Technology

NASA and China collaborate on Moon exploration

The space agencies of the United States and China are coordinating efforts on Moon exploration, NASA said Friday, as it navigates a strict legal framework aimed at protecting national security and preventing technology transfer to China. "With the required approval from Congress, NASA has been in discussions with China to explore the possibility of observing a signature of the landing...

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Microsoft to launch ‘S Mode’ to existing Windows 10 Versions in 2019

Microsoft says its plans to move Windows 10 S from a dedicated operating system to a special “S Mode” for versions of Windows 10 next year. “Next year 10S will be a ‘mode’ of existing versions, not a distinct version,” says Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore. The new S Mode will lock down any copy of Windows 10 so it can...

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WhatsApp testing a change in ‘Delete For Everyone’ feature

Web Desk: The Facebook-owned chat app is massively extending the amount of time you get to choose the 'Delete for Everyone' option on a rogue text. The feature, which is available on iOS, Android and Windows, replaces the message with a note, stating: "This message was deleted.” The good news is that the length of this grace period is about...

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Snapchat challenging Facebook among US youth

Washington: Facebook remains the most popular social network among Americans but faces a growing challenge from Snapchat for young audiences. The Pew Research Center survey showed Facebook holding the dominant platform with 68 percent of Americans using the world’s biggest social network. While Facebook leads the other social networks in all age groups, the gap has narrowed in the key...

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T-Mobile signs 5G network deals with Nokia and Ericsson

HELSINKI: U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile said on Tuesday it would start building next-generation 5G networks around the United States with the help of Nordic equipment vendors Ericsson and Nokia. T-Mobile said it planned to build out 5G in 30 cities this year, with New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas among the first cities with the service. Ericsson and...

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Facebook introduces blood donation feature in Pakistan

Web Desk: Social networking website Facebook has launched  a blood donations feature in Pakistan to make it easier for people to sign up to be blood donors. “Pakistan, like many countries, has a shortage of safe blood, this shortage means patients and their families are responsible for finding donors to replace the blood they receive from blood banks or hospitals,”...

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The new Samsung S9 and S9+ are here, Augmented reality now possible

BARCELONA: Samsung unveiled its new flagship smartphone on Sunday with a focus on augmented reality features as it seeks to keep its title as the world's biggest smartphone maker. The South Korean firm showcased the Galaxy S9 on the eve of the official start of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which comes after a year of flat smartphone sales....

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Google raises price of YouTube TV, adds sports, Turner

CALIFORNIA:  Alphabet Inc’s Google is raising the price of its YouTube TV online service for new customers as it adds channels from Time Warner Inc’s Turner, National Basketball League and Major League Baseball, the company said Wednesday. Less than one year after launching YouTube TV, the company is increasing its pricing to $40 per month from $35 per month as...

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AI and 5G in focus at top mobile fair

Phone makers will seek to entice new buyers with better cameras and bigger screens at the world's biggest mobile fair starting Monday in Spain after a year of flat smartphone sales. But with no major innovations awaited in handsets, analysts expect the four-day Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to focus on new uses for artificial intelligence (AI) and the looming...

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Scientists recreate virtual copy of Mexican underwater cave

Scientists from all over the world will soon be able to dive into a virtual 3-D replica of a vast underwater cave off Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, where the oldest skeleton in the Americas was found seven years ago. Anthropologists, cave experts, archeologists and photographers are working to fashion a virtual copy of the cave known in Spanish as Hoyo Negro,...

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Twitter sets crackdown on automated ‘bot’ accounts

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter announced Wednesday a crackdown on accounts powered by software “bots” which can artificially amplify a person or cause and which have been accused of manipulating the social network during the 2016 US election. The San Francisco messaging platform said the move was intended to rid the service of spam-spewing automated accounts, and not aimed at people using...

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Artificial intelligence poses risks of misuse by hackers, researchers say

FRANKFURT: Rapid advances in artificial intelligence are raising risks that malicious users will soon exploit the technology to mount automated hacking attacks, cause driverless car crashes or turn commercial drones into targeted weapons, a new report warns. The study, published on Wednesday by 25 technical and public policy researchers from Cambridge, Oxford and Yale universities along with privacy and military...

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Uber CEO sees commercialization of flying taxis in 5-10 years

TOKYO: Uber Technologies Inc Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi said on Tuesday he can see commercialization of the Uber Air flying taxi service happening within five to 10 years. The U.S. ride-hailing app maker has said it expects flying vehicles to eventually become an affordable method of mass transportation. Khosrowshahi was speaking at an investor forum in Tokyo on his...

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Play ‘fake news tycoon’ to combat misinformation

Trolling, impersonating, demonising: these are just some of the behaviours encouraged in a new online game launching Tuesday in which young players become "fake news tycoons" -- to counter growing misinformation. Researchers at Cambridge University have teamed up with a Dutch media collective to develop an English version of the game aimed at inoculating people against the spread of so-called...

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Social Media – More of a blight than a blessing

By : | Umm e Tehniyat |   The digital world experienced spectacular growth over the past few years with number of users increasing remarkably. The internet and social media has been available in Pakistan since 1992 and has seen exponential growth ever since. The benefits of internet usage are far outreaching and cannot be denied, but the benefits can...

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Alibaba, Tencent rally troops amid $10 billion retail battle

SHANGHAI: China’s tech giants Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) and Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700.HK), worth a combined $1 trillion, are on a retail investment binge, forcing merchants to choose sides amid a battle for shoppers’ digital wallets. Since the start of last year, the two companies have between them spent more than $10 billion on retail-focused deals, boosting their reach...

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Facebook plans to use U.S. mail to verify IDs of election ad buyers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will start using postcards sent by U.S. mail later this year to verify the identities and location of people who want to purchase U.S. election-related advertising on its site, a senior company executive said on Saturday. The postcard verification is Facebook’s latest effort to respond to criticism from lawmakers, security experts and election integrity watchdog...

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