Man Hacks Ring Camera in Woman’s Home to Make Explicit Comments – This Week in Tech – 12/22/2019

Man Hacks Ring Camera in Woman’s Home to Make Explicit Comments

In yet another example of a smart home hack, an in-home Amazon Ring camera was hacked to make inappropriate comments toward a woman in her California home…


Finland Is Making Its Online AI Crash Course Free to the World

Last year, Finland launched a free online crash course in artificial intelligence with the aim of educating its citizens about the new technology. Now, as a Christmas present to the world, the European nation is making the six week program available for anyone to take…


IBM’s New Battery May Outperform Lithium-Ion, and It Doesn’t Use Conflict Minerals

Recently, an international advocacy group accused tech giants including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Dell and Tesla of “knowingly benefiting from” the exploitation of young kids to mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Why cobalt? Because cobalt is a major component in the lithium-ion batteries that are found in nearly every rechargeable electronic device. Approximately two-thirds of the world’s cobalt supplies come from Congo…


Motorola Delays Razr Foldable Phone, Citing High Demand

The new foldable Motorola Razr was set to begin its preorders in less than a week. But if you were planning to place your order for the $1,500 folding flip phone on Dec. 26, better make some alternative plans…


UK Plans to Ban Sales of Locked Mobile Phones

The UK’s communications regulator is proposing a rule to ban carriers from selling phones that are tied to their networks. O2, Sky, Three, Virgin Mobile and some smaller carriers already offer unlocked phones, but Ofcom wants the likes of BT Mobile/EE, Tesco Mobile and Vodafone to do the same. It’s also seeking better clarity for customers about whether their handset is locked…


A $1.1 Million Electric Fire Truck Was Set to Operate in Menlo Park, California Before It Was Vetoed

Menlo Park Fire Protection District was considering reserving an all-electric fire truck that cost $1,112,900 after shipping and inspection…


Researchers Create Functional Mini-Liver by 3D Bioprinting

Using human blood cells, Brazilian researchers have succeeded in obtaining hepatic organoids (“mini-livers”) that perform all of the liver’s typical functions, such as producing vital proteins, storing vitamins, and secreting bile, among many others. The innovation permits the production of hepatic tissue in the laboratory in only 90 days and may in the future become an alternative to organ transplantation…

One thought on “Man Hacks Ring Camera in Woman’s Home to Make Explicit Comments – This Week in Tech – 12/22/2019

  • January 5, 2020 at 1:11 pm
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    Great selection of stories and definitely delving into that free course, what a great find!

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