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Chinese firm serves up 'smart chopsticks' for food-wary diners

Sep 5, 2014

Chinese firm serves up 'smart chopsticks' for food-wary diners

From recycled cooking oil to fox meat and chemicals, food scandals have turned Chinese diners’ stomachs. But new “smart chopsticks” from Internet search giant Baidu could put the answer in their hands. The device, which the firm says can tell consumers whether the food ...

Sep 5, 2014

Online 'safe harbor' for nude photos defines Internet

Imagine what the Internet would be like if most major websites had imposed controls preventing the naked photos stolen from Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities from being posted online. The Internet would be less sleazy, but prescreening more content might also mute ...

Sep 3, 2014

How can you protect your online data?

The circulation of nude photographs stolen from celebrities’ online accounts has thrown a spotlight on the security of cloud computing, a system used by a growing number of people to store personal information over the Internet. On Tuesday, Apple acknowledged the security breakdown and ...

Sep 3, 2014

Google taps U.S. scholars to build new quantum information processors

Google Inc. has announced that a research team led by physicist John Martinis from the University of California Santa Barbara will join the company to begin a project to build new quantum information processors based on superconducting electronics. The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab is ...

Sep 3, 2014

Should theft of naked photos online be considered a sex crime?

Already hounded by paparazzi on their doorsteps, celebrities face a new battle to protect their privacy from hackers willing to splash their most intimate behind-closed-doors photos online. After the massive release of naked photos of stars including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, some experts said it ...

Sep 3, 2014

Leak clouds Apple's shiny image

by Christina Farr and Edwin Chan

Apple Inc. has often displayed uncanny timing with its well-orchestrated end-of-year iPhone releases. But the leak of racy celebrity photos in the past few days put the company in the unusual position of having to mend its image just days before a highly anticipated ...

Japanese firm showcases 'touchable' 3-D technology

Sep 2, 2014

Japanese firm showcases 'touchable' 3-D technology

Unveiling technology that generates touchable 3-D imagery, developers said Monday objects that only exist in the virtual world could be manipulated as if they were real. Officials of Miraisens, a high-tech firm based outside Tokyo, said the technology, which can be used to improve ...

Nintendo launching 'amiibo' with 12 gaming characters

Aug 30, 2014

Nintendo launching 'amiibo' with 12 gaming characters

Pikachu and Link will be among the first characters coming to “amiibo.” Nintendo announced Friday that 12 characters will initially be part of its upcoming toy-game franchise set for release later this year. In addition to the “Pokemon” and “Legend of Zelda” leading men, ...

Visual shop search: gimmick or game changer?

Aug 29, 2014

Visual shop search: gimmick or game changer?

Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them. It is a great idea, but it doesn’t quite ...

Aug 23, 2014

U.S. undercover investigators are among 25,000 exposed in data breach

A cyberattack on a firm that performs background checks for U.S. government employees has compromised data on at least 25,000 workers, including some undercover investigators, and that number could rise, officials said on Friday. The breach at U.S. Investigations Services (USIS), based in Falls ...

Aug 22, 2014

U.S. government wants to make cars talk to each other

The Obama administration is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions. A research report released by the National Highway Traffic ...