New Zealand judge upholds ruling on extraditing Kim Dotcom to U.S.

Feb 20, 2017

New Zealand judge upholds ruling on extraditing Kim Dotcom to U.S.

A New Zealand judge on Monday upheld an earlier court ruling that flamboyant internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the U.S. to face criminal charges. The decision comes five years after U.S. authorities shut down Dotcom’s file-sharing ...

Feb 19, 2017

Electronic media searches at border crossings raise concerns

Watchdog groups that keep tabs on digital privacy rights are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports. The issue gained attention recently after at least three ...

Can internet-beaming balloons outmaneuver shifting winds?

Feb 17, 2017

Can internet-beaming balloons outmaneuver shifting winds?

For its next trick, an internet-beaming balloon factory that was spun out of Google believes it can outmaneuver the wind. In doing so, the 4-year-old “Project Loon” says it will be able to bring remote parts of the world online more quickly with a ...

Study links working remotely to more stress, insomnia

Feb 16, 2017

Study links working remotely to more stress, insomnia

Working outside an office may spare you from commutes and interruptions by colleagues but it also makes you more vulnerable to unpaid overtime, stress and insomnia, the U.N. said Wednesday. A new report from the United Nations International Labour Organization studied the impacts of ...

Remote control: Companies blur lines over who owns devices

Feb 10, 2017

Remote control: Companies blur lines over who owns devices

When Samsung Electronics remotely disabled the last of its flawed Galaxy Note 7 smartphones last month, it further blurred the lines between who ultimately controls your phone, computer, car or appliance — you, or the companies that make it work? Industry executives and analysts ...

Feb 5, 2017

Google, unlike Microsoft, must turn over foreign emails: U.S. judge

A U.S. judge has ordered Google to comply with search warrants seeking customer emails stored outside the United States, diverging from a federal appeals court that reached the opposite conclusion in a similar case involving Microsoft Corp. U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter in Philadelphia ...

Bat-like drone could be better at getting into disaster sites

Feb 2, 2017

Bat-like drone could be better at getting into disaster sites

Holy drone, Batman! Mechanical masterminds have spawned the Bat Bot, a soaring, sweeping and diving robot that may eventually fly circles around other drones. Because it mimics the unique and more flexible way bats fly, this 3-ounce (85-gram) prototype could do a better and ...

Artificial intelligence beats humans for the first time in poker

Feb 2, 2017

Artificial intelligence beats humans for the first time in poker

Artificial intelligence has made history by beating humans in poker for the first time, the last remaining game in which humans had managed to maintain the upper hand. Libratus, an AI built by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), racked up over $1.7 million worth of ...

For white-collar workers, AI threatens new workplace revolution

Jan 20, 2017

For white-collar workers, AI threatens new workplace revolution

If your job involves inputting reams of data for a company, you might want to think about retraining in a more specialized field. Or as a plumber. After industrial robots and international trade put paid to many manufacturing jobs in the West, millions of ...

Sick of work email overload, French fight to protect private life

Jan 5, 2017

Sick of work email overload, French fight to protect private life

Beatrice, a busy 50-year-old manager at an airline in Paris, sounds like she would benefit from France’s new “right to disconnect” law that guarantees all employees freedom from their work smartphone and email. “It often happens that I’m interrupted by urgent problems in my ...

Dec 16, 2016

Yahoo hack shows data as tool of information warfare

The massive hack affecting a billion Yahoo users shows how seemingly innocuous bits of data gleaned from cyberattacks can be exploited for profit — and potentially for espionage and information warfare. The latest breach disclosed Wednesday is the largest on record and comes just ...