News RSS Feed | KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 07:42:50 -0700 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Don't forget about your smartphone while doing spring cleaning Don't forget about your smartphone while doing spring cleaning

It seems we can't keep our hands off our electric devices -- and we're leaving behind germs, dirt and dust. 

But the experts say not only should we be washing our devices more than we already do, but we should be cleaning them right.

We use them constantly, and as a result are phones are covered in germs.

So, how do we clean those pricey gadgets without damaging them?

"One of the things you want to make sure you don't do is use glass cleaners or solvents on screens like tablets, computer monitors and smartphones," according to Terry Sullivan from Consumer Reports.

Abrasive cleaners break down the special coating that lets fingers glide over the screen.  

Tvs also have a delicate surface that could be damaged by ammonia, alcohol or even paper towels. Instead, opt for a microfiber cloth - slightly dampened, if needed.

"The problem is if you use a strong enough abrasive it's like taking a varnish off a beautiful painting you've just, you know, ruined your masterpiece," says Sullivan. 

Devices with crevices, like keyboards, collect grime over time.  Use a gas duster to blow out the gunk. 

"But one trick is to turn it over and then to use the compressed air to blow out the dust," Sullivan suggests, "so that it falls out when you're doing that." 


But that doesn't kill germs. 

Brace yourself - the average cell phone harbors about 18 times more bacteria than a public toilet handle.

Not enough to scare some valley residents.

"What doesn't kill us will make us stronger. And i haven't died from a public toilet," said one resident.

This device -- called phone soap -- uses uv light to sanitize phones while they're charging.

Just a few ways to keep bacteria at bay. On the devices we use the most. 

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Fri, 03 Apr 2015 20:34:10 -0700
Apple develops more racially diverse emojis Apple develops more racially diverse emojis

NBC Bay Area -- Emojis are coming in all skin tones.

According to TechCrunch, Apple has been testing out the newest beta version of iOS 8, which will feature an emoji update that will allow users to choose from six different skin tones.

Developers who have seen the new additions have been posting screenshots of the emojis, which also feature a yellow skin tone that some slammed as intending to represent Asian people.

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Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:06:16 -0800
Mom creates 'Ignore No More' app to get teens to return calls Mom creates 'Ignore No More' app to get teens to return calls

(The Today Show) -- Getting the silent treatment from your kids? A new app lets you lock their phone until they respond.

The “Ignore No More” app was created by Sharon Standifird, a Houston mom who describes herself as a school teacher turned entrepreneur.

“Few things are more frustrating than your children refusing to answer your calls or respond to your text messages,” her website explains. So the app lets parents remotely lock their kids’ phones until they get in touch.

“(Now) your child has only two options — he or she can call you back, or call for an emergency responder. No calls to friends, no text, no games, not until they call you back. When they do, you can unlock their phone if you choose to do so. How's that for parental control?”

Here’s how it works: Parents install “Ignore No More” on their phones and set up a list of contacts the child can call when their phone is locked. 

When you decide to lock your child’s phone, he or she can only call the contacts on the special list you’ve set up. Those contacts can provide a password to unlock the phone. The child can also still always call 911. Standifird promises that it is “virtually impossible” for kids to remove the app from their phones.

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Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:55:34 -0700
Computer crimes on the rise Computer crimes on the rise

Medford, Ore. -- New numbers show almost half of American adults have been victims of computer hackers over the past year.

According to the numbers reported by CNN Money, hackers have exposed the personal information of 110 million Americans in just the past 12 months.

Service Manager at Connecting Point Computer Centers, Jason Kellogg, said he's not surprised. The more we live our lives online, the more susceptible we are to having personal information stolen from us.

"Criminals are going to find different avenues to get what they need to get, so currently the easiest way is to find their way into customer databases and steal information," said Kellogg.

And from the massive eBay customer credential hack and Target data breaches it seems like hackers are getting smarter.

But Kellogg said there are ways we can protect ourselves from becoming victims by never responding to emails asking for personal information and protecting our computers with anti-virus software. Another red flag is when emails that start with 'Dear eBay user' or 'Dear Microsoft user' request personal information or passwords.

Kellogg said if a big company like eBay or Microsoft wanted to communicate with you they would address you by your first and last name.

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Wed, 28 May 2014 18:19:35 -0700
Restaurant reviews spot food poisoning outbreaks Restaurant reviews spot food poisoning outbreaks

Online restaurant reviews may provide more than a thumbs up or thumbs down; now health department officials are turning to the websites as a way to spot food poisoning outbreaks.

The New York City Department of Health partnered with Yelp, (a business review website). They studied nearly 300,000 restaurant reviews over a nine month period and searched for words consistent with food poisoning.

They found more than four hundred reviews that described a recent food borne illness and they identified three unreported food poisoning outbreaks.

Only three percent of the potentially four hundred food poisoning cases reported on the website were relayed to the department of health.

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Fri, 23 May 2014 09:11:51 -0700
Oregon Institute of Technology project symposium Oregon Institute of Technology project symposium

Klamath Falls, Ore. -- Students from Oregon Tech offered a glimpse into the future of a project symposium Monday afternoon.

Project displays included a racing car that will compete against other schools from around the nation next month, versions of drones, or 'unmanned aerial vehicles,' and even some new twists on old-style tube guitar amplifiers.

"We just kind of open up the floor and let any student that wants to bring in a project that they've been working on for the past year, to come on in and show it off," said Professor Jim Long.

Other projects included a glove-style computer controller and the 'Lumber Rumbler,' and a wood-powered truck.

Tue, 20 May 2014 08:21:57 -0700
Microsoft issues fix for major Internet Explorer bug Microsoft issues fix for major Internet Explorer bug

(NBC News) Microsoft issued a security patch at 1 p.m. ET Thursday to fix a serious bug in Internet Explorer, the company said in a blog post.

Customers who have automatic updates enabled won't need to take any action, but Microsoft encouraged users without that service "to apply this update as quickly as possible."

Microsoft also decided to issue a fix for Windows XP users, even though the company dropped support of that operating system earlier this month.

The patch comes just a few days after security company FireEye revealed the flaw -- which affected Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11-- in a post on last Friday.

Microsoft followed up with its own "security advisory" on Saturday, in which the company warned hackers had already used the flaw to launch "limited, targeted attacks."

As with many attacks, hackers can start with methods like convincing users to click on fake websites, Microsoft explained. From there, the glitch could allow attackers to run malicious software on the user's computer -- and even gain the same level of access to the computer as the real user.

Microsoft's patch on Thursday fixes that problem. In its post, Microsoft reiterated that users should upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1, and to the latest version of Internet Explorer, IE 11.

“The security of our products is something we take incredibly seriously," Adrienne Hall, the general manager of Microsoft's trustworthy computing division, said in a blog post on Thursday. "When we saw the first reports about this vulnerability we decided to fix it, fix it fast, and fix it for all our customers."

Before that fix came in, even the Department of Homeland Security weighed in with an advisory on Monday, calling on users to run alternative web browsers in the interim.

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Thu, 01 May 2014 15:06:23 -0700
Court eyes phone searches Court eyes phone searches

(NBC News)  Police have a powerful tool in their fight against crime, the same tool you use to text your friends and plan your week: Your phone.   

Now in two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the issue is whether police can look through that phone if you're arrested.

200 million Americans have smart phones crammed full of private information and images.

One modern smartphone can store ten times more information than that in all the libraries of the founding fathers, who banned unreasonable search and seizure in the Bill of Rights.

"There's really no end to the doorway law enforcement would have once it got access to your smart phone," notes technology security analyst Bob Sullivan.

Obama Solicitor General Michael Dreeben argued that's okay, claiming when you're arrested your expectation of privacy is reduced.

Stanford Law School Professor Jeffery Fisher argued the other side.

"An occasion of an arrest should not expose someone's entire life and their most private correspondence and letters to police investigation," he says.  "Not just at the scene, but to be downloaded later at the police station and kept in perpetuity."

Justices seemed to agree.

Phone warrants are the middle ground.  They allow police to seize a phone, but not look into it until a judge agrees that its contents might reveal a crime.

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Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:27:23 -0700
JaCo Sheriff's Office hosted identity theft protection event Tuesday night

Medford, Ore. -- The number of scams coming into Jackson County are skyrocketing.

That's why the Jackson County Sheriff's Office hosted an informational forum Tuesday night.

It highlighted computer scams and fraud and how quickly you can become a victim.

Detective Eric Henderson said there's been more than 40-thousand calls reporting scam, fraud and identity theft to date this year alone. That's compared 54-thousand calls in all of 2013.

According to the Sheriff's Office, reports of fraud, scam and ID thefts have risen significantly.

Henderson says technology is mostly to blame "As technology improves, the people who are trying to take advantage of that, rely on that new technology to commit the fraud."

KOBI-TV is partnering with the AARP to host a free event called Scam Jam on how to protect yourself from scams.

Scam Jam is Tuesday May 13th at our Medford studios on Fir Street.

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:26:58 -0700
Southern Oregon astronomers fly with NASA Southern Oregon astronomers fly with NASA

Medford, Ore. -- Two astronomers from Southern Oregon will take the flight of their dreams to study the inner workings of outer space.

North Medford astronomy teacher, Robert Black and Southern Oregon Skywatchers amature astronomer, Dave Bloomsness were two of 24 chosen to fly aboard NASA's SOFIA - Stratospheric Observatory Infrared Astronomy. A highly modified Boeing 747sp.

The pair went through a rigorous selection process which included multiple weeks of advanced astronomy courses.

"It's like a NASCAR fan getting to race in the Indy500." said Bloomsness who has spent more than five-hundred hours volunteering at North Medford High School's Astronomy Department.

"The most important thing about this for me is for my friend Dave. He has been so selfless. I'm really happy to be able to kinda give back to Dave- He loves telescopes" said Black about his friend who he chose to tag along on the trip.

A total of twelve teams were selected and made up of both armature and professional astronomers.

The Southern Oregon team flies out from NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, California next week- spending two nights in the sky. They'll be observing and analyzing the most obscure objects using the on-board infrared lens.

Click the link below to follow their journey!

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:45:56 -0700