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Pope signs up for World Youth Day using iPad

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday became the first person registered for next year's World Youth Day festivities, using an iPad to sign up while addressing thousands of pilgrims and tourists in Saint Peter's Square.

NYSE suffers lengthy outage as US stocks slump

New York - The New York Stock Exchange halted trading Wednesday for more than three hours due to technical problems that it said were not caused by hacking.

U.S. Army website hacked: Officials

Washington - The US Army's official website was hacked with messages denouncing Washington's training of rebel fighters inside Syria, but no data was stolen, officials said.

Belgian prosecutors investigate Germany over spy claims

Brussels - Belgian prosecutors have launched an investigation into allegations of widespread surveillance by Germany, which is alleged to have helped the US spy on Berlin's allies in Europe.

German police step up security checks ahead of G7 summit

Garmisch-partenkirchen - German police stepped up security checks Friday across a broad radius surrounding the venue for a Group of Seven summit at the weekend, as activists warmed up for protests against the gathering.

Roll over biology, super computer creates better crops

For years biologists have toiled away to find ways to make better crops. Now it seems the answer lies with computers. An advanced computer has fully detailed the nanostructure of cellulose, the key to creating more robust grains.

Want to learn more about technology? Try these courses

Whatever your experience level, there are some great courses available online to teach you more about the world of technology. Covering skills from programming and web development to network management, everybody can learn new skills in their own time.

Law enforcement closes down massive botnet of 770,000 computers

A worldwide botnet operating in 190 countries and on 770,000 computers has been forced offline by law enforcement groups and private security companies. It stole banking credentials and installed more malware on users' computers.

Pro-IS hackers take over US Centcom social media accounts

Washington - A group declaring support for Islamic State jihadists hacked US Central Command's social media accounts on Monday, forcing the military to take down the command's Twitter feed.

Honey, there's a nuclear bomb in the yard

Vienna - When a nuclear bomb landed in the Gregg yard in South Carolina in 1958, it left a big crater, killed a few chickens, caused the family minor injuries and wrecked their Chevrolet.

K computer wins supercomputer award

RIKEN, based at the University of Tsukuba and Fujitsu, has received top ranking from the 2014 HPC Challenge, which evaluates computing power. This was for the university’s “K” supercomputer.

Google to offer genome storage facility

The Internet search giant Google has added its name to a number of other companies offering cloud computing and genome storage for scientists.

New nano-diamonds could lead to new computer chips

A new method that uses a pulsing laser to create synthetic nanodiamond films and patterns from graphite could herald a new generation of computer chips and special sensors for use in medicine.

Computer design helps build new antibiotics

Technologists and biologists have combined resources to use computer simulations to show how bacteria are able to destroy antibiotics. This combination approach could lead to the development of a new generation of drugs.

Shellshock bug attacks begin

Computer watchers have spotted several attacks on websites and servers using the serious Shellshock bug. This has resulted in several thousand infected servers being used to bombard web firms with data.

Quantum technology advances digital communications

Technologists have shown that information stored as quantum bits can be "exponentially compressed" without losing information. This technological feat will be useful for a new generation of communications and computer storage.

Hackers infect thousands of Australian computers with ransomware

Thousands of Australians have been locked out of their computers and told they must pay a ransom in order to regain access to their computer files. Australian government, corporate and individual computers have all been targeted.

All USB devices are 'critically flawed'

Los Angeles - New research calls into question the security of using USBs to connect devices to computers. The research points towards a virus risk and argues that it would be extremely difficult to remove a virus residing in the USB firmware.

Sony's profits rise through PS4 sales

Tokyo - Sony, the Japanse tech giant, has produced a net profit of 25.7 billion yen ($250 million) for the three months to 30 June. This is up from 3.1 billion yen a year ago.

Op-Ed: Robotic Reflections

When asked to write an Op-Ed on the subject of robotics, one over-arching thought came to mind: The robots are coming, people — get on board or get left behind.

Op-Ed: Net 'Neutrality' may not be 'equality' for all

Our country is famous for giving its people freedoms, then slowly over time it takes them away one by one. And next on the list of freedoms we may start to lose is Internet access. And in some ways, it has already begun.

Bizarre Microsoft layoff letter

Microsoft have announced that they are laying off some 18,000 staff. This large number has shocked many people, not least the employees. Some employees are also a little angry about how they found out about the news.

Op-Ed: Is the Malaysian Airliner still up there flying on autopilot?

Cape Town - The Malaysian Airliner was still on autopilot when it disappeared. Was it this century’s “Flying Dutchman” or the second warning this week that technology is now the master, and doesn’t have to explain what it is doing?

Taking silicon to the next level

Atlanta - Silicon has been used for several decades in modern semiconductor manufacturing and it is found in a diverse array of electronic devices. Can silicon be improved? One scientist thinks the answer is a clear "yes."

CenturyLink opens new Shakopee data center

Shakopee - Tech company CenturyLink’s new Shakopee data center in Minnesota signals a move from traditional telephone services into cloud computing. The center also boasts having less operational downtime.

Snowden says he wants to return to U.S.

Washington - Fugitive self-proclaimed spy Edward Snowden said Wednesday he wants to return home, as he defended his massive leak of U.S. intelligence secrets, saying abuses of constitutional rights left him no choice.

Putin calls Internet 'CIA project'

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a "CIA project" and warned Russians against making Google searches.

Sony issues battery-fire warning over 26,000 Vaio laptops

Tokyo - Sony on Friday warned customers to stop using its new Vaio Fit 11A laptops due to an overheating battery problem that poses a fire risk and said it may issue a recall.

'Heartbleed' bug a critical Internet illness

San Francisco - The "Heartbleed" flaw in Internet security is as critical as the name implies and wider spread than first believed.

IBM buys Internet marketing firm Silverpop

San Francisco - IBM on Thursday announced that it is buying Internet marketing firm Silverpop to enhance its portfolio of services for businesses out to target potential customers.
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