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Chips that behave like brains: IBM wants them

Researchers from IBM say they've made a key step towards training a computer to behave like a human brain.

BP dividend: To pay or not to pay?

The more it says it can cope with whatever penalties are imposed on it, the more US politicians are entitled to ask whether they are high enough.

Apple unveils new iPods

Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the wraps off a revamped line of iPods this week and trumpeted a truce with NBC Universal.

Giant online security hole slowly shrinking

A giant vulnerability in the internet's design is allowing criminals to redirect traffic silently to websites under their control.

Intel shows off new laptop chip package

Intel rolled out a new batch of chips for laptops on Monday that promises longer battery life and better graphics-rendering abilities.

Apple lands HBO for iTunes store

Apple has scooped up Time Warner's HBO to feed television shows to its online iTunes store, reeling in one of the last holdouts among major channels and agreeing to a rare pricing concession to land hit shows such as The Sopranos, Sex and the City and The Wire.

Top US official pushes cybersecurity goals

Federal cybersecurity officials are trying to develop an early-warning system that alerts authorities to incoming computer attacks targeting critical United States infrastructure, says Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. His keynote speech on Tuesday at the RSA security conference, however, was light on details.

Your next gadget may come with a surprise

From iPods to navigation systems, some of today's hottest gadgets are landing on store shelves with some unwanted extras from the factory -- pre-installed viruses that steal passwords, open doors for hackers and make computers spew spam. In most cases, Chinese factories are the source.

Sun expands alliance with Microsoft

Sun Microsystems will begin building servers with one-time foe Microsoft's Windows operating system installed directly on them, instead of forcing customers to install the ubiquitous software on their own or defect to a competitor for one-stop shopping.

Problems and pay-offs of new-generation processors

A fundamental change in the design of microprocessors is presenting software developers with a challenge -- and a huge financial opportunity. Chip makers are no longer racing to have the fastest microprocessor and have shifted their focus away from building chips with a single, super-fast calculating core.

New chips enable remote repair of switched-off PCs

Your work computer just suffered a major meltdown. Maybe the operating system failed, or a virus crashed the hard drive. Either way, your employer can now tunnel into your crippled machine remotely by communicating directly with the chips inside it, allowing authorised managers to power up and repair turned-off PCs at virtually any time.

Guilty plea in Hewlett-Packard spy probe

Federal prosecutors in California scored their first victory in the investigation of Hewlett-Packard's ill-fated boardroom spying probe on Friday, when a low-level private investigator pleaded guilty to identity theft and conspiracy charges. Bryan Wagner (29), of Littleton, Colorado, pleaded guilty to the two felony counts.

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