Eduardo E. Sta. Maria

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Australia recalls ambassador after Indonesia executes prisoners

<b>(CNN) —</b> Australia has recalled its ambassador to Indonesia for consultations after two Australians were among eight drug smugglers executed by firing squad early Wednesday.<p>Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott called the executions "cruel and unnecessary" because both men, Andrew Chan and Myuran …

China Is Behind DDoS Attack on GitHub, Activists Say

An anti-censorship group says all evidence points to China.<p>​A well-known group of activists that has fought Chinese online censorship for years is publicly accusing China of launching the massive distributed denial of service attacks against the coding website GitHub.<p>On Monday, as GitHub was still …

Nearly 1 million new malware threats released every day

Companies are struggling to fend off cyber attacks as hackers get faster, sneakier and more creative.<p>New reports from the Internet security teams at Symantec (SYMC) and Verizon (VZ) provide an alarming picture of how difficult it's becoming for computer users to stay safe online.<p>Last year was a big …

Cyber-attacks

How a Toronto professor’s research revolutionized artificial intelligence | The Star

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF.—Three summers ago, at the age of 64, Geoffrey Hinton left his home in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood to become an intern at …

Microsoft’s Bing claims over 20% of US desktop searches

Microsoft’s Bing search engine has captured more than 20% of the US desktop search market for the first time since it launched, leaving Google with 64.4%.<p>Bing was up 0.3 percentage points in March to 20.1%, while both Yahoo and Google fell 0.1 percentage points, according to the latest data from …

AdWords

NASA, IBM Team For Worldwide Space App Hackathon

What happens when NASA gets together with IBM’s Bluemix cloud services and sponsors a worldwide hackathon? They hope to challenge participants to build apps that help solve issues around space exploration and earthly problems too.<p>The ambitious event, called The Space App Challenge, is taking place …

Is aluminium the answer to all our battery prayers?

New research by Stanford University into aluminium batteries promises to produce cells that are big enough for a smartphone and charge in just 60 seconds.<p>The new high-performance aluminium-ion battery is the first using the metal – more commonly found in aircraft and car bodies – to demonstrate …

Clean Energy

Police officers die in Mexico roadside ambush

Attackers have ambushed a police convoy in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, killing 15 state police officers and wounding five as bullets riddled their vehicles in the deadliest single attack on Mexican police in recent memory.<p>The attack happened late on Monday as the convoy travelled on a …

Russians Hacked White House Via State Department, Claims Report

Russian hackers managed to breach White House security, accessing non-classified but sensitive information, including the president’s non-public schedule, according to a report from CNN. Speaking with officials with knowledge of the attack, investigators including the FBI, Secret Service and US …

U.S. State Department

Lollipop is making its way to the Sony Xperia Z3 Dual, Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra next week

In what seems like a continuous rollout as of late, Sony just announced earlier today that a number of devices should be getting the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop in the near future. Alongside the Lollipop update for the Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet, Sony has also announced that the Xperia Z3 Dual, Z1, …

Apple Opening Second Retail Store in Hangzhou, China on Apple Watch Launch Day

Apple is opening a second retail store in Hangzhou, China on 701 Fuchun Road in the Jianggan District, less than three months after the company opened its first Apple Store in Hangzhou at West Lake in the Shangcheng District. The new Hangzhou location at the MixC shopping mall is set to open on …

Hackers who breached White House network allegedly accessed sensitive data

Hackers who broke in to both the White House's and State Department's networks last year were able to gain nonpublic details of the president's schedule, says a report.<p>Russian-government hackers who reportedly breached the White House's computer systems late last year gained access to sensitive …

HTC unveils a China-only One M9+ with fingerprint sensor and larger screen

HTC has unveiled a new version of its flagship HTC One M9 for the Chinese market. The HTC One M9+ looks nearly identical to the all-metal M9, but comes with a slightly larger screen and a fingerprint sensor on the lower-front bezel. Like all of Apple's fingerprint sensors and Samsung's latest …

Russians Implicated In Hack On White House After Obama Makes Cybersecurity Push

The same Russian hackers who breached the State Department system for months also gained access to an unclassifed White House computer system, according to a report from CNN.<p>Although the system did not contain classified information, the Russians reportedly had access to the president’s private …

40 years and counting: the team behind Voyager’s space odyssey

On a chilly March morning, Steve Howard, aged 65, is at work in his office on the northern edge of Pasadena, California. Two computer screens are squeezed on to his corner desk along with family photos, a tissue box and tins of Altoids Curiously Strong Peppermints. The office is in a quiet business …

Space

Steve Jobs' superyacht is a sleek memorial to his minimalist aesthetic

He was a man of modest means, who lived in a normal house and only ever wore jeans and a black turtle-neck sweater.<p>So it comes as something of a surprise to learn that Steve Jobs spent the last six years of his life designing a bespoke superyacht, which was unveiled this week in the Dutch port of …

Why you can't travel at the speed of light

Albert Einstein is famous for many things, not least his theories of relativity. The first, the special theory of relativity, was the one that began the physicist's reputation for tearing apart the classical worldview that had come before. Special relativity, a way of relating the motion of objects …

King of Spain cuts his own salary in austerity drive

King Felipe VI reduces his pay by 20 per cent, the latest in a string of measures he has introduced since taking the throne to avoid repeat of previous scandals<p>Spain's King Felipe VI has slashed his salary as head of state by 20 percent for 2015, a move in line with his pledges for a more moderate, …

Europe

Check Out The Incredible Armored Trains Of World War I And World War II

This early Polish train, Smialy, is one of the most famous of the era. The rotating turret on the front helped clear out anything that got in the way.<p>…

The Black Hole Tango

A new paper reveals that black holes seem to know their place in the cosmic web, aligning with one another despite huge separations in …

A Secret Message Hidden In A CIA Sculpture 25 Years Ago Might Finally Be Solved

The sculpture is 12 feet high, and stands on the grounds of the CIA complex in Langley, Virginia. American artist Jim Sanborn built it 25 years ago.<p>Kryptos contains four hidden messages, carved out of metal. Those four messages are the clues to a riddle. Sanborn has hinted that solving the riddle …

Google might try to stretch a telecom cable across the Pacific

Google’s famous brand name may someday be living on another telecom cable that stretches across the ocean floor of the Pacific.<p>According a recent report in The Wall Street Journal that cited “people familiar with the matter,” the tech giant is thinking about investing in such a multi-million dollar …