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North Korea denies role in global cyberattack

New York - North Korea on Friday angrily dismissed reports linking its isolated regime to the global cyberattack that held thousands of computers to virtual ransom.

EU, US hold 'robust' talks on possible airline laptop ban

Brussels - Top US and EU officials traded intelligence Wednesday on what they called "serious evolving threats" to airline security as Washington mulls banning carry-on computers on flights from Europe.

Laptop ban on flights to US 'likely' to expand: official

Washington - A ban on laptops and other electronics in the cabin of flights from Europe to America will likely be further expanded to include additional countries, a US official said Tuesday.

Most people are ill-equipped to deal with ransomware

Last week’s global ransomware attack struck over 200,000 computer systems across 150 countries. It remains that most people are ill equipped to deal with ransomware, based on a new global survey.

China denies universities hit hard by ransomware

Shanghai - Chinese authorities have said 66 of the country's universities were affected by the global ransomware attack, but have rejected reports of widespread damage in higher-education computer systems as "malicious" hype.

EU, US to discuss possible airline laptop ban Wednesday

Brussels - The European Union will hold high-level talks with the United States in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss a possible US airline ban on carry-on computers.

Ransomware hits 'hundreds of thousands' of China PCs: firm

Shanghai - "Hundreds of thousands" of Chinese computers at nearly 30,000 institutions including government agencies have been hit by the global ransomware attack, a leading Chinese security-software provider has said, though the Asian impact has otherwise been re...

EU, US to hold talks on airline laptop ban next week

Brussels - The EU and the United States will hold talks next week on a possible US airline ban on carry-on computers amid concerns it could cause massive disruption as the hectic summer travel season gets underway.

Technologists calculate how many jobs will be lost to robots

It’s an open ended question, but how many jobs, currently carried out by humans, will be lost to robots and other innovations with technology? According to Carnegie Mellon University policymakers will only know if big data analytics are improved.

Elon Musk teases future plans at TED talk

Vancouver - Elon Musk paused while chatting about his series of potentially world-changing endeavors to say he isn't in it to provide salvation.

Deforestation from a tree's perspective at the TED conference

Vancouver - A pair of filmmakers at the prestigious TED Conference used virtual reality to allow people to experience the ravages of deforestation -- from the perspective of a tree.

Pope Francis urges connection not division in TED talk

Vancouver - Pope Francis urged harmony over division in a surprise papal TED talk, delivered via video to the big-ideas gathering in Vancouver.

Health care visionary from Liberia wins coveted TED prize

Vancouver - Raj Panjabi, who fled to the United States to escape civil war in his native Liberia, eventually returned to his shattered homeland to find rural communities desperate for adequate health care.

Computer pioneer Harry Huskey has died

Harry Huskey, who helped build many of the first ever computers and who worked alongside Alan Turing, has died aged 101.

Artificial intelligence is showing racial and gender biases

Bath - Computers and apps are increasingly adopting 'artificial intelligence', at least to the level where human speech can be understood. Have such devices been trained on data sets that do not include a diverse range of people?

PC sales increase for first time in five years

Sales of traditional desktop computers have grown for the first time in five years, according to new figures from a major analyst. It signals that demand for computers and laptops is beginning to rise, at the expense of the stagnant tablet market.

US takedown of Russian botnet won't end pernicious spam: experts

Washington - The US takedown of the huge Kelihos botnet and the arrest of its Russian operator shut down one of the world's top generators of spam and online extortion.

Graphene used as tiny coolers for computer chips

New York - The wonder-material graphene can provide a new way to cool down the tiny chips found in phones, computers, and other gadgets. Rapid cooling is a key requirement for next generation electronics.

Apple admits it messed up the Mac Pro, will fix it next year

Apple has announced it's working on a new premium desktop PC for professionals. In an unusual admission of failure, the company has informed members of the media that it’s starting from scratch after failing to develop its innovative Mac Pro design.

New cybersecurity warning about desktop scanners

You’ve installed a firewall and you’re running virus scans regularly on your computer. Safe and secure? Perhaps not. A new study calls out desktop scanners as being at risk from hackers.

Warning: Your Smart TV could be spying on you

As the Internet of Things advances and more and more items become connected data security and privacy become hotly debated topics. One area of concern is with the growing prevalence of smart television sets.

Canada launches multi-million Artificial Intelligence Strategy

Toronto - The Canadian government is to pump in $125 million into a Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy. The funding will go into research, with the aim of Canada becoming the world leader in artificial intelligence.

Highly magnetic material improves computer performance

Computer technologists have created a highly magnetic material; the material could provide significant improvements to the performance of current computer technologies.

Faster computers from ultrashort light pulses

Computers of the future may be able to operate at speeds 100,000 times faster than those of today if the promises of ultrashort light pulses are realized.

Artificial intelligence helps predict suicide risks

New research suggests that machine learning can predict, with 80-90 percent accuracy, if a person is likely to attempt suicide. The prediction can extend up to two years into the future.

New form of matter may advance quantum computing

In what could overturn our understanding of physics, a new phase of matter has been created. This is called, colloquially at least, “a time crystal.” Here atoms appear to move in a pattern that repeats in time rather than in space.

Europol: Police must get 'tech-savvy' to catch criminals

Den Haag - Europe's police officers need to become "as tech-savvy" as the criminals they are trying to catch, its policing agency urged Thursday, saying it had identified some 5,000 gangs operating across the continent.

Assange accuses CIA of 'devastating incompetence' over leaks

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Thursday accused the CIA of "devastating incompetence" for failing to protect its hacking secrets and said he would work with tech companies to develop fixes for them.

WikiLeaks exposes alleged CIA hacking program

Washington - The CIA can turn your TV into a listening device, bypass popular encryption apps, and possibly control your car, according to a trove of alleged documents from the US spy agency released Tuesday by WikiLeaks.

New software continuously scrambles code to foil cyber attacks

A new approach to foiling cyber attacks and hackers has been proposed. This takes the form of software that is continuously scrambling its core code. The program is called Shuffler and it seeks to close every window that a cyber attack could get through.
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