Technology

U.S. Supreme Court Rules for Samsung in Smartphone Fight with Apple

By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON, Dec 6  – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that said the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs. The justices in

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Web Giants to Cooperate on Removal of Extremist Content

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS, Dec 6  – Web giants YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database. The companies will share ‘hashes’ – unique digital fingerprints they automatically assign to videos or photos – of extremist content they have removed from their

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Facial Recognition Available To Public for First Time on Mobile

Dec 6  – For the first time ever, anyone can use real-time facial recognition technology on their phones to recognise people and unlock information about them – changing the way we communicate and connect to each other. Never before has technology combined augmented reality and artificial intelligence within smartphones, and now it’s available for everyone

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Social Media Ads to Hit $50 Billion by 2019

LONDON, Dec 5  – The amount of money spent on advertising on social media is set to catch up with newspaper ad revenues by 2020, a leading forecaster said on Monday. The rapid expansion of social media platforms on mobile devices, as well as faster internet connectivity and more sophisticated technology, has triggered a huge

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Facebook Developing Artificial Intelligence to Flag Offensive Live Videos

By Kristina Cooke MENLO PARK, Calif., Dec 1 – Facebook Inc is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content, said Joaquin Candela, the company’s director of applied machine learning. The social media company has been embroiled in a number of

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Shamoon Virus Returns in New Saudi Attacks After 4-Year Hiatus

By Jim Finkle Dec 1 – A version of Shamoon, the destructive computer virus that four years ago crippled tens of thousands of computers at Middle Eastern energy companies, was used two weeks ago to attack computers in Saudi Arabia, according to U.S. security firms. CrowdStrike, Palo Alto Networks Inc and Symantec Corp. warned of

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Netflix Allows Subscribers to Binge-Watch Shows Offline

Nov 30 – Video streaming pioneer Netflix Inc has added an option that allows subscribers to download shows at no additional cost on their mobile device to watch without an internet connection. Netflix signaled in recent months it would add an offline viewing option to better compete as the streaming video market becomes more and

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Curbs on Extremist Online Content Threaten Free Speech

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON, Nov 30  – Governments seeking to curtail the spread of extremist content online risk jeopardizing free speech and privacy rights, an international group comprising some of the largest U.S. technology firms said in a report on Wednesday. The Global Network Initiative said companies should not be pressured by governments to change

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Drones are Mapping Indian Cities – Where They’re Allowed

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, Nov 29 – Officials in one of India’s fastest growing cities are using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to update land records in a pilot project that could be rolled out across the country if rules governing the use of drones were simpler, authorities said. Haryana state’s Project Udaan, or flight, is

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For Apple and Others, Tin Supply Chain Has Ties to Rebel-Held Myanmar Mine

By Yimou Lee and Joel Schectman YANGON/WASHINGTON, Nov 29 – From a remote corner of northeastern Myanmar, an insurgent army sells tin ore to suppliers of some of the world’s largest consumer companies. More than 500 companies, including leading brands such as smartphone maker Apple, coffee giant Starbucks and luxury jeweller Tiffany & Co, list

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