Natural gas firms have a proposal to convert home heating to hydrogen

Enlarge / Natural gas meters are fixed to the outside of residential townhouses and apartments (credit: Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) Three natural gas distributors issued a report this week detailing plans to convert the UK’s residential gas system to a hydrogen delivery system. UK firms Northern Gas Networks and Cadent, as well as Norwegian […]

As firms struggle with seasonal hiring, Amazon turns to automation

Elf plan included TO BE HIRED as Santa Claus at Boscov’s, a department store in Pennsylvania, you will need to “be tolerant of unexpected behaviours from children”. But what really sets an applicant apart is a “natural white beard”. The insufficiently hirsute can apply for one of over 880,000 other holiday vacancies across America. The […]

Surveillance with a smile: Biometrics firms seek to incentivize facial recognition

Operating on the gradual model of Google and Facebook, biometrics companies are plotting a slow rollout of facial recognition technology, barbed with incentives to hook customers and distract them from the demise of privacy. Arenas, airports and stores are already adopting facial recognition software to identify criminals, from shoplifters to potential terrorists – so marketing […]

Billionaire Marc Benioff celebrates after San Francisco votes for new tax that will take millions from big tech firms to solve the city’s homelessness crisis

Kimberly White / Stringer Proposition C, a measure which will tax San Francisco’s largest companies in order to combat homelessness, passed on Tuesday. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has been a vocal proponent of Prop C and hailed the victory in a tweet. Prop C would target Salesforce, which Benioff has estimated will pay between $ […]

US charges Chinese, Taiwan firms for stealing secrets from Micron

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice has filed charges against a Taiwanese company, a Chinese PRC-backed company, and three Taiwanese nationals of economic espionage against Idaho-based semiconductor manufacturer Micron over the production of F32nm DRAM. Sessions also announced the creation of the China Initiative, led by Assistant Attorney General John Demers, […]

Tech firms to SEC: We want the option to pay non-employee workers in equity

Enlarge (credit: Guillaume Payen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) In recent weeks, both Uber and Airbnb have sent formal letters to the Securities and Exchange Commission, asking the regulatory agency to expand efforts that would allow drivers and hosts to also be paid in company shares. Exactly how this would work in practice remains unclear. The […]

Instagram car finance SCAM – Drivers warned of bogus lease firms using social media 

Motorists are being warned about a new finance scam that sees con artists targeting unsuspecting motorists with too good to be true deals.  Deals advertised on the social media Instagram are targetting the most vulnerable motorists on the road.  Typically they offer motorists a policy without the need for a credit check or a deposit.  […]

Dozens of iOS apps surreptitiously share user location data with tracking firms

Enlarge (credit: Mongkol Chuewong, GettyImages) During preparation for a workshop at DEF CON in August on locating privacy leaks in network traffic, we discovered a number of applications on both iOS and Android that were broadcasting precise location data back to the applications’ developers—in some cases in unencrypted formats. Research released late Friday by Sudo […]