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Sep 3, 2014

Leak clouds Apple's shiny image

by Christina Farr and Edwin Chan

Apple Inc. has often displayed uncanny timing with its well-orchestrated end-of-year iPhone releases. But the leak of racy celebrity photos in the past few days put the company in the unusual position of having to mend its image just days before a highly anticipated ...

Japanese firm showcases 'touchable' 3-D technology

Sep 2, 2014

Japanese firm showcases 'touchable' 3-D technology

Unveiling technology that generates touchable 3-D imagery, developers said Monday objects that only exist in the virtual world could be manipulated as if they were real. Officials of Miraisens, a high-tech firm based outside Tokyo, said the technology, which can be used to improve ...

Nintendo launching 'amiibo' with 12 gaming characters

Aug 30, 2014

Nintendo launching 'amiibo' with 12 gaming characters

Pikachu and Link will be among the first characters coming to “amiibo.” Nintendo announced Friday that 12 characters will initially be part of its upcoming toy-game franchise set for release later this year. In addition to the “Pokemon” and “Legend of Zelda” leading men, ...

Visual shop search: gimmick or game changer?

Aug 29, 2014

Visual shop search: gimmick or game changer?

Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them. It is a great idea, but it doesn’t quite ...

Aug 23, 2014

U.S. undercover investigators are among 25,000 exposed in data breach

A cyberattack on a firm that performs background checks for U.S. government employees has compromised data on at least 25,000 workers, including some undercover investigators, and that number could rise, officials said on Friday. The breach at U.S. Investigations Services (USIS), based in Falls ...

Aug 22, 2014

U.S. government wants to make cars talk to each other

The Obama administration is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions. A research report released by the National Highway Traffic ...

Aug 13, 2014

Robots guide nights at the museum at Tate Britain

Tate Britain is inviting art fans to a night at the museum — though robots, not T. rexes, will be roaming this time. The London art museum says for five nights beginning Wednesday, people from around the world can get an after-hours tour online ...

Aug 9, 2014

McAfee unveils 'BrownList' complaint website at hacker meet

John McAfee, the flamboyant anti-virus software industry pioneer, made a surprise appearance at a computer hackers’ conference Friday evening, where he unveiled a new website to give people a place online to vent their anger. The one-time millionaire who fled the Central American nation ...

Aug 6, 2014

Russian hackers steal 1.2 billion user names, passwords: report

Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists affecting 420,000 websites, according to a report published Tuesday. The thievery was described in a New York Times story based on the findings of Hold Security, a Milwaukee ...

Aug 5, 2014

Japan, Indonesia to cooperate on gas reactor development

The government-funded Japan Atomic Energy Agency said Monday it has reached an agreement with the Indonesian National Nuclear Energy Agency to cooperate in the research and development of high-temperature gas reactors. Indonesia aims to begin operation of such next-generation nuclear reactors, known to have ...