Technology

Mind the drones: ‘Near-miss’ with plane near London’s Shard

LONDON (AP) — A drone just missed hitting an A320 plane flying above the Shard skyscraper in central London in July — one of several near-misses involving passenger jets in Britain, a new report said. The plane was approaching Heathrow Airport on July 18 and flying at nearly 5,000 feet (1,525 meters) when the pilot … Continue reading Mind the drones: ‘Near-miss’ with plane near London’s Shard

In world of internet-enabled things, US says security needed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration urged companies on Tuesday to make millions of devices safe from hacking, underscoring the risks posed by an increasingly bewildering array of internet-connected products permeating daily life, covering everything from fitness trackers to computers in automobiles. In a report obtained by The Associated Press, the Homeland Security Department described … Continue reading In world of internet-enabled things, US says security needed

Google releases app to digitize boxes of old photo prints

NEW YORK (AP) — Google wants to make digitizing your old photo prints as easy as opening an app. The PhotoScan app for iPhones and Android phones will use the phone’s camera to capture an old photo in four sections and stitch them together, much like a panorama shot. Google says this approach helps eliminate … Continue reading Google releases app to digitize boxes of old photo prints

Lyft lifts off with new look, light-up beacons

NEW YORK (AP) — Ride-hailing service Lyft, the underdog rival to Uber, is getting rid of its iconic pink moustache logo and replacing it with something more useful — beacons. The light-up beacons, which Lyft calls “amps,” will be on the dashboard of Lyft drivers’ cars beginning Jan. 1 in New York, Las Vegas, San … Continue reading Lyft lifts off with new look, light-up beacons

Naver launches $43 million fund to seek content for Snow

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean internet giant Naver Corp. has launched a $43 million fund with Japan’s Softbank to invest in content and technology startups. The investment fund will scout for new technology and talent for Naver’s mobile services with global ambitions, the company said Monday. Naver spun off its video communications app … Continue reading Naver launches $43 million fund to seek content for Snow

Facebook tweaks race-based ad targeting policy

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says it will no longer allow advertisers to use ethnicity as a filter when it comes to targeting or hiding ads offering housing, employment or credit. The changes come after ProPublica reported that , besides hobbies and interests, advertisers could exclude specific races from seeing their ads. This could be … Continue reading Facebook tweaks race-based ad targeting policy