HAL wins: Computer program bests humans at 'Space Invaders'

Feb 26, 2015

HAL wins: Computer program bests humans at 'Space Invaders'

Computers already have bested human champions in “Jeopardy!” and chess, but artificial intelligence now has gone on to master an entirely new level: “Space Invaders.” Google scientists have cooked up software that can do better than humans on dozens of Atari video games from ...

Feb 25, 2015

U.S. announces $3 million reward for alleged top hacker

The U.S. government has announced a $3 million reward for information leading to the arrest of a man American authorities call one of the world’s most prolific cyberhackers. Evgeniy Bogachev, who is believed to be in Russia, was indicted in Pittsburgh last year on ...

Feb 25, 2015

Islamic State using bitcoin, officials suspect

Islamic State is likely using the bitcoin virtual online currency as a tool to secretly raise funds and settle transactions, a diplomatic source said Tuesday, quoting officials in the U.S.-led coalition against the group. Members of the coalition worry that the use of bitcoin, ...

Apple emoji get racial color, but yellow tone draws flak

Feb 25, 2015

Apple emoji get racial color, but yellow tone draws flak

There are smiley, sad and heart emoji — and now, for the first time, there will be racially diverse emoji. Apple is preparing to release nonwhite faces in its lineup of the cartoon faces that some people use to liven up text and email ...

Feb 25, 2015

Reddit, Google to crack down on posting of nude pics

Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows. Social-networking and news site Reddit says it will remove photos, videos and links with explicit content if the person in the image hasn’t given ...

Feb 25, 2015

U.S. states try to predict inmates' future crimes

U.S. states are trying to reduce prison populations with secretive new psychological assessments to predict which inmates will commit crimes again and who might be safe to release, despite serious problems and high-profile failures, an Associated Press investigation found. These programs are part of ...

Feb 20, 2015

Lenovo shipped laptops preloaded with Superfish adware, experts say

Experts say Lenovo, the world’s biggest computer maker, shipped laptops with preloaded software that could let hackers steal passwords or other sensitive information when you use the Web to shop, pay bills or check email. Lenovo said Thursday that it has disabled the offending ...

Feb 18, 2015

North Korea's cybercapabilities not so good: Obama

North Korea’s cyberattack capabilities are actually not very good, according to an impromptu ranking by U.S. President Barack Obama. In an interview with the online site re/code published Tuesday, Obama used North Korea’s relative lack of electronic prowess to underscore how dangerous even less ...