Tech Tip: Copy Here, Paste There

Copy Here, Paste There Photo With Apple's Universal Clipboard feature, you can copy photos, text and other content from an iPhone and paste it into a program on the Mac. Credit The New York Times Q. I thought you were supposed to be able to cut and paste content between Macs and iPhones, but I can’t make it work.
A. The Universal Clipboard tool allows people to copy text, images and videos on one Apple device and then paste the content into an app on another Apple device. The feature arrived in 2016 with iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, but you need to meet a few other conditions to use it. (Some apps, like Notes, can sync content between iOS and macOS automatically with iCloud.)
You need to be logged into the same iCloud account with the same Apple ID on all of the hardware in the mix. You can check the accounts in the iCloud system preference on the Mac and in the iOS settings on the iPhone; if you have multiple Apple IDs — like an old one used for iTunes Store purchases and another y..

Demands Grow for Facebook to Explain Its Privacy Policies

Demands Grow for Facebook to Explain Its Privacy Policies Photo A sign outside Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. The company is coming under increasing scrutiny after a political data firm got access to private information on 50 million Facebook users. Credit Jason Henry for The New York Times A parade of regulators, politicians and law enforcement officials demanded to know more about Facebook’s privacy practices on Monday, as the fallout from the company’s relationship with a political data firm continued to spread.
Early in the day, the Federal Trade Commission confirmed reports that it was investigating how Facebook handles information about its users.
Soon after, Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, invited Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, to testify about privacy standards next month. He also extended invitations to Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, and Twitter’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey..

Lights, Camera, Artificial Action: Start-Up Is Taking A.I. to the Movies

Lights, Camera, Artificial Action: Start-Up Is Taking A.I. to the Movies
PALO ALTO, Calif. — Inside an old auto body shop here in Silicon Valley, Stefan Avalos pushed a movie camera down a dolly track.
He and a small crew were making a short film about self-driving cars. They were shooting a powder-blue 1962 Austin Mini, but through special effects the rusted relic would be transformed into an autonomous vehicle that looked more like the DeLorean from “Back to the Future.”
Stepping back from the camera, Mr. Avalos referred wryly to the movie he was filming as “Project Unemployment.” The film was a way of testing new technology from a start-up called Arraiy, which is trying to automate the creation of digital effects for movies, television and games.
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This new type of artificial intelligence, which is also being developed by the software giant Adobe and in other technology industry research labs, could ultimately replace many of the specialists who bui..

F.C.C. Joins Push to Limit China’s Telecom Reach

F.C.C. Joins Push to Limit China’s Telecom Reach Photo A target of a national security rule proposed by the Federal Communications Commission is the Chinese giant Huawei, which promoted its telecommunications equipment at the CES trade show in January in Las Vegas. Credit David Becker/Getty Images The Federal Communications Commission is joining the Trump administration, Congress and other government agencies that have targeted Huawei, China’s giant telecommunications equipment maker, as a national security risk.
Ajit Pai, chairman of the commission, on Monday proposed a rule to tighten restrictions on companies building internet infrastructure in the United States. Part of the rule’s impact may be to further crimp Huawei’s meager sales in America by potentially affecting some deals with small and rural carriers, analysts said.
The proposed F.C.C. rule would prohibit carriers from using money from the Universal Service Fund to buy gear from companies deemed to pose national security ri..

Uber Ordered to Take Its Self-Driving Cars Off Arizona Roads

Uber Ordered to Take Its Self-Driving Cars Off Arizona Roads
SAN FRANCISCO — Uber was ordered to suspend testing of its autonomous vehicles on Arizona roads Monday evening, eight days after one of its cars struck and killed a woman in Tempe.
State officials said the ride-hailing service had failed to meet an expectation that it would prioritize public safety as it tested the technology.
“The incident that took place on March 18 is an unquestionable failure to comply with this expectation,” Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona wrote in a letter sent to Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s chief executive. “Arizona must take action now.”
Uber had already suspended all testing of its cars in Arizona, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Toronto.

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“We proactively suspended self-driving operations in all cities immediately following the tragic incident last week. We continue to help investigators in any way we can, and we’ll keep a dialogue open with the governor’s off..

Tech Tip: Killing the (Facebook) Messenger

Killing the (Facebook) Messenger Q. How do I delete Facebook Messenger from my phone?
A. Facebook Messenger, the company’s chat program, was spun out of the Facebook mobile app in 2011, before the social network removed the chat function from the main app in 2014. As with other third-party apps, you can remove it from your phone with a few taps.
If you use Messenger on a phone running a recent version of Android, open the Settings icon and select Apps & Notifications. Find the Messenger icon; if you do not see it, tap See All Apps (or App Info) first. Tap the Uninstall option. You can also delete an app from the Android home screen by pressing its icon and then dragging it to the Uninstall symbol that appears at the top of the screen.
Photo One way to delete an Android app: Drag it to the top of the screen and drop it on the Uninstall icon. Credit The New York Times You can also remove Android apps by opening the Google Play store icon on your phone, tapping the three-lined menu icon ..

Waymo, a Google Spinoff, Ramps Up Its Driverless-Car Effort

Waymo, a Google Spinoff, Ramps Up Its Driverless-Car Effort

Waymo, the driverless-car company that was spun out of Google, has pushed farther ahead in self-driving cars than any of the automakers or other technology companies trying to pioneer the field.
It has been working on its software, sensors and other gear for nine years. It has 600 or more test vehicles operating in at least four cities around the country. Its vehicles have racked up more than five million miles of testing on public roads.
Now, even as a cloud hangs over driverless-car testing after a rival’s fatal crash, Waymo is vowing to shift its operations into overdrive. In the next two years, it intends to put thousands of self-driving cars on the road in selected cities to ferry not its own engineers but ordinary people from place to place.
In Phoenix, where it plans to introduce the service first, Waymo predicts it will carry paying customers almost anywhere they want to go in an area covering 100 square miles, the co..

Apple Unveils New iPad to Catch Google in the Classroom

Apple Unveils New iPad to Catch Google in the Classroom Photo Apple unveiled an iPad intended for classrooms at an event at Lane Technical College Prep High School on Chicago’s North Side. Credit Lyndon French for The New York Times CHICAGO — Apple unveiled a new iPad aimed at classrooms and other education tools on Tuesday, in a bid to catch up to Google for students’ attention — and win more school districts’ dollars.
Apple said the new 9.7-inch iPad includes a faster processor and supports Apple Pencil, a stylus that previously paired with just its pricier iPads. The device costs $299 for schools and $329 for consumers, the same price as its previous version, and the Apple Pencil was priced at $89 for schools. The company also increased the amount of cloud storage for students to 200 gigabytes, from 5 gigabytes.
In addition, Apple announced new software for the classroom. That includes Schoolwork, an app for teachers to create and track assignments, and updates to its productivity a..

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Said to Agree to Testify Before Congress Over Data Privacy

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Said to Agree to Testify Before Congress Over Data Privacy Photo Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, plans to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in April, people familiar with his decision said. Credit Mandel Ngan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images WASHINGTON — For 10 days, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has been under increasing pressure from lawmakers and regulators to answer questions about the improper harvesting of data of 50 million Facebook users by a British political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica.
Now Mr. Zuckerberg plans to go to Washington to explain himself.
The chief executive has agreed to testify in at least one congressional hearing over the social network’s handling of customer data, according to people familiar with the decision. Specifically, he plans to appear next month before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the arrangements..