Thursday, 21 March 2019

Tech

Facebook CEO plans 2019 forums on tech’s role in society

NEW YORK: Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg unveiled his personal goal for 2019: convening a series of public forums on how technology can better serve society. “My challenge for 2019 is to host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society – the opportunities, the challenges, ...

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Laundry-folding machine actually works now

LONDON: Would you pay $1,000 to outsource your most hated chore to a giant robot? That’s the question FoldiMate, the company behind the laundry-folding robot of the same name, once again asks us to consider. The company, which we last year dubbed our favorite bad idea of CES, is back ...

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WhatsApp alert: Beware of new viral video scam

DUBAI: The popular messaging service is targeted by several scams and viruses. Another WhatsApp scam message is back and making the rounds just a few months after the UAE issued a warning against a virus that plagued its users. Although the ‘WhatsApp Gold’ virus update has been debunked, which started ...

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China names new moon rover “Yutu-2”

BEIJING: China has chosen the name “Yutu-2”, or Jade Rabbit-2, for its new moon rover, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced late Thursday. The CNSA made the announcement after China’s Chang’e-4 probe, comprised of a lander and a rover, landed on the far side of the moon earlier in ...

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Deutsche Telekom sues German government over 5G auction

FRANKFURT: Deutsche Telekom has filed a lawsuit against Germany’s Federal Network Agency protesting preconditions for participating in a next-generation mobile network frequency auction, Die Welt newspaper said on Tuesday. Germany stipulated that bidders for 5G mobile frequencies must invest to expand the country’s mobile network and potentially allow new entrants ...

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Austria plans new tax on tech giants

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has announced that it will introduce its own tax on Apple, Facebook, Google and other companies allegedly dodging their fair share. Most details aren’t available at this stage, but you’ll get a basic outline in early January. It would take effect as part of broader tax ...

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Huawei says expects 2018 revenue at $109b, up 21%

HONG KONG: Huawei Technologies’ rotating chairman Guo Ping said in his new year’s address that the Chinese tech giant’s revenue in 2018 is expected to be $108.5 billion, up 21 percent year-on-year. Guo said Huawei has secured 26 5G contracts. Smartphone shipments in 2018 are expected to surpass 200 million ...

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Facebook secretly developing cryptocurrency for WhatsApp users

CALIFORNIA: Tech giant Facebook is secretly working on developing a cryptocurrency that will let users transfer money on WhatsApp. Initially it will be launched in India, people familiar with the matter say. Bloomberg reported that the company is developing a stablecoin – a type of digital currency pegged to the ...

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Huawei announces securing 25 5G commercial contracts

DONGGUAN: Huawei Rotating Chairman Ken Hu held a press conference with leading global media at the company’s new campus in Dongguan. The journalists visited R&D labs showcasing materials and thermal management technologies developed for 5G equipment, as well as an independent cyber security lab. Hu delivered strong messages of confidence ...

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