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Mar 6, 2016

Amazon to restore encryption to Fire tablets after complaints

Amazon.com Inc said it plans to restore an encryption feature on its Fire tablets after customers and privacy advocates criticized the company for quietly removing the security option when it released its latest operating system. “We will return the option for full-disk encryption with ...

Mar 5, 2016

Boeing's new plane bathrooms sterilize themselves in just three seconds

Boeing engineers think they have a solution for smelly, grimy airplane bathrooms: ultraviolet light. The aircraft manufacturer has filed a patent for a self-cleaning lavatory that disinfects all surfaces in just three seconds. Many passengers would welcome more sanitary airplane bathrooms, but they may ...

Mar 4, 2016

Japan OKs recognizing virtual currencies as similar to real money

The Cabinet on Friday approved a set of bills to help banking groups expand their information technology businesses and to recognize virtual currencies as having a function similar to real money. Under the revised banking bills, bank-holding companies will be able to acquire IT-related ...

Drone maker DJI eying Japan's massive photography sector

Mar 4, 2016

Drone maker DJI eying Japan's massive photography sector

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Major Chinese consumer-drone maker DJI has its eyes on the potentially lucrative Japanese market after regulations on drones were relaxed three months ago. DJI Japan General Manager Allen Wu launched the latest model, Phantom 4, Thursday in a fashionable mall in Tokyo. In a ...

Mar 3, 2016

U.S. defense secretary favors strong encryption, not 'back doors'

Declaring that strong encryption is essential to the nation’s security, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a tech industry audience Wednesday that he’s “not a believer in back doors,” or encryption programs that leave openings for outsiders to read coded files. Carter said he wasn’t ...

From Western Union to Apple: When tech battled government

Feb 28, 2016

From Western Union to Apple: When tech battled government

The fight between Apple and the FBI over access to a San Bernardino killer’s iPhone isn’t the first time industry and government have tangled over privacy and security. Every revolution in communications technology has sparked new battles over its use that changed the course ...

Feb 27, 2016

Samsung wins appeal in Apple patent case in U.S.

A U.S. appeals court on Friday handed Samsung a win over Apple in a long-running patent fight, overriding a jury verdict ordering it to pay $119.6 million to the iPhone maker. The court ruled that two Apple patents at issue were not valid, according ...

Feb 27, 2016

U.S. studying sophisticated cyberattack on Ukraine power grid

A U.S. investigation found that a December hack on the Ukrainian power grid was coordinated and highly sophisticated. The report, released Thursday, offers a detailed look at one of the first cyberattacks to succeed in taking down part of a national power grid. The ...

Feb 26, 2016

Nissan disables Leaf electric car app after cross-continent hack

Nissan Motor Co. has disabled a mobile application for controlling its Leaf electric car after a security researcher demonstrated how hackers could access temperature controls and other functions from across continents. The nation’s second-largest automaker made the app unavailable after Australian researcher Troy Hunt ...

Feb 25, 2016

One-third of U.S. tech innovators are immigrants: study

More than one-third of America’s technology “innovators” are foreign-born, according to a study released Wednesday that debunks many commonly held beliefs about the sector. Immigrants make up 35.5 percent of U.S. innovators — defined as people who make “meaningful and marketable innovations” to tech-related ...

Internet of Things brings innovations to Japanese industry

Feb 25, 2016

Internet of Things brings innovations to Japanese industry

The Internet of Things, or IoT, which connects devices, vehicles and buildings via the Internet, is increasingly finding its way into Japan’s manufacturing sector. Textile manufacturer Seiren Co. has installed virtual changing rooms in shops such as department stores, mainly in Tokyo. Shoppers can ...