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Feb 13, 2015

Obama to encourage companies to share cyberthreat data

President Barack Obama is set to sign an executive order on Friday aimed at encouraging companies to share more information about cybersecurity threats with the government and each other, a response to attacks like that on Sony Entertainment. The order sets the stage for ...

Feb 11, 2015

IBM brings Watson supercomputer to Japan via SoftBank

IBM announced plans Tuesday to bring its Watson supercomputer to Japan with mobile telecom group SoftBank, in a deal aimed at developing new applications for robotics and other services. “IBM is teaching Watson to speak, and think, in Japanese, one of most difficult languages ...

Feb 10, 2015

Hitachi unit's wearable sensor measures corporate activity levels

Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. has developed a wearable sensor for measuring employee activity levels that are closely linked to corporate productivity. The name tag-type sensor can be used to obtain data for analysis of human actions such as walking, nodding and typing. Activity levels can ...

Feb 10, 2015

Your TV may be eavesdropping on you, Samsung warns

Watch what you say in your living room. Samsung’s smart TV could be listening. And sharing. Voice recognition technology in the South Korean company’s Internet connected TVs can capture and transmit nearby conversations. The potential for TVs to eavesdrop is revealed in Samsung’s smart-TV ...

Tokyo cybersecurity contest draws hackers from around the world

Feb 7, 2015

Tokyo cybersecurity contest draws hackers from around the world

A cybersecurity competition began Saturday in Tokyo, with organizers aiming to show off the skills of young Japanese hackers by testing them against international rivals. The final rounds of the Security Contest 2014 (SECCON) brought together 90 participants in 24 teams from seven nations ...

Feb 6, 2015

U.S. states probe massive data breach at health insurer Anthem

Several U.S. states are investigating a massive cyberattack on No. 2 U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc. that a person familiar with the matter said is being examined for possible ties to China. Anthem disclosed the attack late Wednesday, saying unknown hackers had penetrated a ...

Jan 28, 2015

Linux makers release patch to thwart new 'Ghost' cyberthreat

Red Hat Inc. and other makers of the widely used Linux operating system for business computers updated their software on Tuesday to thwart a serious new cybe threat they warned could allow hackers to gain remote control of their systems. The previously undisclosed vulnerability, ...

China's Xiaomi takes aim at Apple with iPhone-like device

Jan 16, 2015

China's Xiaomi takes aim at Apple with iPhone-like device

Rising smartphone star Xiaomi is moving upmarket and taking aim at Apple’s iPhone. The Chinese manufacturer known for ultralow-priced handsets on Thursday unveiled a new model that Chairman Jun Lei said is comparable to Apple’s iPhone 6 but thinner, lighter and much cheaper. The ...