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Harassment complaint at prior job ends road for new Uber exec

San Francisco - A new engineering executive at Uber has left after the ride-sharing titan learned he ended his career at Google after a sexual harassment complaint, according to US media reports.

Fantasy league aims to lure US students to economics

Washington - Have you needed to use your high school chemistry recently? Anyone asked you lately who won the US-British war of 1812? Probably not. But have you taken out a loan to purchase a car or a house or go to college? Looked for a job? Got a credit card?

Essential Science: Parallels between your brain and the Internet

The human brain and the interconnections that form the Internet share a key similarity, according to new research. Here a common rule governs traffic flow in engineered and biological systems.

You may be owed $10 for owning a PC with a DVD drive

You could be owed $10 in compensation for owning a computer with a DVD drive over a decade ago. Residents of several American states can claim free money after a price fixing lawsuit was settled by major DVD drive manufacturers.

New data transfer efficiency record set

Computer technologists have set a new record for the transfer of information via superdense coding. This is a process where the properties of particles are used to store as much information as possible.

Statistician predicts who will win the Super Bowl

A statistician armed with a sophisticated computer program has made a call as to who will win the Super Bowl. He is predicting that the Atlanta Falcons to win the 51st staging of the contest.

Ex-Mozilla employee: 'Don't buy antivirus software'

A former Mozilla employee has spoken out about the dangers of using third-party antivirus software on Windows computers. He claims the programs do not necessarily protect your PC and can house serious vulnerabilities themselves.

ASUS unveils its own more expensive Raspberry Pi rival

ASUS has launched a micro-computer to rival the immensely popular Raspberry Pi. The Tinker resembles a clone of the Pi but sports more powerful hardware. It also has a higher price tag though, potentially preventing it from gaining the same following.

Emails sent on Mondays contain the most errors

When is the worst day to send an email? The answer, it appears, is Monday. This is because electronic mail sent on the first day of the working week contains more grammatical mistakes than those sent on other days.

Apple removes New York Times app from China store

Bejing - Apple has removed the New York Times from its China app store, the tech giant said, after authorities told the company the app breached regulations.

Google Translate invents its own language

Google Translate has just got a whole lot smarter. The artificial intelligence platform has begun using a neural network to translate between different languages, and to do so it has invented its own language.

Carleton University computer system infected with ransomware

Ottawa - Carleton University confirmed that its IT network was attacked by ransomware, which is a virus that holds files hostage in exchange for payment.

'Megaprocessor' lets you watch a processor compute in real time

A unique processor has been put on public display. Created from a desire to learn how transistors work, the "megaprocessor" has been hand-built to help people visualise a computer's operation. It allows viewers to watch a machine compute in real time.

Perovskite could herald next generation of data storage

Technologists have developed a new perovskite based-material. The material has special properties that can be used to design and build next-generation hard drives.

AI predicted the U.S. elections better than humans

Trump or Clinton? The opinion pollsters generally called the result of the vote wrong. In contrast, an artificial intelligence system called MogIA predicted the result to a high degree of accuracy. Does this mean more investment in AI systems?

WhatsApp suspends giving Facebook European user data

San Francisco - WhatsApp has temporarily suspended giving parent company Facebook information about users in Europe for ad targeting, responding to concerns there over privacy, a source close to the matter said.

Zuckerberg among Facebook users mistakenly declared 'dead'

San Francisco - Facebook accidentally declared its founder Mark Zuckerberg and many other users dead on Friday, acknowledging after fixing the problem that it had committed a "terrible error.

Zuckerberg sure fake news on Facebook didn't sway election

San Francisco - Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg rejected the idea that bogus stories shared at the social network paved a path of victory for President-elect Donald Trump.

Yahoo reveals more details about massive hack

San Francisco - Yahoo provided more details on Wednesday about an epic hack of its services, including that the culprits may have planted software "cookies" for ongoing access to users' accounts.In revelations that could jeopardize the company's pending $4.

Hackers pounce on Windows crack exposed by Google

San Francisco - Microsoft warns that a Windows vulnerability exposed by rival Google was being exploited by a hacking group suspected of cyber attacks on US political institutions.

Microsoft's Surface Studio is the company's first desktop PC

Microsoft has announced its first ever desktop computer, the $2,999 Surface Studio. The 28-inch all-in-one PC offers a touchscreen display, sixth-generation Intel processors and an integrated discrete GPU for gaming and 3D modelling.

BBC micro:bit to teach 'hundreds of millions' to code

The BBC has handed over control of its micro:bit mini-computer to a non-profit organisation that will promote it worldwide. For the first time, the tiny educational device will be available internationally, exposing "tens of millions" of children to code.

New model to improve security of cloud computing

Adding a cell structure to cloud-based computing provides a system that is resilient to external compromise and one that severely limits the ability of an attacker to further exploit the organization beyond the cell.

Ockel's 'desktop PC in a tablet' raises $100k in a day

A device claiming to be the world's most versatile mini PC is raking in thousands from its crowdfunding campaign. The Ockel Sirius A blends a tablet form factor with desktop PC functionality, giving you a full Windows experience in a mobile device.

Terahertz radiation could make computer memory 1,000 times faster

Researchers have discovered that the radiation emitted by terahertz waves could allow computer memory 1,000 times faster than current modules to be developed. The discovery has significant implications for the future of AI and machine learning.

Samsung launches a cylindrical PC to distract you from the Note 7

Samsung has revealed a high-performance consumer-oriented desktop computer. The compact device appears to have been styled after Apple's Mac Pro. It has a distinctive cylindrical design that saves space and helps with cooling the high-end parts inside.

Disgruntled customer runs amok at Apple store in France

Dijon - French prosecutors said Friday they would seek a fast-track trial against a young man -- apparently an unsatisfied customer -- who ran amok in an Apple store, smashing phones and tablets with a metal ball.

South Africa invests in e-chalkboards for schools

South Africa is to begin implementing so-called e-chalkboards into schools, as a replacement for traditional chalkboards.

Facebook makes trending news feature more automated

San Francisco - Facebook said it is further automating its "trending" stories feature, a move that will scale back human input to prevent personal bias from influencing which stories get highlighted.

Canada, Australia privacy watchdogs find Ashley Madison lacked security

Ottawa - The website for cheaters, Ashley Madison, that was hit by a massive hack that exposed millions last year has agreed to bolster its data security after Australian and Canadian investigations found it to be "insufficient or absent," officials said Tuesda...
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