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Netflix wins subscribers as ad strategy pays off

AFP - 7h ago

Netflix on Thursday said it added eight million new subscribers in the second quarter, as the home of hit shows "The …

Taiwan's TSMC second-quarter net profit jumps on Gen AI demand

AFP - 21h ago

Taiwan chip giant TSMC said Thursday net profit jumped by more than a third in the second quarter of 2024, buoyed by …

Trump shooting conspiracy theories flourish on X, researchers say

Jul 16 2024

Conspiracy theories about the assassination attempt on Donald Trump received tens of millions of views on X, researchers …

Division trumps unity in US election rhetoric

Jul 16 2024

Donald Trump and Joe Biden have both stressed "unity" in the wake of the stunning assassination attempt on the …

Meta lifts restrictions on Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts

Jul 13 2024

Meta said Friday it was lifting restrictions on US presidential candidate Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram …

China launches online crackdown on 'harmful' content targeting children

Jul 13 2024

China on Saturday announced a new crackdown on its tightly controlled internet, taking aim at video apps and social …

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket experiences rare failure

Jul 12 2024

SpaceX's highly reliable Falcon 9 rocket has experienced a rare failure that means the latest batch of the company's …

US mobile giant AT&T suffers fresh massive data theft

Jul 12 2024

US mobile operator AT&T reported Friday that hackers had stolen call and message data from virtually all of its …

AI makes writing easier, but stories sound alike

Jul 12 2024

Books and movies of the future could all start to feel the same if creative industries embrace artificial intelligence …

Saudi Arabia to host first Esports Olympics in 2025

Jul 12 2024

Saudi Arabia will host the inaugural Esports Olympics in 2025 the International Olympic Committee said on Friday.

Musk's X 'deceives' users with blue checks, EU charges

Jul 12 2024

Tech billionaire Elon Musk's X platform is misleading users with its blue checkmarks for certified accounts, and is also …

Germany to ban Chinese telecom giants from 5G network

Jul 12 2024

Germany said Thursday it will phase out the use of components from Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE in its 5G …

EU accepts Apple plan to open iPhone tap-to-pay to rivals

Jul 11 2024

The EU on Thursday approved Apple's offer to allow rivals access to the iPhone's ability to tap-to-pay within the bloc, …

AI accessibility? Blind gamer puts ChatGPT to the test

Jul 11 2024

Japanese eSports gamer Mashiro is blind and often relies on a companion to get around Tokyo -- but he hopes that …

Musk's Neuralink eyes more test subjects for its brain tech

Jul 10 2024

Elon Musk on Wednesday said his Neuralink startup is "moving on" to a second test patient as its tech for linking brains …

Swedish game studio channels fandom in 'Star Wars Outlaw'

Jul 10 2024

From Yoda figurines to Lego stormtrooper helmets, Star Wars is everywhere around the Massive Entertainment video game …

South Korea Samsung union declares 'indefinite' strike

Jul 10 2024

A union representing tens of thousands of workers at Samsung Electronics in South Korea said Wednesday it would extend a …

Microsoft drops OpenAI board seat as scrunity increases

Jul 10 2024

Microsoft has ditched plans to take up a non-voting position on the board of ChatGPT maker OpenAI, according to a letter …

Microsoft gives up OpenAI board seat amid regulator scrutiny

Jul 10 2024

Microsoft has ditched plans to take up an observer seat on the board of ChatGPT maker OpenAI, according to a letter seen …

Eastern religions join call for ethical AI

Jul 10 2024

Sect leaders from major Eastern religions on Wednesday signed on to a Vatican-led code for AI ethics that also includes …

Meta to pull posts targeting 'Zionists' for harm

Jul 10 2024

Meta on Tuesday said it will start removing posts that label Jews "Zionists" and target them for harm.

S. Korea petitioned to probe BLACKPINK Jennie's 'vaping incident'

Jul 09 2024

A now-deleted video showing K-pop megastar Jennie of BLACKPINK smoking a vape indoors has sparked online outcry, with …

Samsung says 'no disruption' to production despite strike

Jul 09 2024

South Korean tech giant Samsung said Tuesday that production was not being disrupted despite a three-day general strike …

Australia sounds warning over state-backed Chinese hackers

Jul 09 2024

Australia's cyber intelligence agency sounded a rare warning Tuesday about the rising threat of state-backed Chinese …

AI boom reshapes Wall Street as TSMC joins trillion-dollar club

Jul 08 2024

The entry of Taiwanese chip giant TSMC into the elite club of the world's most valuable companies is further proof that …

Trillion-dollar chip giant: Five things to know about TSMC

Jul 08 2024

Taiwanese semiconductor titan TSMC briefly joined a rarefied club of companies valued at more than $1 trillion on …

Shadow campaign: Global influence op targets Qatar in wartime

Jul 08 2024

Shady websites calling for a boycott of Qatar, a New York billboard targeting the Gulf state's rulers, and a Vietnamese …

Cybercrime groups restructuring after major takedowns: experts

Jul 06 2024

Cybercrime gangs are looking to rebuild with new tactics after global police operations this year made a huge dent in …

Is AI a major drain on the world's energy supply?

Jul 05 2024

When Google announced this week that its climate emissions had risen by 48 percent since 2019, it pointed the finger at …

Wimbledon launches online monitoring service to protect players

Jul 05 2024

Wimbledon chiefs said Friday they had launched a social media monitoring service to protect players from online abuse.

Chinese AI market optimistic despite scrutiny from West

Jul 05 2024

China's AI sector showed confidence this week at a major fair in Shanghai that it would overcome restrictions imposed by …

Samsung Electronics forecasts major Q2 profit jump

Jul 05 2024

Samsung Electronics said Friday it expects second-quarter operating profits to rise more than 15-fold on-year as chip …

Threads hits 175 mn users on first anniversary

Jul 03 2024

Threads, Meta's alternative to X (formerly Twitter), has hit 175 million monthly users a year after its out-of-the-blue …

Microsoft to invest 2.2 bn euros in Spain data centres

Jul 03 2024

Microsoft is to invest 2.2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in a huge data centre project in northeastern Spain, regional …

Indonesia launches first EV battery plant

Jul 03 2024

Indonesia launched its first electric vehicle battery plant on Wednesday, President Joko Widodo said, as Southeast Asian …

France's renowned Arles photo fest goes 'beneath the surface'

Jul 03 2024

One of the world's most renowned photo festivals, in the French town of Arles, returned this week with a timely ode to …

Single and proud: S. Korean YouTuber's viral embrace of solo life

Jul 03 2024

South Korea has declared its super-low birthrate a "national emergency" and poured billions into encouraging citizens to …

Amazon counts on 'grit and innovation' to meet AI surge

Jul 03 2024

The AI revolution is upon us with companies around the world looking to jump headfirst into the technology made famous …

Google greenhouse gas emissions grow as it powers AI

Jul 02 2024

Google, despite its goal of achieving net-zero emissions, is pumping out more greenhouse gas than before as it powers …

Lebanon says Israeli GPS jamming confounding ground, air traffic

Jul 02 2024

Uber driver Hussein Khalil was battling traffic in Beirut when he found himself in the Gaza Strip -- according to his …

'Google is broken': How an algorithm tweak cost livelihoods

Jul 02 2024

Google made major changes to its search algorithm and spam filters earlier this year to get rid of low-quality content …

Bot-like accounts spreading 'hate' during UK election: NGO

Jul 02 2024

Bot-like social media accounts have spread "disinformation and hate" in tens of thousands of posts viewed an estimated …

US top court sidesteps ruling on contentious social media laws

Jul 01 2024

The US Supreme Court on Monday sidestepped a ruling on the constitutional validity of a pair of Republican-backed laws …

Meta risks fines over 'pay for privacy' model breaking EU rules

Jul 01 2024

The EU accused Facebook owner Meta on Monday of breaching the bloc's digital rules, paving the way for potential fines …

NBC brings AI version of legendary broadcaster to Olympic coverage

Jun 27 2024

US media giant NBCUniversal on Wednesday announced that it will use the AI version of a legendary sports broadcaster to …

US top court declines to curb govt contact with social media firms

Jun 26 2024

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a Republican-led bid to curb government contact with social media companies …

Amazon cloud giant AWS wants public sector to embrace AI

Jun 26 2024

Amazon's AWS, the world's biggest cloud computing outfit, is making a major push to entice the public sector to join the …

AI takes centre stage as Mobile World Congress Shanghai kicks off

Jun 26 2024

From phones that can detect deepfake scams to autonomous intelligent vehicles, the disruptive potential of artificial …

French tech giant Atos's top shareholder drops rescue offer

Jun 26 2024

A consortium led by the top shareholder of troubled French tech giant Atos, an IT partner for the Paris Olympics and …

S. Korea administrative robot defunct after apparent suicide

Jun 26 2024

A city council in South Korea said Wednesday their first administrative officer robot was defunct after throwing itself …

Waymo robotaxi service opens to all in San Francisco

Jun 25 2024

The Google-owned Waymo robotaxi service on Tuesday became available to anyone in San Francisco interested in hailing a …

Major music labels sue AI startups over copyright infringement

Jun 25 2024

Some of the world's major music labels are suing music generation services Suno and Udio, accusing the startups of …

Dominance, data, disinformation: Europe's fight with Big Tech

Jun 24 2024

The European Union warned Apple on Monday that its App Store is breaching its digital competition rules, placing the …

Filming TikToks in tear gas: Kenya's Gen-Z protesters

Jun 24 2024

Growing up in a shanty town in Kenya's capital Nairobi, Sarah Njoroge saw her parents ban her older siblings from taking …

EU says Apple's App Store breaches bloc's digital rules

Jun 24 2024

Apple risks billions of euros in fines after the European Union on Monday found the iPhone maker's App Store to be …

Hikes, nosy neighbours afflict Zimbabweans in quest for mobile connection

Jun 24 2024

As the sun sets over Zimbabwe's Matobo Hills, boys throw stones to chase baboons away. Their goal isn't to enjoy the …

Beyond Nvidia: the search for AI's next breakthrough

Jun 23 2024

For a few days, AI chip juggernaut Nvidia sat on the throne as the world's biggest company, but behind the its …

Dutch app supermarket boss eyes tech boom in online delivery

Jun 23 2024

Advances in artificial intelligence are poised to drive a "massive" boom in online grocery deliveries, according to the …

US slaps sanctions on leaders of Russia software firm Kaspersky

Jun 21 2024

The United States unveiled sanctions Friday against 12 top leaders of the Russia-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, …

How France's far-right is winning the TikTok battle

Jun 21 2024

If social media statistics were a solid predictor of voting intentions, France's far-right leader Jordan Bardella would …

US philanthropist Melinda French Gates endorses Biden

Jun 21 2024

American philanthropist Melinda French Gates, the ex-wife of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, endorsed President Joe …

US bans Russia's Kaspersky antivirus software

Jun 21 2024

The United States on Thursday banned Russia-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky from providing its popular antivirus …

Booking.com sounds alarm on AI-enabled travel scams

Jun 20 2024

As travellers rush to book their summer getaways, Booking.com's internet safety boss says watch out for supercharged AI …

France tries suspects over false Brigitte Macron transgender claim

Jun 19 2024

Two women went on trial on Wednesday over false claims that France's first lady Brigitte Macron was transgender, which …

US billionaire eyes TikTok takeover to save internet from Big Tech

Jun 19 2024

Frank McCourt, a US real estate billionaire, aims to buy TikTok to rescue the internet from the clutches of major …

Christian studio eyes 'culture wars' challenge to Hollywood

Jun 19 2024

Hollywood's alleged "wokeness" is a frequent target for right-wing commentators and politicians.

Music platform CEO says AI is not the enemy

Jun 19 2024

Musicians around the world have described artificial intelligence as a threat to creativity, but the CEO of one popular …

'Cheapfakes': Out-of-context videos target Biden's age

Jun 19 2024

Republicans are flooding the internet with out-of-context videos of US President Joe Biden, using what the White House …

AI goes mainstream as 'AI PCs' hit the market

Jun 19 2024

A new line of PCs specially made to run artificial intelligence programs hit stores on Tuesday as tech companies push …

Los Angeles moves to ban smartphone use in school

Jun 18 2024

Education bosses in Los Angeles voted Tuesday to work towards a complete ban on the use of smartphones in the city's …

Nvidia becomes world's most valuable company on stock market

Jun 18 2024

Nvidia edged ahead of other tech companies Tuesday to become the world's most valuable publicly traded company in the …

Nintendo surprises fans by announcing new 'Zelda' game

Jun 18 2024

Nintendo surprised fans on Tuesday by announcing a new chapter in its 40-year-old "Zelda" saga, one of the Japanese …

Meteoric rise of South Korea's webtoons powers Nasdaq IPO

Jun 18 2024

When Bae Jin-soo quit his well-paying job at one of South Korea's biggest conglomerates to write stories, his parents …

Put tobacco-style warnings on social media: US health official

Jun 17 2024

Social media platforms should feature tobacco-style health warnings for adolescents, a top US government health official …

UK 'guinea pig' for election security before landmark votes

Jun 16 2024

The UK general election is being watched closely after stark warnings that rapid advancements in cyber-tech, …

US court allows sale of conspiracy theorist's assets but spares business

Jun 15 2024

A US judge on Friday approved the liquidation of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' personal assets, setting the stage for …

France makes 700-mn-euro offer for Atos security units

Jun 14 2024

Debt-laden tech group Atos said Friday the French state has made a 700-million-euro bid for its most sensitive …

China elder care sector plugs smart gadgets to fill workforce gaps

Jun 14 2024

With internet-connected sleep monitors, robotic arms and calorie-counting cafeteria plates, China's elder care industry …

Microsoft faces heat from US Congress over cybersecurity

Jun 13 2024

Members of US Congress on Thursday pressed Microsoft to explain a "cascade of avoidable errors" that allowed a Chinese …

Netflix to air 'ultimate' hot dog eating contest

Jun 13 2024

US competitive eating legend Joey Chestnut will face off against a fierce rival in a hot dog eating contest, in the …

'Selective' UAE courting US, not China, on AI: minister

Jun 12 2024

The United Arab Emirates is in "complete alignment" with the US on developing artificial intelligence, the oil-rich …

ChatGPT a mentor for Japan's 89-year-old app developer

Jun 12 2024

Japanese 89-year-old Tomiji Suzuki started coding in retirement and is now making apps for the fast-growing elderly …