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AI, virtual reality make inroads in tourism sector

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:41:44 EST

A hotel room automatically adjusting to the tastes of each guest, virtual reality headsets as brochures: the tourism sector is starting to embrace new technologies, hoping to benefit from lucrative personal data.



Airbus to get '10 years of visibility' from Emirates deal: CEO

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:39:37 EST

A $16 billion deal with Emirates airline for A380 superjumbos will give Airbus "at least 10 years of visibility", the European manufacturer's CEO Tom Enders said in an interview published Sunday.



Facebook to let users rank 'trust' in news sources

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:32:50 EST

Facebook announced Friday it will ask its two billion users to rank their trust in news sources, in its latest attempt to combat the spread of misinformation on the social network.



Europe brings on charm and blue skies to lure Chinese tourists

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:31:01 EST

Chinese tourists are big spenders and with the numbers visiting Europe set to soar by nearly 70 percent over the next five years, the countries of the Old Continent are rolling out the red carpet to make the guests feel welcome.



Chinese national sentenced to prison for stealing software code

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:30:13 EST

A Chinese national was sentenced to five years in prison on economic espionage charges in connection with the theft of proprietary software code from a US technology company, officials said Friday.



Missouri offered about $2.5 billion in incentives to Amazon

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:28:55 EST

The state of Missouri offered Amazon nearly $2.5 billion in incentives spread over 10 years in its failed bid to lure the company's second headquarters to the state, according to figures released Friday by the state Department of Economic Development.



Facebook 'fix' needed, early investor Roger McNamee says

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:30:01 EST

Roger McNamee, founding partner of Elevation Partners and an early investor in Facebook, is making lots of noise about how to "fix" Facebook.



Dallas-based Skratch app helps busy teens find jobs in their neighborhoods

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:30:01 EST

Miranda Alfaro said she's had a difficult time finding a part-time job that fits her busy academic schedule.



SEC letter shows bitcoin funds won't happen soon, if ever

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:58:16 EST

It may be a while, if ever, before investors can buy an exchange-traded fund made up of bitcoin and other digital currencies.



Visa joins other major credit cards in getting rid of signature requirement

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:30:02 EST

The days of signing the receipt after a credit card purchase are numbered.



California congressman wants to ask Intel, AMD and ARM about Meltdown and Spectre

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:50:01 EST

A California congressman wants to meet with the Top 3 microchip makers to better understand the implications of two security flaws that affect almost all computing devices in the world.



Workers at Apple supplier complain of unsafe conditions

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:40:01 EST

For the second time in three months, Apple is facing questions about working conditions at its Chinese suppliers.



Microsoft, Alibaba AI programs beat humans in a Stanford reading test

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:30:02 EST

First, they beat us at chess. Then it was Go. Now it's basic reading comprehension.



More self-driving tech in VW's next-generation Golf

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:50:01 EST

The world's biggest carmaker Volkswagen said Friday it would stuff even more technology into the next generation of its top-selling Golf model, bringing so-called "connected driving" deeper into the mainstream.



Instagram, Google+ join EU group fighting hate speech

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:47:34 EST

Facebook's Instagram and the Google+ social network have agreed to join an EU-sponsored group of US internet giants to combat online extremism, EU officials said Friday.



Amazon raises monthly Prime membership fees by 20 percent

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:02:59 EST

Amazon is raising the price of its Prime membership monthly plan by nearly 20 percent. The fee of $99 for an annual membership will not change, the company said Friday.



Melted nuclear fuel seen inside second Fukushima reactor

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:53:59 EST

The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Friday that a long telescopic probe successfully captured images of what is most likely melted fuel inside one of its three damaged reactors, providing limited but crucial information for its cleanup.



India's Reliance posts 25% rise in profits, Jio turns profitable

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:51:43 EST

Indian oil-to-telecom conglomerate Reliance Industries on Friday beat analyst estimates to post a 25 percent rise in consolidated net profit, aided by its telecom start-up Jio turning profitable within 17 months of its launch.



Asocial media

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:14:26 EST

The incidence of abusive commentary on social media is rising. Media specialists Carsten Reinemann and Christoph Neuberger are exploring the grounds for this development, and have invited journalist Dunja Hayali to discuss the issue.



Detect locally, protect globally

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:37:02 EST

When infectious diseases strike, the World Health Organization acts swiftly, coordinating with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its foreign counterparts to contain the threat. But there is no equivalent international organization similarly dedicated to identifying and mitigating a cyberattack.



Using haptic feedback joysticks to fly drones

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:35:58 EST

A new joystick developed by startup MotionPilot lets users fly drones with just one hand in a fun, intuitive way. One version of this device includes a haptic feedback mechanism that gives users a sense of the drone's position as it moves through the air. Drone aficionados were recently impressed by a prototype, and the device could hit the market soon.



Identifying structural defects during driving electronic devices

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:42:18 EST

A research team from Korea has discovered the blocking phenomenon of electrons generated during high-speed driving of oxide semiconductors and proved its causes for the first time in the world. It is expected to be used for the commercialization of next-generation intelligent electronic devices.



Mesoporous interface mitigates the impact of defects in perovskite solar cells

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:10:01 EST

The nominal cell operating life of perovskite solar cells is strongly influenced by their inner architecture. This was shown by two scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and the Technical University of Munich. They combined experiments with numerical simulations in order to explain this observation.



Engineers invent tiny vision processing chip for ultra-small smart vision systems and IoT applications

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:12:47 EST

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a novel microchip named EQSCALE that can capture visual details from video frames with extremely low power consumption. The video feature extractor uses 20 times less power than existing best-in-class chips, so it only requires a tiny battery. It could reduce the size of smart vision systems down to the millimetre range. For example, it can be powered continuously by a millimetre-sized solar cell without the need for battery replacement.



UK retail sales slide in December after Black Friday boost

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:54:30 EST

British retail sales slid 1.5 percent in December from the previous month after consumers had brought forward their Christmas shopping, official data showed Friday.



HSBC in $100 million forex fraud settlement

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:50:02 EST

British financial giant HSBC has agreed to pay more than $100 million to US authorities after admitting to defrauding clients during multi-billion-dollar foreign exchange transactions, the Justice Department announced Thursday.



Amazon's potential HQ2 sites leaves many cities disappointed

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:40:16 EST

Amazon's move to whittle its list for a second headquarters leaves more than 200 municipalities disappointed. Here are statements from some of the places that didn't make the tech giant's cut to 20 contenders:



Maybe next time: Cities see failed Amazon bids as trial runs

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:40:00 EST

For some of the 200-plus cities knocked out of the running for Amazon's second headquarters, the effort may turn out to be a trial run for other opportunities. But they're advised not make the same kind of promises to just anyone.



Google, Tencent eye collaboration on new technologies

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:39:03 EST

Internet titans Google and Tencent on Friday signalled possible future collaboration on developing new technologies as the US and Chinese firms announced a long-term patent-sharing agreement.



SoftBank's acquisition of 15 percent of Uber closes

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:30:01 EST

Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank says it has closed a deal to acquire 15 percent of Uber.