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Thai cops bust $3 million phone scam gang

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 03:40:44 EDT

A gang of 44 people from China and Taiwan have been arrested in Thailand for running an elaborate phone scam that conned $3 million from scores of victims, police said Monday.



Philips profits plunge 32.9% in second quarter

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 03:36:51 EDT

Dutch electronics giant Philips Monday posted a 32.9 percent fall in second quarter profits, hit mainly by the costs of spinning off its lighting business last year.



Uber's airport service in Madrid under attack from town hall

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:03:35 EDT

The city of Madrid has asked Spain's anti-trust watchdog to investigate whether Uber's new airport transport service violates fair competition laws.



Russians march against state internet crackdown

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:03:03 EDT

Around 1,000 people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to protest against the government's harsh legislative controls on the internet.



China cashing out as mobile payment soars

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 03:51:39 EDT

Yang Qianqian holds out her smartphone to scan a barcode on the mobile of a vendor selling fresh fruit and vegetables at a bustling outdoor market in Beijing.



Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 03:50:31 EDT

Lava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan's stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant's operator said at the end of a three-day inspection.



UK to tighten rules on drones after near-misses with planes

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 11:38:14 EDT

British officials announced plans Saturday to further regulate drone use in a bid to prevent accidents and threats to commercial aviation.



Zing! Sprint opens 'Twice the Price' store next to Verizon retailer

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:20:04 EDT

The advertising war between the cell phone carriers is hitting the pavement, and once again, Sprint is taking on Verizon.



Review: Amazon meal kits offer easy dinners—for a price

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:24:31 EDT

Amazon's new ready-to-eat meal package is the perfect recipe for someone who doesn't have enough time to shop and cook, yet has a healthy appetite and a need for balanced meals.



Judge OKs $11.2M settlement for hacked Ashley Madison users

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:22:11 EDT

A federal judge on Friday approved an $11.2 million settlement between the marital infidelity website Ashley Madison and users who sued after hackers released personal information, including financial data and details of their sexual proclivities.



High-tech mystery: Is a Facebook phone in the works?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:20:55 EDT

Facebook could be working on a smartphone, according to paperwork recently spotted by cyber sleuths which the tech giant filed earlier this year.



Since its IPO, Snap Inc. did exactly what it said it would, so why is its stock struggling?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:20:01 EDT

The Los Angeles tech company behind Snapchat offers a simple sales pitch to investors: We'll release features niftier than anything our competitors can produce.



Silicon Valley investors embrace a new vision of college

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:20:01 EDT

Make School, a for-profit startup in this city's South of Market district, is one of the most unusual schools in the country: It lets students enroll in classes for free if they agree to pay later after they land a job.



3-D shape acquisition using water displacement as the shape sensor for the reconstruction of complex objects

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:13:51 EDT

A global team of computer scientists and engineers have developed an innovative technique that more completely reconstructs challenging 3D objects. An ancient scientific breakthrough serves as the foundation for the team's modern, innovative solution to remaining challenges in current 3D shape reconstruction. This new approach to 3D shape acquisition is based on the well-known fluid displacement discovery by Archimedes and turns modeling surface reconstruction into a volumetric problem. Most notably, their method accurately reconstructs even hidden parts of an object that typical 3D laser scanners are not able to capture.



Hackers had access to millions of Social Security numbers

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:13:29 EDT

Hackers who breached a Kansas Department of Commerce data system in March had access to more than 5.5 million Social Security numbers in 10 states, along with another 805,000 accounts that didn't include the Social Security numbers, according to records obtained from the agency.



Best Buy rings up a rebound

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:20:02 EDT

Five years ago Best Buy Co. looked like a retail dinosaur, another victim of e-commerce juggernaut Amazon.com and other online sellers.



Lyft team steers toward open self-driving tech (Update)

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:05:29 EDT

US ride-share startup Lyft on Friday dedicated a new team focused on speeding up its effort to create a self-driving vehicle platform, which would be open to use by other companies.



Computers using linguistic clues to deduce photo content

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:02:43 EDT

Scientists at Disney Research and the University of California, Davis have found that the way a person describes the content of a photo can provide important clues for computer vision programs to determine where various things appear in the image.



Neural nets model audience reactions to movies

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:57:33 EDT

Disney Research used deep learning methods to develop a new means of assessing complex audience reactions to movies via facial expressions and demonstrated that the new technique outperformed conventional methods.



Cheap 3D printed prosthetics could be game changer for Nepal

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:00:01 EDT

Ram's new hand was manufactured on a 3D printer in Nepal's capital for just $30, an innovation that could be a game changer for many in the impoverished Himalayan country.



Australia's robo-footballers go for gold at world champs

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:40:01 EDT

A roar rings out as a small, white robot wins a tussle for the ball and kicks it into the goal.



Possible melted fuel seen for first time at Fukushima plant

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:20:08 EDT

An underwater robot captured images of solidified lava-like rocks Friday inside a damaged reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, spotting for the first time what is believed to be nuclear fuel that melted six years ago.



Briton faces court over Deutsche Telekom cyber attack

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:20:03 EDT

A British man admitted in a German court Friday to staging a large-scale cyber attack on Deutsche Telekom last year, saying he was acting for a Liberian client.



Russia moves to ban tools used to surf outlawed websites

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:15:46 EDT

Russia's parliament on Friday voted to outlaw web tools that allow internet users to sidestep official bans of certain websites, the nation's latest effort to tighten controls of online services.



Audi to update 850,000 cars as diesel recalls widen

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:14:31 EDT

German automaker Audi says it will fit up to 850,000 diesel cars with new software to improve their emissions performance, following a similar move by rival Daimler as the auto industry tries to get ahead of public controversy over the technology.



India's Ambani to launch free smartphone as he shakes up telecoms

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:14:17 EDT

India's richest man Mukesh Ambani said Friday that his telecoms venture Jio would launch a free smartphone, escalating a price war that is shaking up the country's ultra-competitive mobile market.



Social networks' reassurances over surveillance ring hollow, claims author of new study

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 07:41:40 EDT

Social media platforms are facilitating surveillance by selling their users' data to apps which are used by the police and other organisations, according to the author of a new study.



Artificial intelligence boosts wine's bottom line

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:29:32 EDT

The Australian wine industry is turning to artificial intelligence to streamline its manufacturing.



Tunnel visions: China bets big on subways as cities expand

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:00:02 EDT

Deep under Shanghai, workers on a flood-lit construction rig carefully install massive concrete wall sections for a new subway tunnel, adding metre-by-metre to the world's longest metro system.



Microsoft profit rises on shift to cloud computing

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 04:50:27 EDT

Microsoft on Thursday reported that its quarterly earnings was lifted on the back of its shift to focusing on computing services hosted in the internet cloud.