Technology


Mysterious US Drone Back On Earth After 2 Years In Space Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

WASHINGTON, (AFP): After a nearly two-year sojourn in space, the US military drone X-37 B is back on Earth, fueling wild ideas about its mystery mission. Looking like a small version of an old NASA space shuttle, the craft touched down Sunday in Florida, ending a 718-day voyage around the Earth,..

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Uber expects flying taxis to take off in 2020 Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

(REUTERS): Flying taxis may become a reality in the next four years. U.S. ride-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] expects to deploy flying taxi services in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and Dubai in 2020, Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden said at the Uber Elevate Summit in Dallas. Uber's..

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Facebook Add Tools To Prevent Banned Images To Be Shared Thursday, April 6th, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, (AFP): Facebook Inc is adding tools on Wednesday to make it easier for users to report so-called 'revenge porn' and to automatically prevent the images from being shared again once they have been banned, the company said. 'Revenge porn' refers to the sharing of sexually explicit..

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EU authorities demand changes from Facebook, Google, Twitter Sunday, March 19th, 2017

BRUSSELS, (REUTERS): Social media companies Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc and Twitter Inc will have to amend their terms of service for European users within a month or face the risk of fines, a European Commission official said on Friday. U.S. technology companies have faced tight scrutiny in Europe..

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SpaceX scrubs rocket launch in Florida due to high winds Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

(REUTERS): Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, on Tuesday delayed the launch of a rocket set to carry a commercial communications satellite into orbit, because of high winds at its Florida launch site. Wind gusts of up to 25 mph (40 kph) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida forced..

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Astronomers find 7 Earth-size planets where life may be possible Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, (REUTERS): Astronomers have found a nearby solar system with seven Earth-sized planets, three of which circle their parent star at the right distance for liquid surface water, raising the prospect of life, research published on Wednesday showed. The star, known as TRAPPIST-1, is a..

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Launch of SpaceX Falcon rocket aborted seconds before liftoff Sunday, February 19th, 2017

CAPE CANAVERAL, (REUTERS): SpaceX called off the planned launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from a historic launchpad in Florida seconds before liftoff on Saturday to investigate a potential problem with the steering system in the upper stage of the booster. The flight, the first for the company from a..

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Mars Had Water In The Recent Past: Study Thursday, February 16th, 2017

LONDON, (REUTERS): Researchers have discovered a patch of land in an ancient valley near Mars' equator that appears to have been flooded by water in the not-too-distant past. The scientists believe that the findings, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, offer a prime target to..

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Bill Gates Opens Account In Chinese Social Media Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

BEIJING, (PTI): Microsoft founder Bill Gates has opened his account on China's social media Wechat and posted a 30-second video in Mandarin. In his first post on the social networking app, the American billionaire and philanthropist said hello in Chinese and said he would "share about the people I..

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Free WiFi service soon on Mt Everest Saturday, February 11th, 2017

KATHMANDU: Mount Everest and Annapurna areas will have free WiFi service from next month – facilitating better connectivity for mountaineers from the highest point on earth. Digambar Jha, chairman of state-run Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), said the NTA plans to set up free WiFi..

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Wikipedia Editors Ban ‘Unreliable’ Daily Mail As Source Friday, February 10th, 2017

LONDON, (AFP): Wikipedia editors have voted to ban the use of articles from British tabloid The Daily Mail and its globally popular website as sources, calling them "unreliable", according to a statement. English-language editors of the online encyclopaedia cited the newspaper's "reputation for..

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Twitter Takes More Steps To Clamp Down Abuse And Hate Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

NEW YORK, (AP): Twitter is broadening its campaign to clamp down on hate speech and abuse. The company said Tuesday that it has begun identifying people who have been banned for abusive behavior and will stop them from creating new accounts. It is also creating a 'safe search' feature that removes..

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