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Chinese AI robot takes on humans in reality TV show

A robot is invading a popular reality TV show in China that tests people’s brainpower. The smart, AI-powered bot, Xiaodu, will take on human competitors in complex trials involving face and voice recognition. Super Brain, the Chinese version of The Brain franchise, will dedicate the whole of season four, starting ...

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Google shows improved self-driving system in Chrysler Pacifica

Google unveiled its latest self-driving system in a Chrysler Pacifica minivan during a Sunday preview ahead of the Detroit auto show, saying the technology is more reliable and affordable. The announcement came from John Krafcik, head of Google’s Waymo unit, whose search for partners to develop and install the company’s ...

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Samsung smartwatches now compatible with Apple’s iPhone

All iPhone users who secretly admired Samsung’s Gear S3 but didn’t want to switch devices can now have their fill. Samsung has released the long-awaited iOS apps for its Gear wearable accessories which include the Gear S2 and S3 smartwatches and the Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker. Earlier, the smartwatches ...

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SanDisk unveils world’s fastest USB flash drive

Who doesn’t hate when you try to transfer files from your USB to Laptop or vice versa and the dialogue box, for instance, says: “About 4 hours and 22 minutes remaining.” But dread not, a company is claiming that it has the solution for this. The California-based manufacturer SanDisk recently ...

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The startup that tracks your emotions by how you touch your smartphone

Ranjan Kumar and I sit in an office above the streets of Bangalore. The golden afternoon light on the city outside contrasts with the neat blue-white of the space. I’ve just asked him about feelings, something that’s made him leap out of his chair in excitement and begin drawing on ...

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7 predictions for Southeast Asia’s tech scene in 2017

2016 ended, and it came with some unexpected surprises. It was the year of Brexit and Trump, and the year Uber exited China. Everyone has been asking, “What will happen in 2017?” Here are my seven predictions for the Southeast Asian tech scene in 2017: 1. Southeast Asia will become ...

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Virtual reality seeks momentum at CES gadget gala

LAS VEGAS: Virtual reality sought its stride Friday at the Consumer Electronics Show, where despite being a hot topic there was little sign it is racing into mainstream culture. Show floor space devoted to virtual reality abounded with companies diving into the market with headsets, content, or tools for better ...

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Amazon’s Alexa moves in on Google’s Android system

Amazon.com Inc’s digital assistant appeared almost everywhere at the CES technology show this week in Las Vegas, even making an unexpected appearance on rival Google’s Android system. Companies ranging from appliance maker Whirlpool Corp to Ford Motor Co unveiled products featuring Alexa, the digital assistant from Amazon that responds to ...

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LG unveils 55-inch transparent TV at CES 2017

Electronic giant LG is redefining its series of TVs. LG Display showcased a huge a 55-inch prototype display at the CES gadget gala in Las Vegas. What makes it different from other TV is its transparency. The new LG TV boasts a transparent screen when switched off due to its ...

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Telenor to close down 17 sales, service centres

KARACHI: The Telenor Pakistan, a provider of telecommunication services, has decided to close down its 17 sales and service centres across the country within this month. According to a press release, the move is in line with the company’s long-term plans and will affect staff working at its sales and ...

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