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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...

Twitter axes 235,000 more accounts in terror crackdown

San Francisco - Twitter announced Thursday that it had cut off 235,000 accounts during the past six months in a heightened crackdown on use of the global messaging service to promote violent extremist causes.

Snapchat 'Yellow Face' lens slapped as offensive

San Francisco - Vanishing message app Snapchat made a photo lens quickly disappear after an online uproar branding it an offensive stereotype of Asians worthy of the label "Yellow Face.

Hackers can force your monitor to permanently display images

Security researchers have demonstrated a technique that allows hackers to manipulate the pixels of computer monitors to change the displayed image. It could allow a new breed of malware to emerge, fooling users by displaying messages that bypass their PC.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update causing random PC freezes for many

Days after the Windows 10 Anniversary Update began rolling out, users have discovered several bugs that may make you think twice about upgrading. Some people are facing random system freezes that occur shortly after startup and leave their PC unusable.

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.
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