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Samsung's quarterly profits more than double despite Note 7 debacle

Samsung's profits for the final quarter of 2016 were more than double the same period in the previous year, the South Korean smartphone manufacturer said Tuesday in a stock market filing.

China schedules first automated lunar sampling mission for November

China has scheduled the launch of lunar probe Chang'e-5 for November this year, in a mission marking several new accomplishments for the nation's space programme.

Samsung: Battery design, manufacturing errors behind Note 7 fires

The design and production of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's batteries caused the mobile phones to catch fire, the South Korean company said Monday.

Facebook to build data centre in Denmark

The Danish city of Odense and social media giant Facebook announced on Thursday the city was to host a new European data centre that would be powered by clean and renewable energy.

Scientists say 2016 was warmest on record, for third consecutive time

Last year was the warmest since recordkeeping began in 1880, US government scientists said Wednesday, making 2016 the third year in a row to break records.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket makes first launch since September explosion

An unmanned SpaceX rocket blasted off from a California launch pad on Saturday and delivered 10 satellites into low Earth orbit.

Apple partner Foxconn suffers sales drop amid slow iPhone 7 shipments

Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn Technology Group reported its first-ever annual sales decline late Tuesday, in part due to slow shipment of iPhone 7 models it manufactures, state-run media...

10 years of the iPhone: The smartphone that changed everything

Apple introduced its first iPhone 10 years ago. At the time no one could have known that market leaders such as Nokia would vanish from the stage. The iPhone continues to fascinate the masses,...

China launches first commercial rocket mission

A Chinese rocket successfully sent three satellites into space in the country's first commercial mission on Monday.

Weather forces postponement of SpaceX launch from California

Bad weather in California forced a postponement of the launch of a SpaceX rocket that is to carry a satellite into space, the satellite company said.

Driverless minibus enjoys successful trial in Germany

A driverless minibus underwent a successful trial in the German city of Mannheim on Friday with 900 people involved in the test run, organizers said.

Samsung expects 50-per-cent rise in profit despite smartphone debacle

Samsung Electronics on Friday said it expected its fourth-quarter operating profit to jump by about 50 per cent, despite being forced to withdraw its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in October...

Facebook denies error in Safety Check tool for Bangkok bomb scare

Facebook on Wednesday denied the false crisis notification - the so-called Safety Check - for a Bangkok explosion the previous day was made in error.

In bots we trust: Meet your new best friend, co-worker and servant

Chatbots are everywhere online: Soon you might not know if you're chatting with a real person or a well-designed programme. One bot even promises to keep you alive after you die. What does the...

Bulk data retention in Britain and Sweden breaches EU law, court says

British and Swedish measures allowing for the blanket collection and retention of communication data such as text messages and call history are in breach of EU law, the European Court of Justice (...