Technology

Samsung to Disable Note 7 Phones in the U.S. Via Software Update

Dec 9 – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Friday that a software update for Galaxy Note 7 smartphones will be released mid-December in the United States preventing them from charging and functioning as mobile phones, rendering them useless. The smartphone maker said that more than 93 percent of all recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices

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Obama Orders Review of Cyber Attacks on 2016 Election – Adviser

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON, Dec 9 – U.S. President Barack Obama ordered intelligence agencies to review cyber attacks and foreign intervention into the 2016 election and deliver a report before he leaves office on Jan. 20, homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco said on Friday. Monaco told reporters the results of the report would be shared

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Electric Passenger Planes to Operate in Just Under 10 Years

GENEVA, Dec 8 – The co-founder of a project that saw a solar-powered aircraft complete the first fuel-free flight around the world this year expects electric passenger planes to operate in just under 10 years. Bertrand Piccard, who along with fellow pilot Andre Borschberg founded Solar Impulse, also shrugged off concerns that U.S. President-elect Donald

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Bangladesh Panel Finds Insiders Negligent in Central Bank Heist

By Serajul Quadir DHAKA, Dec 8  – A Bangladesh government-appointed panel investigating the cyber-heist of $81 million from its central bank in February found five officials at the bank were guilty of negligence and carelessness, the head of the panel told Reuters on Thursday. In his first detailed comments on the inquiry since a report

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New Joystick Enables Drone Flying with One Hand

SEOUL, Dec 7 – A South Korean start-up company has developed a thumb joystick that allows users to fly a drone with one hand, replacing the traditional two-handed joystick. The “Shift” controller, produced by Seoul-based “this is engineering Inc”, comprises a wireless thumb ring and small joystick which the developers say can make flying a

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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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