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Elon Musk is leading demands for a global ban on killer robots, warning technological advances could revolutionise warfare and create new "weapons of terror" that target innocent people.

Smart city startup program eyes resilience and public safety

As our cities continue to grow in size and complexity, there is also a growing demand for technology and innovations that keep infrastructure, services, and residents safe. And safety is critical in attracting business, investments and skilled labor.

Qubits for quantum computers from ultracold molecules

Scientists have discovered that collections of ultracold molecules can retain the information stored in them for hundreds of times longer than comparable materials. Such clusters could serve as qubits for quantum computers.

Logic circuits with diamond-based transistors

Technologists have designed logic circuits for computers designed to function in extreme environments. This type of technology will prove useful in applications like mining and deep sea drilling.

Op-Ed: Digital surveillance — Australia's Pine Gap and US vs War Crimes?

The U.S. Pine Gap base in Australia has been controversial since it was built, during the later Cold War. The question is whether Australia is participating in a system which may qualify as war crimes when civilian casualties are incurred.

Barclays using sensors in workplace as cost-cutting measure

Barclays PLC has installed sensors in their offices in London to track how often bankers are at their desks. The devices called OccupEye, are installed under desks and use heat and motion to track office efficiency.

Smarter robot vacuum cleaners in development

Imagine being able to control when your office is cleaned, via a robot vacuum cleaner, controlled from an app like Outlook? Such technology is not far away.

Intelligent transportation systems keep smart cities on the road

Different sectors of a city have varying needs requiring different solutions and not all of them overlap. Let's look at what two Colorado-based companies are doing for the transportation sector.

Shipping industry at risk of cyberattacks by hackers and pirates

Hackers are increasingly targeting shipping firms to extract business information, attempt audacious frauds and steal goods from vessels. Members of the security industry warned shipping firms are often unaware of the dangers.

Skype's unpopular design overhaul makes its way to the desktop

Microsoft has launched a preview version of its new Skype app for Windows desktop PCs. It includes the new design, focus and features of the recently overhauled Skype mobile app. The revised look and feel has been met with a decidedly frosty reception.

Over half of Windows 7 PCs have no antivirus installed

Microsoft's latest security report contains several interesting statistics on Windows antivirus usage. Over half of all PCs running Windows 7 have no antivirus software installed or have it turned off. The situation's not much better on newer versions.

Cool pavements for 'smart cities' — Do they really work?

Urban planners considering ways of reducing urban heat are looking at "cool pavements" to replace asphalt because it's black and absorbs heat. While this may be true, a new study suggests these pavements require more energy and carbon to manufacture.

Reddit launches its own native video platform

Reddit has announced it's rolling out support for native video uploads to all its users and communities. The feature has been in beta for a while and is designed to simplify the Reddit experience. Previously, videos had to be uploaded to external sites.

Google creates AI algorithm that removes watermarks from photos

Google has created an AI algorithm that's capable of removing watermarks from images with almost flawless accuracy. The discovery could allow cybercriminals to steal stock photographs and professional images. Google provided advice to combat the issue.

Using algorithms to predict gentrification and fight displacement

You will know it when you see it - Gentrification hits when a neighborhood’s property values and demographics start changing, and the fears of displacement set in. In the past, it was hard to stop the process once it began, but today we have tech tools.

How climate change is fueling 'gentrification' in many cities

Many cities along our coastlines particularly Miami Beach or Virginia Beach, have wealthier neighborhoods closest to the water while neighborhoods farthest from the beach, at higher elevations, are more affordable.

Retailers using location analytics to improve customer experience

Consumers are starting to engage with businesses in new ways, using the Internet to post questions or to track orders. Rising consumer expectations in relation to when they will get their goods is driving interest in location analytics.

Box hooks into Google's cloud to improve image search

Cloud storage provider Box has announced it has partnered with Google to bring the search giant's computer vision tech to its platform. The decision to link Box to Google's cloud will let users search through photos even if they're not explicitly tagged.

ASUS unveils upgraded family of ZenFone Android smartphones

ASUS has unveiled its new family of ZenFone smartphones comprising four handsets to expand the company's range. The devices are separated into two different series, including a dedicated "Selfie" range aimed at people looking for a social media device.

Microsoft creates gliders that fly themselves using AI

Microsoft has created an AI that allows a glider to fly itself. The artificial intelligence mimics how animals find thermal air currents to allow the glider to fly without a motor. It stays aloft by using complex algorithms to head to rising air.

Google's G Suite gets new collaboration features in latest update

Google has announced big updates for several G Suite apps that new collaboration and power user features. The company is adding more advanced co-authoring and version control capabilities to make G Suite more versatile in enterprise scenarios.

Drones to get 'stealth' mode because of cyber-vulnerabilities

DJI, the world's largest drone maker, is developing a "stealth" mode for its drones so they can fly without transmitting data over the Internet. The news comes just weeks after the US Army prohibited their use over cyber-security concerns.

Nokia unveils its new flagship smartphone

Nokia has officially announced the Nokia 8, the company's anticipated flagship Android phone. Since the brand returned to the smartphone market this year, it has concentrated on the mid-range sector. It's now turning its sights towards a premium product.

Uber's Philippine suspension: What we know

Ride-sharing app Uber faces a month-long suspension in the Philippines, in its latest run-in with authorities around the world.

Telematics is shaping the ‘smart city’

One development with the ‘smart city’ is the increased use of telematics. This relates to sensors and computer collecting information and helping to manage the flow of traffic and people through the roads and streets.

Micro-cameras being tested for digital businesses

A new development in mini, wearable and customizable cameras has been launched. Called FOMO, the camera offers opportunities for businesses and for consumers, being able to capture video in real-time.

Ubuntu's new desktop will have an always-visible dock

Canonical, the makers of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, has started to release details of the upcoming desktop environment shift in Ubuntu 17.10. Months after the decision to drop its own Unity desktop was announced, the new GNOME look is taking shape.

Does Microsoft's massive Office 365 spell the end for startups?

Microsoft's efforts to make Office 365 the only cloud solution businesses could mean it's "curtains" for rival startups. The CEO and co-founder of data transfer company Egress said startups are being threatened by Microsoft's rapid cloud expansion.

Google will now let you know if there's high pollen in your area

Google has announced a new feature designed to help allergy sufferers stay aware of pollen conditions. The company said it had observed seasonal surges in search traffic about pollen levels, leading it to expand its weather info with allergy details.

Affordable zinc-air cells could be the future of battery tech

Researchers have developed a breakthrough method to create rechargeable zinc-air batteries. Zinc-air cells are cheap to make and could become the preferred power source for future tech. They've previously been hindered by rechargeability issues.

'Kyoto Process' looks to cellulose nanofibers instead of steel

Scientists are working with plastics and cellulose nanofibers to create a product that is five-times lighter than steel but will be five-times stronger.

Next year's high-end smartphones might have AR as standard

Qualcomm has unveiled a next-generation smartphone image processing module that includes support for depth-sensing cameras. The development makes it likely that augmented reality will become a first-class feature in next year's Android phones.

Smart city market is fastest growing segment of government

The drivers behind smart city tech are fueling a technology market that is expected to hit $775 billion in 2021, as more and more cities around the world look to information and communications technology in creating sustainability.

Snap shrugs off growth concerns as stock rebounds from record low

Snap might be on course to recover its position on the stock market. Employees can now trade their stock as the lockup period is over. Although analysts had thought this could cause a rush of selling, the price is up and Snap has started the week strong.

Microsoft aims to recapture power users with new Windows version

Microsoft has launched a new version of Windows 10 designed specifically for users of high-end workstation PCs. The company said it had listened to feedback from customers asking for a desktop operating system tailored to server-grade hardware.

Google buys startup that uses smartphones as health monitors

Google has acquired a startup that uses smartphones as medical devices capable of monitoring several vital stats. The company has created a series of mobile apps that use simple smartphone hardware, such as the camera and mic, to detect health issues.

Google Allo is finally available on the web… sort of

Google Allo now has a web version, almost a year after its launch. The long-requested site is rolling out now but only some users will benefit from it. The app's currently limited to Android devices and the Chrome browser, restricting its usefulness.

LinkedIn forced to allow AI bots to scrape its data

LinkedIn has been ordered to unblock a startup's access to its data, concluding a legal debate that sets a precedent for the future. LinkedIn sent a cease and desist letter when HiQ Labs started scraping its data. A court allowed the activity to continue.

Examples of how augmented reality enriches customer experience

Augmented reality is a view of reality modified by computer-generated input such as sound, video, graphics or even GPS data. The augmented reality enhances ones perception of reality.

Chicago tackles urban flooding with the 'Array of Things'

Because of the wide range of environmental factors impacting our lives, from air quality and traffic to urban flooding and noise, the use of sensors and cloud computing have become increasingly valuable tools for managing and planning urban environments.

Improving supply chains through digital transformation

Keeping supply chains in control and competitive is a key consideration for any company that sends physical products nationally or internationally. The application of digital technology presents many advantages.
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