Huawei could be stripped of Google services after US ban

Business 05/20/19, 13:17

Huawei could lose its grip on the No. 2 ranking in worldwide cellphone sales after Google announced it would comply with U.S. government restrictions meant to punish the Chinese tech powerhouse. The Trump administration move, which effectively bars U.S. firms from selling components and software to Huawei, ups the ante in ...

Boeing finishes software update for grounded airliner

Business 05/16/19, 16:47

Boeing says it has finished with its updates to the flight-control software implicated in two deadly crashes involving its 737 Max, moving a step closer to getting the plane back in the sky.Aviation regulators still have more questions about how pilots interact with the plane's controls under different circumstances, and ...

Officials in US, Europe charge 10 in malware attacks

Politics 05/16/19, 07:04

Ten people have been charged in connection with malicious software attacks that infected tens of thousands of computers and caused more than $100 million in financial losses, U.S. and European authorities announced Thursday, May 16. The malware, which enabled cybercriminals from Eastern Europe to take remote control of infected computers and ...

$10M XPRIZE for software that teaches illiterate to read

Tech 05/15/19, 00:22

The challenge was to develop software that could easily be downloaded onto tablets that poor children around the world could use to teach themselves to read, write and do simple arithmetic. The incentive was $10 million for the winner.Nearly 200 teams from 40 countries around the world jumped at the ...

Supreme Court allows lawsuit over iPhone apps

Business 05/13/19, 11:03

A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that consumers can pursue an antitrust lawsuit that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps. New Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the court's four liberals in rejecting a plea from Cupertino, California-based Apple to end the lawsuit over the 30% ...

Microsoft offers software tools to secure elections

Business 05/06/19, 17:19

Microsoft has announced an ambitious effort to make voting secure, verifiable and subject to reliable audits by registering ballots in encrypted form so they can be accurately and independently tracked long after they are cast.Two of the three top U.S elections vendors have expressed interest in potentially incorporating the open-source ...

Panel to review approval of Boeing 737 Max flight controls

Business 04/19/19, 15:23

A global team of experts next week will begin reviewing how the Boeing 737 Max's flight control system was approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.The FAA says experts from nine international civil aviation authorities have confirmed participation in a technical review promised by the agency.Former National Transportation Safety Board ...

Update: Ecuador arrests Swedish software developer

Europe 04/11/19, 21:24

The Latest on the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London (all times local): 2:30 a.m. A senior Ecuadorian official says a Swedish software developer living in Quito and who is allegedly close to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested as authorities attempt to dismantle a blackmail ring that in ...

Boeing makes 96 flights to test software on troubled Max jet

Business 04/11/19, 15:44

Boeing's CEO says crews have made 96 flights to test a software update for its troubled 737 Max jet and will make more in coming weeks as the company attempts to convince regulators to let the plane fly again.Dennis Muilenburg also said Thursday that the company has met with pilots ...

Boeing cutting production rate of troubled 737 Max jet

Business 04/05/19, 16:02

Boeing is cutting production of its grounded Max airliner this month to focus on fixing flight-control software and getting the planes back in the air.The company said Friday that starting in mid-April it will cut production of the 737 Max from 52 to 42 planes per month.The move is not ...

Researchers: ASUS computers infected by auto-update virus

Tech 03/25/19, 20:54

Security researchers say that hackers infected tens of thousands of computers from the Taiwanese vendor ASUS with malicious software last year through the company's online automatic update service.Kaspersky Lab, a Russian cybersecurity firm, said Monday that it detected 57,000 infections among its customers. It estimated that the hack may have ...

Ethiopian Airlines CEO says pilots got correct training

Africa 03/25/19, 08:22

Ethiopian Airlines' CEO says the pilots who flew the plane that crashed on March 10 had trained on "all appropriate simulators," rejecting reports that they had not been properly prepared to handle the new aircraft.Tewolde Gebremariam said in a statement Monday that the airline owns simulators to help pilots train ...

Update: CEO says Boeing working to ensure 737s are safe

Business 03/18/19, 21:20

The Latest on the Ethiopian Airlines crash (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Boeing's CEO says the aircraft manufacturer is taking actions to ensure the safety of its 737 Max jets in the wake of two crashes that killed 346 people. In an open letter addressed to airlines, passengers and the aviation community, Dennis ...

Vulnerable to attack: Businesses should boost cyber defenses

Business 03/13/19, 11:38

When cyberthieves attacked Empire Industries' computer network, technology manager Rich Shemanskis could see files in the process of being infected by malicious software."We were looking at the network, and I noticed it, and another guy noticed it. We're looking at the files and watching them change," Shemanskis recalls about the ...

BMW, Daimler: You can trust us with car-sharing data

Europe 02/22/19, 06:49

Automakers Daimler and BMW say that trustworthy handling of personal data will be a key competitive advantage in their new joint venture that offers customers app-based services like car-sharing.The two competitors for luxury car customers said Friday they are investing more than a billion euros (over $1.1 billion) in their ...

West Virginia company develops breakthrough tech for NASA

Business 02/10/19, 09:01

Scott Zemerick watched a simulated flight of NASA'S SLS (Space Launch System) play out on a TV screen.He gestured toward the video as it showed the rocket going through the stages of its flight.The simulation was part of a press conference at the Katherine Johnson IV&V Facility Wednesday to discuss ...

Facebook says Apple its restoring a key developer tool

Business 01/31/19, 20:01

Facebook says Apple is restoring its access to a key development tool that the iPhone maker disabled Wednesday.Late Tuesday, TechCrunch reported that Facebook paid teens and other users who agreed to download an app called Facebook Research. That app could extensively track their phone and web use. Apple said Facebook ...

Muslim group sues to block ‘No Boycott of Israel’ measure

Politics 01/09/19, 18:27

Maryland's ban on contracting with businesses that boycott Israel tramples on the First Amendment rights of a software engineer who advocates for Palestinians, a Muslim civil rights group claims in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The Council on American-Islamic Relations' federal lawsuit seeks to block the state from enforcing an executive order ...

Remember virtual reality? Its buzz has faded at CES 2019

Entertainment 01/09/19, 10:26

Just a few years ago, virtual reality was poised to take over the world.After decades of near misses, the revolution finally seemed imminent, with slick consumer headsets about to hit the market. Industries from gaming and entertainment to social media stood ready to hop on the bandwagon.But the buzz over ...

Facebook says bug may have exposed photos on 7M users

Business 12/14/18, 12:37

Facebook says a software bug affecting nearly 7 million users may have exposed a broader set of photos to app developers than what these users intended.Although this doesn't mean the photos were actually seen by anyone, the fact that the bug even existed offers a reminder of just how much ...

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