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Samsung's Bixby rolled out in 200 countries

Samsung’s voice-controlled digital assistant Bixby is being rolled out in 200 countries from today. It is Samsung’s equivalent of Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant – which is pre-installed already in Samsung phones as they run the Android operating system. Bixby will initially be available in only two languages – US ...

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China relaunches world's fastest train

China’s fleet of high-speed trains is set once again to become the world’s fastest. The top speed of the Fuxing or “rejuvenation” bullet trains was capped at 300km/h (186mph) in 2011 following two crashes that killed 40 people. From next week, some of the trains will once again be allowed ...

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DJI drone owners told to update or be grounded

DJI Spark drones will not fly after 1 September unless owners apply a mandatory software update, the device’s maker has warned. DJI said the update to the small drone’s core software fixes some flight control issues suffered by the gadget. The drone maker said it had warned owners about the ...

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Android Oreo released by Google

Google has released the latest version of its Android mobile operating system (OS), which will be named after Oreo chocolate biscuits. It adds a new “picture-in-picture” mode that lets some apps run in a small corner of the screen. Google’s own Nexus and Pixel phones are expected to be the ...

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Apple's 'hidden' job ad found online

An advert for an engineer at Apple has been found hidden in the tech giant’s website. The text begins: “Hey there! You found us”, and says the firm is looking for “a talented engineer to develop a critical infrastructure component”. It has since been either removed or moved elsewhere. Cyber-security ...

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'Snapchat race' driver killed friend in Aberystwyth crash

A driver has been jailed for causing a crash which killed his friend as he tried to reach 100mph to film footage for Snapchat. Ricafort Gamboa, 25, from Bolton, raced along country roads near Aberystwyth, while friends inside his car filmed him on their mobile phones. But his Citroen C3 ...

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Dating app aims to boost Russian voter turnout

A Russian dating app is attempting to boost voter turnout in the upcoming elections by finding users an election “date”, it’s reported. Popular dating service Mamba has introduced a feature called “Voting Together” which offers to help users find a companion to go to the polling station with during the ...

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Personal bodyguard app to launch in northeast China

Personal bodyguard app to launch in northeast China By News from Elsewhere… …as found by BBC Monitoring An app is set to launch in a northeast Chinese city that allows anybody – not just the rich and famous – to hire a personal bodyguard, it’s reported. The Jinyiwei app, which ...

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Hate crimes: Online abuse 'as serious as face-to-face'

Online hate crimes should be treated as seriously as abuse committed face-to-face, prosecutors in England and Wales have been told. Revising its guidance for prosecutors, the Crown Prosecution Service said the impact of tweeting abuse can be as “equally devastating” as shouting it. The guidance includes offences against bisexual people ...

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Google and UC Berkeley to create movie from eclipse images

Google and UC Berkeley are creating a movie from images of the solar eclipse. The images will also be used to study the Sun’s outermost atmosphere. The “megamovie” will premiere after the eclipse hits the US on Monday. Calvin Johnson spoke to the BBC’s Dave Lee. Video produced by Cody ...

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