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Entrepreneur builds a sleek ship, but will anyone buy it?

Dec 21, 2014 12:46 pm

Even on land, the Ghost looks futuristic and fast. [more]

NYC subways slowly upgrading from 1930s-era technology

Dec 21, 2014 11:46 am

New York City's subways—the nation's biggest mass transit network—serve more than 6 million daily riders who depend largely on a signal system that dates back to the Great Depression. [more]

How to disable Flash Player protected mode in Firefox

Dec 21, 2014 11:32 am

Adobe added Protected Mode to Flash for Firefox back in 2012 to improve the security of it. We covered the release back then and suggest you check it out if you want additional information about the mode. The implementation runs Flash Player as a low integrity process that is restricted in terms... [more]

Obama Says He’ll Weigh Returning North Korea to Terror List

Dec 21, 2014 11:07 am

President Obama said he would “review” whether to return North Korea to the list, part of a broader government response to a damaging cyberattack on Sony’s Hollywood studio. [more]

Cyclist's helmet, Volvo car to communicate for safety

Dec 21, 2014 9:46 am

Volvo calls it "a wearable life-saving wearable cycling tech concept." The car maker is referring to a connected car and helmet prototype that enables two-way communication between Volvo drivers and cyclists for proximity alerts. And why not? [more]

California puzzles over safety of driverless cars

Dec 21, 2014 9:04 am

California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe. [more]

Britain's UKIP issues online rules after gaffes

Dec 21, 2014 8:50 am

UK Independence Party (UKIP), the British anti-European Union party, has ordered a crackdown on the use of social media by supporters and members following a series of controversies. [more]

Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage

Dec 21, 2014 8:40 am

The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails. [more]

US dismisses N. Korea hacking probe offer, seeks China's help

Dec 21, 2014 8:26 am

The United States has dismissed a call by North Korea for a joint investigation into the hacking of Sony Pictures and wants China to help block cyber attacks from Pyongyang. [more]

Belarus blocks online sites, closes stores to stem currency panic

Dec 21, 2014 8:24 am

Belarus blocked online stores and news websites Sunday, in an apparent attempt to stop a run on banks and shops as people rushed to secure their savings. [more]

China's Xiaomi raises more than $1 bn in funding

Dec 21, 2014 8:21 am

China's top smartphone seller Xiaomi Corp. is raising more than $1 billion in a fresh round of funding, a move which would raise its valuation above $45 billion, a report said Sunday. [more]

Russia makes Facebook block page of Putin's top critic

Dec 21, 2014 8:02 am

Russian authorities convinced Facebook to shut off a page inviting people to attend a rally in support of an opposition politician, drawing ire from Internet users Sunday. [more]

Bits Blog: Distracted Driving and the Risks of Ride-Hailing Services Like Uber

Dec 21, 2014 5:02 am

In an effort to move fast, phone apps like Uber, Lyft and Flywheel may be placing a premium on speed and in the process sacrificing safety. [more]

US seeks China's help after cyberattack

Dec 21, 2014 3:29 am

The United States is asking China for help as it weighs potential responses to a cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment that the U.S. has blamed on North Korea. [more]

How to tell if a shortened link is secure in 2015

Dec 21, 2014 2:27 am

If you hang out a lot on social media sites such as Twitter or Facebook, you have encountered countless links that were shortened. What is meant by that is that proxy links tend to get posted on these sites that do nothing but redirect you to the real site when you click on them. While […]... [more]

U.S. Asks China to Help Rein In Korean Hackers

Dec 20, 2014 1:52 pm

As part of its response to the cyberattack on Sony Pictures, the Obama administration has asked China to assist in blocking North Korea’s ability to launch such attacks. [more]

Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan

Dec 20, 2014 10:45 am

Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business. [more]

First of four Fukushima reactors cleared of nuclear fuel

Dec 20, 2014 9:19 am

One of four heavily damaged reactor buildings at Japan's tsunami-battered Fukushima nuclear power plant has been cleared of radioactive fuel rods, the operator said Saturday. [more]

Off-world manufacturing is a go with space printer

Dec 20, 2014 7:10 am

On Friday, the BBC reported on a NASA email exchange with a space station which involved astronauts on the International Space Station using their 3-D printer to make a wrench from instructions sent up in the e-mail. Quite a marker for things to come? An object, after all, was designed on Earth... [more]

North Korea Warns U.S. Not to Take Sony Action

Dec 20, 2014 6:26 am

Warning of “serious consequences” if the United States retaliates against it, North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with Washington to prove that it was not behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures. [more]

Cadillac CT6 will get streaming video mirror

Dec 20, 2014 6:00 am

Cadillac said Thursday it will add high resolution streaming video to the function of a rearview mirror, so that the driver's vision and safety can be enhanced. The technology will debut on the 2016 Cadillac CT6. That means visual obstructions—passengers, headrests, car roof and rear... [more]

Sony faces 4th ex-employee lawsuit over hack

Dec 20, 2014 5:50 am

A former director of technology for Sony Pictures Entertainment has sued the company over the data breach that resulted in the online posting of his private financial and personal information. [more]

In United States, drones take off as Christmas gifts

Dec 20, 2014 5:20 am

Andrew Steele, 15, chose a drone as a Christmas present. And he's not alone. Thousands of drone fans—young and old—turned out at a recent show in Los Angeles. [more]

Seoul, Toyko pledge to work with US to combat cyber crime

Dec 20, 2014 5:10 am

South Korea and Japan on Saturday vowed to work closely with the US to combat cyber crime, after Seoul blamed North Korea for a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures. [more]

Japan scientists develop micro-fine adhesive sensors

Dec 20, 2014 5:00 am

Scientists in Japan have developed a sticky sheet of tiny sensors that can be put directly on moving joints, beating hearts or other living tissues. [more]

N. Korea proposes joint probe with US into Sony cyber attack

Dec 20, 2014 5:00 am

North Korea on Saturday called for a joint investigation with the United States into a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures, claiming it had means to prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with it. [more]

Sony tells AFP it still plans movie release

Dec 20, 2014 4:46 am

Sony Pictures boss Michael Lynton denied Friday the Hollywood studio has "caved" by canceling the release of "The Interview," and said it still hoped to release the controversial film. [more]

Customize Windows components with NTLite

Dec 20, 2014 1:09 am

The Windows installer does not offer many customization options. While it is possible to enable or disable some features afterwards, you generally end up with a selection of common tools and features that you may not require. What's the purpose of installing Bluetooth support for example if you... [more]

Business Briefing: Staples Says Breach Affected About 1.2. Million Cards

Dec 19, 2014 7:02 pm

Criminals used malware that may have allowed access to cardholder names, payment card numbers, expiration dates and card verification codes. [more]

You can buy a Sony-style hack

Dec 19, 2014 6:39 pm

The next Sony-style hack is for sale. CNN's Laurie Segall reports how hackers can make big money offering hack services. [more]

The 'Serial' podcast: By the numbers

Dec 19, 2014 6:36 pm

The podcast "Serial" is wrapping up its first season on Thursday as a bona fide success. [more]

Which Stars Will Shine Brightest in Apple's Brilliant 2015?

Dec 19, 2014 6:30 pm

The end of the year and holiday season is a natural time to look back -- and then look forward to the year to come. Apple started 2014 slowly, but more than made up for it in the long haul, introducing the Apple Watch, Apple Pay, Mac OS X Yosemite, iOS 8, an iPad Air 2 with a super-fast... [more]

T-Mobile to Pay $90 Million to Settle Claims of Wrongful Phone Charges

Dec 19, 2014 5:16 pm

The company is the third major mobile phone carrier, after AT&T and Sprint, to settle with regulators over the practice, known as cramming. [more]

Impoverished North Korea falls back on cyber weapons

Dec 19, 2014 4:10 pm

As one of the world's most impoverished powers, North Korea would struggle to match America's military or economic might, but appears to have settled on a relatively cheap method to torment its foe. [more]

Defending the Free Linux World

Dec 19, 2014 4:03 pm

The Open Invention Network, or OIN, is waging a global campaign to keep Linux out of harm's way in patent litigation. Its efforts have resulted in more than 1,000 companies joining forces to become the largest defense patent management organization in history. The Open Invention Network was... [more]

Staples: Customer data exposed in security breach

Dec 19, 2014 4:00 pm

Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year. [more]

Five ways to make your email safer in case of a hack attack

Dec 19, 2014 3:50 pm

The Sony hack, the latest in a wave of company security breaches, exposed months of employee emails. Other hacks have given attackers access to sensitive information about a company and its customers, such as credit-card numbers and email addresses. One way hackers can sneak into a company is by... [more]

2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision

Dec 19, 2014 3:10 pm

When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing "The Interview" earlier this week, the fate of the movie's big-screen life was all but sealed. [more]

North Korea denies involvement in Sony cyber attack

Dec 19, 2014 3:00 pm

North Korea's UN mission on Friday denied involvement in a cyber attack on Sony Pictures after the US FBI said it had evidence that Pyongyang was behind the hacking. [more]

Morocco raises 1.7 bn euros for solar plants

Dec 19, 2014 3:00 pm

Morocco has raised more than $2 billion (1.7 billion euros) for the next phase of a huge solar energy project, officials said on Friday. [more]

Staples Says Security Breach May Have Affected 1.16 Million Cards

Dec 19, 2014 2:55 pm

Office-supply retailer Staples Inc said about 1.16 million payment cards might have been affected by the data breach announced in October. [more]

Hackers warn not to release 'The Interview' in any form

Dec 19, 2014 2:40 pm

Hackers sent a new email Friday to Sony Pictures Entertainment, gloating over the studio's "wise" decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" and warning not to distribute the film "in any form." [more]

App City: An App, Memoir, Guesses Your Fondest Memories

Dec 19, 2014 2:35 pm

Memoir, a time-capsule app that resurfaces photos, Instagram snaps, Facebook posts and more, creates a collage from what it thinks might be your most cherished moments and lets you share them. [more]

Report: FBI's anthrax investigation was flawed

Dec 19, 2014 2:30 pm

The FBI used flawed scientific methods to investigate the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people and sickened 17 others, federal auditors said Friday in a report sure to fuel skepticism over the FBI's conclusion that Army biodefense researcher Bruce Ivins was the sole perpetrator. [more]

First drone in Nevada test program crashes in demo

Dec 19, 2014 2:17 pm

A drone testing program in Nevada is off to a bumpy start after the first unmanned aircraft authorized to fly without Federal Aviation Administration supervision crashed during a ceremony in Boulder City. [more]

Google Files Suit Against Mississippi Attorney General

Dec 19, 2014 1:27 pm

The search giant accused the official, Jim Hood, of violating federal law in his efforts to get it to remove links to some content. [more]

Solve Math Problems on Android by taking a photo

Dec 19, 2014 12:19 pm

Math, hate it or love it, there does not seem to be any middle ground. If your line of work requires math, or if you are in school or college, then you may find the math helper application AutoMath Photo Calculator quite useful. If things go right, all you need to do to solve math […] The... [more]

Bits Blog: Rent the Runway, a Designer Fashion Start-Up, Raises $60 Million

Dec 19, 2014 11:37 am

Investors are bullish on the company’s prospects, particularly its new subscription-based, Netflix-like business model. [more]

Hackers gloat over 'The Interview' cancellation in new email

Dec 19, 2014 11:00 am

Hackers have sent a new email to Sony Pictures Entertainment, praising the studio as "very wise" to cancel the release of "The Interview" and saying Sony's data is safe "as long as you make no more trouble." [more]

F.B.I. Offers Evidence Tying North Korea to Sony Attack

Dec 19, 2014 10:42 am

The bureau said there were significant similarities between the cyberattack that debilitated Sony Pictures computers and previous attacks by North Korea. [more]

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