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Stephen Hawking appears as hologram in Hong Kong

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:38:40 EDT

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has spoken to a Hong Kong audience by hologram, showcasing the growing reach of a technology which is making inroads into politics, entertainment and business.



Owner of Silicon Valley staffing firm charged in visa fraud

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:37:25 EDT

The owner of a company that supplied foreign workers to San Francisco Bay Area technology companies is facing visa fraud charges after filing fake documents to bring people to the United States, the U.S Attorney's Office announced Friday.



1.4M Illinois job seekers may have had personal data hacked

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:25:53 EDT

About 1.4 million job seekers in Illinois may have had their personal information compromised when one of the state's employment security agency vendors was hacked, the governor's office said Friday.



More big brands pull ads from YouTube in widening boycott

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:25:34 EDT

An advertising boycott of YouTube is broadening, a sign that big-spending companies doubt Google's ability to prevent marketing campaigns from appearing alongside repugnant videos.



California air regulators vote to keep tough fuel standards

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:21:50 EDT

California air regulators voted Friday to keep the state's tough vehicle emissions standards through 2025.



Apple: Software flaws in latest WikiLeaks docs are all fixed

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:06:07 EDT

Apple said purported hacking vulnerabilities disclosed by WikiLeaks this week have all been fixed in recent iPhones and Mac computers.



Twitter eyes paid 'premium' service for power users

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:30:26 EDT

Twitter confirmed Friday it is considering a paid subscription service that would give frequent users more tools to use the social network for marketing, journalism and other fields.



IT researchers break anonymity of gene databases

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:02:07 EDT

DNA profiles can reveal a number of details about individuals, and even about their family members. There are laws in place that regulate the trade of gene data, which has become much simpler and cheaper to analyze today. However, these laws do not apply to an equally relevant type of genetic data, so-called microRNAs, even though these can also point to serious diseases. This means that anonymity needs to be strictly maintained in microRNA studies as well. Researchers from the Research Center for IT Security, CISPA, have now been able to show that a few microRNA molecules are sufficient to draw conclusions about study participants. The computer scientists will be presenting their means of attack, and appropriate countermeasures, at the Cebit computer fair in Hannover (Hall 6, Stand C47).



Opinion: Banning laptops at secure airports won't keep aircraft safe from terror attacks

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:40:03 EDT

Introducing new security measures for the airline industry is rarely done lightly by governments. Certainly it's underpinned by the responsibility to ensure passenger safety. But it's not clear how effective the recent ban on laptops and large electronic devices in aircraft cabin baggage on flights from certain Middle Eastern airports to the US and UK will be.



California fuel standards to get critical review

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:53:08 EDT

A state review has found California is on track to meet its tougher car-emission standards and urges regulators to draft more ambitious environmental targets for the future.



Google ad boycott could aim ire at ad-serving software

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:43:56 EDT

Google's money-making foundation is strong enough to endure a current boycott by advertisers, but the movement could rattle the practice of software "programmed" ad placement, analysts said on Thursday.



Analysis: Building a market for renewable thermal technologies

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:13:26 EDT

Though a mature technology, renewable thermals occupy a small niche in Connecticut—and in the U.S. at large. A new Yale-led study analyzes the market potential of this technology across the state and provides key insights into spurring consumer demand.



Live sports broadcasting in US braces for disruption

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:26:46 EDT

The business of live sports, seen as perhaps the last great firewall for traditional US broadcasters, is facing deepening challenges in the era of mobile and live streaming options.



Protecting web users' privacy

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:23:45 EDT

Most website visits these days entail a database query—to look up airline flights, for example, or to find the fastest driving route between two addresses.



Senate votes to undo privacy rules that protect user data

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:13:39 EDT

The Republican-led Senate moved Thursday to undo Obama-era regulations that would have forced internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to ask customers' permission before they could use or sell much of their personal information.



WikiLeaks releases CIA hacks of Apple Mac computers

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:16:42 EDT

The Central Intelligence Agency is able to permanently infect an Apple Mac computer so that even reinstalling the operating system will not erase the bug, according to documents published Thursday by WikiLeaks.



Kenya sells first ever mobile government bonds

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:43:54 EDT

Kenya, a pioneer in mobile money, on Thursday began selling the first ever government bonds via mobile phone, allowing anyone from teachers to shop owners to invest and fund infrastructure projects.



China's ZTE pleads guilty to violating US sanctions on Iran, N.Korea

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:43:33 EDT

Chinese telecom giant ZTE has pleaded guilty in a US court to violating US export controls by selling goods to Iran and North Korea over several years.



Laptop ban creates turbulence for airline profits

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:42:05 EDT

A carry-on ban by Washington and London for laptops on flights from some airports will hit the profits of affected airlines, especially the lucrative business class segments of Gulf carriers, analysts said Thursday.



17,000 AT&T workers will come back on the job Thursday

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:40:00 EDT

Some 17,000 AT&T workers in California and Nevada are returning to their jobs after a one-day walkout. They had been protesting changes in job duties for some employees.



Connected dolls and tell-tale teddy bears: Why we need to manage the Internet of Toys

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:47:53 EDT

Action is needed to monitor and control the emerging Internet of Toys, concludes a new report by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). Privacy and security are highlighted as main areas of concern.



ABC News says three of its Twitter accounts were hacked

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:37:07 EDT

ABC News said three of its Twitter accounts were hacked Thursday morning, sending out profanity-filled tweets to its millions of followers.



An algorithm that knows when you'll get bored with your favourite mobile game

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:32:56 EDT

Researchers from the Tokyo-based company Silicon Studio, led by Spanish data scientist África Periáñez, have developed a new algorithm that predicts when a user will leave a mobile game. This information is useful for game studios so that they can design strategies to maintain the player's interest.



Lab researchers boost truck fuel efficiency through improved aerodynamics

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:43:49 EDT

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers, as part of a Navistar SuperTruck I team, helped design a new type of tractor trailer truck that improves fuel economy by 124 percent, compared to heavy vehicles on the road today.



Let there be light: German scientists test 'artificial sun'

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:40:16 EDT

Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Thursday on what's being described as "the world's largest artificial sun," a device they hope will help shed light on new ways of making climate-friendly fuels.



Research work on peregrine falcons inspires future aircraft technologies

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:09:52 EDT

Scientists at BAE Systems and City, University of London have revealed how research work on how falcons fly is inspiring new technologies for aircraft that could contribute to their safety in the air, aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. The technologies could be applied within the next 20 years.



'Smart' leg mobility device could provide hands-free, comfortable, effective alternative to conventional crutches

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:20:20 EDT

Individuals with lower leg injuries could soon be saying goodbye to traditional crutches with the development of a hands-free alternative that is more comfortable and potentially more effective. The device, developed by Purdue University graduates, could provide ergonomic and natural movement and transmit real-time recovery data to physicians.



Salvage of South Korea's Sewol ferry: the facts

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:18:27 EDT

South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry emerged from the waters on Thursday, nearly three years after it sank with the loss of more than 300 lives in one of the country's worst maritime disasters.



AT&T, Verizon join Google ad boycott

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:36:11 EDT

AT&T and Verizon on Wednesday joined global firms pulling ads from Google, saying they did not want their brands associated with inappropriate content on the internet giant.



Secretive billionaire reveals how he toppled Apple in China

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:50:01 EDT

Duan Yongping is convinced Tim Cook didn't have a clue who he was when they first met a couple years ago. The Apple boss probably does now.