Thursday, 16 August 2018

Tech

First space tourist flights could come in 2019

(AFP) WASHINGTON: The two companies leading the pack in the pursuit of space tourism say they are just months away from their first out-of-this-world passenger flights – though neither has set a firm date. Virgin Galactic, founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, and Blue Origin, by Amazon creator Jeff Bezos, ...

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Facebook facing UK fine over data protection breaches

LONDON: Britain’s information regulator slapped Facebook with a small but symbolic fine for breaches of data protection law after millions of users’ data was improperly accessed by consultancy Cambridge Analytica. The 500,000 pound ($663,850) fine is less that 10 minutes worth of revenue for the social media firm worth $590 ...

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India asks WhatsApp to curb spread of false messages

MUMBAI: India has asked Facebook Inc-owned WhatsApp messenger to take steps to prevent the circulation of false texts and provocative content that have led to a series of lynchings and mob beatings across the country in the past few months. With more than 200 million users in India, WhatsApp’s biggest ...

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UK lawmakers slam FB’s evasive answers

LONDON: The head of the UK Parliament’s media committee slammed Facebook on Friday for what it described as evasive behavior in answering questions on fake news. Committee chair Damian Collins said that Facebook’s claims that it was unable to distinguish between political and non-political advertising is “difficult to believe.” He ...

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Facebook patents for emotion-detecting selfie filters

LONDON: Seems like Facebook is seeking to improve itself in unique ways as it has filed a patent for ‘emotion-detecting’ selfie filters. A recent public patent demonstrates that the popular social media app Facebook is looking to launch a tech that can detect emotions and automatically choose an animated selfie ...

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Google, Facebook manipulate users to share data despite EU law

LONDON: Facebook and Google are pushing users to share private information by offering “invasive” and limited default options despite new EU data protection laws aimed at giving users more control and choice, a government study said Wednesday. The Norwegian Consumer Council found that the US tech giants´ privacy updates clash ...

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Facebook expands fact-check effort to photos, videos

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook said it would launch fact-checking of photos and videos as it expands the effort to curb misinformation to more countries. The huge social network, which has been a frequent target for failing to stop the spread of false news, said it will use machine learning and other ...

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Microsoft GitHub services completely free for schools

LONDON: GitHub has announced that they are expanding their offering to teaching-focus institutions by now offering them both GitHub Enterprise and Business Hosted accounts for free in addition to all of the previously available free services. A special page has gone up on the official GitHub Education website where anyone ...

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Apple to make 20% fewer new model iPhones this year

Apple Inc expects to ship 80 million new model iPhones this year, down 20 percent from what it had planned at the same time last year, Japanese financial daily Nikkei reported, citing industry sources. The California-based firm has asked suppliers to make about 20 percent fewer components for the three ...

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Google faces EU antitrust fine over Android case in July

BRUSSELS: Google is expected to be hit with a second EU antitrust fine in mid-July for using its dominant Android mobile operating system to squeeze out rivals, three people familiar with the matter said. The European Commission, which has been investigating the case involving the unit of Alphabet since 2015, ...

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