Technology

Sony Enters Virtual Reality Race with PlayStation VR Headset

By Makiko Yamazaki TOKYO, Oct 12 – Sony Corp will join the race for virtual reality (VR) dominance on Thursday with the $399 PlayStation VR, a headset the Japanese electronics group hopes will beat pricier rivals and revive its reputation as a maker of must-have gadgets. Emerging from years of restructuring, Sony is reshaping itself

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Driverless Vehicle to be Tested on UK Streets for the First Time

LONDON, Oct 11  – A driverless vehicle carrying passengers will take to Britain’s public roads for the first time on Tuesday, as part of trials aimed at paving the way for autonomous cars to hit the highways by the end of the decade. The government is encouraging technology companies, carmakers and start-ups to develop and

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Samsung Scraps Galaxy Note 7 Over Fire Concerns

By Se Young Lee SEOUL, Oct 11 – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd scrapped its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone on Tuesday less than two months after its launch, dealing a huge blow to its reputation and outlook after failing to resolve safety concerns. Samsung announced the recall of 2.5 million Note 7s in early September

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Samsung Halts Note 7 Production after New Fire Scare

By Se Young Lee SEOUL, Oct 10  – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd suspended production of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, a source said on Monday, after reports of fires in replacement devices added to the tech giant’s worst ever recall crisis. Top U.S. and Australian carriers also suspended sales or exchanges of Note 7s,

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Google Takes on Apple, Amazon with New Hardware Push

By Julia Love SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 5 – Alphabet Inc’s Google on Tuesday announced a new “Pixel” smartphone and a suite of new consumer electronics products for the home, planting itself firmly in the hardware business and challenging Apple Inc’s iPhone at the high end of the $400 billion global smartphone market. The string of

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Yahoo Secretly Scanned Customer Emails for US Intelligence

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 5- Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter. The company complied with a classified U.S. government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo

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Senators Accuse Yahoo of ‘Unacceptable’ Delay in Hack Discovery

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON, Sept 27 – Six Democratic U.S. senators on Tuesday asked embattled Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer for more information about the internet company’s investigation into a hack that compromised data related to 500 million user accounts. The lawmakers said they were “disturbed” the two-year-old intrusion was only announced last week. “That means

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UberEats to Expand in Eight More Cities, Many More Planned

By Eric Auchard AMSTERDAM, Sept 27  – Uber is making a broad international push into takeaway meal deliveries, backed by a big staff recruitment and marketing campaign as it prepares to take on local rivals in dozens of countries. Showing its ambition to expand well beyond the core online taxi-hailing business, Uber announced on Tuesday

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From Israel via London, an Online Gambling Scam Traps Thousands

By Tova Cohen and Luke Baker RAMAT GAN, Israel, Sept 27  – In early 2013, a young Israeli businessman registered a web domain in London for a company called NRGbinary.com. The online options trading website offered clients the opportunity to make large amounts of money from simple bets on the movement of financial markets, stocks

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Twitter Could Take Many Forms, Depending on New Owner

By Liana B. Baker SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 27- With speculation mounting that Twitter Inc will soon have a new corporate owner, the 10-year-old social networking service – which has long struggled to define its core purpose -may end up heading in one of several distinctly different directions depending on who ends up paying for it.

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