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Samsung announces curved Gear S smartwatch with 3G

MANCHESTER: The dream of a fully standalone wrist gadget that can make phone calls, stay connected and even help you be sounds good, at least on paper. That’s starting to change. A few bold watches are trying to break away and be their own devices, with their own phone service to boot. The Samsung Gear S is one of those. ... Read More »

Google needs time to develop Android TV’s app to outweigh Fire TV

WASHINGTON DC: The Nexus Player, though, has a tougher road to hoe. It debuts with even fewer apps and games than the Fire TV did, and it does so very late in the game. The holidays are right around the corner, and the Nexus Player is not ready to light up people’s faces with smiles when unwrapped. That could be ... Read More »

Lenovo challenges Apple by pitting Yoga 3 Pro laptop against MacBook Air

TOKYO: In this ‘epic dance-off’ between the Windows-based Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro and Apple’s Mac Book Air, which device proves superior? It’s a Microsoft ad, so the outcome isn’t hard to guess. Lenovo challenges Apple to a dance-off in a new ad pitting its Yoga 3 Pro laptop against the MacBook Air. Microsoft took similar swipes at Apple with a series of ... Read More »

Google allows Gmail users to edit Microsoft Office documents from within inbox

BERLIN: Google has rolled out a new feature allowing Gmail users to edit Microsoft Office documents sent as email attachments from within your inbox. A new edit icon has been added to Gmail attachments, clicking on which automatically converts Office files to Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides. The feature, Google says, gives you the additional benefit of a single document to ... Read More »

British scientist warns artificial intelligence could end humankind

HAMPSHIRE: Cosmologist Stephen Hawking warned that independent artificial intelligence could doom mankind. The robots will rise, we’re told. The machines will assume control. For decades we have heard these warnings and fears about artificial intelligence taking over and ending humankind. Prof Stephen Hawking, one of Britain’s pre-eminent scientists, has said that efforts to create thinking machines pose a threat to ... Read More »

New mobile ordering service Starbucks launched

CALIFORNIA: Two minutes after ordering my tall sugar-free vanilla latte on my iPhone, a barista called my name saying it was ready. Starbucks plans to roll out the feature to more cities in the coming months and expects to complete a national rollout next year. A minute or two after that, my piping hot Panini came out of the oven, ... Read More »

Google ditches pesky CAPTCHA for checkbox

SAN FRANCISCO – Instead of deciphering distorted text, web users will now be able to prove that they are humans with a simple “I’m not a robot” checkbox. Google announced an updated version of the traditional CAPTCHA online human verification system Tuesday. Don’t be surprised if the next time you try to access a website, instead of asking you to ... Read More »

Microsoft announces support for emoji characters in Bing search

BIRMINGHAM: Microsoft announced the support of emoji characters in Bing search in all English markets. “With this new feature, you can search using your favorite emoji, and Bing will return results based on the semantic meaning of the emoji,” Nick Roberts, senior program manager, Bing Relevance & Intent, said in an official blog post. Using this new feature, you can ... Read More »

Top Android apps on Google Play Store

FLORIDA: Google Play app store has exploded in recent years, with a proliferation of apps that can cater to your every need. The problem is: there are just too many of them. Between the release of Android Lollipop, a slew of new cutting-edge handsets, and a brand new platform for smart watches and wearable’s, 2014 was an exciting year for ... Read More »

Experts: Benefits of coffee outweigh health risks

YORKSHIRE: Coffee has a long history of being blamed for many ills — from stunting your growth to claims that it causes heart disease and cancer. But recent research indicates that coffee may not be so bad after all. So which is it — good or bad? The best answer may be that for most people the health benefits outweigh ... Read More »

Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record

SAN FRANCISCO: Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say. NASA, which measures temperatures slightly differently, had already determined that September was record-warm. The average global temperature on land and ocean surfaces in October was the highest on record for this month since 1880, released today the National ... Read More »

Facebook rolls out new privacy settings

CHICAGO: Facebook is rolling out a new privacy settings checkup tool designed to give users a clearer picture of who can see their posts and other information they share .Privacy basics is an interactive process where users learn how to delete posts, limiting who can read them and blocking sections of your profile from public domain. It also shows how ... Read More »

Google Scholar provides broadly search for scholarly literature

TOKYO: This situation, and everything that precedes it, is going to be more difficult if you don’t know about Google Scholar. Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other ... Read More »

HIV may evolve to cause AIDS less frequently

LONDON: Rapid evolution of HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, is slowing its ability to cause AIDS, according to a study of more than 2,000 women in Africa. HIV is being “watered down” as it adapts to our immune systems, becoming less infectious, according to a new study from scientists in the UK. The scientists then analyzed the impact on HIV ... Read More »

Huawei Inches toward expansion into Korean smartphone market

PHILIPPINE: Chinese handset manufacturer Huawei has set its sights on making its debut in the South Korean smartphone market. The company is currently testing its Honor 6 device on Korea’s LG Uplus network. Chinese telecom device maker Huawei will reportedly build a research and development center in South Korea. But while Huawei officials confirmed that its flagship device is being tested ... Read More »

Digital maps revolutionising huge range of use

MEXICO: Humans have been utilizing maps for centuries, drawing what we know of the world and constantly striving to fill it in with more and more detail. Maps are one of the key tools we have when it comes to understand the world around us, locating valuable information, and generally finding our way around. Now, digital maps are really coming ... Read More »