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Technologists are developing a fleet of 'roboats' to operate along the canals of Amsterdam. Such boats could collect garbage or self-assemble into floating structures, signalling the future of transportation in waterway-rich cities.

Facebook ready to launch its first cryptocurrency

Facebook is soon to roll out its new cryptocurrency, with June 18, 2019 being the expected date for details to emerge, although the official release may not be until 2020. Multiple investors are lined up to support the project.

'Hurry up!': G20 urged to speed up digital tax

Top G20 finance officials agreed Saturday there was an urgent need to find a global system to tax internet giants like Google and Facebook but clashed on the best way to do it.

Microsoft removes a database of millions of facial images

Earlier in the week Microsoft removed a database of more than ten million faces. The database was used to test and train facial recognition algorithms. The database was known as MS Celeb.

NASA announces it's opening the Space Station to tourism

For a mere $35,000 per night, tourists will now be able to visit the International Space Station (ISS), NASA announced on Friday. The price does not include transportation, which will run around $85,000.

Google maps to provide earthquake tracking service

Live in an area here there is an earthquake risk? Not sure when to travel? No need to be concerned, Google has an app for that - or at least an adaptation of Google Maps.

Op-Ed: China's Huawei signs 5G deal with largest Russian mobile operator

The gloom surrounding the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei was somewhat dispelled this week as the company has signed a 5G development deal with MTS Russia's largest mobile operator.

Big growth in people-finding websites

Want to run a background check on some one? Wish to know what your neighbour is up to? There are solutions for that in terms of people-finding search engines and this market is becoming big business, despite the privacy issues that come with it.

China grants 5G licences for commercial use

China on Thursday granted 5G commercial licences to four domestic companies, taking a big step in its bid to be a global leader in next generation wireless networks amid fierce rivalry from the United States.

Apple pulls plug on iTunes, what happens to the music library?

Apple Music has pulled the plug on iTunes after 18 years in service. The pondering question is as follows: "what happens to all of one's music?"

Q&A: Developing apps for baby boomers to use Special

There are some 41 million baby boomers in the U.S. workforce, many of whom are grappling with an ever-changing workplace filled with strange, new apps, software and processes. App developers need to take note, says Matt Fairhurst of Skedulo.

Amazon says drone deliveries coming 'within months'

Amazon said Wednesday it expects to begin large-scale deliveries by drone in the coming months as it unveiled its newest design for its "Prime Air" fleet.

New V-shaped airplane will use less fuel than the Airbus A350

A new V-shaped airplane is being developed by TU-Delft and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The improved aerodynamic shape and reduced weight will mean the craft uses 20% less fuel than the Airbus A350, which is today’s most advanced aircraft.

British art dealer unveils pioneering robot artist

Billed as "one of the most exciting artists of our time", Ai-Da differs from generations of past masters in one inescapable way: she is a robot.

IKEA to build robotic furniture for use in small areas

The Swedish furniture giant Ikea is introducing a new furniture line called Rogran that is being developed in cooperation with the US furniture startup Ori Living.

Twitter buys startup to quickly spot fake news

Twitter has acquired the technology startup Fabula AI, which uses machine learning to help detect the spread of misinformation online. This is part of Twitter's strategy to rein in some of the fake news content that appears across its channels.

Op-Ed: Not just about iPhones - Apple will diversify to evolve

Apple surprised the markets with better than expected revenue this week, but the future of Apple is looking very different from the current model. A new direction is moving on from being “a phone company” into more advanced fields of business.

Russia requires Tinder to share users' data with security services

Popular dating app Tinder is now required to share users' data with Russian security services after being placed on an official register, the country's telecoms watchdog said Monday.

Creating tunable graphene for next-gen electronics

Much has been spoken about graphene and its remarkable properties. With electronics, to be truly useful graphene would need to carry an electric current that switches on and off, as with silicon. Researchers are devising a laser-method to do just that.

US ban has 'no effect' on Huawei's aviation business: official

US moves against Chinese tech titan Huawei have had "no effect" on the firm's aviation business despite several countries taking steps to block its mobile services, a top company executive said Monday.

Google server trouble snarls YouTube, Snapchat

Congested Google servers in the eastern United States caused problems for users of Snapchat and YouTube on Sunday, with complaints on social media that the popular apps weren't accessible.

Op-Ed: Microsoft has yet to make an official announcement on Huawei

Because of the recent US trade ban, Huawei has lost almost all of its large US partners including Google, Corning, and ARM creating a crisis for the company. However, some major partners are laying low among the largest is Microsoft.

Sensor-packed glove learns to grasp like a human

On a mission to improve robotics, researchers have developed a sensor-packed glove that can learn the signatures of the human grasp. The sensors will work with a neural network to identify objects by touch.

AI can now catch 90 percent of essay paper cheats

If you are ever tempted to cheat on a written exam or a submitted assignment, then be careful. New research shows that artificial intelligence is now 90 percent certain to nab you.

Connected champagne putting a cork in bogus bubbly

Champagne is now connected: Thanks to tracking technology, champagne houses now have tools to better guard against fraud while gaining a new channel to interact with their customers.

Trump urges UK to be 'very careful' over Huawei and 5G

US president Donald Trump urged Britain to be "very careful" about involving Chinese tech giant Huawei in its new 5G network, in an interview published Saturday ahead of his state visit to London.

Microsoft issues warning about new wormable vulnerability

Microsoft has taken the unusual step to issue a second advisory note in the same month, calling on users of Windows to urgently update their operating systems in order to avoid a new “wormable” vulnerability.

Developing ethics for tech industry must begin in the classroom

How can the the technology sector ensure that ethical principles are built into the design of products and, most importantly, with the shape of artificial intelligence? According to one academic, this must begin at school.

US preparing antitrust probe of Google: report

The US Department of Justice is preparing an antitrust investigation of Internet titan Google, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

China planning counter measures against US trade policies

The trade war between China and the United States appears about to intensify soon, as China is taking steps to retaliated for such measures as the ban on doing business with its telecommunications giant Huawei.

Collision sees technological transformation of creativity

While the more altruistic elements of technology continue to be pummelled in the court of public opinion, tech is trying to find its way forward. One path that could inspire people is technology tools for creative practice.

Mozilla executive shocked to learn what Alexa has been recording

A security executive working at Mozilla has said he was shocked to discover that recordings of his family had been made by Alexa and were being stored by Amazon. He adds that users of Amazon's Alexa need to be aware.

Are mobile phones bad for your health?

Are mobile devices good or bad for our health? To what extent are mobile devices changing the way we interact with technology? These are important, open ended, questions, and subject to different studies which are sometimes reaching different conclusions.

Google bans on marijuana apps from Play Store

Those Android device users wishing to trade in marijuana, or find suppliers, learn about new products, or event to seek general advice are going to be disappointed: Google has banned apps relating to marijuana and associated services.

Bitcoin jumps to over $9,000 but then falls to near $8,000

Bitcoin has had huge swings today reaching and breaking through $9,000 gaining about $500 dollars from its open and then falling to near the $8,000 level later today.

NASA gets $125 million to develop nuclear thermal propulsion

With additional congressional funding and industry support, nuclear thermal propulsion technology is making progress for potential use on future NASA deep space missions, although how it fits into the agency's exploration architectures remains uncertain.

Paris opens data center to host the city's digital services

Paris has established its own data center, designed to host the city's digital services and which will be run by local government officials. This is a strong sign that Paris wishes to chart and control its digital future.

Mahathir says Malaysia will use Huawei 'as much as possible'

Malaysia will continue using Huawei products "as much as possible," bucking a global trend prompted by security concerns and a US ban on the Chinese firm, the country's prime minister said Thursday.

Cameras and crackdowns: Another Tiananmen 'impossible' in China

Thirty years after the crackdown on Tiananmen protesters, the tanks that lined Beijing's central avenue have been replaced by countless surveillance cameras perched like hawks on lampposts to keep the population in check.

Review: Laptop carry bag with RFID shielding technology Special

The Captus rolltop backpack is designed to comfortably carry a 15" laptop or MacBook, plus having room for size 13 shoes. The backpack also features an RFID Shield protect personal data.

Cryptojacking: Latest trends in website security

Website attack attempts per day grew by 59 percent from January 2018 to December 2018, ending at a peak of 80 attacks per day and averaging 62 attacks per day for the year, according to analysis from SiteLock.
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