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Xbox back online but PlayStation still down

Dec 27, 2014

Xbox back online but PlayStation still down

by Stephanie Griffith

Microsoft’s online network for its Xbox game console was restored to nearly full service Friday after an allegedly coordinated Christmas Day hacker attack brought it and Sony’s PlayStation network down. The PlayStation network remained down, while Xbox’s service returned to all except three of ...

Digital tack taken to revive interest in New Year's cards

Dec 26, 2014

Digital tack taken to revive interest in New Year's cards

by Kazuaki Nagata

The tradition of sending “nengajo,” or New Year’s postcards, has been in decline as people turn to the Internet, social networking and digital gadgets like smartphones instead of putting pen to paper. Japan Post Co., the postal arm of government-owned Japan Post Holdings Co., ...

Xbox, PlayStation game networks felled by known hacker group

Dec 26, 2014

Xbox, PlayStation game networks felled by known hacker group

Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox Live and Sony Corp.’s PlayStation Network, Internet services that video gamers use to play online, were hit by connection failures Christmas Day, with the hackers Lizard Squad claiming responsibility. The group, which took credit for an attack on Sony earlier this ...

Kim Jong Un spoof game 'Glorious Leader!' moving forward

Dec 20, 2014

Kim Jong Un spoof game 'Glorious Leader!' moving forward

The creator of a satirical video game that depicts Kim Jong Un as a gun-toting, unicorn-riding hero has no plans to cancel his zany creation following a cyberattack and threats of violence against Sony Pictures that the FBI has attributed to North Korea. In ...

Dec 19, 2014

Google planning built-in Android system for cars

Google is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that will be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones. The move is a major step up from Google’s ...

Dec 16, 2014

Microsoft's Skype moves toward auto-translation

Microsoft announced Monday a new step toward real-time translation, launching a Spanish-English test program using its Skype messaging service. “Today, we are excited to announce the first phase of the Skype Translator preview program,” said Microsoft’s Gurdeep Pall. “The preview program will kick off ...

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, ...