Friday, 15 December 2017

Tech

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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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Facebook reaches 2 billion users

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PARIS: Facebook has reached more than 2 billion active users — that’s around a quarter of the world’s population. The social network reached 1 billion active users in 2012. CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the milestone was reached early Tuesday morning. He made the announcement in a Facebook post, saying he’s proud of the work his company is ...

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First flying car to hit the skies in 2018

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PARIS: From “The Jetsons” to “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, flying cars have long captured the imagination. While several futuristic projects are under way in different countries, a Dutch design may be the first one sold and soaring into the skies. After years of testing, the PAL-V company aims to pip ...

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French researchers find way to unlock WannaCry without ransom

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LONDON: If you’ve had your files encrypted by the WannaCry ransomware, and you happen to be running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, you may be in luck. A newly released tool reverses the WannaCry encryption and frees up the files – but only sometimes. The caveat is that ...

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Stephen Hawking: Future of humanity no longer lies on earth

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LONDON: Scientist Stephen Hawking claimed that the next generation must inhibit another planet within a century since the future of humanity no longer lies on earth. Hawking, a leading theoretical physicist, said that the growing advancement of computer systems and machines could take over the human race. “I don’t think ...

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Massive phishing attack targets millions of Gmail, Google docs users

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LONDON: An unusually sophisticated identity phishing campaign appeared to target Google’s roughly 1 billion Gmail users worldwide, seeking to gain control of their entire email histories and spread itself to all of their contacts, Google confirmed Wednesday. The worm – which arrived in users’ inboxes posing as an email from ...

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Robots could replace up to 30 per cent of UK jobs by 2030

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LONDON: As many as a third of all jobs in the UK are at risk of being lost to machines within the next 15 years, fresh research reveals. However, it’s likely that technologies related to artificial intelligence will create new jobs, according to the research, and automation will boost productivity ...

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