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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 ...

Nintendo sticks to 2 million sales target for new Switch

Feb 1, 2017

Nintendo sticks to 2 million sales target for new Switch

Video game maker Nintendo Co. stuck to its original target of selling 2 million Switch consoles in the first month after its launch, despite some anticipation the number may be raised because of brisk preorders. Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima also told reporters Wednesday the ...

Jan 31, 2017

Japan planning safety standards for self-driving vehicles

The transport ministry said Monday it will introduce safety standards for self-driving vehicles in Japan as early as this fall, including an alarm system that sounds 15 seconds after a driver takes his hands off the steering wheel while traveling on a highway. The ...

'Ethical hackers' prep for final round of annual cybersecurity contest

Jan 26, 2017

'Ethical hackers' prep for final round of annual cybersecurity contest

With cyberattacks proliferating worldwide, a Japanese contest for “white hat” hackers supported by organizations including the communications ministry and National Police Agency is gearing up for the final round this weekend. The Security Contest, dubbed Seccon, provides an opportunity for those aspiring to become ...

Jan 26, 2017

Facebook fine-tunes trending topics to better deliver news

Under pressure to stymie the spread of fake news, Facebook changed its system for showing trending topics on Wednesday. The leading social network said that instead of simply showing a topic, it will include headlines from articles about the trending subjects along with sources ...

Jan 24, 2017

'Pokemon Go' unleashed on game-loving South Korea six months late

Nintendo’s smash hit “Pokemon Go” was unleashed on South Korea on Tuesday, six months after it was released elsewhere in the world, a delay caused by security fears over Google Maps. The popularity of augmented-reality game around the world has generated crowds of people ...