Computing and information technology

June 18, 2020 - 9:19 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia is under increasing cyberattack from a “sophisticated state-based cyber actor,” the Australian prime minister said Friday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison would not name the state, and he said he made the growing threat public to raise awareness. “Australian...
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June 18, 2020 - 8:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nursing home residents account for nearly 1 in 10 of all the coronavirus cases in the United States and more than a quarter of the deaths, according to an Associated Press analysis of government data released Thursday. As federal data collection becomes more robust, a clearer...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 11, 2020 file photo, Matt Hancock, Britain's Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, leaves 10 Downing Street in London. Britain is scrapping plans to launch its own coronavirus contact tracing smartphone app because of technical problems and will now work on building one using technology supplied by Apple and Google, it was announced Thursday, June 18 2020. The government’s app had been undergoing trials on the Isle of Wight, and was expected to be rolled out to the rest of the country later. But officials overseeing the app’s development said they couldn’t overcome a number of technical challenges they found during field tests with the app. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
June 18, 2020 - 2:54 pm
LONDON (AP) — Britain scrapped plans to launch its own coronavirus contact tracing smartphone app because of technical problems and will now work on building one using technology supplied by Apple and Google, health authorities said Thursday. The app had been undergoing trials on the Isle of Wight...
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FILE - In this May 24, 2018, file photo, a Boston Dynamics SpotMini robot walks through a conference room during a robotics summit in Boston. Boston Dynamics on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 started selling its four-legged Spot robots online for just under $75,000 each. The agile robots can walk, climb stairs and open doors. But people who buy them online must agree not to arm them or intentionally use them as weapons, among other conditions. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
June 16, 2020 - 2:23 pm
You can now buy one of those unnerving animal-like robots you might have seen on YouTube — so long as you don't plan to use it to harm or intimidate anyone. Boston Dynamics on Tuesday started selling its four-legged Spot robots online for just under $75,000 each. The agile robots can walk, climb...
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FILE - In this Saturday, March 14, 2020 file photo, an Apple logo adorns the facade of the downtown Brooklyn Apple store in New York. Apple’s new iPad brings PC-like trackpad capabilities for the first time, as the company seeks to make its tablet even more like a laptop computer. Apple says the trackpad will offer more precision than fingers in selecting text and switching between apps. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
June 16, 2020 - 12:11 pm
LONDON (AP) — European Union regulators opened two investigations on Tuesday into Apple's mobile app store and payment platform over concerns its practices distort competition, opening a new front in the EU's battle against the dominance of big tech companies. The EU's executive Commission said it...
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A person holds a smartphone with the official 'Corona Warn-App' (Corona Warning Application) in Berlin, Germany, Monday, June 15, 2020. The app will be introduced on Tuesday, June 16 by the German authorities. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
June 16, 2020 - 9:11 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany launched a coronavirus tracing app Tuesday that officials say is so secure even government ministers can use it, though developers acknowledge it isn't perfect yet. Smartphone apps have been touted as a high-tech tool in the effort to track down potential COVID-19 infections...
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In this Monday, June 8, 2020, file photo, Dorothy Griffin, of Atlanta, poses for a portrait in Atlanta. Blind voters like Griffin fear a loss of control over their ability to cast a ballot as election officials across the U.S. plan a major expansion of voting by mail amid the coronavirus pandemic. Griffin requested an absentee ballot for Georgia’s primary Tuesday, but she gave up waiting for it and decided to cast a ballot in person on the last day of early voting to avoid crowds on Election Day. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
June 14, 2020 - 10:10 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Not that long ago, Ann Byington had to squeeze into a voting booth with a Republican poll watcher on one side and a Democrat on the other reading her voting choices out loud so her ballot could be marked for her and the selections verified. Blind since birth, Byington welcomed the...
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FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, English computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web, delivers a speech during an event at the CERN in Meyrin near Geneva, Switzerland, marking 30 years of World Wide Web. Berners-Lee said Thursday, June 11, 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates “the gross inequality” of a world where almost half the population is unable to connect, telling a high-level U.N. meeting “our number one focus must be to close the digital divide.” (Fabrice Coffrini/Pool, Keystone via AP, File)
June 12, 2020 - 1:56 am
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee said Thursday the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates “the gross inequality” of a world where almost half the population is unable to connect to the internet. He told a high-level U.N. meeting “our number one focus must be to close the...
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FILE - This April 18, 2019, file photo shows a sign for Zoom Video Communications ahead Nasdaq IPO in New York. Video app company Zoom said Thursday, June 11 2020, it regretted that some meetings involving U.S.-based Chinese dissidents were disrupted, as meanwhile a prominent Hong Kong activist said his account was blocked despite the city’s guarantees of free speech. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
June 11, 2020 - 11:52 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Video app company Zoom says that it blocked several meetings and suspended the accounts of three activists at the request of the Chinese government. The company released details Thursday saying that in May and early June, the Chinese government notified it about several online...
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Women take a selfie at a park in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, June 11, 2020. Just weeks ago South Korea was celebrating its hard-won gains against the coronavirus. It was easing social distancing measures, reopening schools and promoting its tech-driven methods of fighting the spread of the virus. But the country’s success story is being threatened by a resurgence of infections in the area around Seoul where half of South Korea’s 51 million people live. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
June 11, 2020 - 10:59 pm
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 56 new cases of COVID-19 as the country continues to see a resurgence of the virus concentrated in the capital area. Figures released by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday brought national totals to 12,003 cases and 277...
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