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    • Apple enters credit card industry

      Apple enters credit card industry

      You might want to forget about Apple's TV+ and ignore Apple News+, as well. The real big news surrounding the tech giant as its splash into the lucrative credit card industry - a bold move for Apple that no other media giant has sought, even Google and Samsung, two companies that also have robust mobile payment systems.

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    • The ‘Godfathers of AI’ honoured with Turing Award

      The ‘Godfathers of AI’ honoured with Turing Award

      The 2018 Turing Award, also known as the “Nobel Prize of computing,” has been given to a trio of researchers who laid the foundations for the current boom in artificial intelligence (AI). Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun - sometimes called the ‘godfathers of AI’ - have been recognised with the $1m annual prize for their work developing the AI subfield of deep learning.

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    • Microsoft creates DNA drive

      Microsoft creates DNA drive

      Microsoft is on its way to replacing optical-storage systems like Facebook's Blue-ray disc-based cold storage by booting up the first “DNA drive” for storing data. Developed by the tech giant and researchers from the University of Washington, the photocopier sized device now could successfully automate the process of translating digital information into DNA and back to bit.

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    • Google enters the gaming industry

      Google enters the gaming industry

      After months of rumors and recent teases from the company itself, Google finally revealed its big gaming announcement that all have been waiting for during a Game Developers Conference keynote on 19 March in San Francisco. And now we could fairly say that the tech giant is getting into gaming in a big way with a direct challenge to the giants of console and PC gaming. This challenge is called Stadia.

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    • Siemens leads in European patent application

      Siemens leads in European patent application

      Siemens submitted more patent applications than any other company in Europe in 2018, overtaking Huawei to first place in the European Patent Office's application rankings. According to data, company's employees submitted around 3,900 patent applications and 7,300 invention disclosure reports worldwide in fiscal 2018. 

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    • Tim Berners-Lee calls for web salvation

      Tim Berners-Lee calls for web salvation

      The inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has published an open letter to mark the 30th anniversary of the day - March 12, 1989. The day when he submitted his original proposal for an information management system that went on to underpin the birth of online services.

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    • Facebook faces criminal probe into data deals

      Facebook faces criminal probe into data deals

      Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with some of the world’s largest technology companies, intensifying scrutiny of the social media giant’s business practices as it seeks to rebound from a year of scandal and setbacks.

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    • NVIDIA outbids Intel for major Israeli chip maker

      NVIDIA outbids Intel for major Israeli chip maker

      NVIDIA has reportedly made a winning offer to acquire Mellanox, a chip maker best known for its high-performance computing and networking tech. Even though it is not yet publicly confirmed, financial news outlet Calcalist and Reuters announced that NVIDIA outbid its main rival Intel by offering more than $7bn - well past the $6bn Intel decided to pay a few months ago. These offers come after Mellanox essentially offered itself for sale in October 2018, which reportedly also garnered attention from Microsoft and Xilinx. 

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    • Say goodbye to your passwords

      Say goodbye to your passwords

      Web Authentication (aka WebAuthn) has been a de facto standard for no-password web sign-ins for almost a year after the most famous browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Safari) began implementing it. It is also supported by many websites, including Airbnb, Alibaba, Apple, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, PayPal and SoftBank. But now the World Wide Web Consortium and the FIDO Alliance have officially declared it as an official standard for logging into accounts.

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