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For driverless cars, a moral dilemma: Who lives or dies?

Imagine you’re behind the wheel when your brakes fail. As you speed toward a crowded crosswalk, you’re confronted with an impossible choice: veer right and mow down a large group of elderly people or veer left into a woman pushing a stroller. Now imagine you’re riding in the back of ...

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China to develop super, super computer

BEIJING: China plans to develop a prototype exascale computer by the end of the year, state media said on Tuesday, as it seeks to win a global race to be the first to build a machine capable of a billion, billion calculations per second. If successful, the achievement would cement ...

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Software being developed for police to block smartphones

KARACHI: A software programme is being developed to register smartphones along with subscriber identity module (SIM) so that whenever a complaint is received about its loss or theft, that phone also gets blocked, it emerged on Tuesday. The move was discussed at a meeting of law-enforcement agencies, intelligence agencies, mobile ...

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Facebook moves to head off tougher regulation in Germany

Facebook is stepping up efforts to head off tougher regulation by Germany, a fierce critic of the social media network operator, saying on Monday it would do more to combat fake news as its chief operating officer met with officials in Berlin. Top German lawmakers are planning legislation this year ...

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Beware of this latest WhatsApp scam

WhatsApp’s growing popularity seems to be attracting more and more scammers. The world’s most popular messaging platform has seen its fair share of scams and the latest being the “free internet without Wi-Fi” trick, a prominent IT security company ESET revealed. According to a blog on ESET’s WeLiveSecurity.com, this particular ...

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Amazon’s Gandhi sandals spark anger in India

NEW DELHI: Flip-flops bearing the face of India’s independence hero Mahatma Gandhi for sale on Amazon triggered fresh outrage on Sunday, days after the e-retail giant was forced to stop selling Indian flag doormats. On Wednesday, India demanded Amazon apologise for selling “insulting” doormats featuring India’s national flag, with Foreign ...

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Amazon´s Gandhi flip-flops spark anger in India

NEW DELHI: Flip-flops bearing the face of India´s independence icon Mahatma Gandhi for sale on Amazon triggered fresh outrage Sunday, days after the e-retail giant was forced to stop selling Indian flag doormats. On Wednesday, India demanded Amazon apologise for selling “insulting” doormats featuring India´s national flag, with Foreign Minister ...

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SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion, returns stage to earth

A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off from California on Saturday, returning the company to flight for the first time since a fiery launchpad explosion in September. The launch of the 230-foot (70-metre) rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:54am PST (1754 GMT) aimed to deliver 10 satellites into orbit ...

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WhatsApp vulnerable to snooping, says paper

LONDON: The Facebook-owned mobile messaging service WhatsApp is vulnerable to interception, the Guardian newspaper reported on Friday, sparking concern over an app advertised as putting an emphasis on privacy. The report said that WhatsApp messages could be read without its billion-plus users knowing due to a security backdoor in the ...

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Nintendo: Nintendo Switch game console to launch in March

The Nintendo Switch video game console will sell for 29,980 yen in Japan, starting March 3, the same date as its global rollout in the US and Europe. The Japanese company promises the device will be packed with the fun features of all its past machines and more. The Kyoto-based ...

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