Video Game Hall of Fame reveals finalists for May induction

“Sonic the Hedgehog,” ”Space Invaders” and “John Madden Football” are among 15 games named Tuesday as finalists for the World Video Game Hall of Fame. The winners will be inducted May 5 at The Strong museum in Rochester, where the hall opened last year. The contenders also include: “Elite,” ”Final…

Software to self-diagnose the replacement timing of server power-supply units

Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. has developed a self-diagnostic technology to determine when a power supply unit needs to be replaced. This is software that can run on board the microcontroller of a digitally controlled power supply, such as those used in servers and other information and communication technology (ICT) devices. The…

Spoken-language app makes meal logging easier, could aid weight loss

For people struggling with obesity, logging calorie counts and other nutritional information at every meal is a proven way to lose weight. The technique does require consistency and accuracy, however, and when it fails, it’s usually because people don’t have the time to find and record all the information they…

Microsoft pitches smart chats with computers (Update)

Microsoft wants you to talk more with your computer—and have more useful conversations. The giant software company is promoting new uses for Cortana—its voice-activated answer to Apple’s Siri digital assistant—including the ability to interact with software “bots” that can have limited conversations with users and help with tasks like booking…

Can smartphones answer your call for help?

If you’re depressed and suicidal, a victim of rape or domestic violence, can your smartphone’s personal assistant answer your call for help? Researchers from the University of California at San Francisco and Stanford University say don’t count on it – at least for now. When asked simple questions about mental…

Oracle to Google: Pay us $9.3bn for using Java in Android

Oracle thinks it is due $9.3bn in damages from Google, mostly from profits the search company is claimed to have made from using Java in Android. The tech giants are scheduled to duel again in May at a federal district court in San Francisco to settle a long-running feud over…

Apple iPhone SE: Can it really be luring in more Android switchers?

The new four-inch-screen iPhone SE might not have thrilled smartphone fans, but data on Apple’s online sales suggests it is reaching a new group of consumers. Online sales of the iPhone SE on the first weekend of availability were muted compared with those following the iPhone 6’s launch, and to…