Mauricio Rubio

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China will track its citizens' every move with a new facial recognition system

After leading the charge globally in manufacturing hardware, China has its sights set on a major technological achievement: developing a facial recognition system to visually identify all 1.3 billion citizens nationwide.<p>South China Morning Post noted that the project has been in the works since …

Surveillance

You can get the tiny house of your dreams on Amazon

Home buying is down among millennials, but maybe Amazon can offer a ray of hope.<p>The online retailer sells pre-fabricated houses for between about $3,500 to $36,000 in different sizes and styles, so you can pick out your dream home from the comfort of your couch or bed, and get it delivered.<p>It’s a …

Amazon

Excess data fees almost double as Aussies go mobile

Aussies were slugged with $259 million in excess mobile data charges in the last 12 months, almost double the year before, as they continue to …

Mobile

Apple is putting the finishing touches on its $5 billion campus — including private basketball courts

Apple is putting the finishing touches on its new "spaceship" headquarters, a little over a month after the company invited journalists and guests to its on-campus theater for the iPhone X launch.<p>Paths are being paved, trees are being planted, and auxiliary buildings have been finished in the …

Apple Park

This Blockchain-Based Energy Platform Is Building A Peer-To-Peer Grid

WePower is creating a new cryptocurrency to help facilitate a more democratic system of funding and buying renewable energy.<p>Residential solar customers are already used to selling power back to the grid. When their rooftop panels produce more electricity than is needed at any time, they can send …

Renewable Energy

After listening to 25,000 pitches, Richard Branson has a simple tip for entrepreneurs

The spark that created one of the fastest growing companies in Richard Branson's Virgin empire came courtesy of a beer coaster.<p>In his new autobiography, Finding My Virginity," the billionaire entrepreneur recalls the story of the "the beer mat pitch."<p>At the time of the pitch, Brett Godfrey was the …

Richard Branson

Microsoft responded quietly after detecting secret database hack in 2013

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's secret internal database for tracking bugs in its own software was broken into by a highly sophisticated hacking group more than four years ago, according to five former employees, in only the second known breach of such a corporate database.<p>The company did not disclose …

Microsoft

This is How a French Billionaire Retires

French billionaire Vincent Bollore plans to retire on Feb. 17, 2022, the 200th anniversary of his family-held Bollore Group. Before handing his …

Silvio Berlusconi

Kate Winslet says she deliberately didn't thank Harvey Weinstein when she won an Oscar in 2009

Kate Winslet has revealed she deliberately refused to thank Harvey Weinstein while accepting her Oscar as the disgraced film producer had been “bullying and nasty.”<p>The actress, who rose to fame for her role in <i>Titanic</i>, chose not to mention the acclaimed movie mogul when accepting the gong for Best …

Kate Winslet

LG V30 review: groundbreaking phone with a deal-breaking flaw

LG keeps flirting with greatness, but refuses to commit<p>The LG V30 is a phone with soul.<p>And funk and punk. And rap and rock. And jazz and blues. This is the best-sounding smartphone that’s ever been made, and it also has LG’s finest industrial design to date. The V30 is distinctive, modern, and …

Phones

Samsung Connect Tag tracks your kid or pet for up to seven days per charge

A first to use narrowband network technology<p>Samsung will release a trackable tag that it says is the first consumer mobile product to use narrowband network technology (NB-IoT). Narrowband networks connect Internet of Things devices through cellular communication bands. The networks are designed …

Internet of Things

A top economist just put the fight against poverty in stunning perspective

There are dozens of ways to measure humanity's progress over the last couple centuries, including reductions in childhood mortality, disease, and hunger.<p>But one of the most striking signs is the progress we've made in combatting extreme poverty.<p>In honor of International Day for the Eradication of …

Poverty

Apple ordered to pay $440 million to FaceTime patent troll

VirnetX's seemingly endless FaceTime patent lawsuit against Apple is winding down... sort of. An Eastern District of Texas court has denied all of Apple's motions to end the case in a non-infringement ruling or retrial, leaving the tech giant with a final judgment that orders it to pay VirnetX …

Patents

NAFTA trade ministers to square off over hard-line U.S. demands

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Trade ministers from the United States, Canada and Mexico wrap up a contentious round of NAFTA trade talks on Tuesday marked by aggressive U.S. demands that have left the future of the 23-year-old free trade pact in doubt.<p>The proposals to drastically reshape the North …

Robert Lighthizer

Google Maps Shows Walking Distance As Calories And People Are Pissed

For people who don't want to see the calorie-counting feature, there appears to be no way to turn it off.<p>The calorie count shows up on the map if the driving directions you've requested cover a short distance. If you already have walking selected, the calories are shown in the step-by-step …

Google

The iPhone 7 is reportedly outselling the iPhone 8

It's likely Apple fans are holding out for the iPhone X instead.<p>iPhone 8? Big deal. More people are buying last year's iPhone 7 than the newly released 8, reports Reuters citing analysis from KeyBanc Capital Markets and carrier surveys conducted in the US and UK.<p>This bucks the usual trend of new …

IPhone 8

'Monogamy is hard':Pink gets real about sex and marriage

She's been candid about everything from breastfeeding shaming to the ridiculous pressure mums face to lose the baby weight. But now, Pink has opened …

Marriage

If Donald Trump strikes North Korea there is only one outcome

Seven members of the US Congress met for an informal dinner last Wednesday. They took off their jackets and ties and ordered Chinese takeaway. While …

North Korea

Egypt's capital Cairo is worst megacity for women worldwide, London best

The Egyptian capital Cairo is the world's most dangerous megacity for women, with high rates of harassment and a lack of opportunities. In the …

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Russia hopes to launch its own digital currency

Russia has been talking openly about the prospect of creating its own cryptocurrency, and it looks like the country might turn those words into action. Local news outlets report that Communications Minister Nikolay Nikiforov has confirmed plans to launch a state-controlled digital currency. Don't …

Cryptocurrency

Why Norway is teaching travellers to travel

Trolltunga is one of Norway’s most famous geological sites – and one of its most controversial.<p>We reached Trolltunga after seven hours, 13.5km and 1,000m of elevation gain. The fog rolled in as a line of 35 people waited to take their picture on the iconic cliff. Translating to ‘Troll’s Tongue’, …

Travel

Australia's house prices surged 6,556 per cent since the 1960s, BIS says

Australian housing prices have surged by a massive 6,556 per cent since the early 1960s — an average increase of 8.1 per cent every year.<p>Compared to …

Housing

Alleged image of upcoming Razer smartphone leaked

All the way back in January, Razer acquired smartphone startup Nextbit for an undisclosed amount. Nextbit's only product to date was the Robin, so …

Tablets

India's Startups Are Filing More Patents Than Ever Before -- Here's Why

Abhishek Satish and Adarsh Warrier were students pursuing engineering in the south Indian town of Vellore when they founded Vicara – a startup that develops wearable technology devices. Soon after, Satish and Warrier filed a patent for a gesture recognition device they’d created called Kai. “When …

Patents

'Not on my watch': Health Minister rules out legalising e-cigarettes - Hack - triple j

Health Minister Greg Hunt says he will never lift the ban on e-cigarettes despite an ongoing Senate inquiry into their use.<p>Minister Hunt told <i>Hack</i>: …

Public Health

Monday morning rush hour travel delays on the Tube and trains

London commuters are facing disruption across transport networks this morning, with severe delays on two Tube lines.<p>There are severe delays on the …

Trains

Relief for migrants as citizenship bill seems doomed

Under the current citizenship law, Shruti Vaidya would have become eligible to apply for her Australian citizenship in August, just over a hundred …

Nick Xenophon Team

Bitcoin Booms in Evolving Markets

As far as adoption goes, Bitcoin follows a familiar pattern. Populous, first world countries in North America, Europe and Asia were first to catch …

Cryptocurrency

North Korea threatens response to joint military drills

War games between US and South Korea are about to start despite fears Kim Jong-un will retaliate with a missile launch on Wednesday.<p>Today the allied …

North Korea

Newlyweds’ X-rated wedding pics ruin it for all of us

Mark and Samantha Simons tied the knot earlier this year and set up the cheeky shot at sunset, <i>The Sun</i> reports.<p>Fellow Brits Matthew and Carly Lunn, …

Weddings