FOX on Tech

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Aug. 23, 2017
.audioplayer_container {display:none;} We use our smartphones to do most things, talk, text, even listen to music. Why not use it to verify who we are? A new study says many people would be on board with that. It would still involve showing a photo: (Mikell) "But your mobile drivers license could simply say that you're over the age of 21 versus showing your exact birth date." Rob Mikell is with Morpho-Trust, which commissioned the study that found well more than half of respondents would go for having a mobile driver's license app and using it to renew their license. As you might expect, millennials gave the prospect the highest rate of approval at 64 percent: (Mikell) "Pretty overwhelming response and for any company to get that level of response, you're certainly very excited about moving forward and fulfilling that need in the community." In fact for the last two years, it's gotten a test run in Iowa and with the favorable results, they're looking to expand there as well as in states like Colorado, Louisiana, Maryland and Virginia. With FOX on Tech, I'm Gurnal Scott. Follow Gurnal Scott on Twitter: @GurnalScott
May 15, 2017
Some Colorado teenagers have devised a new way to prevent drunk driving. FOX's Monica Rix reports with the latest 'FOX on Tech': .audioplayer_container {display:none;} It's a concern most people have, you drive to the local watering hole on the weekend, but then, after one too many, you're worried not just about drunk driving, but leaving your car behind too. That's where Beck Halbeisen and Vinny Rowe from Broomfield, Colorado come in. The two teenagers developed the Leave No Car Behind app. It connects the tipsy user to not one, but two drivers. One to take the user home, the other to drive their car home: (Petrollini) "People have been trying for years to get people to take cabs, to take Uber, to take Lyft, and it's the same old problem. You can't get people to leave and leave their car behind." Mickey Petrollini is with the Colorado Bar Owners Association. Now, Halbeisen says the app growing in popularity, but those that use it are still surprised by who exactly shows up to drive: (Halbeisen) "The first time we go into bars, they're like, man who are these kids? They're like how old are you." They both say they are hope an investor helps it grow beyond Colorado's borders. With FOX on Tech, Monica Rix, FOX News. Follow Monica Rix on Twitter: @MonicaRix
May 3, 2017
T-Mobile is planning to expand service for better coverage and faster speeds, in a move that could propel them to the fore-front of wireless capability. FOX's Brett Larson has "FOX on Tech": T-Mobile wants to be first to build a nationwide '5G' wireless network. T-Mobile just scooped up massive amounts of wireless spectrum in a government auction. The space is currently occupied by over-the-air digital TV signals that will soon be relocated. That will give them coast-to-coast coverage that will go a long distance between towers. In some area's that will give customers faster service, but for most users it will just mean better coverage, not necessarily faster data service. But the solid signal could also bring wireless connections to other devices like tablets and sensors around your home. Other wireless carriers, like Verizon and AT&T are experimenting with fast 5G service with the hope of delivering users speeds closer to those you'd see from a wired connection. But those carriers are using higher frequencies which don't travel far distances. T-Mobile's 5G service will roll out later this year. AT&T said they'd roll out in late 2018. Verizon is testing their's later this year. With FOX on Tech, I'm Brett Larson, FOX News. Follow Brett Larson on Twitter: @BrettLarson
April 19, 2017
A first for one airline company. FOX's Brett Larson reports: .audioplayer_container {display:none;} Malaysian Airlines flight 370 and all 239 passengers on board vanished over the Indian Ocean after falling off the radar en route to Beijing and the search for the plane ended after three years of searching, with only pieces of debris showing up in the last few years. Now, Malaysian Airlines will become the world's first to start using a satellite based tracking system that can keep a watchful eye on an airliner in hard to track places like the poles and remote areas of the ocean where flight 370 is thought to have disappeared. In a statement, Malaysian Airlines said this new system will give them the ability to track every aircraft's location, altitude and heading and be alerted should any plane go off course. The service will become operational next year after the final 'Iridium Next Satellites' are launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Space X Falcon 9 rockets. 66 low-earth orbit satellites will assist in providing that global coverage of future flights. With FOX on Tech, I'm Brett Larson, FOX News. Follow Brett Larson on Twitter: @BrettLarson
April 14, 2017
Robots are getting your food for you, at least in the city by the bay. FOX's Brett Larson has "FOX on Tech": .audioplayer_container {display:none;} The robots are coming with your food delivery. In San Francisco, robotic startup Marble robots are working with Eat24 to deliver food. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Marble's Harrison Shei said for now, robots have a human helper: (Shei) "For the robot to have a voice to talk to the people, they're curious about it. To interact with the local businesses, ask some questions." For the robot to have a voice to talk to the people that are curious about it. On board, plenty of technology to take in a picture of the surrounding area: (Shei) "Traveling down the streets a mission, requires a unique set of thing, so we have a series of different sensors, like lidar, cameras and ultrasonic in order for us to sense an all environments. Whether it's darker out or whether it's foggy or it's in a crowded area." And all that robot roaming with your food order is giving Marble something else, a more accurate map of the world beneath it's wheels: (Shei) "With these sensors we've also set up proprietary maps, allows us to understand the world around us." The robots are in testing now but are currently unable to climb stairs or go out in the rain. With FOX on Tech, I'm Brett Larson, FOX News. Follow Brett Larson on Twitter: @BrettLarson
March 29, 2017
Facebook is adding a new features to your timeline. FOX's Brett Larson explains: .audioplayer_container {display:none;} Facebook users may notice something familiar coming to their timeline. The new Facebook camera feature will let you add special effects to photos and videos. If that sounds somewhat familiar, it should. It's very much what users of SnapChat are doing and sharing on Facebook. Facebook's calling the new feature: Stories. The posts will appear above 'news feed' on mobile and though Facebook admits it's a lot like SnapChat, it's the success of Instagram stories that inspired the social media giant to add the feature. It also seems after 10 years of just typing out text to update your friends on Facebook, a new way of doing it was long overdue. They started testing the more visual sharing during the 2016 Olympics and found that sharing photos and videos, at least on Facebook, crosses all age groups, where SnapChat users tend to skew younger. But for now, any story's you share on Facebook will be seen by all your friends. With FOX on Tech, I'm Brett Larson, FOX News. Follow Brett Larson on Twitter: @BrettLarson
Dec. 22, 2016
He's been a lazy cat over the past few decades, but Garfield is back, and helping users navigate a changing and sometimes daunting online world. FOX's Joy Piazza explains in this edition of "FOX on Tech": .audioplayer_container {display:none;} When the "Garfield" comic strip first hit newsstands in 1978, "going online" wasn't a thing. Now that lazy feline is helping kids and adults alike navigate the 'web safely: (Davis) "We've been working very hard to take our analog cat into digital world now." "Garfield" creator Jim Davis partnered with the Center for Cyber Safety and Education to make a series of online safety adventures: (Davis) "People by nature are very trusting, so when someone asks them to share their phone number or password or something like that, they tend to." The center's director Patrick Craven says some holiday toys and gadgets could lure online thieves: (Craven) "When you sign into some of these things, you're giving them access to your contacts on your phone or on your social media site and things like that. Do you really want them to have that? So what would Garfield's Facebook profile look like?: (Davis) "Favorite food: Lasagna. Favorite pastime: Sleeping and eating, it would be a very short profile." Garfield's adventures are on With FOX on Tech, I'm Joy Piazza, FOX News.
Oct. 27, 2016
Apple revealed the long awaited new MacBook Pro on Thursday. FOX's Steve Rappoport has "FOX on Tech": .audioplayer_container {display:none;} It's here, the long rumored update to Apple's laptop lineup, rolled out after a video montage of all the previous portable Macs... Apple's CEO Tim Cook took the wraps off with one simple statement: (Cook) "This is the new Macbook Pro and it is absolutely incredible." The new MacBook Pro's are thinner and now feature better battery life and performance, but also something new called Touch Bar. Apples product designer Jonathan Ives explains: (Ives) "In each application, the most relevant controls are displayed dynamically, allowing you to work with greater efficiency."  The laptops are available now for pre-order and come in 13 and 15" models. Also unveiled, a new app to help find all your television shows and movies no matter where it's located: (Cook) "And we simply call it... TV." The app is available for download for Apple TV users. With FOX on Tech, I'm Steve Rappoport, FOX News. Follow Steve Rappoport on Twitter: @SteveRappoport
May 12, 2016
Instagram has made a bit of a makeover to their logo. FOX's Jo Ling Kent has "FOX on Tech": .audioplayer_container {display:none;} Outrage online over Instagram and it's not even about a photo. Instagram fans went into full meltdown mode over the photo app's new logo. Gone is the old fashioned camera icon. It's been replaced with a sleeker, flat colorful one that many users called it boring, generic or plain old basic. Instagram said it was going for simplicity to reflect its massive growth. More than 80 million photos and videos are shared on Instagram every day. 400 million people log on monthly and 75 percent of them are from outside the United States. And if you're wondering how many likes are going on every day: 3.5 billion. But the mini uproar comes as no surprise. Users have regularly complained when Facebook, Instagram or Twitter introduce any change large or small. But as always, we report and you decide. Take a look at the new Instagram logo on With FOX on Tech, Jo Ling Kent, FOX News. Follow Jo Ling Kent on Twitter: @jolingkent
Nov. 4, 2015
Too busy to answer all those emails? Maybe you could you use an artificial assistant. FOX News' Pat O'Neill has the story: .audioplayer_container {display:none;} It's a new twist on the "automated reply" feature. Google has unveiled a new tool designed to write artificially intelligent email responses. The so-called "smart reply" identifies which incoming emails deserve quick responses, then figures out the appropriate wording. Users will have three different reply choices before it's sent. The ones users pick are supposed to help Google's neural network figure out which ones works best... But don't expect anything too pithy, they'll be short and pretty basic. Google thinks the new option will be especially popular for checking emails on smartphones with the smaller, touch-screen keyboards. It's available to anyone using the free version of inbox and to businesses that pay for a more sophisticated version of its G-mail service. It's Google's latest effort to teach machines how to take over jobs typically handled by humans. The most ambitious example is its six-year old project to develop cars that don't need a person behind the steering wheel. Pat O'Neill, FOX News.
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