Tag: Computers and the Internet

The Internet Security Apocalypse You Probably Missed

This article is part of a limited-run newsletter. You can sign up here. Instead of my usual monologue, this week I’ve invited my colleague, the editorial writer Sarah Jeong, to have a conversation about the biggest story from last week that you probably missed. Charlie: Sarah, Welcome to Privacy Project ThunderDome! We had a rather […]

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A.I. Took a Test to Detect Lung Cancer. It Got an A.

Computers were as good or better than doctors at detecting tiny lung cancers on CT scans, in a study by researchers from Google and several medical centers. The technology is a work in progress, not ready for widespread use, but the new report, published Monday in the journal Nature Medicine, offers a glimpse of the […]

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U.S. Tech Suppliers, Including Google, Restrict Dealings With Huawei After Trump Order

LONDON — The Chinese technology giant Huawei on Monday began to feel the painful ripple effects of a Trump administration order that effectively bars American firms from selling components and software to the company, ramping up a cold war between the two countries over technology and trade. The fallout began when Google cut off support […]

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The New New World: As Huawei Loses Google, the U.S.-China Tech Cold War Gets Its Iron Curtain

China has spent nearly two decades building a digital wall between itself and the rest of the world, a one-way barrier designed to keep out foreign companies like Facebook and Google while allowing Chinese rivals to leave home and expand across the world. Now President Trump is sealing up that wall from the other side. […]

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Google Restricts Huawei’s Access to Android After Trump Order

LONDON — The Chinese technology giant Huawei on Monday began feeling painful ripple effects of a Trump administration order that effectively bars American firms from selling components and software to the company. Huawei said that Google was cutting off its access to support for many Android hardware and software services. The move, in response to […]

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Your Car Knows When You Gain Weight

Cars produced today are essentially smartphones with wheels. For drivers, this has meant many new features: automatic braking, turn-by-turn directions, infotainment. But for all the things we’re getting out of our connected vehicles, carmakers are getting much, much more: They’re constantly collecting data from our vehicles. Today’s cars are equipped with telematics, in the form […]

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Amazon Faces Investor Pressure Over Facial Recognition

Facial recognition software is coming under increasing scrutiny from civil liberties groups and lawmakers. Now Amazon, one of the most visible purveyors of the technology, is facing pressure from another corner as well: its own shareholders. As part of Amazon’s annual meeting in Seattle on Wednesday, investors are voting on whether the tech giant’s aggressive […]

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The Checkup: Is ‘Digital Addiction’ a Real Threat to Kids?

As we worriedly watch our children navigate the ever-changing digital landscape, there’s a great deal of talk these days about “digital addiction.” But several experts say we should teach kids to think of screens as something to handle in moderation, like food, rather than something without any healthy place in our lives, like meth or […]

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Critic’s Pick: Review: The Human Voice Versus the Internet in ‘Octet’

Hi, my name is Ben, and I’m an internet addict. Since the odds are that you are, too — you are living in the 21st century, right? — let me tell you about this wonderful new support group I’ve discovered. It meets in what feels like every church basement you’ve ever seen, and its official […]

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Tech Jobs Lead to the Middle Class. Just Not for the Masses.

Brittney Ball was living in a homeless shelter with her baby when she learned of a one-year program offering technical training, professional skills and an internship. She took the plunge. Five years later, Ms. Ball is a software engineer in Charlotte, N.C., earning more than $50,000 a year. A 30-year-old single mother, she has health […]

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‘Knitting Is Coding’ and Yarn Is Programmable in This Physics Lab

BOSTON — On the eve of the American Physical Society’s annual March meeting, a Sunday “stitch ‘n bitch” session convened during happy hour at a lobby bar of the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel. Karen Daniels, a physicist at North Carolina State University, had tweeted notice of the meet-up earlier that day: “Are you a physicist […]

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Facial Recognition: Dawn of Dystopia, or Just the New Fingerprint?

Every couple of months, Officer Michael Zinn of the York Area Regional Police Department in Pennsylvania ran a photo of a man through the department’s facial recognition software. In a year and a half of searches, the result was always the same: No hits. The man was a suspect in the July 2016 sexual assault […]

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If We Care So Much About What Google Knows, Why Do We Keep Telling It Everything?

At first blush, it seems safe to say that most of us harbor inconsistent — if not neurotically contradictory — notions about our personal privacy. We claim to treasure it, yet want badly to be known and seen (posting on Instagram, preening on Twitter). We’re spooked when the same set of advertisements tailgate us, yet […]

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America Needs Huawei

An executive order signed by President Trump on Wednesday may lay the groundwork for a ban on the sale of Huawei’s equipment in the United States by declaring a “national emergency.” Additionally, an order issued by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that goes into effect today will prevent Huawei — the world’s leading telecom equipment provider […]

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Grumpy Cat, Internet Celebrity With a Piercing Look of Contempt, Is Dead at 7

Grumpy Cat, the ubiquitous internet celebrity whose permanent scowl spoke for all of us in our darkest moments, died in the arms of her “mommy” on Tuesday, her family said on Friday. She was 7. The cat, whose actual name is Tardar Sauce and who hailed from Arizona, died after complications arose from a urinary […]

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Facebook’s A.I. Whiz Now Faces the Task of Cleaning It Up. Sometimes That Brings Him to Tears.

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, was tearing up. For half an hour, we had been sitting in a conference room at Facebook’s headquarters, surrounded by whiteboards covered in blue and red marker, discussing the technical difficulties of removing toxic content from the social network. Then we brought up an episode […]

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TripAdvisor Modified Its Approach to Reviews and Sexual Assault. Did It Go Far Enough?

ImageProtestors at a demonstration on Wednesday outside the New York City offices of TripAdvisor.CreditTariro Mzezewa What she wanted to do was warn others. In Ethiopia last October, the 30-year-old aid worker went on a group kayaking trip, expecting an enjoyable adventure. Instead it turned into a harrowing ordeal: The woman woke up in her hotel […]

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SpaceX to Launch Starlink Internet Satellites Tonight After Postponement

SpaceX, the private rocket company founded by Elon Musk, will try again on Thursday evening to launch dozens of satellites at once. Wednesday’s attempt to launch Starlink, the company’s bid to get into the space-based internet business, was postponed because of strong winds high in Earth’s atmosphere. Mr. Musk’s goal is to one day send […]

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