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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.

Op-Ed: Why Mr. Robot is the best TV series of 2015

When a show like Mr. Robot comes along, the world takes notice. As the debut season wrapped up last night, the passionate fandom over this series is well-deserved: the writing is sharp, the cinematography is stunning, and the big reveals drop jaws.

Thousands of Clinton emails released, scores retroactively classified

Washington - The US State Department released over 4,000 more of the emails former secretary of state Hillary Clinton kept on a private server and revealed that some 150 others have been retroactively classified.

Slow start for back-to-school shopping provides excellent deals

Back-to-school shopping is one of the major events that retailers rely on in order to meet their quarterly and annual revenue goals. In the past, people equated back-to-school sales with clothing and basic supplies such as notebooks and pencils.

Uneasy detente between Def Con hackers, 'feds'

Las Vegas - There was some bridge-building, but a real rift remained on Saturday between US spy agencies and the world's most infamous hacker gathering.

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.
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