes after Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, had recently said the service was planning to toughen rules on hate speech then take on its verification policy.

“Not as high a priority as enforcement, but it’s up there,” he said last month, Bloomberg reported.

Twitter explains on its website that verification is for accounts in the "public interest" and "a verified badge does not imply an endorsement."

But the verified account of a white supremacist caused an outburst from Twitter users against Kessler.

Some users claimed Dorsey was a “Nazi” supporter for allowing Kessler’s account to be verified.

"Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance," Twitter's support account said in response. "We recognize that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it. We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon."

Dorsey retweeted the message and assured he was working to fix the problem. 

"We should’ve communicated faster on this," he said, acknowledging that the "system is broken."

Twitter also faced criticism over its policies last month when actress Rose McGowan was briefly unable to post on the service after a tweet about sexual harassment included a private phone number.  



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<![CDATA[Facebook Wants Nude Selfies to Combat 'Revenge Porn']]> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:11:35 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-512015586.jpg

Facebook is asking some users to send nude photos of themselves in an effort to combat social media "revenge porn."

People in Australia who are concerned that a former partner may distribute intimate photos of them on Facebook can use Messenger to send the photos to be "hashed," according to the office of Australia's e-safety commissioner.

Users would fill out a form before sending the message to themselves using the Messenger app. Facebook said the process involves storing image-matching data, and the photos themselves would not be saved, though they would be reviewed by a trained Facebook team.

Australian e-safety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said it is one of four countries — the others being the U.S., U.K. and Canada — participating in the test program, but Facebook told "Today" that it is still in talks with the other three nations about expanding there.

"This pilot has the potential to disable the control and power perpetrators hold over victims, particularly in cases of ex-partner retribution and sextortion, and the subsequent harm that could come to them," Inman Grant said in a statement.

One in 25 Americans who use the internet have had sensitive images posted without their permission or have had someone threaten to do so, according to a study from the Data & Society Research Institute last year. The U.S. Marines were hit by a non-consensual image-sharing scandal this year, prompting Commandant Gen. Robert B. Neller to ask the men in his Corps this March, "How much more do the females of our Corps have to do to be accepted?"

In the digital world today, deleting something never really deletes it, Adam Levin, founder of cybersecurity firm CyberScout, told "Today."

"The reality is that we're living in a world where breaches have become the third certainty in life, where hackers are sophisticated, they're determined, they're persistent, they're very creative and there is no right to be forgotten," Levin said.

Outside of the Facebook Messenger pilot project, anyone who thinks they have been a victim of revenge porn can report the photos through Facebook's dedicated reporting process, revamped in April.



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<![CDATA[Humans Must Leave Earth Within 600 Years, Hawking Says]]> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:41:48 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/172*120/stephenhawkings_1200x675.jpg

Professor Stephen Hawking, the former professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge and author of best-selling "A Brief History of Time," said Sunday during a summit in China that the human species had 600 years to survive on planet Earth, NBC News reported. 

Hawking has publicly expressed additional fears about the future of artificial intelligence (AI), the need for a new Space Age and the serious realities of global warming in the past.  

Hawking said the hypothetical day when humans will supposedly have to leave Earth has been likened to a “Doomsday,” NBC News reported. 

Hawking has also helped to launch the Breakthrough Initiatives, a series of projects seeking to probe “the big questions of life in the Universe,” including finding and communicating with extraterrestrial life. 



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<![CDATA['Well Designed' Email Scam Targets Netflix Users]]> Tue, 07 Nov 2017 15:02:05 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/netflix_1200x675.jpg

An Australian cyber security firm is warning Netflix subscribers about a scam email aiming to steal users personal information by tricking them into thinking that accounts are in danger of being suspended, "Today" reported.

MailGuard posted an image of the email in a blog post Friday, calling it "relatively well-designed" because of its ability to generate "individualized messages with specific recipient data." 

Users of the streaming service reported receiving suspicious emails that tell recipients their Netflix billing information needs updating and that they must "restart their membership."

The email contains a link that takes subscribers to a fake Netflix website where they are asked to log in and enter information including credit card numbers.

"Of course, this website is completely bogus and is just a mechanism for the scammers to steal the victim’s identity and credit card information,” MailGuard said.

It was not immediately clear how many of Netflix's more than 109 million worldwide subscribers have received the email.



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<![CDATA[How to Spot Fake News on Social Media, Online]]> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 23:44:24 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/facebookadrussia_1200x675.jpg

In today’s heated political climate, it has become increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction. Not everything you see online is real or comes from real sources.

A current FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election has revealed that nearly 3,000 fake ads were disseminated via social media. U.S. intelligence services say it was part of a broad effort to sway the 2016 presidential election.

Fake news struck again after a 26-year-old man opened fire on a Texas church service Sunday. As investigators struggled to piece together what led to the massacre, rumors spread linking the shooter to the anti-fascist movement. However, no officials or reputable sources have confirmed this.

“When you look at things coming through your Facebook feed, there are some things you can do to be more discerning before you share,” said Jeff Gibbard, founder of Philadelphia-based True Voice Media.

The first step? Check your sources.

Using a free internet tool called Whois, simply copy and paste any questionable URL into the search engine and find out who is behind the post.

“It’s all right there. You can see who owns it,” Gibbard said.

Also, double check the URL. Does the address end with a dot com or with a dot com followed by an extension?

Here’s an example: NBCPhiladelphia.com versus NBCPhiladelphia.com.co

The latter is a fake web address, but the former is the real web address. In other words, look before you click.

FactCheck.org also suggests reading a complete story before posting. Sometimes a headline can seem legitimate, but the sources that are being quoted, bad grammar and salacious content can be a dead giveaway that it isn’t real news.

And what about the stuff that is shared by people you don’t personally know or recognize?

Try doing a Google image search by copying and pasting a photo and then clicking the “image” tab. This can help you find out if the person sharing stories onto your timeline is real or is using a picture from an online library.

“It says right there where it comes from,” Gibbard said.

Ultimately, Gibbard tells NBC10 that the responsibility rests on consumers to do the homework and double check everything that isn’t coming from a reputable source.

“It’s about being discerning about what you share and the purpose of why you share it,” he said.

For more tips, scroll through a cheat sheet courtesy of FactCheck.org.



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<![CDATA[A?: Apple Users Can Update Phone to Fix Glitch]]> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:10:20 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Apple-Glitch.jpg

Are you getting a strange symbol when you try to type the letter "I" on your iPhone?

If you updated your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to iOS 11.1, you may find that the letter "I" is autocorrecting the letter "A" with some kind of symbol next to it, either a "?" or barcodes, Apple said.

Apple provided a workaround when the bug first became an issue over the last week, but it looks like now users can update their devices to iOS 11.1.1 to fix the issue.

Here's how you can update your device:


  1. Plug your device into power and connect to the Internet with Wi-Fi.
  2. Tap Settings > General > Software Update.
  3. Tap Download and Install. If a message asks to temporarily remove apps because iOS needs more space for the update, tap Continue or Cancel. Later, iOS will reinstall apps that it removed. If you tap Cancel, learn what to do next.
  4. To update now, tap Install. Or you can tap Later and choose Install Tonight or Remind Me Later. If you tap Install Tonight, just plug your iOS device into power before you go to sleep. Your device will update automatically overnight.
  5. If asked, enter your passcode. If you don't know your passcode, learn what to do.
For more on how to update your devices, go to Apple's Support page





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<![CDATA[iPhone Fans Camp Out for $1,000 Phone]]> Fri, 03 Nov 2017 08:01:55 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/196*120/iPhone+line+Philly.JPG

People lined up in Center City Philadelphia overnight to be the among the first to get their hands on the new iPhone X.



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<![CDATA[New Razer Phone Offers Gaming With Powerful Display: Review]]> Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:17:13 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/razor+phone.jpg

A new smartphone wants to raise the level of mobile gaming with a bolder display and more power. The Razer Phone, an Android smartphone, boasts a 120Hz display and a large battery to keep users energized for hours of use and gaming.

The new device has a UltraMotion display with a refresh rate that is double most other smartphones. The 5.72-inch LCD screen is designed for no lag or stuttering while producing clear and colorful images.

The phone has an aluminum body and is powered by Android Nougat with 8GB of RAM. While it contains a 4,000 mAh battery, it also remains cool to the touch, thanks to internal thermal diffusers.

But the Razer Phone is designed to be a video and gaming device. Dual rear 12 megapixel cameras provide amazing images at nearly any distance. Dolby Atmos brings cinematic audio through two front speakers with dedicated amplifiers.

But what about the games?

Razer is partnering with Square Enix, Tencent and others to provide exciting and competitive gaming to smartphones. “Arena of Valor,” a multiplayer online battle arena, will let players battle each other in team fights.

"The future of gaming is rapidly expanding to mobile devices, and both Razer and Tencent are at the forefront of fast-tracking development," said Vincent Gao, global marketing director at Tencent Games. "Arena of Valor brings gamers a fast-paced, competitive experience, and the Razer phone was built to handle the visuals, sound and quick-reflex mechanics of the game."

Other popular titles include “Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition,” “Tekken,” “World of Tanks Blitz,” and “Titanfall: Assault.” The games are being optimized for the Razer Phone to run from 60 frames per second up to 120 frames per second, keeping the action clean and responsive.

The phone will be priced at $699.99 in the United States, and preorders begin on Nov. 1. The phone will go on sale at Razerzone.com, select Microsoft Stores, and Amazon.com on Nov. 17.



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<![CDATA[Kiosks With Free Wi-Fi, Nationwide Calling Coming to Philly]]> Thu, 02 Nov 2017 11:36:44 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/LinkPHL+photo.jpg

Wi-Fi, phone calls, device charging, local information, and access to civic and emergency services will soon be available to all Philadelphians… for free.

LinkPHL kiosks, provided by Intersection, a smart cities technology and media company, will be installed throughout Center City, University City, and other locations across Philadelphia.

“LinkPHL will be an investment in Philadelphia’s future, creating 21st century infrastructure in the heart of the city,” Mayor Jim Kenney said. “But more importantly, the kiosks will provide the sort of modern services that our residents and visitors need as they work and play in the city — at no cost to taxpayers.”

One hundred of the self-standing LinkPHL kiosks, called Links, have been approved for installation from the City’s Art Commission and the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems.

LinkPHL offers device charging from two integrated USB quick-charge ports, free phone calls across the United States, direct 911 emergency calling, a touchscreen tablet for access to city services, information on city events, art and culture, in addition to high-speed, secure access to Wi-Fi that is 100x faster than average public Wi-Fi and LTE on mobile devices.

The Links are at no cost to the city, as they are supported completely through advertising, according to officials.

In addition to covering the costs of building, installation, maintenance and upgrades, advertising is also expected to generate millions of dollars in revenue for Philadelphia, with a minimum annual guaranteed payment of $450,000 after the installation of the kiosks.

Officials say the revenue generated from the Links will help to fund public services.

Intersection has already installed 1,000 Links in New York City and has launched a project across the UK, with anticipation of thousands more set to be deployed over the next few years.



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<![CDATA[Russian-Bought Facebook Ads Released]]> Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:41:02 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DIT+RUSSIAN+ADS+THUMB.jpg

The U.S. House Intelligence Committee released some of the Facebook ads purchased by Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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<![CDATA[Digital Disappearing: How to Protect Your Internet Identity]]> Mon, 30 Oct 2017 23:04:28 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/dating+apps+cell+phone.jpg

Hackers are out to get identities, passwords and personal information for their gain. What can you do to prevent that from happening to you?

The easy answer is to not join social media or online dating sites in the first place. But since the majority of adults now have profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and beyond, going rogue might not be so easy.

Matt Barnett of BTB Security suggests doing a simple internet search with your name and seeing what comes up. Next, do some basic tidying. Consider making your Facebook profile private, un-follow questionable accounts on Instagram and add yourself to the national Do Not Call registry.

From there, decide what goes and what stays. Ready to permanently delete your Instagram account? Check this out. Don’t want to be found via White Pages? Remove yourself by clicking here.

Once everything is nice and tidy, maintaining a low profile means rethinking how you use social media including not hitting the “Like” button.

“Even if your profile is private, the user posting the content you “Like” may not be. Searching through posts and images you “Like” may be a way to build a profile about your hobbies, interests, political views/affiliations, etc. Some court cases have even allowed these “Like”s to be introduced into evidence or used to bias jurors in civil cases. Think before you click!” Barnett said.

Also, don’t allow yourself to be tagged in pictures and posts and turn on privacy settings on your phone. Otherwise, geotagging will store information about where a photo was taken, including your exact location, the time, who was with you and so on.

Click here for a complete guide on how to disappear online because nothing lasts forever, unless it’s on the internet.

For more tips, check out our cheat sheet below:



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