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Facebook to remove deepfake videos in run-up to 2020 US election

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Facebook said it will remove deepfakes and other manipulated videos from its platform if they have been edited, but not content that is parody or satire, in a move aimed at curbing misinformation ahead of the US presidential election.The social media giant would also remove misleading media if it was a result of technologies like AI that “merges, replaces or superimposes content on to a video, making it appear to be authentic”, it said in a blogpost dated January 6.Last year, ...

Hyundai to make flying cars for Uber air taxis

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Hyundai announced Monday it would mass produce flying cars for Uber’s aerial rideshare network set to deploy in 2023.The South Korean manufacturer said it would produce the four-passenger electric “vertical take-off and landing vehicles” at “automotive scale,” without offering details.The deal announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas could help Uber, which is working with other aircraft manufacturers, to achieve its goal of deploying air taxi service ...

Boeing will reassign 3,000 workers as airlines reach compensation deals over MAX

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Boeing said Monday that it will reassign 3,000 workers to other jobs as it halts production of the grounded best-selling 737 MAX jet in mid-January. The announcement came after American Airlines Group Inc and Mexico’s Aeromexico disclosed they were the latest carriers to reach settlements with Boeing over losses resulting from the grounding of 737 MAX aircraft. Neither airline disclosed the compensation. A number of airlines have struck confidential settlements with ...

Record tech spending expected in US, CES show organizers say

Monday, 6 January 2020

Consumer technology spending is getting a boost from wearables, smart devices and streaming media services and should hit record levels in the United States this year, organizers of a major tech gathering said Sunday. Kicking off the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, organizers said they expect $422 billion in sales of some 300 kinds of consumer tech products and services in the US market, a gain of four percent from last year. The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which ...

Study finds Google system could improve breast cancer detection

Thursday, 2 January 2020

A Google artificial intelligence system proved as good as expert radiologists at predicting which women would develop breast cancer based on screening mammograms and showed promise at reducing errors, researchers in the United States and Britain reported. The study, published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, is the latest to show that artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to improve the accuracy of screening for breast cancer, which affects one in eight women globally. ...

Vodafone Hutchison Australia partners with Nokia to kick off 5G rollout

Monday, 30 December 2019

Vodafone’s broadband services joint venture with Hutchison Telecommunications (Australia) Ltd has partnered with Nokia to roll out 5G services in Australia, the companies said on Monday.The 5G drive comes as the joint venture is caught in a legal appeal process against an antitrust regulator’s move to block its proposed A$15 billion mega-merger with TPG Telecom Ltd.In a joint statement, the companies said Vodafone Hutchison Australia, the 50-50 joint venture, would kick off its 5G ...

UAE denies developing popular app as spy tool

Sunday, 29 December 2019

The United Arab Emirates on Saturday denied reports that a popular mobile application developed in the country was used for government spying.Apple and Google removed the ToTok app from their marketplaces last week following a report claiming it allowed the UAE government to track users’ conversations, movements, and other details.But the country’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority said in a statement that UAE laws “prohibit any kind of data breach and unlawful ...

Vietnam court sentences ex-minister to life in MobiFone corruption scandal

Saturday, 28 December 2019

A court in Vietnam on Saturday sentenced a former information minister to life in prison after finding him guilty of taking $3 million in bribes in connection with a controversial deal at state telecoms firm MobiFone. Nguyen Bac Son received the money to facilitate a deal in which MobiFone overpaid for a 95 percent stake in a loss-making pay television provider, the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement. The court also sentenced another former information ...

European commission chief skeptical on Huawei in Europe: Report

Friday, 27 December 2019

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen voiced skepticism Friday over involving Chinese tech giant Huawei in the rollout of Europe’s 5G networks amid concerns its equipment could be used for spying by Beijing.Critics, led by Washington, say the firm is too close to Beijing and could by law be forced to hand over data to Chinese intelligence services.“If there’s a risk that the data of civilians or companies can be tapped into on the basis of this law, then we can’t ...

India’s internet shutdowns cost mobile carriers $350,000 per hour: Lobby group

Friday, 27 December 2019

Indian mobile operators are losing around 24.5 million rupees ($350,000) in revenue every hour they are forced to suspend internet services on government orders to control protests against a new citizenship law, a top lobby group said on Friday. Countrywide protests have raged for three weeks after India’s parliament passed legislation which gives minorities from neighboring Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh a path to citizenship but excludes Muslims. That, coupled with a plan for a ...

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