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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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Apple releases new update to fix ´Spectre´ chip flaw

NEW YORK: Apple Inc on Monday released an updated version of its operating system software to fix a major microchip security flaw that affected nearly all computer chips made in the last decade. Last week, Alphabet Inc´s Google and other security researchers disclosed two major chip flaws, one called Meltdown affecting only Intel Corp chips and one called Spectre, that...

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Apple urged to study iPhone addiction in children

NEW YORK: Two large shareholders have urged Apple to study whether iPhones are proving addictive for children and that intensive use of the smartphones may be bad for their mental health, Bloomberg News reported Monday. "There is a growing body of evidence that, for at least some of the most frequent young users, this may be having unintentional negative consequences"...

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John Young, who set records in space with NASA, is dead at 87

WASHINGTON: John Young, a legendary US astronaut who went into space six times, orbited the moon and then walked on its craggy surface, has died, NASA announced Saturday. He was 87 and died late Friday of complications from pneumonia, the space agency said. He lived in a Houston suburb just minutes from the NASA Space Center. "NASA and the world...

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All iPhones, iPads and Macs affected by chip flaws, says Apple

Apple Inc will release a patch for the Safari web browser on its iPhones, iPads and Macs within days, it said Thursday, after major chipmakers disclosed flaws that leave nearly every modern computing device vulnerable to hackers. On Wednesday, Alphabet Inc’s Google and other security researchers disclosed two major chip flaws, one called Meltdown affecting only Intel Corp chips and...

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London was top destination for tech funding in 2017: PitchBook

LONDON: London was the top city in Europe for technology investment last year, with more funding going into companies in the British capital than into firms based in Paris, Berlin and the next seven cities combined, data showed on Friday. Tech firms in London attracted 2.45 billion pounds ($3.3 billion) in venture capital funding in 2017, about 80 percent of...

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Computer chip ‘flaw’ sparks security debate

WASHINGTON: A newly discovered vulnerability in computer chips raised concerns Wednesday that hackers could access sensitive data on most modern systems, as technology firms sought to play down the security risks. Chip giant Intel issued a statement responding to a flurry of warnings surfacing after researchers discovered the security hole which could allow privately stored data in computers and networks...

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How Facebook could stop a disease outbreak

PARIS: Facebook accounts and telephone records can be used to pinpoint the best individuals to vaccinate to stop a disease outbreak in its tracks, researchers said Wednesday. Such people would be "central" in their social networks, and thus likelier to spread disease-causing germs from one group to another. Assuming there is an outbreak, and not enough vaccines for every person...

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WeChat denies ‘storing’ user chats

HONG KONG: Tencent Holdings’ WeChat, China’s most popular messenger app, on Tuesday denied storing users’ chat histories, after a top businessman was quoted in media reports as saying he believed Tencent was monitoring everyone’s account. “WeChat does not store any users’ chat history. That is only stored in users’ mobiles, computers and other terminals,” WeChat said in a post on...

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WhatsApp messaging service returns after global outage

WhatsApp, a popular messaging service owned by Facebook Inc, suffered a global outage for about an hour on Sunday before the problem was fixed. “WhatsApp users around the world experienced a brief outage today that has now been resolved”, a WhatsApp spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. The cause of the outage, about an hour long, was not immediately known....

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Iran temporarily restricts access to social media

LONDON: Iran will temporarily restrict access to some social media and messaging apps to control protests, Iranian state television quoted an informed source as saying on Sunday. “It has been decided in the highest security level to restrict access to Telegram (messaging app) and Instagram,” the source said. Reuters

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Twitter and Facebook threatened in UK’s ‘Fake News’ probe

Both Twitter and Facebook may face sanctions as long as they continue their stonewalling of parliament over the Russian interference found in the European Union’s referendum, said the Commons inquiry chair. Damian Collins, the chair of the UK’s Department of Culture, Media and Sports committee, is probing “fake news”, which has given both companies the deadline of 18 January to...

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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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