• L'Oreal's clip-on sensor to track UV exposure

      L'Oreal's clip-on sensor to track UV exposure

      Lets just admit it - L'Oreal isn't a brand you would probably associate with medical technology, but over the past few years it's been making major inroads in skin protection innovation. Yet, there was My UV Patch, designed to inform wearers how their skin was being affected by the sun, and then UV Sense, a thumbnail-sized smart device that helped monitor sun exposure. Now, the company is also launching a battery-free wearable electronic that was designed to make wearers aware of their levels of UV exposure, as well as other skin-damaging pollutants, such as pollen and humidity, thus giving them individualised, actionable steps to keep their exposure at a healthy level.

    • YouTube warns against Article 13 consequences

      YouTube warns against Article 13 consequences

      The controversial EU’s copyright directive, Article 13 has come under scrutiny yet again from national and international media, after YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki publicly warned that if the European Parliament passes Article 13, it “will create unintended consequences that will have a profound impact on the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people.”

    • Google takes over DeepMind’s health business

      Google takes over DeepMind’s health business

      As part of an ongoing reorganisation of its health care efforts, Google has announced that it will take over DeepMind Health, a part of its London-based AI lab DeepMind. From now on DeepMind's health unit will exist under the Google umbrella and it will be part of the company's newly-formed health subsidiary Google Health initiative. More specifically, the change will affect DeepMind's Streams app, which physicians in the UK have used to help treat their patients, since it will be moving over to Google, and the Google Health team will be working on expanding the app to more regions.

    • Spain to ban sale of petrol, diesel cars from 2040

      Spain to ban sale of petrol, diesel cars from 2040

      Spain plans to propose a ban on sales of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars from 2040, government sources told Reuters on Tuesday, joining a string of countries taking aim at polluting vehicles to help cut greenhouse gas emissions. The plan is included in a draft document for a law on climate change which Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s government hopes to present to parliament by the end of the year.

    • Facebook gives special access to French regulators

      Facebook gives special access to French regulators

      Starting from January, Facebook will give French regulators unprecedented access to its internal processes, so they could examine the social network's human and algorithmic moderation processes and verify Facebook’s goodwill. The informal investigation will continue six months and is aimed at monitoring how Facebook manages and removes certain kinds of illicit content as part of a pilot program to establish a new model for regulating global technology companies determine.

    • Tablet sales grow in Q3 2018

      Tablet sales grow in Q3 2018

      The popularity of smartphones and the rise of more hybrid form factor devices are considered a main cause of the low tablet demand. A new data, gathered by Digitimes Research, however, reveals there are positive trends for the tablets in the 3Q of 2018. According to estimates, between July and September, 44.89m tablets were sold on the global market. This, in turn, represents an increase of 21.1% compared to the previous quarter and a growth of 6.1% in comparison to the same period last year.

    • VW to produce more than 50m electric cars

      VW to produce more than 50m electric cars

      Volkswagen is readying its production facilities to make 50m electric cars over the next several years, the automaker’s CEO Herbert Diess told Automotive News in an interview published 12 November. The announcement comes as Volkswagen continues to move past the 2015 Dieselgate emission scandal and follows the UK ban on new diesel vehicles altogether.

    • Quantum 'compass' could replace GPS

      Quantum 'compass' could replace GPS

      GPS is such an essential part of modern technology, from portable GPS locators to in-car navigation to drones, that it’s hard to imagine life without it. However, there are a number of situations where GPS is not available, due to factors like tall buildings which block the satellite signals GPS relies on. In other cases, GPS signals can be deliberately blocked or jammed, preventing it from working correctly and making it useless. Thus, a group of scientists at Imperial College London have come up with an alternative form of navigation, technically called a “standalone quantum accelerometer,” that can navigate almost everything from large vehicles to searching for dark matter in the far flung corners of space, without reliance on satellites.

    • Alibaba nets record $30bn in Singles' Day sales

      Alibaba nets record $30bn in Singles' Day sales

      Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd made a record 213.5bn yuan ($30.7bn) in sales on Sunday during its annual 24-hour online retail frenzy Singles’ Day, showing robust consumer demand despite concerns about China’s economic growth slowdown. The 10th annual Chinese shopping bonanza, which was originally a novelty student holiday to celebrate being single, countering Valentines Day,  got off to a strong start with sales hitting $1bn in the first minute and 25 seconds. Just over an hour in, and sales exceeded $10bn. In under sixteen hours, furthermore, company's sales have already surpassed last year's record of $24.15bn, with more than a billion orders made.