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  • Samsung buys Harman: Amp my ride

    Posted 2016-11-17 15:48:41 by: Guest

    Print section Print Rubric:  In its biggest deal yet, Samsung bets on connected cars as a driving force Print Headline:  Amp my ride Print Fly Title:  Samsung buys Harman UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The new nationalism Fly Title:  Samsung buys Harman Location:  SEOUL Main image:  20161119_wbp001.jpg “THE car is the ultimate mobile device,” said Jeff Williams, an executive at Apple, last year. It was taken as another sign that the maker of iGadgets would be deepening its interest in the automotive sector (among other projects, it is developing an in-house smart car that is codenamed Project Titan). Now Samsung Electronics, its big rival in the smartphone world, is following. On November 14th the South Korean company said it would pay $8bn for Harman, a firm based in Stamford, ...

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  • Babbage: Fighting falsehoods

    Posted 2016-11-10 12:57:13 by: Guest

    Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Babbage Main image:  20161112_mma904_107.jpg Rubric:  We are joined by Martin Sweeney, co-founder of Ravelin, to explain how artificial intelligence is being used to stop fraud. Our environment correspondent discusses climate-change scepticism in America and the potential fallout from a Trump presidency. Also, a long-standing bet about the underpinnings of the universe needs to be settled Published:  20161110 Source:  Online extra ...

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  • Cyber-security: Britain flexes its cyber-muscles

    Posted 2016-11-03 11:48:20 by: Guest

    Print section Print Rubric:  Online attacks by foreign powers will be met in kind, vows the government Print Headline:  Britain flexes its cyber-muscles Print Fly Title:  Cyber-security UK Only Article:  UK article only Issue:  America’s best hope Fly Title:  Cyber-security Main image:  20161105_brp503.jpg PHILIP HAMMOND, the chancellor of the exchequer, is not a man given to making dramatic statements. Known as “Spreadsheet Phil” during his cost-cutting stint as defence secretary, he does dry better than the Sahara. Yet on November 1st, addressing a geeky conference hosted by Microsoft, Mr Hammond declared that not only was Britain developing its offensive cyber-capabilities, but it was doing so “because the ability to detect, trace and retaliate in kind is likely to be the best deterrent”. It was a statement of intent that few Western governments have been ...

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  • Cyber-security: Crash testing

    Posted 2016-10-27 14:48:02 by: Guest

    Print section Print Rubric:  Recent attacks on the internet could be a prelude to far worse ones Print Headline:  Crash testing Print Fly Title:  Cyber-security UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Liberty moves north Fly Title:  Cyber-security Main image:  20161029_stp505.jpg “SOMEONE is learning how to take down the internet.” This was the headline of a blog post Bruce Schneier, a noted cyber-security expert, wrote in mid-September. It looked prescient when, on October 21st, Dynamic Network Services (Dyn), a firm that is part of the internet-address system, was disrupted by what is called a “distributed denial of service” (DDoS) attack. (Essentially, a DDoS floods servers with requests until they can no longer cope.) For hours, hundreds of sites were hard to reach, including those of Netflix, PayPal and Twitter. The attack on Dyn was only the latest in a ...

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  • Daily chart: Which gaming company will dominate the virtual-reality market?

    Posted 2016-10-14 11:36:03 by: Guest

    WITHIN a decade, virtual-reality (VR) technology is expected to transform the way businesses interact with customers. Immersive, 360-degree experiences, complete with touch and temperature sensations, should become the norm. As early as 2020, spending is forecast to reach $7.9 billion on VR headsets and $3.3 billion on VR entertainment. In the short run, however, VR primarily remains the preserve of gamers. The companies releasing the latest wave of console and headset devices are not only bringing joy to aficionados of “The Lab” and “Gunjack”, but also jockeying for position to compete in a much larger market once the technology goes mainstream.So far, the VR-gaming industry has roughly been divided into a casual sector, dominated by Samsung and Google, and the high end led by Facebook’s Oculus Rift and HTC’s Vive (both unveiled this spring). Sony, which released its own headset on October 13th with much fanfare, came relatively late to the game. But with a product more powerful than the mass-market devices, and more affordable than the top-tier ones, it may have a sweet spot all to itself. Moreover, it can rely on a captive global customer base of over 40m Playstation 4 users, forecast to surpass 50m by Christmas. As a result, the Sony headset is expected to make an immediate impact. IHS Markit, an analytics provider, projects the firm will make $134m from ...

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  • Technology in China: Insanely virtual

    Posted 2016-10-13 14:47:06 by: Guest

    Print section Print Rubric:  China leads the world in the adoption of virtual reality Print Headline:  Insanely virtual Print Fly Title:  Technology in China UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The debasing of American politics Fly Title:  Technology in China Location:  SHANGHAI Main image:  Better reality Better reality AT THE heart of an emerging technology cluster in London’s Shoreditch lies the Stage, a big mixed-use building complex that is being developed by Vanke, a Chinese real-estate company, among a few others. A potential Chinese buyer of one of the flats in its 37-storey residential tower recently had a look around. She went from room to room, observing the furnishings and fittings. She marvelled at the city views from the balcony and peeped inside the refrigerator. There was no ...

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  • Cyber-security: The internet of stings

    Posted 2016-10-06 14:45:18 by: Guest

    Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The road to Brexit Fly Title:  Cyber-security Main image:  Mr Krebs contemplates life Mr Krebs contemplates life TO A layman, the phrase “Internet of Things” (IoT) probably conjures up a half-fantastic future in which refrigerators monitor their own contents and send orders direct to the grocer when the butter is running out, while tired commuters order baths to be drawn automatically using their smartphones as they approach their houses in their self-driving cars. Actually, though, a version of the IoT is already here. Wi-Fi hubs, smart televisions, digital video-recorders and the like are all part of a network of devices run by microprocessors that, just as much as desktop, laptop and tablet computers, form part of the internet—but with one crucial distinction. Unlike things immediately recognisable as computers, these devices are often designed with poor security, or even none at all. They are wide open to malicious hackers who might wish to misuse them. And there are already around 5 billion of them, ...

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  • Babbage: Elevated intelligence

    Posted 2016-10-05 20:37:59 by: Guest

    Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Fly Title:  Babbage Main image:  20161008_mma902_107.jpg Rubric:  Google launches a handful of hardware to deliver its artificial intelligence. We speak to professor Chris Phillips about this year's Nobel prize for physics and research analyst Alberto Moel discusses how machine learning is enhancing factory automation and what the global implications are in the world of work Published:  20161005 Source:  Online extra ...

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  • Ink wars: Blot on the landscape

    Posted 2016-09-29 14:42:43 by: Guest

    Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  Why they’re wrong Fly Title:  Ink wars Main image:  20161001_WBP501.jpg IT TOOK a while to join the dots. On the morning of September 13th owners of several types of HP OfficeJet, a printer designed for the home and for smaller offices that is manufactured by HP Inc, an American seller of printers and computers, switched on their machines and found them not quite the same. The night before they had been able to print with any sort of ink cartridge. Since that day only machines containing original HP cartridges have churned out copies. The cause, enraged customers came to realise, was the deployment by HP of a firmware update that blocks rival ink. HP had reason to act as it did. Though its printers business remains profitable, revenues fell by 14% in the year to July. More-paperless offices take most of the blame: printer shipments have tumbled by a fifth since 2007. But rivals in the market for ink squeeze margins. Non-original cartridges now make up about 26% of the trade in Europe, the Middle East and ...

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  • Wireless communication: In a whole new light

    Posted 2016-09-22 14:44:14 by: Guest

    Print section UK Only Article:  standard article Issue:  The low-rate world Fly Title:  Wireless communication Main image:  Once upon a time Once upon a time FLICKERING lamps are normally a headache-inducing nuisance. But if the flickering happens millions of times a second—far faster than the eye can see or the brain respond to—then it might be harnessed to do something useful, like transmitting data. That, at least, is the idea behind a technology dubbed Li-Fi by its creators. Li-Fi works with light-emitting diodes (LEDs), an increasingly popular way of illuminating homes and offices, and applies the same principle as that used by naval signal lamps. In other words, it encodes messages in flashes of light. It can be used to create a local-area network, or LAN, in a way similar to the LANs made possible by standard, microwave-based Wi-Fi. Such LANs would, Li-Fi’s supporters believe, have two advantages over standard Wi-Fi. One is that light does not penetrate walls. A Li-Fi LAN in a windowless room is thus more secure than one using Wi-Fi, whose microwave ...

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