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‘Hi-tech Robot’ shown on Russian TV turns out to be man in costume

MOSCOW: A “state-of-the-art” robot that appeared in a report on Russia’s main TV news channel was revealed by internet users on Wednesday to be a man in a costume. The Rossiya 24 rolling news channel on Tuesday broadcast footage of what it presented as a dancing, singing robot at a technology forum for school pupils. “At the forum there’s the...

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Apple unveils new iPhones today

Apple on Wednesday was expected to unveil new iPhones, playing up eye-grabbing edge-to-edge screens in a bid to strengthen its position in a largely saturated global smartphone market. Apple has remained mum about revelations planned for the event at its spaceship campus in Silicon Valley, but the timing fits its pattern of annually introducing iPhone updates. In a first for...

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Facial recognition touted as ‘user friendly’ system for airports

DULLES: As facial recognition technology use generates intense scrutiny, a new system unveiled at Washington's Dulles airport is being touted as a "user friendly" way to help ease congestion for air travelers. Officials at Dulles unveiled two new face recognition systems Thursday, one to meet legal requirements for biometric entry-exit records, and a second to help speed processing of travelers...

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British Airways hacked with details of 380,000 bank cards stolen

British Airways said that the personal and financial details of customers making bookings between August 21 and September 5 had been stolen in a data breach involving 380,000 bank cards. The almost two week long hack did not involve travel or passport details, the airline said, adding that it had launched an urgent investigation into the theft of customer data....

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China’s Didi launches safety revamp after passenger murder

BEIJING: Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing said Tuesday it would halt most late-night ride services for a week as it tries to reassure the public following the rape and murder of a passenger. The company has been slammed by passengers and regulators, including China’s transport ministry, after a 20-year-old passenger was raped and murdered by her driver in the eastern...

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Saudi Arabia declares ‘online satire’ punishable offence

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will punish online satire that "disrupts public order" with up to five years in prison, the public prosecutor said Tuesday, as the kingdom cracks down on dissent. "Producing and distributing content that ridicules, mocks, provokes and disrupts public order, religious values and public morals through social media ... will be considered a cybercrime punishable by a maximum...

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Facebook chief says internet firms in ‘arms race’ for democracy

WASHINGTON: Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said late Tuesday that the leading social network and other internet firms are in an arms race to defend democracy. Zuckerberg's Washington Post op-ed came on the eve of hearings during which lawmakers are expected to grill top executives from Facebook and Twitter. Google's potential participation is unclear. The hearings come with online firms facing...

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After Trump bashing, tech firms gird for congressional grilling

After days of vitriol from President Donald Trump, big Silicon Valley firms face lawmakers in the coming week with a chance to burnish their image — or face a fresh bashing. Top executives from Twitter and Facebook were to appear in two hearings on Wednesday, with Google´s participation a question mark. The hearings come with online firms facing intense scrutiny...

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Brief Facebook outage after ‘networking issues’

Facebook users around the world reported the social network was briefly inaccessible Monday, with many taking to Twitter to voice their frustration. Reports of issues on the downdetector.com website began around 2100 GMT, with users particularly affected in North America and Europe. The outage lasted less than 90 minutes before normal service resumed. Some users had read-only access while others...

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CPEC digital information channel fully connected

BEIJING: The “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) digital information channel”, based on China-Pakistan optical cable, and serving the CPEC and global customers and partners were fully connected. Zhang Zhiyong, deputy general manager of China Telecom Group Co., Ltd informed the participants of 6th China-Eurasia Expo in Urumqi that China Telecom will use the opening of China-Pakistan optical cable as an opportunity...

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China blocks Australian state broadcaster’s website: ABC

China has blocked access to the website of Australia's national broadcaster for breaching Beijing's internet rules and regulations, ABC said on Monday. It comes a year after the Australian Broadcasting Corporation began running a Chinese-language service. ABC said access to its website and apps was blocked on August 22 and it has since been trying to find out why. After...

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Egypt president approves law tightening on social media users

CAIRO: Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ratified a law granting authorities the right to monitor social media users in the country as part of tightening internet controls, the official gazette said Saturday. Approved by parliament in July, the state's Supreme Council for Media Regulations will have the power to place people with more than 5,000 followers — on social...

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US accuses China of ‘super aggressive’ spy campaign on LinkedIn

WASHINGTON: The United States’ top spy catcher said Chinese espionage agencies are using fake LinkedIn accounts to try to recruit Americans with access to government and commercial secrets, and the company should shut them down. William Evanina, the US counter-intelligence chief, told Reuters in an interview that intelligence and law enforcement officials have told LinkedIn, owned by Microsoft Corp., about...

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Air raid predicting programme gives Syrians life-saving minutes

Khaled al-Idlibi was still speeding away with his brother perched on the back of his motorbike when he heard the air strike that levelled his neighbours' house in northwest Syria. Those crucial extra minutes were thanks to a warning system that could help save civilian lives in an expected regime offensive on Idlib province, home to the last significant rebel-held...

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Apple expected to unveil new iPhone models on September 12

Apple Inc said Thursday it will host an event on September 12 at the Steve Jobs Theater in the company’s Cupertino, California, campus, where it is widely expected to unveil new iPhone models. Analysts believe Apple plans to release three new smartphones this year, including one with a larger display than previous models. Analysts also expect Apple to release an...

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Apple buys startup focused on lenses for AR glasses

Apple Inc has acquired a startup focused on making lenses for augmented reality glasses, the company confirmed on Wednesday, a signal Apple has ambitions to make a wearable device that would superimpose digital information on the real world. Apple confirmed it acquired Longmont, Colorado-based Akonia Holographics. “Apple buys smaller companies from time to time, and we generally don’t discuss our...

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UK foreign minister attacks Google over ‘child abuse content’

LONDON: British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt accused Google on Thursday of abandoning its moral values by failing to remove child abuse content while launching a version of its search engine in China that will block some websites. The government has repeatedly criticised online platforms such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook for failing to remove abusive material or sexual content posted...

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