Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Tech

Saudi Arabia bans ‘GTA’ among 47 other games

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia says it’s banning a long list of popular video games after allegations surfaced that two children killed themselves after being encouraged to do so in an online game. The Saudi General Commission for Audio-Visual Media said Monday it was banning 47 games, including Grand Theft Auto V, ...

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Apple supports Malala Fund’s expansion in Latin America

RIO DE JANEIRO: Apple launched a new collaboration between its 10 Apple Developer Academies in Brazil and Malala Fund to advance education opportunities for girls. The advocates join Malala Fund’s network of Gulmakai champions and will implement projects across the country designed to empower girls, teachers and policymakers through skills development, school enrollment efforts and education ...

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Rolls-Royce plans for take-off in flying taxi market

FARNBOROUGH: British jet engine maker Rolls-Royce has designed a propulsion system for a flying taxi and is starting a search for partners to help develop a project it hopes could take to the skies as soon as early next decade. Rolls-Royce said on Sunday it had drawn up plans for ...

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US lifts ban on suppliers selling to China’s ZTE

REUTERS: The U.S. Department of Commerce lifted a ban on U.S. companies selling goods to ZTE Corp, allowing China’s second-largest telecommunications equipment maker to resume business. The Commerce Department removed the ban shortly after ZTE deposited US$400 million in a U.S. bank escrow account as part of a settlement reached ...

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Facebook Hires AI Chip Development Head

LONDON: Facebook is continuing to devote more resources to the development of AI-focused chips, bringing aboard a senior director of engineering from Google who worked on chips for Google’s products to lead its efforts, Bloomberg reports. We’ve reached out to Google and Facebook for confirmation. Shahriar Rabii spent nearly seven ...

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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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