<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Tech News]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/tech http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://www.nbcdfw.comen-usSun, 21 Jan 2018 22:31:27 -0600Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:31:27 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Mark Cuban Says Mavs to Accept Bitcoin Next Season: CNBC]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:21:53 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark_Cuban_Says_Mavs_Tickets_Are_Very_Affordable_1200x675_1074351171629.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Monday Mavs fans will be able to buy tickets next season using cryptocurrency, according to a report by CNBC.

CNBC reports a Twitter user asked Cuban when they would be able to buy basketball tickets usign bitcoin and that he replied "next season."

The account for the user who asked the question, @13ac0n_, has apparently since been deleted.

According to CoinDesk, Cuban, who they reported has made investments in cryptocurrency, said they'd be adding the crypto payment ability to accept BTC and Eth and possibly some other crypto currencies.

<![CDATA[Amazon Raises Monthly Prime Cost Nearly 20 Percent]]> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:40:13 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/amazon+option.jpg

Amazon announced Friday that it raised its monthly Prime membership cost from $10.99 to $12.99, an 18 percent increase, CNBC reported.

New members will begin paying the increased monthly price immediately, and existing members will pay the new price after Feb. 18, the online retailer said in a statement on its website. Members paying the $12.99 monthly price will end up paying about $155 per year, up from about $131.

Amazon also increased the price of its monthly Prime Student membership, from $5.49 to $6.49. However, the company added that the annual membership prices will stay the same at $99 for Prime and $49 for Prime Student.

Amazon started the monthly pricing model less than two years ago as a more flexible way of taking advantage of Prime's fast shipping and other benefits. Prime members spend considerably more on Amazon than non-Prime members.

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<![CDATA[Fujifilm Recalls Hundreds of Thousands of Wall Plugs Over Shock Concerns]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:20:13 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/digital+cams.jpg

A major New York-based camera maker is recalling nearly 300,000 power adapter wall plugs sold with digital cameras nationwide over concerns about a potential shock hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday.

Fujifilm, headquartered in Valhalla, issued the voluntary recall for 270,000 plugs sold in the U.S., along with 24,000 were sold in Canada, because the plugs can crack, break or detach and get stuck in the wall, the company said in a statement. They can also expose live electrical contacts, posing a shock hazard.

No injuries were reported in connection with the recalled products, which were sold with digital cameras in-store at retailers across the country and online at Amazon.com and other websites. The products were made in China. 

Specifically, the recall involves AC-5VF power adapter wall plugs sold with Fujifilm digital camera models XP90, XP95, XP120, XP125, X-A3 and X-A10. The digital cameras were sold in a variety of colors. The recalled wall plugs are black and are combined with a power adapter and USB cord that plugs into the adapter. Model number "AC-5VF" is printed on the back of the power adapter. The serial number is printed on the bottom of the camera or under the battery compartment lid. To check your serial number, click here.

The XP90 and XP95 were sold from June 2016 through January 2018, the XP120 and XP125 were sold from January 2017 through January 2018, the X-A3 was sold from October 2016 through January 2018, and the X-A10 was sold from February 2017 through January 2018. The digital cameras cost between $160 and $600 with the power adapter wall plugs.

Anyone who has a recalled power adapter wall plug should stop using it immediately and contact Fujifilm for a free replacement. Consumers can continue to charge the camera using the USB cable attached to a computer. For more information, call toll-free at 833-613-1200 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email productsafety@fujifilm.com or go to www.fujifilmusa.com and click on "Support & Contact."

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<![CDATA[Facebook, Google Tell Congress About Fight With Extremism]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:19:55 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FBthumbsup_1200x675.jpg

Facebook, Google and Twitter shared with the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Wednesday steps each tech giant has tekn to combat extremist content in Washington D.C, CNBC reported. 

All three companies told Congress they went beyond screening, removing extremist content and anti-terror propoganda but also have focused in on targeting targeting people who are likely to be swayed by extremist messages, CNBC reported. 

Monika Bickert, Facebook's head of global policy management, wrote in an advance copy of her testimony obtained by CNBC that the key to combating extremism was to disrupt the "underlying ideologies that drive people to commit acts of violence," through counterpropoaganda.

CNBC reported that Google's YouTube said it will continue to use the "Redirect Method," which sends anti-terror messages to people likely to seek out extremist content through what is essentially targeted advertising, CNBC reported. 

The tech giants have come under fire in the U.S. and Europe for allowing their websites and programs to be used by terrorists groups and other extremists for recruiting and propaganda, CNBC reported.

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<![CDATA[Bitcoin Falls Below $10,000 for 1st Time Since November]]> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:53:47 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-887657608.jpg

Bitcoin fell below $10,000 for the first time since November, with more than $36 billion of value being wiped off the cryptocurrency in the last day, CNBC reported.

The world's largest cryptocurrency dived as low as $9,199.59 Wednesday morning, falling almost 19 percent within 24 hours, according to CoinDesk data. It then recovered slightly to $10,123 at 11:56 a.m. ET.

More than $30 billion was shaved off the cryptocurrency's market value in the last 24 hours.

The last time bitcoin fell below the $10,000 mark was Nov. 30. And last month, it soared to a record high of $19,343. However, bitcoin has since been on a gradual decline and is now down almost 50 percent from that all-time high.

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<![CDATA[Facebook a ‘Living, Breathing Crime Scene': Tech Ethicist]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:35:05 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zuckerman.jpg

Facebook announced last week that it would start prioritizing “meaningful posts from friends and family in News Feed” with less content from pages, publishers and brands.

But former Facebook employees told NBC News that the network’s laser focus on profits has failed its users and that its move now to self-regulate may be too little, too late.

While there are still lessons to be learned from how the social platform was used to sow discord ahead of America's 2016 presidential election, critics say Facebook — and CEO Mark Zuckerberg — aren't acting quickly enough to prevent meddling in the upcoming midterm elections.

"Facebook is a living, breathing crime scene for what happened in the 2016 election — and only they have full access to what happened," said Tristan Harris, a former design ethicist at Google.

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<![CDATA[After Hawaii Error, Emergency Alert System Explored]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:19:35 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NA32S_HAWAII_FALSE_INBOUND_MISSILE_ALERT_1200x675_1136463427729.jpg

After a mistake caused chaos in the state of Hawaii over the weekend, NBC's Jeff Rossen takes a look inside the Emergency Alert System that notifies American's during time of trouble.

<![CDATA[Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Internet Sales Taxes]]> Fri, 12 Jan 2018 23:07:50 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/online-shopping4.jpg

The Supreme Court said Friday it will decide whether states should be able to collect sales taxes for online purchases, a move that would raise costs for consumers while generating more money for local governments, NBC News reported.

Just over a quarter-century ago, the court ruled that a state could not force mail order catalog companies to collect sales taxes unless they had a physical presence in the state. Led by South Dakota, 36 states want the court to take another look at the issue, arguing that the 1992 decision was issued "before Amazon was even selling books out of Jeff Bezos's garage."

Internet companies "can instantly tailor their marketing and overnight delivery of hundreds of thousands of products to individual customers based on their IP addresses. These companies can surely calculate sales tax from a zip code," the state said.

The states also said the current ban on internet sales taxes puts brick-and-mortar retailers, who have to collect sales taxes, at a disadvantage.

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<![CDATA[Circuit City Set to Relaunch Online Next Month]]> Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:49:05 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/83632109-Circuit-City.jpg

Shuttered electronics retailer Circuit City is set to make a comeback next month, at least online, CNBC reported.

Its website will relaunch Feb. 15, the company's CEO, Ronny Shmoel, said Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show. It will include several novel features, including search by photo and tech support via video chat, he said.

Down the line, Circuit City plans to gear up towards its own showrooms, according to consumer electronics website Twice.

Circuit City filed for bankruptcy in 2008 and closed its last store in 2009. Shmoel acquired its brand, website and associated trademarks in 2015, and now says that "major retailers" are interested in working with it on stores within stores.

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<![CDATA[GroupMe Users Report Hacked Accounts]]> Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:00:19 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/responds-groupme-message.jpg

Tech experts say cyber thieves are always looking for ways to come after your money and personal information, and group messaging apps have become a popular way to do it.

Ally Edmonson has a lot of apps on her phone, but GroupMe is by far one of her favorites.

"All of my friends are on GroupMe," she explained.

GroupMe is a group messaging app that allows large groups to chat without being bombarded with text alerts and notifications. 

Earlier this year, Edmonson got a direct message from someone in one of her groups wishing her a happy Near Year. It also came with a link.

She didn't think much of it until she got another message, and another message.

"And they're from different people with this link," she said.

When she clicked the link it sent her to a site that's advertising a weight loss pill. Edmonson said she went on social media and learned the link was being sent to a number of GroupMe users across the country.

"Clicking on these links can be harmful because it can cause malware to be downloaded. It can even pull credit card information out of your browser," said Keith Barthold, tech expert and president of DKB Innovative.

Barthold said the link appears to be part of an identity theft, phishing or malware distribution. He said group messaging apps have become breeding grounds for criminal activity. 

"There's definitely opportunity for people to get scammed," he explained.

Other GroupMe users like Edmonson are sounding off on social media. One user tweeted "Some dude sent me a direct message on GroupMe that has a link to a weight loss pill." Another tweeted, "This GroupMe hack/virus. Whatever is about to have me throw the whole app away."

Barthold said hackers are constantly finding new vulnerabilities and new ways to exploit people.

"It's kind of concerning that they've taken it this far," Edmonson said.

GroupMe told NBC 5 it has received multiple reports from other users stating their own account is experiencing the same issue. GroupMe also said their engineers are currently looking into this.

A spokesperson for Microsoft, the parent company of GroupMe, said "some GroupMe customers reported that their accounts were being used to send spam mails. We looked into this and determined that the security of the GroupMe service wasn't affected."

If you use a group messaging app, here are Samantha Chatman's Solutions:

• Change your password regularly.
• Never click on suspicious link, no matter how curious you are. It's not worth it.
• If a friend sends you an odd message that doesn't make sense, pick up the phone and call them.

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<![CDATA[Here Are 5 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Bill]]> Wed, 10 Jan 2018 07:21:08 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/saving-energy-bill.jpg

It's that time of the year when North Texans see their energy bills increase, but there are ways to save energy and money throughout the year.

It seems to happen around the same time every year — Micah Matthews gets his energy bill and is startled by the vast difference.

"My bill was $54 in November, and in December it was $86, so I was upset about that but I didn't know what was causing it" Matthews said. "Thirty bucks is a big jump!"

But this year, he's ready to make some changes around his Dallas apartment, and they're steps that all North Texans can take to cut down on energy costs.

If you find yourself getting cold at night, but your thick blankets just aren't doing the trick, try reversing your ceiling fan.

Leticia Castellanos, Vice President of Energy at Stream Energy, said spinning the fan in the opposite direction can force the rising warm air downward, giving your thermostat a bit of a break.

"What this means is you will feel warmer and you won't need to turn the heat up," she said.

Next, check your home for drafts.

"What you need to do is take the dollar bill, open your door, close the door and pull it. If it's easy and glides, then you need to change the weather stripping," she said.

Heat and air can escape through the smallest cracks. You're going to want to seal those edges up with weather stripping around your doors and windows. If you have pets, caulk may be a better option.

You'll also want to keep your home's blinds open in the winter and closed in the summer. This will reduce the amount of energy your HVAC system has to use.

Don't forget to unplug! Things like phone and laptop chargers and coffeemakers can cost you big time.

So go ahead and unplug and save yourself some cash throughout the new year.

"Now, I'm going to be going to everybody's home like hey, you should unplug this, unplug that. I'm gonna be this plug guy. Call me the plug," Matthews said.

Be sure to clean your HVAC unit every 30 days to keep it running efficiently.

If you're not sure how to do it, click here.

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<![CDATA[DFW Companies Unveil Innovative Tech at CES]]> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 18:44:07 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-902653014.jpg

There are several big North Texas companies unveiling innovative technology at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The annual show is where nearly 4,000 companies, big and small, go to unveil the latest in tech products. Four companies from Dallas-Fort Worth are making headlines with their products and services.

Alexa Coming to Toyota and Lexus
In 2018, Toyota and Lexus are bringing Amazon's smart, cloud-based assistant to vehicles later this year. “Amazon Alexa is a major step forward, and we’re very excited about the road ahead," said Zack Hicks, with Toyota. Drivers and passengers will be able to access everything Alexa has to offer, including directions, smart home access, playing music, etc. Read more about this here.

Autonomous Pizza Delivery
Toyota is also announcing a joint project with Pizza Hut, E-Palette, that may bring pizza to your home via a driverless vehicle. “They have a history of innovation, and when we think about the technology that’s going to power driverless vehicles, and what that does from an efficiency standpoint, you could see in the future that we could use these as mobile ovens to bake the pizza, to deliver it hotter and better when the customer arrives it, so the possibilities are really endless here," said Zipporah Allen, with Pizza Hut. Read more on the vehicle and see a rendering here.

Elevate Over DFW With Air Taxis
Engineers from Fort Worth-based Bell Helicopter flew to Las Vegas with the latest designs for Bell's Urban Air Taxi, the on-demand concept that within five years could be whisking Uber passengers across the Metroplex from vertiport to vertiport. Read more on Uber's Elevate vision for North Texas here.

AT&T Showcasing Smart Cities Initiative
Dallas-based AT&T is showing off the company's newest smart cities initiative. Places on bridges and overpasses, sensors can monitor the structure to determine their worthiness while measuring for any cracks or tilts.

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<![CDATA[Romo Mistaken for Brady During Intel, CES Pitch]]> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 18:01:53 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-902787626.jpg

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback turned broadcaster Tony Romo, always quick with a quip, was mistaken for Tom Brady Tuesday while making a presentation for Intel at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Geekwire.com reports Romo was headed to the stage to promote Intel's "True View" technology, tech previously known as "freeD" which allows sports fans an 360-degree view during a replay, when Intel CEO Brian Krzanich mistakenly referred to the quarterback in the clip as Romo. It was Tom Brady, who, of course, plays for the Patriots.

As Romo got to the stage Krzanich apologized and Romo quipped, "People get me mixed up with Tom Brady all the time."

Romo then went on to talk about Intel's technology and how it can allow fans to appreciate the ability of that guy at that moment.

See the True View tech above.

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<![CDATA[Amazon's Alexa Coming to Select Toyota, Lexus Cars in 2018]]> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:45:16 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/toyota-connected-logo.jpg

Amazon's intelligent assistant Alexa will be going for a ride in select Toyota and Lexus vehicles later this year.

Toyota announced the partnership Tuesday, saying the cloud-based voice assistant would be included in vehicles equipped with the Toyota Entune 3.0 App Suite and Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0, allowing riders to interact with Alexa in the car.

While on the road with a connection to the Internet, Alexa can provide directions, the news, access audio books, adjust smart home settings or a number of other voice-command tasks.

“Voice services are rapidly becoming more popular and through our integration with Amazon Alexa, Toyota and Lexus customers will soon be able to easily speak to Alexa in their cars while on-the-go,” said Zack Hicks, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Toyota Motor North America and Chief Executive Officer and President of Toyota Connected.

“We’re thrilled that Toyota and Lexus will bring Alexa to customers on the road,” said John Scumniotales, Head of Product for Amazon Alexa Automotive. “Our vision for Alexa is that she should be everywhere a customer might need her – at home, in the office, on phones – and in cars. This integration means that customers can interact with Alexa, virtually anywhere they drive.”

Additional models will be available in 2019.

It's worth mentioning that Alexa can also bring you the latest headlines from NBC 5. Simply enable the NBC 5 in the News settings and then you'll hear the latest updates when you ask, "Alexa, what's in the news?"

On Monday, Toyota announced a partnership with their Plano neighbor that could see Pizza Hut pizzas delivered in autonomous (unmanned) vehicles designed and built by Toyota. You can read more on that here -- and see a rendering of the delivery van.

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<![CDATA[Work World Roasts Slack on Twitter Amid Outage Reports]]> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:29:59 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/slack-down-photo.jpg

Messaging service Slack was briefly down for many customers Tuesday afternoon across the United States.

The problem, described by the company as "connectivity issues for all customers," had some office dwellers taking to Twitter to declare it a day or otherwise roast the service. Among the tongue-in-cheek outrage: having to use email again or talk to colleagues in person. 

The site Downdetector.com showed a spike of 1,000 reports in the early afternoon. A map appeared to show the problem concentrated on the coasts.

"If you're having issues connecting to Slack: we're working on getting things back to normal with top priority. Thanks kindly for your patience," Slack tweeted at 2:32 p.m. ET.

Slack apologized for the delay and said it would share updates at status.slack.com.

As of 3 p.m. ET, Slack said that it had "isolated the problem and are working on bringing the service back online for all users."

Most customers should be reconnected, Slack said at 3:20 p.m. ET in an update. 

Slack, which was launched in 2014 and has offices around the world, says it has nine million active users. More than 50,000 companies pay to use the service, the company says on its website. 

Here is some of the reaction that poured in:

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<![CDATA[Tech Giants Battle Over Home Control at CES]]> Wed, 10 Jan 2018 07:30:43 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/2018_CES_Focuses_on_Your_Voice-151550499603800002.jpg

Wearables are out and digital assistants are in, as tech giants like Amazon and Google struggle to put their products on the forefront of home control and smart living. The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas puts a renewed focus on lifestyle tech, from voice activated lights to draft beer makers. 

<![CDATA[Apple Shareholders Call on Board to Study Screen Time Impact]]> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 07:37:04 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/apple_screen_0108_1344373.JPG

Apple shareholders are calling on the company's board of directors to study the impact of smartphones on children.

Parents have expressed concern about the amount of time kids spend on their smartphones, and now some investors in the Cupertino-based tech giant are concerned as well.

Jana partners and the California State Teachers' Retirement System sent a letter to Apple's board urging the company to study screen time impacts and offer parents solutions.

While many adults can be seen glued to their phones, parents say their kids are even more tuned into their screens.

"If you take it away, they start crying, whining, throwing a tantrum," said Ann Kraft of Connecticut. "Why don't you play with a ball?"

Kraft added: "They're watching TV on the phone, texting, face timing, Instagramming. Everything they do is on the phone. It's a lot of screen time."

Apple shareholders are saying there is a growing body of evidence that, for at least some of the most frequent young users, it may be having unintentional negative consequences.

Clinical psychologist and Cal State East Bay professor Michael Stanton says there are impacts.

"We know social media do contribute to anxiety and depression, especially among kids in regards to social comparisons," Stanton said.

Stanton says screen time also impacts sleep. He says more study is needed to get the full picture.

Parents hope Apple gets to work.

"These kids are the first generation that have had extended screen time," Kraft said. "We suspect there are impacts, but we don't know what it is until you study. We're just guessing."

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<![CDATA[In Photos: The Best New Gadgets at CES 2018 in Las Vegas]]> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 13:10:33 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-902755670.jpg From self-driving vehicles to smart wine racks—check out the best new gadgets CES 2018 has to offer.

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<![CDATA[SpaceX Launches First Rocket of 2018 Into Space]]> Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:01:46 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_35_23.Still002.jpg

SpaceX launched its first rocket of the year into space on Sunday. It carried a payload called Zuma for the U.S. government.

<![CDATA[Pizza Hut, Toyota Working on Autonomous Delivery]]> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 15:09:24 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Pizza_Hut_Toyota1.jpg

Plano-based neighbors Toyota and Pizza Hut Monday announced a "global partnership," that could see Pizza Hut pizzas delivered in autonomous vehicles designed and built by Toyota.

At this week's Consumer Electronics Show, Toyota unveiled designs of a self-driving concept vehicle called e-Palette. Toyota plans to implement testing of the e-Palette in several regions, including the United States.

Pizza Hut and Toyota are working toward potential deployment in 2019.

Click here to read more on this story from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Lyft Drivers Say They're Getting Shortchanged]]> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 13:55:06 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lyft+photo.JPG

The Lyft driver who picks you up may be getting cheated out of the money you're paying for the ride. Fed up, drivers reached out to our sister station NBC 4 in Los Angeles for help.

Brian Bleecker has been driving for Lyft in Southern California for more than two years. He said he's been happy, but he admits it's not an easy living.

"I'm struggling to make this work full time," he said. "I wasn't sure my house payment was going to clear this month."

Bleecker gets paid per ride. He thinks Lyft pays him the rider fare, minus a 20 percent cut that Lyft takes. He said that's what he agreed to when he signed up.

But, Bleecker recently heard rumblings that Lyft wasn't being upfront about what it's charging riders. So, he asked some of his riders to help him investigate.

"I was totally floored that it didn't match. It didn't make any sense," Bleecker said.

Here's what he told NBC 4 he found: A rider paid Lyft $22.16 for a ride, but the fare Lyft reported to Bleecker was $17.78.

Another ride: Lyft charged the rider $48.46, but Lyft told Bleecker the rider paid just $35.47.

Lyft is paying Bleecker based on a fare that's lower than what it's charging the rider. Bleecker said Lyft is pocketing money that should be his, and also duping the rider, leading them to believe the driver is paid based on the fare they paid.

"I'm overwhelmed that this is happening," he said.

NBC 4 heard this same story from dozens of Lyft drivers who feared retaliation by the company if they spoke to us.

So, NBC 4 took some rides to see how their claims played out. Time and time again, the fare Lyft reported to the driver was lower than what we paid, usually by a buck or two, but in a ride to LAX, there was a $12 difference.

"They're breaching their deal. They're being deceptive. They're being misleading," said Attorney Stephan Mashel.

Mashel is representing a New Jersey Lyft driver in a class action lawsuit against the company. The suit accuses Lyft of deceiving drivers and shorting their paychecks.

According to the suit, Mashel claims Lyft is secretly making two fare calculations per ride. One determines what riders pay. And the second determines what drivers are paid. Mashel said the driver formula is almost always lower.

"Those monies go into the coffers of Lyft that should go into the pockets of the hard working drivers who are trying to make a living doing rides and providing a service to customers," Mashel said.

Mashel believes Lyft is hiding the fare discrepancy and that it should be clearly disclosed in its contract with drivers. He said Lyft recently made the fare calculations more available, but he argues it's still difficult to find.

Mashel wants Lyft to simply pay drivers based on the fare riders pay.

Bleecker and the other drivers who talked to NBC 4 want the same thing.

"There has to be some retribution, some fairness to it," Bleecker said.

Lyft didn't respond to repeated phone calls and emails for this story. The company has filed a motion to dismiss the case.

The two sides are scheduled to meet with a judge in January.

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<![CDATA[Twitter: We Won't Block World Leaders or Their Tweets]]> Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:46:55 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jack-dorsey.jpg

Twitter said Friday that it will not block world leaders or any of their “controversial Tweets” in the interest of advancing “the global, public conversation.”

In a brief blog post that does not mention any specific Twitter users by name, the company said it was responding to recent discussion surrounding the issue of world leaders and political figures using its platform.

President Donald Trump has built a huge following on the platform, which he has used for years to express opinions on a wide variety of subjects. He most recently stirred widespread controversy and fear with a taunting Tweet directed at the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that appeared to threaten a possible nuclear attack.

On Tuesday, the U.S. president Tweeted about his “nuclear button,” saying his is “a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” While there is no such thing as a nuclear button in the U.S., the provocative jab stoked fear in many across the country that the president’s Twitter use was pushing the country toward an international conflict.

"Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate," the company's statement said. "It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions."

It went on to assure readers that "no one person's account drives Twitter's growth, or influences these decisions. We work hard to remain unbiased with the public interest in mind."

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<![CDATA[Apple: All Macs, iPhones, iPads Affected by Processor Flaws]]> Fri, 05 Jan 2018 07:34:46 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/iphone64.jpg

Apple announced Thursday that all of its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are affected by the Spectre and Meltdown processor security flaws, but it said there are no known incidents of customers being impacted, NBC News reported.

The company said in a statement alerting its customers of the vulnerabilities that it already issued a patch to protect against Meltdown and would release one to defend against Spectre "in the coming days." 

"Since exploiting many of these issues requires a malicious app to be loaded on your Mac or iOS device, we recommend downloading software only from trusted sources such as the App Store," Apple said in the statement.

The security vulnerabilities apply to all modern computer processors and affect nearly all computers and smartphones, leaving tech companies scrambling to find a fix. The hardware bugs can be exploited to allow the computer's memory content to be leaked, which can expose passwords, photos, emails, instant message and other sensitive data.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Consumer Gets Refund for Faulty Fridge]]> Thu, 04 Jan 2018 06:50:53 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lg-fridge-responds.jpg

Martha Newell purchased a brand new LG refrigerator in June for about $2,600. When Newell got the fridge set up, she says she immediately received an error code and the fridge wouldn't dispense water or ice.

Newell explained that five repair visits later, the dispenser still wouldn't work and she said she didn't get a satisfactory explanation for the fault. So, Newell called the NBC 5 Responds team for help.

Days after we reached out to LG, Newell was told she would get a refund. LG would not issue a statement, but they did send Newell a check for $2,600.

The NBC 5 Responds team has gotten back more than $750,000 for consumers all across North Texas.

So, if you have an issue you're having trouble getting resolved, give us a try! Just call 844-573 7763 or submit your tip here.

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<![CDATA[Massive Security Flaw Could Affect Almost Every Computer]]> Wed, 03 Jan 2018 20:35:43 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/203*120/Servers1.jpg

The computer industry was scrambling Wednesday to patch recently discovered security vulnerabilities found in processors used on almost every computer in the world, CNBC reported.

The vulnerabilties — one called “Meltdown,” another “Spectre” — could allow hackers to steal information stored in the memory of a wide range of computer chips running not just on personal devices but also the servers in data centers, including those used to run cloud computing services.

Hackers could even use the vulnerabilities to steal information stored in the memory of the chip itself, including things such as passwords and cached files. It could also pave the way for attackers to weaken other security features.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich told CNBC that Google first alerted it to the vulnerability, and Google has published a detailed rundown of the exploits.

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<![CDATA[Frisco Approves Homes With Grass Roofs]]> Wed, 03 Jan 2018 07:17:07 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/frisco-grass-roof.jpg

Frisco city council members approved a zoning change Tuesday night that will allow for a housing development unlike anything ever built before in North Texas.

Total Environment, a developer from India, has plans to build a community of high-end homes that feature roofs covered with grass and native plants.

Plans for the development, located on 55 acres of vacant land along Independence Parkway just north of Rolator Road, include 122 houses and a series of walking trails. Only 23 of the 55 acres – less than half – will be built upon.

The houses would be expensive, with price points starting at $900,000.

The land had previously been zoned as agricultural.

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