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Atari video game Q*bert has been beaten by an Artificial Intelligence program, which exploited a loophole that had never previously been discovered.
The AI program used trial and error to uncover a quirk in the game's code that let it score a huge amount of points.
The perpetrators of a recent cyber-attack that disrupted businesses across the world appear to have accessed the ransom payments they raised.
Just over £7,900-worth of virtual currency has been moved from the Bitcoin address listed in the blackmail demand that appeared on hacked PCs.
One expert said there was little doubt the funds had been tapped by those responsible for the crime.
Microsoft has launched a "faster, more powerful" Surface Pro tablet, with a battery life of 13.5 hours.
The device, which weighs 770g (1.69lb) and has a 31cm (12.3in) screen, will cost from $799 in the US and £799 in the UK.
Microsoft Surface boss Panos Panay told the BBC it had been "completely redesigned inside out", and would be more intuitive to use.One expert said the new device was a showcase for Windows 10
Russia's competition watchdog has found that Apple fixed the prices of certain iPhone models sold in the country.
The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (Fas) said that Apple's local subsidiary told 16 retailers to maintain the recommended prices of phones in the iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 families.
Non-compliance with the pricing guidelines may have led to the termination of contracts, it found.
Apple has not yet responded to a request for comment.
LG is demonstrating the ability to run 2 apps
simultaneously on their new flagship phone, the G6.
Samsung has, for the first time since 2013, opted not to unveil a flagship Galaxy S smartphone at the Mobile World Congress tech show.Instead, it showed off two new tablet computers and a virtual reality headset that comes with a remote control.However, a new smartphone was briefly teased at the end of the company's presentation at the Barcelona event.Samsung said the new device would be unveiled on 29 March in New York.
A judge has ordered Amazon to refund the parents of children who made in-app purchases on Kindle and Android devices without their consent between 2011 and 2014.
Seattle-based Judge John Coughenour ordered the firm to run the refund process for 12 months beginning in January 2017.
It follows successful legal action by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
A court in South Korea has rejected an attempt by US activist investor fund Elliot to stop a shareholder vote on a proposed $8bn merger of two key Samsung Group firms.
The merger would see Cheil Industries, a Samsung de-facto holding company, take over its sister firm, construction group Samsung C&T.
The US activist fund has argued the merger is not in the best interests of Samsung C&T's shareholders.
Elliot holds 7.1% of Samsung C&T.
Midnight came later on Tuesday as for the first time in three years an extra second was added to the official time set by atomic clocks.
The "leap second" means the last minute of June had 61 seconds in it.
Leap seconds - and leap years - are added as basic ways to keep the clock in sync with the Earth and its seasons.
However, there are concerns extra seconds can potentially cause problems for some computer systems because it has to be added manually.
Apple conspired with publishers to fix the prices of electronic books, a US federal appeals court has ruled.
In a 2-1 vote, the court said Apple broke antitrust laws when it entered an e-book market which was then dominated by Amazon.
Circuit Judge Debra Ann Livingston said the price-fixing meant Apple "found an easy path to opening its iBookstore".
An exploit that takes advantage of a flaw in Adobe's Flash Player is being used by cybercriminals.
The problem was only patched by an update from Adobe last week, meaning many users are still believed to be at risk.
Two exploit kits, which allow criminals to compromise computers in a variety of ways, can now target the bug.
This was spotted by a French security researcher known as Kafeine
Apple's Beats 1 radio station has launched with Zane Lowe presenting the first show from Los Angeles.
Lowe premiered Pharrell's track Freedom and played City by Manchester band Spring King as his first song.
It is Apple's first venture into radio and is seen as a way for the company to market its Apple Music subscription service
Matti Makkonen, who helped to launch the worldwide sensation of texting, has died at the age of 63 after an illness.
Makkonen became known as the father of SMS after developing the idea of sending messages via mobile networks
A US court has found in favour of a drone owner who sued a man who shot his hexacopter out of the sky.
The drone, built and flown by Eric Joe, was shot down by Brett McBay in late November, 2014.
Mr McBay claimed the drone was over his property and said he believed it was being used to spy on him.
An antivirus program labelled itself as malware, causing some computers it was running on to stop working.
After an update, essential components in two Panda Security antivirus programs became corrupted, leading them to be mistakenly identified as malign and quarantined.
Panda said a fix had been released and warned that rebooting affected systems could exacerbate the issue.
It asked those affected to get in touch so it could help fix their machines.
One security expert noted the irony. "People's first response is to turn [their computer] off and back on again, but in this case it seems like the wrong thing to do," said Prof Alan Woodward, of Surrey University.
The "last thing" people would expect to cause their computers to break down was its security software, he said.
A French coder has developed what is thought to be the smallest-sized chess computer program.
BootChess is only 487 bytes in size, and the code can be run on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux computers.
That makes it smaller than 1K ZX Chess - a Sinclair ZX81 computer game, which contained 672 bytes of code and had held the record for 33 years.
Microsoft has revealed that Windows 10 will bring its voice-controlled assistant Cortana to PCs.
It also unveiled a headset that it said would one day project the operating system over views of the real world.
In addition, the firm announced that the OS upgrade would be offered free of charge for devices running Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Phone.
A "deeply personal" picture of every consumer could be grabbed by futuristic smart gadgets, the chair of the US Federal Trade Commission has warned.
Speaking at CES, Edith Ramirez said a future full of smart gadgets that watch what we do posed a threat to privacy.
The collated data could create a false impression if given to employers, universities or companies, she said.
Extreme heat in the Australian city of Perth has forced one ISP to shut down servers in its data centre.
Australia's second largest net provider iiNet said it had turned the servers off "as a precautionary measure" as the city experienced temperatures topping 44.4C.
It left thousands of customers offline for about six-and-a-half hours.
A pair of jeans containing material that blocks wireless signals is being developed in conjunction with anti-virus firm Norton.
The trousers are intended to stop thieves hacking into radio frequency identification (RFID) tagged passports or contactless payment cards.
According to security experts this type of theft is a growing problem.
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