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Technology › Tech world debate on robots and jobs heats up

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 21:48
Are robots coming for your job? Although technology has long affected the labor force, recent advances in artificial intelligence and robotics are heightening concerns about automation replacing a growing number of occupations, including highly skilled or "knowledge-based" jobs. Just a few examples: self-driving technology may eliminate the need for taxi,…
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Technology › Samsung to sell refurbished safety-recalled Note 7 phones

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 19:24
Samsung announced Monday it would sell some Note 7 smartphones that were recalled for safety reasons as refurbished devices, in an effort to manage its stockpile in an "environmentally friendly" manner. The South Korean giant, the world's largest smartphone maker, said it would sell Note 7s as "refurbished phones or…
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Technology › Twitter eyes paid 'premium' service for power users

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 21:11
Twitter is considering a paid subscription service that would give frequent users more tools to use the social network for marketing, journalism and other fields. The company began conducting a survey of users that showed it was looking at building a more powerful version of TweetDeck, the dashboard that many…
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Technology › Acceleration sensor to keep diet record

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 21:26
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp (NTT) announced a technology to use a wristwatch-like wearable device and estimate what the wearer has eaten without using photos. The technology, "Dietary Content Recognition Technology," enables to easily keep a diet record without inputting data by hand or taking pictures. With the new technology,…
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Technology › Smartphone maker Samsung backs away from planned split

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 20:41
The world's biggest smartphone maker Samsung, assailed by a shambolic recall and embroiled in South Korea's wide-ranging corruption scandal, on Friday backed away from a planned corporate restructuring. Following the embarrassing recall of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone and under pressure from activist shareholders to improve corporate governance, Samsung Electronics…
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Technology › YouTube losing major advertisers upset with videos

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 21:54
AT&T, Verizon and several other major advertisers are suspending their marketing campaigns on Google's YouTube site after discovering their brands have been appearing alongside videos promoting terrorism and other unsavory subjects. The spreading boycott confronts Google with a challenge that threatens to cost it hundreds of millions of dollars. YouTube's…
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Technology › German scientists test world's 'largest artificial sun'

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 16:37
Scientists in Germany are testing what they describe as "the world's largest artificial sun," which they hope could pave the way toward creating hydrogen to use as a green fuel. The system called Synlight - being developed at the German Aerospace Center near Cologne - is an array of 149…
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Technology › Online advertisers sign up to better standards

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 21:00
A broad coalition of advertising trade groups, ad buyers and sellers from Western Europe and the United States have urged the industry to stop using annoying online marketing formats that have fuelled the rapid rise of ad-blockers. The types of ads the coalition has identified as falling below standard include…
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Technology › Samsung voice-assistant Bixby to debut with new phone

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 22:00
Samsung says that a voice-powered digital assistant named "Bixby" will debut with a flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone set to be unveiled by the South Korean consumer electronics giant. Bixby enters a crowded field of digital assistants powered by artificial intelligence that includes Apple's Siri, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana and Amazon's…
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Technology › Google tools up to fix ads in wrong places

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 21:32
Google, which has seen a slew of companies withdraw ads after they appeared alongside extremist content, said Tuesday it was introducing new tools to give firms greater control. "We know advertisers don't want their ads next to content that doesn't align with their values," Google's chief business officer Philipp Schindler…
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Technology › Apple cuts prices on lower-end iPads, releases red iPhones

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 20:34
Apple is cutting prices on two iPad models and introducing red iPhones, but the company held back on updating its higher-end iPad Pro tablets. A much-speculated 10.5-inch iPad Pro didn't materialize, nor did new versions of existing sizes in the Pro lineup, which is aimed at businesses and creative professionals.…
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Technology › Adobe, Microsoft team up to share sales and marketing data

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 03:45
Microsoft Corp and Adobe Systems Inc are joining to make their respective sales and marketing software products more potent competitors to Salesforce.com Inc and Oracle Corp offerings, the two firms said Monday. On the eve of San Jose, California-based Adobe’s annual user conference, the company said that it will work…
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Technology › Panasonic integrates solar panel with residential roof

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 20:34
Panasonic Corp has developed a new solar panel product that can be integrated with a residential roof. It is one of the products in the "HIT" series of heterojunction solar cells, which combine monocrystalline silicon and amorphous silicon. The new product uses a mounting system integrated with a roof. The…
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Technology › Hacked websites on the rise: Google

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 19:25
Google painted a bleak picture of cybersecurity trends Monday, saying the number of websites hacked rose 32% last year, with little relief in sight. "We don't expect this trend to slow down. As hackers get more aggressive and more sites become outdated, hackers will continue to capitalize by infecting more…
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Technology › EU consumer authorities to take on Facebook, Google, Twitter

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 21:33
European consumer protection authorities will ask social media companies Facebook, Google and Twitter to amend their terms of service within one month or possibly face fines, a source familiar with the matter say. The authorities sent letters to the companies in December telling them that some of their terms of…
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Technology › Google hopes to improve search quality with 'offensive' flag

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 18:44
Google is trying to improve the quality of its search results by directing review teams to flag content that might come across as upsetting or offensive. With the change, content with racial slurs could now get flagged under a new category called "upsetting-offensive." So could content that promotes hate or…
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Technology › Car industry players diverge on timescale for self-driving cars

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 21:58
Carmakers and suppliers have given widely differing timelines for the introduction of self-driving vehicles showing the uncertainties surrounding the technology as well as a split between cautious established players and bullish new entrants. Chipmaker Nvidia, facing direct competition with the world's top chipmaker after Intel's $15 billion deal to buy…
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Technology › Coming soon, paying your tab without giving your credit card

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 20:39
It's 1 a.m. You've had a few too many at a crowded bar and walk out without paying the tab. Your credit card and driver's license sit behind the cash register, leaving your personal info widely accessible while you sleep off those vodka tonics. There's a new option that might…
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Technology › Uniqlo upgrades online store

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 07:04
Uniqlo on Thursday announced that it has upgraded its uniqlo.com online store in Japan. The new site stocks 22,710 items for spring and summer alone, more than any of Uniqlo's physical stores around the world. An intuitive, thumb-based user interface makes shopping by smartphone more enjoyable, and customers can request…
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Technology › Rakuten, AirMap to bring Unmanned Traffic Management platform to Japan

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 21:02
Rakuten, a leader in internet services headquartered in Japan, and AirMap, the world’s leading airspace management platform for drones, on Wednesday announced the launch of a joint venture, Rakuten AirMap Inc. The joint venture will provide Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) solutions to drone operators and airspace managers in Japan. The…
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