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Self-taught, 'superhuman' AI now even smarter: makers

Paris - The computer that stunned humanity by beating the best mortal players at a strategy board game requiring "intuition" has become even smarter, its makers said Wednesday.

Building smarter computers based on biology

To develop truly ‘smart’ computers, researchers have been looking to biological systems for inspiration. A particular focus is within the way the human rain retains and processes information.

Facial recognition technology needs to know your age

Nanded - To be really effective the use of facial recognition technology needs to be able to assess the age of the person access a computer system. A new approach for machine learning and age assessment has been announced.

Zuckerberg fires back at Trump over Facebook barb

San Francisco - Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg fired back at US President Donald Trump on Wednesday after he accused the leading social network of being "always anti-Trump.

Seoul says N. Korean hackers tried to steal bitcoins: Yonhap

Seoul - Police investigations have pointed to North Korea as responsible for recent attempts to hack South Korea's virtual currency exchanges, a report said Wednesday.

Step towards building the quantum Internet

Scientists have made a step forward in developing the building blocks of a quantum Internet. This is with significantly improving the storage time of a telecom-compatible quantum memory.

New cryptography required to protect users from quantum computers

Quantum computers promise unparalleled computer power and data analysis. However, they also pose a significant risk to how the Internet is currently configured in terms of security and privacy according to the Eindhoven University of Technology.

N. Korea hackers 'suspected of stealing bitcoins'

Seoul - North Korea is suspected of intensifying cyber-attacks to steal virtual currency in order to obtain funds and avert tightening sanctions, according to security experts.

EU's Vestager, the Dane who is Google's bane

Brussels - If the critics of Silicon Valley needed a leader, many would turn to Denmark's Margrethe Vestager, the EU's top anti-trust regulator.Around the world, authorities and governments now look to the elegant Dane who in June slapped Google with a record 2.

Data swamped US spy agencies put hopes on artificial intelligence

Washington - Swamped by too much raw intel data to sift through, US spy agencies are pinning their hopes on artificial intelligence to crunch billions of digital bits and understand events around the world.

Best Buy drops Kaspersky products amid Russia concerns

Washington - US electronics retailer Best Buy has stopped selling products by leading computer security firm Kaspersky Lab amid concerns the company has links to Russian intelligence, the two companies confirmed Friday.

Kenya shows pitfalls of digital elections

Nairobi - Allegations of computer hacking in Kenya's August 8 election have reignited a debate around the use of digital technology in national votes, with experts wondering whether sticking to paper may be best.

Logic circuits with diamond-based transistors

Technologists have designed logic circuits for computers designed to function in extreme environments. This type of technology will prove useful in applications like mining and deep sea drilling.

Internet doors slammed on white nationalist extremism

San Francisco - White extremists are having doors to the internet slammed on efforts to promote violent and bigoted agendas.

Forget oil, Russia goes crazy for cryptocurrency

Moscow - Standing in a warehouse in a Moscow suburb, Dmitry Marinichev tries to speak over the deafening hum of hundreds of computers stacked on shelves hard at work mining for crypto money.

It's now possible to hack a computer using DNA

Washington - As University of Washington laboratory uses strands of DNA to hack into a computer. What does this mean for companies developing DNA data storage solutions?

Google cancels diversity debate Town Hall

San Francisco - Google Thursday canceled a Town Hall intended to air viewpoints on diversity, sexism and free speech, citing worker safety concerns.

Detachables prop up tablets market as sales slump continues

Sales of tablet computers continued to fall during the second quarter of the year, according to a new report from market analysts IDC. However, there is hope that interest in detachable devices could provide a revival this year as some brands are growing.

Is it possible for a robot to write the news?

The future of media may one day involve news articles being by robots. These may not be the most in-depth or creative pieces; but standard news reports could be created in seconds by artificial intelligence.

RNA used to make ‘living computers’ for nanotechnology

Phoenix - Researchers from Arizona State University have demonstrated that living cells can be induced to carry out complex computations in the manner of tiny robots or computers.

Computing power increased five-fold

Computer scientists have devised a method that increases, by a factor of five, the computing power of a standard algorithm. This is when the algorithm is processed using a standard chip called FPGA.

Global ransomware attacks on the rise: Europol

Den Haag - Global ransomware attacks soared by over 11 percent in the 12 months to March, Europol reported Tuesday, but specialist tools developed with its partners had helped unlock some 28,000 encrypted devices.

No laptop ban as US says all airlines have raised security

Washington - All 180 airlines serving the United States have taken the security steps needed to avoid being forced to implement inflight bans on laptop computers, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday.

Lithuania to extradite $100 mn email fraud suspect to US

Vilnius - A Lithuanian man who allegedly swindled $100 million (87 million euros) from tech giants Google and Facebook must be extradited to the United States, a court ruled on Monday.

Digital transformation and the aging workforce

Digital transformation is seen as a key business goal for many organizations. The transitioning of services to a cloud and other ventures may seem second nature to younger employees; for older workers, it's a different matter.

Growing chorus denounces sexist Silicon Valley culture

San Francisco - A growing chorus of voices denouncing sexist culture is echoing through male-dominated Silicon Valley, knocking a number of internet industry executives from their perches.

Utilities including nuclear firms hacked: NYT

Washington - Firms operating nuclear power plants and other energy facilities in the US have been hacked in recent months, the New York Times reported.It quoted what it called an urgent report issued in late June by the Department of Homeland Security.

Google Sheets used to create a virtual machine that computes data

A developer has demonstrated how he used a Google Sheets spreadsheet to emulate the operation of a computer processor. The spreadsheet, written using scripts, features four registers, a memory area and the ability to calculate Fibonacci numbers.

Almost a quarter of Windows users would switch to a Mac: survey

A new survey of U.S. computer customers has found that Apple continues to enjoy strong brand loyalty with its followers. 21 percent of respondents currently using a Windows machine said they'd like to switch to Mac.

'Ransomware' wave seemed aimed at old flaw and Ukraine

San Francisco - A global wave of cyberattacks exploited an already patched vulnerability in Windows software and appeared to have Ukraine as a primary target, according to computer security specialists.
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