technology

  • March 3, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, a dozen major tech companies, including Facebook, Google and Microsoft, filed briefs supporting Apple’s refusal to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone despite federal court order. Also, Florida lawmakers approved a bill that could reinstate the death penalty after capital punishment in the state was previously struck down by the Supreme Court in January. Continue reading

  • WASHINGTON — The U.S. government calls it a “vicious guard dog” that hurts national security. Apple says it’s critical to protecting consumer privacy against increasingly sophisticated hackers. Continue reading

  • March 1, 2016  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, President Obama met face-to-face with Senate leaders over the vacancy in the Supreme Court, but Republicans remain opposed to any hearings before a new president is elected. Also, the FBI and tech giant Apple squared off before Congress Tuesday morning over the issue of cell phone security. Continue reading

  • WASHINGTON — A Brooklyn jurist has scolded the government in a stinging rebuke of arguments it has used to shame Apple for refusing to surrender information from its customers’ iPhones, saying it’s stretching a 1789 law to get “impermissibly absurd results.” Continue reading

  • Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in Warsaw
    February 29, 2016  

    One of the greatest threats to private cybersecurity today is ransomware — a cyberattack that blocks access to a computer until the hacker is paid a ransom. The problem recently took on new urgency when a hospital in Los Angeles had its entire network shut down for hours, putting hundreds at risk; another high-profile breach hit L.A.’s health department last week. William Brangham reports.
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  • February 17, 2016  

    Since the San Bernardino attack, the FBI has been trying to read the contents of a cell phone used by attacker Syed Farook, made impossible by encryption. Now Apple CEO Tim Cook is rejecting a federal court order to create software to unlock the device. Gwen Ifill talks to Stewart Baker, former assistant secretary of Homeland Security, and Nate Cardozo of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Continue reading

  • February 3, 2016  

    Tech giant Yahoo has long struggled to define a strategy to satisfy investors, consumers and the markets. On Tuesday, CEO Marissa Mayer announced that the company would consider offers for buying its core assets and would be laying off 15 percent of its workforce. Judy Woodruff learns more from Douglas MacMillan of The Wall Street Journal. Continue reading

  • January 28, 2016  

    If you add up all of the innovations made from the late 1800s up to 1970, there’s been no comparable stretch of economic growth, before or since, says economist Robert Gordon. According to his new book, “The Rise and Fall of American Growth,” slower progress is just the new normal. But in our current computer age, not everyone buys that idea. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports. Continue reading

  • January 27, 2016  

    The Chinese board game Go is considered one of the most complex in the world, with trillions of possible move combinations. But scientists at Google have designed an artificial intelligence program capable of beating the top human players, a feat previously thought impossible. Hari Sreenivasan talks to science correspondent Miles O’Brien about the implications of this technological breakthrough. Continue reading

  • January 22, 2016  

    The digital divide and lack of reliable Internet access at home can put low-income and rural students at a real disadvantage. So when superintendent Darryl Adams took over one of the poorest school district in the nation, he made it a top priority to help his students get online 24/7. Special correspondent David Nazar of PBS SoCal reports with PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. Continue reading