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China, US working on 'North Korea problem'

The Trump administration has touted some successes on that front in the past week, including the suspension of coal shipments from North Korea to China. And a tweet on the vice president's timeline read, "We have arrived in South Korea". China is North Korea's only major ally. Such a defiant move was likely to draw even more pressure from the United States which ordered its nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group to the region, Lu told the Hong Kong-based South China ... Read More

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Microsoft says users are protected from alleged NSA malware

For those that aren't, companies should consider disabling certain functions that the exploits use, said Amol Sarwate, director of engineering for security firm Qualys. Microsoft maintains that the vast majority of these exploits have already been patched. North Korea is suspected of using SWIFT to target the Union Bank of India in an attempt to steal $170 million in July 2015, similar to the cyberheist of $81 million against the Blangladesh Bank. Read More

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Apple receives permit to test autonomous cars in California

After a five-page letter last November from Steve Kenner, Apple's director of product integrity, to NHTSA, the company was under increased speculation that they would enter into the competitive self-driving space. The iPhone maker has disclosed little about its ambitions when it comes to self-driving vehicles, with chief Tim Cook hinting at plans but the company declining to comment for news reports on long-idling rumors. Read More

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Samsung Bixby will not be fully ready yet at launch

Samsung's voice-assistant Bixby will not ship with any of its voice control functionality at launch. "Bixby Voice will be available in the USA on the Galaxy S8 later this spring", the statement reads. Assistant may not be flawless, but a working voice assistant is better than a non-working voice assistant, and Samsung risks Bixby becoming forgotten by worldwide users if it arrives too late. Read More

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Easily Hacked

This time, we're talking about the Samsung DeX Station , that new thingamajig that turns your Galaxy S8 into a desktop workstation - or at least, Samsung's idea of it. Ars Technica reached out to Samsung after the video was released and you can see an official statement from Samsung below. This incorporation would then make the Samsung Galaxy S8 the first ever phone to tap into the said network speed, which is as high as 300 megabits per second, almost 18 times better compared to ... Read More

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Apple gets permit to test self-driving cars in California

Subject to standard regulations for testing autonomous technology on public roads, Apple's test cars will have a person behind the wheel to monitor the testing, the person said . At that time Apple said it had provided comments to NHTSA "because Apple is investing heavily in machine learning and autonomous systems". It remains far from a certainty that Apple will being the much-vaunted iCar to consumers and it's probably still a long shot. Read More

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You won't be saying hello to Bixby on your new Galaxy S8

There was some confusion about Bixby Voice ahead of the launch of the S8, with Samsung initially saying that it wouldn't be available in the United Kingdom right away. Bixby was introduced at Samsung's unveiling of Galaxy S8 smartphone. Worse news for Samsung, is Google's own Google Assistant will be present, and working in the same way it does on other compatible smartphones. Read More

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Nintendo Switch sales are off to a roaring start

Nintendo Switch sales are off to a roaring start

The console has been on the market for only a month but it is already looking to break the million units point. That means Nintendo sold more copies of Breath of the Wild for the Switch than it sold of the Switch console itself. Nintendo said that was because some users bought both a limited edition of the game and another version. Nintendo said it sold roughly 906,000 units of the Switch in the US throughout March. Read More

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Tesla's Next New Vehicle Will Debut in September

Musk discussed both in the second volume of his " master plan " for Tesla . Musk said in February that the company was making progress on its semitruck. Musk teased some other announcements on Twitter . Last July, Musk said electric heavy-duty trucks were needed in the marketplace. Tesla is all ready to catalyze manufacturers and consumers to transition to electric vehicles more rapidly by coming up with compelling electric vehicles to market and Semi is a key part of this plan. Read More

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Tensions High In Turkey Ahead Of Constitutional Referendum

Tensions High In Turkey Ahead Of Constitutional Referendum

The vote has become somewhat of a referendum on Erdoğan himself, who past year survived a failed coup attempt and emerged stronger than ever. He has also said Turkey could review a deal under which it limits the flow of migrants - many of them refugees fleeing war in neighboring Syria and Iraq - into the European Union unless the bloc implements plans to grant Turks visa-free travel. Read More

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Apple Self-Driving Car Project is Alive

Late a year ago, Apple revealed it is investing heavily in autonomous vehicles in a letter asking the government to make it easier to develop self-driving cars. The Cupertino, California, company pointed to a statement that it issued in December. The company was "excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation", it said at the time. Read More

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Nintendo sold over 906k Switch consoles in the USA last month

One of the announcements that arrived today via Nintendo Direct was the launch date of Minecraft Nintendo Switch Edition, which will arrive digitally on May 11 and later in physical version but its date is unknown. As of this writing, Switch is sold out at all online retailers . The Nintendo Switch is a completely new video game concept. The Switch is created to be played both at home and on the road. Read More

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The iPhone of cars? Apple enters self-driving car race

The California permit covers three 2015 Lexus RX450h SUVs, and six drivers, the DMV said . The DMV yesterday provided confirmation that not only was Apple working on automotive technology, it also had plans for autonomous vehicles . Hopefully, Apple won't be one of them but, rather, be one of those companies that will push forward its technology in public, letting people see how close they are (or how far they are, as the case may be) to fully autonomous cars of the future. Read More

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Christians celebrate Good Friday in Jerusalem

Christians celebrate Good Friday in Jerusalem

With His resurrection , Jesus not only proved that He was the Son of God who could take away the sins of the world, but He conquered death and hell for all of humanity. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace. This is when Jesus triumphantly descended into Hell during the time after his crucifixion, and before his resurrection and bought salvation to all the righteous that had died since the beginning of the world. Read More

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USA says Syria strike is 'a message to other nations'

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran's Hassan Rouhani said in a phone call that aggressive USA actions against Syria were not permissible and violated worldwide law, the Kremlin said. Still, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he believed that Mr. Trump didn't need to consult with Congress. "I think the president has authorization to use force". Read More

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Microsoft tries out refunding unwanted games for Xbox One

Find the purchased app or game, then select Request a refund . The self-service refund program has been created to "provide a quick, simple way of returning a digital product", according to Microsoft . Microsoft also confirmed that the idea is to not allow players to buy a game and test it only to request a refund later. Microsoft has a solid list of guidelines and minimum requirements in order to get your money refunded. Read More

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Samsung's Bixby voice assistant is being delayed

Samsung did not give any reason for the delay in Bixby Voice rollout, but it is certainly a letdown since Samsung hyped the feature so much at the time of launch. "Bixby Voice will be available in the United States on the Galaxy S8 later this spring", the statement reads. This includes Bixby Vision which allows users to identify objects the camera is pointing at, Bixby Reminder and Bixby Home. Read More

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After tiff with NR Narayana Murthy, Infosys names Ravi Venkatesan co-chairman

After tiff with NR Narayana Murthy, Infosys names Ravi Venkatesan co-chairman

Over the last two months, Murthy has questioned several board decisions alleging that the highest norms of corporate governance had not always been adhered to. Mr. Venkatesan, a former chairman of Microsoft India, has been on the Infosys board since April 2011. "This is an exciting time for the technology industry and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work more closely with Sesh and with Vishal and his leadership team in their transformational journey", Venkatesan said. Read More

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Trump pulls his punches on China and Germany

US President Donald Trump's administration declined to name any major trading partner as a currency manipulator in a highly anticipated report on Friday, backing away from a key Trump campaign promise to slap such a label on China. The provisions of the Customs Bill provide the US government with new monitoring tools and measures to address unfair currency practices. "China steals our intellectual property, doesnt let American companies compete in China, and has manipulated their currency ... Read More

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Samsung reveals Galaxy S8

No matter the case, it would be unacceptable for any photo to unlock a phone. Will you choose the fingerprint scanner, which we know from the S7 series, or will you go for the iris scanner or use face detection? Phone screens are covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and the back. Read More

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Teaser Trailer

It also appears to give a short glimpse from behind of the late actress Carrie Fisher, who filmed a reprise of her role as Princess Leia before her death a year ago. The film, picking up immediately where " The Force Awakens " left audiences hanging, stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Daisy Ridley as Rey. Read More

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Lawyer: Little money involved in sanctuary order

Two large counties in California claim Donald Trump's executive order limiting federal funding in sanctuary cities for immigrants is unconstitutional. Joined by nearby Santa Clara county, the city argued that the president has no power to withhold federal funds without approval from Congress. Orrick did not immediately issue a ruling after Friday's hearing. Read More

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SoftBank scouts buyer for Freecharge, Snapdeal's digital wallet arm

SoftBank scouts buyer for Freecharge, Snapdeal's digital wallet arm

Paytm is interested in Freecharge but only if the math is reworked. Alibaba, which is a prominent shareholder in Paytm, is also a stakeholder in Snapdeal. Snapdeal has, however, tried to considerably reduce its cash burn per month to about $4 million from $20-25 million previous year. Early investors in Snapdeal-Nexus Venture Partners and Kalaari Capital- hold one seat each on the company board. Read More

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Coffman frustrated at jeers during town hall

Coffman frustrated at jeers during town hall

Coffman said he opposes the president's budget plan, and while he supported the Republican health care plan, he disagrees with Trump's assessment after it failed. Coffman held two town halls via telephone before Wednesday's in-person event. Coffman's spokesman, Daniel Bucheli, said the congressman made a decision to hold the event because he knows constituents are anxious. Read More

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Watch the Samsung Galaxy S8's face recognition get fooled by a photo

The unveiled Galaxy S8 has a new, nearly seamless look, with the side bezels trimmed down to a thin sliver and covered with a wraparound display. Both models have larger displays, meaning more drain on the battery. Level autonomy, Samung has learned his lessons well after the fiasco of the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung's Galaxy S8 isn't even out yet but there's a "feature" that's not as secure as you might think. Read More

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