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  • North, South Korea in conflict again

    North, South Korea in conflict again

    This week the tensions in the relationship between North and South Korea escalated after Pyongyang blew up its joint liaison office with the South, located in the border town of Kaesong. The building of the office was South Korea's first permanent official representation in the North since 1953. This demolition marked Pyongyang's first direct actions against its southern neighbour after numerous threats which were made in the last few weeks.

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  • Qualcomm, Samsung, Huawei back new codec for 4K and 8K video

    Qualcomm, Samsung, Huawei back new codec for 4K and 8K video

    Samsung and Huawei, the world’s largest manufacturers of Android smartphones, are now joining an interesting initiative along with Qualcomm. The three companies have agreed to support and play a key role in promoting the MPEG-5 EVC (Essential Video Coding) codec. This standard will find application in devices supporting 4K and 8K resolution, but it is also optimised for virtual and augmented reality (AR).

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  • Bulgarian smart camera takes temperature in 0.5sec

    Bulgarian smart camera takes temperature in 0.5sec

    The Bulgarian company Allterco Robotics has released its latest smart product on the market – a smart camera with the capability of remotely taking body temperature with an accuracy level of within 0.3℃ of the real number. As the company notes, the MyKi Tcam is a pandemic control solution with features like body temperature screening and a smart warning system.

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  • French parliament adopts disputed online hate speech bill

    French parliament adopts disputed online hate speech bill

    France’s parliament will now oblige platforms and search engines, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat, to remove prohibited content within 24 hours starting 1 July under a newly approved bill aimed at fighting hate online. Lawmakers adopted the proposed legislation late on Wednesday, despite the fact that it has been dismissed numerous times as censorship by detractors.

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  • Study: Robots in the workforce increase income inequality

    Study: Robots in the workforce increase income inequality

    There have been many predictions about the future of work with artificial intelligence (AI) and automation, ranging from massive unemployment to the creation of many new jobs due to the technology. Now, a new study co-authored by an MIT professor has been released, providing some more insight into the replacement of workers by robots.

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  • Specs of Lenovo's first gaming smartphone have been leaked

    Specs of Lenovo's first gaming smartphone have been leaked

    Reports have shown that photos of Lenovo's first-ever gaming phone have been leaked online. As told by The Verge, a "trusted" anonymous source leaked unreleased material along with the specs for the new phone to XDA Developers. However, it is important to say there is no guarantee that all these details will reflect in the phone's final design.

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  • New algorithm claims to improve video streaming

    New algorithm claims to improve video streaming

    Since the coronavirus pandemic has put many countries on lockdown, video streaming has become a more popular activity for many people. But the increased audience has also made bandwidths suffer and video quality has, in consequence, diminished. As a result, streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and others recently confirmed that they will be downgrading the video resolution for viewers in order to keep the servers free from overloading.

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  • This is how VRs helps health experts tackle COVID-19

    This is how VRs helps health experts tackle COVID-19

    As hospitals all around the world are facing extreme shortages of health experts, people are being called off the sidelines to help tackling the COVID-19 crisis - even those with little to no experience in treating such diseases. Hence, doctors and nurses at hospitals, particularly in the US, are undergoing a range of coronavirus-related training now. But because time and resources are limited, the door has opened for technologies like virtual reality (VR) stimulations to fill inside the gaps. 

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  • Revolutionary light-emitting silicon developed

    Revolutionary light-emitting silicon developed

    The push for ever-smaller chips has been running into more and more obstacles, including the very limits of silicon - while optical connections would allow for denser, speedier processors by eliminating heat and energy issues, silicon is lousy at emitting light. Or rather, it was.

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