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China lacks a US-style credit scoring system. But big data and AI are filling the gap.

Even China's top search engine is getting in on the action.

Artificial Intelligence

Baidu open sources its deep learning platform PaddlePaddle

Taking a cue from some of its U.S. peers like Google, Chinese Internet search giant Baidu has decided to open source its deep learning platform.<p>The …

NASA preps Orion heat shield for its first flight aboard the SLS

The Orion capsule's heat shield survived its test flight back in December just fine. In fact, Orion Program Manager Mark Kirasich says it "met every expectation" during reentry, enduring temperatures that reached 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Thanks to the data NASA gathered from the same test, though, …

'Uberisation' of economies pinching state tax revenues

The so-called "Uberisation" of commerce is both rising in volume and spreading across an ever-larger number of sectors -- ranging from apartment, car and power tool sharing to money lending and food services.<p>Increasingly popular trade directly between individuals is challenging the paradigm of …

Power Tools

Get ready to watch all your favorite TV shows in virtual reality

Hulu and Netflix are jumping on the virtual reality train. All aboard, early adopters.<p>Both streaming video services will soon offer virtual reality …

YouTube ad-free subscription service said to launch on October 22nd

YouTube is expected to release a subscription service that will get rid of ads; there is no secret there. The rumors have been going strong about it. The issue is so far all we have gotten is a general sense of the idea. Needless to say we have been itching for more details, and today we might be …

YouTube Red

This was one of the moments Steve Jobs realized he could change the world

One of those old interviews was shared by venture capitalist Chris Dixon on his blog Friday, under the title, "It all blossomed out of this tiny little seed."<p>The video is part of a documentary filmed in 1985, the year Jobs was ousted from Apple to found a new computer company called NeXT.<p>In the …

Apple II

Scientists have found a way to see through opaque material using light

Practical applications are still a long way off<p>Scientists at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have found a way to see through opaque barriers, <i>Nature</i> reports. This is done by recording wavelengths from visible light, which can pass through solid material like paint or skin. Researchers …

Nanotech

Opinion

<i>(Arvind Kejriwal is former Chief Minister of Delhi and Convener of the Aam Aadmi Party.)</i><p>About a year ago, thousands of young men and women in Delhi …

The best iPad apps for teachers

If you are a teacher, or on your way to becoming one, then check out our list of the best iPad apps for teachers.<p>It’s the assistant you thought you’d …

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: An Enduring Paradox of Indian Politics

<b>New Delhi:</b> The poet-politician, the man who made India a declared nuclear state and almost went to war with Pakistan before making a dramatic gesture …

Microsoft continues to target the MacBook Air w/ new Surface Pro 3 ‘Switch’ site

Microsoft has never been shy about trying to convert MacBook Air users into Surface Pro 3 users. Despite being in a room filled with MacBooks, Microsoft targeted Apple’s laptop head-on at its initial Surface Pro 3 announcement event.<p>Now Microsoft is further highlighting the differences between the …

Severe Cold Wave Intensifies in Parts of North India

<b>New Delhi:</b> A cold wave has intensified its grip in several parts of north India, affecting states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana.<p>The extreme …

Exclusive - India looks to sway Americans with nuclear power insurance plan

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India is offering to set up an insurance pool to indemnify global nuclear suppliers against liability in the case of a nuclear accident, in a bid to unblock billions of dollars in trade held up by concerns over exposure to risk.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he hosts a …

Japan, South Korea condemn Sony hack; Chinese paper says movie is senseless

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and South Korea condemned a hacking attack on Sony Pictures that the United States has blamed on North Korea and said they would cooperate in international efforts against cyber-crime as asked for by Washington.<p>The government of China, North Korea’s only major ally, has yet …

US drone strike in Pakistan kills 5 militants

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A U.S. drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least five Taliban fighters, two security officials said.<p>In a separate operation, the military said Pakistani security forces killed five "terrorists" on the outskirts of Peshawar, …

North Korea says to boost nuclear power to counter U.S. hostile policy | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea vowed on Saturday to boost its “nuclear power” to counter Washington’s hostile policy, saying it had become apparent the United States aimed to invade the North under the guise of human rights abuses.<p>North Korean leader Kim Jong-un waves to the people during a parade …

India PM Modi's party distances itself from religious conversions | Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party said on Saturday it does not support forceful religious conversions, distancing itself from a sensitive issue that has drawn sharp criticism from opposition parties and hurt the government’s reform agenda.<p>Indian Prime Minister …

Russia dismisses new US sanctions as useless

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Saturday dismissed new U.S. sanctions as useless and said it was poised to wait as long as it takes for the U.S. to recognize its historic right to the Crimean peninsula.<p>Following several rounds of sanctions earlier this year, President Barack Obama on Friday approved new …

Facebook Dumps Microsoft

Back in 2007, Microsoft invested $240 million in Facebook for a 1.6% stake. It valued Facebook at $15 billion, and everybody laughed.<p>Now, Facebook is worth over $200 billion, and that little investment turns out to be the best-performing equity investment Steve Ballmer ever made as CEO of Microsoft.<p>…

Software

NASA Photos Show New Signs Of A Lake On Mars

Signs of water currents and sediments are seen in the latest photos NASA's Curiosity rover sent home from Mars, the space agency said Monday. The images suggest "ancient Mars maintained a climate that could have produced long-lasting lakes," NASA says.<p>In the huge Gale Crater where Curiosity has …

Samsung Leads $17M Investment In Battery Startup For More Efficient, Less Flammable Electric Cars

Any advancements in battery technology is slow going. Between the time and money it takes to get the technology off the ground, startups in this area have a long road to tread.<p>Today, it looks like battery startup Seeo is getting a bit more time with a $17 million Series E investment. Samsung …

The secret of Google Maps' accuracy revealed

The maps we use to navigate have come a long way in a short time. Since the '90s we've gone from glove boxes stuffed with paper maps to floorboards …

Apple wins patent for 3D iPhone UI w/ motion gestures, reassigns PrimeSense 3D mapping patent

Apple was today awarded a patent for touch-free, motion sensing gestures within 3D GUI concepts just as the company reassigns a patent related to 3D mapping technologies that it picked up through its acquisition of PrimeSense.<p>We first told you about Apple’s patent application for a “Sensor Based …

Obama's shifting views on torture: how the candidate lost his way as president

When a fiery young presidential candidate called Barack Obama said he would not want his first term as president “consumed” by a witch hunt into torture, many observers took it as a sign he would carry out his promised truth and reconciliation exercise quickly if elected.<p>“If I found out that there …

Sony hack snowballs as movie scripts, celebrity phone numbers leaked

Sony Pictures is in full-blown damage-control mode and has called an all-hands meeting following another huge leak of sensitive, confidential info. The new trove of data released by the so-called GOP (Guardians of Peace) includes more private employee info, actor phone numbers and traveling …

Hackers demand Sony cancel release of Kim Jong-un-baiting comedy

Hollywood studio Sony has been told to cancel the release of its “movie of terrorism” – a reference to the Kim Jong-un-baiting comedy The Interview – in a message purporting to be from hackers who recently broke into the company’s systems and stole millions of dollars’ worth of sensitive data.<p>The …

Did Apple drop Google Maps for good? Apple Maps now rolling out on iCloud.com

Apple appears to have finally dropped Google Maps from iCloud.com, replacing it with its own in-house maps almost two years after removing Google Maps from iOS and most of its other products. Apple started slowly rolling out the feature to its iCloud beta site for select users earlier this year …

Flipboard Adds The Wall Street Journal To Its News Discovery Apps

Flipboard has spent the last several years tying to convince publishers the value of having their content show up in its apps. Today the Wall Street Journal, one of the last major holdouts in the U.S., will allow Flipboard users to view its news stories there.<p>For Flipboard, the addition of WSJ …

Social Marketing Startup Tiger Pistol Raises $3.1M As It Plans For US Growth

Tiger Pistol, a startup offering social marketing tools for small businesses, is announcing that it has raised $3.1 million in Series A funding.<p>The company started in Melbourne, Australia, and I first covered it in 2012, when it left beta testing. Since then, Tiger Pistol (named after the tiger …