Nov 28, 2015

Virtual reality app brings crisis zones closer to home

Bombed-out buildings tower overhead and rubble is piled high in the deserted streets of Syria’s onetime economic hub of Aleppo. Gunshots can be heard in the distance. The destruction of four years of civil war is overwhelming — and then you switch your phone ...

Nov 26, 2015

Google gets 348,085 'forget' requests in Europe since court ruling

Internet giant Google said Wednesday it has received 348,085 requests for select search results to be “forgotten” in Europe, with users in France and Germany leading the way. Since a European Court of Justice ruling in May 2014 recognizing the “right to be forgotten” ...

Nov 24, 2015

Freemason membership records spanning 190 years released online

Records of 2 million members of the secretive Freemasons have been published online, showing that its members during Britain’s imperial heyday included Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde and Rudyard Kipling. Membership records from 1733 to 1923 — mainly in Britain and the British Empire — ...

Nov 21, 2015

Young people with 'old eyes'

It's starting to become clear that overuse of electronic gadgets like smartphones and computers is having a dramatic impact on the health of young people's eyes.

Activist hackers battle Islamic State in cyberspace

Nov 18, 2015

Activist hackers battle Islamic State in cyberspace

Islamic State sympathizers using social media to spread propaganda and recruit fighters are drawing an increasing amount of return fire from activists who have been knocking some sites offline and infiltrating others. The loose hacking collective Anonymous is the latest to draw attention to ...

Nov 15, 2015

Google seeks to influence AI research by giving software away

Google wants to set the standard on artificial intelligence. The Web company, seeking to influence how people design, test and run artificial-intelligence systems, is making its internal AI development software available for free. The program, called TensorFlow, is now open-source software. It is based ...

Nov 13, 2015

Rings and pacifiers: Health gadgets get sophisticated

After the smartphone and fitness bracelet, here comes the smart ring. And the smart pacifier, and smart rollator. “Wellness” computers that monitor your pulse, temperature and other health indicators are becoming increasingly sophisticated and varied to cover every aspect — and age — of ...

Nov 13, 2015

NSA says it 'usually' discloses software vulnerabilities


The U.S. National Security Agency, seeking to rebut accusations that it hoards information about software vulnerabilities and leaves U.S. companies open to cyberattacks, said last week that it tells U.S. technology firms about the most serious flaws it finds more than 90 percent of ...

Microsoft agrees to store customer data in privacy-minded Germany

Nov 13, 2015

Microsoft agrees to store customer data in privacy-minded Germany

U.S. tech giant Microsoft is setting up centers to keep customer data in Germany, following a series of U.S. surveillance scandals that have alarmed Europeans. Deutsche Telekom will serve as “custodian” for Microsoft’s cloud-based services in Germany and keep data on its home turf, ...

Nov 11, 2015

Charges possible if Chinese hackers keep it up: U.S. official

The U.S. could consider criminal charges or sanctions against China if the U.S. determines hackers there are violating an agreement not to conduct economic cyber-espionage on American industry, a senior Justice Department official said Tuesday. The remarks by John Carlin, the Obama administration’s top ...