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China’s ‘Big Brother’ surveillance technology isn’t nearly as all-seeing as the government wants you to think

“Last September, English-language state newspaper China Daily touted how police in Qingdao used facial recognition technology to catch 25 would-be criminals” writes Harrison Jacobs for businessinsider.com. Despite notions that Chinese police’s facial recognition capabilities can track down anyone, anywhere, that’s simply not what the technology is capable of, according to Xie. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Bitcoin Can Still Become the Future of Money Through…

“Do you think Bitcoin is the future of money?” writes Jp Buntinx for livebitcoinnews.com. This dip causes many debates, although proponents remain confident it is the future of money.Still, new technological innovations to Bitcoin and its blockchain is helping pave the way for greater use and acceptance.Using Bitcoin as money has been challenging.None of these developments bode well for the future of BTC. At the same time, there is a lot of potential waiting to be tapped. Source: livebitcoinnews.com Share This:

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Chile’s Pinera to meet CEOs of Amazon, Alphabet next week

“Santiago (Reuters) – Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said on Tuesday that he plans to meet with the chief executives of Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc next week to enlist their support for helping the South American nation make technological progress” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Amazon and Alphabet, the parent company of Google Inc, did not immediately respond to requests for comment outside regular working hours. Source: 95kqds.com Share This:

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Iran-Europe technological co-op greatly benefits both sides: VP

“Startup scene in Iran, finance & financial technology investment and marketing as well as venture capital funds in Iran featured in the talks on the sidelines of the event” reports tehrantimes.com. He pointed to financial transactions between Iran and European countries as an important part of cooperation.Pardis Technology Park hosts over 200 companies, some of them export technological products to European countries, he said.Iran is ready to open up effective channels and establish infrastructures to facilitate financial transactions with European countries, he added.TEHRAN — Cooperation between Iran and Europe for…

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Books to help you survive the digital age

“Here are 10 of the books that did help me: they might also help you understand, and survive, our complicated, stressful, digital age. 1” writes Julian Gough for theguardian.com. Dick shows us, not a dystopia, but a believably shabby, amusingly human future.To write it, over what turned out to be seven years of accelerating global change, I needed to understand where the modern technological world came from and where it might be headed.I’m an Irish writer whose new novel is set in the digital, hi-tech future. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Technological advances offer new options for the hearing-impaired

“Starkey hearing aids can go as high as $2,000” writes Sandra Guy – for suntimes.com. Indeed, less-invasive hearing devices, now termed “hearables,” are becoming available over-the-counter and available to any age group to help enhance hearing, experts say.Bose, the company known for its audio speakers and headphones, started selling hearing aids for $499.95 in its stores and online in 2017.Apple’s Made for iPhone technology, for example, lets people control hearing aids through an iOS device.Users can also control their hearing aids through an Apple Watch connected to an iPhone. Source: suntimes.com…

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The Morning Ledger: Executives Strike Deals Amid Technological Disruption

“Amid surging e-commerce sales, Prologis Inc. agreed to buy logistics-property owner DCT Industrial Trust Inc. for $8.4 billion including debt” writes Nina Trentmann Wsj for wsj.com. Company executives struck several large deals during the weekend, highlighting the need to consolidate at a time of technological disruption and heightened competition across various industries. Source: wsj.com Share This:

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Young Catholics are returning to the traditional rosary as they react to ‘technological advances’, event organiser says

“Young Catholics are returning to the traditional rosary as they react to “technological advances”, the organisers of a new event have said” writes Tom Welsh for telegraph.co.uk. “Personally I believe young people crave stability in a world that often changes quicker due to technological advances.”.  Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Alibaba is making its own neural network chip

“Alibaba is developing its own neural network chip, the Ali-NPU, which will be used in AI applications, such as image video analysis, machine learning, and other scenarios, Yicai is reporting” writes Masha Borak for technode.com. AI chips are one of the main targets of China’s push for AI development.To shoulder the future responsibility, we will build Alibaba’s own ‘NASA,’” Alibaba’s executive chairman Jack Ma said during the event. Source: technode.com Share This:

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Robots complete task many dread: Assemble IKEA furniture…

“Some restaurants and hotels in the city-state use robots to deliver food to customers and collect used plates and cutlery. (reut.rs/2qJyH09)” writes Reuters Editorial for reuters.com. Sifting through pages of instructions and a jumble of screws and bolts to build the low-cost Swedish furniture may soon be a thing of the past given advances in technology, say researchers at the city-state’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) The scientists spent three years programming the robot – made of arms, grippers, sensors and 3D cameras – which assembled the frame of an IKEA…

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