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Apple urges iPhone users to update after powerful cyberweapon is found

Apple on Friday urged iPhone owners to install a security update after a sophisticated attack on an Emirati dissident exposed vulnerabilities targeted by malware dealers. Researchers at the Lookout mobile security firm and Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto said they had uncovered a three-pronged attack targeting the dissident’s ...

Mideast activist's spyware find prompts iPhone security boost

Aug 26, 2016

Mideast activist's spyware find prompts iPhone security boost

A botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using hitherto unknown espionage software has trigged a global upgrade of Apple’s mobile operating system, researchers said Thursday. The spyware took advantage of three previously undisclosed weaknesses in Apple’s mobile operating system ...

World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

Aug 25, 2016

World's first self-driving taxis debut in Singapore

The world’s first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday. Select members of the public will be able to hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including ...

Cheap octopus-like robot makes squishy debut

Aug 25, 2016

Cheap octopus-like robot makes squishy debut

The latest revolutionary robot is not the metallic, costly machine you would expect. It is squishy and wireless, uses no batteries and is made for pennies by a 3-D printer. Meet Octobot. It looks like a tiny octopus and is designed to mimic that ...

Fukuoka inn taps 'Internet of Things' fad for smartphone crowd

Aug 21, 2016

Fukuoka inn taps 'Internet of Things' fad for smartphone crowd

A small hotel in the city of Fukuoka is adopting “Internet of Things” technology so some of its guests can adjust their room conditions via smartphone. And Hostel opened Friday as Japan’s first inn to fully use IoT technology, the operator said. Sony Corp., ...

Government to back AI technology development in medical, production sectors

Aug 19, 2016

Government to back AI technology development in medical, production sectors

The government plans to promote the development of artificial intelligence technology in cooperation with other entities for use in medical, manufacturing and other sectors to mitigate the expected labor shortages that will result from an aging society, officials said Friday. The public-private initiative will ...

Aug 12, 2016

Ad blockers outflank Facebook

Ad blockers on Thursday said they foiled a move by Facebook to sidestep software used to stop marketing messages at social network pages visited on desktop computers. Adblock Plus announced that it is updating its free software with a new filter that will thwart ...

Games industry unlikely to try to clone 'Pokemon Go'

| Aug 10, 2016

Games industry unlikely to try to clone 'Pokemon Go'

Top video game companies, caught off-guard by the runaway success of “Pokemon Go,” are wrestling with how to play catch-up after the augmented reality app became a worldwide phenomenon. Nearly a dozen executives at companies from Sony Corp. to “Angry Birds” creator Rovio said ...

Famed hacker creates new ratings system for software

Aug 7, 2016

Famed hacker creates new ratings system for software

A famed hacker who nearly 20 years ago told Congress he could take down the internet in 30 minutes is now going after the software industry, whose standard practices all but guarantee that most products are vulnerable to cyberattacks. Peiter Zatko, known in the ...