Dec 8, 2015

EU lawmakers, nations agree on bloc's first cybersecurity law

EU lawmakers and member states struck a deal on the bloc’s first cybersecurity law on Monday that will require Internet firms such as Google and Amazon to report serious breaches or face sanctions. The deal, following five hours of negotiations between the European Parliament ...

How can people safely take control from a self-driving car?

Dec 6, 2015

How can people safely take control from a self-driving car?

New cars that can steer and brake themselves risk lulling people in the driver’s seat into a false sense of security — and even to sleep. One way to keep people alert may be providing distractions that are now illegal. That was one surprising ...

Dec 2, 2015

China behind 'massive' cyberattack on Australian government: ABC

A major cyberattack against Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology that may have compromised potentially sensitive national security information is being blamed on China, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Wednesday. The Bureau of Meteorology owns one of Australia’s largest supercomputers and the attack, which ...

Nov 28, 2015

Virtual reality app brings crisis zones closer to home

Bombed-out buildings tower overhead and rubble is piled high in the deserted streets of Syria’s onetime economic hub of Aleppo. Gunshots can be heard in the distance. The destruction of four years of civil war is overwhelming — and then you switch your phone ...

Nov 26, 2015

Google gets 348,085 'forget' requests in Europe since court ruling

Internet giant Google said Wednesday it has received 348,085 requests for select search results to be “forgotten” in Europe, with users in France and Germany leading the way. Since a European Court of Justice ruling in May 2014 recognizing the “right to be forgotten” ...

Nov 24, 2015

Freemason membership records spanning 190 years released online

Records of 2 million members of the secretive Freemasons have been published online, showing that its members during Britain’s imperial heyday included Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde and Rudyard Kipling. Membership records from 1733 to 1923 — mainly in Britain and the British Empire — ...

Nov 21, 2015

Young people with 'old eyes'

It's starting to become clear that overuse of electronic gadgets like smartphones and computers is having a dramatic impact on the health of young people's eyes.

Activist hackers battle Islamic State in cyberspace

Nov 18, 2015

Activist hackers battle Islamic State in cyberspace

Islamic State sympathizers using social media to spread propaganda and recruit fighters are drawing an increasing amount of return fire from activists who have been knocking some sites offline and infiltrating others. The loose hacking collective Anonymous is the latest to draw attention to ...

Nov 15, 2015

Google seeks to influence AI research by giving software away

Google wants to set the standard on artificial intelligence. The Web company, seeking to influence how people design, test and run artificial-intelligence systems, is making its internal AI development software available for free. The program, called TensorFlow, is now open-source software. It is based ...