Software behind self-driving Uber crash did not recognize jaywalkers

NEW YORK - An Uber self-driving car that struck and killed a woman last year in Arizona failed to recognize her as a pedestrian because she was jaywalking, US transport regulators said Tuesday 11-12-2019.The woman had been crossing the street “at a location without a crosswalk; the system desi


Energy companies at constant risk of cyberattack

 The region’s top tier oil and gas companies are at risk of cyberattack at a rate of up to one every second, an industry expert said. The drone attacks on the Aramco facilities in Saudi Arabia on Sept. 14 are well documented, but Marcus Josefsson, director for Middle East, Africa and Rus


Not the ideal messenger': Facebook CEO to face heat over crypto

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg plans to acknowledge before the United States Congress that Facebook is not the "ideal messenger" for its Libra cryptocurrency project, given ongoing criticism of the company.In prepared testimony made available on Tuesday, Zuckerberg plans to tell legislat


French train strike disrupts holiday travel

French rail services ground to a halt in parts of the country Sunday as workers walked off the job for a third day in a dispute over train staffing levels, stranding holiday travelers.Services in the Paris suburbs, the northeastern Champagne-Ardenne region and the southern Occitanie region, which


Apple issues iOS warning for select devices

A new Apple official warning urges users using older devices - mainly the iPhone 5 and earlier as well as the iPad 4 and earlier models - to update the software to the latest available version prior to November 3.For some of these devices that will be iOS 9.3.6, for others iOS 10.3.4, depending on


Huawei in early talks with U.S. firms to license 5G platform - Huawei executive

  Blacklisted Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei is in early-stage talks with some U.S. telecoms companies about licensing its 5G network technology to them, a Huawei executive told Reuters on Friday. Vincent Pang, senior vice president and board director at the company said some firm


Banning out-of-hours email 'could harm employee wellbeing'

  Banning staff from accessing their work emails outside office hours could do more harm than good to employee wellbeing, a study suggests.University of Sussex researchers found while a ban could help some staff switch off, it could also stop people achieving work goals, causing stress.Compa


Zuckerberg Admits Facebook Publishes Campaign Ads Containing Lies

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg defended the social network''s policy of publishing campaign ads that contain false statements or lies and claimed that people will just have to live with it and decide for themselves what is true and what is not true. In a speech at Georgetown University in Washin


Google Presents New Pixel 4 with the Accent on Privacy and a New Camera

At New York’s The Shed cultural center within a minimalist setting decorated in pastel colors, the Google team presented this Tuesday its new products, with emphasis on the new Pixel 4 mobile phone and its camera, as well as on its commitment to protect users’ privacy with all its prod


Only 3% of region's mobile users will adopt 5G by 2024, report says

The Middle East and Africa will have 60 million mobile subscribers to fifth-generation (5G) cellular wireless networks within the next five years, according to a study by Swedish telecoms firm Ericsson. However, the number of users will represent only 3 per cent of all mobile subscriptions in the r


Saudi Arabia's Misk and 500 Startups to fund 20 Mena start-ups

Saudi Arabia’s Misk Foundation and Silicon Valley venture capital company 500 Startups have selected 20 start-ups from the Middle East and North Africa to provide funding and training. The start-ups were picked from the second cohort of the Misk 500 Accelerator programme, which concludes in R


Robotic inspectors developed to fix wind farms

Fully autonomous robots that are able to inspect damaged wind farms have been developed by Scots scientists. Unlike most drones, they don't require a human operator and could end the need for technicians to abseil down turbines to carry out repairs. The multi-million pound project is showing how


Samsung: Is the worst over for its smartphone and chip units?

Strong sales of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 10 smartphone series are limiting the expected drop in profits at the South Korean tech giant, raising hopes it is getting back on a growth track after years of moribund sales. Samsung, the world's largest smartphone maker, is powering ahead with the


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