May 26, 2014

Easier-to-use retro cellphones making a comeback

They fit into the smallest pocket, their batteries last all week, and their screens don’t shatter when you drop them: old-school Nokias, Ericssons and Motorolas are making a comeback as consumers tired of overly complicated smartphones go retro. Handsets like the Nokia 3310 or ...

May 24, 2014

Amazon escalates standoff with publisher Hachette

If you’re hoping to pre-order books by J.K. Rowling, Michael Connelly and other Hachette Book Group authors, you’ll have to go somewhere besides Amazon.com. An ongoing standoff between Amazon and one of the leading New York publishers has intensified. The online retailer, which already ...

May 24, 2014

Twitter blocks 'blasphemous' content in Pakistan after complaints

Microblogging site Twitter has blocked dozens of tweets and accounts in Pakistan after officials asked for access to “blasphemous” and “unethical” content to be stopped. The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) submitted at least five requests from May 5 to 14 asking Twitter to block ...

Hacking case shows China snubbing U.S. 'rules'

| May 21, 2014

Hacking case shows China snubbing U.S. 'rules'

In choosing to escalate a cyberespionage dispute with China, the United States has laid bare its frustrations after years of hoping the Asian power would accept a U.S.-led international order. President Barack Obama and his predecessors have long recited a mantra that the United ...

China slams U.S. charges over hacking, data theft

May 20, 2014

China slams U.S. charges over hacking, data theft

The United States on Monday charged five Chinese military officers and accused them of hacking into American nuclear, metal and solar companies to steal trade secrets, ratcheting up tensions between the two world powers over cyberespionage. China immediately denied the charges, saying in a ...

Apple may use Beats to change its rhythm toward music streaming

May 19, 2014

Apple may use Beats to change its rhythm toward music streaming

Over a decade ago, the late Steve Jobs pulled one of his trademark reality-distorting maneuvers, browbeating music label executives into selling songs on Apple Inc.’s nascent iTunes digital store for a mere 99 cents apiece. Now it is Apple that is being forced into ...

How Chinese officials 'like' Facebook

May 19, 2014

How Chinese officials 'like' Facebook

by Felicia Sonmez

China’s communist authorities ban their own people from accessing major global social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. But when it comes to self-promotion, they are increasingly keen users themselves. The official Xinhua News Agency, the Communist Party mouthpiece the People’s Daily and ...

Taiwan kicks off digital war games against simulated China invasion

May 19, 2014

Taiwan kicks off digital war games against simulated China invasion

Taiwan on Monday launched computerized war games featuring its newly acquired AH-64 Apache helicopters helping to counter a simulated attack by a Chinese aircraft carrier group, officials and media said. The five-day drill — part of the island’s biggest annual military maneuvers to be ...

Monster hits continue to survive the Internet age

May 18, 2014

Monster hits continue to survive the Internet age

by Jennifer Rankin

A monster lays waste to America’s cities, smashing skyscrapers and tearing up passenger trains. It’s the familiar tale of Godzilla, a mutant lizard last seen rampaging through cinemas in 1998 and now back on the big screen. Godzilla, which was made for an estimated ...

May 17, 2014

Russia launch ends in embarrassment

A rocket carrying Russia’s most advanced communication satellite to date fell back to Earth minutes after liftoff Friday in the latest blow to the country’s space industry. Space officials said the Proton’s control engine failed 545 seconds after its blastoff from the Baikonur space ...