Articles by Stephen Nellis

Software Allows Drones to Monitor Social Distancing, Face Masks

Airspace Systems, a California startup company that makes drones that can hunt down and capture other drones, last Thursday released new software for monitoring social distancing and face-mask wearing from the air. The software analyzes video streams captured by drones …

Apple Lawsuit in California Tests if Employees Can Plan Startup While on Payroll

Attorneys for a former Apple Inc executive on Tuesday will try to convince a skeptical judge of a core tenet of tech startup culture – that employees can plan a competing venture while still in a job. Apple’s lawsuit against …

How Big Tech Hopes to Turn Cars into Connected Revenue Machines

Technology companies transformed smartphones and televisions into continuous fountains of revenue. Now, big tech wants to work with automakers to do the same thing for your car. With the widespread rollout of autonomous vehicles still years away, the two industries …

Salesforce Unveils Software Using Amazon AI to Speed Up Call Center Responses

Business software provider Salesforce.com Inc. said on Tuesday it would use artificial intelligence (AI) technology from Amazon.com Inc.’s cloud computing unit to improve customer service apps. Salesforce makes software systems that businesses use to house customer information, like which products …

Microsoft Tools Ease Access to Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence for Businesses

Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced new tools for software makers aimed at making technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain easier for businesses to use. Microsoft released the tools ahead of its software developer conference next week in Seattle. Once …

Accident Report Confirms Apple Still in Autonomous Car Race

An Apple Inc. self-driving car was rear-ended while merging onto an expressway near the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters this month, the company said in an accident report posted on Friday that confirmed the iPhone maker is still in the race …

Apple Awarded $540M in Big Patent Win Over Smartphone Rival Samsung

After nearly five days of deliberations, a U.S. jury on Thursday said Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd should pay $539 million to Apple Inc. for copying patented smartphone features, according to court documents, bringing a years-long feud between the technology companies …

Home Security Camera’s Face Recognition Even Knows Family Dog

A team of engineers that worked on self-driving cars and helped invent Google Street View wants to help people guard their homes against intruders using the same style of facial recognition that unlocks smart phones. Lighthouse AI, their startup, on …

Wary Businesses Test Fixes for Chip Flaws Before Installing

Chances that a fix to a major microchip security flaw may slow down or crash some computer systems are leading some businesses to hold off installing software patches, fearing the cure may be worse than the original problem. Researchers this …

What to Do About Newly-Discovered Computer Security Flaws

Researchers from Google, academia and cybersecurity firms discovered two flaws in computer chips that affect nearly all modern computers. “Meltdown” is a flaw that affects laptops, desktop computers and internet servers with Intel chips and could let hackers steal data, …