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Intel to buy driverless technology firm Mobileye for USD15 3bn

Posted On: 2017-03-14

U.S. chip giant Intel (INTC.O) has agreed to buy Israeli driverless technology firm Mobileye (MBLY.N) for $15.3 billion, the largest ever acquisition of an Israeli high-tech company.

The $63.54 per share cash deal is the world’s biggest purchase of a company solely focused on the autonomous driving sector. Mobileye accounts for 70 percent of the global market for advanced driver-assistance and anti-collision systems.

Intel said it expected the transaction to Continue Reading »

China may roll back electric car quotas as industry pushes back

Posted On: 2017-03-13

China is considering easing proposed quotas aimed at producing more electric vehicles, as Beijing gets pushback from the automotive industry over the scale and pace of the plans.

If adopted, proposed changes under discussion could see a target of new energy vehicles (NEV) making up 8 percent of sales next year pushed to 2019, two auto executives said.

The changes would lower targets from a draft policy released in September requiring 8 percent of automakers’ Continue Reading »

Your phone has more germs than a toilet seat Research

Posted On: 2017-03-13

Scientists at the National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS) in Pune have discovered three species of microbes- two bacteria and fungus- that grow on mobile phone screens, PTI reported.

For the research, the team collected samples from 27 mobile phone screens.

They found 515 different bacterial types and 28 different fungi, including the three new species.

Praveen Rahi, one of the scientists on the team, said that these bacteria and fungi thrive on human Continue Reading »

World wide web creator Tim BernersLee targets fake news

Posted On: 2017-03-13

The inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has unveiled a plan to tackle data abuse and fake news.

In an open letter to mark the web’s 28th anniversary, Sir Tim has set out a five-year strategy amid concerns he has about how the web is being used.

Sir Tim said he wants to start to combat the misuse of personal data, which creates a “chilling effect on free speech”.

He also called for tighter regulation of Continue Reading »

Wikileaks is offering tech firms CIA files first

Posted On: 2017-03-10

Technology firms will get “exclusive access” to details of the CIA’s cyber-warfare programme, Wikileaks has said.

The anti-secrecy website has published thousands of the US spy agency’s secret documents, including what it says are the CIA’s hacking tools.

Founder Julian Assange said that, after some thought, he had decided to give the tech community further leaks first.

“Once the material is effectively disarmed, we will Continue Reading »

Samsung chief Lee Jae Yong on trial for bribery

Posted On: 2017-03-09

Samsung’s de facto head Lee Jae-Yong has gone on trial in South Korea on charges of bribery.

The case is linked to a massive scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye.

Samsung is accused of giving donations to non-profit foundations operated by Choi Soon-sil, a friend of Ms Park, in exchange for government favours.

Mr Lee, the Samsung group and four other Samsung executives who are also on trial all deny wrongdoing.

Mr Continue Reading »

IBMs online quantum machine gets faster

Posted On: 2017-03-06

IBM has made its quantum computing system commercially available to businesses and beefed up an existing system used by the research community.

The firm is hoping to boost the numbers of people able to use such computers.

The machine, based in New York, has been available via the internet since May last year.

Future applications include the discovery of new materials and medicines as well as making artificial intelligence much more Continue Reading »

Nintendo Switch goes on sale sells out immediately

Posted On: 2017-03-04

The Nintendo Switch is finally on sale across the world. The much-hyped – and risky – mixed-use console appeared to immediately sell out and only people who queued at midnight or pre-ordered long in advance were able to actually get their hands on one.

The console is unusual because it is made to be used in a variety of different ways. It can be used either on the move or plugged into a TV, for instance, and its controllers snap off the side so that they can be used Continue Reading »

MWC 2017 Wikipedia goes data free in Iraq

Posted On: 2017-02-28

Access to Wikipedia will not incur mobile data charges to customers of the Asiacell mobile phone provider in Iraq, the organisation has announced.

It is part of the Wikipedia Zero scheme that has operated in 59 countries around the world since 2012.

The Wikimedia Foundation says it wants to “bring the sum of human knowledge” to as many people as possible.

However some argue that projects such as this go against the principles of net Continue Reading »

LG G6 phone is made for split screen apps

Posted On: 2017-02-27

LG has ditched the modular design of its previous flagship smartphone and unveiled a new top-end model that is designed for split-screen uses.

To achieve this, the G6’s display has an 18:9 aspect ratio, rather than the 16:9 used by most handsets.
It means that when viewed in landscape mode, the screen appears wider than normal.

LG has acknowledged that last year’s G5 missed its sales targets. One analyst said the change in strategy was Continue Reading »

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