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Samsung returns to top of the smartphone market: industry tracker

AFP - 1h ago

Samsung regained its position as the top smartphone seller, wresting back the lead from Apple as Chinese rivals close …

US to grant Samsung up to $6.4 bn for chip plants

AFP - 13h ago

The United States announced on Monday grants of up to $6.4 billion to South Korean semiconductor giant Samsung to …

OpenAI comes to Asia with new office in Tokyo

AFP - 16h ago

ChatGPT creator OpenAI opened a new office in Tokyo on Monday, the first Asian outpost for the groundbreaking tech …

Race for AI isn't zero-sum, says Amazon cloud boss

Apr 14 2024

As Google races with Microsoft and OpenAI to create world-changing generative artificial intelligence, some critics see …

After long peace, Big Tech faces US antitrust reckoning

Apr 14 2024

After more than a decade of leaving Big Tech largely to itself, US antitrust enforcers have cranked up the heat, with …

Google yanks California news sites over proposed law

Apr 13 2024

Google on Friday said it is testing removing links to California news sites for some users in the western US state as …

US House okays renewal of controversial surveillance program

Apr 12 2024

The US House of Representatives voted Friday to reauthorize an electronic urveillance program targeting foreigners, a …

Japan seeks to reclaim tech edge with overseas help

Apr 12 2024

Massive overseas and domestic investments offer Japan a chance to reclaim its tech crown, but to become a convincing …

Clouds gather over Japan's ambitious Osaka World Expo

Apr 12 2024

One of the largest wooden structures ever built is taking shape in Osaka, but hopes that Expo 2025 will unite the world …

Apple to fix 'bug' behind Palestinian flag emoji suggestions

Apr 12 2024

Apple on Thursday promised it would stop a Palestinian flag emoji from being suggested to some iPhone users when they …

Sam Bankman-Fried appeals fraud conviction, 25-year jail term

Apr 11 2024

Fallen cryptocurrency wunderkind Sam Bankman-Fried has appealed his federal conviction and 25-year jail sentence in a …

Embattled studio Paramount showcases 'Gladiator 2' footage

Apr 11 2024

Paramount Pictures unveiled gory first-look footage from "Gladiator 2" to movie theater bosses at Caesars Palace casino …

Bitcoin miners face survival test in 'halving'

Apr 11 2024

Miners of bitcoin will soon face a halving of the reward for operating the most popular cryptocurrency, in a pivotal …

'World of Warcraft', other top games to return to China

Apr 10 2024

"World of Warcraft" is returning to China this summer, its developer and local partner said Wednesday, more than a year …

New Binance chief stresses importance of compliance

Apr 10 2024

The new CEO of the world's top crypto platform stressed the importance of regulatory compliance for Binance's future …

Top games including 'World of Warcraft' to return to China

Apr 10 2024

"World of Warcraft" is returning to China this summer, its developer and local partner said Wednesday, more than a year …

German group mulls remote-controlled ships to fix skipper shortage

Apr 10 2024

With the flow of new recruits into the seafaring sector drying up, a German company is exploring a potentially …

Musk vs. Brazil Supreme Court: five things to know

Apr 10 2024

X owner Elon Musk is under investigation in Brazil after he accused a Supreme Court judge of censoring social networks, …

GM says Cruise robotaxis back on the road with human drivers

Apr 09 2024

GM subsidiary Cruise on Tuesday said it plans to get its self-driving cars back on the road without human drivers after …

South Korea to invest $7 billion in AI by 2027

Apr 09 2024

South Korea will invest almost $7 billion in artificial intelligence by 2027 in an effort to become a global leader in …

Social media supercharges South Korea's 'politics of hatred'

Apr 09 2024

Online disinformation and hate speech are poisoning politics the world over, but in South Korea there have also been …

Cash-strapped Argentines queue for eyeball scans

Apr 09 2024

Argentines eyeing a financial boost are lining up by the thousands to have their irises scanned in exchange for a few …

OpenAI's Sam Altman declared billionaire by Forbes

Apr 08 2024

Sam Altman, the CEO of ChatGPT creator OpenAI, has become a billionaire, Forbes said Monday.

Brazil judge orders probe of Musk over censorship charge

Apr 08 2024

A Supreme Court judge in Brazil ordered an investigation Sunday of Elon Musk after the mogul criticized the magistrate …

AI vs humans: influencers face competition from virtual models

Apr 07 2024

Social media influencers have embraced artificial intelligence to spice up their content but they are also facing …

Forecasting the future of science to keep Swiss diplomatic hub buzzing

Apr 06 2024

As technology and science advance at breakneck speed, a Swiss group is already looking beyond AI to the next big …

Elon Musk says Tesla will unveil robotaxi in August

Apr 06 2024

Elon Musk revealed Friday that Tesla will pull back the curtain on a robotaxi this summer, news that comes as adoption …

Meta asks US judge to toss blockbuster antitrust case

Apr 05 2024

Facebook giant Meta on Friday asked a federal judge to dismiss a case from a powerful US antitrust authority that could …

Microsoft says China using AI to sow division in US

Apr 05 2024

China is ramping up use of AI-generated content and fake social media accounts to inflame division in the United States …

Mission complete: Cubans defy odds to release first video game abroad

Apr 05 2024

Cuba's first independent video game launched internationally this week after its creators leveled up from an epic …

Meta to start labeling AI-generated content in May

Apr 05 2024

Facebook and Instagram giant Meta on Friday said it will begin labeling AI-generated media beginning in May, as it tries …

AI a 'game changer' but company execs not ready: survey

Apr 05 2024

A majority of corporate executives across leading economies believe artificial intelligence will be a "game changer" for …

Political spam sparks uproar in Greece ahead of EU vote

Apr 05 2024

Two months before Greeks vote in European Parliament elections, a political spamming scandal has forced a candidate to …

X gives free blue check to big follower accounts

Apr 04 2024

Users with big followings will receive a free subscription to X, formerly Twitter -- and the platform's famous blue …

Podcast sued for 'AI George Carlin' settles with comic's estate

Apr 04 2024

Podcasters who controversially used AI to emulate the late US comedian George Carlin in a recent comedy episode have …

Drones deliver drugs, food to French prison cells

Apr 04 2024

In the dead of night a drone hovers over a prison in southern France, secretly dropping packages to inmates inside. But …

The Crookie: the French pastry craze that took over TikTok

Apr 04 2024

A bemused Paris bakery owner has been besieged by smartphone-wielding youngsters over the past year, keen to snap …

Online hate sows Muslim fears as India votes

Apr 04 2024

After his brother was murdered in anti-Muslim riots, Pervez Qureshi watched the videos he believes incited the killers, …

Apple explores making personal robots: report

Apr 03 2024

Apple engineers are working on making personal robots, a report said on Wednesday, just weeks after the iPhone-maker …

Ghost in the machine: Deepfake tools warp India election

Apr 03 2024

Death has not extinguished the decades-long rivalry between two Indian leaders: both have now seemingly risen from the …

Smuggled Starlink dishes throw lifeline to some in war-torn Sudan

Apr 03 2024

On a street corner in the Sudanese town of Tamboul, dozens of people tap feverishly on their phones, calling loved ones …

Colombia guerrillas lure youth on TikTok

Apr 03 2024

With promises of wealth and images glorifying fighters among vast fields of coca leaves, Colombia's modern-day …

Eilish, Smokey Robinson urge protection against AI

Apr 02 2024

Hundreds of artists and songwriters including Billie Eilish, Smokey Robinson and the estate of Frank Sinatra signed an …

Will Musk help Trump with cash, not just tweets?

Apr 02 2024

Elon Musk, one of the world's richest people, says he won't directly back Joe Biden or Donald Trump in the US election …

Google to delete incognito search data to end privacy suit

Apr 01 2024

Google has agreed to delete a vast trove of search data to settle a suit that it tracked millions of US users who …

'Grave step backwards': Meta shuts monitoring tool in election year

Apr 01 2024

A digital tool considered vital in tracking viral falsehoods, CrowdTangle will be decommissioned by Facebook owner Meta …

OpenAI unveils voice-cloning tool

Mar 29 2024

OpenAI on Friday revealed a voice-cloning tool it plans to keep tightly controlled until safeguards are in place to …

Disinformation targeting Brigitte Macron spreads beyond France

Mar 29 2024

Years after false posts began circulating on social media purporting Brigitte Macron is a transgender woman, the French …

Chinese tech giant Huawei says profits more than doubled in 2023

Mar 29 2024

Chinese tech giant Huawei said on Friday its profits more than doubled in 2023, as it ramps up efforts to bounce back in …

Fallen crypto tycoon Bankman-Fried gets 25-year sentence

Mar 28 2024

Disgraced cryptocurrency wunderkind Sam Bankman-Fried was sentenced to 25 years in jail on Thursday -- a stunning …

'Operation Beethoven': Dutch 2.5bn-euro charm offensive to keep ASML

Mar 28 2024

The Dutch government on Thursday unveiled a plan worth 2.5 billion euros to retain global firms like chip giant ASML …

China's competitive car market at heart of global EV revolution

Mar 28 2024

China is the biggest electric vehicle market in the world, a battle royale featuring both established carmakers as well …

China's Xiaomi enters car market with new electric vehicle

Mar 28 2024

Chinese consumer tech giant Xiaomi launched its first electric vehicle in Beijing on Thursday, injecting itself into a …

Video game giant Embracer sells 'Borderlands' maker to Take-Two

Mar 28 2024

Swedish video game group Embracer said Thursday it was selling Gearbox Entertainment, the developer of the popular …

Macron and Lula's 'bromance' sets social media fans alight

Mar 28 2024

Wedding photos or a diplomatic visit? The apparent "bromance" between French President Emmanuel Macron and his Brazilian …

Crypto fraudster Bankman-Fried faces sentencing

Mar 28 2024

Disgraced cryptocurrency wunderkind Sam Bankman-Fried is set to be sentenced Thursday following his conviction in one of …

Yellen to warn China of industrial oversupply risks

Mar 27 2024

A surge in cheap exports from China in industries like electric vehicles could create an oversupply and hurt economies, …

French cyberdefence chief warns Paris Olympics a 'target'

Mar 27 2024

The head of France's national cybersecurity agency said the Paris Olympics would be a "target" this year including for …

California looks to Europe to rein in AI

Mar 27 2024

California, home to Silicon Valley, is eager to rein in the deployment of artificial intelligence and is looking to …

Hyundai to invest more than $50 bn in South Korea in major EV push

Mar 27 2024

Hyundai on Wednesday revealed plans to invest more than $50 billion in South Korea by 2026, with a huge chunk dedicated …

Baltimore bridge collapse sparks baseless attack theories

Mar 26 2024

Conspiracy theorists said Tuesday that the Baltimore bridge collapse resulted from an intentional attack -- despite …

Social media forces British royal family to adapt

Mar 26 2024

Britain's royal family has been forced to radically change the way it communicates because of social media, after …

Big tech told to identify AI deepfakes ahead of EU vote

Mar 26 2024

The EU called on Facebook, TikTok and other tech titans on Tuesday to crack down on deepfakes and other AI-generated …

Olympics tech firm Atos posts huge loss but says Games safe

Mar 26 2024

Debt-ridden French IT group Atos, the cybersecurity and data provider for the Paris Olympics, posted a huge annual loss …

UK says China targeted 'democratic institutions' in cyber campaign

Mar 26 2024

The UK on Monday accused Beijing-backed groups of targeting "democratic institutions and parliamentarians" in two cyber …

UK blames China for 'malicious' cyber attacks

Mar 25 2024

The UK on Monday accused Beijing-linked organisations of orchestrating two "malicious" cyber campaigns, calling in …

US court dismisses Musk lawsuit against anti-hate watchdog

Mar 25 2024

A US court on Monday rejected social network X's lawsuit against a nonprofit that had reported a spike in misinformation …

UK PM Sunak promises action against Chinese cyberattacks

Mar 25 2024

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Monday the UK would do what was necessary to protect itself from a cyberattack by …

EU probes Apple, Google, Meta under new digital law

Mar 25 2024

The EU on Monday hit Apple, Google parent Alphabet and Meta with the first ever probes under a mammoth digital law, …

Kate Middleton conspiracies linger after cancer revelation

Mar 25 2024

The revelation that Britain's Catherine, Princess of Wales, has cancer prompted a swift backlash over a torrent of lurid …

Clothing giant Shein in focus as France targets fast fashion

Mar 22 2024

With jaw-droppingly low prices and a seemingly endless selection of trendy clothes, Shein has taken the world by storm …

Social media company Reddit surges after NYSE debut

Mar 21 2024

Shares of social media company Reddit soared nearly 50 percent on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday in a buoyant …

Apple's 'Walled Garden' under fire in lawsuit

Mar 21 2024

Call it a "walled garden" or an ecosystem, but at the heart of Thursday's blockbuster US lawsuit against Apple are the …

US sues Apple in wide-ranging iPhone monopoly case

Mar 21 2024

The US Department of Justice sued Apple on Thursday, accusing the tech giant of illegally maintaining a monopoly for its …

UN General Assembly calls for guidelines on AI's risks, rewards

Mar 21 2024

The UN General Assembly on Thursday called for the development of a set of international guidelines to address the risks …

US sues Apple for running iPhone monopoly in wide-ranging lawsuit

Mar 21 2024

The US Department of Justice sued Apple on Thursday for illegally maintaining a monopoly for its iPhone by stifling …

Salman Rushdie: AI only poses threat to unoriginal writers

Mar 21 2024

Artificial intelligence tools may pose a threat to writers of thrillers and science fiction, but lack the originality …

Neuralink shows quadriplegic playing chess with brain implant

Mar 21 2024

Neuralink on Wednesday streamed a video of its first human patient playing computer chess with his mind and talking …

UN General Assembly to address AI's potential risks, rewards

Mar 21 2024

The UN General Assembly will turn its attention to artificial intelligence on Thursday, weighing a resolution that lays …

How long you got? Danish AI algorithm aims to predict life, and death

Mar 21 2024

Researchers in Denmark are harnessing artificial intelligence and data from millions of people to help anticipate the …

Social media company Reddit set for NYSE debut after IPO

Mar 21 2024

The Reddit social network was set to make its trading debut Thursday after pricing robustly in an initial public …

Social media company Reddit rides high in IPO

Mar 20 2024

The Reddit social network said Wednesday it had priced at the top of its expected range ahead of going public on the New …

Biden unveils almost $20 bn for Intel to boost US chip production

Mar 20 2024

US President Joe Biden unveiled almost $20 billion in grants and loans Wednesday for Intel's domestic chip-making plants …

Rising scourge of e-waste a 'catastrophe' for environment: UN

Mar 20 2024

The world threw away a record amount of smartphones, televisions and other electrical devices in 2022, the UN said …

French regulator hits Google with 250-mn-euro fine

Mar 20 2024

French regulators said Wednesday they were fining Google 250 million euros ($272 million) for breaching commitments on …

Apple CEO in China ahead of Shanghai store opening

Mar 20 2024

Apple CEO Tim Cook was on a China charm offensive Wednesday ahead of a new flagship Shanghai store opening, weeks after …

El Salvador's 'Bitcoin Beach' cheers cryptocurrency surge

Mar 20 2024

In a surf town in El Salvador nicknamed "Bitcoin Beach," shopkeeper Maria Aguirre watched with delight as the …

Microsoft hires DeepMind co-founder to lead AI unit

Mar 19 2024

DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman will become the head of a newly created consumer AI unit at Microsoft, the …

Nvidia expects no 'doomsday' in US vs China tensions

Mar 19 2024

Nvidia chief Jensen Huang said Tuesday he does not expect a "doomsday scenario" but is readying for the worst over …

Pakistan interior minister urges new laws for online speech

Mar 19 2024

Pakistan's new interior minister said Tuesday the country needed better laws to regulate internet free speech, as …

AI titan Nvidia ramps up collaboration with Chinese auto giants

Mar 19 2024

Nvidia on Monday announced a major expansion of its collaboration with world-leading BYD and other Chinese electric car …

Ukraine 'hacktivists' fighting Russia on digital front

Mar 19 2024

When Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, Artem knew that he would not "sit idly by".

AI giant Nvidia unveils higher performing 'superchips'

Mar 18 2024

Nvidia on Monday unveiled its latest family of chips for powering artificial intelligence, as it seeks to consolidate …

Iconic US magazine Sports Illustrated gets publishing lifeline

Mar 18 2024

Sports Illustrated, one of America's most storied magazines, saw an end to months of limbo Monday as a new 10-year …

AI giant Nvidia unveils higher performing 'superchip'

Mar 18 2024

Nvidia on Monday unveiled its latest family of chips for powering artificial intelligence, as it seeks to consolidate …

US Supreme Court skeptical of curbing govt contact with social media firms

Mar 18 2024

A majority of justices on the US Supreme Court appeared skeptical on Monday of efforts to impose restrictions on federal …

Apex Legends eSports event postponed by hacking claims

Mar 18 2024

Organizers of the Apex Legends Global Series eSports tournament have postponed an event after two competitors appeared …

US Supreme Court examines govt efforts to curb online misinformation

Mar 18 2024

The US Supreme Court was hearing arguments on Monday in a social media case involving free speech rights and government …

TikTok and its 'secret sauce' caught in US-China tussle

Mar 18 2024

As a US campaign to sever TikTok from its Chinese parent heads to the Senate, analysts say Beijing's response to a …

Blinken says fighting disinfo 'vital US national security interest'

Mar 18 2024

Fighting disinformation including AI-enabled content is a "vital" national security interest and diplomatic priority for …

Monsters, asteroids, vampires: AI conspiracies flood TikTok

Mar 18 2024

From vampires and wendigos to killer asteroids, TikTok users are pumping out outlandish end-of-the-world conspiracy …

Gemini's flawed AI racial images seen as warning of tech titans' power

Mar 17 2024

For people at the trend-setting tech festival here, the scandal that erupted after Google's Gemini chatbot cranked out …