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Amazon reportedly developing voice-recognition for Alexa

UAE News - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 09:47

Amazon reportedly developing voice-recognition for Alexa

Seattle-based tech giant Amazon is reportedly developing a new feature to allow the voice assistant that powers its Echo line of speakers to distinguish between individual users based on their voices.

The Alexa voice assistant, just like Apple Inc.'s Siri, is capable of interpreting and responding to voice commands such as "What movies are playing tonight?" or "How's the weather?" However, voice-enabled smart speakers lack voice-recognition and thus can't distinguish who is asking for something.

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Google engineer detects big bug leaking info from websites

UAE News - Sat, 02/25/2017 - 08:57

Google engineer detects big bug leaking info from websites

A bug in a code from content distribution firm Cloudflare potentially leaked information from thousands of websites across the globe, a Google engineer recently announced.

The bug in Cloudflare's code, which has already been fixed, meant that whenever it encountered a website based on poorly-constructed HTML with specific errors in it, it allowed data from other sites using Cloudflare programs to leak onto those sites.

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Google’s autonomous car unit accuses Uber of using stolen technology

UAE News - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:00

Google’s autonomous car unit accuses Uber of using stolen technology

Tech giant Google Inc.'s self-driving car unit Waymo has accused Uber Technologies Inc. of using its stolen intellectual property for its own self-driving vehicles.

Waymo, which spun out of the internet giant's parent company, filed a lawsuit in a federal court in San Francisco on Thursday, claiming that the technology being used by UBER was stolen by one of its former project leaders.

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T-Mobile obtains FCC’s approval for deploying LTE-U technology

UAE News - Thu, 02/23/2017 - 09:21

T-Mobile obtains FCC’s approval for deploying LTE-U technology

Telecommunications giant T-Mobile USA has gained regulatory approval to deploy a new LTE technology over the same 5GHz frequencies that are used by Wi-Fi.

The U. S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized the company's plan for launching the first LTE-U devices after the company assured the regulator that cellular network use of the 5GHz frequencies will not interfere with existing Wi-Fi networks.

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Snap’s Spectacles available online

UAE News - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 09:32

Snap’s Spectacles available online

Days after releasing a "Roadshow" video to attract potential investors for its IPO, Snap Inc. has announced the online availability of its video-recording sunglasses, called Spectacles.

The social media company, which is best known for its short-lived image and video service Snapchat, has also closed its pop-up store in New York and activated a buy button on its Spectacles. com website.

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Eric Holder to oversee Uber’s review of sexism allegations

UAE News - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 09:17

Eric Holder to oversee Uber’s review of sexism allegations

Uber has brought on former U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder to oversee an independent review of the alleged sexism allegations made by a former employee of the company, CEO Travis Kalanick announced.

In an email to employees, Kalanick wrote that the company would conduct an independent review of the alleged issue, and Mr. Holder would oversee it.

On Sunday, former employee Susan Fowler, who started working at Uber in Nov. 2015 as a site reliability engineer, wrote in a blog post about her work experience and the accused the company of sexism.

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Samsung to reportedly match Apple’s hefty price rises for upcoming Galaxy phones

UAE News - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 10:02

Samsung to reportedly match Apple’s hefty price rises for upcoming Galaxy phones

Samsung is going to match Apple Inc.'s planned hefty price increases which will make both the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8 smartphones to retail for more than $1,000, SamMobile reported.

Citing a database leak, SamMobile revealed that the Galaxy S8 (SM-G950) and Galaxy S8 Plus (SM-G955) will be launched with price tags starting at $950 and $1,050 (after currency conversion), respectively.

Thus, the 2017 models of the popular Samsung smartphones will carry a circa $100 premium over their predecessors Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

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GM reportedly planning to build & test thousands of self-driving cars

UAE News - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 09:46

GM reportedly planning to build & test thousands of self-driving cars

American automobile giant General Motors Co. (GM) is reportedly preparing to deploy thousands of self-driving e-cars in test fleets in collaboration with ride-sharing affiliate Lyft Inc., starting next year.

Multiple anonymous sources familiar with GM's plans revealed the automaker has plans to allow Lyft to test thousands of specially equipped versions of its Chevrolet Bolt e-cars in various states in the U. S.

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Snap files updated IPO paperwork with SEC

UAE News - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 09:32

Snap files updated IPO paperwork with SEC

Snap Inc. on Thursday filed updated paperwork with the U. S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) detailing its eagerly-awaited initial public offering (IPO).

According to the social media company's SEC filing, it will sell up to 230 million shares with price tag range between $14 and $16 per share. That would generate up to $3.6 billion for the company.

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Facebook to allow businesses to post job openings

UAE News - Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:38

Facebook to allow businesses to post job openings

Following years of speculation that Facebook could try to harness its huge audience to take on services like LinkedIn, the social-networking giant has announced that it will soon allow businesses to post job openings and job seekers to hunt for new jobs.

Andrew Bosworth, Facebook's vice president of ads and business platform, told reporters that the company has created new tools to allow small and midsized businesses to hire the right people through the service.

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T-Mobile posts better-than-expected results

UAE News - Wed, 02/15/2017 - 09:07

T-Mobile posts better-than-expected results

T-Mobile's aggressive pricing has emphatically punched a hole in rivals Verizon and AT&T, which have little choice but to fight fire with fire to retain existing customers and attract new ones.

In a tightly-competitive market like the U. S., telecommunication services providers have to slash their prices even if their margins and ARPUs have to take a hit. T-Mobile's newest stats and guidance indicate that it continues to inflict pain on rivals.

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Mediterranean diet with olive oil enhances HDL function: study

UAE News - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 05:31

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A new research has suggests that a Mediterranean-style diet supplemented with virgin olive oil or mixed nuts helps a lot in enhancing the function of HDL cholesterol, which is informally called "good cholesterol".

HDL stands for high-density lipoproteins that are one of the five key groups of lipoproteins in the body. Lipoproteins can be described as complex particles composed of various proteins that transport all fat molecules around the body inside the water outside cells.

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‘Verizon Unlimited’ to offer unlimited data, talking & texting

UAE News - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 08:19

‘Verizon Unlimited’ to offer unlimited data, talking & texting

Marking growing competition in the wireless space, telecommunications giant Verizon Inc. on Sunday announced an unlimited LTE data plan called "Verizon Unlimited," which will take effect on Feb. 13, 2017.

Verizon Unlimited will start at $80 per month for a single/individual line with unlimited data, talking and texting. Users will have to agree to AutoPay and paper-free billing. For families, the new unlimited plan is available for $45 per line for a total of four lines ($180 in total).

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