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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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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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Chinese auto giant to end petrol vehicle sales by 2025

BEIJING: One of China´s largest state-owned automakers has said it will phase out sales of all petrol vehicles by 2025, as Beijing considers taking all fuel-burning cars off the country´s roads. Beijing Automotive Group Co (BAIC) chairman Xu Heyi said over the weekend the company will phase out sales of conventional cars in Beijing by 2020 and nationwide by 2025,...

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WhatsApp for Android will soon get new features

Since Facebook acquired WhatsApp, the instant messaging application has been constantly updated with new features and optimizations. Now, a few more changes in the app are making its way to the beta testers of the application. WhatsApp new update will bring a new Picture in Picture (PiP) mode in their application and a new option to privately reply in a...

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Qualcomm Unveils Powerful New Snapdragon SoC

Qualcomm on Wednesday announced the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform, a System on a Chip built for immersive multimedia experiences including extended reality (XR), on-device artificial intelligence and high-speed connectivity. The SoC will power next-generation Android flagship smartphones and Windows 10 notebooks based on ARM architecture. Xiaomi reportedly will use it in its forthcoming Mi 7 flagship, to be released next...

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YouTube to launch new music subscription service in March

Alphabet’s YouTube plans to introduce a paid music streaming service in March, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. Record label Warner Music has already signed on while Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music, and Merlin, a consortium of independent labels, are in talks with the video streaming website, Bloomberg said. The service, internally referred to as Remix...

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Samsung’s new phone might literally read the palm of your hand

Samsung has filed a patent application for a mobile phone that can read the palm of a person’s hand, potentially leading to a new unique authentication system. The patent shows that this functionality is meant to deliver password hints to the user — it won’t unlock the phone directly. The filing includes an image of a user taking a photo...

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Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices, escalating spat

A rare public spat in the technology industry escalated on Tuesday when Google said it would block its video streaming application YouTube from two Amazon.com Inc devices and criticized the online retailer for not selling Google hardware. The feud is the latest in Silicon Valley to put customers in the crossfire of major competitors. Amazon and Google, which is owned...

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Xi says China will not close door to global internet

WUZHEN, China: Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Sunday the country will not close its door to the global internet, but that cyber sovereignty is key in its vision of internet development. Xi’s comments were read by Huang Kunming, head of the Chinese Communist Party’s publicity department at the country’s largest public cyber policy forum in the town of Wuzhen...

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