Category: Technology

How to get voice-enabled apps right in the age of ‘smart’ everything

Voice automation is on everyone’s mind this year, and for good reason. Siri, Alexa, and their peers have sparked visions of a science-fiction-like future and generated excitement around their potential to help simplify our lives with a widely accessible, responsive user interface. Yet this technology is still in its infancy. While we’re all intrigued by the possibilities, most people are…

Supreme Court rules cops need a warrant to get phone location data

In a colossal victory for privacy advocates, the Supreme Court ruled today in favor of requiring law enforcement to have a warrant before accessing mobile phone location data from telecom providers. The decision today was actually a reversal of a previous ruling from two lower courts. In a string of Radio Shack robberies, courts convicted Timothy Carpenter of the crime…

Amazon hit with lawsuit by SXSW venue, alleging tech giant strong-armed return of rental payment

Native Hostel in Austin. (Booking.com Photo) A trendy events venue in Austin is suing Amazon after the tech giant canceled plans to hold an event at the facility during the South by Southwest music and tech festival. Native Hostel alleges Amazon “collaborated” with Wells Fargo, to claim it had transmitted its deposit in error to get a refund on an…

Apple announces new warranty program for faulty MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards

Apple today officially acknowledged the existence of faulty keyboards in its most recent MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops. The problem, caused by a faulty butterfly key switch mechanism, caused many of the laptops’ owners to experience keys that stuck, or failed to function as intended. Today, Apple not only acknowledged it was an issue — after months of pretending it…

Tesla factory becomes literal dumpster fire after recycling machinery goes up in flames

A machine used to recycle paper caught fire at Tesla’s Fremont, California, campus last night. It was just the latest in a series of unfortunate events for the beleaguered company. In recent months, Tesla has faced criticism for mass layoffs, the erratic behavior of its CEO, Elon Musk, and its inability to hit self-imposed production targets. Analysts believe that due…