Thursday, 19 October 2017

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Elon Musk among tech founders to call for UN to ban ‘killer robots’

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Killer robots, once just characters in dystopian science fiction novels and films, could soon become the next form of revolutionary warfare after nuclear bombs, according to industry experts. In an open letter to the United Nations (UN) Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), 116 signatories — including Tesla’s Elon Musk ...

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Tech giants Intel plans to launch 100 self-driving cars

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SAN FRANCISCO: Silicon Valley giant Intel on Wednesday announced plans for a fleet of self-driving cars following its completion of the purchase of Israeli autonomous technology firm Mobileye. A day after closing the $15 billion deal to buy Mobileye, which specializes in driver-assistance systems, Intel said it will begin rolling ...

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Google CEO cancels diversity town hall after staff questions leak

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LONDON: Google CEO Sundar Pichai has cancelled an internal town hall meant to address gender discrimination on Thursday after employee questions for management began to leak online from the company’s internal messaging service. Pichai said in an email to staff that several Google employees became fearful for their safety and ...

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Facebook launches Watch tab of original video shows

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LONDON: Facebook has a new home for original video content produced exclusively for it by partners, who will earn 55 percent of ad break revenue while Facebook keeps 45 percent. The “Watch” tab and several dozen original shows will start rolling out to a small group of U.S. users tomorrow ...

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Samsung facing growing threats despite record profits

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PARIS: Sprawling South Korean conglomerate Samsung Electronics has recovered from a humiliating recall fiasco and the arrest of its de facto leader with remarkable speed, analysts said, after the tech giant stunned investors with record-breaking profits. But the world’s top smartphone maker, one of the huge family-run chaebols which dominate ...

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Tesla Model 3 has no key, so don’t forget your phone

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PARIS: Electric car company Tesla has shown a willingness to break from automotive legacy, and it moves even further away with the Model 3, where owners will rely on their smartphones to access and start the car. Unlike most current cars, and even Tesla’s own Model S and Model X, ...

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos becomes world’s richest

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Amazon Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos has unseated fellow tech billionaire Bill Gates as the richest person in the world, profiting from the e-commerce company’s meteoric stock rise to reach a fortune of $90.6 billion (69.30 billion pounds). Amazon shares jumped 1.6 percent at the start of trading on Thursday, ...

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Russia’s Kaspersky Lab launches free antivirus software globally

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MOSCOW-based Kaspersky Lab on Tuesday announced it was rolling out a free version of its antivirus software across the globe, a product launch that comes amid mounting suspicion in the United States that the cyber firm is vulnerable to Russian government influence. Kaspersky Free was immediately available in the United ...

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Artist to debut 3D portraits produced from Chelsea Manning’s DNA

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NEW YORK: Around thirty three-dimensional portraits of Chelsea Manning, created using the DNA of the transgender U.S. Army soldier imprisoned for leaking classified data, will greet visitors at eye-level at an exhibition opening in New York City next month. Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg based the portraits on a range of possible ...

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