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- The CIA may have hacked iPhones and Macs before they even got to customers
WikiLeaks claimed Thursday that the CIA had found a way to intercept and hack into Apple iPhones just a year after the company's smartphone hit the market. The group also claimed that the CIA was able to infect Mac computers. But it's very unlikely that your iPhone or Mac was affected, experts... […]
- Is Comcast getting ready to offer online TV nationwide?
Comcast has acquired rights from cable network owners to offer their channels nationwide, according to people familiar with the negotiations, giving the biggest U.S. cable operator a backup plan if rival online-TV services catch on with consumers. The rights allow Comcast to sell video service... […]
- Where to buy a Nintendo Switch this weekend
In a perfectly nostalgic turn of events, the Nintendo Switch will be available at Toys R Us this weekend. The super-popular gaming device has been tough to find at its $299 suggested price — though it's been available online at inflated prices — since launching earlier this month. Now, Toys R Us says... […]
- Could Vivid Seats, a Chicago-based online ticket site, sell for $1.5 billion?
Vivid Seats, the Chicago-based secondary ticket marketplace, could be up for sale with a desired price tag of $1.5 billion. TechCrunch reported the news Thursday, citing a Bloomberg terminal report and unnamed sources. The site said private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, with which Vivid Seats... […]
- 10 tech stories you should read this week
From Uber drama to aquarium apps, here's what was hot this week in the technology and innovation scene. […]
- British Airways starts scanning faces to enable faster boarding
British Airways is rolling out technology that will allow passengers to go through boarding gates at its main London Heathrow Airport hub using facial recognition. Biometric devices at the main security-screening area in Terminal 5 capture a traveler's features along with the boarding pass, and... […]
- Uber CEO Travis Kalanick meets with Jesse Jackson to talk diversity
Embattled Uber CEO Travis Kalanick met with the Rev. Jesse Jackson in Chicago Thursday, part of the civil rights activist’s push to improve diversity in tech. Jackson and his organization, Rainbow/PUSH, have been lobbying for Uber to release its diversity data for several months, as part of a larger... […]
- Google wants to fix tech's diversity problem with an outpost for historically black colleges
Four years ago, Google began sending engineers to historically black colleges such as Howard University for its "Google in Residence" program, an attempt to improve its recruiting from these campuses, prepare students for Google's peculiar hiring practices, and inject their computer science courses... […]
- Why software engineers at Tock hang out in top restaurant kitchens
Why would a software programmer shadow a server in a fancy restaurant? Or hang out in the kitchen where they orchestrate the orders between the chefs and the waiters? It’s how Brian Fitzpatrick, co-founder and chief technology officer at restaurant-booking platform Tock, gets the most creative... […]
- Shedd Aquarium app helps autistic visitors plan sensory-friendly trips
The Shedd Aquarium can be exciting because of the variety of sights and sounds it offers, but those same elements can prove stressful for visitors with autism or sensory processing disorders. The aquarium's Sensory Friendly app aims to make the experience more fun and comfortable for such people... […]