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It’s no game: Xbox-sensor guards Korean border

South Korean soldiers patrol along a military fence near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas in the border city of Paju on April 26, 2013. Microsoft's movement-recognition Kinect software has morphed from virtual shooter gaming to the real-life challenge of guarding the world's last Cold War border. The sensor allowing hands-free play on the Xbox is the basis for a security device now deployed along the demilitarised zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea, after being adapted by a South Korean programmer. AFP/JUNG YEON-JE

Microsoft’s movement-recognition Kinect software has morphed from virtual shooter gaming to the real-life challenge of guarding the world’s last Cold War border.

Posted: February 6th, 2014 in Gadgets,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

N. Korea unveils ‘secure, homemade’ smartphone

North Korea file photo dated July 27, 2013. AP

North Korea, one of the most isolated and censored societies on the planet, has unveiled what it says is a domestically-produced smartphone.

Posted: August 13th, 2013 in Gadgets,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

NKorea denies cyberattack on SKorean companies

In this photo released by Korean Broadcasting System, KBS employees try to recover a computer server a day after a cyberattack caused computer networks at the company to crash, in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Investigators have traced a coordinated cyberattack that paralyzed tens of thousands of computers at six South Korean banks and media companies to a Chinese Internet Protocol address, but it was not yet clear who orchestrated the attack, authorities in Seoul said Thursday. The discovery did not erase suspicions that North Korea was to blame. IP addresses are unique to each computer connected to the Internet, but they can easily be manipulated by hackers operating Error! Hyperlink reference not valid.anywhere in the world. AP

North Korea has denied involvement in a cyberattack that shut down nearly 50,000 computers and servers at South Korean broadcasters and banks last month.

Posted: April 13th, 2013 in Headlines,Internet,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

South Korean banks, media report network crash

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Computer networks of several major South Korea broadcasters and banks have been paralyzed. Police and government agencies are investigating what appears to be a cyberattack.

Posted: March 20th, 2013 in Internet,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Kim Jong-Un and the mystery smartphone

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. AP FILE PHOTO

A picture of North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un with a smartphone has triggered fevered speculation about which brand is favored by the leader of one of the world’s most repressive nations.

Posted: February 5th, 2013 in Gadgets,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Google unveils detailed N. Korea map . . . with gulags

Google predicts that between 2012 and 2015, 500 million new users from emerging markets—including the Philippines—will go online, and they represent a potential market for all companies online.  AP FILE  PHOTO

Weeks after its chairman Eric Schmidt’s secretive visit to North Korea, Google has rolled out a detailed map of the isolated state that even labels some of its remote and infamous gulags.

Posted: January 29th, 2013 in Internet,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Google exec gets look at North Koreans using Internet

Executive Chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, third from left, and former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, second from right, watch as a North Korean student surfs the Internet at a computer lab during a tour of Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, North Korea on Tuesday. AP

Students at North Korea’s premier university showed Google’s executive chairman Tuesday how they look for information online: they Google it.

Posted: January 8th, 2013 in Headlines,Internet,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

South Korean man sentenced for retweeting North Korean posts

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A South Korean man has received a suspended 10-month prison term for retweeting North Korean propaganda posts.

Posted: November 21st, 2012 in Headlines,Internet,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Twitter-less North Korea crafts new cult of Kim

Kim Jong-Il

The Internet is virtually banned, there’s no free press and listening to foreign radio is illegal – if any country can build a Stalinist-style personality cult in the digital era, it’s North Korea.

Posted: December 27th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Latest Technology Stories | Read More »

Iran unveils new underground missile silo

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Monday unveiled an “underground missile silo” which the elite force said will allow them to launch the country’s long-range ballistic missiles, state television reported.

Posted: June 28th, 2011 in Editors' Picks,Headlines | Read More »

Myanmar nukes? Defector’s tale stokes suspicions

Sai Thein Win inside the Science and Technological Equipment Development Workshop in Myaing Township in western Myanmar, one of the two factories where the army defector worked. He is holding what he describes as a model of a part designed for the liquid fuel engine of a missile. (AP Photo)

Among the hundreds of thousands who have fled Myanmar and its tyrannical rulers over the years is a military insider who claims he carried a big secret with him: evidence of a hidden nuclear weapons program.

Posted: June 15th, 2011 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines | Read More »

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