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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 change that. Local start-up Paaila Technology built Ginger, a 1.5...

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Microsoft issues emergency Windows update to disable Intel’s buggy Spectre fixes

Microsoft Corp issued an emergency security update on Monday to plug Intel Corp’s buggy Spectre firmware patch after the chipmaker’s fix caused computers to reboot more often than normal. Microsoft said it was rolling out an out-of-band update that specifically disables Intel’s Spectre variant 2 patch. The latest update comes nearly four weeks after Intel confirmed that its chips were...

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India’s Ola eyes Australia market in tussle with global rival Uber

MUMBAI - Indian ride-hailing company Ola announced plans on Tuesday to enter Australia, marking its first foray outside its home market and intensifying its tussle with U.S. rival Uber Technologies Inc. Ola will begin inviting private vehicle owners and driver partners to work with it in the cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, with plans to start commercial operations in...

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Nokia introduces high-capacity 5G chipsets

FRANKFURT: Nokia is introducing new silicon chipsets for running next-generation 5G wireless networks that promise to cut antenna size in half, triple data-handling capacity and cut the power consumption of mobile towers, the company said on Monday. The chipsets, known as ReefShark, are expected to ship in volume during the third quarter of 2018 and can be inserted into Nokia’s...

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Facebook makes privacy push ahead of strict EU law

BRUSSELS: Facebook said on Monday it was publishing its privacy principles for the first time and rolling out educational videos to help users control who has access to their information, as it prepares for the start of a tough new EU data protection law. The videos will show users how to manage the data that Facebook uses to show them...

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Trump security team sees building U.S. 5G network as option

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s national security team is looking at options to counter the threat of China spying on U.S. phone calls that include the government building a super-fast 5G wireless network, a senior administration official said on Sunday. The official, confirming the gist of a report from Axios.com, said the option was being debated at a low level in...

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Mueller team interviewed Facebook staff in Russia probe: Wired

Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his office have interviewed at least one member of a Facebook team that was associated with Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, Wired magazine reported on its website on Friday. The interview was part of Mueller's probe into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election and whether there was any collusion between Trump associates...

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Ariane 5 satellites in orbit but not in right location

KOUROU: Two commercial satellites have been placed in orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket but have yet to reach their correct position, Arianespace said Thursday, after mission control briefly lost contact with the craft. The European space workhorse blasted off at 7.20 pm (2220 GMT) from the Kourou Space Centre in French Guiana carrying satellites for Luxembourg´s SES and the...

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Watch: iPhone battery explodes after man bites it in China

A man at an electronics store in China decided to give a smartphone battery his own litmus test by biting it. The battery ruptured and caused a small explosion. As soon as he was shown the battery, he picked it up and gave a gentle bit to see if the smartphone component is authentic and in accordance with his liking....

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Google gets into audiobooks as rivalry with Amazon heats up

SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc’s Google introduced audiobooks to its online store on Tuesday, making its smart speakers and virtual assistant more competitive with Amazon.com Inc’s Echo devices and Alexa voice assistant. Listening to audiobooks is among the most popular nighttime uses for smart speakers, a burgeoning type of home appliance that provides audio streams of music, news and other data...

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Facebook acknowledges social media’s risks to democracy

WASHINGTON: Facebook acknowledged Monday that widespread use of social media can be harmful to democracy, while pledging to work to minimize these risks. The world's biggest social network's comments were the latest response to persistent criticism for its role in allowing the spread of misinformation, reinforcing "filter bubbles" and facilitating harassment of dissidents and activists. "Now, we're as determined as...

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Amazon to open first cashierless shop to public on Monday

SAN FRANCISCO: Online giant Amazon on Monday plans to open a convenience store in Seattle where hungry customers will be able to grab sandwiches and go, without having to wait in line or use a checkout. The American group unveiled the concept for its cashierless "Amazon Go" shop just over a year ago, saying the 1,800 square feet (170 square...

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Facebook to open digital training hubs in Europe

BRUSSELS: Facebook said on Monday it will open three new centers in Europe to train people in digital skills and committed to training one million people over the next two years, part of the social media giant’s drive to show its contribution to the bloc. The US company - which has faced regulatory pressure in Europe over issues ranging from...

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Facebook to let users rank ´trust´ in news sources

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook announced Friday it will ask its two billion users to rank their trust in news sources, in its latest attempt to combat the spread of misinformation on the social network. The change to the Facebook news feed comes as the online giant seeks to address charges that it has failed -- along with Google and Twitter --...

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WhatsApp introduces app for business accounts in select countries

SAN FRANCISCO: Messaging application WhatsApp said on Thursday that it would begin allowing business accounts for the first time, a step that brings the free service closer to a plan that would make money for its corporate parent, Facebook Inc. Some businesses already use WhatsApp, with 1.3 billion users, to answer inquires from customers. Business accounts will allow them to...

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Google, Tencent eye collaboration on new technologies

Internet titans Google and Tencent on Friday signalled possible future collaboration on developing new technologies as the US and Chinese firms announced a long-term patent-sharing agreement. The companies gave no details on the scope or nature of the potential cooperation but said in a joint statement that they “are open to deeper collaboration in the future on innovative new technologies”....

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US Senate passes bill renewing internet surveillance programme

WASHINGTON: The US Senate on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance programme for six years with minimal changes, overcoming objections from civil liberties advocates that it undermined the privacy of Americans. The legislation — which easily passed the House of Representatives last week — is expected to be signed into law by President...

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