Next-Generation Wi-Fi is Finally Coming

Three months after a vulnerability called Krack exposed critical weaknesses in the systems that keep Wi-Fi secure, the industry group responsible for Wi-Fi said a new generation of easier-to-use and harder-to-break security will be introduced this year. The Wi-Fi Alliance — a consortium of tech giants that includes companies like Apple, Microsoft, Cisco and Intel — said in a statement... Read More

Apple Investors Urge Action on iPhone Addiction Among Kids

Two activist investors are urging Apple to take steps to curb how addictive iPhones are to children. Their motives aren't purely about what's best for little kids: If Apple doesn't figure out how to solve this problem, one of its competitors might. Apple can play a defining role in signaling to the industry that paying special attention to the health... Read More

All Macs and iPhones Affected by Security Flaws, Apple Says

Apple admitted Friday that all iPhones, iPads and Mac computers worldwide are affected by the Spectre and Meltdown processor security flaws but said no customers so far had been affected. The California-based company said it had already released a patch for the Safari web browser on its iOS-operated devices to protect against Meltdown and would issue another “in the coming... Read More

Apple Offers a ($29) Fix for Customers Upset over Slowed-Down iPhones

In a letter to customers on Thursday, Apple apologized for the "misunderstanding" around a practice that can slow down older iPhones and said it would offer $29 battery replacements for one year. We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize," Apple's letter said. "There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we... Read More

Is This the Week the ‘Free Internet’ Dies? Or is it All Just Another Y2K?

This could be the week that net neutrality dies — but supporters of a free internet aren't going down without a fight. The vote by the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the internet is set for Thursday — with members expected to vote 3-2 along party lines — but there are still two possible avenues for challenging the FCC's planned... Read More

Twitter Employee Speaks Out on Silencing Trump

Twitter employee who deactivated Trump account: 'I feel like Pablo Escobar' The Twitter employee who set in motion the deactivation of President Donald Trump's account in early November has emerged from anonymity to say the whole incident was a "mistake" and he never thought it would actually be carried out. Bahtiyar Duysak spoke to TechCrunch to clear the air over... Read More

‘Hey Alexa, How Secure are Voice-Activated Assistants Like You?’

America has fallen in love with smart speakers like Amazon's Echo and the Google Home — but this cool technology has created new privacy and security vulnerabilities that could potentially expose personal details such as the family’s contact list or bank account information. About 20 million homes already have a voice-activated assistant, according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. The market... Read More

YouTube Cracks Down on Disturbing Content

YouTube has terminated hundreds of accounts and removed more than 150,000 videos from its platform after multiple big-name advertisers pulled ads over disturbing content involving children. The Google-owned company also disabled comments for more than 625,000 videos targeted by child predators, and removed ads from nearly 2 million videos and more than 50,000 channels “masquerading as family-friendly content,” a YouTube... Read More

Justice Department Sues to Block AT&T-Time Warner Merger

The Department of Justice filed a federal lawsuit on Monday challenging the $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger after concluding it would result in higher bills for consumers. This merger would greatly harm American consumers. It would mean higher monthly television bills and fewer of the new, emerging innovative options that consumers are beginning to enjoy," Makan Delrahim, the head of... Read More

The Tech Community Steps Up to Help Puerto Rico

More than two weeks after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, technology companies are mobilizing to help reconnect and rebuild the island's decimated infrastructure. From Wi-Fi-enabled mega-balloons to connectivity teams on the ground and solar energy, some of the biggest players in the tech industry are moving swiftly to help the island territories rebuild. Governor to... Read More

Technology Companies Face Growing Questions in Russia Probe

The flood gates have opened in a Congressional probe into how suspected Russian entities used social media to spread misinformation designed to influence America's presidential election. On Thursday, Twitter, which has kept relatively quiet about suspected use of the platform for election meddling, will appear before Senate and House Intelligence Committee members. The move comes as Facebook begins to hand... Read More