Technology

Local inventions shine in S&T week in Eastern Visayas

TACLOBAN CITY — Inventions to enhance local food processing, detecting potential bad posture, and computerized scoring of manual examinations have emerged as this year’s winners in the week-long Regional Invention Contest and Exhibit (RICE). Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Director Edgardo Esperancilla lauded local inventors for coming up with concepts to solve problems. …

Tech companies targeted by sophisticated malware attack

Security researchers say hackers compromised popular computer-cleaning software as part of a sophisticated attack that targeted several high-profile technology companies. The company that sells CCleaner software, Prague-based Avast Software, says the attack affected more than 2 million computers in late August and early September. San Jose, California-based Cisco Systems and its Talos cybersecurity group discovered …

Google bites off big piece of HTC in $1.1B bet on devices

SAN FRANCISCO —  Google is biting off a big piece of device manufacturer HTC for $1.1 billion to expand its efforts to build phones, speakers and other gadgets equipped with its arsenal of digital services. The company is buying the HTC team that built the Pixel smartphone for Google in a cash deal, they said …

BlackBerry partners with Fleet Complete with integrated fleet tracking solution

WATERLOO, Ont. — BlackBerry (TSX:BB) is partnering with another company to offer customers a more comprehensive fleet-tracking system. The Waterloo, Ont.-based company says it has entered a reselling partnership with Fleet Complete, a fleet-tracking solution company. BlackBerry Radar general manager Philip Poulidis said during a press conference call that while Radar provides a wealth of …

Toronto Montreal in 39 minutes? Hyperloop judges say this route is a winner

The Toronto-Montreal corridor has taken the prize as one of the strongest candidates in the world for a hyperloop system that could cut travel time between the cities from five hours to just 39 minutes. But transportation expert Martin Collier says there’s no way he’s going to be the first to buy a ticket to …

Facebook launches artificial intelligence research lab in Montreal

MONTREAL — Facebook has become the latest technology company to dig into Montreal’s burgeoning artificial intelligence sector, announcing the opening of a research lab in the city Friday. The lab, known as FAIR Montreal, is headed by Joelle Pineau, a professor in McGill University’s computer science department and co-director of Reasoning and Learning Lab. The …

Atlanta tests self driving vehicle in heart of the city

ATLANTA— The city of Atlanta tested a self-driving vehicle on one of its busiest streets Thursday. The test on North Avenue in the city’s bustling Midtown area meant that Atlanta has become one of the largest urban areas to test autonomous vehicles, joining Sao Paulo and Shanghai. Here’s a look at some of the key …

Hyundai Motor to launch Genesis midsize sedan in US in 2018

HWASEONG, Korea, Republic Of— Hyundai Motor will launch its first midsize sports sedan under the Genesis brand in South Korea next week and in the U.S. early next year, the latest attempt by the emerging Korean luxury brand to challenge BMW’s 3 series and other European premium cars. The emerging Korean luxury brand however has …

NASA space psychology subjects ending 8 months of isolation

HONOLULU— After eight months of living in isolation on a remote Hawaii volcano, six NASA-backed research subjects will emerge from their Mars-like habitat on Sunday and return to civilization. Their first order of business after subsiding on mostly freeze-dried and canned food: Feast on fresh-picked pineapple, papaya, mango, locally-grown vegetables and a fluffy, homemade egg …

Samsung steps up push into autonomous driving technology

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of – Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday it will invest 75 million euro ($89 million) in TTTech, a Vienna, Austria-based company that makes autonomous driving technologies and safety controls for Audi cars and others, stepping up its push into autonomous driving technology. The new autonomous driving investment comes after the South Korean …

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