technology

India’s Top Court Rules Privacy a Fundamental Right in Blow to Government

By Suchitra Mohanty and Rahul Bhatia NEW DELHI/MUMBAI, Aug 24 – India’s top court unanimously ruled on Thursday that individual privacy is a fundamental right, a verdict that will impact everything from the way companies handle personal data to the roll-out of the world’s largest biometric ID card programme. A nine-member bench of India’s Supreme

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Staying Alive: WhatsApp Finds New Uses in Conflict Zones

By Inna Lazareva YAOUNDE, Aug 3 – These days, the word on the street in war-torn Syria is that hospitals are best avoided – even if you’re injured. “Sometimes we hear that people feel the home is safer than the hospital,” said Mohamed Elamein, an information officer at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Gaziantep,

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First Editing of Human Embryos Carried Out in U.S.

July 26 – Technology that allows alteration of genes in a human embryo has been used for the first time in the United States, according to Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, which carried out the research. The OHSU research is believed to have broken new ground both in the number of embryos

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Digital Revolution: Student Touts Prosthetic Third Thumb

LONDON, July 24 – “I’ve only got one pair of hands”, is the refrain of overworked office staff or stressed parents everywhere. But now a design student is suggesting that it could be possible to have more, with a prosthetic third thumb to aid productivity. The thumb is the brainchild of Dani Clode, a product

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U.S. Ending Laptop Ban on Middle Eastern Airlines

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON, July 18 – The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said on Monday it was lifting a ban on passengers on Saudi Arabian Airlines carrying large electronics like laptops onboard U.S.-bound flights, the last carrier under the restrictions. In March, U.S. officials imposed restrictions on passengers carrying laptops and other large electronic gear

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Electric Guitar Maker Fender Launches App

By Stephen Nellis SAN FRANCISCO, July 6 – Fender Musical Instruments Corp, whose electric guitars have powered music from Jimi Hendrix to Nirvana, is getting into the software business with an app for guitar lessons. The Scottsdale, Arizona company is launching “Fender Play,” an online system for learning guitar that Chief Executive Officer Andy Mooney,

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U.N. Survey Finds Cybersecurity Gaps Everywhere Except Singapore

By Tom Miles GENEVA, July 5 – Singapore has a near-perfect approach to cybersecurity, but many other rich countries have holes in their defences and some poorer countries are showing them how it should be done, a U.N. survey showed on Wednesday. Wealth breeds cybercrime, but it does not automatically generate cybersecurity, so governments need

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U.S. Lifts Laptop Restriction for Flights from Abu Dhabi

WASHINGTON/DUBAI, July 3 – The United States has lifted a ban on laptops in cabins on flights from Abu Dhabi to the United States, saying Etihad Airways had put in place required tighter security measures. Etihad welcomed the decision on Sunday and credited a facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport where passengers clear U.S. immigration

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Cyber Attack Sweeps Globe, Researchers See ‘WannaCry’ Link

MOSCOW/KIEV/WASHINGTON, June 28 – A major global cyber attack disrupted computers at Russia’s biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms with a virus similar to the ransomware that infected more than 300,000 computers last month . The rapidly spreading cyber extortion campaign, which began on Tuesday, underscored growing concerns that businesses have failed to

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