Alleged Spy App ToTok Puts Apple in a Bind

Alleged Spy App ToTok Puts Apple in a Bind

Last month, both Google and Apple removed a popular social messaging app called ToTok from their official app stores. The decisions came after United States intelligence officials told The New York Times that the United Arab Emirates likely uses the app for state surveillance. The report and subsequent research also asserted ties between ToTok developer…

8 More of the Smartest Things We’ve Seen This Week at CES 2020

8 More of the Smartest Things We’ve Seen This Week at CES 2020

1 / 10Photograph: Amy Lombard Sarcos Guardian XO It looks like the exosuit from *Edge of Tomorrow*, but this exoskeleton from Sarcos is not science fiction. A human operator can just pop inside and suddenly lift 200 pounds without breaking a sweat—no really, you’ll barely feel anything, even the machine’s weight. It’s easy to operate, doesn’t…

TikTok Bugs Could Have Allowed Account Takeovers

TikTok Bugs Could Have Allowed Account Takeovers

The social video app TikTok has been branded a potential security threat for its ties to China—the app is owned by the Beijing-based company ByteDance—but like any piece of software it also has the potential for more immediate security concerns. Recently patched vulnerabilities in the app could have allowed an attacker to take over TikTok…

Facebook’s Deepfake Ban Is a Solution to a Distant Problem

Facebook’s Deepfake Ban Is a Solution to a Distant Problem

Wait—did Facebook just address a problem before it became a colossal nightmare?That’s one way of looking at the company’s new policy on deepfake videos. In a blog post published Monday, Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice president of global policy management, announced that deepfakes will be joining nudity, hate speech, and graphic violence on the list of…

Bell and Hyundai Soar into the Air Taxi Race

Bell and Hyundai Soar into the Air Taxi Race

So far, development of the electric vertical-lift aircraft that will enable our dreams of future urban air taxis has largely been the purview of small aviation startups. The “bigs,” Boeing and Airbus, have acquired or partnered with smaller firms, while automakers – who bring expertise in mass-production if not flying – have mainly stayed on…

Amazon Doubles Down on Ring Partnerships With Law Enforcement

Amazon Doubles Down on Ring Partnerships With Law Enforcement

Ring, the home security company Amazon bought in 2018, has been criticized by more than 30 civil rights organizations for arranging secretive deals with hundreds of police departments across the country. In a letter sent in September, US senator Edward Markey (D–Massachussets), said the partnerships “could easily create a surveillance network that places dangerous burdens…

Ivanka Trump’s Future of Work Isn’t for Workers

Ivanka Trump’s Future of Work Isn’t for Workers

Ivanka Trump took the stage at CES on Tuesday to muted reception. Forty minutes later, she left to robust applause. No surprise, maybe, given the uncontroversial theme: The US needs to prepare workers for the future. At a technology-focused show, that’s not exactly a hard sell. But a closer look at the Trump administration’s attitude…