technology

Samsung Trips on Quality Control in Rush to Pip Apple

By Se Young Lee SEOUL, Sept 6 – In its rush to beat rival products to market, notably Apple’s new iPhone, Samsung Electronics has accelerated new phone launch cycles, but its haste is raising concerns that it fell short on quality testing. Since last year, the South Korean firm, the world’s largest maker of smartphones,

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Pizza by Drone – Unmanned Air Delivery Set To Take Off in New Zealand

By Rebecca Howard and Byron Kaye WELLINGTON/SYDNEY, Aug 25  – A New Zealand pizza chain aims to become the world’s first company to offer a commercial drone delivery service, a milestone in the once-unthinkable quest to save time and money with an air-borne supply chain dispensing with people. Some of the world’s biggest companies including

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Don’t Count On Technology to Save You in a Disaster

By Megan Rowling BARCELONA, Aug 25  – Newfound enthusiasm for the latest technologies, such as drones and smartphones, to improve the way aid is provided to people in disasters may be overblown, experts warned on Thursday. The annual World Risk Report from the United Nations University (UNU) highlights the growing interest in new technologies to

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Ransomware: No System is 100 Percent Safe

The ABCs of fighting back against ransomware BY Raj Samani After slowing slightly in mid-2015, ransomware has regained its rapid growth rate overall. According to the June 2016 McAfee Labs Threats Report, total ransomware grew 116 percent year-over-year for the period ending March 31. Total ransomware rose 26 percent from Q4 2015 to Q1 2016

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Facebook, Twitter Co-operated With Brazil Probe of Alleged Militants

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 24 – The judge overseeing the probe that led to the arrest last week of suspected Islamist militants in Brazil said Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. co-operated with investigators by providing information about the suspects’ use of both social networks. In an interview late Sunday with Fantastico, a weekly news program

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Apple Weathers Anti-U.S. Demonstration in China

HONG KONG, July 24 – Apple Inc found itself on the receiving end of a small, short-lived anti-U.S. protest this week in China, the tech firm’s biggest overseas market and a country where foreign firms have suffered damaging boycotts following international spats. A handful of unofficial Apple stores were picketed and social media users encouraged

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Twitter Announces Crackdown After Online Abuse of “Ghostbusters” Actor

SAN FRANCISCO, July 20  – Twitter Inc said Tuesday it had moved to permanently suspend a number of user accounts for abuse and harassment after Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones on Monday drew renewed attention to the issue and announced she would quit the social media site. Jones retweeted and shared several abusive tweets she received

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Pokemon GO Fans Told Not to Play in U.S. Holocaust Museum

By Kouichi Shirayanagi WASHINGTON, July 13 – The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has told Pokemon GO fans not to play the popular new mobile game in its premises, describing it as “extremely inappropriate” in a memorial dedicated to the victims of Nazism. The game involves using a mobile device to find and capture virtual Pokemon

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Uber, Lyft Settle Litigation Involving Top Executives

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO, June 27  – Rival ride services Uber and Lyft have settled high stakes litigation involving two of their top executives, court filings show, in advance of a trial that could have aired sensitive details about both companies. Lyft and its former chief operating officer Travis VanderZanden ended litigation in a

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Cracking The Crisis

EXCLUSIVE TO NEWSWEEK MIDDLE EAST By Hala Fadel Technology can and must address the tremendous challenges posed by the worst refugee crisis in recent history Some problems are so big, you don’t even know where to start. The refugee crisis is a problem of this magnitude. With the refugee population reaching around 20 million, governments are

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