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World War II’s Indelible Influence on Technology

At 8:15 a.m. local time on the morning of Aug. 6, 1945 the first atomic bomb -- codenamed "Little Boy" -- was dropped from the B-29 "Enola Gay" on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. It was the first of only two times that an atomic weapon had been used in wartime, and while even 75 years later the event remains controversial. It was a testament to the technological process that occurred during the Second World War...

The Tech Industry’s Tectonic Shift

As COVID-19 continues to spread, states and cities across the U.S. have imposed restrictions -- from banning large gatherings to lockdowns, with citizens ordered to stay home except for essential jobs and errands or get outdoor exercise ...

COVID-19 and Computer Security, Part 2: Shoring Up Systems for Remote Workers

As companies send employees home in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, cybersecurity experts are warning that telecommuting could be putting company assets and data at risk ...

COVID-19 and Computer Security, Part 1: Telecommuting Risks

The United States Office of Personnel Management last week urged agencies to prepare to allow federal employees to telework -- that is, work remotely. This came on the heels of the Department of Homeland Security closing its facilities in Washington state after learning an employee had visited the Life Care facility in the city of Kirkland, which is ground zero for the state's COVID-19 outbreak...

COVID-19 and the Bleak Outlook for the Tech Supply Chain

Taipei-based Foxconn, which is a key parts supplier for Apple, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony, on Tuesday announced that its plants in mainland China would resume normal production by the end of the month. Numerous factories across China were forced to shut down in late January due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, or COVID-19 ...

The Dark Art of Turning Mountains of Stolen Data Into Cash

We're only two months into a new year, and already hundreds of millions of personal records have been compromised, including 123 million employee and customer records from sporting retailer Decathlon and another 10.6 million records of former guests of MGM Resorts hotels ...

AI in the Courts: The Jury Is Out

A session on the role of emerging technologies in the courtroom was part of last month's New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting in New York City ...

Sprint T-Mobile Merger Gets Green Light

A U.S. District judge on Tuesday ruled that Sprint and T-Mobile, the nation's third- and fourth-largest mobile carriers, could go forward with a US$25 billion merger. The deal will not close until the California Public Utilities Commission approves the transaction, but clearing this latest hurdle moves the two companies one step closer to a merger that has been years in the making...

Cyber Worries Help Push Doomsday Clock Closer to Midnight

The hands on the iconic "Doomsday Clock" moved to just 100 seconds to midnight last month. That is the closest they have come to the final hour since its creation in 1947 ...

Tech’s Role in Addressing Coronavirus and Other Potential Pandemics

The World Health Organization on Thursday declared the coronavirus a global health emergency in recognition that the disease risk is no longer confined to China ...

Could Ads Become Potent Weapons Against Streaming Piracy?

Though it no longer grabs many headlines, video piracy remains a major issue for pay-TV services, according to data released last month by consumer research firm Parks Associates ...

Know Your Enemy: The Difficulty of Defining Deepfakes

Facebook recently promised that it would increase efforts to remove so-called "deepfake" videos, including content that included "misleading manipulated media." ...

Cybersecurity 2020: A Perilous Landscape

Cybersecurity is a very serious issue for 2020 -- and the risks stretch far beyond the alarming spike in ransomware ...

Cybersecurity 2020: The Danger of Ransomware

Ransomware tops the list of cybersecurity threats for 2020 ...

Lost at CES

CES is in full swing in Las Vegas this week, and the show for all things high-tech -- from gizmos and gadgets to cars and entertainment gear -- has attracted attendees from around the world. The first CES, or "Consumer Electronics Show" as it originally was known, took place in June 1967 in New York City. It was a spinoff of the Chicago Music Show, which previously served as the main trade event for consumer electronics...

China’s Tech Ban Could Have Grave Long-Term Consequences

China has issued an order that all foreign-made computer equipment and software be removed from government offices and public institutions within the next three years ...

Your Smart TV Could Give Hackers a Window on Your World

Cybercriminals have discovered ways to compromise smart TVs, including hacking them, the Portland office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation recently warned ...

REVIEW

Disney+ Is a Wonderful World for Tykes and Geeks

Disney+ made its official debut last week, and after a few minor hiccups, the service is up and running. It is widely available via a plethora of devices, offers a breadth of content, and serves quick and seamless downloads to mobile devices ...

Disney+ Launches New Era of Streaming, With a Few Hiccups

The much-anticipated Disney+ streaming service officially launched on Tuesday in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands. In the first 24 hours, the app was downloaded 3.2 million times. Demand for the new over-the-top streaming service prompted the company to announce that it had exceeded its highest expectations -- but with problematic results...

Google Pays $2.1 Billion to Get Fit(bit)

Google last week announced a deal to acquire wearable fitness device maker Fitbit for US$2.1 billion. The acquisition will give Google, whose parent company is Alphabet, an immediately leading position in the wearables market. Google will be poised to compete against the likes of Apple and Samsung rather than having to build upmarket share from scratch...

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