<![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-usMon, 22 May 2017 10:50:13 -0500Mon, 22 May 2017 10:50:13 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Risks of Streaming Illegal Content on Amazon Fire Stick]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 10:43:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/amazon-fire-stick-generic.jpg

The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a popular device designed to make streaming easier than ever before.

With the device, consumers no longer have to connect their laptops to their television or have a fancy smart TV to watch Netflix, Hulu, Amazon video and premium channels like HBO.

The stick connects to all, but we've learned there's a loophole that’s giving people access to even more.

"You can view all the new movies and stuff that are out," said Randy Haba, a tech expert at DKB Innovative. "[It] eliminates the cable bill. It works wonders. You can pretty much jailbreak it."

Online you can find videos of self proclaimed "jailbreak instructors" showing users how to get all the movies and shows they've ever wanted for nothing. But do not get confused — this is illegal. 

Movies like the Fate of the Furious and Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 can all be found.

Haba said the Fire Stick itself is completely harmless, but instructors in the online videos are teaching users how to download and reconstruct an app that gives access to an enormous amount of content for free, which is illegal.

Amazon wanted to leave it open to where you could install third-party plug-ins that may not be available through their Amazon store.

"But again, once you open that hole, you allow vulnerability for people to load anything you want," said Haba.

He said many of the folks who are just watching the stolen content don’t realize they’re breaking the law.

"You're putting yourself in the condition where the FBI could come after you and prosecute you."

The thieves who steal video content have become much more sophisticated over the years.

"You used to have physical locations where you would mass reproduce these movies," said Haba. "Now, it's just somebody sitting behind a computer converting it and sticking it somewhere where it's streaming-friendly."

But can the FBI see who's watching the content? Haba said it's definitely possible.

"We're all connected on the internet. Somebody somewhere is looking at information, passing in and out of servers worldwide. You're taking a risk, you could get away with it, but for how long?"

Amazon declined to comment on the misuse of its Fire Stick.

If you search for “How to Unlock Fire Stick” on Amazon.com, you will find a dozen books that will tell you how to do that.

Keep in mind the FBI says criminal copyright infringement, including infringement without monetary gain, is punishable by up to five years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000.

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<![CDATA[Twitter Users Report Glitches Amid Service Disruption]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 13:02:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Twitter-generic1.jpg

Some Twitter users were having trouble with the social media service Friday morning, as the company noted, and service distruptions continued through the afternoon.

"Some users are currently experiencing problems accessing Twitter & Tweeting. We are aware of the issue and are working towards a resolution," the Twitter Support account said in the morning.

The Twitter service tracker noted a disruption in the timeline function, and more performance issues with the stream. Those reports were in effect for hours.

The website-tracking site DownDetector noted spikes in outage reports after midnight, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET. The U.S., U.K., France and Japan appeared especially hard-hit.

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<![CDATA[6 Injured After Fire Breaks Out at Google Conference: Officials]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 22:30:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/shoreline-0518.jpg

A fire during the Google I/O Conference in Mountain View on Thursday sent three people to the hospital, one with critical injuries, according to fire officials.

Firefighters responded to Shoreline Amphitheatre on reports of a fire inside one of the venue's food service buildings that was contained to the one building, fire officials said.

A total of six people were injured in the blaze, fire officials said. Three were transported to a hospital, one with life-threatening injuries. The other three were treated at the scene.

The developer conference was interrupted only briefly and continued Thursday evening. No evacuations were ordered, and no other injuries were reported, fire officials said.

Fire officials said the flames were caused by a grease fire in the kitchen of one of the food service buildings.

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<![CDATA[Tesla Workers Suffer Fainting Spells, Dizziness: Report]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 20:48:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-479833756-Musk.jpg

Workers at Tesla's car factory in California have been fainting, experiencing dizziness and even having seizures, often requiring medical attention.

The symptoms have led to more than 100 calls for ambulances since 2014, according to incident reports obtained by the Guardian newspaper, which first reported the story Thursday.

Company CEO Elon Musk acknowledged that workers are "having a hard time, working long hours, and on hard jobs," but he also said he cared deeply about their health and well-being.

In a blog post published Sunday, the company said: “Tesla's safety record is much better than industry average, but it is not enough.”

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<![CDATA[Facebook fined $122 million by EU Over Whatsapp Information]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 11:09:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/markzuckerbergneutralface_1200x675.jpg

Facebook has been fined 110 million euros ($122 million) by European regulators for providing "misleading information" about its acquisition of instant messaging service WhatsApp.

The social media giant bought WhatsApp in 2014 for $19 billion. The European Commission, the European Union's executive arm, said that Facebook told it that there was no possibility to establish "reliable automated matching between Facebook users' accounts and WhatsApp users' accounts" that year.

The Commission's issue centers around the U.S. social networking giant linking Facebook accounts to WhatsApp user identities.

But last year, Facebook released an update to its terms of service that raised the possibility of linking accounts from both platforms.

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<![CDATA[Security Apps For Your Phone]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 09:50:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PCMike0516_MP4-149503218056400001.jpg Tech guru PC Mike Wendland looks at apps designed to protect smartphones and tablets from malware, spyware and viruses.]]> <![CDATA[Instagram Introduces 'Face Filters' Similar to Snapchat ]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 10:03:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/snapchatgeneric_1200x675.jpg

Instagram on Tuesday announced a feature called "face filters," the latest effort to steal the thunder from upstart Snap, which is the parent company of Snapchat. 

Instagram's face filters allows users to add graphics to a selfie, then it can be added to a video or photo and sent through direct messaging or added to a public story — much like Snapchat's Lenses.

In addition to face filters, Instagram featured editing tools for video and photo.

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<![CDATA[Lyft, Waymo Agree to Work on Self-Driving Car Technology]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 05:49:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LyftWaymoSplit.jpg

In the race to the self-driving future, Lyft has agreed to work with Waymo, the self-driving car company owned by Google's parent company, to bring autonomous vehicles to the masses, both companies told NBC News on Sunday night.

The announcement comes as Waymo has accused Lyft's biggest competitor, Uber, of stealing trade secrets from the company to advance its own self-driving operation.

In a statement to NBC News, a Lyft representative said the plan is to partner with Waymo to "safely and responsibly launch self-driving vehicle pilots."

"Waymo holds today's best self-driving technology, and collaborating with them will accelerate our shared vision of improving lives with the world's best transportation," the company said.

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<![CDATA[Elon Musk Moves Forward With 'Boring' Traffic Remedy]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 18:38:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/202*120/elon-musk-tunnel.PNG

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk can claim a perhaps unparalleled string of visionary company creations -- PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, The Boring Company.

The Boring Company?

"We're trying to dig a hole under LA," Musk explained during a recent TED Talk interview.

WARNING: The video below contains flashing lights, which has potential to induce motion sickness and/or seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised. 

After months of social media musing on tunneling to escape traffic congestion in metropolitan Los Angeles, Musk is moving ahead with test boring in a Hawthorne parking lot across Crenshaw Boulevard from SpaceX.

It appears to be a step toward what Musk foresees as a "3D network of tunnels to alleviate congestion."  What Musk calls "electric sleds" would carry cars piggyback through the tunnels at speeds up to 125 mph.

Going from Westwood to LAX would take six minutes or less, Musk predicted.

Cars could access and depart the tunnels through roadside auto elevators, each of which Musk said would require the room of only two parking spaces. The scenario is depicted in an animation video posted on The Boring Company's website.

Musk contends that unlike surface roadways, underground you need never run out of room to add lanes, because you can simply go down another level.

But transportation engineers have doubts about the feasibility of Musk's tunnel vision, and apart from benefiting the tunnel users, how much it would reduce traffic and improve transit overall.

"How such a narrow system could contribute to that is not clear to me," said Jim Moore, director of the USC Viterbi Transportation Engineering Program.  Be that as it may, Moore said he considers Musk a "bona fide genius," and applauded his investing in researching such a novel approach.

Musk believes autonomous driving technology will enable car travel to be more efficient, and that cars -- not public transit -- will continue to carry a large percentage of ground travelers.

A major obstacle to underground travel is the cost of boring tunnels. The cost of new underground transit lines runs into the billions of dollars.

Musk said the Boring Company is focusing on ways to improve technology and efficiency enough to reduce cost by at least tenfold.

An inquiry to The Boring Company for detail on what is being done at the Crenshaw site elicited a response from sister company SpaceX--but no comments on the record.  It appears the current work east of Crenshaw is a separate project from the proposed--but yet to be started--pedestrian tunnel which the city of Hawthorned has approved to be bored beneath Crenshaw Blvd.

Musk acknowledged improvement in boring technology may have crossover benefit for another vision of his for using tunnels to speed travel: Hyperloops, in which passengers would be transported in pods at near supersonic speeds through tubes with reduced air pressure. Musk sees this as a step beyond high speed rail, such as exists in Japan and the state of California currently is constructing.

The test Hyperloop that SpaceX built in Hawthorne alongside Jack Northrop Boulevard is above ground. But future Hyperloops for congested urban areas, such as the Washington-New York corridor, would best be placed underground, Musk said during the April TED talk recorded in Vancouver, Canada.

Musk spoke with enthusiasm for the Boring Project, but during the TED talk put it in context -- at this point, it is receiving only 2 to 3 percent of his time.

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<![CDATA[GM Extends Warranty After Reports of Headlight Failures]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 23:02:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GM_Logo488752192.jpg

General Motors is extending the warranty on thousands of older cars and SUVs that may have defective headlights.

This comes after the U.S. government began investigating complaints from owners that the headlights on some vehicles can suddenly go dark.

It turns out that the headlight module can fail when exposed to engine heat.

GM has notified dealers it'll guarantee headlight control modules for twelve years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Vehicles covered by this increased warranty include certain 2006 to 2009 Chevrolet Trailblazers and GMC Envoys, the 2006 Buick Rainier, GMC Envoy XL, Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT, the 2006 and 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix and the 2006 to 2008 Buick Lacrosse.

Click here to see the full list of affected vehicles.

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<![CDATA[Snap CEO, Co-Founder Could Lose More Than $1B Each]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 12:40:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-647154742.jpg

Snapchat's poorly-received first earnings report and subsequent drop in stock led CEO Evan Spiegel to lose more than the $750 million he received in a stock bonus for completing his company's initial public offering (IPO) in March, CNBC reported.

The social media app's shares fell $5.35, or 23 percent, Wednesday to $17.66 after the company released its first quarterly financial results as a public company. The drop in price means Snap is just above its IPO price of $17.

If the same price drop happens Thursday, Spiegel will have lost more than $1.3 billion in a period of less than 24 hours. Spiegel's co-founder, Bobby Murphy, will have lost $1.1 billion.

Still, even if shares drop to $17, both men's holdings in the company will remain worth more than $3.5 billion each.

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<![CDATA[Drone Convention Hits Dallas]]> Wed, 10 May 2017 10:24:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-drone-convention.jpg

The AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017 is the largest convention for unmanned systems (drones) and robotics. Industry leaders from 55 different countries have converged in downtown Dallas for a four day convention. The convention highlights hundreds of companies utilizing cutting-edge technology in unmanned systems, in 20 industries.

<![CDATA[Snap Plunges on First Earnings Report as Public Company]]> Wed, 10 May 2017 16:41:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/snapchatonwallst_1200x675.jpg

Snap, parent company of social media site Snapchat, reported quarterly financial results for the first time on Wednesday, posting revenue that missed estimates and slower-than-expected user growth.

Shares plummeted more than 19 percent in after-hours trading.

Since its initial public offering in early March, Snap has faced an uphill battle to convince Wall Street it can make money with advertising, even with Facebook and Google dominating the market.

While its $3.9 billion initial stock sale in early March was the largest U.S. IPO in more than two years, the company has consistently reported huge losses.

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<![CDATA[The 5 Highest-Paying Tech Summer Internships: Survey]]> Wed, 10 May 2017 09:49:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/472655314-internship-generic.jpg

The top internships in the tech industry these days aren't the monotonous office drone work, CNBC reports. They offer challenging projects that pay thousands of dollars a month.

The highest paying summer internship in tech this year is at Facebook, which pays $8,000 monthly, according to jobs website Glassdoor, which compiled data based in part on anonymously submitted feedback.

"Facebook moves fast. Really, really fast. The pace definitely took some getting used to, but I think it's coupled with (an) implicit trust," a software engineer intern wrote. "There is so much to learn."

Rounding out the top five highest-paying internships are Microsoft, Salesforce, Amazon and Apple — which offers perks like food and housing, one intern noted.

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<![CDATA[Big Tech Hiring, But Not Ivy League]]> Tue, 09 May 2017 08:59:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/176*120/GettyImages-73909596.jpg

Considering shelling out big bucks on an Ivy League education? You may want to reconsider that – at least if you're eyeing a job in Silicon Valley.

The list of top 10 universities big-name Bay Area companies hire from doesn't feature any of the Ivy League universities in the country, according to artifical intelligence company HiringSolved. The analysis was based on 10,000 profiles of tech workers who were hired or promoted into new roles in 2016 as well as January and February 2017, according to the San Francisco Business Times

Leading the list were two local schools: University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University.

The others, however, included well-known engineering schools, such as Georgia Institute of Technology, and large public universities, including San Jose State University, UC San Diego, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, University of Texas at Austin. 

Of the Ivy League schools, Cornell University made it to rank 15.

“Our research suggests that in addition to specific skills and educational backgrounds, Silicon Valley is looking for a strong fundamental understanding of the basics of technology in their new hires” HiringSolved CEO Shon Burton said in a statement. “Often what separates say, a good engineer from a great one, is a knack for understanding the baseline ‘how’s’ and ‘why’s’ of how things work – the physics of the technology.”

Applicants looking to stand out must demonstrate familiarity with a number of softwares, including Python, C++, Java, Linux and Matlab, the analysis shows. 

Here are the top 10 schools favored in the past year by recruiters at top Silicon Valley companies:

  1. University of California, Berkeley
  2. Stanford University
  3. Carnegie Mellon University
  4. University of Southern California
  5. The University of Texas at Austin
  6. Georgia Institute of Technology
  7. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  8. San Jose State University
  9. University of California, San Diego
  10. Arizona State University

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<![CDATA[Cheating on the Rise as Competitive Gaming Goes Mainstream]]> Fri, 05 May 2017 13:12:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_esports0504_1500x845.jpg

Cheating, or hacking, is an issue as competitive video gaming breaks into mainstream entertainment. Prizes ranging from sponsorships to social media fame to cash rewards are prompting some to seek an edge over the competition.

<![CDATA[Why Teachers Hate Fidget Spinners]]> Fri, 05 May 2017 08:21:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fidget-spinner.gif

There's a new toy that's becoming all the rage -- fidget spinners.

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<![CDATA[Apple Pledges $1 Billion Boost to US Manufacturing ]]> Wed, 03 May 2017 18:28:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/188*120/apple-GettyImages-516837044.jpg

Apple plans to start a $1 billion fund to create more advanced manufacturing jobs in the United States, company CEO Tim Cook told “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer on Wednesday.

As CNBC reports, the fund fits into Apple’s efforts to promote and create jobs within its own sector and within its own company. The fund's creation also comes amid President Donald Trump’s ongoing promises to bring lost manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.

Cook said he hopes the investment will spur even more job creation.

"By doing that, we can be the ripple in the pond. Because if we can create many manufacturing jobs around, those manufacturing jobs create more jobs around them because you have a service industry that builds up around them," he said.

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<![CDATA[HoMedics Recalls Massagers Due to Shock, Burn Hazards]]> Fri, 05 May 2017 07:17:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/massager-recall-homedics.jpg

A massager is probably one of the last items you'd expect to hurt you, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports some HoMedics handheld massagers can do just that.

The recalled product's cord can break near the base of the massager and expose wires, posing an electric shock and burn hazards. 

So far, about 400,000 of the massagers have been recalled.

The recall involves three models of handheld massagers, HHP-375H, HHP-250 and the PA-MH-THP. All models of the massagers have a 120 VAC, 60 HZ power cord. “HoMedics” is printed on the massagers.

HoMedics has received 140 reports of exposed wires, sparks, smoking and some reported flames shooting from the massagers. There have also been 15 reports of burn injuries to consumer's fingers and other parts of the body.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled massagers and contact HoMedics to receive a refund in the form of a credit.

  • The HHP-375H model Handheld Dual Node Percussion Massager with Heat is white with a gray handle or black with a gray handle. The massager has three sets of interchangeable nodes.
  • The HHP-250 model Handheld Hot and Cold Massager is white with a gray stripe or gray with a blue stripe. The massager has three, five or eight interchangeable nodes.
  • The PA-MH-THP model Handheld Compact Percussion Massager with Heat is white on the bottom of the base with gray on top. The massager has two sets of interchangeable nodes.

All manufacturing dates for all three models are included in the recall and the item date code can be found in either one of the cord prongs or in the rating label located on the underside of the product. Date codes can be identified as a 4-digit number WWYY where WW is the sequential week of the year and YY is the last two digits of the manufacturing year.

The massagers were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Macy's, Rite-Aid, Walmart and other stores nationwide and on HSN from August 2013 through February 2017.

For more information, contact HoMedics toll-free at 888-803-0509 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at http://www.homedics.com and click on the Product Recall tab.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Data Breach Could Expose Customer Data]]> Wed, 03 May 2017 07:40:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sabre-hotel-group-southlake.jpg

Southlake-based Sabre Hospitality Solutions says someone hacked its hotel reservation system.

Sabre provides reservation system services for more than 36,000 properties. NBC 5 reached out to the tech company to find out which ones were affected, but Sabre would not tell us locations or when the breach happened.

According to KrebsonSecurity, the company disclosed the breach in its quarterly filing report on Tuesday. It showed access to customers' payment information was compromised.

Access to the system has been shut off for now as a third party cybersecurity company investigated.

This breach follows a similar one that hit Intercontinental Hotel Group, which operates Holiday Inn hotels.

At least 12,000 Intercontinental Hotel Group properties were affected last month.

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<![CDATA[Mother's Day Scam Claims to Offer Big Discounts]]> Tue, 02 May 2017 06:39:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TLMD-foto-en-facebook-generica-st.jpg

You may have seen the ads on Facebook: big retailers offering $50 coupons to celebrate Mother's Day. These deals are too good to be true.

The scam on Facebook started with a fake coupon that looks like Lowe's is just giving away $50 to everyone.

NBC 5 Responds learned these fake coupons included Home Depot, Target and IKEA.

To get the coupon, users click on the ad in Facebook. It then takes you to a page that looks just like you're on the retailers' site. It asks you to take a quick survey to redeem the coupon.

We've learned that it's a phishing scam intended to steal your personal information and there is no coupon at the end of this so called deal.

Lowe's tells NBC 5 Responds they are aware of the scam and want customers to only trust online coupons on their actual website.

<![CDATA[Cybercriminals Hacked 1.1 Billion Accounts Last Year: Study]]> Mon, 01 May 2017 11:59:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hacker506944962.jpg

Digital bandits breached 1.1 billion identities in 2016, nearly doubling their haul from the year before, according to a new study on cybercrime.

NBC News reports that the year brought more ransomware attacks and higher extortion demands, plus some of the biggest distributed denial of service attacks ever seen, causing "unprecedented levels of disruption" to internet traffic, according to the 2017 Internet Security Threat Report from Symantec.

"The bad guys made a lot of money last year," said Kevin Haley, director of Symantec Security Response. "They keep getting better and more efficient at what they do; they managed to fool us in new and different ways."

Cybercriminals are moving away from making money by stealing a little bit from a lot of people at a time, and toward attacking banks themselves, the reported noted. 

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<![CDATA[FAA Tests New Drone Detection Technology at D/FW Airport]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:10:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/DFW+AIRPORT+DRONES.jpg

As the popularity of drones continues to soar, so has the number of close calls between the devices and aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it received approximately 1,800 reports about drones flying near airports in 2016 -- a figure that's expected to rise going forward.

It's why the agency is now testing new technology that it hopes will help airports better detect drones -- and keep planes and passengers out of harm's way.

Over the past week, the FAA has conducted some of those tests at D/FW International Airport. Officials said it was an ideal location because of its size and the amount of air traffic it sees daily.

Coordinating with the airport, they flew a variety of drones over a secured section of the runway during nights and mornings.

The system itself uses radio frequencies, radar, and cameras to locate the drones. The information is then sent to air traffic controllers, who can alert pilots and adjust flight paths.

"We've had really good success," said Jim Patterson, a manager of the FAA's Airport Safety Research & Development Section. "I will say that a lot of the technologies are kind of in a research phase and we don't quite know that final specification is going to look like."

Patterson said the next step is standardizing the technology so it can be used by airports across the country.

D/FW was one of five testing locations the FAA used for this project.

<![CDATA[Millennials Found Most Susceptible to Robocalls and Scams ]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:41:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_scams0427_1500x845.jpg

A new study finds that it is not the elderly who are most susceptible to scam phone calls, but millennials, who are six times more likely to give away credit card information than any other age group. 

<![CDATA[Starbucks’ App Has Been Overwhelming Some Baristas]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:43:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/511143580-Starbucks-generic.jpg

Starbucks' mobile order and pay system has been bringing some of its busiest locations to a standstill, NBC News reported.

The system lets people order ahead and swoop into a store to pick up their coffee, food or unicorn frappucino. It was so popular in the first quarter of 2017 that store traffic ground to a halt as baristas contended with a wave of orders, prompting some walk-in customers to leave.

In 1,200 Starbucks locations, at least 20 percent of transactions in peak hours came from customers using mobile order and pay, the company said.

So the company has been experimenting with new ways to "more efficiently handle increased demand" from both mobile and walk-in customers during peak hours.

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<![CDATA[Osprey Recalls Child Backpack Carriers Due to Fall Hazard]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:14:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/osprey-backpack-recall.jpg

Osprey is recalling 82,000 child backpack carriers due to a fall hazard.

The recall involves all models of Osprey’s Poco, Poco Plus and Poco Premium child backpack carriers manufactured between January 2012 and December 2014.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a child seated in the carrier can slip through the leg openings, posing a fall hazard to children.

Osprey says it has received four reports of children falling through the carrier, including one report of scratches to the head and another sustained a skull fracture.

The nylon child carriers were sold in three colors, “Romper Red,” “Koala Grey” and “Bouncing Blue.” They have a metal frame and a gray padded child’s seat inside.

The production date is stamped on a black label sewn into the interior of the large lower zippered compartment on the back of the carrier. “Osprey” is printed on the fabric above the kick stand. The model name is printed on the back at the bottom.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled carriers and contact Osprey for a free Seat Pad Insert for use along with the existing safety straps to secure the child in the carrier.

Consumers who previously received and installed the free Seat Pad Insert in their carriers are not required to take further action.

The products were sold at REI and specialty outdoor stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from January 2012 to December 2015 for between $200 and $300.

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