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Sprint partners with LG to launch 5G smartphone in 2019

Sprint said Tuesday it has partnered with phone manufacturer LG to launch a 5G smartphone in the first half of next year, marking the first 5G device deal for the number 4 US wireless carrier. Sprint is working to persuade antitrust regulators to approve its merger with larger rival T-Mobile US in a $26 billion deal, which the companies say...

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Samsung commits to using only renewable energy by 2020

Samsung Electronics, the world's biggest smartphone maker, has pledged to convert its operations in the United States, Europe and China to using only solar and other renewable energy by 2020. With its announcement Thursday, the tech giant joins Apple and other Silicon Valley companies in making such a commitment, but it faces bigger challenges due to its vast factory network,...

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‘Norman,’ when artificial intelligence goes psycho

SAN FRANCISCO: No, it's not a new horror film. It´s Norman: also known as the first psychopathic artificial intelligence, just unveiled by US researchers. The goal is to explain in layman's terms how algorithms are made and to make people aware of AI's potential dangers. Norman "represents a case study on the dangers of Artificial Intelligence gone wrong when biased...

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Deadly battles continue between gamers at E3 showcase

LOS ANGELES: Bandits, soldiers, demons, zombies, aliens and other enemies will be shot, stabbed, bludgeoned, incinerated, or even blow up on the show floor of the Electronic Entertainment Expo opening here Tuesday. Deadly conflicts played out with stunning arsenals in creative fictional settings remain at the heart of blockbuster action video games, with imagery getting richer and fight mechanics smoother...

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Yahoo Messenger is finally shutting down next month

Web Desk: Finally It's the end of an era for die-hard Yahoo users as the messaging app that many people probably didn't know still existed, is finally shutting down for good. The company announced last week that it will end support for Yahoo Messenger after July 17, 2018. While you can keep using the service until then, after that point...

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Despite Trump deal, China’s ZTE, Huawei to face closed doors in US market

Chinese telecoms companies like ZTE and Huawei face severely tightened access to the US market despite the Trump administration's deal this week to give ZTE a lifeline after it agreed to a steep fine. Amid persistent worries that their phones, routers and other products will open a path for Beijing's spying on the United States, analysts say the US government...

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Blockbuster antitrust trial impact to go beyond AT&T, Time Warner

With a judge set to rule in the trial over the merger of AT&T and Time Warner, any decision could have a far-reaching impact on the media and communications sector and the future course of antitrust enforcement. US District Judge Richard Leon is set to announce his verdict June 12 in the $85 billion merger of wireless and broadband giant...

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Anti-meddling task force set up ahead of Australian by-elections to prevent Cyber attacks

MELBOURNE: Australia has established a security task force to guard against cyber attacks and interference in elections, the government said on Saturday, amid concerns foreign powers are meddling in domestic affairs and ahead of five elections next month. The newly-created Electoral Integrity Task Force will identify and address risks to Australia’s electoral process, a Department of Home Affairs spokesperson told...

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China’s ZTE vows to clean up its act following US deal

China's ZTE has pledged to dish out internal punishments and address flaws in its corporate culture after Washington and Beijing reached a deal to ease sanctions that had pushed the telecoms equipment maker to the brink of collapse. Washington in April banned the sale of crucial US components to ZTE for seven years after finding it had failed to take...

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Negative social media experiences linked to depression

Negative experiences on social media carry more weight than positive interactions when it comes to the likelihood of young adults reporting depressive symptoms, according to a new study. The findings, published in the journal Depression and Anxiety, suggests that negative experiences on social media were associated with depressive symptoms. "We found that positive experiences on social media were not related...

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FB admits privacy settings ‘bug’ affecting 14 million users

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook acknowledged Thursday a software glitch that changed the settings of some 14 million users, potentially making some posts public even if they were intended to be private. The news marked the latest in a series of privacy embarrassments for the world’s biggest social network, which has faced a firestorm over the hijacking of personal data on tens...

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Amazon to show live Premier League football matches

LONDON: Amazon has secured the rights to show English Premier League football matches for the first time in further evidence of their financial might in the bidding wars for sports events, the league said Thursday. The giant online retailer will show 20 Premier League matches a season for three years, starting from the 2019/20 season. The US company is the...

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Facebook confirms data sharing with Chinese companies

WASHINGTON: Facebook Inc said Tuesday it has data sharing partnerships with at least four Chinese companies including Huawei, the world’s third largest smartphone maker, which has come under scrutiny from US intelligence agencies on security concerns. The social media company said Huawei, computer maker Lenovo Group, and smartphone makers OPPO and TCL Corp were among about 60 companies worldwide that...

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Germany’s Continental bans WhatsApp from work phones

FRANKFURT: German car parts supplier Continental on Tuesday said it was banning the use of WhatsApp and Snapchat on work-issued mobile phones "with immediate effect" because of data protection concerns. The company said such social media apps had "deficiencies" that made it difficult to comply with tough new EU data protection legislation, especially their insistence on having access to a...

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SpaceX defers plan to send tourists around Moon: US media

WASHINGTON: SpaceX will not send tourists around the Moon this year as previously announced, and will delay the project until the middle of next year, US media reported on Monday. "A new timetable for the flight -- now postponed until at least mid-2019 and likely longer -- hasn´t been released" by the California-based company, said the report in The Wall...

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Japan works to launch driverless car system in Tokyo by 2020

TOKYO: A self-driving car service could be on Tokyo’s public roads in time for the 2020 Olympics as Japan looks to drive investment in new technology to drive economic growth, according to a government strategic review announced on Monday. The strategy, presented at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, also includes plans to allow the development of virtual...

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Long-soaring smartphone market heading to earth

SAN FRANCISCO: After a decade of sizzling growth, the smartphone market has suddenly cooled. Surveys show smartphone sales last year shrank slightly for the first time since the 2007 debut of the iPhone, and preliminary data this year suggests further deceleration. Analysts say several factors have hit the smartphone market including the lack of new features that wow consumers, people...

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