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Google Earth re invented for new era

Posted On: 2017-04-23

Google on Tuesday launched a re-imagined version of its free Earth mapping service, weaving in storytelling and artificial intelligence and freeing it from apps.

“This is our gift to the world,” Google Earth director Rebecca Moore said while giving AFP an early look at the new version of the program that lets people range the planet from the comfort of their computers, smartphones or tablets.

“It’s a product that speaks to our deepest values Continue Reading »

Tesla recalls 53000 cars over brake issue

Posted On: 2017-04-21

Tesla has issued a voluntary global recall for some of its Model S and Model X cars to fix a problem with the parking brake.

The electric car maker said about 2% of the 53,000 vehicles built from February to October 2016 were affected, but all of those cars are being recalled.

The company added it had no reports of accidents or injuries relating to the brake issue.

In US trading, Tesla shares closed down 1% at $302.51.

In a statement the firm Continue Reading »

VW plans to launch electric car in China next year

Posted On: 2017-04-19

Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) China Chief Jochem Heizmann said the carmaker plans to launch a pure battery electric vehicle in China this year amid continued uncertainty over how China’s electric car quotas will be applied.

VW’s Heizmann said a lack of clarity about whether electric car quotas would be softened, is forcing VW to push ahead with an aggressive launch schedule for electric cars in China.

“The rules look like they are being Continue Reading »

Google celebrates Nkulenu founder Esther Ocloo

Posted On: 2017-04-18

Google is celebrating Ghanaian entrepreneur Esther Afua Ocloo who founded the country’s first local food processing company, Nkulenu Industries and championed women empowerment in Ghana with a doodle today [Tuesday, April 18, 2017].

The company in her honour, has decided to change the doodle on its websites in Ghana, Greece, Peru, Argentina, Iceland, Portugal, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK.

Esther Ocloo, who died in 2002 at the age of 82, Continue Reading »

Apple granted self driving test permit

Posted On: 2017-04-16

Apple has been granted a permit to test self-driving cars on the streets of California.

It has long been known that Apple is working on automotive-related projects, but the company has never publicly confirmed any details.

The news was made public by California’s Department of Motor Vehicles on Friday.

The agency said Apple has been given permission to test three cars manufactured by Lexus.

Apple has not commented – other than to Continue Reading »

Callisto Group hackers targeted Foreign Office data

Posted On: 2017-04-15

The UK’s Foreign Office was targeted by highly motivated and well-resourced hackers over several months in 2016.

The BBC understands the government has investigated the previously unreported attack that began in April last year.

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre would not say whether data was stolen.

But a source told the BBC that the most sensitive Foreign Office information is not kept on the systems targeted by the Continue Reading »

Huawei chief dismisses usefulness of smartwatches

Posted On: 2017-04-13

Eric Xu, chief executive of Chinese tech firm Huawei has said he doesn’t see the point in smartwatches.

This is despite the fact the company launched a device during the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

He was responding to a question during the firm’s analyst summit in Shenzhen, at which he was asked if smartphones are dying because of wearable tech.

Mr Xu said: “I’ve never figured out why we need to wear smartwatches Continue Reading »

Samsungs Bixby voice assistant delayed

Posted On: 2017-04-12

Samsung has confirmed that its much-anticipated answer to Apple’s Siri will be delayed.

The Bixby voice-powered assistant was unveiled at a special event last month and was meant to debut on the South Korean giant’s new flagship devices.

It promised to help users search and categorise photographs and access detailed information using voice commands.

But the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will now ship without voice control for Bixby.

However, Continue Reading »

No Kotoko compensation for Logarusic despite sack

Posted On: 2017-04-11

Citi Sports sources close to Asante Kotoko can confirm that the team will not be paying any compensation to departed coach Zdravko Logarusic despite the termination of his contract.

Logarusic and Kotoko parted ways on Sunday after the team’s goalless draw with Dwarfs at the Baba Yara Stadium. The match was Kotoko’s fourth without a win placing them 3rd on the league table on 19 points.

However, the end of the Croat’s contract will not give him some Continue Reading »

Googles AI seeks further Go glory

Posted On: 2017-04-11

Google’s AlphaGo software was developed by British computer company DeepMind, which was bought by the US search firm in 2014.

Its defeat of Lee Se-dol in March 2016 is seen as a landmark moment, similar to that of IBM’s Deep Blue AI beating Garry Kasparov at chess in 1997.

Several of the moves AlphaGo made defied conventional wisdom but ended up paying off.

However, many Go aficionados did not recognise Mr Lee as the world’s top player at Continue Reading »

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