Hi-Tech


    • NASA study raises grave concerns about deep space travel

      NASA study raises grave concerns about deep space travel

      When Elon Musk announced that SpaceX was going to start crewed missions to Mars in the 2020s, it was a cause for excitement and celebration. After all, in just a few short years, we'd all have the chance to become colonists on Mars. A recent study, however, shows that deep space travel might not be that much of a great idea for humans.

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    • Intel boosts spending by $1bn, combat PC shortages

      Intel boosts spending by $1bn, combat PC shortages

      Amid a global shortage of processors for personal computers, Intel Corp.'s CEO Bob Swan, said it’s taking steps to increase output and alleviate a shortage that had threatened to slow the industry’s growth by adding an extra $1bn to its capital equipment budget this year. The investment will be distributed among chip fabrication facilities in the US, Ireland and Israel.

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    • Innowave Summit 2018 gives biggest startup fund award

      Innowave Summit 2018 gives biggest startup fund award

      A unique opportunity is offered by the organisers of this year’s edition of InnoWave Summit 2018, the largest high-tech conference in Southeastern Europe, which will take place in Varna on 19 and 20 October. The best startups in the area of blockchain technology will have the chance to win a prize fund worth €210,000 – the largest sum ever given in Bulgaria at an event of similar scale.

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    • Rise of AI brings hope for earlier cancer diagnosis

      Rise of AI brings hope for earlier cancer diagnosis

      Whether you admit it or not, humankind is currently witnessing the extraordinary growth of artificial intelligence (AI) right before its eyes. While it has been introduced across countless industries, it has also begun to transform the clinical domains, with researchers across the globe trusting more and more its potential to tackle healthcare’s ever-growing complexity, rate of change, and burden of disease.

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    • Vintage Apple-1 computer sells for $375,000

      Vintage Apple-1 computer sells for $375,000

      In the 1970s, a brand new Apple-1 system made by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak sold at the Byte Shop in Mountain View, California, for $666.66, launching the personal computer age as well as a trillion-dollar company. On Tuesday, one of less than 70 remaining original Apple computers sold at auction for $375,000, or more than 562 times the original sale price all those years ago.

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    • Microsoft's AI tech to aid humanitarian efforts

      Microsoft's AI tech to aid humanitarian efforts

      Microsoft launched a new $40m programme aimed at harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for disaster recovery, helping children, protecting refugees and displaced people and promoting respect for human rights. Over the next five years, tech giant aims to execute the so-called AI for Humanitarian Action program by working deeply with select non-governmental and humanitarian organisations through grants, investment of technology, as well as through technology licenses, training and other resources.

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    • Alibaba is stepping up its game

      Alibaba is stepping up its game

      Alibaba AI Labs, an artificial intelligence (AI) division of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., announced yesterday that it will launch service robots for the hospitality sector in the coming October to raise its stakes in the booming AI industry. According to the official announcement that was made at “The Computing Conference 2018” in Hangzhou, the site of Alibaba’s headquarters, the labs’ service robots will be able to handle tasks from delivering meals to taking laundry to guests.

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    • Google allows developers to collect your Gmail data

      Google allows developers to collect your Gmail data

      The search giant Google, whose Gmail is used by around 1.4bn people, admitted on Thursday that it continues to allow third party developers to create apps aimed at accessing and scanning users’ email account messages  to collect information. Among the data these app developers seek is the name of products you buy, which friends and co-workers you communicate with the most, and the name of places where you travel. Yet, it remains unclear how many developers have been caught violating its email-scanning rules and whether the marketing companies are taking advantage of consumers' accounts.

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    • Alexa moves into home appliances space

      Alexa moves into home appliances space

      Can you imagine a microwave with a virtual assistant built-in? Well, by 2019 such a crazy idea may become reality as Amazon is gearing up to release up to eight new Alexa devices which will invade home appliances space before the end of this year. Among those could be a microwave oven, a subwoofer, an amplifier, and an "in-car gadget." They would reportedly have Alexa built in, or have easy access to the virtual assistant (likely over an Internet connection). 

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