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Disney apps spying on children, lawsuit claims

August 9th, 2017

The Walt Disney Company has been slapped with a lawsuit claiming that more than 40 of its smartphone apps are illegally spying on children. The class-action lawsuit alleges that Disney is violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The law, passed in 1998, was designed to protect the privacy of children online.

Students prepare to launch balloons to get bird’s-eye view of solar eclipse

August 3rd, 2017

For the first time advances in technology will make it possible for world-wide solar eclipse enthusiasts to watch live-streamed video of the celestial phenomenon – and they are doing it with balloons. 55 ballooning teams participating in NASA’s Space Grant Ballooning Project have spent more than a year preparing for the Aug. 21 coast-to-coast solar eclipse. “For …

YouTube removing online terrorism content faster, aided by machine learning

August 1st, 2017

Nearly a month after YouTube said it was going to combat online terrorist content on its platform, the video-sharing site said the process is going well, thanks to machines and humans alike. In an August 1 blog post, the Google-owned site said its multi-pronged approach is being aided by machine learning, where computers are detecting and …

Californians urged to save energy during solar eclipse

July 31st, 2017

Californians have been asked to save energy during next month’s eagerly-anticipated solar eclipse to help reduce the strain on the state’s solar power resources. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has set up the CalEclipse.org website, where Californians are urged to “do your thing for the sun,” by reducing energy usage from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. …

NASA launches app to inspire citizen scientists during Solar Eclipse

July 27th, 2017

NASA launched its newest app this week designed to motivate the average person to be a citizen scientist during the upcoming solar eclipse. Space Scientist Elizabeth Macdonald told Fox News the Globe Observer app was designed by a NASA-supported research program called the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, better known as GLOBE. The initiative encourages students …

Drones become newest crime-fighting tool for police

July 19th, 2017

Just one week after the sheriff’s department in Cecil County, Md., got its brand new drone up and running, it was asked to investigate a case of stolen construction equipment. Authorities in neighboring states suspected half a million worth of bobcats and other small machines were hidden in a house in Elkton. So the Cecil …

20 million mosquitoes to invade California in bug fight

July 14th, 2017

A 20-million mosquito horde is set to be unleashed in California. But don’t worry, they don’t bite. The massive bug campaign being launched Friday in Fresno by Alphabet Inc.’s Verily Life Sciences is a part of a bid to cut the West Coast state’s mosquito population – and possibly some of the diseases they carry …