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Chinese brands have invaded Indonesia’s fast-growing smartphone market

If you’re looking for a market with smartphone sales growth potential then India usually comes to mind, but the market is moving forward with much promise in Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest country.<p>A new report from IDC shows that smartphones sales in the country accelerated by 13 percent …

Indonesia

The companies that dominate Chinese internet

While companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook are favored by most of the world, they are blocked in China. There, the titans of the internet are …

China

How Instagram is reshaping restaurant design

When it came time to design their first restaurant, Media Noche, San Francisco entrepreneurs Madelyn Markoe and Jessie Barker found themselves lacking inspiration. Their designer had asked them for ideas and they felt like “deer in headlights.” Ultimately, Markoe says, they came up with a single …

Restaurants

Google is using your entire search history to create a personalized news feed

Google, perhaps more than any other tech giant, knows an astonishing amount about you.<p>Your search history alone could be enough to paint a surprisingly vivid portrait of everything, from your current hobbies to your deepest darkest secrets. Not to mention everything you've ever done in Google's …

Google

A security robot just drowned itself, so score one for mankind

Humanity breathed a collective sigh of relief today as the robot army amassing to subjugate us under its shiny metal grip revealed an all-too-familiar Achilles heel: Crippling existential dread.<p>Or at least that's what it looks like.<p>What else could explain the July 17 actions of a Knightscope …

Robots

Security Robot Drowns in Fountain to Internet's Amusement

Twitter tributes have flooded in for a state of the art security robot that plunged wheel-over-nosecone into a shallow fountain near Washington D.C. …

Robots

Elon, Forget Killer Robots. Focus on the Real AI Problems

Imagine you had a chance to tell 50 of the most powerful politicians in America what urgent problem you think needs prompt government action. Elon …

Elon Musk

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook are racing to kill it

These are the quiet times.<p>From April to June, tech's biggest companies all held their annual mega-events, laying out their grand visions for the next 12 months or so.<p>Facebook kicked it off in late April with its F8 conference, followed by Microsoft Build, then the Google I/O conference, and Apple's …

Augmented Reality

Google Maps now can tell you the best time of day to travel to your destination

Maybe wait an hour or two before leaving?<p>Google is adding a new feature to Google Maps that not only tells you how to get somewhere or how long the trip should take, but when the best time to leave is (via <i>Android Police</i>).<p>The new feature is only available for Maps users on Android, and it pops up …

Google

Globalisation: the rise and fall of an idea that swept the world

It’s not just a populist backlash – many economists who once swore by free trade have changed their minds, too. How had they got it so wrong? By Nikil Saval<p>The annual January gathering of the World Economic Forum in Davos is usually a placid affair: a place for well-heeled participants to exchange …

Economics

Verily Robot Will Raise 20 Million Sterile Mosquitoes for Release in California - MIT Technology Review

Alphabet’s life sciences arm, Verily, says it has built a robot that can raise a million mosquitoes a week and has used it to produce infertile male …

EPA

Why robots won’t steal all our jobs

Don’t worry. The robots won’t destroy all our jobs. History suggests just the opposite — that new technologies inspire new jobs. So concludes a study from leading labor economists. It’s a useful antidote to widespread fears that robots and “artificial intelligence” will displace millions of workers …

Robots

The Rise and Fall of Working From Home - Bloomberg

Last year, Richard Laermer decided to let his employees work from home on a regular basis. "We hire adults, they shouldn't be tied to the office five …

The Workplace

What Artificial Intelligence Reveals About Urban Change

A team of Harvard and MIT researchers takes a new approach to figure out why some neighborhoods improve while others decline.<p>Google Street View is like an urban time machine. In the 10 years since it launched, it has captured howneighborhoods have transformed over time—for the better or for worse. …

Artificial Intelligence

AI and ‘Enormous Data’ Could Make Tech Giants Like Google Harder to Topple

Another week, another record-breaking AI research study released by Google—this time with results that are a reminder of a crucial business dynamic …

Machine Learning

India overtakes the USA to become Facebook’s top country

The latest figures that Facebook is reporting to advertisers indicate that India has overtaken the United States to become the platform’s largest country audience.<p>As of July 13th, Facebook is reporting a total “potential audience” of 241 million active users in India, compared to 240 million in the …

India

Internet of Sheep: Why world's biggest NB-IoT pilot is roping in woolly helpers | ZDNet

The world's largest Narrowband IoT pilot is under way in Norway's mountains, and involves 1,000 sheep.<p><i>The world's largest NB-IoT project involves</i> …

Internet of Things

Biology's Roiling Debate Over Publishing Research Early

Five years ago, Daniel MacArthur set out to build a massive library of human gene sequences—one of the biggest ever. The 60,706 raw sequences, …

Research

It's gas, not renewables, that's pushing up the price of power, says expert report

High gas prices, not high renewable energy prices, are responsible for the latest outsized increase in electricity prices, the second-largest on …

China just built a solar power array that looks like a panda

It’s the first of many planned panda power plants meant to get kids interested in green energy.<p>A Chinese solar power company has just completed the first phase of an ingenious PR stunt: building a 100MW solar power plant in the shape of a panda bear.<p>According to a release from the company, Panda …

Renewable Energy

Biased Algorithms Are Everywhere, and No One Seems to Care - MIT Technology Review

Opaque and potentially biased mathematical models are remaking our lives—and neither the companies responsible for developing them nor the government …

Intelligence

Google releases massive visual databases for machine learning

<i>This article was written by Richard Lawler. Richard's been tech obsessed since first laying hands on an Atari joystick.</i><i></i> .Millions of images and …

Machine Learning

New Report Suggests a Way to Make the Gig Economy More Fair - MIT Technology Review

The rise of the gig economy has given millions of people the opportunity to work flexible hours and earn money whenever they want. But it has also …

Gig Economy

Free robot lawyer helps low-income people tackle more than 1,000 legal issues

Shady businesses, you're on notice. This robot lawyer is coming after you if you play dirty.<p>Noted legal aid chatbot DoNotPay just announced a massive expansion, which will help users tackle issues in 1,000 legal areas entirely for free. The new features, which launched on Wednesday, cover consumer …

Chatbots

It Pays to Be Smart - MIT Technology Review

Our economy is increasingly ruled by a few dominant firms. We see them everywhere, from established giants Amazon, Facebook, Google, Apple, and …

Innovation

The Self-Driving Project That Could Help China Leapfrog the West - MIT Technology Review

The CEO of Baidu, Robin Li, arrived at his company’s first AI developer conference, held in Beijing this week, in a vehicle that has the potential to …

Baidu

Estonia – Running a Country Like a Start-up — e-Estonia

Estonia is one of the most digitally advanced nations in the world, with digital public services, online voting, blockchain-based healthcare records, …

Estonia

This Is How Google Wants to ‘Humanize’ Artificial Intelligence

Google’s plans a big research project aimed at making artificial intelligence more useful.<p>The search giant debuted an initiative on Monday that …

Artificial Intelligence

Tech companies wage war on disease-carrying mosquitoes

CHICAGO (Reuters) - American technology companies are bringing automation and robotics to the age-old task of battling mosquitoes in a bid to halt the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne maladies worldwide.<p>Firms including Microsoft Corp and California life sciences company Verily are forming …

Viruses