Technology

Walmart to launch new online home shopping experience

NEW YORK — Walmart is launching a new online home shopping experience in the coming weeks that will let shoppers discover items based on their style. The move, announced Thursday, is the first glimpse of Walmart Inc.’s broader efforts to redesign its site with a focus on fashion and home furnishing. The overhauled website will …

Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook’s global politics and government outreach director, Katie Harbath, told a meeting of the National Association of …

Virtual reality field trips give students advanced adventure

NEW YORK — On a February afternoon in a Brooklyn classroom, 16-year-old Taylor Engler came face to face with a cow. But it was all in her head. A virtual reality headset had transported the Berkeley Carroll School junior and eight classmates to an upstate New York farm 250 miles (402 kilometres) away. For students, …

Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

NEW YORK — Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids, despite child experts who have pressed the company to shut it down and others who question Facebook’s financial support of some advisers who approved of the app. Messenger Kids lets kids under 13 chat with friends and family. It displays no ads …

LCBO chooses Shopify to run online cannabis sales; more pot retail news expected

TORONTO — The Ontario government has inked a deal to use Shopify Inc.’s e-commerce platform for cannabis sales online and in stores as part of its plan to be the province’s sole distributor of legal recreational marijuana. The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC), a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, will use the …

Energy riches fuel bitcoin craze for speculation shy Iceland

KEFLAVIK, Iceland — Iceland is expected to use more energy “mining” bitcoins and other virtual currencies this year than it uses to power its homes. With massive amounts of electricity needed to run the computers that create bitcoins, large virtual currency companies have established a base in the North Atlantic island nation blessed with an …

DOST-STII expands library services through PPP

MANILA — The Department of Science and Technology – Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII) on Monday sealed partnership with private company, FELTA Multimedia, Inc, to.expand its library services. The STII will launch the Center for the Arts in Science and Technology (CAST) in March, in time for its anniversary. The STII is mandated to establish …

DICT urges gov’t agencies to use social media to promote programs

MANILA — The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is encouraging government agencies to utilize social media to create awareness on its various programs and policies and ensure the participation of citizens. This as the department has crafted its guidelines on the use of social media for the agencies under the Executive branch of the …

Cancer from cellphones? New studies say no need to hang up

WASHINGTON — Two government studies that bombarded rats and mice with cellphone radiation found a weak link to some heart tumors, but federal regulators and some scientists say don’t worry — it is safe to use your device. They still do. Previous studies of cellphone users had found little reason for concern, but the newest …

Nissan plans 20 electric models for China through 2022

BEIJING — Nissan and a Chinese partner announced plans Monday to develop 20 electric vehicles as part of a $10 billion, five-year investment program, adding to efforts by global automakers to create commercially competitive electrics for the biggest auto market. Nissan Motor Co.’s venture with state-owned Dongfeng Group will start sales this year of Nissan’s …