New smartphones may soon sense everything around you

Jun 9, 2016

New smartphones may soon sense everything around you

Suppose your smartphone is clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings — the room’s size, the location of doors and windows and the presence of other people. What could it do with that info? We are about to get our first look. On Thursday, ...

Tech moguls declare era of artificial intelligence

Jun 3, 2016

Tech moguls declare era of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence and machine learning will create computers so sophisticated and godlike that humans will need to implant “neural laces” in their brains to keep up, Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told a crowd of tech leaders this week. While Musk’s description ...

May 27, 2016

Jury sides with Google against Oracle in battle over Android software

Google’s Android software just dodged a $9 billion bullet. A federal jury found Thursday that Google didn’t need permission to use a rival’s programming tools as it built Android — now the world’s leading smartphone operating software and a key part of Google’s multibillion ...

U.S. nuclear force still using 1970s floppy discs: GAO

May 26, 2016

U.S. nuclear force still using 1970s floppy discs: GAO

America’s nuclear force still uses floppy disks designed in the 1970s to coordinate some of its functions, according to a watchdog report released Wednesday. The report by the Government Accountability Office points to a number of worryingly outdated “legacy systems” still in use across ...

Microsoft's Windows 10 push comes to shove for some users

May 26, 2016

Microsoft's Windows 10 push comes to shove for some users

Microsoft really, REALLY wants you to upgrade to Windows 10. Since last summer, the tech giant has pushed and prodded PC owners to upgrade their machines to its latest Windows version. While the upgrade is currently free for most consumers with Windows PCs, critics ...

May 18, 2016

Man suspected of hacking into celebrities' social media accounts

Police served a further arrest warrant Wednesday on a 29-year-old man suspected of repeatedly accessing the Facebook and iCloud accounts of celebrities without authorization. Daichi Kaneko, who was initially arrested last month over a separate unlawful access case, allegedly logged in a total of ...

May 6, 2016

Facebook loses first round in lawsuit over storing biometric data

Facebook lost the first round in a court fight against some of its users who sued the social networking company, alleging it unlawfully collected and stored users’ biometric data derived from their faces in photographs. The judge presiding over the case in a California ...

May 1, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court approves expansion of FBI's hacking power

The Supreme Court on Thursday approved a rule change that would allow U.S. judges to issue search warrants for access to computers located in any jurisdiction when their location is unknown, despite opposition from civil liberties groups who say it will greatly expand the ...