Ring hit with class action lawsuit for 'failure to take basic security precautions'

Ring is now facing a class action lawsuit after several camera owners have had their devices taken over by hackers. Image: Stephen Brashear / Getty Images By Karissa Bell2020-01-13 16:01:01 -0800 A group of Ring camera owners who have been terrorized by hackers are now suing the company, saying the Amazon-owned firm doesn’t even do the bare minimum to protect against hackers. The lawsuit, which was filed earlier this month

Tech exceptionalism is over, and now things need to change

The tech world is changing, even at CES. Image:  zlata Ivleva By Keith Wagstaff2020-01-13 23:05:31 UTC I ended CES by finishing a book. It was Uncanny Valley, a memoir from New Yorker contributor Anna Wiener, which comes out on Tuesday.  It’s not a polemic, and, despite the many (thinly veiled) references to well-known tech companies, it’s not a dishy tell-all about Silicon Valley.  Instead, it’s a measured, personal, and deeply

The U.S. government is pressuring Apple to unlock an iPhone. Again.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr, so very disappointed,, at today’s press conference. Image: Win McNamee / getty By Jack Morse2020-01-13 22:30:29 UTC Here we go again.  Attorney General William Barr is pressuring Apple to help law enforcement unlock two iPhones that once belonged to the now deceased Royal Saudi Air Force lieutenant who attacked the Pensacola Naval Air Station on Dec. 6 of last year. Barr claimed in a Monday

Americans trust Google and Amazon more than Tom Hanks, report finds

Wait, what? Image: NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images By Haidee Chu2020-01-13 12:13:59 -0800 Who could possibly be more trustworthy than Tom Hanks — America’s most trusted man, aka Forest Gump, Mr. Rogers, and Woody from Toy Story? Amazon and Google, apparently. Despite their many of scandals over the past year, the two tech giants nearly topped the list of the most trusted brands in the U.S., behind only the

Pig lovers, rejoice: Impossible pork and sausage are here

Eat Impossible sausage, save more of these. Image: Getty Images/EyeEm By Chris Taylor2020-01-07 00:30:42 UTC Pop quiz: What’s the most popular meat in Europe and Asia? No, it’s not beef; that’s just the most popular meat in the U.S. It’s pork, by a wide margin. Which is why the Bay Area-based scientists at Impossible Foods, makers of the incredibly beef-like Impossible Burger, put pig-based products in their sights next. Impossible

U.S. to collect and store DNA from teenagers detained at the border

Even kids. Image: John Moore / getty  By Jack Morse2020-01-07 00:20:33 UTC U.S. Customs and Border Protection somehow just managed to get even more handsy when it comes to your most intimate data.  Starting today, the branch of the Department of Homeland Security will start collecting DNA from people it detains at the U.S. border. And yes, according to a privacy impact assessment published by DHS, kids as young as

Hyundai reveals flying taxis for Uber Air

Time to fly. Image: uber / hyundai By Sasha Lekach2020-01-06 23:37:23 UTC Hyundai is working on flying taxis for Uber.  At CES in Las Vegas on Monday, the companies announced a prototype concept for a new plane meant to eventually pick up passengers who order flights through Uber Air’s flight-sharing service. Uber Air is supposed to take off from Dallas, Los Angeles, and Melbourne as soon as 2023. The service

The biggest challenge for Tumblr's digital literacy initiative is reaching its extremely online users

Tumblr has launched an initiative to shine a light on issues like misinformation and cyberbullying. Image: Aditya Irawan/NurPhoto via Getty Images By Matt Binder2020-01-06 22:26:30 UTC As we kick off 2020, big tech companies are undoubtedly feeling the pressure of an election year and the responsibilities their platforms have in the dissemination of information. Even the microblogging service Tumblr has plans to engage with its community. On Monday, Tumblr announced

Yes, hackers might have your Apple ID, but don't stress too much

Who is trying to get inside your iPhone? Image: Thomas Trutschel / Photothek via Getty Images By Rachel Kraus2020-01-06 22:01:32 UTC On the second day of 2020, awash in the possibilities of a new year — nay, decade — my iPhone pinged with a notification that came from out of the blue. “Use this iPhone to reset your Apple ID password?” an official, gray Apple pop-up said beneath an exclamation