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Tesla driverless system to use updated radar technology

WASHINGTON: Electric carmaker Tesla announced Sunday it was upgrading its Autopilot software to use more advanced radar technology. In a teleconference, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk said the update, which should be downloadable in two weeks for models delivered after October 2014, “very likely” would have saved the life of a Florida driver who died in May after colliding ... Read More »

Apple to develop its own self-driving technology

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple may not become an automaker, but it still wants to develop its own self-driving technology. The iPhone-maker’s automotive project, long an open secret in Silicon Valley, is shifting focus towards creating the technology for an autonomous vehicle that doesn’t require a human driver. The new direction apparently doesn’t foreclose the possibility that Apple might someday build its ... Read More »

‘YouTubers’ outshining old-school television

SAN FRANCISCO: A media revolution is taking place, and most people over 35 years of age aren’t tuned in. Millennial and their successors are shunning old-school television in favor of watching what they want whenever they wish on Google-owned YouTube or other video platforms like Dailymotion or Facebook. “Young people don’t really watch TV anymore, they watch online videos that ... Read More »

Google pays tribute to Edhi

ISLAMABAD: The technology giant, Google, has paid tribute to renowned social activist, philanthropist and humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi by placing a link on its home Pakistan page. Edhi breathed his last on Friday after prolonged illness and was laid to rest in Karachi on Saturday. The website placed a clickable link ‘Abdul Sattar Edhi, 1928 – 2016’ on its main ... Read More »

Drones and DNA testing in new Environmental Science A-level

LONDON: Teenagers will learn about the use of drones in tackling global environmental issues as part of a newly created A-level. The Environmental Science course – the first of its kind – will also cover new “CSI-style” technology such as DNA testing as well as GPS tracking systems, according to the AQA. The exam board said that the draft qualification, ... Read More »

Google co-founder favors nano technology

SAN FRANCISCO:  Google co-founder Sergey Brin said that if he were to start a company from scratch today, it would be in nano technology. “I think the notion that the materials that we use could just be dramatically better…I think that’s very powerful,” Brin said in an interview at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University on Friday. His remarks ... Read More »

Scientists create new bio-ink for 3D printing

LONDON:  Scientists from University of Bristol have found a new bio-ink for 3D printing with stem cells that allows printing of living tissue known as bio-printing. The new bio-ink contains two different polymer components: a natural polymer extracted from seaweed and a sacrificial synthetic polymer used in the medical industry. “Designing the new bio-ink was extremely challenging. You need a ... Read More »

North Koreans study rocket science in India

Pyongyang: North Korean scientists have evaded UN sanctions imposed to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme and are studying courses on space science and satellite technology at a research institute in northern India. More than 30 North Korean students have passed through the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific since it opened in 1995, it ... Read More »

Australia’s Telstra buys into mining technology sector

SYDNEY: Australia’s largest telecoms group Telstra Corp Ltd has taken a bet on the resource industry’s appetite for cash-saving technology from drones to wireless production-tracking, snapping up a specialist firm to set up a dedicated mining services unit. In what could be one of the boldest bets yet for a major player outside the mining sector, Telstra said it would ... Read More »

NASA debuts new internet technology aboard the ISS

WASHINGTON: The International Space Station (ISS) has a new technology on board that can transmit data from space much faster than what NASA uses today. See, the internet as we know it here on Earth doesn’t work as well for spacecraft millions of miles away. It requires all nodes or connection points on a network — in space, these are ... Read More »

Leaving EU ‘could damage UK’s technology industry’

LONDON: Digital economy minister Ed Vaizey has warned that voting to leave the European Union could damage the UK’s technology industry. Speaking at the launch of London Technology Week, Mr Vaizey said that being part of the EU had benefited UK technology start-ups in terms of investment and market access – but voting to leave would put that at risk. ... Read More »

Google pays $550,000 to people who found security holes in Android

CALIFORNIA: Google paid 82 people a total of $550,000 in the last year for finding security vulnerabilities that could let hackers compromise phones, tablets, cars and other gadgets powered by the company’s Android software. The company launched the Android Security Rewards program in June 2015 in an attempt to harden the software. Google offered up to $30,000 for vulnerabilities. Although ... Read More »

Microsoft to work with cannabis compliance tech firm

LOS ANGELES: Microsoft is dipping its toe in the legal marijuana business. The giant tech company is partnering with a startup that makes software for the booming legal cannabis industry. Los Angeles-based Kind Financial said Thursday that Microsoft will help it market its software to local and state government agencies that monitor marijuana growers or distributors for compliance with regulations ... Read More »

Six-story building put to earthquake test

SAN DIEGO: Researchers at the University of California, San Diego rocked and rattled a six-story steel frame building on a giant shake table Wednesday to see how the structure would withstand major earthquakes. The towering building jolted, shuddered and let out a hollow, grinding sound but remained standing as drones peeked in its windows. The water heaters and at least ... Read More »

Technology Busiest Sector in Merger Deals This Year

LONDON: The pace of mergers and acquisitions may have eased from last year’s record, but a pair of deals announced since Sunday— Microsoft Corp.’s $26.2 billion proposed acquisition of LinkedIn Corp. and Symantec Corp.’s $4.65 billion agreement to buy Blue Coat Systems Inc.—show that one corner of the market is alive and well: technology. So far this year, there have ... Read More »

Aerospace firm successfully tests solar-powered prototype aircraft that could bring internet to billions

MEXICO: A test pilot successfully flew a solar-powered prototype aircraft on Friday for a company that envisions manufacturing a fleet of drones to provide aerial internet service for an estimated four billion people worldwide. The test flight by Luminati Aerospace LLC took place at a former Northrop Grumman defense plant on eastern Long Island that once made military aircraft. Speakers ... Read More »

Technology and Policy Program celebrates 40 years

LONDON: The MIT Technology and Policy Program (TPP) celebrated 40 years with an event on May 20, bringing together TPP alumni and others from academia, government, and industry. The event was co-organized by TPP associate director Noelle Selin, the Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Associate Professor in the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS) and the Department ... Read More »

Confirmed: HP Elite X3 equipped with fingerprint sensor

NEW YORK: HP’s Elite X3 Windows 10 phone is one the more anticipated smartphones of the summer and for good reason. This phone is a powerhouse, bringing impressive specs to the table despite that it’s HP’s first Windows 10 mobile device. The Elite X3 will be powered by a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 processor which sports two 2.15GHz cores and ... Read More »

Robot carers safer with new technology

OVERIJSSEL: Robots carry out their tasks more safely if they are controlled by another technology. This makes them much more suitable for use in the care sector, as revealed by a study conducted at the Robotics and Mechatronics department at the University of Twente. On 2 June, researcher Stefan Groothuis is being awarded his PhD for this work. In the ... Read More »

Quantum satellite device tests technology for global quantum network

SINGAPORE: With a network that carries information in the quantum properties of single particles, you can create secure keys for secret messaging and potentially connect powerful quantum computers in the future. But scientists think you will need equipment in space to get global reach. Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the University of Strathclyde, UK, have become ... Read More »