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French lawmakers ban smartphones in schools

Posted by on 31/07/2018
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French lawmakers ban smartphones in schools

French lawmakers ban smartphones in schools

PARIS: French schoolchildren will have to leave their smartphones switched off or at home as the new academic year begins in September, after lawmakers voted for a ban on Monday. The ban on smartphones, tablets and other connected devices, which will apply to pupils up to the age of 14-15, fulfils a campaign promise by […]

Life on Mars: Japan astronaut dreams after lake discovery

Posted by on 28/07/2018
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Life on Mars: Japan astronaut dreams after lake discovery

Life on Mars: Japan astronaut dreams after lake discovery

TOKYO: Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai came back to earth last month but is still dreaming of space, especially after the discovery of an underground lake brought mankind one step closer to unraveling the mystery of life on Mars. “I was so excited about the news,” the 41-year-old doctor told AFP in an interview on Friday, […]

Caribbean islands plug into electric car revolution

Posted by on 25/07/2018
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Caribbean islands plug into electric car revolution

Caribbean islands plug into electric car revolution

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: With her foot down to show off the acceleration of the zippy electric car, Joanna Edghill spins around the car park before plugging the vehicle into a charging point beneath rows of solar panels converting Caribbean rays into power for the grid. In the five years since she and her husband started their […]

Trash heroes and scavenger apps battle Bali ‘garbage emergency’

Posted by on 23/07/2018
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Trash heroes and scavenger apps battle Bali ‘garbage emergency’

Trash heroes and scavenger apps battle Bali ‘garbage emergency’

Once-pristine Bali beaches face a mounting rubbish problem DENPASAR, Indonesia: Five years ago, tour guide Wayan Aksara noticed that more and more visitors he showed around the Indonesian island of Bali were complaining about garbage on its once-pristine beaches. Bali’s mounting rubbish problem was also becoming personal for Aksara, who lives near Saba beach – […]

Facebook probes whether data firm violated policies

Posted by on 22/07/2018
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Facebook probes whether data firm violated policies

Facebook probes whether data firm violated policies

WASHINGTON: Facebook has suspended a Boston analytics firm from its site and says it is investigating whether the company’s contracts with the US government and a Russian non-profit violated policies, the Wall Street Journal reported. The firm, Crimson Hexagon, says its platform allows clients-which include major US corporations-to analyze audiences and to track brand perception […]

In China, robots deliver snacks to your home

Posted by on 18/07/2018
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In China, robots deliver snacks to your home

In China, robots deliver snacks to your home

‘Little yellow horse’ to deliver 1 bn packages daily BEIJING: Along a quiet residential street on the outer edges of Beijing, a yellow and black cube about the size of a small washing machine trundles leisurely to its destination. This “little yellow horse” is an autonomous delivery robot, ferrying daily essentials like drinks, fruit and […]

Netflix shares dive as subscriber growth misses mark

Posted by on 17/07/2018
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Netflix shares dive as subscriber growth misses mark

Netflix shares dive as subscriber growth misses mark

SAN FRANCISCO: Netflix shares plunged Monday after the leading streaming television service said subscriber growth fell short of expectations in the recently ended quarter. Membership in the quarter grew 5.2 million to a total of 130 million, matching the same period last year but a million shy of what Netflix had forecast, according to a […]

Rolls-Royce plans for take-off in flying taxi market

Posted by on 16/07/2018
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Rolls-Royce plans for take-off in flying taxi market

Rolls-Royce plans for take-off in flying taxi market

FARNBOROUGH, England: British jet engine maker Rolls-Royce has designed a propulsion system for a flying taxi and is starting a search for partners to help develop a project it hopes could take to the skies as soon as early next decade. Rolls-Royce said on Sunday it had drawn up plans for an electric vertical take-off […]

Latin America’s largest solar park is turning a Mexican desert green

Posted by on 15/07/2018
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Latin America’s largest solar park is turning a Mexican desert green

Latin America’s largest solar park is turning a Mexican desert green

The biggest solar project in the world outside China and India VIESCA: Driving through the endless dunes and cacti of the Chihuahuan desert in northern Mexico, a shimmering blue field suddenly appears on the horizon-not a mirage, but the largest solar park in Latin America. This silent stretch of sand in the state of Coahuila […]

Brazil is taking the fight to fake news in the classroom

Posted by on 14/07/2018
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Brazil is taking the fight to fake news in the classroom

Brazil is taking the fight to fake news in the classroom

‘The aim is to teach students to identify fake news’ SAO PAULO: Brazil has taken a stand against the explosion of “fake news” stories swamping the internet by making media analysis studies compulsory for schoolchildren. Around the world, debates proliferate about the problem of unfettered information flooding social media, uploaded by people with no consideration […]

Britain to fine Facebook over data breach

Posted by on 11/07/2018
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Britain to fine Facebook over data breach

Britain to fine Facebook over data breach

LONDON: Britain’s data regulator said yesterday it will fine Facebook half a million pounds for failing to protect user data, as part of its investigation into whether personal information was misused ahead of the Brexit referendum. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) began investigating the social media giant earlier this year, when evidence emerged that an […]

Something Phishy: How to Identify and Avoid Phishing Scams

Posted by on 10/07/2018
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Something Phishy: How to Identify and Avoid Phishing Scams

Something Phishy: How to Identify and Avoid Phishing Scams

Phishing is one of the most common attack vectors for hackers who exploit end-user behavior as the weakest link in an organizations cyber-defense. For years, criminals have disguised attacks in emails and today we see phishing emails as a primary delivery method for ransomware payloads. Phishing emails have led to massive data exposures, which caused […]