technology

  • 3D printed Apple logo are seen in front of a displayed cyber code in this photo illustration. Photo illustration by Dado Ruvic/Reuters

    WASHINGTON — A Brooklyn jurist has scolded the government in a stinging rebuke of arguments it has used to shame Apple for refusing to surrender information from its customers’ iPhones, saying it’s stretching a 1789 law to get “impermissibly absurd results.” Continue reading

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    February 29, 2016  

    One of the greatest threats to private cybersecurity today is ransomware — a cyberattack that blocks access to a computer until the hacker is paid a ransom. The problem recently took on new urgency when a hospital in Los Angeles had its entire network shut down for hours, putting hundreds at risk; another high-profile breach hit L.A.’s health department last week. William Brangham reports.
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  • An iPhone 6S Plus is seen at the Apple retail store in Palo Alto, California. Photo by Robert Galbraith/Reuters
    February 17, 2016  

    Since the San Bernardino attack, the FBI has been trying to read the contents of a cell phone used by attacker Syed Farook, made impossible by encryption. Now Apple CEO Tim Cook is rejecting a federal court order to create software to unlock the device. Gwen Ifill talks to Stewart Baker, former assistant secretary of Homeland Security, and Nate Cardozo of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Continue reading

  • Marissa Mayer, President and CEO of Yahoo, participates in a panel discussion at the 2015 Fortune Global Forum in San Francisco, California November 3, 2015. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage - RTX1UN5P
    February 3, 2016  

    Tech giant Yahoo has long struggled to define a strategy to satisfy investors, consumers and the markets. On Tuesday, CEO Marissa Mayer announced that the company would consider offers for buying its core assets and would be laying off 15 percent of its workforce. Judy Woodruff learns more from Douglas MacMillan of The Wall Street Journal. Continue reading

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    January 28, 2016  

    If you add up all of the innovations made from the late 1800s up to 1970, there’s been no comparable stretch of economic growth, before or since, says economist Robert Gordon. According to his new book, “The Rise and Fall of American Growth,” slower progress is just the new normal. But in our current computer age, not everyone buys that idea. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports. Continue reading

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    January 27, 2016  

    The Chinese board game Go is considered one of the most complex in the world, with trillions of possible move combinations. But scientists at Google have designed an artificial intelligence program capable of beating the top human players, a feat previously thought impossible. Hari Sreenivasan talks to science correspondent Miles O’Brien about the implications of this technological breakthrough. Continue reading

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    January 22, 2016  

    The digital divide and lack of reliable Internet access at home can put low-income and rural students at a real disadvantage. So when superintendent Darryl Adams took over one of the poorest school district in the nation, he made it a top priority to help his students get online 24/7. Special correspondent David Nazar of PBS SoCal reports with PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. Continue reading

  • Eric Yu of Royole models the company's foldable Smart Mobile Theater system during "CES Unveiled," a preview event of the 2016 International CES trade show, in Las Vegas, Nevada January 4, 2016. The $700.00 system has noise-canceling headphones and a viewing system that is vision correctable so you don't need to wear your glasses, Yu said.  REUTERS/Steve Marcus - RTX2121Z
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    From a hoverboard that doubles as your butler to an alarm clock that wakes you up by scent — here are ten of the most cutting-edge gadgets from the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show Continue reading

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    January 9, 2016  

    This week, senior White House officials and some of the most prominent figures in Silicon Valley met to seek common ground on the fight to help law enforcement curb suspected terrorists using the internet and smartphones. Dawn Chmielewski, a reporter for Re/code, joins Hari Sreenivasan from Los Angeles to discuss. Continue reading

  • A Gear S2 Classic Platinum smart watch is displayed in the Samsung Electronics booth during the 2016 CES trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada January 7, 2016. The watch is compatible with most Android smartphones. REUTERS/Steve Marcus - RTX21H68
    January 8, 2016  

    Wearable health and fitness gadgets have broken into a sprint at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. And no wonder: An estimated 500 million people worldwide now diligently record their steps and leaps. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien examines how a perfect storm of tech advances have driven a boom in real-time health data for consumers, and how it may affect medicine. Continue reading