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Is Uber selling its Southeast Asia business to Grab?

If you read the tech press, you might have seen reports that Uber is pursuing a sale in Southeast Asia that would see Grab, its Singapore-headquartered rival valued at $6 billion, acquire Uber’s business in the region.<p>Rumors of such a tie-in have been rife for a while. Uber sold its China business …

South-east Asia

Imagining a future where AR, VR, and chatbots converge

Few emerging technologies generate as much buzz as augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and chatbots. Even so, it seems like these new technologies explode onto the public radar, then vanish as quickly as they arrive. Behind the scenes, though, companies and researchers are making ongoing …

Augmented Reality

ARKit could bring your nightmares into your living room

I’ve never seen <i>The Ring</i> because I’m a huge baby, but I’ve now watched a terrifying augmented reality demo of its main villain Samara coming out of the TV screen, just like in the movie. A developer named Abhishek Singh, who has created lots of AR experiences, tweeted his idea of <i>The Ring</i> in …

Augmented Reality

AI experts list the real dangers of artificial intelligence

A 100-page report written by artificial intelligence experts from industry and academia has a clear message: Every AI advance by the good guys is an advance for the bad guys, too.<p>The paper, titled “The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation,” calls this …

Artificial Intelligence

Intel did not tell U.S. cyber officials about chip flaws until made public

(Reuters) - Intel Corp did not inform U.S. cyber security officials of the so-called Meltdown and Spectre chip security flaws until they leaked to the public, six months after Alphabet Inc notified the chipmaker of the problems, according to letters sent by tech companies to lawmakers on …

Amazon.com Inc

Here Are the Next Cities to Get Amazon Go Cashier-Less Stores

Amazon’s attempts at creating a cashier-less convenient store that people actually want to go to are expanding to more cities.<p>The e-commerce giant …

Enterprise Tech

Control AI now or brace for nightmare future, experts warn

Rogue states, criminals and terrorists could use artificial intelligence to wreak havoc around the world, according to a new report.<p>More than two dozen experts from top universities and research organizations in the US and the UK wrote the alarming report about the malicious use of AI, which was …

Artificial Intelligence

Look At This Fantastic Minecraft City

Octovon, a group of <i>Minecraft</i> players so good at building maps that they’re available for commissions, are responsible for this absolute work of …

Minecraft

India hopes to become an AI powerhouse by copying China’s model

Artificial intelligence (AI) has finally caught the Indian government’s attention.<p>On Feb. 01, delivering his budget speech, finance minister Arun Jaitley told parliament that the government think-tank, Niti Aayog, will spearhead a national programme on AI, including research and development. The …

Artificial Intelligence

Instagram Will Start Snitching On Your Screenshotting Habits

Be honest: you have definitely, 100% taken a screengrab from someone’s Instagram story and sent it to your best friend with a catty comment. You’re not proud of this fact, but talking sh*t is a bigger cornerstone of our social interactions than we’d like to admit. Our pettiness knows no bounds, and …

Tech Industry

Isis videos targeted by artificial intelligence that can detect propaganda before it's uploaded

Artificial intelligence technology that can detect Isis videos and prevent them from being uploaded is being released to stop the spread of the …

Amber Rudd

3 Things Intel Corp. Management Has Done Right

Intel's current executive team deserves credit for a number of successes that have happened under its watch.<p>It's no secret that there are areas of …

Investing

New report explains the thinking behind Apple’s new focus on software quality

We heard last month that Apple was setting a new focus for iOS 12: prioritizing quality and reliability over shiny new features.<p>Apple had been working on updates to the Home screen, CarPlay experience, updates to the stock Mail app and enhancements to photo editing and sharing. These projects have …

Craig Federighi

Uber will force drivers offline after 12 hours to combat ‘drowsy driving’

Two million U.S. drivers admitted to nodding off at the wheel of their car in a two-week period back in 2016, according to a report by the National Sleep Foundation. This finding led to some high-profile campaigns, including one by the mighty Uber, which has sought to raise awareness about the …

Autonomous Vehicle

Everything You Could Possibly Want to Know About Cryptocurrency Is Now All in One Place

Over the past few months, I’ve written a lot of articles trying to demystify the world of cryptocurrency (from the coins themselves to blockchain to …

Cryptocurrency

Why Didn't Chatbots Live Up To Their Hype?

<i>Why didn’t chatbots become as prolific as they were predicted to be in 2017? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Mc Kenna Walsh, Tech & finance, on Quora:</b><p>Chatbots didn’t live up to the …

Chatbots

New test shows Siri on HomePod answer 52% of questions correctly, lagging behind Alexa & Google Assistant

Now that Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is available to everyone, it’s being put through a slew of tests. <i>Loup Ventures</i> this weekend shared results from a detailed series of tests that it put the HomePod through, as well as how those results compare to other smart speakers …<p>The tech research firm …

Tech Trends

In July 2018, all HTTP sites will be labeled not secure in Chrome

• With Chrome 68, any sites that are HTTP rather than HTTPS will be labeled “not secure.”<br>• Sites without TLS or SSL certificates are unencrypted and pose major security risks for visitors.<br>• With this change to Chrome, Google is sending a clear message: secure your websites!<p>Over the past few years, Google …

IT security

Google gave the world powerful AI tools, and the world made porn with them

In 2015, Google announced it would release its internal tool for developing artificial intelligence algorithms, TensorFlow, a move that would change the tone of how AI research and development would be conducted around the world. The means to build technology that could have an impact as profound …

Artificial Intelligence

Apple Watch detects diabetes with 85% accuracy

Figuring out if you have diabetes could soon be as easy as strapping on an Apple Watch.<p>A new study from Cardiogram shows that by using heart rate monitors on wearables like the Apple Watch, neural networks can now detect whether the wearer shows early signs of diabetes with astonishing …

Diabetes

Snap beat expectations and sent its stock price skyrocketing—still minus profit

Finally, a little bit of good news for Snap.<p>The parent company for the ephemeral-messaging app Snapchat announced its fourth-quarter earnings today (Feb. 6). Analysts had been expecting a loss of around $409 million, on about $255 million in revenue. Snap in fact reported a loss of about $350 …

Advertising

The iPhone X is Apple’s underrated masterpiece

Apple showed genuine courage in going for such a radical redesign, and users are loving it so far<p>After 10 years of epic success selling roughly the same luxury good to the world, last year Apple decided to radically reinvent its iPhone with a totally new design, a never-before-seen Face ID system, …

Mobile Technology

Will influencers be more than just ‘guns for hire’ in 2018?

Marketers need to rethink influence marketing in the new year if they want better marketing outcomes and more authentic experiences, otherwise they …

Public Relations

The Tools Hackers Use to Steal Your Office's Secrets

Hackers have a dirty secret—and no, it’s not that they still live in their parents’ basement and suffer from an unhealthy obsession with Alison Brie. …

Alison Brie

Introduction to AWS for Data Scientists

These days, many businesses use cloud based services; as a result various companies have started building and providing such services. Amazon began …

Cloud Computing

Verizon follows AT&T in dropping Huawei smartphones

Verizon is the latest carrier to drop its plans to sell phones from Chinese handset maker Huawei, according to sources cited in <i>Bloomberg.</i> The move follows a similar decision from AT&T earlier this month, supposedly prompted by pressure from the US government over security concerns. The government …

AOL

U.S. to Probe Apple Over Updates That Slow Older iPhones

Apple Inc. said it’s responding to government probes into a software update that slowed the performance of older iPhones.<p>The U.S. Department of …

John Thune

Scoop: Apple delays iOS features to focus on reliability, performance

Apple has shaken up its iOS software plans for 2018, delaying some features to next year in an effort to put more focus on addressing performance and …

Craig Federighi

Facebook is banning all ads promoting cryptocurrencies — including bitcoin and ICOs

It’s an “intentionally broad” policy aimed at stopping scammers.<p>Facebook is banning all ads that promote cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, in an effort to prevent people from advertising what the company is calling “financial products and services frequently associated with misleading or …

Cryptocurrency

Apple could use ARM coprocessors for three updated Mac models

According to a Bloomberg article, Apple could be workin on three new Mac models for this year. All three of them could feature an ARM coprocessor to improve security. Apple isn’t switching to ARM chipsets altogether. There will still be an Intel CPU in every Mac, but with a second ARM …

MacBook Air