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A three-man space crew featuring American and Japanese rookie astronauts as well as an experienced Russian cosmonaut blasted off on Sunday for a six-month mission at the International Space Station.

Kelowna on track to become Canadian hub for high-tech industry

Kelowna, British Columbia is becoming a Canadian hub for the high-tech industry. Not only are local entrepreneurs launching start-ups, but established companies are moving to the Okanagan Lake city.

Faring badly: Uber struggles to make inroads in Japan

Uber may be shredding business models for taxi firms the world over but it is struggling to make inroads in Japan, where risk-averse passengers prefer to stick to their high-quality traditional taxi service.

China unveils three year plan to dominate AI

China has unveiled a three year action plan to take the lead in the world's burgeoning artificial intelligence industry. The plan is driven from the top of the Chinese government.

Making cybersecurity stronger in harsh environments

Remaining protected from cyber attacks is diffiucult at the best of times. It is more challenging in extreme environments, such as a war zone. New research offers some solutions.

Boosting student performance with robot learning

Remote learning is a growing means of delivering education. A downside is with student engagement. This can be overcome, according to new research, when robotic assistants are used.

Op-Ed: Jones win in Alabama aided by a crowd-sourced funding platform

Democrat Doug Jones used online funding to support his campaign and relied on a platform called ActBlue. Crowdfunding is nothing new in politics and specialty platforms such as ActBlue are increasing in number.

Algorithm repairs corrupted digital images

University of Maryland researchers have devised a technique exploits the power of artificial neural networks to tackle multiple types of flaws and degradations in a single image in one go.

SpaceX first — Recycled rocket soars with recycled capsule

Elon Musk's SpaceX chalked up another first today, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a supply run to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA.

New software allows robots to be operated through VR

Brown University technologists have developed software that enables users control robots over the Internet using standard a virtual reality hardware interface.

Canada's small mineral miners will benefit from EV battery boom

The developers of Canadian lithium and cobalt mines are in a perfect position to benefit from a round of investments from the makers of electric vehicles and the batteries that power them.

Erdogan opens Turkey's first driverless metro line in Istanbul

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday opened the country's first driverless metro line, an eagerly awaited project expected to relieve congestion in a traffic-choked area of Istanbul.

Spirit AeroSystems creates new composite manufacturing technology

Spirit AeroSystems announced on Thursday its Advanced Technology Centre in Prestwick, Scotland has developed an improved method for manufacturing composite parts, including wind turbine blades.

Google shares best practices for developing mobile AR apps

Google's published a set of best practices to help developers create compelling mobile AR experiences. The company said it has made several observations during the creation of its own AR apps. It's sharing its insights to inspire industry development.

Google to expand Assistant to more Android devices

Google's announced a significant availability expansion for Assistant. The company's launching the voice-activated AI on a wider selection of Android devices, including tablets and older phones. It comes as the company faces increased competition.

Gibraltar to launch fintech licenses for blockchain startups

Gibraltar will create a license for startups using blockchain tech as it seeks to attract more fintech firms to its territory. The specially designed license will be the first of its kind. It will formally recognise blockchains as a way to make payments.

IT leaders turn to AI to defend against AI-powered cyberattacks

Over 90% of cybersecurity leaders are concerned hackers will use AI to attack their company, according to a new report. Faced with increasingly sophisticated threats, businesses are looking towards defences which use AI to proactively respond to attacks.

Litecoin creator Lee warns about the risks of buying litecoin

Recently the price of litecoin a smaller competitor of bitcoin, and in many ways similar, shared in the meteoric rise of its big brother. Its price more than doubled from Sunday Dec. 10 to over $300 on Tuesday morning.

Alberta's first renewable energy auction sets new low for wind

The government of Alberta, Canada, home to the world's third-largest oil reserves, on Wednesday actioned off 595 megawatts of renewable energy capacity to be built in the province, exceeding the government's target of 400 megawatts.

Apple launches new iMac Pro, the 'most powerful' Mac ever

Apple has officially launched its new iMac Pro. The workstation PC is aimed at designers, professionals and power users looking for exceptional performance. It follows a series of lacklustre pro-focused Apple launches which the company's now addressing.

Microsoft announces preview of AI-powered health chatbot system

Microsoft's launched a private preview of a new AI-powered health chatbot system. The company said intelligent healthcare assistants could "empower" users to access medical info from their smartphone, cutting the time and cost of obtaining healthcare.

Internet traffic redirected through Russia in 'suspicious' event

Traffic to some of the world's top web services was briefly routed through an "unused" ISP in Russia this week. Researchers have described the unexplained event as "suspicious" and "intentional." Facebook, Google and Microsoft were amongst those impacted.

Digital transformation in telecoms to create agile 'open telcos'

Telecoms operators are embracing digital transformation and technological change to develop new networks and improve the customer experience. The telecoms industry is in a leading-edge position for connectivity as businesses start to demand cloud tech.

Minerals in e-waste discarded in 2016 were worth $65 billion

E-waste, which includes anything with a plug or a battery is the topic of a new United Nations-backed study published Wednesday. A staggering 44.7 million metric tons (Mt) was generated globally in 2016 — up 3.3 Mt or eight percent from 2014.

US military to send cyber soldiers to the battlefield

The US Army will soon send teams of cyber warriors to the battlefield, officials said Wednesday, as the military increasingly looks to take the offensive against enemy computer networks.

Three plead guilty in Mirai botnet attacks

US officials unveiled criminal charges Wednesday against a former university student and two others in the Mirai botnet attacks which shut down parts of the internet in several countries starting in mid-2016.

Blue Origin launches successful first flight of Crew Capsule 2.0

Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin recorded a new milestone today – an inaugural flight for Crew Capsule 2.0, the latest version of the vehicle it’s creating to bring astronauts into space for its first passenger flights.

Apple invests $390m in TrueDepth supplier Finisar

Apple's announced it will invest $390m into Finisar, the company that manufactures components for Apple's TrueDepth iPhone cameras. Finisar's technology is behind many of Apple's latest innovations, including Face ID and Animoji on the iPhone X.

Banking cryptocurrency Ripple increases in value by over 50%

The cryptocurrency Ripple has more than doubled in price this week and is now the fourth largest by market cap. Ripple has overtaken Litecoin, another alternative coin with similar gains over the past week. Bitcoin's rally is driving the trend.

FCC, FTC detail what will happen if net neutrality gets repealed

The FCC and FTC have published a draft agreement that outlines how the agencies will collaborate if net neutrality gets repealed. They will share jurisdiction of ISPs, with the FCC responsible for reviewing complaints. Both bodies will meet regularly.

Google announces AI research centre in China

Google's announced it will extend its push into China by launching an AI research centre in the country. The company said it's opening the facility to access China's leading AI research talent. The move could also help it to access Chinese users.

Shark-spotting drones on patrol at Australian beaches

High-tech shark-spotting drones are patrolling dozens of Australian beaches this summer to quickly identify underwater predators and deliver safety devices to swimmers and surfers faster than traditional lifesavers.

Chicken 'language' being studied with AI

Researchers are using machine learning technology to understand and analyze patterns in chicken speech. The scientists hope to better inform farmers about the health and happiness of their poultry.

Bitcoin price reaches another high and closes in on $18,000

Bitcoin set another high today with CoinDesk recording an intra-day high of $17,615. Many analysts think that the rise could have been fueled in part by the launch of bitcoin futures last Sunday evening by Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE).

Telecom startups investing in AI

The future of improved telecommunications services is being driven by startups. From AI integration to cloud security, startups are showing big telcos how to innovate through the use of digital tools and grow the industry.

Illegal transmitters impact on telecom services

Illegal transmitters, such as radio frequency identification tags and signal boosters, which operate outside of approved frequencies, are disrupting communications services and affecting business operations.

Energy Department announces $18.5 million in offshore R&D grants

On Tuesday, the Department of Energy announced $18.5 million in new funding for an offshore wind research and development (R&D) consortium that will conduct U.S.-specific research aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind in the U.S.

Microsoft launches preview of its quantum development toolkit

Microsoft's launched a preview of its quantum development kit. The set tools include a quantum programming language designed to help developers get started with quantum models. It includes everything needed to run quantum programs on a regular computer.

Digital transformation market to be worth over $490bn by 2022

The digital transformation market is expected to more than double in size over the next five years. Investment will climb to $493.4bn as more businesses bring digital tech into the workplace and customer experiences. The market will pass $205bn in 2017.

Internet pioneers urge FCC to cancel net neutrality vote

Over 20 pioneers credited with inventing the web have penned a letter to the FCC. The leaders explain how the FCC's intention to repeal net neutrality is based on "flawed and factually inaccurate" understanding of the web, demanding the vote is cancelled.

Coinbase CEO warns users to 'invest responsibly'

The CEO of Coinbase has penned a blog post warning users to be careful when investing in cryptocurrencies. Noting that Bitcoin and alternative coins remain volatile, Brian Armstrong said investments should be made "responsibly."