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Microsoft apologizes for offensive tirade by its 'chatbot'

Mar 26, 2016

Microsoft apologizes for offensive tirade by its 'chatbot'

Microsoft is “deeply sorry” for the racist and sexist Twitter messages generated by the “chatbot” it launched this past week, a company official wrote on Friday, after the artificial intelligence program went on an embarrassing tirade. The bot, known as Tay, was designed to ...

Microsoft axes 'chatbot' that learned a little too much online

Mar 25, 2016

Microsoft axes 'chatbot' that learned a little too much online

OMG! Did you hear about the artificial intelligence program that Microsoft designed to chat like a teenage girl? It was totally yanked offline in less than a day after it began spouting racist, sexist and otherwise offensive remarks. Microsoft said it was all the ...

Mar 24, 2016

Chinese national admits hacking U.S. defense firms

A Chinese national pleaded guilty Wednesday on charges stemming from the hacking of trade secrets from U.S. defense contractors, including plans for transport and fighter jets, officials said. Su Bin, 50, had been charged in a 2014 indictment with hacking into the computer networks ...

Mar 24, 2016

New Sony unit to bring hit games to smartphones

Sony Corp. is looking to extend its lead in video games by pushing into smartphones with titles derived from its top-selling PlayStation consoles. The electronics and entertainment conglomerate is creating a new unit called ForwardWorks Corp. that will develop and sell applications and content ...

Aichi-based Sun's Israeli unit helping FBI crack iPhone: report

Mar 24, 2016

Aichi-based Sun's Israeli unit helping FBI crack iPhone: report

Israel’s Cellebrite, a provider of mobile forensic software, is helping the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s attempt to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported on Wednesday. If Cellebrite succeeds, the FBI will no longer ...

Startup adds eye-tracking technology to virtual reality

Mar 22, 2016

Startup adds eye-tracking technology to virtual reality

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No more fiddling with remote-controller buttons or a mouse. Just look. San Francisco-based startup Fove has developed eye-tracking for virtual reality — that kernel of technology many feel is key for the illusion of becoming immersed in a setting. Glance, and a video-game character ...

Apple set to unveil new iPad, iPhone models

Mar 20, 2016

Apple set to unveil new iPad, iPhone models

New iPhone and iPad models likely to be unveiled Monday are aimed at helping Apple keep momentum in the fast-evolving mobile device market. The media gathering at the company’s intimate auditorium in Silicon Valley will also give Apple a chance to restate its case ...

Mar 20, 2016

Facebook's Zuckerberg holds rare meeting with China's propaganda chief

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a rare meeting Saturday with China’s propaganda chief, at a time when Chinese authorities are tightening control over their cyberspace. Liu Yunshan told Zuckerberg that he hopes Facebook can share its experience with Chinese companies to help ...