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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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Apple and Amazon in talks to set up in Saudi Arabia: report

RIYADH: Apple and Amazon are in licensing discussions with Riyadh on investing in Saudi Arabia, two sources told Reuters, part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s push to give the conservative kingdom a high-tech look. A third source confirmed that Apple was in talks with SAGIA, Saudi Arabia’s foreign investment authority. Both companies already sell products in Saudi Arabia via...

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Self-healing glass: a cracking discovery from Japan

TOKYO: A Japanese researcher has developed -- by accident-- a new type of glass that can be repaired simply by pressing it back together after it cracks. The discovery opens the way for super-durable glass that could triple the lifespan of everyday products like car windows, construction materials, fish tanks and even toilet seats. Yu Yanagisawa, a chemistry researcher at...

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Apple faces lawsuits after saying it slows down aging iPhones

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc defrauded iPhone users by slowing devices without warning to compensate for poor battery performance, according to eight lawsuits filed in various federal courts in the week since the company opened up about the year-old software change. The tweak may have led iPhone owners to misguided attempts to resolve issues over the last year, the lawsuits contend....

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Apple suppliers drop on report of weak iPhone X demand

BEIJING: Shares in several of Apple Inc’s Asian suppliers fell for a second straight day on Tuesday, hurt by a report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily and some analysts saying that iPhone X demand could come in below expectations in the first quarter. Apple will slash its sales forecast for the iPhone X in the quarter to 30 million units, the...

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Meet Zanco Tiny T1, world’s smallest mobile phone

A Kickstarter campaign for the mobile phone named Zanco Tiny T1 which claimed to the world’s smallest model has caught the eye of people as several thousands of dollars have been collected for its release. The 13g tiny phone has a 0.49-inch OLED display – the same OLED display used in today’s smartphones but in a very smaller size. The...

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China has shut down 13,000 websites since 2015: Xinhua

China has shut down or revoked the licenses of 13,000 websites since 2015 for violating the country's internet rules, state media reported Sunday. The news comes as the Communist country continues to strengthen its already tight regulation of the internet, a move which critics say has picked up pace since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012. Platforms have...

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Apple finally reveals that why IPhone suddenly become slow

The tech giant has revealed why it has to intentionally reduce processor speed in “aging” versions of their smartphone line. Many iPhone users have recently been left puzzled trying to figure out why their smartphones have suddenly become "very slow" for no obvious reason. It turns out that Apple has a new feature that slows down older iPhones on purpose,...

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China gives Google and Facebook an ultimatum

That is according to Chinese regulators. In the past year, China's Communist Party has tightened cyber regulation. Firms must store data locally and accept data surveillance. The Chinese government also cracked down on VPNs, or virtual private networks, that allow users bypass the country's "Great Firewall". Google and Facebook are blocked in China, along with Twitter and most major Western...

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Samsung seems to reveal Galaxy S9 in March to rival iPhone X

Samsung is expected to debut its next smartphone in March, giving Apple’s iPhone X some fierce competition earlier than anticipated. According to Bloomberg, the South Korean company plans to introduce its new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus models as soon as late February, and release the devices as early as March, according to their anonymous sources. The S9 will...

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Twitter to put warnings before swastikas, other hate images

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter Inc said on Monday it would begin putting a warning in front of pictures that show Nazi swastikas and other items it determines are hateful imagery, as well as ban their use in any profile photos on the social media network. The step is one of several that Twitter said it would take to crack down on...

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Facebook defends itself against critics of social media

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc on Friday struck back against scientific researchers and tech industry insiders who have criticized the world’s biggest social media network and its competitors for transforming how people behave and express emotion. Facebook, in a corporate blog post, said that social media can be good for people’s well-being if they use the technology in a way that...

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In first, SpaceX launches recycled rocket and spaceship

For the first time, SpaceX on Friday blasted off both a rocket and a cargo ship that have flown before, a step forward in the company's goal to lower the cost of spaceflight. After the launch, the California-based company headed by Internet tycoon Elon Musk landed its rocket booster upright on solid ground at Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX has now...

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Three-man crew returns from space station: NASA TV

A capsule carrying U.S., Russian and Italian astronauts from the International Space Station landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday after a five-month mission, a NASA TV live broadcast showed. The spacecraft brought back Randy Bresnik from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Sergey Ryazanskiy from Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Italy’s Paolo Nespoli with the European Space Agency. The capsule...

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Twitter officially launches ‘threads,’ a new feature for easily posting tweetstorms

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter said Tuesday said it would make it easier for users to build “tweetstorms” by linking together posts in “threads” to expound at length at the famously short-form messaging service. The move comes just a month after Twitter rattled the twitterverse by doubling the limit for tweets in most languages to 280 characters, in a bid to draw...

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Google opens AI centre in China as competition heats up

Google announced Wednesday that it will open a new artificial intelligence research centre in Beijing, tapping China's talent pool in the promising technology despite the US search giant's exclusion from the country's internet. Artificial intelligence, especially machine learning, has been an area of intense focus for American tech stalwarts Google, Microsoft and Facebook, and their Chinese competitors Alibaba, Tencent and...

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Facebook Messenger gets new augmented reality effects

Facebook has introduced new suite of augmented reality tools for Messenger, company named it “world effects,” which basically let users drop real-time 3D objects into photos or videos within the camera frame. The technology builds on Facebook’s existing AR features, like the ability to add filters and masks to your face in a selfie. The first set of world effects...

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