Technology

Silicon Valley Giants Outrank Many Nations, Says First ‘Techplomat’

By Stine Jacobsen COPENHAGEN, June 19 – The top firms in California’s Silicon Valley carry more weight on the global stage than many countries, which makes building diplomatic relations with them increasingly important, the world’s first national technology ambassador said. Chosen to fill what his country’s foreign ministry has dubbed the first “techplomacy” posting on

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Robocop Joins Dubai Police to Fight Real Life Crime

DUBAI, June 1 – A robotic policeman which can help identify wanted criminals and collect evidence has joined Dubai’s police force and will patrol busy areas in the city, as part of a government programme aimed at replacing some human crime-fighters with machines. If the “Robocop” experiment is successful, Dubai Police says it wants the

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Facebook Launches Ramadan Campaign for Syrian Children

May 28 – As a result of Facebook’s Hack for Good campaign, international NGO Save the Children launched the “It’s Not the Same For Them” campaign to remind people of the harsh realities that confront Syrian children. The campaign will run throughout Ramadan, across the Middle East and North Africa. It will also target the

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Newly Discovered Vulnerability Raises Fears of Another WannaCry

SINGAPORE, May 25 – A newly found flaw in widely used networking software leaves tens of thousands of computers potentially vulnerable to an attack similar to that caused by WannaCry, which infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide, cyber `security researchers said on Thursday. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday announced the vulnerability, which

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Oddities in WannaCry Ransomware Puzzle Cybersecurity Researchers

By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE, May 16 – The WannaCry malware that spread to more than 100 countries in a few hours is throwing up several surprises for cybersecurity researchers, including how it gained its initial foothold, how it spread so fast and why the hackers are not making much money from it. Some researchers have

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Snapchat Introduces Unlimited Replays

Snapchat was originally conceived as a way to send images that would self-destruct a few moments after they had been viewed. But the latest update to Snapchat will turn that idea on its head, by allowing people to post images and video without a time limit. The app’s new Infinity feature lets users add ‘limitless

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