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Robot security guard ‘commits suicide’ in public fountain

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) A robot security guard met a tragic end when it drowned itself at a fountain of a shopping mall in Washington D.C.The Knightscope security robot was patrolling the Georgetown Waterfront shopping complex in Washington D.C. on Monday when it apparently drove itself into the pond. “Our D.C. …

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SCIENCETECHNOLOGY Facebook to launch news subscription product: TheStreet

SAN FRANCISCO (Web Desk) Facebook plans to launch a subscription-based news product, and will begin initial tests in October, TheStreet reported on Tuesday, citing the social media company’s news partnerships head Campbell Brown at a conference. The feature is likely to allow publishers to create a paywall on Facebook’s Instant …

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Microsoft cloud to help Baidu self-driving car effort

SAN FRANCISCO (Web DesK)  Microsoft’s cloud computing platform will be used outside China for collaboration by members of a self-driving car alliance formed by Chinese internet search giant Baidu, the companies announced on Tuesday. The US software giant is one of more than 50 entities that have joined an Apollo …

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Amazon makes cloud contract more customer-friendly as rivals loom

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) Amazon.com Inc has done away with a controversial clause in its cloud computing contracts that prohibited customers from suing the company over patent infringement, according to an updated version of the Amazon Web Services customer agreement released on Thursday. The so-called “non-assert” clause had been a point …

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Facebook to test news story paywalls: report

SAN FRANCISCO (Web Desk) Facebook will test limiting the number of published news stories that can be read for free on its Instant Articles platform for premium publishers, US media reported on Wednesday.The leading social network has become a major source of news for people, triggering complaints by publishers that …

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Samsung to recover rare metals from recalled Note 7s

SEOUL (Web Desk) Tech giant Samsung said on Tuesday it plans to recover 157 tonnes’ worth of rare metals from recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in a bid to minimize the environmental impact of the fire-prone devices. Samsung said in a statement it planned to reuse components such as camera …

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Government ‘cyber troops’ manipulate Facebook, Twitter

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) GOVERNMENTS around the world are enlisting “cyber troops” who manipulate Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets to steer public opinion, spread misinformation and undermine critics, according to a new report from the University of Oxford. Adding to growing evidence of government-sponsored efforts to use online tools …

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MUST READR.I.P Counter-Strike: Last servers of CS 1.6 shut down

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) For many millennials who have grown up with the internet, Counter Strike 1.6 is probably their first game with fond memories of sitting with friends playing this game on Local Area Net (LAN), shouting and cursing one another, all in jolly fun. Before the days of PS4’s …

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WhatsApp introduces long-awaited feature

UAE (Web Desk) Our addiction to social media applications is growing to an alarming level. One of the most used such applications, WhatsApp in its latest version has introduced a new feature to more ‘spoil’ the youngsters. The messaging app has increased the limit for sharing images, videos and GIFs. …

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When your body becomes eligible for an upgrade

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) We all like to joke about what might happen if robots, powered by artificial intelligence, decide they want to overthrow humans.That scenario is, at best, decades away. But this week I’ve been pondering something much more immediate, and in my view, more likely. What will happen when …

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