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Current account better than expected

New Zealand posted a larger-than-expected current account surplus in the first quarter helped by increased tourism and lower oil prices. The current account surplus was $NZ662 million ($A596.34 million) in the three months ended March 31, according to Statistics New Zealand. The annual deficit was $NZ8.6 billion, or 3.6 per cent of gross domestic product, the highest in two years. ... Read More »

33 must-see PC games revealed at E3 2015

  PCs shine at E3, but in the background Between all the console talk and publishers rushing to reveal their hot new games ahead of the E3 press crunch, the annual “Day Zero” press conferences held by gaming’s biggest publishers before E3’s doors officially open don’t hold quite as much luster as they used to. But don’t let that dissuade ... Read More »

Problems hit US computer system for visas and passports

An unidentified glitch has hit the computer system used for issuing visas and passports at U.S. embassies worldwide, the State Department said Friday. The same system, the Consular Consolidated Database, was hit by a weeklong outage in July last year, but the current problems are not the same, said Julia Straker, a State Department spokeswoman. At that time, a glitchy ... Read More »

Hacking Linked to China Exposes Millions of U.S. Workers

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday announced what appeared to be one of the largest breaches of federal employees’ data, involving at least four million current and former government workers in an intrusion that officials said apparently originated in China. The compromised data was held by the Office of Personnel Management, which handles government security clearances and federal employee ... Read More »

Greek jitters are back. After a brief and bizarre market rally in the middle of last week, stock markets across Europe are in the red today again, after a bloody Friday. A key indicator of contagion risk – sovereign bond yields – have also spiked. Spanish, Portuguese and Italian bonds have all risen today, with peripheral debt soaring to a ... Read More »

Next build of Windows 10 for phones coming Tuesday

Windows Phone users waiting for the next preview build of Windows 10 don’t have to wait much longer. Starting Tuesday, members of the Windows Insider Program can upgrade their phones to Windows 10 Mobile build 10036, though doing so will take some work. That’s because the new build includes a bug that prevents a direct upgrade from the most recent ... Read More »

How Facebook is teaching computers to see

Facebook’s Moments feature uses facial recognition, but there’s a lot more Facebook can offer with better computer vision and AI. Facebook today launched its Moments product, which uses Facebook’s image recognition abilities to scan your photos for your friends and then lets people create private photo albums with a particular group, such as the people in the photo. The idea ... Read More »

From Data to Tomato

California is in the grip of the most serious drought in recorded history, and dwindling water supplies are a threat for everyone in the heavily populated state, from the hugely important agricultural industry to residential and commercial users. Uncertainties about availability of this precious resource have led to tension, uneven water rate-setting and general worries for the future. At the ... Read More »

I’m happy to consider the world an algorithm: Microsoft’s Madhu Sudan

Madhu Sudan, principal researcher at the Microsoft Research lab in New England—one of Microsoft Corp.’s 12 global research facilities—and adjunct professor at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), hopes his current research on reliable human communication will eventually help computers talk to each other in different environments and with fewer errors. In ... Read More »

Taiwan’s HTC Corp says won’t consider merger with Asustek

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s HTC Corp will not consider a merger with larger rival Asustek Computer Inc, HTC said on Monday, responding to comments made by Asustek’s head during its annual general meeting. “HTC has not made any contact with Asus regarding this matter, and it will not consider a merger with Asus,” the company said in a posting on the website ... Read More »