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China’s Bullet Trains Will Be the Fastest Again

The top speed of the Fuxing bullet trains in mainland China was capped at 300km/h (186mph) in 2011 following two crashes that killed 40 people. Starting next week, some of the trains will once again be allowed to run at a higher speed of about 350 km/h. The higher maximum speed should cut about an […]

Walmart Partners with IBM and Others to Explore Blockchain Tech for Food Supply Chain

Walmart and a group of food giants are teaming up with IBM to explore how to apply blockchain technology, also known as distributed ledger tech, to their food supply chains. The coalition includes retailers and food companies such as Unilever, Nestlé , and Dole. They will be aiming to use blockchains, a technology that made […]

Bill Gates Donates $4.6 Billion of Microsoft Stock

Bill Gates has given away $4.6bn to charity in his largest donation since 2000. The 64 million shares are equivalent to 5% of his total fortune, currently estimated to be $89.9bn. Since 1994 Mr Gates, 61, and his wife Melinda have given away a total of $35bn in cash and stocks to a range of […]

Experts Warn of Third Revolution in Warfare – Killer Robots

116 leading robotics experts are urging the United Nations to take action in order to prevent the development of “killer robots”. The signers of the letter are calling for what they describe as “morally wrong” technology to be added to the list of weapons banned under the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). Along […]

Total Eclipse of the Heart Sales Up Over 500%

Bonnie Tyler’s classic hit Total Eclipse of the Heart has soared in sales in the last week, per Nielsen Music. Thanks to the advance buzz for todsy’s total solar eclipse, the track’s digital download sales increased by 503% in the week ending Aug. 20, based on initial sales reports. The song sold 12,000 downloads in […]

Apple, Facebook, Google, Snap, Twitter & Other Tech Firms File an Amicus Brief on Warrantless Location Tracking

Several high-profile technology companies, including Apple, Airbnb, Cisco, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Snap, Twitter, and Verizon have submitted a amicus brief in a key case at the U.S. Supreme Court, expressing concerns about warrantless police access to cellphone location data. The tech firms argue that the court should “refine the applic Timothy Carpenter […]

Uber and the FTC Settled a Complain Over Customer Privacy and Security

Uber and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have settled a complain the company’s privacy and security practices. The settlement will require Uber to implement a new privacy program and submit itself to regular third-party audits to make sure it’s protecting its users’ data. The complaint in question alleged that Uber misrepresented its privacy and security programs […]

Firmware Failure Bricks IoT Door Locks and Causes Outrage

Over the past week, LockState customers have vented their frustration on platforms including Twitter to complain that their Internet of Things (IoT) smart locks, used to remotely control doors, begun to fail from last Monday. Consumers have taken to social media in their droves to complain about smart locks which became unresponsive following a flawed […]

Amazon Opens New Instant Pick-up Locations Inc is rolling out U.S. pickup points where shoppers can retrieve items immediately after ordering them, shortening delivery times from hours to minutes in its latest move into brick-and-mortar retail. The world’s largest online retailer has launched Instant Pickup points around five college campuses, such as the University of California at Berkeley, it said […]

GoDaddy and Google Kick Neo-Nazi Site Off Their DNS Services

A notorious US neo-Nazi hate website has been forced to switch domain name providers for a second time in a day after it attacked a woman who died during protests in Virginia with hate speech. The domain is no longer at GoDaddy & we don’t host the site. We recommend contacting their hosting provider (Cloudflare) […]

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