Better known for providing camera technology for blockbuster films like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, US company RED made waves in July when it announced plans to launch its first smartphone called Hydrogen One. Not many details about the phone have yet been released, but RED claims to have produced a device with holographic display. The device is targeted to ship in Q1 2018. The 5.7” device operates on Android OS. Its “retina-riveting” display advancement features “nanotechnology that seamlessly switches between…
Facebook had to shut down its chatbot experiment after two AIs (artificial intelligence) developed their own language to communicate. Researchers at the Facebook AI Research Lab (FAIR) were experimenting with teaching two chatbots, Alice and Bob, how to negotiate with one another. The researchers soon found that the chatbots had gone off script and were creating their own unique language without any human input. “Our interest was having bots who could talk to people,” Mike Lewis of Facebook’s FAIR program…
Intel launched its new Intel Xeon Scalable processors on July 26. The product provides businesses with “breakthrough performance” to handle tasks such as real-time analytics, virtualized infrastructure and high-performance computing. Half a million of the processors have already been sold to AT&T and others. The processors will drive “megatrends” such as cloud, analytics and 5G, said Firas Alfanney, Intel’s Data Center Group Sales Director for ME, Turkey, Africa and Russia, at a press conference in Dubai. “All of these trends…
The UK government says it will introduce drone registration and safety awareness courses for owners of small unmanned aircraft (drones). The policy will affect all those who own a drone which weighs more than 250 grams (8oz). Drone maker DJI has spoken out in support of the new measures. However, details of how the registration process will pan out have not yet been released, and the Department of Transport said “the nuts and bolts still have to be ironed out.”…
Research by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) claims virtual reality systems need to fit easily into people’s lives if the technology is to be successful, and need to be as simple and intuitive as watching television. As younger audiences move away from traditional media, the BBC justifies its increasing involvement with VR because it must ensure that it has the expertise in new mediums that young people will move to. The BBC says it wants to provide younger audiences with…
Uber has come under fire in Spain by Madrid authorities that have asked the anti-trust watchdog to investigate whether the ride-hailing app’s new cheap airport transfer service has broken competition rules, Reuters reported. The competition regulator, CNMC, last year called for the government to lift a ban on Uber. But the app’s new Uber Airport service has brought Uber back under scrutiny, since it offers a tariff of 15-19 euros for a ride between Madrid’s Barajas international airport and the…
Samsung Electronics announced an expanded strategic partnership with PayPal, adding PayPal as a payment method within Samsung Pay wherever Samsung Pay is accepted – in-app, online and in-store. Access to PayPal will be available for all Samsung Pay users in the United States and will expand to other countries soon. Additionally, through Braintree, a PayPal service, merchants will be able to accept Samsung Pay as a method of payment in-app and online. Customers will be able to use their Samsung…
Chinese messaging app WeChat has reached an agreement with European (Dutch) operator KPN to launch a new European countries roaming SIM card for Chinese tourists travelling to Europe. “WeChat GO SIM card” is the first 4G prepaid SIM for tourists officially launched in cooperation with a European operator which has exclusive privilege for WeChat users. “WeChat GO” is an outbound tourism project of WeChat – a product of Tencent, China’s largest internet services provider and one of the most popular…
Russian messaging service Telegram has declared it will block terrorist-related channels after Indonesia’s government threatened to completely block the service expressing concerns that the app had become a breeding ground for terrorist content sharing. Telegram’s web version was blocked by the Ministry of Communication and IT on July 14. The Ministry threatened to completely block access to Telegram’s app as well if it didn’t do more to combat terror groups. The app has been used to promote radicalism, Jakarta claimed,…
Earlier this year, HMD Global, the Finnish parent company of Nokia phones, refreshed the iconic Nokia 3310 with a new modern design and fresh features catering to fan nostalgia. Now, the company has launched revamped version of both the Nokia 105 and Nokia 130. Featuring refreshed, ergonomic designs, both phones come packed with features combining value and durability. Both models feature 1.8-inch color screens, handy LED torch lights, and sleek, contoured designs, with each phone being available in a range…
UAE ride-hailing services company Careem has invested $500,000 in a start-up entity which focuses on connecting commuters with private buses in the Egyptian capital city of Cairo. Careem, which is seen as Middle East rival to global ride-hailing colossus Uber, acquired the minority stake in SWVL after weeks of negotiations. It has also been disclosed that in addition to the investment, CEO and co-founder of Careem, Magnus Olsson will also join the board of SWVL. SWVL is only three-months old,…
HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, and ZEISS jointly announced the signing of an exclusive partnership that aims to set new imaging standards within the smartphone industry. This long-term agreement builds on the shared history and expertise between ZEISS and Nokia smartphones. With a joint ambition to advance the quality of the total imaging experience on smartphones spanning the entire ecosystem from software, services, through to screen quality, and optic design, the partnership will see ZEISS and HMD Global…
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