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Feb 10, 2015

Your TV may be eavesdropping on you, Samsung warns

Watch what you say in your living room. Samsung’s smart TV could be listening. And sharing. Voice recognition technology in the South Korean company’s Internet connected TVs can capture and transmit nearby conversations. The potential for TVs to eavesdrop is revealed in Samsung’s smart-TV ...

Tokyo cybersecurity contest draws hackers from around the world

Feb 7, 2015

Tokyo cybersecurity contest draws hackers from around the world

A cybersecurity competition began Saturday in Tokyo, with organizers aiming to show off the skills of young Japanese hackers by testing them against international rivals. The final rounds of the Security Contest 2014 (SECCON) brought together 90 participants in 24 teams from seven nations ...

Feb 6, 2015

U.S. states probe massive data breach at health insurer Anthem

Several U.S. states are investigating a massive cyberattack on No. 2 U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc. that a person familiar with the matter said is being examined for possible ties to China. Anthem disclosed the attack late Wednesday, saying unknown hackers had penetrated a ...

Jan 28, 2015

Linux makers release patch to thwart new 'Ghost' cyberthreat

Red Hat Inc. and other makers of the widely used Linux operating system for business computers updated their software on Tuesday to thwart a serious new cybe threat they warned could allow hackers to gain remote control of their systems. The previously undisclosed vulnerability, ...

China's Xiaomi takes aim at Apple with iPhone-like device

Jan 16, 2015

China's Xiaomi takes aim at Apple with iPhone-like device

Rising smartphone star Xiaomi is moving upmarket and taking aim at Apple’s iPhone. The Chinese manufacturer known for ultralow-priced handsets on Thursday unveiled a new model that Chairman Jun Lei said is comparable to Apple’s iPhone 6 but thinner, lighter and much cheaper. The ...

'Human' side of robots is shown off at Las Vegas electronics show

Jan 11, 2015

'Human' side of robots is shown off at Las Vegas electronics show

She stood on the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show here in Las Vegas, carried on conversations, blinked her eyes and sang a convincing rendition of “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” It would have been unremarkable if Chihira Aico were not a robot. “Hello, ...

Drone market resembles Silicon Valley's early days

Jan 11, 2015

Drone market resembles Silicon Valley's early days

To see the future of drones, head up the hill at the intersection of Industrial Drive and Electronics Avenue. Inside a bland brick office building, the team at CyPhy is working on tethered machines that can fly nonstop for days and pocket-sized drones for ...

Jan 9, 2015

Google's U.S. search share drops while Yahoo logs a rise

Google saw its share of the U.S. Internet search market slip on December to its lowest ever mark, while Yahoo notched its highest share in five years, an independent analytics firm said Thursday. Google handled 75.2 percent of U.S. online search referrals for the ...