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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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Facebook to eliminate transaction fees on donations

Facebook announced that it has eliminated transaction fees on donations made to non-profit organizations through its platform. According to news from Reuters, this is a change that could help the social media network expand its presence in online fundraising. Facebook had been charging a 5 percent transaction fee on donations made to non-profits via its website or app. However, it...

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Toyota showcases humanoid robot that mirrors user

TOKYO: Japanese auto giant Toyota Wednesday showcased a humanoid robot that can mirror its user's movements, a product it says has uses as varied as elderly care and disaster response. The T-HR3 can be controlled by a wearable system that allows users to operate the entire robot in real-time by simply moving their own limbs. It is one of the...

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Report says millions of insecure gadgets exposed in European cities

LONDON: A year after a wave of denial-of-service attacks knocked out major websites around the world, millions of unsecured printers, network gear and webcams remain undefended against attack across major European cities, a report published on Tuesday said. Computer security company Trend Micro said that Berlin has more than 2.8 million insecure devices, followed closely by London with more than...

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Facebook to expand artificial intelligence to help prevent suicide

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc will expand its pattern recognition software to other countries after successful tests in the U.S. to detect users with suicidal intent, the world’s largest social media network said on Monday. Facebook began testing the software in the United States in March, when the company started scanning the text of Facebook posts and comments for phrases that...

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German car makers warned of possible battery materials shortage

The German car industry risks running short of key raw materials for automotive batteries, hampering a planned boost in the production of electric vehicles (EVs), Germany’s largest industry association BDI warned. “The risk of running into bottlenecks in raw material supply is increasing because demand is growing faster than production capacity,” Matthias Wachter, head of security and raw materials at...

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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube restored in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Sunday evening finally announced to restore social media websites after temporary outage since the countrywide protests against Faizabad sit-in operation. The PTA issued the orders to restore the access of social media websites in the all big and small cities. Earlier today, social media websites Youtube, Facebook and Twitter remain accessible in Pakistan  after...

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Youtube, FB, Twitter goes down in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Youtube, Facebook and Twitter have gone down, as these three important social website network were closed down, following Dharna Clean up by the government on Saturday According to sources, the government has put ban on these social networking as the supporters of this protest tend to use it as a propagandist tool in conveying their messages. Recently these social...

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Elon Musk beats deadline for building world´s biggest battery

SYDNEY: Entrepreneur Elon Musk has won a US$50 million bet by beating a 100-day deadline for building a giant battery to help South Australia avoid energy blackouts, officials said. State Premier Jay Weatherill said testing of the massive lithium ion battery would begin within days, ahead of the December 1 deadline Musk set for himself when he signed off on...

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Mafia spectre haunting Italy spreading to cyberspace

MILAN: A week after the death of Cosa Nostra boss Toto Riina, key figures in Italy´s judiciary and police have warned the mafia´s tentacles are extending into the virtual world. Gangrenous and omnipresent in the south, the country´s various criminal networks are as powerful as ever and are also developing in the wealthier, industrialised north, a major conference on the...

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Facebook working on a new shortcut to tag friends in comments

A hidden feature in Facebook suggests the social networking site is experimenting with a new way to tag friends in comments. Let’s recap: currently, to mention someone, you just need to type ‘@’ and then the person’s name. But a new feature, which is buried deeply within the site, takes a different tack and introduces a new “Mention a friend”...

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