Rise of the machines: Keep an eye on AI, say experts

Mar 13, 2016

Rise of the machines: Keep an eye on AI, say experts

A Google computer’s stunning 3-0 victory in a Man-vs-Machine face-off over the ultimate board game highlights the need to keep Artificial Intelligence under human control, experts said Saturday. The partly self-taught AlphaGo program’s defeat of go grandmaster Lee Sedol showed AI was progressing faster ...

U.S. holds cyberattack security drill on heels of harmful hacks

Mar 9, 2016

U.S. holds cyberattack security drill on heels of harmful hacks

The moment a U.S. official pressed a computer key Tuesday, dozens of security experts who gathered in an underground control room girded themselves for a cyberattack — a drill meant to thwart the kinds of intrusions that have recently crippled health networks and retail ...

Mar 8, 2016

North Korea tried to hack South's railway system: spy agency

North Korea has tried to hack into email accounts of South Korean railway workers in an attempt to attack the transport system’s control system, South Korea’s spy agency said on Tuesday. South Korea has been on heightened alert against the threat of cyberattacks by ...

Mar 7, 2016

U.S. programmer who invented email dies

Raymond Tomlinson, the inventor of modern email and a technological leader, died Saturday. Raytheon Co., his employer, confirmed his death; the details were not immediately available. Email existed in a limited capacity before Tomlinson in that electronic messages could be shared amid multiple people ...

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 ...

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 11, 2016

Adblock Plus, scourge of websites, seeks middle ground with industry

For its users, Adblock Plus stands as a bulwark against intrusive advertising. But websites dependent on advertising revenue to remain free of charge see the open source software as a scourge. Now the German firm behind Adblock Plus is taking a more conciliatory tack, ...

Feb 10, 2016

Fujitsu recalls 20,000 laptop batteries over fire risk

Fujitsu Ltd. on Wednesday announced the recall of around 20,000 battery packs used in its Lifebook laptop computers as they could catch fire, although it has received no reports of this having happened. Fujitsu recalled around 70,000 battery packs used in Lifebooks in August ...