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FBI Officially Pins Sony Cyberattack On North Korea

The FBI released a statement on Friday saying that the North Korean government is responsible for the massive cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Apple Responds To BBC On Conditions At Asian iPhone Suppliers

Jeff Williams, the tech giant's vice president for operations, told British-based employees that Apple has done more than any other company to ensure fair and safe working conditions.

Instagram Is Now Valued At $35 Billion By Citigroup Analysts

Less than three years ago, Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion. The photo-sharing service is said to have more than 300 million users.

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For An Island Trapped In The '50s, An Instant Digital Revolution

Cuba is one of the least connected countries on Earth, with 5 percent of residents online. But it could become the Caribbean's largest market if the Castros open the nation up to the Internet.

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North Korea Has Invested Heavily In Cyberattacks

American officials have concluded that North Korea was behind the hack of Sony Pictures Company. Melissa Block talks to James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

White House Says Any Response To Sony Attack Needs To Be 'Proportional'

The White House won't confirm North Korea is behind the attack, citing an ongoing investigation. Nevertheless, it is mulling over its options.

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With Sony Hack, Nation-State Attacks Go From Quiet To Overt

U.S. intelligence officials claim that North Korea was centrally involved in the hack against Sony. That's major news in the world of cyberwarfare, where nation-states typically make covert attacks.

U.S. Officials Believe North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack

The recent attack on Sony Pictures' computer network that resulted in a flood of confidential data has its origins in North Korea, U.S. intelligence officials say.

Weekly Innovation: Nonstick Coating Helps Ketchup Slide Out

LiquiGlide is a coating that helps that last bit of ketchup or mustard slide out easily without shaking or squeezing the bottle. Now, the company is expanding to other kinds of uses and industries.

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Major Movie Theater Chains Drop 'The Interview' After Threats

Audie Cornish talks with LA Times Hollywood Editor Joe Bel Bruno about the latest surrounding hacker threats to Sony and theaters showing the film, The Interview.

Hiawatha Bray On Technology: Tech Wins And Loses For 2014

December 18, 2014
Fitness trackers, from left, Basis Peak, Adidas Fit Smart, Fitbit Charge, Sony SmartBand, and Jawbone Move, are posed for a photo next to an iPhone, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in New York. (AP)

Reporters who cover the tech beat don’t get to keep all those nifty gadgets that companies like Apple or Google send them to review.

Drone On Your Christmas List? Here Are A Few Things You Should Know.

December 17, 2014
In the course of testing various drones for his piece in Slate, Seth Stevenson got one drone stuck in a chain-link fence. (Screenshot from Slate video)

Drones are emerging as an increasingly popular big-ticket gift item this year. Seth Stevenson shares drone advice and top picks.

Diagnosing Ear Infections With Your Smartphone

December 17, 2014
The Cellscope Oto is a clip-on gadget that turns a smartphone into an otoscope -- the tool that doctors use to peer into an ear and check out a patient’s eardrum. (cellscope.com)

The CellScope Oto is a clip-on gadget that turns a smartphone into an otoscope — the tool doctors use to check out a patient’s eardrum.

Is Bitcoin Back?

December 17, 2014
A storefront sign in Portland, Oregon, reads "Bitcoin accepted here." (fstorr/Flickr)

Time, Inc. is now accepting the digital currency for subscriptions. But it’s also being named one of the worst investments of 2014.

HUBweek: Boston’s Own South By Southwest Festival?

December 12, 2014
Fenway Park (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)

Organizers say they hope the HUBweek festival will highlight Boston’s status as a global center of innovation and creativity.

Meeting The Maker Of Moore’s Law

December 12, 2014
What’s in a name? Key chip dimensions, such as the transistor gate length [yellow] and the metal one half pitch [orange]—half the distance spanned by the width of a wire and the space to the next one on the dense, first metal layer of a chip—have decreased but not strictly tracked the node name [red]. These numbers, provided by GlobalFoundries, reflect the company’s plans to accelerate the introduction of 14 nm chips in 2014, a good year early. (Data Source: GlobalFoundries)

Computer chips keep getting better — it’s a phenomenon engineers call Moore’s law. We hear a rare interview with Gordon Moore.

Life On Mars, Eventually

December 11, 2014
This photo released by NASA shows a view of Mars that was stitched together by images taken by NASA’s Viking Orbiter spacecraft. The space agency is planning to send a spacecraft similar to the Curiosity rover to the red planet in 2020.  (AP)

Leaving Earth forever on a one-way ticket to Mars. Who would want to take that lonely journey? More people than you’d expect.

Boldly Going Where No Research Team Has Gone Before

December 10, 2014
Members of the Final Frontier Medical Devices team geeked out in Star Trek gear, with the fictional device that inspired the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. From left: brothers George, Basil and Gus Harris. (Not pictured: Phil Charron, Julia Harris, Andy Singer and Ed Hepler.) (Photo courtesy of XPRIZE)

Zack Seward brings us the story of a high-stakes medical device competition inspired by the Sci-Fi classic “Star Trek.”

Police Body-Worn Cameras Are Not A Panacea

December 10, 2014
Karen Finkenbinder says mandatory body cameras will not resolve the real issues between law enforcement and the public. (Jim Mone/AP)

Mandatory body cameras will not resolve the real issues between law enforcement and the public.

Remembering New Hampshire’s Ralph Baer, The Father Of Video Games

December 9, 2014
Ralph Baer, an engineer for Sanders Associates, Inc., of Nashua, N.H., watches his TV hockey game in 1977. (AP)

The next time you pick up a controller for a PlayStation, Xbox or Wii, think of Ralph Baer. He made possible what is now a $90 billion business by inventing the first home video game system back in the 1960s on a legal pad.

Computer Engineer Barbie: Not Just Anatomically Incorrect

December 9, 2014
Mattel gets it wrong -- again -- with a "computer engineer" Barbie who can't code and needs help from boys. To say nothing of that hot pink laptop. (Ariana Cubillos/AP)

Mattel gets it wrong — again — with a “computer engineer” Barbie who can’t code and needs help from boys. To say nothing of that hot pink laptop.

Nose In A Book? Consider The Hygienic Advantages Of The E-Reader

December 5, 2014
Hinda Mandell: "Someone else’s booger drove my mother to buy a Kindle."  (LollyKnit/flickr)

Someone else’s booger drove my mother to buy a Kindle.

Hiawatha Bray On Technology: Your Digital Assets

December 4, 2014
A customer configures the fingerprint scanner technology built into iPhone 5S at an Apple store in Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. Apple released the iPhone 5S and 5C models on Friday. (AP)

But what happens when you die? For relatives of the deceased, accessing secured electronics and online accounts can be an arduous challenge. And it raises important questions for the living… Are you prepared for your digital death?

The Future Of 3-D Printing

December 3, 2014
Mechanical engineering professor Christopher Williams (right) works with a student in the DREAMS Lab at Virginia Tech. (Jim Stroup/Virginia Tech)

It’s been a hot year for the technology, yet 3-D printers still seem a ways away from truly going mainstream.

‘Near Misses’ Multiply As Drone Popularity Soars

December 3, 2014
A fleet of drones used for aerial photography by Portland-based Skyris Imaging.

The FAA has provided descriptions of 193 close calls involving manned aircraft and small drones between February and November.

Voices Of 20th Century Poets Come Alive Once More

December 2, 2014
Harvard’s Woodberry Poetry Room is home to thousands of archived recordings from some of the most important English language-poets of the age — T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath, Robert Frost. (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

Researchers are using new technology to restore broken records and bring the voices of poets — silent for most of a century — back to life.

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