Technology

From ships to satellites: Scotland aims for the sky

A shipbuilding hub since the days of the British Empire, the Scottish city of Glasgow is now reaching for the stars with a growing space satellite industry. Glasgow builds more satellites than any city outside of the United States, according to space industry experts, specialising in small ‘CubeSats’ that can be used for anything from weather forecasting to global positioning....

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Donald Trump, Apple CEO Cook discusses trade at White House

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump met with Apple Inc Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook to discuss trade issues on Wednesday as the technology industry grapples with a US tariff spat with China, a manufacturing hub for the iPhone maker and other companies. Trump, in a tweet ahead of the meeting, said the two would discuss other issues but gave no details....

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Facebook will not testify at U.S. House hearing on social media

WASHINGTON: Facebook Inc said Wednesday it has declined an invitation to testify at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing Thursday on filtering practices by social media companies, a company spokesman said. The company said that even though it will not appear, it looks “forward to a continuing dialogue with members of the committee about Facebook’s strong commitment to being a...

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Can genetically modified mosquitoes eradicate Malaria, Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue?

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |   Web Desk: The small, dark female mosquito transmits deadly viruses, like dengue fever, chikungunya, malaria and the Zika virus. The Aedus aegypti can be termed the 'Ultimate Pest'. Aedes aegypti, the yellow fever mosquito, is a mosquito that can spread dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika fever, Mayaro and yellow fever viruses, and other disease agents. The mosquito can be recognized by white markings on its legs...

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Facebook unveils appeal process for when it removes posts

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook said Tuesday it will give users the right to appeal decisions if the social network decides to remove photos, videos or written posts deemed to violate community standards. Plans to roll out an appeals process globally in coming months came as Facebook provided a first-ever look at internal standards used to decide what posts go too far...

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Flying taxi start-up hires designer behind Fiat 500, modern Mini

Lilium, a German start-up with Silicon Valley-scale ambitions to put electric “flying taxis” in the air next decade, has hired Frank Stephenson, the designer behind iconic car brands including the modern Mini, Fiat 500 and McLaren P1. Lilium is developing a lightweight aircraft powered by 36 electric jet engines mounted on its wings. It aims to travel at speeds of...

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Careem hit by cyber attack, data breach affected up to 14 million users

Web Desk: Ride hailing platform Careem has said on Monday it has faced a cyber attack by online criminals and up to 14 million users data in the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan and Turkey has been stolen. On January 14, the company detected the breach in the computer systems which hold the account data of customers and captains. According...

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Google launches Chat app to rival iMessage and WhatsApp

Web Desk: Google is to bring Apple iMessage rival to market with the launch of its ‘Chat’ app, that will be based on the Rich Communication Services (RCS) standard. And it seems that Google is also ‘pausing’ its investment in its artificial intelligence powered chat app called Allo, which was launched on Android and iOS smartphones back in September 2016....

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Put the toolbox away – new robot assembles IKEA chairs

Sick of struggling with incomprehensible instructions and a baffling array of planks and screws? Help is at hand in the form of a new robot that can assemble an IKEA chair in minutes. The robot, developed by scientists at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, can put together the wooden IKEA chair in just eight minutes and 55 seconds -- a swift...

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Cambridge Analytica to launch digital currency

NEW YORK: Cambridge Analytica was planning to raise money by issuing a new type of digital currency before it became embroiled in a scandal surrounding the misuse of Facebook personal data, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The British data analytics consultancy had approached a firm that advises companies on how to structure an initial coin offering, an increasingly...

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‘Suspicious groups bought divisive Facebook ads’: study

Most of the political ads about divisive issues that ran on Facebook before the 2016 US presidential election were sponsored by “suspicious groups” with no publicly available information about them, according to a study released on Monday and based on a database of five million ads on Facebook. One in six of those groups was linked to Russia, according to...

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Snapchat launches new face filter features

Web Desk: Social media giant Snapchat has introduced seven face filters to let creators build face filters for the first time. Snap is releasing seven new templates into Lens Studio to let creators build digital masks. The templates, which range in complexity, include virtual baseball hats, face paint, and tools to attach three-dimensional objects to a user’s head. Few months...

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US, Britain accuses Russia for global cyber-attack

The United States and Britain on Monday warned of a global cyber attack targeting routers and other networking equipment, blaming Russian government-backed hackers for the campaign on government agencies, businesses and critical infrastructure operators. Washington and London issued a joint alert, saying the widespread, global campaign began in 2015 and could be escalated to launch offensive attacks. The alert comes...

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Iran bars foreign social media networks in schools

TEHRAN: Iran´s ministry of education on Sunday banned the use of foreign social media networks in schools, the ILNA news agency reported, amid a push by Tehran to limit the influence of outside online platforms. Schools must "only use domestic social networks" for their communication, the ministry said in a statement, according to the reformist-linked news agency. Telegram is the...

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Successful test of Babur cruise missile by Pakistan

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan on Saturday conducted a successful test of an enhanced range version of the indigenously-developed Babur cruise missile. Babur Weapon System-1 (B) incorporates advanced aerodynamics and avionics that can strike targets both at land and sea with high accuracy, at a range of 700 kilometres. It is a low flying, terrain hugging missile, which also carries certain stealth features...

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Shipping industry agrees to reduce carbon emissions by 2050: UN

LONDON: Members of the UN International Maritime Organisation on Friday struck a deal to halve carbon dioxide emissions from shipping by 2050 in a deal that will force the industry to redesign fleets. "The initial strategy envisages for the first time a reduction in total GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050 compared to 2008," the...

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VW’s new chief to outline vision after dieselgate

The new chief of German auto giant Volkswagen was Friday set to outline his plans for steering the company out of the cloud of the "dieselgate" scandal and into a future of electric cars and "sustainable mobility". Herbert Diess -- the Austrian 59-year-old head of the VW Group's flagship Volkswagen brand -- was appointed late Thursday to take over from...

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