Amazon can keep Parler offline, judge rules
Amazon can keep the cloud-services account of conservative-friendly social network Parler offline, a federal judge in Seattle ruled Thursday. Amazon’s cloud-computing division booted Parler from its servers Jan. 11 due to what the Seattle tech giant said was an increase in violent content on the social media app, which has a primarily right-wing userbase. Parler immediately sued Amazon to restore its access to Amazon Web Services (AWS), the arm of the company that offers the digital infrastructure powering much online activity. Thursday, U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein sided with Amazon,...
The Seattle Times
Sound Advice: How to record over-the-air broadcasts without cable
Q. I read your article about watching television broadcasts with antennas. I have antennas and they work great, but the hesitance I have to cutting the cable is losing my ability to record programming on a DVR. Could you talk about recording options for over-the-air broadcasts, and how they work? — C.B., Plymouth, Minnesota A. The antenna column was very popular and generated a lot of email, including lots of tips from readers. I would like to recognize D.J. of Burnsville, Minnesota, for telling me about Locast, a not-for-profit service that rebroadcasts local channels over the internet. The s...
Tribune News Service
State capitols brace for cyberattacks
When a pro-Trump mob stormed into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, rioters didn't just smash windows and break furniture. They also pilfered at least two laptops: one from the office of Oregon Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley, another from a conference room used by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The next day, House administrative officials notified members' offices that while there weren't any indications the network had been compromised, they had taken several actions to secure and protect sensitive information, including locking computers and shutting down wired network access. As state capit...
Parler website comes back online with ‘lovers and haters’ note
The website for Parler, the social media app popular with right-wing groups, returned to the internet Sunday afternoon with a message for the company’s “lovers and haters.” “Now seems like the right time to remind you all — both lovers and haters — why we started this platform,” the message reads. “We believe privacy is paramount and free speech essential, especially on social media. Our aim has always been to provide a nonpartisan public square where individuals can enjoy and exercise their rights to both. We will resolve any challenge before us and plan to welcome all of you back soon. We wi...
New York Daily News
Seattle judge to rule 'as quickly as possible' on whether to force Amazon to put Parler back online
The Seattle Times
GM launches a new start-up business for deliveries
General Motors is launching a new business later this month called BrightDrop. BrightDrop will make electric delivery vehicles and offer other technology and services to delivery companies such as FedEx and UPS. It also gives GM an added revenue stream. The start-up will initially offer two products: The EP1, an electrically powered pallet to move packages, easing the burden on delivery company workers' bodies. Also, the EV600, a commercial electric truck resembling the familiar big brown UPS trucks. GM said a pilot program between FedEx and BrightDrop showed it helped improve FedEx's efficien...
Detroit Free Press
Delta Air Lines to connect aircraft with Viasat-powered in-flight Internet
Carlsbad, Calif., satellite Internet provider Viasat said Tuesday that it has landed a contract to deliver in-flight Internet connectivity to more than 300 Delta Air Lines aircraft starting this summer. Delta hasn't used Viasat previously to power in-flight connectivity. But Viasat is a top supplier to other airlines, including JetBlue, American Airlines and United Airlines. About 1,390 commercial aircraft are flying with Viasat's satellite Internet connectivity. Delta has relied on rival Gogo for in-flight Wi-Fi up until now. Glenn Latta, managing director of in-flight entertainment and Wi-Fi...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Plumber: Keep an eye out for these smart plumbing fixtures for the new year
Q: Hi Ed: I've read your past columns on new electronic plumbing fixtures. Later this year we plan to start construction on a smart home and want to use the latest in smart plumbing technology. Can you recommend some must-have fixtures? — Betty, Florida A: While I recommend homeowners research this category on their own, here are my four favorite smart plumbing fixtures (in no particular order): Kitchen faucets With voice-activated technology, some smart faucets can even pour specific amounts of water. Medicine cabinets New internet-connected medicine cabinets can tell you the weather while yo...
Tribune News Service
Making It Up 147: NFT art and the evolution of the web
On Making It Up 147, Charis and Eugene discuss a new collection of artwork released by the artist Beeple that is in the form of NFT. They also talk about Async Art, a new kind of art movement built on the blockchain. Their second subject of the week is the state of the web in the year 2000 compared to what it is now, based on an article written by Postlight CEO Paul Ford. Timestamps00:03:23 NFT art00:25:17 Evolution of the web LinksThe Proof of NFTs — $3.5M Beeple Drop by LoopWeb Conversation From the Other Side by Paul FordThe post Making It Up 147: NFT art and the evolution of the web appear...
Shipping delays are mounting. Here’s how you can still be a successful Santa
With a week to go before Christmas Eve, anyone who’s still scouring the internet for the perfect gift may want to get in the car and head for a store or start making I.O.U.’s. Record online sales have led to the crush of packages at shipping companies and the U.S. Postal Service that was predicted a month ago. As a result, merchants of all sizes are issuing warnings and apologies to consumers, who are turning to social media to complain. Nike, Ulta and Barnes & Noble say it’s already too late for free shipping. Nordstrom calls out items that arrive by Christmas and Macy’s is spotlighting produ...