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Uber sees commercialisation of flying taxis in 5-10 years

TOKYO (Web Desk) Uber Technologies Inc Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi said on Tuesday he can see commercialisation of the Uber Air flying taxi service happening within five to 10 years.The U.S. ride-hailing app maker has said it expects flying vehicles to eventually become an affordable method of mass transportation.Khosrowshahi …

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US looks to counter hypersonic missiles by Russia and China

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Even as the Pentagon hustles to ensure that its defenses keep pace with North Korea’s fast-growing rocket program, US officials increasingly are turning attention to a new generation of missile threat.These weapons under development by China and Russia as well as by the United States can fly …

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Experts discover hidden ancient Maya structures in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY (Web Desk) Experts using an aerial high-tech laser scanner have discovered thousands of ancient Maya structures hidden under the thick jungle of northern Guatemala, officials said Thursday.Some 60,000 structures were found over the past two years in a scan of a region in the northern department of El …

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Japan orders broader checks after $530 million cryptocurrency theft

TOKYO (Web Desk) Japanese authorities said they would investigate all cryptocurrency exchanges in the country for security gaps and ordered Coincheck to raise its standards after hackers stole $530 million of digital money from the Tokyo-based exchange.The theft one of the world’s biggest cyberheists – highlights the vulnerabilities in trading …

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Apple says delayed HomePod speaker ready to go

NEWW YORK (Web Desk) Apple said on Tuesday its HomePod speaker, the digital assistant device challenging rivals from Amazon and Google, was now ready after a delay of several months.HomePod, which missed the key holiday shopping season in the fast-growing market for connected speakers, will be available for pre-order Friday …

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Dimming the Sun to cool Earth could ravage wildlife: study

PARIS (Web Desk) Geoengineering schemes designed to deflect some of the Sun’s planet-warming rays would backfire if suddenly discontinued,wiping out species and entire ecosystems, a study published Monday warns.Rapid warming after stopping geoengineering would be a huge threat to the natural environment and biodiversity,said co-author Alan Robock, a professor at …

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Facebook acknowledges social media’s risks to democracy

NEW YORK (Web Desk) Facebook acknowledged Monday that widespread use of social media can be harmful to democracy,while pledging to work to minimize these risks.The world’s biggest social network’s comments were the latest response to persistent criticism for its role in allowing the spread of misinformation, reinforcing “filter bubbles and …

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Whatsapp’s new feature can ‘demote’ group admins

LONDON (Web Desk) In its newly introduced feature, messaging service WhatsApp has started allowing users to ‘dismiss’ administrators of group chats.Dismiss As Admin’ lets group admins demote other group admins, subsequently taking control of conversations.For instance, if it is used on an admin, the admin would lose all of their …

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Apple store in Zurich evacuated as phone battery overheats

ZURICH (Web Desk) An overheated iPhone battery injured a repairman in an Apple store in Zurich and prompted the evacuation of around 50 people from the shop on Tuesday due to smoke, Swiss police said.Zurich police said the incident occurred as the repair worker was removing the battery, which overheated …

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