Thursday , October 18 2018

GM reveals high-tech pickup

General Motors just revealed a new pickup with a bed made from carbon fiber, an expensive lightweight material usually found in high-priced exotic sports cars, not cradling sheets of plywood or cinder blocks. On the new GMC Sierra Denali, all the inside surfaces of the truck’s bed are made from …

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Robot carpenter makes custom furniture

Researchers have repurposed existing robotic technology so it is able to create custom wooden furniture, a move they say will greatly improve safety.The team at the Massachusetts’ Institute of Technology (MIT) modified existing technology, including the popular vacuuming robot Roomba, to create the system. The group said the goal was …

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Bill Gates says crypto-currencies cause deaths

Crypto-currencies are killing people in a “fairly direct way”, Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said.He was referring to the way digital currencies like Bitcoin are used to buy drugs like synthetic opioid fentanyl.In an “ask me anything” session on news website Reddit, he said that the anonymity of digital currencies …

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Sony phone adds rumble to games and films

The Xperia XZ2’s rumble tech adapts a feature originally developed for the firm’s PlayStation controllers.It also records “super-slow-mo” videos at a higher resolution than Samsung’s Galaxy S9.Sony has, however, pioneered other phone innovations in the past – including a 4K screen and waterproofing – only to see its sales still …

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Samsung Galaxy S9 focuses on the camera

New and improved camera capabilities are the main thrust of Samsung’s pitch for its latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and larger S9+.The handsets gain a super-slow-motion facility designed to make it easy to extend key moments of action. They also gain a type of lens that should improve low-light …

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Mobile World Congress: Why do smartphones look so alike?

HuaweiSamsung is casting a long shadow over this year’s Mobile World Congress.The technology industry get-together in Barcelona is set to be dominated by the launch of its Galaxy S9 and S9+ handsets.The reaction from many rivals – including Huawei, HTC and LG – appears to have been to hold off …

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Snap CEO Evan Spiegel made $638 million last year

Snapchat may have struggled during its first year as a public company, but you wouldn’t know it from the CEO’s pay.Evan Spiegel, the CEO of Snapchat’s parent company, received $638 million in total compensation in 2017, according to a company filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday.The vast …

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Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone images leaked by MWC app

The images were discovered hidden via a hack of Unpacked 2018, a program that the company has asked invitees to Sunday’s launch of the handset in Barcelona to download. The disclosure backs up details divulged by earlier unverified leaks about the Galaxy S9. Experts say the revelations threaten to detract …

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AI ripe for exploitation, experts warn

Drones turned into missiles, fake videos manipulating public opinion and automated hacking are just three of the threats from artificial intelligence in the wrong hands, experts have said. The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence report warns that AI is ripe for exploitation by rogue states, criminals and terrorists. Those designing …

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