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Viral app ‘FaceApp’ causing fears of invasion of privacy

A Viral app named 'FaceApp' has been giving people the ability to change their facial expressions, looks, and now age for several years. But at the same time, people have been giving FaceApp the authority to use their pictures — and names — for any purpose it wishes, for as long as it wishes. The app has been downloaded by...

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Game maker Rovio ventures into augmented reality with new Angry Birds game

HELSINKI: Finnish game company Rovio has released an augmented reality game called Angry Birds Isle of Pigs, developed with Swedish game studio Resolution Games for Apple’s mobile devices, the Finnish games developer said on Tuesday. The release, announced at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, came in addition to the two games the company had promised to release this...

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Apple unveils new iPad, updates Mini ahead of video streaming launch

Apple Inc, in a surprise move on Monday, launched a new 10.5-inch iPad Air and updated its iPad Mini ahead of a March 25 event where it is expected to launch a television and video service. The new iPad models, geared with Apple’s latest A12 Bionic chip and support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, are already available for order...

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With high-tech glasses Japanese ALS patient makes the beat go on

TOKYO: The music booms and lights flash as Masatane Muto, a wheelchair-bound disc jockey, uses is eyes to put on a show at a recent Tokyo music festival. Muto, who lost the use of his hands to Lou Gehrig’s Disease, wears a pair of high-tech glasses connected to an app that controls music-mixing software. “Through my performance, I hope to...

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Google faces third EU antitrust fine next week

BRUSSELS: Alphabet unit Google is likely to be hit with a third EU antitrust fine next week related to its AdSense advertising service, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, with the sanction expected to be much smaller than previous fines. The European Commission in 2016 opened a third case against the world’s most popular internet search engine...

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Snapchat to launch gaming platform next month

Parent of Snapchat messaging app Snap Inc plans to announce its gaming platform for developers next month, online news service Cheddar reported on Friday, citing a person familiar with the matter. Shares of the company rose nearly 3 percent in trading before the bell. The platform, codenamed “Project Cognac,” will feature a handful of games from outside developers designed to...

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Facebook readies AI tech to combat ‘revenge porn’

Facebook Inc said on Friday it would use artificial intelligence to combat the spread of intimate photos shared without people’s permission, sometimes called “revenge porn,” on its social networks. The new technology is in addition to a pilot program here that required trained representatives to review offending images. "By using machine learning and artificial intelligence, we can now proactively detect...

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Foxconn rejects Microsoft patent lawsuit, says never had to pay royalties

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s Foxconn on Tuesday responded to a patent infringement lawsuit filed against it by Microsoft Corp, saying as a contract manufacturer, it has never needed to pay royalties for the U.S. giant’s software. Microsoft filed the complaint against Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile Ltd in the Northern District of California on Friday. It is claiming unpaid royalties for patents used...

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Nvidia outbids Intel to buy Israel’s Mellanox in data center push

U.S. chipmaker Nvidia Corp has agreed to buy Israeli chip designer Mellanox Technologies Ltd for $6.8 billion, beating rival Intel Corp in a deal that would help the firm boost its data center and supercomputer business. The all-cash offer of $125 per share represents a premium of 14 percent to Mellanox’s closing price on Friday. Mellanox shares rose 8.4 percent...

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Zuckerberg says Facebook’s future is going big on private chats

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday the company would encrypt conversations on more of its messaging services and make them compatible, the latest sign that the world’s biggest social network sees its future in intimate online chats. Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook profile that within a few years direct messaging would dwarf discussion...

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Firefox maker fears DarkMatter ‘misuse’ of browser for hacking

WASHINGTON: Firefox browser-maker Mozilla is considering whether to block cybersecurity company DarkMatter from serving as one of its internet security gatekeepers after a Reuters report linked the United Arab Emirates-based firm cyber-espionage program. Reuters reported in January that DarkMatter provided staff for a secret hacking operation, codenamed Project Raven, on behalf of an Emirati intelligence agency. The unit was largely...

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Under fire Huawei and foldable screens in focus at top mobile fair

Phone makers will focus on foldable screens and the introduction of blazing fast 5G wireless networks at the world´s biggest mobile fair starting Monday in Spain as they try to reverse a decline in sales of smartphones. Huawei will also be in the spotlight at the four-day Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona as the Chinese telecom giant fights US...

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Amazon’s ‘collaborative’ robots offer peek into the future

Hundreds of orange robots zoom and whiz back and forth like miniature bumper cars — but instead of colliding, they´re following a carefully plotted path to transport thousands of items ordered from online giant Amazon. A young woman fitted out in a red safety vest, with pouches full of sensors and radio transmitters on her belt and a tablet in...

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Huawei’s founder says world can’t live without it

The founder of Chinese telecom giant Huawei has hit back at US efforts to blacklist the company, saying defiantly that the world cannot do without Huawei and its "more advanced" technology. "There´s no way the US can crush us," Ren Zhengfei said in an interview with the BBC. "The world cannot leave us because we are more advanced." Ren, 74,...

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Facebook needs independent ethical oversight: UK lawmakers

LONDON: Facebook and other big tech companies should be subject to a compulsory code of ethics to tackle the spread of fake news, the abuse of users’ data and the bullying of smaller firms, British lawmakers said on Monday. In a damning report that singled out Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg for what it said was a failure of leadership...

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Pakistan’s PCP app declared World’s second best Government application

The Pakistan Citizens' Portal app, which was launched in October last year by Prime Minister Imran Khan, was declared the second best government mobile application in the world at the World Government Summit, the premier announced in a tweet on Wednesday. About 4,646 mobile applications of different categories were submitted by 87 countries in the competition held in Dubai at the WGS earlier this...

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PlayStation 5 launch date revealed

Web Desk: All eyes will be on technology giants Sony and Microsoft in 2019 as both firms are rumoured to be announcing all-new games consoles. A release date seems more realistic in 2020, and the PlayStation fans are expected to count on Sony’s new console to be revealed by the end of the year. However, a series of leaked patents...

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