Saturday, 19 January 2019

Tech

China’s moon cotton experiment ends in freezing lunar night

BEIJING: A cotton seedling that sprouted on the moon has been left to die as China’s historic lunar lander continues a freezing night-time nap that will last as long as two earth weeks, scientists said. The Chinese space agency announced earlier this week that the seed had germinated inside a ...

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Huawei founder denies spy risk claims

LONDON: Huawei’s founder has denied Chinese authorities have ever asked his company to help spy on its clients. Ren Zhengfei was speaking to foreign media in a rare interview, following claims Huawei posed a security risk. He also said he was missing his daughter Meng Wanzhou “very much”. Ms Meng ...

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Hyundai demos first ever ‘walking car’

LONDON: Moving away from self-driving cars, Hyundai showed off a concept of its first ever ‘walking car’ that can walk or even climb over stairs or rough terrain. At the CES 2019 tech show, automobile manufacturer Hyundai revealed a small scale design concept and prototype of its Elevate, an electric ...

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Calls for Huawei boycott get mixed response in Europe

LONDON: Europe is giving US-led calls for a boycott of Huawei 5G telecoms equipment a mixed reception, with some governments untroubled by spy suspicions against the Chinese giant, but others backing a ban. In the latest setback for the company, Huawei said Saturday it had fired an employee in Poland ...

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LG Electronics wins 132 awards at CES

SEOUL: LG Electronics Inc., one of the leading home appliance manufacturers in the world, said that it received a total of 132 awards at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It said that its products received the much coveted CES top innovation title announced by the Consumer ...

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Facebook CEO plans 2019 forums on tech’s role in society

NEW YORK: Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg unveiled his personal goal for 2019: convening a series of public forums on how technology can better serve society. “My challenge for 2019 is to host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society – the opportunities, the challenges, ...

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Laundry-folding machine actually works now

LONDON: Would you pay $1,000 to outsource your most hated chore to a giant robot? That’s the question FoldiMate, the company behind the laundry-folding robot of the same name, once again asks us to consider. The company, which we last year dubbed our favorite bad idea of CES, is back ...

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WhatsApp alert: Beware of new viral video scam

DUBAI: The popular messaging service is targeted by several scams and viruses. Another WhatsApp scam message is back and making the rounds just a few months after the UAE issued a warning against a virus that plagued its users. Although the ‘WhatsApp Gold’ virus update has been debunked, which started ...

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China names new moon rover “Yutu-2”

BEIJING: China has chosen the name “Yutu-2”, or Jade Rabbit-2, for its new moon rover, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced late Thursday. The CNSA made the announcement after China’s Chang’e-4 probe, comprised of a lander and a rover, landed on the far side of the moon earlier in ...

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Deutsche Telekom sues German government over 5G auction

FRANKFURT: Deutsche Telekom has filed a lawsuit against Germany’s Federal Network Agency protesting preconditions for participating in a next-generation mobile network frequency auction, Die Welt newspaper said on Tuesday. Germany stipulated that bidders for 5G mobile frequencies must invest to expand the country’s mobile network and potentially allow new entrants ...

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