Thursday, 13 December 2018

Tech

European privacy search engines aim to challenge Google

LONDON: In the battle for online privacy, Google is a US Goliath facing a handful of European Davids. The backlash over Big Tech’s collection of personal data offers new hope to a number of little-known search engines that promise to protect user privacy. Sites like Britain’s Mojeek , France’s Qwant ...

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Nepal’s first robot waiter is ready for orders

KATHMANDU: “Please enjoy your meal,” says Nepal’s first robot waiter, Ginger, as she delivers a plate of steaming dumplings to a table of hungry customers. The poor Himalayan nation is better known for its soaring mountain peaks than technological prowess, but a group of self-taught young innovators are seeking to ...

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Chinese artificial sun pushes past 100 million degrees

HEFEI – The experimental advanced superconducting tokamak (EAST), or the ‘Chinese artificial sun’, achieved an electron temperature of over 100 million degrees in its core plasma, a key step towards the test running of fusion reactor, a lab in east China’s Anhui Province said. The ultimate goal of EAST is ...

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Samsung foldable smartphone named, priced and unveil dated

LONDON: According to a report by South Korea-based Yonhap News Agency, the folding smartphone that Samsung teased at the Developer Conference last week won’t be a secret much longer. The name, price, and release date of the shadowed folding smartphone that Samsung teased last week is coming into the light. ...

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China scours social media, erases thousands of accounts

BEIJING: China’s top cyber authority has scrubbed 9,800 social media accounts of independent news providers deemed to have posted sensational, vulgar or politically harmful content on the Internet, it said. China’s strict online censorship rules have tightened in recent years with new legislation to restrict media outlets, surveillance measures for ...

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LG to develop smart shopping cart robot with E-mart

SEOUL: LG Electronics Inc. said Monday it inked an agreement with E-mart Inc., a retail giant in South Korea, to develop a new type of service robot that can assist shoppers at supermarkets. Under the agreement, the two companies will develop what they call a smart-cart robot that can automatically ...

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UK, Canadian parliaments team up against Mark Zuckerberg

LONDON: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been summoned to appear before MPs from the UK and Canadian parliaments as the fallout from Facebook’s data scandals continue. He has been repeatedly asked to appear in front of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, and has repeatedly refused. Last time he sent ...

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Apple delivers strong profits, but investors punish shares

LONDON: Apple delivered blockbuster earnings, but saw shares punished after a disappointing holiday season forecast and word that it will stop reporting how many iPhones it sells. The technology giant makes most of its money from iPhones, and sales numbers have been seen as a bellwether of the company’s fortunes. ...

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T-Mobile exceeds expectations for phone subscribers, profit

WASHINGTON: T-Mobile US Inc exceeded Wall Street’s quarterly estimates for net new phone subscribers and profit, driven by its competitive wireless plans and trade-in offers for iPhones aimed at fending off its bigger rivals. Shares of the Bellevue, Washington-based company rose over 3 percent to $66.02 in extended trading. The ...

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