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Hacker releases stolen copies of Netflix series

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:32:15 EDT

A hacker claims to have followed through on a threat to release several episodes from the upcoming season of Netflix's hit series "Orange Is The New Black."



Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia over 'terror' claims

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:31:59 EDT

Turkey on Saturday blocked all access inside the country to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia reportedly for articles claiming links between Ankara and terror groups, the latest restriction on a popular website to hit Turkish users.



Gadgets: Gifts for your No. 1 grad

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 03:43:40 EDT

It's the time of year to reward graduates, many of whom will hit the real world. Here are some tech gift suggestions of useful gadgets for everyday life and even to have a good night's sleep.



Hacker threatens to release stolen copies of Netflix series

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 03:32:41 EDT

A hacker claims to have stolen the upcoming season of Netflix's hit series "Orange Is The New Black," and is asking for an unspecified ransom to not release the entire fifth season online.



US NSA spy agency halts controversial email sweep

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 03:30:54 EDT

The National Security Agency announced Friday it would end its controversial practice of sweeping up any email or text message an American exchanges with someone overseas that makes reference to a real target of NSA surveillance.



When bridges collapse: Researchers study whether we're underestimating risk

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 03:28:52 EDT

The United States is considering a $1 trillion budget proposal to update infrastructure, including its crumbling bridges. An obstacle to spending the money wisely is that the current means of assessing bridges may underestimate their vulnerability, according to a new study published in the Journal of Infrastructure Systems.



Modern metabolic science yields better way to calculate indoor CO2

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:05:49 EDT

The air we breathe out can help us improve the quality of the air we breathe in.



German airlines to scrap 'two-person' cockpit rule

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:42:20 EDT

German airlines will no longer require two people to be in the cockpit at all times, an industry group said Friday, abandoning a rule introduced after a deadly crash in 2015.



AI-based smartphone application can predict user's health risks

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:15:09 EDT

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed artificial intelligence (AI)-based data analysis methods used in a smartphone application of Odum Ltd. The application can estimate its users' health risks and, if necessary, guide them towards a healthier lifestyle.



Uber demotes exec at center of self-driving tech lawsuit

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:43:35 EDT

Uber has demoted an executive heading its self-driving car operations who has been at the center of a lawsuit filed by Alphabet's Waymo accusing the ride-sharing giant of theft.



Apple cuts off payments, Qualcomm slashes expectations

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:30:18 EDT

Qualcomm slashed its profit expectations Friday by as much as a third after saying that Apple is refusing to pay royalties on technology used in the iPhone.



Evidence mounts for a search further north for missing flight MH370

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:40:01 EDT

It is now more than three years since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared, and there is growing evidence that the search authorities have been looking for the aircraft in the wrong place.



Engineer develops new reflector for radar measurements

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:30:01 EDT

Cornelius Senn, a measurement engineer in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (D-BAUG), and his post-doctoral colleague Silvan Leinss have developed a new reflector for radar measurements. The underlying mechanism, however, has many possible applications and could revolutionise furniture construction, for example.



Study reveals what air travelers will tolerate for non-discriminatory security screening

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:58:16 EDT

Mounting anti-terrorism security procedures and the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) screening processes have launched numerous debates about the protection of civil liberties and equal treatment of passengers. A new study published in Risk Analysis has successfully quantified how much potential air passengers value equal protection when measured against sacrifices in safety, cost, wait time, and convenience.



Augmented reality increases maintenance reliability at a space station

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:26:33 EDT

An international project led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a new augmented reality (AR) tool for the ESA. In the future, it is envisaged that astronauts will be able to use this tool to perform maintenance tasks and real-time equipment monitoring in the demanding conditions of space. The first practical tests carried out at ESA's European Astronaut Centre produced excellent results.



Australian police reveal they broke new metadata laws

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:21:19 EDT

Australian police revealed on Friday that an officer broke the country's contentious new metadata laws by illegally accessing a journalist's phone records to identify an anonymous source.



Sony returns to black on healthy chip, game, battery sales

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:00:32 EDT

Sony Corp. reported Friday a January-March profit of 27.7 billion yen ($250 million) on the back of healthy sales of image sensors, PlayStation 4 game software and batteries for mobile devices, marking a recovery from its red ink a year ago.



A robot that picks apples? Replacing humans worries some

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:00:11 EDT

Harvesting Washington state's vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States.



British inventor takes flight in 'Iron Man' suit

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:45:37 EDT

British inventor Richard Browning lifted off from the shore of Vancouver Harbor on Thursday in a personal flight suit that inspired references to comic superhero 'Iron Man.'



Online videos of killings pose tricky problem for Facebook

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:40:26 EDT

Posting a smartphone video online has never been so easy—even if the video shows a murder. After two recent cases that shocked the world, this has become a tricky but urgent problem for Facebook to tackle.



Uber self-driving car exec steps aside during Google lawsuit

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:38:53 EDT

The executive running Uber's self-driving car division is stepping aside while the company defends itself against charges that he provided the project with technology stolen from a Google spinoff.



Amazon delivers strong profits, shares rally

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:00:01 EDT

US online giant Amazon on Thursday delivered stronger-than-expected financial results for the first quarter, pushing shares higher.



YouTube ad boycott could spell trouble for Alphabet's Google

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:57:52 EDT

YouTube's inability to keep big-brand ads off unsavory videos is threatening to transform a rising star in Google's digital family into a problem child.



Microsoft quarterly profit up 28 percent at $4.8 bn

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:05:02 EDT

Microsoft on Thursday reported a strong jump in profits in the just-ended quarter but revenue fell short of expectations in the tech giant's first earnings report incorporating social network LinkedIn.



5 reasons Amazon is experimenting with physical stores

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:44:41 EDT

Is the online giant of retail also looking to conquer physical stores?



Google parent Alphabet revs up revenue, profit (Update)

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:44:11 EDT

Google parent Alphabet on Thursday reported strong gains in quarterly results, beating most market forecast despite rising costs for its "moonshot" efforts.



Crime and virtual punishment

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:07:23 EDT

When it comes to crime and punishment, how judges dish out prison sentences is anything but a game.



Facebook steps up fight on state-led propaganda

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:36:48 EDT

Facebook said Thursday it is stepping up its security to counter efforts by governments and others to spread misinformation or manipulate discussions for political reasons.



Samsung, Apple keep top spots in smartphone market

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:51:52 EDT

Samsung and Apple maintained their leadership in the smartphone market in early 2017 while Chinese-based Huawei's strong growth cemented its number three position, a market tracker said Thursday.



Theme parks: Comcast's under-the-radar growth driver

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:50:01 EDT

One of Comcast's fastest-growing businesses hasn't been selling cable or internet subscriptions—or making movies and TV shows, or selling TV ads. It's been theme parks.