Verizon Nears 5G Launch Deals With Apple and Google: Bloomberg

In a statement Tuesday, Verizon announced deals making Apple and Google its first video providers for a 5G wireless service its planning to launch in four cities later this year. From the report: The home broadband service will debut in Los Angeles, Houston and Sacramento, California, as well as the newly announced fourth city of Indianapolis,… Read More »

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 9:05 pm

WWV Shortwave Time Broadcasts May Be Slashed In 2019

A forum thread on QRZ.com indicates that the shortwave time broadcasts by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) from stations WWV (Colorado) and WWVH (Hawaii) may be slashed in budget year 2019. [One of the proposed reductions includes "$6.3 million supporting fundamental measurement… Read More »

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 8:25 pm

LA To Become First In US To Install Subway Body Scanners

Los Angeles officials announced Tuesday that the city's subway will become the first mass transit system in the U.S. to install body scanners that screen passengers for weapons and explosives. "The deployment of the portable scanners, which project waves to do full-body screenings of passengers walking through a station without slowing them down,… Read More »

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 7:45 pm

A Community-Run ISP Is the Highest Rated Broadband Company In America

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A new survey by Consumer Reports once again highlights how consumers are responding positively to [community-run broadband networks]. The organization surveyed 176,000 Consumer Reports readers on their experience with their pay TV and broadband providers, and found that the lion's share of… Read More »

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 7:03 pm

California Officials Admit To Using License Plate Readers To Monitor Welfare Recipients

According to a report from the Sacramento Bee, officials in Sacramento County have been accessing license plate reader data to track welfare recipients suspected of fraud. The practice dates back to 2016. Gizmodo reports: Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance Director Ann Edwards confirmed to the paper that welfare fraud investigators… Read More »

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 6:20 pm

Slashdot Asks: Did You Have a Shared Family Computer Growing Up?

Long before phone addiction panic gripped the masses and before screen time became a facet of our wellness and digital detoxes," begins Katie Reid's article, How the Shared Family Computer Protected Us from Our Worst Selves, "there was one good and wise piece of technology that served our families. Maybe it was in the family room… Read More »

Posted on 14 August 2018 | 5:40 pm