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Microsoft announces new workplace chat tool

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Samantha Murphy Kelly Microsoft announced recently a new workplace chat tool poised to take on industry darling Slack. The new service — called Microsoft Teams — will be a part of Office 365, which includes Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Considering Office 365 has more than 85 million commercial monthly active users, the company is hoping to lure those core ...

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Google launches Pixel smartphone

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Google unveiled its new Pixel smartphone with artificial intelligence built in as it directly takes on the iPhone with its own branded, premium-priced handset. “We are building hardware with the Google Assistant at its core,” said Rick Osterloh, head of a new hardware division at the California-based internet giant. “We believe that the next big innovation is going to take ...

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Japanese scientist wins Nobel medicine prize

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Japan’s Yoshinori Ohsumi won the 2016 Nobel prize for medicine for ground-breaking experiments with yeast which exposed a key mechanism in the body’s defences where cells degrade and recycle their components. Understanding the science behind the process, called “autophagy” or “self-eating”, has led to a better understanding of diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s and type 2 diabetes, the prize committee ...

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World Science Day for Peace and Development

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Dr. Syed Javaid Khurshid The World Conference on Science in Budapest in 1999 recommended that there is a need for a compact between science and society. It was discussed at the conference that a World Science Day would help strengthen commitments to attain the Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge’s goals and to pursue the Science Agenda. ...

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Snapchat launches sunglasses with camera

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Messaging app firm Snapchat has announced its first gadget – sunglasses with a built-in camera. The device, which the company is calling Spectacles, will go on sale later this year priced at $130 (£100). The glasses will record up to 30 seconds of video at time. As part of the announcement, Snapchat is renaming itself to Snap, Inc. The renaming ...

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EU rules Apple must pay up to 13B Euros

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The European Union (EU) says Ireland has given illegal tax benefits worth up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) to Apple Inc. and must now recover the unpaid back taxes from the US technology company, plus interest. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said: “Member states cannot give tax benefits to selected companies ─ this is illegal under EU state aid ...

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Can old people be taught new technology tricks?

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by Michael Lagura New survey reveals that older people can be taught new technology tricks. What is more shocking is the conclusion stating that the older users are better at technology than the young ones. In a recent survey conducted by Ipsos Mori and Dropbox, older subjects were asked to answer some queries about technology tricks and how to use ...

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Apple’s privacy technology may better protect data

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by Tom Simonite Ten years ago, researchers at Microsoft introduced a breakthrough approach to protecting privacy in the age of big data. Later this year their idea, known as differential privacy, will get its highest profile tryout yet—thanks to Apple. Differential privacy provides a way to mathematically guarantee that statistics about a pool of data collected from many people can’t ...

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Plan9 8th Launchpad shortlisted 9 innovative startups

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Plan9, Pakistan’s largest tech incubator, last week held the 8th addition of their launchpad event in Lahore. This time, Plan9 had shortlisted 20 startups that were evaluated by a panel of 15 jurists on the Grand Finale. Just like every previous cycle, the Grand Finale comprised of pitches, mentoring and feedback sessions. The Grand Finale was graced by the presence of ...

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International Symposium on Telecom Regulations

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A two-day International Symposium on telecommunication regulations was held in Ghana’s capital Accra, amidst demands for regulators to be dynamic to meet the changing pace of the industry. The Symposium, which was the first of its kind in Ghana as part of the activities marking the 20th Anniversary celebration of Ghana’s telecom regulator, National Communications Authority (NCA), has brought together several ...

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