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No face-ID tech for police, privacy groups ask Amazon

posted: 05/23/2018 2:04 a.m. Discuss

The American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy activists are asking Amazon to stop marketing a powerful facial-recognition tool to police, saying law enforcement agencies could use the technology to "easily build a system to automate the identification and tracking of anyone."

Scrutiny of tech industry widens

posted: 05/22/2018 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday urged the Justice Department to examine the power that large technology firms such as Google have over the American economy, making him the latest U.S. official to back antitrust review of the industry.

On Computers: Smart speakers virtually everywhere, listening and talking

posted: 05/19/2018 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Twenty-two million Americans now have what's called a "smart speaker," a gadget that sits on a table or shelf and responds to voice commands. The numbers have doubled in the past year.

Senate Democrats get votes to advance Net neutrality save

posted: 05/17/2018 2:01 a.m. Discuss

The Senate on Wednesday narrowly advanced a Democrat-led attempt to retain Net neutrality regulations, the first step in a bid to keep the online traffic rules on the federal books before their repeal takes effect in June.

Microsoft wins spy agencies' pact

posted: 05/17/2018 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Microsoft Corp. says it has secured a lucrative cloud deal with the intelligence community that marks a rapid expansion by the software giant into a market led by Amazon.com Inc.

On Computers: Connect with home computer remotely with free AnyDesk app

posted: 05/12/2018 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Sometimes you need to access your computer from a galaxy far, far away. Or at least from the beach. We used to like TeamViewer, but it got too complicated. Now we like the free AnyDesk.

Tech execs to meet in D.C. on AI

posted: 05/09/2018 2 a.m. Discuss

The White House on Thursday plans to convene executives from Amazon, Facebook, Google, Intel and 34 other major U.S. companies as it seeks to supercharge the deployment of powerful robots, algorithms and the broader field of artificial intelligence.

Microsoft sets $25M toward putting AI to work for disabled

posted: 05/08/2018 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Microsoft on Monday announced a $25 million initiative to use artificial intelligence to build better technology for people with disabilities.

On Computers: Amazon blueprints let Alexa's users customize its skills

posted: 05/05/2018 2 a.m. Discuss

Alexa -- the voice inside the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show -- has thousands of skills, like games and apps. Now you can make your own. It's as easy as typing your name.

Restaurant features robotic kitchen

posted: 05/04/2018 1:59 a.m. Discuss

BOSTON -- Robots can't yet bake a souffle or fold a burrito, but they can cook up vegetables and grains and spout them into a bowl -- and are doing just that at a new fast casual restaurant in Boston.

Wedding-planner startup raises $100M

posted: 05/04/2018 1 a.m. Discuss

Several industries have been changed dramatically by tech startups in recent years. Now Zola just tied the knot on a big financing round to try to do the same for the costly and complex business of weddings.

Arkansas firm proves old adage 'a penny saved'

posted: 05/03/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

An Arkansas startup company has developed a technology that proves a penny saved is a penny earned.

Facebook CEO upbeat about projects

posted: 05/02/2018 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg kicked off his company's annual developer conference acknowledging that 2018 has been an "intense year" so far, but offered no apology for the company's big privacy scandal.

Amazon seen closer to home robot

posted: 04/29/2018 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Robots are already being used to build cars, perform surgeries and look after the elderly, but domestic robots may be coming faster than consumers imagined, according to a report.

Walmart's food-tracking up, running

posted: 04/28/2018 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Walmart Inc. is no longer just testing the use of blockchain technology in its food-supply chain, according to Frank Yiannas, vice president of food safety.

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