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Gadget maker wants everyday items to have online access

by Shusuke Murai

A sleek, ¥10,246 leather-clad padlock being marketed by Tokyo-based startup DentsuBlue might look like another extravagant toy for the wealthy — but this one can be used in many different ways and even link itself to the Internet. The product, to be marketed as the 246 Padlock next year, is ...

James Bond producers say screenplay stolen in Sony hack

Dec 15, 2014

James Bond producers say screenplay stolen in Sony hack

The producers of James Bond films have acknowledged that an early version of the screenplay for the new movie “SPECTRE” was among the material stolen in the massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. The producers said in a statement Saturday that they are ...

Dec 14, 2014

Two security firms launch rival automatic password changers

A French-American startup has launched an automatic password changer, leading a rival U.S. software firm to launch a similar service. For most people, properly managing passwords verges on impossible, given the dizzying array of devices and websites on which we have become increasingly reliant. ...

Dec 12, 2014

Amazon warns it could take drones testing elsewhere

Amazon, keen to blaze a trail with delivery by drone, is threatening to take much of its research for the plan outside the United States amid frustrations with U.S. regulators. “In the absence of a timely approval by the FAA to conduct outdoor testing, ...

Original Apple computer sells for $365,000 at auction in New York

Dec 12, 2014

Original Apple computer sells for $365,000 at auction in New York

A fully operational Apple computer that company cofounder Steve Jobs sold out of his parents’ garage in 1976 for $600 has sold for $365,000 at Christie’s. The Ricketts Apple-1 Personal Computer, named after its original owner Charles Ricketts, is the only known surviving Apple-1 ...

Synthetic fluorite puts lens biz in focus

| Dec 7, 2014

Synthetic fluorite puts lens biz in focus

by Kazuaki Nagata

Iwatani Corp. brightened the outlook for camera fans in October by announcing it had developed the world’s first viable technology for synthesizing high-purity fluorite — an element critical to making the world’s best lenses. Lenses in top-flight cameras and telescopes require fluorite to reduce ...

Dec 2, 2014

FBI investigates hacking of Sony Pictures' computers

The FBI has warned U.S. businesses that hackers have used malicious software to launch a destructive cyberattack in the United States, following a devastating breach last week at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Cybersecurity experts said the malicious software described in the alert appeared to match ...