New smartphones may soon sense everything around you

Jun 9, 2016

New smartphones may soon sense everything around you

Suppose your smartphone is clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings — the room’s size, the location of doors and windows and the presence of other people. What could it do with that info? We are about to get our first look. On Thursday, ...

Dozens in Russia imprisoned for social media likes, reposts

Jun 7, 2016

Dozens in Russia imprisoned for social media likes, reposts

Anastasia Bubeyeva shows a screenshot on her computer of a picture of a toothpaste tube with the words: “Squeeze Russia out of yourself!” For sharing this picture on a social media site with his 12 friends, her husband was sentenced this month to more ...

Jun 7, 2016

Leaders agree to Australia's first online election debate

Australia’s prime minister and opposition leader have agreed to hold the country’s first-ever online election campaign leaders’ debate. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Tuesday that he had reached an agreement with Facebook and News Corp. Australia to stream the debate early next week in ...

Cash Kao: China's tutors earn fortunes online

Jun 7, 2016

Cash Kao: China's tutors earn fortunes online

With a following of several million teenage fans, China’s Liu Jie says he can earn nearly $50,000 a month from his online videos and is often recognized on the street. But he is no pop star. A high school physics tutor, Liu belongs to ...

Tech moguls declare era of artificial intelligence

Jun 3, 2016

Tech moguls declare era of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence and machine learning will create computers so sophisticated and godlike that humans will need to implant “neural laces” in their brains to keep up, Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told a crowd of tech leaders this week. While Musk’s description ...

How the Alibaba machine worked to conquer Washington

May 28, 2016

How the Alibaba machine worked to conquer Washington

In 2011, a respected anti-counterfeiting coalition in Washington escalated its fight against the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, saying that its websites served as a 24-hour market “for counterfeiters and pirates” and should be blacklisted. Fast forward to 2016. That lobbying group, the International Anti-Counterfeiting ...

OkanoTV

| May 24, 2016

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In a light-hearted yet informative way, YouTuber Chris Okano (known online as OkanoTV) gives viewers insight into many aspects of Japanese society and culture — from the usual guide videos to humorous takes on the more more left-field aspects of this country. Chris is a ...

May 23, 2016

China explores new ways to control video-streaming websites

Chinese authorities are exploring new ways of imposing controls on the Internet, state-run media cited experts as saying Monday, after reports said state-owned enterprises may be encouraged to take stakes in video-streaming websites. The communist country restricts access to foreign websites including Google, Facebook ...