Google chief urges action to regulate mini-drones

April 14, 2013 12:04 pm0 comments
Google chief urges action to regulate mini-drones

The influential head of Google, Eric Schmidt, has called for civilian drone technology to be regulated, warning about privacy and security concerns. Cheap miniature versions of the unmanned aircraft used by militaries could fall into the wrong hands, he told the UK’s Guardian newspaper. Quarrelling neighbours, he suggested, might end […]

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Inside Nasa’s hurricane drone lab

March 25, 2013 7:57 pm0 comments
Inside Nasa’s hurricane drone lab

By Jon Stewart Phil Hall travels the world without moving. “The longest flight I’ve done is about 28 and a half hours,” says the US space agency pilot. “We flew from California almost to the North Pole, did two loops in the Arctic, and came back.” Although the plane clocked […]

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Q&A With Samsung’s Mobile Chief

March 15, 2013 11:26 am0 comments
Q&A With Samsung’s Mobile Chief

Korean Giant Unveils Galaxy Phone; Mobile Chief Isn’t Satisfied With U.S. Share By YUN-HEE KIM SUWON, South Korea—Samsung Electronics Co. 005930.SE -2.63% is coming off its strongest year ever, reporting record earnings and leapfrogging Apple Inc.AAPL +0.97% to become the world’s biggest smartphone maker. Now, the main challenge for J.K. Shin, Samsung’s 57-year-old mobile chief, is to keep that […]

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Interview: Should your doctor be a robot?

March 2, 2013 1:22 am0 comments
Interview: Should your doctor be a robot?

Posted by Ezra Klein  In “The Robot Will See You Now,” Jonathan Cohn took a long, reported look at the efforts to computerize and roboticize not just medical records but the practice of medicine itself. If IBM’s Watson can win a game of “Jeopardy,” why can’t it help a nurse practitioner […]

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Killing off cash: Could new tech mean the end of money?

February 15, 2013 10:56 pm0 comments
Killing off cash: Could new tech mean the end of money?

By David Wolman Author and Journalist Last week, Canada minted its last penny. Eurozone countries are working to restrict cash payments. Bitcoin is all the rage. Payments start-ups such as Square and iZettle are on a cash-killing mission, while non-profit organisations, governments, the World Bank, small businesses, multinational corporations, app […]

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Finmeccanica boss Orsi steps down amid corruption probe

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Finmeccanica boss Orsi steps down amid corruption probe

The chairman and chief executive of the Italian defence firm Finmeccanica, has formally resigned. Giuseppe Orsi was arrested in Italy this week as part of a corruption investigation involving the sale of helicopters to the Indian government. India has started the process of cancelling the $750m (£485m) contract. Finmeccanica has […]

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Dell computers to be bought back by founder Michael Dell

February 5, 2013 4:27 pm0 comments
Dell computers to be bought back by founder Michael Dell

Michael Dell has said that he will buy back the world’s number three PC manufacturer that he founded and that carries his name for $24.4bn (£15.5bn). Mr Dell, together with technology private equity investor Silver Lake, will offer $13.65 cash per share. The firm said it offered a 25% premium over […]

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Google Fiber provides faster Internet and, cities hope, business growth

January 26, 2013 2:52 pm0 comments
Google Fiber provides faster Internet and, cities hope, business growth

By Cecilia Kang   KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Smack in the middle of the nation, this city is about as far as possible from the hubs of high-tech innovation on both coasts. An effort last spring to excite new Web entrepreneurs in a place better known for cattle drives and barbecue sauce […]

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U.S. firms, officials resisting Europe’s push for stronger digital privacy rules

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U.S. firms, officials resisting Europe’s push for stronger digital privacy rules

By Craig Timberg, The push for strict new limits on how Internet companies collect and use consumer data in Europe has hit stiff resistance from U.S. industry groups and the Obama administration, dimming hopes that the effort could lead to expanded privacy safeguards for users worldwide.  Privacy advocates have embraced a bill before […]

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Game over for Anonymous hackers who thought they would never be caught

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Game over for Anonymous hackers who thought they would never be caught

As their profile grew, so too did their sense of invincibility – but they became complacent and their anonymity was lost   By Josh Halliday The sentencing of three self-styled “hacktivists” on Thursday brought down the curtain on the notorious hacking clan Anonymous, after a campaign of cyber-attacks waged from the bedrooms of […]

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