Feb 4, 2016

Meet the man who's making virtual reality feel more real

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As a student at the University of Bristol, Tom Carter became obsessed with a seemingly impossible notion: letting people feel and manipulate virtual objects. A professor turned him on to an esoteric concept — using ultrasound to simulate tactile sensations — that was floated ...

Feb 3, 2016

U.S. to rework arms control rule on exporting hacker tools

The U.S. government is rewriting a proposal under arms control rules from 20 years ago to make it simpler to export tools related to hacking and surveillance software since they are also used to secure computer networks. The White House said it supports making ...

Alphabet comes before Apple as world's most valuable company

Feb 2, 2016

Alphabet comes before Apple as world's most valuable company

Alphabet now comes before Apple atop the list of the world’s most valuable companies. The shift occurred in Monday’s extended trading after Alphabet, Google’s new parent company, released a fourth-quarter earnings report that highlighted the robust growth of the digital ad market. Apple Inc.’s ...

Jan 30, 2016

Apple team reported to be secretly working on virtual reality items

Apple has a team secretly working on virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) gear in a budding challenge to Facebook-owned Oculus Rift and Microsoft HoloLens, the Financial Times reported Friday. The team’s ranks number in the hundreds, bolstered by talent hired away from ...

Jan 29, 2016

Congress to probe whether NSA back door led to Juniper hacking

A U.S. congressional probe into the impact of a hack of Juniper Networks Inc software will examine the possibility that it was initially altered at the behest of the National Security Agency, a lawmaker said in an interview on Thursday. The House Committee on ...

Game over? Computer beats human champ in complex strategy challenge

Jan 28, 2016

Game over? Computer beats human champ in complex strategy challenge

In a milestone for artificial intelligence, a computer has beaten a human champion at a strategy game that requires “intuition” rather than brute processing power to prevail, its makers said Wednesday. Dubbed Alphago, the system honed its own skills through a process of trial ...

Jan 27, 2016

North Korea suspected of targeting South with cyberattacks

South Korea said on Wednesday it suspected North Korea of attempting cyberattacks against targets in the South, following a nuclear test by the North this month that defied United Nations sanctions. South Korea has been on heightened military and cyberalert since the Jan. 6 ...

Jan 24, 2016

Toshiba to sell off most of its chip operations

Scandal-hit Toshiba Corp. has decided to sell most of its semiconductor chip operations to focus on its flash memory business, informed sources said. The operations to be put up for sale include the division that handles system large-scale integrated circuits, which are used in ...

Jan 15, 2016

Wikipedia gets another source of cash

Wikipedia is getting another source of cash for its 15th birthday, expanding beyond fundraising drives that have already poured $250 million into the Internet’s leading encyclopedia. The additional money will come from a new endowment created for Wikipedia, whose website started Jan. 15, 2001, ...