China considers banning all unapproved Internet domains

Mar 30, 2016

China considers banning all unapproved Internet domains

China’s government is moving to tighten its grip over the Internet as it rolls out draft rules that will effectively ban Web domains not approved by local authorities, including possibly the most widely used .com and .org addresses. The Ministry of Industry and Information ...

Microsoft axes 'chatbot' that learned a little too much online

Mar 25, 2016

Microsoft axes 'chatbot' that learned a little too much online

OMG! Did you hear about the artificial intelligence program that Microsoft designed to chat like a teenage girl? It was totally yanked offline in less than a day after it began spouting racist, sexist and otherwise offensive remarks. Microsoft said it was all the ...

Apple set to unveil new iPad, iPhone models

Mar 20, 2016

Apple set to unveil new iPad, iPhone models

New iPhone and iPad models likely to be unveiled Monday are aimed at helping Apple keep momentum in the fast-evolving mobile device market. The media gathering at the company’s intimate auditorium in Silicon Valley will also give Apple a chance to restate its case ...

Human go champ says machine not superior despite 1:4 defeat

Mar 15, 2016

Human go champ says machine not superior despite 1:4 defeat

Game not over? Human Go champion Lee Sedol says Google’s go-playing program AlphaGo is not yet superior to humans, despite its 4:1 victory in a match that ended Tuesday. The weeklong showdown between the South Korean Go grandmaster and Google DeepMind’s artificial intelligence program ...

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 ...