Google bans crypto-mining apps from Play Store

The rising value of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies has given rise to a flurry of mining apps Google has followed the lead of Apple by banning crypto-mining apps from its Play Store. An update to the company’s developer policy reads: “We don’t allow apps that mine crypto-currency on devices.” The company had previously banned crypto-currency […]

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Google executive warns of face ID bias

Google’s Diane Greene spoke to the BBC on the sidelines of the company’s annual cloud conference in San Francisco Facial recognition technology does not yet have “the diversity it needs” and has “inherent biases”, a top Google executive has warned. The remarks, from the firm’s director of cloud computing, Diane Greene, came after rival Amazon’s […]

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YouTube removes ‘hate speech’ videos from InfoWars

Alex Jones has won a large following for promoting conspiracy theories YouTube has taken down four videos posted by the conspiracy theory channel Infowars. In the videos, the host of the channel, Alex Jones, criticises Muslim immigrants to Europe and also denounces a transgender cartoon. One of the clips shows a man pushing a child […]

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Kuri the cute home robot gets canned by Bosch

The team behind Kuri had been working on the project for three years A home robot that had a high profile at recent events has been cancelled before going on sale to the wider public. Kuri was designed to play with children, respond to voice commands and patrol properties while filming videos and taking photos. […]

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Feds Seem to Favor ‘Light Touch’ IoT Regulation

Tech Industry Events and Webinars The Internet of Things may be in its infancy, but the U.S. government has been gearing up to determine what the proper federal role should be, both for encouraging and for regulating the use of IoT technology. Two recent developments have underscored the government’s interest in IoT. On the regulatory […]

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Optiemus aiming to launch more BlackBerry phones in India

Optiemus aiming to launch more BlackBerry phones in India   New Delhi, Jul 23: Optiemus Infracom, which makes BlackBerry phones for the Indian market, plans to line up new devices across various price points in the coming months as it looks to regain lost ground against rivals like Samsung, Xiaomi and others. The company is […]

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Robot themed restaurant opened in Coimbatore

Robot themed restaurant opened in Coimbatore COIMBATORE: A concept seen in “Avengers” and other super hero movies and maybe in restaurants abroad has now come to Coimbatore. A group of five youngsters, who are passionate about theme-based restaurants, have opened a robot themed restaurant in the city. Robots pick up the food from the kitchen […]

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Tech Tent: Would you pay for Android?

This week the EU slapped a record fine on Google and ordered it to stop exploiting its control of its Android mobile operating system to crowd out its rivals. On Tech Tent we ask what happens next – and in particular will Google start charging phone makers to use Android with an inevitable increase in costs to […]

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Microsoft’s focus on cloud, partnerships paying off

AN FRANCISCO – In the elevator industry, breakdowns are bad for business.   AN FRANCISCO – In the elevator industry, breakdowns are bad for business. So when Thyssenkrupp North America needed help predicting when to service its lifts, it turned to Microsoft Corp , a partnership that illustrates how Microsoft’s chief executive, Satya Nadella, has […]

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