John Pierce

Update iCloud for Windows Right Now to Secure Against Ransomware

Windows iTunes users: There’s a serious exploit in the Bonjour updater for Apple software on Windows that makes it possible for someone to discreetly install ransomware on your system. As reported by Threatpost, the exploit takes advantage of the fact that Apple programs use Bonjour, a piece of networking software Windows users download alongside iTunes.…

Google Search Now Reads at a Higher Level

Google search is advancing a reading grade.Google says it has enhanced its search-ranking system with software called BERT, or Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers to its friends. It was developed in the company’s artificial intelligence labs and announced last fall, breaking records on reading comprehension questions that researchers use to test AI software.Pandu Nayak, Google’s…

The Delicate Ethics of Using Facial Recognition in Schools

On a steamy evening in May, 9,000 people filled Stingaree Stadium at Texas City High School for graduation night. A rainstorm delayed ceremonies by a half hour, but the school district’s facial recognition system didn’t miss a beat. Cameras positioned along the fence line allowed algorithms to check every face that walked in the gate.As…

Meet Utah’s next unicorn

Weave, a developer of patient communications software focused on the dental and optometry market, was the first Utah-headquartered company to graduate from Y Combinator, in 2014. Now, it’s poised to enter a small but growing class of startups in the “Silicon Slopes” to garner “unicorn” status. The business announced a $70 million Series D last…

The Very Best Method to Look For Free Software Online

Props to Lifehacker’s own Nick Douglas for stumbling across this one—something I’ve always known, but didn’t realize I should articulate to the world. Here’s the tiny hack, as discussed on Reddit a few days ago: When you’re looking for free software around the web, resist the urge to Google (or your search engine of choice)…