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Trump spells out cybersecurity order, but doesn't sign it

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday outlined an executive order aimed at strengthening the cybersecurity of government and private-sector computer networks...

Denmark to appoint digital ambassador as tech firms wield more power

Denmark plans to appoint an ambassador for digital affairs, reflecting the growing influence large technology firms wield, the Scandinavian country's foreign...

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. "Our...

NATO logs 60 per cent increase in cyberattacks in 2016

NATO logged a 60-per-cent increase in cyberattacks in 2016 compared to the previous year, the organization said on Thursday, noting that its experts responded...

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...

10 years of the iPhone: The smartphone that changed everything

As the late Apple head Steve Jobs appeared on Macworld conference stage on January 9, 2007, attendees were already expecting the premiere of an Apple...

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

The words you are reading were typed by a human. But for how much longer will the realm of human interaction be made up of solely flesh-and-blood exchanges...

Taiwan turns up heat on Uber by introducing heavy fines for drivers

Taiwan's legislature on Friday ratcheted up the pressure on ride-sharing company Uber by significantly raising the maximum fine for illegally providing...

Uber expands its self-driving vehicle programme to San Francisco

San Francisco customers of the car-hailing service Uber can now catch a ride in a self-driving vehicle, the company said Wednesday. Uber began testing its...

Electric car manufacturer Tesla recalls charging adapters

US electric car manufacturer Tesla on Tuesday issued a recall of charging adapters for its electric cars which could be in danger of melting from overheating...

Reddit to crack down on "toxic" Trump users

US-based news sharing and discussion website Reddit will take action against "toxic users," in particular some of president-elect Donald Trump's supporters,...

Hackers target European Commission computer systems

The European Commission's computer systems were targeted by hackers this week in an attack that impaired internet services, a spokesman confirmed Friday. "...

IBM pays Australian government "substantial" amount for census bungle

Technology giant IBM paid the Australian government "many millions of dollars" in a confidential settlement for a bungled nationwide census in August, the...

"Revolutionary" weather satellite launched in US

The United States launched a "revolutionary" new weather satellite from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Saturday, the Washington Post reported. The GOES-R...

Singapore launches trial of self-driving e-scooters

Passengers who wish to go around shopping malls and airports may now do so via a driverless e-scooter. The scooter was launched Thursday in a workshop...

Samsung acquires Canadian messaging technology specialist

The world's largest smartphone producer Samsung Electronics announced Wednesday that it has acquired Canadian messaging technology specialist NewNet...

"Terrible error" on Facebook "kills" Mark Zuckerberg and others

A glitch on Facebook briefly declared many of the social media site's users dead on Friday, including its founder Mark Zuckerberg, local media reported....

Samsung recalls 2.8 million washing machines in the US

Samsung, already under fire for its flammable smartphone Galaxy Note 7, will recall 2.8 million washing machines in the United States after reports of injuries...

Samsung third-quarter earnings drop after Note7 woes

Samsung announced reduced profits for the third quarter on Thursday, as the company struggles with the aftermath of the failed Galaxy Note7 smartphone. Net...

Hundreds of South Koreans sue Samsung over Galaxy Note7: report

Hundreds of South Korean Galaxy Note7 owners filed a joint lawsuit Monday against Samsung seeking compensation after the fire-prone smartphone was discontinued...

Swedish court grounds camera-equipped drones

A Swedish court ruling stating that drones equipped with cameras should fall under legislation regulating surveillance cameras triggered protests Monday from...

Samsung promises suppliers compensation for scrapped Galaxy Note7

Samsung on Tuesday told component suppliers that they would receive compensation after the leading smartphone manufacturer ceased production of its Galaxy...

US bans Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones from flights

US officials are banning all Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones from all flights amid concerns about the devices catching fire. "Individuals who own or possess a...

Samsung expects huge losses due to scrapping Note7 production

Samsung said Friday it expects massive profit losses through the first quarter of 2017 after pulling the plug on its problem-plagued Galaxy Note 7 smartphone...

Fitch: Samsung risks "long-term brand damage" from phone recall

Samsung faces the prospect of "long-term brand damage" over safety scares plaguing the flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, the ratings agency Fitch said...

Samsung ends production of flagship Note 7 smartphone

South Korea's Samsung said it will no longer make its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, following a series of safety scares that have plagued the leading...

Samsung suspends worldwide sales of Galaxy Note7

Samsung on Tuesday suspended global sales of its Galaxy Note7 smartphone with immediate effect and advised users to power the devices down and hand them...

Samsung smartphone crisis deepens as Note 7 production "adjusted"

South Korean tech giant Samsung is changing the production plan for its latest line of high-end smartphones, the company said Monday, as it struggled to...

Samsung buys Siri developers' start-up for own voice assistant

Tech giant Samsung announced Thursday its plan to buy Viv Labs, a start-up founded by the developers of the voice assistant Siri which is used by competitor...

Plane evacuated in US after mobile phone smokes, makes popping noises

A Samsung Note 7 mobile phone overheated and began popping and smoking Wednesday aboard a Southwest Airlines jet just before takeoff, leading to an evacuation...

Norwegian premier attempts Pokemon hunt in parliament

Norewgian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said Wednesday she has no regrets over attempting to play the popular mobile phone game Pokemon Go during a parliament...

Google takes on Apple with launch of new smartphones

Google officially launched its own smartphone on Tuesday in San Francisco, re-starting its challenge to Apple's iPhone. The phone, which is available in two...

Samsung's Note 7 phones go back on sale after recall

Samsung's flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphones went back on sale in South Korea on Saturday, almost a month after the electronics giant was forced to undertake a...

China begins operating world's largest radio telescope

The world's largest radio telescope - based in a lush mountainous region of southwest China's Guizhou province - began exploring space in search of...

Free self-driving taxis launched in Singapore

Hailing a driverless ride in Singapore is now a reality, as a fleet of self-driving "robo-taxis" were Friday allowed out onto public roads in the island nation...

X-ray checks ordered for Samsung smartphone batteries

Samsung was facing more problems with its newest line of high-end smartphones Thursday, as technology regulators ordered further battery checks. The South...

Pokemon Go launch in China given hope with new technology venture

A new venture from Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba may smooth the path for the launch of Pokemon Go in the world's most populous country, technology experts...

Battery manufacturer denies role in Samsung smartphone fire hazard

The Chinese manufacturer of batteries used in Samsung's recalled Note 7 smartphones said on Monday its battery is not the cause of the phone's explosive...

Indonesia seeks to block gay dating apps

Indonesia is seeking to block gay-friendly mobile applications, an official said Friday, adding to a series of measures targeting sexual and gender...

US regulators officially recall Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones

US government regulators on Thursday recalled 1 million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones two weeks after the company stopped selling them because they...

China launches Tiangong-2 space lab into orbit

The Tiangong-2 space laboratory was launched into orbit on Thursday from a launch facility in the Gobi desert, according to state media reports....

Adblock Plus begins selling unblocked ads

The popular browser add-on Adblock Plus is to begin selling ads that cannot be blocked by users, the company behind the tool announced on Tuesday. Website...

Indonesian flag carrier bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on all its flights

Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia announced on Sunday that it is banning passengers from using and charging the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone on all...

Samsung calls for consumers to exchange Galaxy Note 7 smartphones

South Korean technology firm Samsung is urging customers around the world to power down and exchange their new Galaxy Note7 smart phones over safety fears...

Pokemon characters recruited for police briefing in Thailand

The mobile game craze Pokemon Go made an unlikely appearance at a police briefing in Thailand on Saturday, thanks to a ruling from the country's prime minister...

Galaxy Note 7 smartphones banned on UAE airlines

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday banned passengers from using Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on board the country’s airlines, following a...

Apple's iPhone 7 loses headphone jack, gains water resistance

Dropping your iPhone in the sink - or the toilet - is a horror of the past with new, water-resistant models announced Wednesday by technology giant Apple....

Drones take to Paris skies with their very own festival

Paris waived its ban on drones Sunday as tech fans gathered in the French capital to celebrate the gadgets and promote their potential uses. Experts...

NASA prepared to launch first probe to an asteroid

Washington (dpa) - The US space agency is poised to launch a probe to the long-watched asteroid Bennu, which astronomers say could menace future generations on...

New Zealand Pokemon Go players catch alleged thief

A group of late night Pokemon Go players searching for virtual monsters on their smart phones instead became part of a real life crime drama capturing an...

Dotcom’s extradition appeal streamed live on YouTube from New Zealand

Kim Dotcom’s appeal against extradition to the United States began streaming on YouTube on Wednesday, the first ever New Zealand court case to be broadcast...

Dotcom’s extradition appeal to be streamed on YouTube

Kim Dotcom’s appeal against extradition to the US to face charges of copyright infringement is to be streamed on YouTube from the Auckland High Court, a judge...

Dotcom requests court hearing be live streamed on YouTube

The extraordinary soap opera of Kim Dotcom’s dealings with the law continued in New Zealand on Monday as his appeal against extradition began in the Auckland...

WhatsApp to share users' phone numbers with Facebook

The popular messaging service WhatsApp updated its terms and privacy policy Thursday, allowing owner Facebook access to more data, including users' phone...

Mama Mia! Drones to deliver pizzas in New Zealand

Domino's Pizza on Thursday said it would trial the use of drones to deliver pizzas in New Zealand in what it said was a world first. The company posted...

EU lawmaker accuses Pokemon Go creators of data privacy breaches

 Pokemon Go, the latest mobile gaming craze, could be in breach of EU data protection rules, one of the bloc's lawmakers warned Wednesday, calling on...

China unveils probe and rover for 2020 Mars mission

China on Wednesday released images of the Mars probe and rover that the country plans to use in its ambitious mission to the Red Planet in 2020. The...

On spacewalk, US astronauts install ISS "parking spot"

Two US astronauts rolled out a space-age welcome mat on the International Space Station (ISS) Friday, when they installed the first of two new docking adaptors...

Twitter bans 235,000 over six months for terrorist ties

Twitter announced an escalation in its war on terrorist tweets Thursday, saying it had suspended 235,000 more accounts linked to terrorism since February. "...

Report: Uber to offer rides in self-driving cars

Ride service Uber will begin offering passengers trips in self-driving cars later this month, the Bloomberg financial news agency reports. Riders in the...

German researchers to test robot space technology in US desert

Researchers will test new robot technology in the Mars-like deserts of Utah, the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) announced Wednesday...

Ford, Baidu invest in maker of laser sensors for autonomous cars

In a bid to further technology for autonomous vehicles, US automaker Ford and Chinese internet company Baidu have invested a combined 150 million dollars in a...

China launches experimental "hack-proof" satellite

China launched the world's first experimental quantum communications satellite on Tuesday, local media reported. The satellite, named "Micius" after an...

Australia investigates online census failure after cyber attacks

Australia will launch an official investigation into how the country's nationwide five-yearly census was bungled due to a hardware failure and cyber attacks,...

Belgian zoo raises 12,000 euros for conservation with Pokemon Go

Players of Pokemon Go, the new mobile gaming phenomenon, can help protect real species while hunting down fictitious creatures, as one Belgian zoo has...

Self-scanning technology could encourage customer theft, study shows

Removing human contact and allowing customers to use self-checkout technology could be promoting theft and hurting retail stores' profits, according to a ...

New York state bars sex offenders from playing Pokemon Go

Sex offenders on parole in New York state have been barred from playing Pokemon Go, a move that state officials on Monday said would protect children who could...

Three Pokemon Go players robbed at gunpoint in London park

Three teenagers were robbed of their mobile phones and other possessions at gunpoint as they were playing the popular game Pokemon Go in a north London park,...

Danish church new venue for Pokemon Go players

A church in southern Denmark has been opened up for players of the popular mobile phone game Pokemon Go, Danish broadcaster DR reported Friday. "I thought...

Amazon publishes record profits, Bezos moves to third on Forbes list

Amazon achieved best-ever quarterly profits of 857 million dollars, up from 92 million dollars for the same period last year, the online giant said in a press...

Solar plane lands in Abu Dhabi after record-setting world journey

Solar Impulse 2 became the first solar-powered aircraft to circle the globe when it touched down in Abu Dhabi early Tuesday, the mission's team said. The...

Dotcom accused of breaching New Zealand court order

Kim Dotcom has been accused of breaching a court order freezing his assets, Radio New Zealand reported on Monday. Dotcom’s assets were frozen after he was...

The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft

The Solar Impulse 2 was built to fly around the world, powered only by the sun. Here are some key facts about this aircraft and its technology: Size and...

Solar Impulse feat may fuel progress in aviation, experts say

The world trip of the Solar Impulse 2 airplane is not the dawn of sun-powered commercial air travel, but it has fuelled innovations in aviation and other areas...

Solar Impulse 2 leaves Cairo on final leg to Abu Dhabi

Solar Impulse 2 took off early Sunday for Abu Dhabi on the 17th and last leg of its around-the-world journey, after an unexpected delay in Cairo due to bad...

Snowden and US hacker design anti-surveillance device for iPhone

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and prominent US hacker Andrew "Bunnie" Huang on Thursday announced they've teamed up to create a phone add-on for journalists...

Report: Three Saudi men arrested while hunting Pokemon at airport

Three Saudi men were arrested while playing the popular mobile phone game Pokemon Go at an airport in the kingdom, the Saudi online newspaper Almowaten...

Indonesia bars police and soldiers from playing Pokemon Go

Indonesia's police and military have banned their members from playing the popular virtual-reality game Pokemon Go, and warned that their premises were off...

Court adviser: EU countries can retain data if there are safeguards

EU countries should be allowed to log telecommunications data for law enforcement purposes as long as they put "strict" safeguards in place, an adviser to...

Next generation mobile networks to be tested in Berlin

 The next major phase of mobile telecommunications standards is to be tested in Berlin, according to plans made known over the weekend by Deutsche Telekom...

Israel forbids Pokemon Go in embassies, army bases on security threat

The Israeli military has forbidden soldiers from playing the mobile phone game Pokemon Go at military bases, a spokesman said Thursday. The Israeli Foreign...

Pokemon Go is "prohibited" by Islam, Egyptian religious body says

An official for the top Islamic authority in Egypt told dpa on Thursday that the mobile phone reality game Pokemon Go is "prohibited" by Islam. Playing the...

Pokémon Go leads players to explore their surroundings, but at a risk

Pokemon Go is a wildly popular new smartphone game that gets players out exploring their neighborhoods, but it can also put them in dangerous situations if...

Solar plane takes off on penultimate leg of round-the-world trip

Solar Impulse 2 has taken flight across the Mediterranean Sea from southern Spain to Cairo, on the penultimate leg of its around-the-world journey. The...

German drivers reluctant to trust world's first parking robot

The world's first robot for parking cars, operating at Germany's Dusseldorf airport, is having trouble being accepted, a spokesman for the airport told dpa...

US to "evaluate" Tesla autopilot after fatal crash

The US highway safety authority has launched a "preliminary evaluation" of Tesla's self-driving technology in the wake of a fatal crash, the National...

China inaugurates space centre with launch of new carrier rocket

China inaugurated a new space centre on Saturday with the successful launch of a new generation of carrier rocket into space, state news agency Xinhua reported...

First Atlantic crossing by solar plane a success; landing in Spain

Madrid (dpa) - A solar-powered plane made history Thursday by becoming the first such aircraft to successfully cross the Atlantic Ocean, the Solar Impulse team...

Sun-powered plane takes off for trans-Atlantic leg of global trip

The Solar Impulse 2 took off from New York City on Monday for a sun-powered flight across the Atlantic Ocean expected to take 90 hours, beginning the next leg...

Chinese company to test passenger drone in Nevada

A drone capable of carrying a person was to be tested in the deserts of Nevada after US regulators granted permission to Chinese company Ehang, the China...

PayPal shutdown in Turkey "devastating" for small businesses

PayPal ceased operations in Turkey as of Monday, after the country's banking watchdog rejected the company's license, saying it failed to comply with...

Microsoft, Facebook announce new subsea cable from US to Europe

Tech giants Microsoft and Facebook on Thursday announced a joint project to install what they said would be the highest capacity subsea cable yet to cross the...

US nuclear arsenal runs on computers from 1970s and floppy disks

The arsenal of US nuclear weapons runs on antiquated floppy disks and over 40-year-old computer systems, according to a report from the United States...

Twitter announces plans to relax 140-character tweet limit

Twitter announced Tuesday it would soon give users greater wiggle room in tweets by not counting name handles and media attachments in its longstanding 140-...

Uber testing own self-driving technology, as does GM-owned Cruise

Ride-hailing service Uber has begun testing its own self-driving technology, the company said Thursday, while General Motors-owned start-up Cruise is also...

Google reveals it has developed its own artificial intelligence chips

Google is developing its own artificial intelligence chips designed specifically to be used for machine learning, the company announced Thursday on the...

Apple invests 1 billion dollars in Chinese ride-hailing service

Apple on Friday said it has invested 1 billion dollars in Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing, a move that comes as Apple's sales in its second-largest...

Apple loss in "iPhone" trademark case sparks debate in China

The status of trademark protection was being debated in China Thursday after smartphone maker Apple lost an appeal in a Chinese court earlier in the week,...

China probes hospital, Baidu after student dies of cancer

A Chinese hospital offering experimental cancer treatment and the country's leading search engine, which promoted the facility, are under investigation after...

iPhone sales lag drags Apple revenue to first drop in 13 years

Waning sales of Apple's signature iPhone weighed on the company's second quarter results Tuesday, bringing the first year-on-year decline in revenue since 2003...
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