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White House to Add 'Skype Seats' to Daily Press Briefing
Four people will join the daily White House press briefing on Wednesday, as the "inaugural panelists" for "Skype seats," press secretary Sean Spicer said. The cyberseats are an attempt by the Trump administration...
Tweet this: Trump White House has potential info-security woes abound
Enlarge / President Trump's official Twitter account—and those of other key administration members—are not as secure as they could be. And Trump may be breaking the law every time he deletes a tweet for...
The right is building a New Media 'Upside Down' to tell Trump’s story
The result was a disorienting role reversal. Less than an hour after BuzzFeed's report, InfoWars' Alex Jones, a man described as "America's leading conspiracy theorist," sounded more like a media columnist,...
You can now tour the White House in 360-degree VR
Ever imagined yourself strolling through the corridors of power in the US? Or maybe just being an extra on the West Wing? Then you'll be keen to take advantage of the official virtual reality tour of...
Obama Boosted White House Technology; Trump Sees Risks
As Barack Obama began preparing to leave office, the first smartphone-toting U.S. president ordered his team to upgrade the White House's aging technology for his successor. New computers were purchased...
The White House is holding a live gaming event to promote Obamacare and it involves Shaq
The event is a bid to raise awareness about the Affordable Care Act or "Obamacare". "Young adults had the highest uninsured rates before the Affordable Care Act and have seen the sharpest drop in uninsured...
White House voices concerns about China cyber law
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that it raised concerns about China's new cyber security law during a meeting with a Chinese official after the latest round of talks between the...
Obama, cyber security panel chair to meet on Friday: White House
WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama will meet later on Friday with the head of a presidential commission aimed at strengthening the nation's cyber defenses, the White House said.Asked about the panel's...
Mystery Instagram account targets Ivanka Trump
Ivanka Trump walks through the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City. Picture: Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP PROTESTERS assembled outside Ivanka Trump’s Manhattan residence on Monday night, holding a...
White House Open-Sources Bot Code
The race to build bots, that is automated chat technology that responds to user queries, has gone all the way to President Obama's home, The White House. The White House announced on October 14 that it...
Future Combines Human, Machine Intelligence, Scientists Say
Is technology making us more or less human? At the White House Frontiers conference in the U.S. city of Pittsburgh, scientists tackled the question using robots and machine intelligence technologies. VOA's...
First Lady’s passport leaked by hacker
The recent emails released by Wikileaks show that Ariana Grande was being considered for a performance at the White House but was ultimately denied because she famously licked other people's doughnuts...
Exclusive: White House to name retired Air Force general as first cyber security chief
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday is expected to announce retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Gregory Touhill as the government’s first federal cyber security chief, a position intended...
White House 'concerned' EU tax penalty on Apple may hit US taxpayers
The White House said on Tuesday it was concerned about a European Commission order for Apple to pay billions in unpaid taxes to Ireland because it seemed to undermine joint U.S.-EU progress on creating...
Obama Creates Largest Ocean Sanctuary in the World
With the stroke of a pen, U.S. President Barack Obama has created the largest sanctuary for ocean life in the world. The Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument was created by President George Bush...
You can now contact President Obama via Facebook Messenger
The Messenger bot then asks you to check your message and asks for a U.S. address. If you are not in the U.S, the White House bot accepts a user providing an email address. In an online post, the White...
White House Launches Facebook Messenger Bot
People can now send messages to President Barack Obama using a new Facebook Messenger bot, White House officials say. The White House's Messenger bot, a first of its kind for any government the world over,...
Obama administration offers EV charging loan guarantees
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday said it was expanding a federal loan guarantee program to include companies building electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, part of a broader effort...
Consumer Watchdog Project to Track Google's Dealings With U.S.
The Google Transparency Project will compile data on Google's influence on government and make it publicly available. Campaign for Accountability (CfA), a Washington-based watchdog group focused on exposing...
Chart of lobbyists’ White House visits shows Google’s clout
The information was released as part of the watchdog group's Google Transparency Project, which is intended to shed light on how the giant corporation influences government officials and public policy....
Obama calls on kids to tackle climate change, space exploration
President Obama had nothing but praise -- and awe -- for the young participants presenting at the White House Science Fair Thursday, expressing hope that one day the next generation of scientists would...
Young scientists take inventions to White House to wow president
Young scientists have set up camp at the White House, with their robots for heavy lifting and underwater discovery - displays they hope will wow the president.Some of their creations just might be life-savers,...
Students show off inventions at White House science fair
April 13, 2016, 7:42 AM|Young scientists fill the White House Wednesday for President Obama’s final science fair. Since 2010, Obama has invited hundreds of kids to the White House to show off their inventions...
White House announces the kids and projects of its 2016 Science Fair
The annual White House Science Fair is always a heartening occasion. Watching President Obama ramble around and shoot the breeze (and sometimes marshmallows) with a bunch of smart, nerdy kids is...
After stand-off with Congress, White House robs Ebola fund to pay for Zika
CDCAs health experts brace for the possibility that Zika will invade the mainland US, politicians are squabbling over funding for domestic defense systems, including mosquito control and vaccine development....
Exclusive: White House declines to support encryption legislation - sources
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is declining to offer public support for draft legislation that would empower judges to require technology companies such as Apple Inc to help law enforcement crack...
White House declines to support encryption legislation - sources
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is declining to offer public support for long-awaited legislation that would give federal judges clearer authority to order technology companies like Apple to help...
How the White House struggles to upgrade its tech - CNET
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.I clicked on the link to the Office of the White House Press Secretary. Lo, a 404. screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET...
The White House's tech overhaul is long, long overdue
While President Barack Obama may seem extremely tech-savvy, he and his team at the White House have been running the country on fairly antiquated tech. Between black-and-white printers, clunky laptops,...
After iPhone unlocking, Americans should still expect privacy - White House
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The American people should "absolutely" still have confidence in their personal privacy despite the government's success in unlocking an Apple iPhone belonging to a shooter in the...
White House Plays With Words, Says Department Of Justice Isn’t Asking Apple To Create A Backdoor
Following Tim Cook’s letter, the White House has reacted to Apple’s strong stance against backdoors. According to Reuters, the White House has said that the Department of Justice isn’t...
White House Budgets $19 Billion for New Cyber-Security Measures
The White House calls for more investment in protecting data and proposes to spend $19 billion this year on a variety of security initiatives, including educating consumers to use two-factor authentic...
Obama wants White House tech woes fixed for incoming President, starting with terrible Wi-Fi
It's easy to imagine the leader of the free world gets all the best things for free, but that is not the case. During a recent joint interview, President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle griped about...
Factbox - 2016 presidential candidates on social media
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The 2016 contenders for the White House have used social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook as campaign tools to an extent not seen previously in U.S. presidential politics....
White House adds Snapchat to its social blitz - CNET
Enlarge Image Screenshot by CNET Your first behind-the-scenes glimpse of the White House on Snapchat: a big bowl of apples.The White House joined the popular messaging service turned social network on...
State of the Union 2016: how to watch online
The final State of the Union address of President Barack Obama's time in office is set for Tuesday, and there are a plethora of ways you can stream the speech. Obama is doing things a little differently...
White House Joins Snapchat
The White House has joined popular video sharing app Snapchat. According to a news release, the move is an attempt to connect with younger Americans. The White House said the app boasts more than 100 million...
The White House Joins Snapchat
After expanding access to President Obama’s State of the Union address by making it available on Amazon for on-demand streaming, the White House is now targeting the younger demographic with...
White House says tech meetings aim to block criminals in cyberspace
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House and intelligence officials meeting with Silicon Valley executives on Friday will discuss ways to combat militant groups and other criminals using social media and the...
President Obama drinks coffee and drives a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette - CNET
Enlarge ImageObama and Seinfeld tool around the White House property in a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray YouTube screengrab via Andrew Krok/CNET President Obama isn't a full-time comedian, but Jerry...
More than half of New Jerseyans trust polls, but most question their accuracy
While discussion and controversy surround polling's role in the race to the White House in 2016, New Jerseyans still have some faith in the public opinion polling process, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton...
Go on a holiday tour of the White House in virtual reality
Google Expeditions and The White House have teamed up to bring a holiday-themed tour of the President's home to virtual reality. The VR tour was posted on The White House's YouTube page, showcasing the...
White House meets with privacy advocates about encryption
An August 24, 2014 photo shows the front of the White House as seen from Lafayette Square in Washington, DC. (AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) Senior White House officials told privacy...
Help wanted: Obama's tech-training project now accepting applications - CNET
Could high-tech training be the ticket out of a low-paying job?The Obama administration thinks so. The White House took steps Tuesday to advance its nationwide initiative to help young, unemployed and...
White House urges Congress to finalize cyber bill
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday praised U.S. senators for passing key portions of cyber security legislation aimed at protecting the nation from computer hacks and urged them...
Obama Hosts White House Astronomy Night
President Barack Obama told dozens of students gathered on the South Lawn of the White House Monday night that they could be the ones participating in the first missions to Mars within the next two decades....
Kickstarter just launched its most useful crowdfunding project so far
A syrian refugee camp in Jordan, as seen from a helicopter.US Department of StateHumanitarianism isn't usually the first word we think of when discussing Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site best known...
President Obama Calls On Tech Companies To Aid In The Syrian Refugee Crisis
Obama has asked the American people to do what they can to aid the Syrian refugee crisis. He’s now asking Silicon Valley to do the same. The U.S. has provided $4.5 billion in aid to the crisis...
Woman: After I rebuffed my Uber driver’s advances, he tried to rape me
EnlargeOre Huiying/Bloomberg via Getty Images reader comments 36 Share this story Further ReadingMan claims Uber driver “left him in a pool of blood” after refusing tripA woman in Minnesota has sued Uber,...
Uber denies targeting ex-engineer in claimed ‘smear campaign’
Susan Fowler, the former engineer whose detailed recounting of sexual harassment and management infighting at Uber prompted CEO Travis Kalanick to apologize for the rough-edged culture he created at the...
Uber says it’s not behind the phone calls to investigate Susan Fowler’s personal life
After a week of controversy — and heavy criticism from its employees, the media and some investors for allowing what one called a "toxic" work culture to thrive — Uber remains on the defense. Today, the...
Uber might genuinely be worried that #DeleteUber is working
alizasherman reader comments 1 Share this story Further ReadingEx-Uber engineer alleges sexual harassment, CEO reacts by promising investigationSocial media calls to #DeleteUber are getting the company's...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark