Watch a Drone Take Over a Nearby Smart TV

Watch a Drone Take Over a Nearby Smart TV

At the Defcon hacker conference today, independent security researcher Pedro Cabrera showed off in a series of hacking proofs-of-concept attacks how modern TVs—and particularly Smart TVs that use the internet-connected HbbTV standard implemented in his native Spain, across Europe, and much of the rest of the world—remain vulnerable to hackers.

These Cities Will Track Scooters to Get a Handle on Regulation

These Cities Will Track Scooters to Get a Handle on Regulation

On Tuesday, 15 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, and Bogota, Colombia, said they’ve created a nonprofit called the Open Mobility Foundation, devoted to collecting, maintaining, and standardizing information about where shared vehicles—including cars, scooters, jet packs, and bicycles—are parked.

Why 5G Makes Me Reconsider the Health Effects of Cellphones

Why 5G Makes Me Reconsider the Health Effects of Cellphones

But what if the FCC is measuring public health effects against a decades-old standard that (a) measures the wrong thing and (b) was based on the work of an insular, private group, half of whose initial funding came from the power and telecom industries and that elects its own members?

RIP AirPower: Apple Kills Its Elusive Wireless Charging Pad

RIP AirPower: Apple Kills Its Elusive Wireless Charging Pad

Apple ’s long-anticipated inductive charging pad for Apple devices has been cancelled due to the fact that it didn’t meet the company’s own high standards, TechCrunch reported earlier today. Apple’s AirPower was supposedly going to offer a new inductive charging standard, one that built upon the consortium-approved Qi standard.

The Complex Quest to Write a Robocar Driving Test

The Complex Quest to Write a Robocar Driving Test

Together, the groups want that advisory panel to come up with a standard that would force those building self-driving technology explain how their cars can get through bloopers and accidents, even without a driver at the wheel.

Holes in 4G and 5G Networks Could Let Hackers Track Your Location

Holes in 4G and 5G Networks Could Let Hackers Track Your Location

"Average consumers are at the risk of exposing their privacy to malicious third parties who sell location data and other private information." With the exception of the Piercer flaws, the vulnerabilities the researchers discovered would need to be fixed above the individual carrier level by the industry group GSMA, which oversees development of mobile data standards including 4G and 5G.

A YubiKey for iOS Will Soon Free Your iPhone From Passwords

A YubiKey for iOS Will Soon Free Your iPhone From Passwords

“We’re not exactly there with default settings on an iPhone yet, so there’s some work that developers need to do to enable their apps to work with the Lightning key.” One key limitation: Apple does not yet natively support FIDO2, an open source standard that lets you access your online accounts simply by plugging in a hardware token, rather than using a password.

Environmental Groups Slam Ford Over Clean Fuel Stance

Environmental Groups Slam Ford Over Clean Fuel Stance

Environmental groups on May 8 targeted Ford Motor Co. over its stance on the U.S. clean fuel standard, delivering a petition with 250,000 signatures urging the automaker to drop support for weaker emission rules.