Editorial: Facial recognition software takes personal invasion into a new dimension
Law enforcers around the world are celebrating the rapidly expanding potential of facial recognition software to help them catch criminals faster and solve long-dormant cases. Such capabilities in the right hands could reap enormous public safety dividends. But in the wrong hands, an entirely new dimension in crime, extortion and mayhem could soon be unleashed.Before it’s too late, Americans need to think long and hard about the wisdom of venturing down this uncharted road. Few would argue against tools that help police capture dangerous criminals. It’s the law-abiding among us who need to wor...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Auto review: Adorable Hyundai Venue mini-SUV is a bargain at under $20,000
The Hyundai Venue is a tasty little snack box. Loaded with standard features, a remote smartphone app and perky styling, it’s as Mini Cooper-cute as it is utilitarian.And it’s also an increasingly rare dish: a new vehicle available for less than $20,000.Finding an affordable vehicle these days is almost as hard as ordering a $3 hamburger in an airport. The average — average! — new car transaction price in the U.S. market in December was $38,948. Blame our mad rush for expensive trucks and SUVs as well as a laundry list of nanny-state regulations.Small cars have struggled under the burden while...
The Detroit News
Tech Q&A: Cleaning out iPhone trash to save memory
Q: I use the mail app on my iPhone for my “q.com” e-mail account from CenturyLink. But this mail account uses more than 4 gigabytes of memory on my phone; I can’t download the latest software updates for lack of storage space. This happens even though I empty my “trash” and “sent” e-mails twice a day, and never keep more than 10 e-mails in my inbox. What’s wrong?—Lucia Copeland, MinneapolisA: Your iPhone is probably collecting mail for several reasons, but you can fix them all.In addition to emptying your “trash” and “sent” folders, you also need to empty your “junk” mail folder (where obvious...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
How We Are Using Software To Build Low-Cost Technology Solutions —Rasheed
What is IderaOS all about?IderaOS is a software company building low-cost technology solutions that drive business and economic growth in emerging markets. We are helping small businesses birth, nurture, grow and scale their businesses by providing an end to end ecosystem that caters for creating and customizing online stores, managing products, inventory, local logistics, local payment, mailing system and selling in multiple places.Our latest product, Listbuy is a digital e-commerce and logistics platform for small businesses to create their online shops, reach and connect with their customer...
Boeing, NASA failed to catch multiple software errors, putting its astronaut capsule at risk during test flight
ORLANDO, Fla. — Two coding errors that went undetected by the teams at Boeing could have led to the collision of two spacecraft during a test of Boeing’s astronaut capsule in December, officials said Friday.The software issues were representative of multiple failures at various levels in Boeing and NASA’s testing and verification processes. And they didn’t come to light until the capsule, called the CST-100 Starliner, launched on Dec. 20 from the Space Coast on a test mission to the International Space Station with no astronauts aboard.Shortly into the flight, the capsule failed to reach its c...
Tech Q&A: Deciding if you need app security updates
Q: I recently bought a Windows 10 PC to replace my Windows 7 computer — I knew it would be risky to keep using Windows 7 after it stopped getting security updates in January. But then I installed Adobe Acrobat Pro DC 2015 and Microsoft Office 2010 on my new PC, even though both will stop getting security updates later this year. Am I taking a big risk?—James Skakoon, St. Paul, Minn.A: I’d buy newer programs that will receive security updates. But while the importance of updates was clear with Windows 7, it’s a gray area with software apps.Why? When an operating system such as Windows 7 doesn’t...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Why you can't necessarily trust your smartphone's weather app
You know the feeling. That pang of excitement or dread — or a little of both — when you open a weather app on your phone and there it is, staring back at you: a snowflake.But that snowflake can be an unreliable indicator, according to local weather experts.The best smartphone weather apps rely on information provided by the National Weather Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and satellites. But apps can still vary widely in accuracy.“I think what happens is that they have computer models spitting out these forecasts seven to 10 days in advance when (forecasts) actuall...
The Seattle Times
Gamer-friendly Atari Hotel bringing 'immersive experiences' to US cities
Anyone who grew up with Atari, the video game company known for arcade brands like Asteroids and Pong as well as a home game console, will have a chance to relive those memories in a theme hotel coming to Chicago.Atari announced this week a deal with GSD Group, a Phoenix-based firm, to build hotels in major cities centered around the iconic brand. The first location will be in Phoenix, with additional hotels in Chicago; Las Vegas; Denver; Seattle; San Francisco; Austin, Texas; and San Jose, Calif.GSD Group CEO Shelly Murphy said the firm, along with Napoleon Smith III, producer of the “Teenage...
Editorial: Microsoft raises the bar on climate action
Microsoft is demonstrating strong leadership with its bold new climate pledge.The software giant promised to become “carbon negative” by 2030, reducing more carbon than it emits. By 2050, it plans to eliminate as much carbon as it emitted since its founding in 1975.In the nearer term, Microsoft will invest $1 billion over four years to accelerate development of technologies to remove, capture and reduce carbon. This broadens its socially responsible investing program that’s providing $750 million for affordable housing.Microsoft also is placing carbon requirements on suppliers, and promising a...
The Seattle Times
Top 10 jobs for 2020, according to Glassdoor
If you want — or have — a technology-related job, you’ll probably be happy to read his article. [According to Glassdoor](For its analysis of the top 50 jobs, Glassdoor weighed three factors equally: earning potential (median annual base salary), overall job satisfaction rating (5-point scale, with 5 being the best) and number of job openings.That means the highest paying job isn’t necessarily the best one. For example, No. 8’s median base salary is $71,867, but No. 9’s is $133,067.10: Business development managerBusiness development managers, [according to LinkedIn](Mean base salary: $105,240J...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution