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South Korea prosecutor says summoned Samsung Electronics executive

FILE PHOTO - A man walks behind a logo of Samsung Electronics at the company's headquarters in SeoulSEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's special prosecutor's office said on Friday it has summoned a Samsung Electronics Co Ltd executive for questioning amid a widening graft scandal involving President Park Geun-hye.


Canon considering investment in Toshiba’s chip business: Kyodo

Japan's Canon Inc is considering investing in Toshiba Corp's chip business, Kyodo news agency reported on Friday. The report, which did not cite any sources, comes as Toshiba begins preparations to sell a minority stake in its core chip business, aiming to raise funds ahead of an upcoming multi-billion dollar writedown. A representative for Canon was not immediately available for comment.

Donald Trump has surrendered his Android phone

Donald Trump has surrendered his Android phoneDonald Trump has given up his beloved Android phone ahead of today’s inauguration, the Associated Press reports, though it is unclear what type of device he will use in the White House. According to The New York Times, Trump is now using a more secure, encrypted handset that was approved by the Secret Service. Trump doesn’t use email, but he does use his Android phone to tweet.


Amazon launches virtual Dash buttons for even faster ordering

Amazon launches virtual Dash buttons for even faster orderingAmazon Dash buttons are Wi-Fi-connected gadgets that let you order certain branded items from Amazon without having to go to the website. Well, think of them as an even more streamlined version of 1-Click ordering. Amazon will also automatically create buttons for items that you order often or have recently ordered.


More TV networks follow Netflix to binge-watching model

FILE PHOTO -- The Netflix logo is pictured on a television in this illustration photograph taken in Encinitas CaliforniaBy Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Traditional TV networks are following Netflix Inc's lead by releasing all new episodes of a series at the same time, a step to win over binge viewers who do not want to wait a week for the next installment. The move poses a direct challenge to Netflix and a way for more traditional networks to reach for younger, digital-savvy consumers who insist on watching on their own schedules. "There are moments when it's really hard to make a decision about a pickup," Freeform President Tom Ascheim said, announcing the renewal at a Television Critics Association event.


Impact of job-stealing robots a growing concern at Davos

An attendee communicate with SARA a robot assisstant during a presentation at the WEF in DavosBy Martinne Geller and Ben Hirschler DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Open markets and global trade have been blamed for job losses over the last decade, but global CEOs say the real culprits are increasingly machines. From taxi drivers to healthcare professionals, technologies such as robotics, driverless cars, artificial intelligence and 3-D printing mean more and more types of jobs are at risk. "Jobs will be lost, jobs will evolve and this revolution is going to be ageless, it's going to be classless and it's going to affect everyone," said Meg Whitman, chief executive of Hewlett Packard Enterprise .


The Nintendo Switch won’t have Netflix or other streaming apps at launch

The Nintendo Switch won’t have Netflix or other streaming apps at launchNintendo’s focus at its Switch event last week was on the hybrid portable/home console’s lineup of games, with next to no information on the operating system or other functionality. Now, via some answers provided in response to questions asked by Kotaku, the company has revealed a little more information — but stayed quiet on a lot.Here are a few things we’ve learned:The Switch won’t support any video-streaming apps like Netflix or Hulu at launch. ...


How to watch inauguration events, with or without TV

Vendors sell their President-elect Donald Trump wares in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, as preparations continue for Friday's presidential inauguration. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK (AP) — The lack of a TV set shouldn't prevent you from following Friday's presidential inauguration ceremony, the pomp and circumstance surrounding it, and the many protests and marches planned around the country.


Security researcher finds the DDoS mastermind who took down the internet last fall

A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack can take down a site, a server, or various parts of the internet. Attackers send to the target incredible amounts of junk traffic which bring their target down, making it impossible for real users to access that online service. One such attack happened back in mid-October last year , and it took out a large number of sites — the entire internet some would say — including Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, PayPal, and others. Researchers found a Mirai botnet to be responsible for the entire thing, and now a renown security researcher thinks he has uncovered one of the creators of the Mirai botnet. Brian Krebs, who often writes about online security and data breaches over at his own site Krebs On Security , was attacked with the help of Mirai in September 2016, with his site being down for almost four days. Since then, he has carefully investigated the matter, and he now thinks he knows who that person is. After months of digging, Krebs wrote an extensive story about the case, which reads like a mob story. Only everything he explains happens online. “The story you’re reading now is the result of hundreds of hours of research,” he said. “At times, I was desperately seeking the missing link between seemingly unrelated people and events; sometimes I was inundated with huge amounts of information — much of it intentionally false or misleading — and left to search for kernels of truth hidden among the dross. ”If you’ve ever wondered why it seems that so few Internet criminals are brought to justice, I can tell you that the sheer amount of persistence and investigative resources required to piece together who’s done what to whom (and why) in the online era is tremendous,” he said, adding that that he even has a glossary for the story to make reading it easier. Krebs explained that the object of many DDoS has to do with money. For example, a company that provided DDoS protection for a living might employ DDoS attacks on potential customers, to convince them to buy their protection service. Did I tell you this reads like a mob story? Apparently, Paras Jha, who owns a DDoS protection provider called Protraf Solutions, is the guy responsible for the attack on Krebs and the internet. Check out the entire story at this link .

Scientists built an AI that is smarter than most adults

Computers can already hold a massive amount of instantly-retrievable data in a manner that puts most humans to shame, but getting them to actually display intelligence is an entirely different challenge. A team of researchers from Northwestern University just made a huge stride towards that goal with a computational model that actually outperforms the average American adult in a standard intelligence test.  As PhysOrg reports , the witty computer system utilizes an AI platform called CogSketch that gives it the power to solve visual problems just by looking at them, which is something that has traditionally held back many examples of artificial intelligence. Being able to visually understand, interpret, and then use that data to come to a solution brings the computer system closer to the functioning of the human brain than many before it, and so the team pitted its creation against a popular standardized test called Raven's Progressive Matrices . The Raven's test (or RPM for short) is comprised of 60 multiple choice questions that measure the taker's ability to reason, using visual puzzles. For each question a series of shapes is given and the test subject must identify the pattern and select whichever shape should logically come next. The researcher's AI system performed extremely well on the test, placing in the 75th percentile of American adults. What's more, the places where the AI stumbled are also spots where human test takers have gotten stuck. "Most artificial intelligence research today concerning vision focuses on recognition, or labeling what is in a scene rather than reasoning about it," Northwestern's Ken Forbus said. "But recognition is only useful if it supports subsequent reasoning. Our research provides an important step toward understanding visual reasoning more broadly." Basically, the day when computers enslave humanity is just around the corner.

Samsung to announce cause of Galaxy Note 7 fire on Jan. 23

Samsung to announce cause of Galaxy Note 7 fire on Jan. 23Samsung Electronics said Friday it will announce on Jan. 23 the reason why its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones overheated and caught fire. The announcement will be livestreamed in Chinese, English and Korean ...


Japan trade minister says not considering Toshiba rescue plan

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's minister for economy, trade and industry, Hiroshige Seko, said on Friday a rescue plan for embattled conglomerate Toshiba Corp was not under consideration at his ministry. Seko told reporters after a cabinet meeting that he would closely monitor the steps taken by Toshiba's management. Toshiba is under pressure to come up with cash as it faces a bigger-than-expected writedown for its U.S. nuclear business that local media have said could come in at $6 billion. (Reporting by Ami Miyazaki; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

Here’s why Nintendo thinks the Switch will succeed where the Wii U failed

Following the Nintendo Switch hands-on event in New York City last week, Nintendo of America CEO Reggie Fils-Aime told Polygon that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the final first-party game released for the Wii U. In other words, after the game launches on March 3rd, the Wii U will be dead, thus ending one of the more disappointing chapters in the company's long and storied history. Everything about the Wii U, from its underpowered hardware to its oversized controller to its embarrassingly dated online platform, was confusing and off-putting. Nintendo is painfully aware of all of those mistakes, but how does the company plan on avoiding them with the upcoming Switch ? Speaking with GameSpot this week, Fils-Aime explained that the concept of the Switch is much easier to understand than that of the Wii U, which was much more difficult to market than the Wii: "Nintendo Switch is a home console you can play anywhere, with anyone. Clear. Compelling. We see the reaction by consumers whether it's measured in Twitter trending topics or views of videos on YouTube or just the frequency with which I get called by old high school buddies that I haven't heard from in 30 years who are asking me how to get their hands on Nintendo Switch. We have communicated the proposition clearly and it is compelling." Along a clearer, more compelling concept, Nintendo also plans to release games at a faster pace: "Wii U will go down as having fantastic content--the issue was as you look at the reality of exactly when the games were launched, there were large gaps in between." The Switch will have a "steady cadence of content." That sounds encouraging, but at the moment, there are only six games scheduled to launch alongside the Switch on March 3rd, and only two of those will be exclusives ( Super Bomberman R , 1-2 Switch ). As I stated in my hands-on preview of the Switch , the hardware itself is fantastic and as interesting as anything on the market, but Nintendo is going to struggle to move millions of consoles if the third-party output is going to be as dire for the next several years as it has been since the Wii U launched in 2012.

Toshiba making preparations for sale of stake in chip business: sources

FILE PHOTO - Workers prepare the new year's eve numerals above a Toshiba sign in Times Square in Manhattan, New York City, U.S.By Kentaro Hamada and Makiko Yamazaki TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp has begun preparations to sell a minority stake in its core chip business, people with knowledge of the matter said, as it urgently seeks funding to help avoid being crippled by an upcoming multi-billion dollar writedown. The industrial conglomerate has distributed non-disclosure agreement forms to various funds including private equity firm Silver Lake, said one of the people. Its semiconductor business - the world's second-biggest NAND flash memory producer after Samsung Electronics Co Ltd - is Toshiba's crown jewel, accounting for the bulk of its operating profit.


Latest Power Rangers trailer gives us a first glimpse at Zordon and the Megazord

Latest Power Rangers trailer gives us a first glimpse at Zordon and the MegazordThe live-action Power Rangers reboot is about two months away from release, and its second official trailer dropped earlier today with some much-needed cameos from franchise favorites. Not only is this the first glimpse at Bryan Cranston’s Zordon, the floating galactic sage who mentors the Power Rangers by way of his giant holographic face, but we also get to the Zords in action as well. The mechanical (or biomechanical?) robots show up about two thirds of the way through the trailer in what feels very much like CGI overindulgence employed in Michael Bay’s Transformers movies.


Uber pays $20 million to settle claims of driver deception

Uber Technologies is paying $20 million to settle allegations that it duped people into driving for its ride-hailing service with false promises about how much they would earn and how much they would have ...

Survey shows actually yes, you would download a car

In the mid-2000s, the movie industry sponsored a series of ads that equated illegally downloading a movie to committing a series of badly-shot crimes out of a low-budget  Oceans  movie. It was supposed to burn into the collective psyche that downloading a movie is BAD and ILLEGAL and you'll probably end up in jail with an implausibly bad haircut. Well, the moral panic seems to have worked about as well as all the other movie industry attempts to curb piracy. A new survey from anti-piracy firm Irdeto has found that 32 percent of adult Americans admit to pirating content. Presumably, the other 68 percent are lying, or grandparents. Irdeto's survey was conducted by respected polling firm YouGov, and surveyed over 1,000 adults over a week-long period. Polling for illegal behaviour is always difficult, so the 32 percent statistic probably represents a lower band, as all the people worried about Homeland Security surveillance probably didn't tick yes. That said, for an online survey, people are surprisingly candid about their lack of scruples. The survey showed that "when told that pirated video content can result in studios losing money, meaning they cannot invest in creating content, 39% of consumers said that this knowledge has no effect on the amount of pirated video content they want to watch." One glimmer of hope from Netflix out of all this: while the vast majority of people were interested in pirating TV shows, movies, and live sports, only 9 percent were interested in pirating original content from Netflix or Hulu. This reinforces the long-standing assumption that people are willing to pay a small amount for content, if it's easily accessible.

Toshiba shares extend losses on accounting woes

Workers prepare the New Year's eve numerals above a Toshiba sign in Times Square Manhattan, New York CityShares in Japan's Toshiba Corp extended losses on Friday, weighed down by concern over a potentially bigger-than-expected $6 billion writedown triggered by cost overruns at its U.S. nuclear business. The shares were down 6 percent in early trade and pared some losses to trade down around 4 percent by 0012 GMT. Toshiba's shares have almost halved since the group first announced in December the prospect of a nuclear writedown.


Sweden’s Telia mulling bid for Danish peer TDC: Dagens Industri

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish telecom operator Telia is mulling a bid for Denmark's TDC , Swedish business daily Dagens Industri reported on Thursday, citing unnamed sources. Copenhagen-listed TDC, with a market capitalization of 30 billion Danish crowns ($4.29 billion), would become the biggest acquisition ever by a listed Swedish company if the deal where to go through, according to the newspaper. Telia, valued just above four times higher with a market capitalization of 159 billion Swedish crowns ($17. ...

U.S. regulator finds no evidence of defects after Tesla death probe

FILE PHOTO: A Tesla logo hangs on a building outside of a Tesla dealership in New YorkBy David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. auto safety regulators said on Thursday they found no evidence of defects in a Tesla Motors Inc car involved in the death of a man whose Model S collided with a truck while he was using its Autopilot system. The case has been closely watched as automakers race to automate more driving tasks without exposing themselves to increased liability risks. Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk, on his Twitter account, praised the decision by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which did not order a recall and put the responsibility for the accident primarily on the driver, former Navy SEAL Joshua Brown.


Samsung Electronics says to hold Galaxy Note 7 briefing on January 23

Shoppers walk near a Galaxy Note 7 advertisement at a Samsung store in JakartaSamsung Electronics Co Ltd said it will announce on Jan. 23 the results of a probe on what caused some Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to catch fire, as the firm seeks to recover from one of the biggest product safety failures in tech history. Samsung said its executives and independent experts will disclose their findings in a press conference in Seoul and that the company will unveil new measures that have been implemented to prevent repeat incidents. The head of it mobile business, Koh Dong-jin, who announced the initial September Note 7 recall, will attend the briefing, Samsung said in a statement on Friday.


This smartphone accessory can diagnose cancer

The smartphone case you slap on the back of your mobile phone might protect it from bumps and scrapes, and maybe even give it a bit of added battery life with a built-in power supply, but there's no OtterBox or Mophie that can hold a candle to a new accessory built by a team of medical researchers looking for a cheap and effective way to analyze DNA. The bulky add-on was developed by an international team of scientists headed by UCLA professor Aydogan Ozcan, and it is a powerful tool in the worldwide battle against cancer. The device, which was built using a 3D printer, turns a standard smartphone — in the team's documentation a Windows Phone was used, but it could presumably work with just about anything — into an a high-powered microscope that allows for the analyzation and imaging of DNA sequences. Much of the hard lifting is done by the phone itself, and all a medical technician needs to do is add a tissue sample to the built-in receptacle. The phone then snaps several images of the resulting sample and then runs that information through an algorithm which is designed to identify tumor DNA or genetic mutations hidden within normal tissue. According to UCLA , the device could be manufactured for "much less" than $500 if it were able to be built in large quantities, meanwhile the cost for a full-fledged microscope with similar capabilities would run from $10,000 all the way up to $50,000 or even higher. The team hopes that its work could help provide advanced medical care to patients in regions without the luxury of cutting-edge technology.

The iPhone 8 Will Finally Fix This Big Annoyance

The iPhone 8 Will Finally Fix This Big AnnoyanceIt's not a certainty that you'll be able to charge the iPhone 8 without having to hunt down a Lightning cable, but it's looking increasingly likely now that a parts supplier has reportedly signed on to supply Apple with the components needed to support the feature in its 10th anniversary iPhone. The Taiwanese firm makes discrete and analog IC parts for top smartphones and will provide the GPP bridge rectifiers to support fast wireless charging in the iPhone 8, according to Digitimes. Supply chain news probably doesn't set the average smartphone owner's pulse racing, but wireless charging on the iPhone should.


Samsung Elec says to hold Galaxy Note 7 press briefing on January 23

Shoppers walk near a Galaxy Note 7 advertisement at a Samsung store in JakartaTech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday it will hold a press conference on Jan. 23 on the Galaxy Note 7 with the head of its mobile business Koh Dong-jin in attendance. Samsung did not elaborate on what will be discussed at the briefing, but said earlier this month it will soon announce the results of its investigation into what caused some of the Note 7 smartphones to self-combust.


How to watch inauguration events, with or without TV

How to watch inauguration events, with or without TVThe lack of a TV set shouldn't prevent you from following Friday's presidential inauguration ceremony, the pomp and circumstance surrounding it, and the many protests and marches planned around the country. ...


Samsung will reveal the cause of the Galaxy Note 7’s exploding battery this Sunday

Samsung will reveal the cause of the Galaxy Note 7’s exploding battery this SundaySamsung announced today that it would reveal its investigative findings on the recalled Galaxy Note 7 this Sunday evening. The press conference is taking place in Seoul, South Korea on Monday, January 23rd at 10AM. Throughout the months-long recall snafu, Samsung has given only vague and incomplete answers regarding the true cause of the problem, with some reports claiming the company hadn’t pinned down a concrete cause even as the recall was well underway.


Gboard – a new keyboard from Google review

Gboard is a new keyboard from Google for your iPhone It has all the things you would expect from a great keyboard GIFs, emojis, and Glide Typing

Uber to pay $20 million to settle U.S. claims it misled drivers

A photo illustration shows the Uber app logo displayed on a mobile telephone, as it is held up for a posed photograph in central LondonRide-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc has agreed to pay $20 million to settle claims by the U.S. government that it exaggerated prospective earnings in seeking to recruit drivers and downplayed the costs of buying or leasing a car, documents filed with a federal court on Thursday showed. The company said on its website that some Uber drivers made more than $90,000 in New York and $74,000 in San Francisco when the real earnings were $61,000 and $53,000, respectively, the Federal Trade Commission said in a statement. It said Uber's Vehicle Solutions Program gave inaccurate prices for leasing or owning a vehicle.


Skype for iOS review

Skype keeps the world talking Free messaging, voice and video calls with anyone for free- Talk face to face with a video call- New group video

This app doesn’t just do your homework for you, it shows you how

This app doesn't just do your homework for you, it shows you howThe app is actually designed to answer any kind of school question — science, history, etc. — but the math thing is the slickest part. For other kinds of questions, Socratic kind of does a bit of Googling, and in my experience can typically find similar word problems on the wide internet, or from its own database of answers. It has trouble with word problems, but if you can write down a word problem in math notation it shouldn't be an issue.


ULA’s Atlas V rocket launch of an infrared surveillance satellite delayed to Friday

ULA’s Atlas V rocket launch of an infrared surveillance satellite delayed to FridayThe United Launch Alliance planned to kick off its first mission of the year with the launch of its Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, Thursday evening, but the mission was rescheduled for tomorrow. The vehicle will be sending an infrared surveillance satellite into a high orbit for the US Air Force. Take off was initially scheduled for 7:46PM ET, but ULA delayed the launch in order to work on an issue with sensors on the rocket.


NY lawsuits blame social media in terror attacks

NY lawsuits blame social media in terror attacksThe families of victims of terror attacks in Paris, Brussels and Israel are blaming social media companies including Facebook and Twitter for facilitating communications among terrorists. Twitter says ...


Here’s When Super Mario Run Lands on Android

Here's When Super Mario Run Lands on AndroidSuper Mario Run isn't leaping its way across your Android device at the moment, but that's set to change soon. Mario's big $10 mobile debut is headed to the Google Play Store in March. While Nintendo confirmed the game's March launch window in a tweet, it hasn't given a specific release date.


Here’s Nintendo’s Next Big Mobile Game

Here's Nintendo's Next Big Mobile GameNow that Super Mario Run is out in the wild, Nintendo is ready to turn even more of its hit franchises into addictive, bite-sized mobile experiences. The company's next smartphone outing is Fire Emblem Heroes, a smartphone-friendly take on the popular strategy role-playing series that lets you mix and match characters from throughout the franchise's history. Launching on Android on Feb. 2 with an iOS release to follow, the free-to-play Fire Emblem Heroes will look familiar to anyone who's played the series' core installments on consoles and handhelds.


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