California state senators reversed an earlier vote on Thursday and agreed to require smartphone-makers to install "kill switch" technology that would allow users to lock their phones after they are stolen. The bill now heads to the state's General Assembly. Major wireless industry companies have agreed to a voluntary anti-theft program, rather than one that is mandated.
Hard-core gamers likely will snap up every PlayStation 3 console Sony Corp. can make when it's released in November, but will its relatively high price entice less-devoted consumers over the long haul? Sony says the superior technology inside the product is worth the price.
Advances in cognitive computing will come when research shifts to embrace the more organic concepts of neuroscience and psychology, according to participants at IBM's annual Almaden Institute conference. The brain learns by making mistakes, something that isn't possible with today's software instruction-based AI research, according Dr. Gerald Edelman, director of the Neurosciences Institute.