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China nears launch of hack-proof ‘quantum communications’ link

BEIJING (Caixin Online) — This may be a quantum-leap year for an initiative that accelerates data transfers close to the speed of light with no …

IBM Watson's New Job: Making Robots Smarter | Inc.com

Japanese mobile carrier Softbank said Tuesday it will incorporate artificial intelligence technology from IBM into its empathetic robot Pepper that goes on sale in Japan this month.<p>The AI engine "Watson" is already used in health care, travel and insurance services in English, but an adaptation was …

Artificial Intelligence

Unlocking Your Cell Phone In The U.S. Is Officially Legal Again

For the past 2 years, unlocking your cell phone without your carrier’s permission has, for absolutely ridiculous reasons, been illegal in the United States.<p>Not anymore!<p>As we covered at greater depth last week, the US Congress and Senate were both in agreement that unlocking a cell phone should <i>not</i> …

American Samoa: an unsung South Pacific paradise

American Samoa, the only inhabited US territory south of the equator, is given the occasional nod for its love of American football and McDonald's, but few people realize that these lush tropical islands hold geometrically cut mountains and blue waters that rival the beauty of Tahiti and Hawaii. …

RSS, autocomplete URLs hit new Android Firefox beta

Flat design is in, including the new Firefox logo. Meanwhile, the beta version of the Android browser picks up some helpful usability features.<p>Mozilla debuted a new Firefox for Android 23 beta (download) on Thursday that brought with it a flatter but more Web-friendly version of the familiar …

Software

Google loans out Street View Trekker for global exploration

In an effort to map parts of the planet where cars can't go, the tech giant is working with third-party organizations to gather imagery from hiking trails, beaches, canyons, and mountaintops.<p>Google is petitioning explorers to help it take Google Maps to where no roads go -- through South American …

Google Maps

NSA collected Americans' email records in bulk for two years under Obama

The Obama administration for more than two years permitted the National Security Agency to continue collecting vast amounts of records detailing the …