<![CDATA[NBC4 Washington - Tech News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/tech http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/WASH+NBC4+BLUE.png NBC4 Washington http://www.nbcwashington.com en-us Sat, 28 Nov 2015 15:42:00 -0500 Sat, 28 Nov 2015 15:42:00 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[New Voice for Mass. Teen]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:17:44 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/214*120/Max+Plansky+112515.jpg
We all have unique voices - with their pitches and their tones, they belong to us. But for Max Plansky, a Massachusetts teen who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant, the voice he uses is not...

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<![CDATA[Jeff Bezos' Space Company Successfully Lands a Rocket]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:56:43 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Blue-Orgin1.jpg
Amazon co-founder Jeff Bezos’ space transportation company successfully landed a suborbital rocket on Monday after launching it earlier that day. The New Shepard rocket poked the border where earth’s atmosphere...

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<![CDATA[Facebook's Zuckerberg Announces Two Months Paternity Leave]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 20:16:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Priscilla-Chan-Mark-Zuckerberg.jpg
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg announced that he will take a two-month paternity leave.

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<![CDATA[Woman Named Isis Had FB Account Deactivated]]> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 18:10:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/isis_2_768540d655e86cf3ed6c65bdb249dc06.nbcnews-ux-600-480.jpg
Facebook said an error in how fake or offensive accounts are reported led to a woman's social media account being suspended. Her name is Isis. "Why would you disable my personal account? MY REAL NAME IS...

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<![CDATA[Facebook Enables 'Safety Check' for Paris Attacks]]> Sat, 14 Nov 2015 16:52:26 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/paris-AP_254892328086.jpg
Worried friends and family are turning to social media to see if loved ones were caught up in a barrage of attacks in Paris that has forced France into a state of emergency. Facebook enabled its safety...

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<![CDATA[Protect That Boarding Pass]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 08:30:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/protect-borading-pass.jpg
Millions of Americans will take a flight somewhere this holiday season, and they'll each have boarding passes, either traditional paper ones or ones sent to mobile devices. Security experts warn sharing...]]>
<![CDATA[Google Self-Driving Car Pulled Over by Police]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:56:38 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Google+Car+Pulled+Over.JPG
When a Northern California police officer pulled over a slow moving car Thursday, he wasn't greeted by a driver. That's because he pulled over one of Google's Autonomous Vehicles. The Google car was going...

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<![CDATA[FCC Can't Stop Google, Facebook From Tracking Online Usage]]> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 21:33:28 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-109439725.jpg
The Federal Communications Commission said Friday that it can't force Internet companies like Google, Facebook and ad providers from tracking users online. The commission had been petitioned by the privacy...

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<![CDATA['Netflix and Chill' Graffiti at HQ]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 18:49:38 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/194*120/netflixmainOCT.PNG
Someone is taking the "Netflix and chill" thing to the next level. A passerby snapped this photo of the graffiti spray-painted outside Netflix's headquarters in Los Gatos and sent it to NBC Bay Area.

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<![CDATA[Activision to Buy 'Candy Crush' Maker for $5.9B]]> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 05:17:15 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/CandyCrush-AP_163106589683.jpg
Video game maker Activision Blizzard Inc. said it will buy the maker of the popular “Candy Crush Saga” game, Reuters reported. Activision will buy King Digital Entertainment for $5.9 billion to strengthen...

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<![CDATA[Amazon Offers 20 Weeks of Paid Maternity Leave]]> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 17:51:19 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_93380942358.jpg
Amazon is now offering new birth mothers who have spent a year with the company up to 20 weeks of maternity leave. The company outlined the new perk in an internal memo, which it shared with NBC News on...

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<![CDATA[Study: What Makes Selfies Better]]> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 06:54:06 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/teaser.jpg
They're everywhere: modern self portraits shrunk down to fit the size of a mobile screen. Better known as a selfie. One Stanford University Ph.D student wanted to figure out what makes one selfie better...

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<![CDATA[Google's Internet Balloons to Take Flight Over Indonesia]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 22:05:00 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/loongroup_mtv.jpg
Google's Internet-beaming balloons are ready to take off on the next phase of their mission to deliver online access in regions where most people live offline. The company, now known as Alphabet, announced...

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<![CDATA['We're Doing It!': Zuckerberg Vows to End 'Candy Crush' Invites]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 16:11:08 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_117350797265.jpg
Mark Zuckerberg said he would prioritize ending frequent "Candy Crush'" invitations on Facebook. At a town hall Q&A session at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi on Wednesday, the CEO addressed...

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<![CDATA[IBM to Buy Weather.com, But Not the Weather Channel]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:42:02 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/IMB-generic-GettyImages-109503852.jpg
IBM said Wednesday it is buying The Weather Company's digital properties, including WSI, Weather.com, Weather Underground and The Weather Company brand. The TV segment — The Weather Channel — is not included...

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<![CDATA[Zuckerberg, Chan Create New, Free School in East Palo Alto]]> Wed, 28 Oct 2015 07:42:54 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/ThePrimarySchool.jpg
Mark Zuckerberg’s wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, a physician and former teacher, announced on Thursday that she is starting a new – free – school for poor communities, just an 11-minute drive from Facebook...

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<![CDATA[Couple Sues Apple for $5M Over 'Wi-Fi' Feature]]> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 01:15:42 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AppleLogoIPhone.jpg
Apple is facing a $5 million lawsuit alleging the iPhone's "Wi-Fi Assist" feature caused cellular data overage fees for numerous users, NBC News reported. Apple Insider was the first to report the lawsuit...

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<![CDATA[Google Engineer Lives in Box Truck]]> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 23:44:23 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/180*120/googlemain.jpg
For the past few months, Brandon, a 23-year-old software engineer has been living in a box truck parked in Google's parking lot and documenting the experience on his blog. The company famous for its generous...

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<![CDATA[Watch Worn on Apollo 15 Mission Sells for $1.6M]]> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 16:22:20 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/David+Scott+Watch.jpg
A personal watch that astronaut David Scott wore while walking on the moon in 1971 has sold for a whopping $1.625 million at auction. The winning bidder for the rare Bulova Chronograph and its moondust-stained...

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<![CDATA[Bridging the Tech Gap: Students at Va. School Get Free Laptops]]> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 19:39:59 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/217*120/2015-10-23_1656.jpg
On Friday, fourth through sixth graders at Bucknell Elementary School showed some wide smiles as they received their own laptops -- for free. The laptops were distributed as the result of a partnership intended...

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<![CDATA[Fitbit Owners Not at Risk of Malware, Company Says]]> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 19:02:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477622012.jpg
Fitbit is defending itself against claims by a security researcher that its fitness trackers can be hacked wirelessly in 10 seconds. Earlier this month, Axelle Apvrille from security firm Fortinet claimed...

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<![CDATA[Apple Removes 256 Apps That Collected Private Data]]> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 14:51:01 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AppleLogoIPhone.jpg
Hundreds of applications found on the "Apple App Store," have been removed for using a software development kit (SDK) that collected personal information from users and sent it to China.

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<![CDATA[Stanford Engineers Build Self-Driving, Powersliding DeLorean]]> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 10:57:10 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/15773-car_MARTY_banner-16x9.jpg
Engineers at Stanford’s Revs Program are paying homage to "Back to the Future." They’ve taken a vintage 1981 DeLorean, just like the in the film, and tricked it out. It doesn’t fly, unfortunately, but it...

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<![CDATA[U.S. Companies Slow to React to Hackers: Report]]> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 06:00:54 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_31488411400.jpg
Foreign countries are targeting U.S. companies, but few are taking threats seriously, NBC News reported. A new report from cybersecurity research firms Ponemon Institute and CounterTack shows 75 percent of the...

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<![CDATA[Finding Steve Jobs' Grave ]]> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 18:40:11 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP080115083000_0.jpg
The search for where Steve Jobs is buried is heating up. Jobs is buried in an unmarked grave located at Palo Alto's Alta Mesa Memorial Park, where, according to San Jose Mercury News, people from around...

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<![CDATA[Google, Yahoo Sign Internet Search Deal]]> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 18:48:36 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Yahoo-Headquarters.jpg
Unable to revive Yahoo's revenue growth on her own, CEO Marissa Mayer is hoping for a little help from her old friends at Google. Mayer, a former top Google executive who came to Yahoo in 2012, announced Tuesday...

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<![CDATA[Apple to Pay $234M in Patent Case]]> Sat, 17 Oct 2015 00:53:05 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Apple-Customer.jpg
A U.S. jury on Friday ordered Apple Inc. to pay the University of Wisconsin-Madison's patent licensing arm more than $234 million in damages for incorporating its microchip technology into some of the company's...

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<![CDATA[Twitter Briefly Goes Down for Some Users]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 08:27:13 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/Twitter-Down-Oct-15.jpg
Twitter briefly went down for some desktop and mobile users on Thursday morning. "Something is technically wrong," a message said on the website. "Thanks for noticing- we're going to fix it up and have...

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<![CDATA[Your Stolen Data Doesn't Cost as Much as You Think: Report]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 01:53:53 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AP_430705227590.jpg
The price for your stolen data may seem like a lot, but a new report from Intel Security Group’s McAfee Labs says that information doesn’t usually go for much, NBC News reported. Researchers monitored websites,...

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<![CDATA[Uber Launches On-Demand Delivery Service]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 09:33:17 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/UBER+RUSH+VO+-+00000013.jpg
Uber's newest service focuses on delivering goods instead of people. UberRUSH, a new on-demand delivery option for businesses, launched Wednesday in San Francisco, Chicago and New York.

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<![CDATA[Apple Loses Patent Case to University of Wisconsin]]> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 18:46:19 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/AppleLogoIPhone.jpg
Apple Inc. could be facing up to $862 million in damages after a U.S. jury on Tuesday found the company used technology owned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's licensing arm without permission in...

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<![CDATA[Facebook Adds New Sections and Suggested Videos]]> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:54:51 -0500 http://media.nbcwashington.com/images/213*120/FacebookLogo3.jpg
Video on Facebook may be a relatively new feature, but it's already seeing enough engagement that the social network is expanding it into a mini-YouTube. "We have been testing a number of new features that give...

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