- Drones become popular holiday gifts
NEW YORK (AP) — Santa's sleigh isn't the only thing flying this holiday season.
- 3 days ago 24 Dec 14, 12:50am -
- Huawei's smartphone sales shoot up after copying Xiaomi's online strategy
By Gerry Shih BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has taken sales of its low-price Honor brand of smartphones to 20 million from 1 million in just one year, hitting pay dirt with the disruptive online-only strategy it copied from…
- 3 days ago 23 Dec 14, 9:04pm -
- Australia's Telstra buys Pacnet, expands Asia presence cheaply
By Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Telstra Corp Ltd said it will buy undersea cable firm, Pacnet Ltd, from its private equity owners for (447 million pounds) , paying less than analysts expected while boosting its Asia presence dramatically…
- 4 days ago 23 Dec 14, 6:19am -
- TripAdvisor fined $600,000 by Italian anti-trust
MILAN (AP) — Italy's antitrust authority has fined travel planning website TripAdvisor 500,000 euros ($600,000) following complaints of improper business practices lodged by a national hoteliers' association and a consumer protection agency.
- 4 days ago 22 Dec 14, 11:31pm -
- Top bankers need to take cyber threat seriously - BoE
By Matt Scuffham and William Schomberg LONDON (Reuters) - Top British bankers and other senior executives in the financial services industry are not taking the risk of cyber attacks seriously enough, financial policymakers at the Bank of England say…
- 4 days ago 22 Dec 14, 12:43pm -
- U.S. firm finds malware targeting visitors to Afghan government websites
By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Malicious software likely linked to China was used to infect visitors to a wide range of official Afghan government websites, U.S. cybersecurity researchers say. ThreatConnect, a Virginia-based cybersecurity f…
- 5 days ago 22 Dec 14, 2:36am -
- California puzzles over safety of driverless cars
LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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.
- 5 days ago 21 Dec 14, 6:08pm -
- British upstart banks get IT boost to take on big rivals
By Matt Scuffham and Steve Slater LONDON (Reuters) - When Metro Bank prepared to launch in 2010 as the first new bank to appear on British high streets for over a century, its founders broke with convention by outsourcing the construction of its comp…
- 5 days ago 21 Dec 14, 2:07pm -
- 8,000-Year-Old Olive Oil Found in Ancient Clay Pots
Ancient people pressed olive oil as far back as 8,000 years ago in Israel, a new study finds. Researchers found residues of the Mediterranean-diet staple on ancient clay pots dating back to the 6th millennium B.C. "This is the earliest evidence of t…
- 6 days ago 20 Dec 14, 11:28am -
- EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill and gray sludge spewed into the Dan River in Nor…
- 7 days ago 20 Dec 14, 8:13am -
- AP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens all
GENEVA (AP) — Brazilian author Paulo Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values: our individual and collective freedom of expression and an unwavering refusal to negotiate with anonymous terrorists.
- 7 days ago 20 Dec 14, 5:35am -
- Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose"…
- 7 days ago 20 Dec 14, 4:58am -
- Obama mocks absurd plot twist of cyberattack on Sony
By Roberta Rampton and Eric Kelsey WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Faced with the most destructive cyberattack of a company on U.S. soil, President Barack Obama resorted to humour to explain an absurd plot that even Hollywood did not see coming. I…
- 7 days ago 20 Dec 14, 4:04am -
- Washington is limited in its response to N. Korea over Sony hack
By Anna Yukhananov and James Pearson WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's threat of a "proportional" response to North Korea's hacking of Sony Pictures shows once more the limits of Washington's options as it seeks to rein in one of…
- 7 days ago 19 Dec 14, 11:54pm -
- Antarctica Tourism Could Be Making Penguins Sick
Antarctica remained largely untouched until roughly 200 years ago, and now, more than 10,000 people travel there every year. But tourists bring more than cameras. Scientists are warning that pathogens brought by visitors could threaten the continent…
- 7 days ago 19 Dec 14, 10:44pm -
- Risk modellers look to clarify cyber risk costs
By Luciana Lopez NEW YORK (Reuters) - Even as the Sony Corp cyber attack laid bare the kinds of vulnerabilities that typically drive companies to buy insurance policies, the lack of a risk model for insurers means such protection is not always easy t…
- 7 days ago 19 Dec 14, 10:12pm -
- EPA sets first national standard for coal waste
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material.
- 7 days ago 19 Dec 14, 8:57pm -
- Space Tourism Needs a Reality Check (Op-Ed)
His latest book, just released, is "New Space Frontiers: Venturing into Earth Orbit and Beyond" (Zenith Press, 2014). In October 2004, Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne rocket plane won the $10 million X Prize by becoming the first privately funded human-ca…
- 7 days ago 19 Dec 14, 5:21pm -
- Amazon staff in Germany extend strike to Christmas Eve
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Amazon staff at three German warehouses will extend their strike until Christmas Eve to increase pressure on the online retailer in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions, labour union Verdi said on Friday. Verdi also f…
- 7 days ago 19 Dec 14, 4:51pm -
- '4D Printing' Makes Shape-Shifting Structures
Using a new technique known as 4D printing, researchers can print out dynamic 3D structures capable of changing their shapes over time. Today's 3D printing creates items from a wide variety of materials — plastic, ceramic, glass, metal, and even mo…
- 7 days ago 19 Dec 14, 3:37pm -
- BlackBerry closes acquisition of Germany's Secusmart
TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd said Friday it has completed its acquisition of Secusmart, a privately held firm that specialises in voice and data encryption. Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry agreed to buy the German maker of encryption and an…
- 7 days ago 19 Dec 14, 12:12pm -
- Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies
BEIJING (AP) — Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger.
- 7 days ago 19 Dec 14, 11:44am -
- Philips to light up Madrid with thrifty LEDs
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Philips will supply Madrid with 225,000 new lights, switching to an energy-efficient system that will cut the Spanish capital's lighting bill by more than 40 percent, the company said on Friday. The Dutch lighting and medical e…
- 7 days ago 19 Dec 14, 10:33am -
- Will artists skip studio support after Sony scandal?
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony's decision to cancel "The Interview" in the face of terrorist threats is already affecting the way Hollywood does business. It has outraged artists, killing their faith in studios to release edgy content. But it's also insp…
- 8 days ago 19 Dec 14, 6:49am -
- Uber's fight of California data-sharing rule highlights its bumpy road
By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber argued Thursday that it should not have to turn over ride data in a California regulatory standoff that shows how the transportation service is falling afoul of officials who could threaten its expansi…
- 8 days ago 19 Dec 14, 1:55am -
- Exclusive - Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android – sources
By Alexei Oreskovic and Ben Klayman SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT (Reuters) - Google Inc is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet witho…
- 8 days ago 19 Dec 14, 1:09am -
- Top four U.S. wireless carriers increase control of market, review finds
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top four U.S. mobile carriers expanded their control of the U.S. wireless market last year, a federal government report said on Thursday, once again finding the industry is highly concentrated as a result of continuing cons…
- 8 days ago 19 Dec 14, 12:54am -
- Group challenges timber producer's 'green' label
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly "green lumber" certification for Plum Creek Timberlands, one of the nation's biggest landowners and timber producers.
- 8 days ago 19 Dec 14, 12:08am -
- Canada unveils major wireless spectrum plan
By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian government unveiled a major update to its wireless airwave policy on Thursday, as it seeks to lower cellphone bills and bolster its coffers ahead of a federal election next year. The plan for making…
- 8 days ago 18 Dec 14, 9:47pm -
- A look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet.
- 8 days ago 18 Dec 14, 8:30pm -
- SpaceX postpones launch after rocket 'issues'
SpaceX on Thursday postponed the planned launch later this week of its unmanned Dragon cargo ship after unspecified "issues" arose during a launchpad test, the company said in a statement.
- 8 days ago 18 Dec 14, 7:24pm -
- Sony cyberattack may be costliest ever
The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business. The fallout from the hack that exposed ...
- 8 days ago 18 Dec 14, 6:46pm -
- Ancient Farmhouse Found in Israel Reveals Agricultural Secrets
Over the past few weeks, archaeologists have uncovered the sprawling stone house in Rosh Ha-'Ayin, in central Israel. Archaeologists found the farmhouse during an excavation that the government required be done before construction could begin to enl…
- 8 days ago 18 Dec 14, 3:09pm -
- EU markets watchdog says crowdfunding needs regulating
By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - New European Union rules are needed to supervise crowdfunding and protect investors who face significant risks from the evolving sector, the bloc's markets watchdog said on Thursday. Crowdfunding, often hosted on onli…
- 8 days ago 18 Dec 14, 12:53pm -
- IBM says cloud business enjoying 'breakthrough year'
(This Dec.17th story has been refiled to correct capitalisation of VMware) LONDON (Reuters) - IBM aims to expand the number of data centres it offers clients around the world by 25 percent to meet fast-rising demand for internet-based services, afte…
- 8 days ago 18 Dec 14, 9:18am -