Hi-Tech


    • Tiny beetles are set to become vlogging superstars

      Tiny beetles are set to become vlogging superstars

      The world's smallest daily video blogs are about to happen soon as researchers from the University of Washington recently conducted an experiment to allow the smallest beetles to capture their daily lives, with a tiny camera. Using this, the world will be able to see how these tiny insects live and survive in the forest.

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    • Look out, Mars: We come with a fleet of spacecraft

      Look out, Mars: We come with a fleet of spacecraft

      By this time next year, Mars will be abuzz with robotic activity as three countries - the United States, China and the United Arab Emirates - are to send unmanned spacecraft to the red planet beginning next week. And the three nearly simultaneous launches are no coincidence: The timing is dictated by the opening of a one-month window in which Mars and Earth are in ideal alignment on the same side of the sun, which minimises travel time and fuel use.

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    • Britain bans China's Huawei, bowing to US pressure

      Britain bans China's Huawei, bowing to US pressure

      Britain on Tuesday approved the phased removal of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei from its 5G network despite warnings of retaliation from Beijing, news wires reported. The policy reversal hands a major victory to US President Donald Trump's administration in its geopolitical and trade battle with China.

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    • Boris Johnson to decide for Huawei ban today

      Boris Johnson to decide for Huawei ban today

      The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to ban Huawei from Britain's 5G network on Tuesday in a momentous decision that will delight Washington, dismay Beijing and signal the end of a two-decade long partnership with the country's biggest mobile operator, news wires reported. Britain's National Security Council (NSC), chaired by Johnson, will meet on Tuesday morning to discuss Huawei. Media Secretary Oliver Dowden will then announce a decision to the House of Commons later in the day.

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    • Facebook to label all rule-breaking posts

      Facebook to label all rule-breaking posts

      Facebook said Friday that it will flag all “newsworthy” posts from politicians that break its rules, including those from President Donald Trump. Previously, CEO Mark Zuckerberg had refused to take action against Trump posts suggesting that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud, saying that people deserved to hear unfiltered statements from political leaders. Twitter, by contrast, immediately slapped a “get the facts” label on them.

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    • First contract signed for tourist space walk

      First contract signed for tourist space walk

      Roscosmos and Space Adventures have been cooperating in space tourism since 2001, when the first space tourist, Dennis Tito, went into orbit. Since then, a total of seven people have been in space under the space tourism programme. Now, however, the first-ever contract for a tourist walk in outer space has been signed, with the venture being set for 2023.

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    • Japanese supercomputer is now crowned world’s speediest

      Japanese supercomputer is now crowned world’s speediest

      Supercomputers have become a symbol for both technical and economic competitiveness. And while China and the United States are locked in a contest to develop the world’s most powerful one, a massive machine in Japan has topped them both by taking the top position on the TOP500 list, - a supercomputer benchmarking index.

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    • Facial recognition: IT and police in delicate dance

      Facial recognition: IT and police in delicate dance

      Facial recognition has numerous applications that could simplify our lives as we've seen with Apple using it to unlock smartphones or in stores to replace cash registers. But the technology has a dark side, with facial recognition integrated into China's massive public surveillance system and its social credit experiment where even minor infractions of public norms can result in sanctions.

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    • 5G phones to get a lot less expensive

      5G phones to get a lot less expensive

      5G phones are growing in popularity – and with the four iPhone 12 models set to come with 5G later this year, the technology will only grow more attractive. However, one of the biggest problems with 5G phones is that their price point tends to be set quite high. But that could all change with the latest announcement from Qualcomm, the leading chipset manufacturer.

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