Technology

Resuming Camera Uploads With Dropbox

Q. I had my iPhone and iPad set up to send all my photos to my Dropbox account, so I could access them on my PC. Suddenly, about six weeks ago, they no longer do this and I can’t figure out how to reset it so they will. It is possible that I told my iPhone to send my photos ...

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Privacy Complaints Mount Over Phone Searches at U.S. Border Since 2011

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have filed a lawsuit in Boston arguing that a warrant should be required to search such devices at the border. Last week, the Trump administration asked a judge to dismiss the case. The lawsuit comes amid a surge in agents looking through — and sometimes copying data from — cellphones ...

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A Cute Toy Just Brought a Hacker Into Your Home

The problem isn’t new, but it’s growing as manufacturers introduce a wider range of toys that can connect online, part of an overall trend of “smart” electronics. About 8.4 billion “connected things” will be in use worldwide this year, according to estimates from research firm Gartner, up 31 percent from 2016, with the number projected to rise to 20.4 billion ...

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Facebook Job Ads Raise Concerns About Age Discrimination

Several experts questioned whether the practice is in keeping with the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, which prohibits bias against people 40 or older in hiring or employment. Many jurisdictions make it unlawful to “aid” or “abet” age discrimination, a provision that could apply to companies like Facebook that distribute job ads. “It’s blatantly unlawful,” said Debra ...

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Using Technology to Be Environmentally Friendly

Big tech companies have a major impact on the environment. How do you think they are doing, and what are the implications for the rest of us? One of the tech companies’ biggest environmental footprints comes from the enormous centers that store and process the data that powers their operations — and there has been research to suggest that some ...

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How the Winklevoss Twins Found Vindication in a Bitcoin Fortune

Over a few months, the brothers bought one percent of all the outstanding Bitcoin at the time — or some 120,000 tokens. As they did, the price soared, making their Bitcoin portfolio worth around $11 million by the time they went public with it in April 2013. Their buying spree was mocked at the time, and a few of their ...

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Cracking Quick Response Codes With iOS 11

Q. Do I still need a separate app to scan bar codes and QR codes with my iPhone? A. Quick Response (QR) codes — those black-and-white square images often found on packaging — have been around for years and serve as shortcuts to websites with more information about the item. Some museums have used QR codes on gallery cards, and ...

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In Italy, #MeToo Is More Like ‘Meh’

That apathy extends beyond the Italian entertainment industry. In Florence, defense lawyers for paramilitary police officers accused of raping two young American women sought to ask the accusers if they had been wearing underwear that night. In Sicily, a court cleared a man of sexual harassment charges, determining that sophomoric humor, rather than sexual intent, had motivated his groping of ...

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Managing Apps on iOS 11

Q. I have a bunch of apps on my iPhone that don’t work on iOS 11, and I don’t seem to be able to manage apps in iTunes anymore over USB. Do I have to delete these one by one on the phone as I find them, or is there a faster way? A. Apple’s recent iTunes 12.7 update removed ...

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Drawing on the Desktop – The New York Times

Q. Are all tablets drawing tablets? Marketing for a lot of modern tablets like the iPad boasts about the ability to draw on the devices, but pressure sensitivity is not defined in their specs. What are the core differences between those tablets and graphics tablets designed for the desktop? A. With the right software, you can probably do some rudimentary ...

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