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Connected, self-drive cars pose serious new security challenges

Detroit - In a world where motor vehicles can be weapons and cars increasingly depend on internal computers and internet connections, automakers are under increasing pressure to find ways to guard against cyber-attacks.

HTC and HP building VR-ready computers approved for the Vive

HTC is reportedly going to start building capable gaming computers designed for virtual reality. Branded as Vive PCs, the systems will allow gamers to buy an off-the-shelf PC and be certain it supports the Vive. Rival Oculus already has a similar program.

Should Internet access become a human right?

Is the Internet so embedded in the lives of so many people, acting as the main way for information exchange, that to deny access to everyone in the world is a breach of human rights? The United Nations thinks so.

Super-efficient computers will use DNA to store data

The quest to learn more about the mysteries of DNA is not only important for areas like genetic diseases, it could also influence how technologists design the next generation of efficient computer storage.

A Brexit analysis: The effects of the European crisis on Apple

Even though the UK is not one of the biggest markets for Apple, Brexit’s impact on Apple is one of the hottest topics. Only 22 percent of Apple’s sales come from Europe, with the UK only contributing to around 3.5 percent of total sales.

Microsoft building new Surface devices, possibly including a PC

Microsoft appears to be preparing a new range of Surface devices for launch in 2017. Evidence found inside a building on the company's Redmond campus indicates that a new Surface will arrive this year, followed by more products in the next 12 months.

Google working on 'the thinking' computer

Zurich - Goggle, operating from a new base in Zurich, are investigating how to advance the technology of artificial intelligence.

'Hack the Pentagon' program reveals 138 security flaws: U.S.

Washington - Hackers invited by the US government as part of a pilot program to find flaws with five Pentagon websites discovered 138 security vulnerabilities, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.

Microsoft lets you eradicate Windows 10 bloatware with new tool

Microsoft has unveiled a new Windows 10 utility that makes it simpler to reinstall the operating system should something go wrong. The program is built into Windows and can be started from the desktop, letting you refresh your PC with a single click.

Experts warn of hackers adopting ransomware at 'alarming' rates

The number of ransomware attacks faced by PC users is rising at an "alarming" rate, according to security experts who study the increasingly popular class of malware.

Russian hi-tech spy devices under attack over privacy fears

Moscow - New Russian technologies, including phonecall interception and a facial recognition app, have stirred a fierce debate about privacy and data monitoring.

Believe the hype? How virtual reality could change your life

Taipei - Reducing errors made during surgery, bringing school books to life, enabling us to browse shops from the comfort of home -- virtual reality is not just about gaming, it will change our lives, according to some tech leaders.

German WWII coding machine found on eBay

London - One of the machines used to send coded messages between Adolf Hitler and his generals sold for £10 on eBay after being discovered in a shed in England, the buyer said Sunday.

U.S. government still uses 50-year old computers for vital tasks

The U.S. government is spending tens of billions of dollars every year to maintain computer systems that in some cases are over 50 years old. These aren’t systems stored in museums but rather computers actively used to store vital federal data.

HP's new laptops and all-in-ones have almost invisible bezels

HP has unveiled a new range of affordable, family-oriented computers including convertibles, notebooks, all-in-ones and desktop PCs. The devices are offered in bold and bright colours, have modern components and respectable list prices.

Intel Corporation's head of mobile group plans to leave company

After less than a year as the head of Intel's mobile phone division, Aicha Evans recently announced her plans to quit. The semiconductor chip giant is still struggling to gain a foothold in the mobile applications market.

Google computer wins final game against S. Korean Go master

Seoul - A Google-developed computer programme had the last word Tuesday in its machine vs human challenge with South Korean Go grandmaster Lee Se-Dol, winning the final game for a sweeping 4-1 series victory.

Human Go champ scores surprise victory over supercomputer

Seoul - A South Korean Go grandmaster on Sunday scored his first win over a Google-developed supercomputer, in a surprise victory after three humiliating defeats in a high-profile showdown between man and machine.

Rise of the Machines: Keep an eye on AI, experts warn

Paris - 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.

Game over! Computer wins series against Go champion

Seoul - A Google-developed computer programme won its best-of-five match-up with a South Korean Go grandmaster on Saturday, taking an unassailable 3-0 lead to score a major victory for a new style of "intuitive" artificial intelligence (AI).

Computer draws first blood in clash with Go grandmaster

Seoul - A Google-developed supercomputer stunned South Korean Go grandmaster Lee Se-Dol by taking the first game of a five-match showdown between man and machine in Seoul on Wednesday.

Game over? New AI challenge to human smarts

Paris - Every two years or so, computer speed and memory capacity doubles -- a head-spinning pace that experts say could see machines become smarter than humans within decades.

IBM produces nanoscale thermometer

To assist with the building of a new generation of electronic devices, including future cognitive computers, physicists have developed the world's first thermometer capable of measuring tiny temperature fluctuations at the nano-scale.

France to 'modify' AZERTY keyboard to improve French writing

Paris - The French are known for being sticklers about the correct use of language, but they have discovered something is getting in the way of perfect prose: the AZERTY keyboard.

IT experts say Ukraine blackout caused by a cyberattack

Kiev - A power failure that plunged parts of western Ukraine into the dark last month was caused by a cyberattack, IT experts said Tuesday, and one source called it a world first.

Tech titans pledge $1 bn for artificial intelligence research

San Francisco - Several big-name Silicon Valley figures have pledged $1 billion to support a non-profit firm that on Friday said it would focus on the "positive human impact" of artificial intelligence.

Bitcoin founder's Sydney home raided in Australia tax probe

Sydney - Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright has been identified by tech publications as possibly the mysterious founder of online cryptocurrency Bitcoin, shortly before his Sydney home was reportedly raided in a tax probe on Wednesday.

High performing and low cost, new LED lights coming soon

A new type of light-emitting diode (LED) has been created using both inorganic and organic components. This could herald a new generation of brighter (and cheaper) lights.

Mat Clayton, one of the creative minds behind Mixcloud Special

Online radio platform, Mixcloud, has recently launched an exclusive app for the latest version of Apple TV. Co-founder, Mat Clayton, filled Digital Journal in on the details.

Opportunity found in lack of diversity in U.S. tech sector

San Francisco - Too many white men and too few women, blacks and Latinos: While fueling debate, the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley is also inspiring startups focused on improving the mix.
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