<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Tech News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/tech http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usTue, 28 Mar 2017 11:13:56 -0500Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:13:56 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Burleson School, Students Embrace Video Gaming]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:49:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/video-games-burleson.jpg

So what happens when playing video games becomes the school work?

With the help and support of their school district, sixth graders in Burleson have an opportunity to take their interest in gaming to a whole other level.

The Burleson Independent School District is embracing video gaming as a career tool.

Kicked back on a red bean bag with his laptop, sixth grader Braeden Stutes is already preparing for his dream career.

“You learn coding at a lower age, you can do it easier in the future because you’ll have more learned because you spent more time on it,” said Stutes.  

And he’s enjoying every second of it.

Braeden is part of a new program in Burleson that has transitioned video-gaming from extra-curricular to educational.

“Yes, it makes learning fun, very much so,” said Stutes.

Teachers are using gaming in the “REALM academy” at Karr Middle School, like a school within a school, and guiding students like Braeden through a variety of lessons.

“It’s part of the element of gaming,” said Cheryl Essex.

Cheryl Essex is the Dean of the gaming academy.

“We’re getting rid of that industrial model. We’re getting rid of that traditional classroom that is kind of the one size fits all,” said Essex.

Each student has their own pacing, and Cheryl says the beauty of the program is the gaming platform. That is where the innovation comes in.

“And so it incorporates a competitive nature. So, instead of getting a grade, what you’re looking to is a score,” said Essex.    

“So far what we’re seeing, are kids that love coming to school. They eat, sleep, and breathe what they’re doing,” said Burleson ISD Superintendent, Bret Jimerson.

Jimerson calls the academy, the future of education, a strategy geared to keep kids like Braeden engaged, and prepare them for a high-tech successful career.

“I’m a big fan of technology, and it’s always advancing," said Stutes. "Just the thought of always being on your computer at school, I just love that."

We’re told the the REALM Academy is the only program of its kind in the state.

The district will have an opportunity to broaden the program, as well as other specialized courses in the district - If approved by the school board Monday night.

The hope is to expand the gaming academy, one new grade level per year - from grades six through 12.



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<![CDATA[5 Millennial Jobs That Parents Just Don't Understand]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:51:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/millennial-generic.jpg

Millennials tend to have head-scratching job titles that just don't make sense to their parents, NBC News reported.

To be an "influencer" or "app developer" is a relatively new trend that might lead some to believe their millennial friend or family member doesn't have a real job.

Take, for example, the up-and-coming position of social media manager. A social media manager is involved with managing and growing a brand's social media presence. Responsibilities usually include creating content, managing partnerships, strategizing ad campaigns and interacting with customers.

NBC News rounded up four other "millennial jobs" that it turns out are actually pretty important.



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<![CDATA[Uber Suspends Self-Driving Car Program After Crash]]> Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:24:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_16349000708921-Uber-Self-Driving-Cars.jpg

Uber Technologies Inc. suspended its pilot program for driverless cars on Saturday after a vehicle equipped with the nascent technology crashed on an Arizona roadway, the ride-hailing company and local police said.

As Reuters reports, the accident, the latest involving a self-driving vehicle operated by one of several companies experimenting with autonomous vehicles, caused no serious injuries, Uber said.

Even so, the company said it was grounding driverless cars involved in a pilot program in Arizona, Pittsburgh and San Francisco pending the outcome of investigation into the crash on Friday evening in Tempe.



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<![CDATA[How Can You Keep Your Internet Searches Private?]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:08:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/google+%281%29.png

The Senate passed a joint resolution on Thursday, barring the Federal Communications Commission from enforcing rules passed last year that would ban internet, cable, and mobile providers from selling your data without your consent, NBC News reported.

Robert Siciliano, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com told NBC News the best way to protect yourself is by installing a VPN — that's a virtual private network. This piece of software will encrypt your data on the internet. 

You'll also want to start paying attention to cookies — those little pieces of data sent by a website and stored on your browser.

Kate Tummarello, a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation said that if enacted, the new rule would be a "crushing loss for online privacy," essentially prioritizing profits over privacy.

NBC News is a division of NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable provider.



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<![CDATA[Robot Helps Boy Go to School]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 02:10:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Max+Robot.jpg

Despite a degenerative disease that makes going to school a life-threatening situation, a three-year-old Maryland boy attends classes every day thanks to technology allowing him to connect with his classmates, make friends and even join them for lunch.

Max Lasko and his mother operate a Beam telepresence robot from home, several miles from school.

“When Max first started, every time Max would beam in on the robot, they would be really excited and yell, ‘It's the robot! It's the robot!’” teacher Allyson Levine said. “But after about a week or two, it became, ‘Max is here.’”

Max was born with spinal muscular atrophy, which makes it difficult for him to move, breathe and eat. He can’t be in a classroom for fear of catching a cold or flu, which could be life-threatening for him.

“We felt that it was really important -- since Max's cognition is fully intact, his social intelligence is fully intact -- we wanted him to be able to interact with his peers but we wanted to do so safely,” said his mother, Kristen Lasko.

Max's mother is a teacher, and his father, Jonathan Lasko, is a computer scientist. They applied for and won a grant to cover the costs of the robot, and they asked the Bender Jewish Community Center in Rockville to accept Max into class.

“What our role is is just to be accepting of everyone,” said Ora Cohen Rosenfeld, head of the Bender JCC Early Childhood Center. “And I think this is teaching our children to see Max as a child just as they are with the same needs. He’s different and yet he's very much the same.”

Max is on a ventilator, and his mother puts "angel arms" on him so he can move his hands and participate in activities like coloring for a friend’s birthday picture book.

Max vocalizes but lacks strength for articulation. His mother understands everything he says.

Asked what he wants to be when he grows up, Max surprised his mother when he replied he wants to be a teacher like she is.

“A teacher?” his mother reacted. “You want to be a teacher? I didn’t know that. Wow.”

“I’m glad he has these teachers as role models,” Jonathan Lasko said. “He's looking ahead and imagining himself in the role of teacher, and just like any of us, he's not going to let his different abilities get in the way of doing what he is passionate about.”



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<![CDATA[First of Three Spacewalks Underway at ISS]]> Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:38:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT_INT_NASASPACEWALK_032417_1-149037083343000001.jpg

Two astronauts left the International Space Station on Friday to prepare the orbiting laboratory for the arrival of commercial space taxis and to tackle some maintenance.

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<![CDATA[Create Movies on Your Phone]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:52:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_pcmike0321_1920x1080.jpg

Tech guru PC Mike Wendland looks at apps that help you shoot and edit video like a pro.



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<![CDATA[At Facial Recognition Hearing, Congress Attacks FBI]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:20:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/202*120/170321-face-recognition-nsf_c73b4424b103834c97bd0af277c04c4d.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000.jpg

Democrats and Republicans alike hammered the FBI on Wednesday for its use of facial recognition software to identify potential suspects, saying the technology fosters racial bias, leads to arrests of innocent people and trashes Americans' privacy.

More than 400 million pictures of Americans' faces are archived in local, state and federal law enforcement facial recognition networks, according to the federal Government Accountability Office, NBC News reported.

Those pictures include the faces of about half of all U.S. adults, experts estimate.

"I have zero confidence in the FBI and the [Justice Department], frankly, to keep this in check," Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Massachusetts, said at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Regulation.



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<![CDATA[Costco Wholesale Expands Test of Home Grocery Delivery ]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:52:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-477000903.jpg

Costco is ramping up its home grocery delivery efforts by teaming up with another third-party service, CNBC reported.

Shipt, an online grocery delivery service, said Tuesday it was adding Costco to its delivery service in the Tampa metro area. The service is available to consumers using the Shipt app.

Costco already has home grocery delivery service available in the San Francisco market through Instacart, another third-party delivery service.

Costco didn't respond to requests for comment.

In Tuesday's release, Shipt said it plans to offer its services to 50 markets and over 30 million households by the end of the year.



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<![CDATA[Red iPhone 7s Will Soon Hit Apple Stores]]> Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:10:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/iPhone_7_and_iPhone_7_Plus_Product_Red_Hero_Lockup_2_Up_On_White_PR-PRINT.jpg

The palette of colors that iPhones come in is increasing this week, as Apple releases a red special edition of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

The new edition will be available to order on Friday in the United States and around the world, and it gets its color to mark the 10th anniversary between Apple and the AIDS-fighting organization (RED), the tech company announced Tuesday. The phones will start shipping by the end of March.

(RED) raises money through the sale of branded proudcts for a group called the Global Fund, which invests funds in local programs to end AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics around the world. (RED) funding goes to HIV programs in Africa, the organization says.

"Apple is the world's largest corporate donor to the Global Fund, contributing more than $130 million as part of its partnership with (RED),” (RED) CEO Deborah Dugan said in a statement.

iPhones already come in rose gold, gold, silver, black and jet black.

Apple also announced Tuesday that it's dropping the price on its 9.7-inch iPad with Retina display.



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<![CDATA[Uber President Jeff Jones Resigns, Cites Differences in "Beliefs"]]> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:17:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-500350466.jpg

Uber President Jeff Jones has resigned just six months after joining its ranks.

"We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best," Uber spokeswoman Sophie Schmidt said in a statement to NBC News confirming Jones' departure.

The No. 2 executive at the San Francisco-based ride-hailing company cited differences in "beliefs and approach to leadership," technology news site ReCode reported.

“After we announced our intention to hire a COO, Jeff came to the tough decision that he doesn’t see his future at Uber," CEO Travis Kalanick wrote in an internal email to company employees. "It is unfortunate that this was announced through the press but I thought it was important to send all of you an email before providing comment publicly."

Kalanick praised Jones' contributions to Uber, including the company's "first brand reputation study, which will help set our course in the coming months and year."

Sources with Uber told NBC News the departure is effective immediately.

Jones is the latest in a string of high-level executives to leave the company. Earlier this month, Uber asked engineering executive Amit Singhai to resign amid allegations of sexual harassment during his tenure at Google, NBC News reported. 

Ed Baker, Uber's VP of product and growth, also quit Uber this month, according to Recode. 

In a statement to Recode, Jones offered a harsh review of the company.

“It is now clear, however, that the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, and I can no longer continue as president of the ride-sharing business."

Jones was Target's chief marketing officer before joining Uber in August 2016. 



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<![CDATA['Loads of Love': Apple Engineer Converts Van Into Mobile Laundromat for Homeless]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 23:41:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/loads+of+love+4.jpg

Ron Powers, a mechanical engineer at Apple, turned a used van into a mobile laundromat and made it available for free to the homeless of Santa Cruz, California. He said he spent many years focused on studying his faith and now spends his nights and weekends living it. "I wanted to restore dignity to people. I wanted to improve health," Powers said of his "Loads of Love" program. 

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<![CDATA[Tech Showcase at SXSW]]> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:53:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SXSWTech0316_MP4-148975049933200001.jpg Tech companies are taking the opportunity to showcase their latest innovations at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas.]]> <![CDATA[Warning: Venmo Payments From Strangers Can Cost You]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:34:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Venmo+app.jpg

Venmo — and go.

No need to carry cash or cards these days. The digital wallet app on your phone links to a credit card or bank account, letting you easily send or receive payments.

But some users, like Alex Wilburn, said they got digitally burned.

"This person was very eager to buy the car and I met him right here at the mall," said Alex Wilburn, a Venmo user. 

Wilburn said the buyer who responded to his Craigslist ad for his 2001 Acura sent him $1,800 via the app.

"The way Venmo works is if somebody transfers you money you see it in your account and you think it's there to stay. So we signed the title over drove back to my apartment and actually helped him replace the tags, and then he drove off."

Twelve hours later, Wilburn said he got an email from Venmo saying the payment had been stopped.

"Then I actually saw the money out of the Venmo account reversed and sent back. Yeah, I couldn't believe it."

Neither could Nick, who said he was ripped off by a buyer right before the holidays.

"They said they could only pay through this app called Venmo."

He said he watched the guy transfer $5,400 into his account, right there on the street, for several iPhone 7s he was selling.

"It came into my account, said it was successful. So, I transferred it in front of him into my bank account," said Nick.

But the next day: "I got an email from Venmo saying that the transaction was canceled. I got screwed," Nick said.

Both his money and phones: gone.

"These apps are really, they're breeding grounds for these scammers," said Kelsey Owen, with the Better Business Bureau. "These scammers find something that's popular and they're going to try to work it."

The Better Business Bureau recently posted a warning about scammers using Venmo. Owen said anyone using the app should treat it like a check.

"Really, you need to remember that there is that delay. There are those days in between when the transaction was put in and when they're taking that money from the buyer's account and putting it into yours."

"I called Venmo, they would give me the run around; would not tell me anything," said Nick.

Alex said, "there's no consumer protection. It's all buyer beware."

NBC 5 Responds found that he's right. Josh Criscoe, a Venmo spokesman, said there is no buyer or seller protection, and the app is designed for payments between friends and people who trust each other.

Venmo's user agreement also said, "personal accounts may not be used to receive business, commercial or merchant transactions."

Criscoe added any business usage of Venmo requires an application and explicit authorization.

"Your transactions on Venmo should really be done with people that you can trust and really not even just people that you've met, people that you know that are going to be good for the money," said Owen.

Venmo did tell us it "recently implemented alerts within the app, designed to protect users and discourage activity that violates our user agreement."

Alex Wilburn now wishes he had gone the old fashioned route with cash. He never saw his car again.

"On the bright side it was a really old car that needed to go, and then I guess somebody took it off my hands for free is the way I look at it," said Alex.

If you're going to use Venmo, here's what you should know:

  • Link your Venmo accounts to a credit card instead of a bank account so you have some protections.
  • Also, try to use the app with friends, relatives, people you generally trust.
  • Check your account to be sure the money transferred. It takes a few days for Venmo payments to transfer. Check your bank account to see if the money made it through.

WRC-TV's Scott McFarland contributed to this report.



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            <![CDATA[Driving on the Roads of the Future Will Be a Real Trip]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:02:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-458366538-driving-generic.jpg

            In the near future, autonomous cars will be able to communicate movements with each other over short distances and interact with traffic lights, NBC News reported.

            To combat distracted driving, cars with dedicated short-range communications technology can transmit their location, direction and speed to other vehicles.

            As more companies get on board with developments like this, roads have the potential to get much safer, but buying a car equipped with such technology will do drivers little good at the moment, as it isn't widespread yet. 

            "The technology is already stable, but we have a kind of 'chicken-and-egg' problem," Raj Rajkumar, a connected and autonomous vehicle researcher with Carnegie Mellon University, told NBC News. 



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            <![CDATA[Xbox One Controller Chargers Recalled]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:10:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/xbox-one-charger-energizer.jpg

            About 121,000 Xbox One video game controller battery chargers are being recalled due to a burn hazard, officials say.

            The recall covers Energizer Xbox One 2X Smart Chargers used to charge video game controllers, according to a recall alert issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The chargers are black plastic and have "Energizer" printed on the charger's label.

            The recall notice said the chargers could overheat, posing a burn hazard.

            The manufacturer, Performance Designed Products LLC, has received 24 U.S. reports of the chargers overheating and deforming its plastic cover and six reports of the chargers emitting a burning odor. No injuries have been reported, according to the alert.

            The chargers, manufactured in China, were sold in the U.S. between Feb. 2016 and Feb. 2017 at Best Buy, GameStop and online for about $40, according to the CPSC.

            Consumers should stop using the recalled battery chargers and contact Performance Designed Products to return the chargers for a full refund, the CPSC said.



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            <![CDATA[Pi Day 2017: 3.14 Things to Know About Pi]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 06:51:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-112303538-pi.jpg

            Tuesday is Pi Day, a national celebration of the mathematical concept, which is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter and equals 3.14... Two years ago, 3-14-15, was the only day this century that matched pi, commonly approximated as 3.14159. 

            Schools and museums often plan events to celebrate the concept, which has fascinated humans for centuries.

            In the spirit of the holiday, here are 3.14 things you may not know about pi:

            1. No one is certain who discovered pi as we know it today

            But we do have some ideas. It seems that the Egyptians used pi in the construction of the Great Pyramid because when the perimeter is divided by its height, one gets a close approximation to 2π. It’s the same result if one divides the circumference of a circle by its radius.

            But the most significant pi research might have come from the astronomer, Archimedes, around 250 B.C.

            His mathematical calculation showed that pi was "between three and one seventh and three and 10 seventy firsts,” Steven Strogatz, an applied mathematics professor at Cornell University, told NBC in a 2015 interview. “He approached that putting a six sided figure into a circle, then made it 12 sided, and went all the way up to a 96-sided polygon.”

            He proved that pi was found somewhere between these two numbers, which applied to all circles.

            2. You can find your identity in pi

            One myth is that since pi is a continuation of numbers, people’s identities can be found in the pattern: like social security numbers or birthdays.

            This theory, which had circulated around Reddit for years before getting a popularity jolt from a George Takei Facebook post (that post appears to have been taken down), posits that all number combinations can be found within the digits of pi. 

            A version of this theory posted on Reddit says of pi: "Converted into a bitmap, somewhere in that infinite string of digits is a pixel-perfect representation of the first thing you saw on this earth, the last thing you will see before your life leaves you, and all the moments, momentous and mundane, that will occur between those two points."

            But Professor Strogatz stressed that the meme is misleading.  Even if it is true (which is not yet known), the digits in pi would tell us nothing about a person's life or identity, because along with correct social security numbers and birthdays, there will also be wrong social security numbers and birthdays.

            3. Proving pi with matches

            You can prove pi exists with matches, toothpicks, a pen, or anything else that is the same length, explained Johnny Ball, the author of “Why Pi? (Big Questions).”

            “There’s a wonderful way to find pi for yourself. You find a floor with parallel lines; you find matches, pins, pens, exactly the same length. If you drop a hundred of them at random on the floor, the points touching a line will equal pi,” Ball said.

            The matches' length must be equal to the distance of the two parallel lines. After the matches are dropped, you multiply the number of matches thrown down by two and divide it by the total number of matches that touched a line, which will equal pi.

            This problem was discovered in the 18th century by French mathematician Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon.

            Check out this video on Dr. Tony Padilla's YouTube channel Numberphile where he demonstrates Buffon's Needle Problem:

            3.14...Legislating against pi

            In 1897, Indiana state legislators tried passing a Pi Bill that legally defined pi as 3.2. Edward J. Goodwin, a physician, convinced a well-known mathematical monthly newspaper that he had solved what mathematicians had tried to do for generations: squaring the circle. Simply put, squaring the circle is the impossible task of finding the area of a circle by finding the area of a square around it. Goodwin claimed that pi was 3.2 instead of a continuous number. The bill never became a law thanks to Professor C. A. Waldo who convinced the Indiana Senate that Goodwin’s discovery was not possible.



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            <![CDATA[Is There Such a Thing as an Internet Kill Switch?]]> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 03:34:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/computer+generic2.JPG

            Is there a switch you can flick to kill the internet? According to a panel of experts at this year's SXSW Conference in Austin, Texas, that universal "kill switch" does not exist — yet.

            "When people figure out how to push the right buttons…it just makes us better at realizing that taking the steps to get more resilient are necessary," Christian Dawson, co-founder of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition said during a Friday panel.

            The idea doesn't seem that far-fetched, especially following two recent incidents that knocked parts of the internet offline: one, a simple typo by Amazon Web Services; the other, a botnet attack on internet company Dyn.

            As NBC News reports, a Brookings Institution report released in October found that in the previous year, internet 81 disruptions in 19 countries came at a cost of $2.4 billion total to the economies of those nations.



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            <![CDATA[Feel Stressed? Stop Checking Your Phone, Study Says]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:23:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SmartphoneStress0309a_MP4-148918974502400001.jpg

            A recent study finds mobile users who check their phones frequently feel more stressed. According to the American Psychological Association, we are a nation of "constant checkers" and it's taking a toll. Some experts consider this a behavioral addiction.

             
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            <![CDATA[Optimus Prime Rib: Robots Start Delivering Food in DC]]> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 10:40:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/030717+food+delivery+robot.jpg

            It's now possible in D.C. to have a robot deliver a hot meal to your door.

            Robots from the delivery company Starship Technologies are rolling along Washington streets as part of a pilot program, a company spokesman said.

            News4 spotted one of the robots — which look a little like a black-and-white version of the Pixar character Wall-E — cruising along M Street NW in Georgetown about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

            "This is the world's first delivery robot," Starship Technologies spokesman Henry Harris-Burland said.

            The robots that move as fast as 4 mph were created to deliver takeout food, groceries and packages.

            "Anything you can order online, it can deliver," Harris Burland said.

            The robots are equipped with sensors designed to prevent them from running into things. They each have a red flag and flashing lights. The only sound they make is the mechanical whirring of their wheels.

            Starship Technology is working with Postmates, which lets users have food delivered from restaurants including Ted's Bulletin, &pizza and Fig & Olive.

            A limited number of customers in D.C. will receive a text message telling them a robot will deliver their meal. The user will be able to track the route of the robot. Then, a second text message will include a link to click that unlocks the top of the robot so the user can take the food.

            The Starship Technologies spokesman recommended that people who want to have a robot serve them sign up for Postmates. They will be notified if robot service becomes available in their area.

            "We are very, very early stage," Harris-Burland said.



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            <![CDATA[New Tech Could Change Food Nutrition Labels ]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 15:54:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_labels0307_1500x845.jpg

            New smart glasses developed by researchers at Colorado State University could change how food labels are printed on boxes and cans in your local grocery store. The FDA is looking to roll out this new tech by 2018.

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            <![CDATA[Comey: 'No Such Thing as Absolute Privacy in America']]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 13:21:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/COMEY_BOSTON.jpg

            FBI Director James Comey spoke at a cybersecurity conference at Boston College Wednesday, addressing current encryption software, the idea of privacy in the modern age and how the FBI can improve its fight against cyberthreats.

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            <![CDATA[What Changes to H-1B Visa Rules Mean for Tech]]> Mon, 06 Mar 2017 16:53:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/646440506-Trump-Joint-Session-Congress-Address.jpg

            U.S. immigration authorities suspended a program last Friday that expedited visas for skilled workers — a darling class of workers in the tech community.

            Despite stoking tension in tech companies, it's a relatively routine decision that's happened under past administrations. But it is missing one key piece of information — a timeline— and that could affect businesses, CNBC reported.

            "Premium processing" of H-1B visas, which allowed skilled workers to pay extra to request faster approval to work in the U.S., will no longer be available starting April 3, immigration authorities announced.

            That basically means all applicants will have to wait the standard period to see if they have won the "lottery," without the option to pay an extra $1,225 filing fee for guaranteed answer after 15 days. 



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            <![CDATA[Facebook Rolls Out its Fake News Tool]]> Mon, 06 Mar 2017 22:31:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-85595143-facebook-generic.jpg

            In an effort to combat fake or biased news stories, Facebook is introducing a "disputed news" flag to stories disproved by third party groups, NBC News reported.

            Once a story is marked, a group of researchers at Facebook sift through the stories and determine which ones should be sent to fact-checking organizations, including Snopes, Politifact and Factcheck.org. Stories determined to be fake will remain on Facebook, but will be flagged as disputed, and will include a link with an explanation.

            The tag was originally announced in December, but it's gaining traction in the United States as Facebook continues to roll it out. The tag is part of new tools that allow users to tag any items they consider "disputed."



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            <![CDATA[Nintendo Switches Up Console Gaming]]> Fri, 03 Mar 2017 14:07:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_nintendoswitch0303_1920x1080.jpg

            The release date for Nintendo's much anticipated "Switch" gaming system is here, and the company is aiming to shake up the gaming world.



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            <![CDATA[Challenge Accepted: National Day of Unplugging]]> Fri, 03 Mar 2017 09:04:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/national-day-unplugging.jpg

            NBC 5's Deborah Ferguson accepted the challenge to unplug for National Day of Unplugging. Beginning at sundown Friday, people will unplug from computers, phones and even TV in order to relax and connect with family through sundown Saturday.

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            <![CDATA[Bitcoin Value Surpasses Gold for First Time]]> Fri, 03 Mar 2017 12:34:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bitcoins.jpg

            Bitcoin hit a major milestone on Thursday, surpassing the price of an ounce of gold for the first time in the digital currency's history, NBC News reported.

            Some investors are now saying this development solidifies the Bitcoin currency as "digital gold." The price of one Bitcoin was $1,271 by Thursday evening, according to CoinDesk's Bitcoin Price Index. An ounce of gold was priced at $1,235, according to Oklahoma-based precious metals retailer APMEX.

            Bitcoin, created in 2009 by software developer Satoshi Nakamoto, is a type of digital currency that computers "mine." Unlike dollars or euros, the currency is not printed. The price of one Bitcoin was just $421.60 this time last year, which means the value has more than tripled in the last 12 months. 

            According to the International Business Times, more than 100,000 merchants around the world accept Bitcoins as a form of payment, including Microsoft, Dell and Expedia.



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            <![CDATA[Catholic High School Scores $24M With Snap Investment ]]> Fri, 03 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-647104932.jpg

            A Bay Area high school that counts itself among Snap Inc.'s first investors won big on Thursday after a booming initial public offering and first-day trading.

            The company behind the popular messaging app Snapchat made its trading debut Thursday after a better-than-expected stock offering. Snap had priced its initial public offering of 200 million shares at $17 each on Wednesday. 

            Soon after Thursday's opening bell rang at the New York Stock Exchange, the stock began trading at more than $24 a share – nearly 50 percent higher than its IPO price, CNBC reported. It closed at $24.48, valuing the Los Angeles company at $34 billion.

            Saint Francis High School, a private Roman Catholic school in Mountain View, disclosed Thursday that it invested $15,000 of the institution’s endowment fund in Snap’s seed round of financing in 2012. 

            "We knew teenagers were using it and this would be something big for social media," said former principal Kevin Makley.

            That money translated into more than two million shares for Saint Francis. Of that, the school has sold 1.4 million at $17 a piece, earning nearly $24 million, officials said. 

            Saint Francis is holding on to roughly 600,000 shares, knowing that they may end up being even more lucrative. 

            "I am absolutely celebrating. This is a tremendous day!" Makley said.

            Five years ago, Natalie Eggers, then a student at Saint Francis, alerted her father, a venture capitalist, about the burgeoning social messaging app. She said all her friends were obsessed with it. 

            Popular with the young people, Snapchat is best known for disappearing messages and quirky face-filters for jazzing up selfies.

            Barry Eggers, a partner of Lightspeed Venture, listened to his daughter and his firm became one of Snap’s first investors with $485,000 in early 2012, the New York Times reported. Lightspeed invested a total of $8.1 million in Snapchat over the years. 

            Eggers also persuaded SF Growth Fund, Saint Francis' student-run endowment fund that helps pay for scholarships and subsidized tuition, to get in on Snap, he wrote in a post published on the company's website. 

            Makley recalled Eggers' non-traditional investment idea.

            "When we started this fund so many years ago, this is what we dreamed about. Now the dream is true!" Makley exclaimed.

            Meanwhile, Saint Francis released a statement, part of which read: "Snap’s IPO represents an incredible opportunity to help the school, its students and their greater community for years to come."

            The school is still working out exactly how the money will be spent, but officials say the financial aid program is their top priority.

            "It’s good news for the school," said parent John Dugan, a "tremendous opportunity."

            NBCUniversal, the parent company of this site, invested $500 million in Snap during its IPO as part of a strategic investment and partnership, CNBC reported.

            The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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