WASHINGTON — In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren’t paying attention, even as hackers targeted executives to trick them into revealing their online credentials. Continue reading
Are high-tech personal gadgets on your holiday shopping list? Hari Sreenivasan talks to Amy Webb of Webbmedia Group about the rise of wearable devices, the inherent concerns over data collection and security and the industry that’s popped up to help safeguard consumer privacy. Continue reading
The hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment has exposed salaries, sensitive personal e-mails, Social Security numbers and health records of employees. Who’s the lead suspect in the attack and how does it affect business in Hollywood? Hari Sreenivasan gets background from James Lewis of the Center for Strategic & International Studies and Sharon Waxman of The Wrap. Continue reading
A weekly podcast has riveted millions with its exploration of a true crime story and its questions about whether the man at its center is guilty or innocent. “Serial” probes the 1999 conviction of a high school senior who was charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Slate’s David Haglund about the runaway success of the show, now the most popular podcast in history. Continue reading
Researchers at North Carolina State University are inventing technology to decode dog talk. Hari Sreenivasan visits a computer science lab that has designed a harness to monitor physiological and emotional changes and send wireless commands through vibrations, which could be used with guide animals or search and rescue dogs. Continue reading
While 2014 holiday sales boast the latest generation of home video game consoles — such as the Wii U, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — Ralph Baer, an inventor and engineer, was instrumental in giving life to the original idea of playing an interactive game connected to a television screen nearly 50 years ago.
Silicon Valley, the epicenter of the tech industry, is one of the wealthiest and fastest-growing regions in the country. But the rapid development and influx of tech workers has revved up competition for housing and a growing income divide. Special correspondent Scott Shafer of KQED reports on the demolition of a notorious homeless encampment in San Jose. Continue reading
Some high tech entrepreneurs have started trading in the high costs of the San Francisco Bay Area for the sunnier skies of Venice Beach in Los Angeles. But with the benefits of the boom, like high-paying jobs, also come problems, especially for the longtime residents of the famously artistic, bohemian neighborhood. Special correspondent Steve Goldbloom reports. Continue reading