Saturday, 26 September 2020

Tech

Airbus Proposes Planes Fueled by Liquid Hydrogen

LONDON: Airbus is showing three concepts for “the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft which could enter service by 2035.” They all run on hydrogen, which Airbus calls a clean aviation fuel. According to the press release: “’These concepts will help us explore and mature the design and layout of the world’s ...

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UK planning to ban sale of fossil fuel vehicles from 2030

LONDON: The UK Government is expected to bring forward its ban on new fossil fuel vehicles by ten years in order to accelerate the rollout of electric cars in the UK. MPs last week urged the Prime Minister to move the sales ban to 2030 in order to help the ...

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US court halts ban on WeChat

NEW YORK: A US judge on Sunday blocked the government’s ban on WeChat downloads, hours before it was due to take effect in an ongoing technology and espionage battle between Washington and Beijing. The Trump administration had ordered a ban on downloads of the messaging platform WeChat as well as ...

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Twitter tightens security for politicians and journalists

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter said it is tightening security of high-profile politicians, campaigns and journalists as a “critical preventative step” ahead of the US presidential election. Twitter will be implementing more sophisticated systems to detect suspicious activity and ramp up defenses intended to thwart hackers from taking over accounts, according to ...

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Brain-computer interface technology helps paralyzed patient say ‘Hello’

BEIJING: A paralyzed man who could only communicate by blinking his eyes, used a brain implant to say “Hello” through a computer, reportedly the first in the world, which touched medical staff at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Jiaotong University, Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province. The brain-computer interface (BCI) technology ...

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Facebook lets friends watch shows together while apart

LONDON: Coronavirus lockdowns have led to a sharp increase in virtual watch parties as a way to get together with friends, and Facebook is getting in on the action. The world’s largest social network launched Watch Together, a free feature it is rolling out globally on its Messenger communication platform. ...

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Facebook Launches Climate Change Information Center

LONDON: Facebook launched a climate science information center to elevate credible sources on climate change, as critics question its role in the spread of misinformation on the issue. Facebook said the project is modelled on its COVID-19 Information Center and launched a similar feature last month on voting in preparation ...

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Samsung turns away from Huawei

SEOUL: As a tech war rages between Beijing and Washington over Chinese flagship Huawei, indications are that South Korea’s national champion and global semiconductor powerhouse Samsung Electronics has sided with the US. Widespread reports in South Korea that appeared in both TV and online news on Wednesday (September 9) stated that ...

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COVID robocop: The droid that reminds you to wear your mask

LONDON: Engineers have developed a robot that can detect whether people are wearing a mask to guard against COVID-19 and, if not, politely remind them to put one on. The feature is an upgrade of Pepper, a 120 cm high robot with human-like features that is already in operation in ...

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Hot tests completed at Pakistani nuclear power plant

KARACHI: The 1,100MW K2 reactor at the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (Kanupp), the first unit using China’s homegrown ‘Hualong One’ technology, has successfully completed its thermal testing also known as hot functional tests (HTFs). China is building two Hualong One reactors with a capacity of 1,100MW each at the Karachi ...

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