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China’s DJI unveils US$499 drone that flies from your hand

China’s SZ DJI Technology Co unveiled a small camera drone starting at US$499 (RM2,135) that can take off and land from the palm of a hand, seeking to appeal to the broader consumer market.

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Fliers’ electronics get more screening in 10-airport test

25 May 2017

US airline travellers are facing more intense scrutiny of electronics at 10 domestic airports while the government also considers banning such devices on US-bound flights from Europe.

Players subscribing to the service will be able to download games to consoles for optimal performance and be offered discounts to buy them for keeps. — AFP

Xbox adds Netflix-style videogame subscriptions

25 May 2017

Microsoft launched a subscription service for Xbox, letting players pay a monthly fee for access to a library of videogames for its console.

Facebook's move to acquire and license original content is the latest in its push to attract more advertising dollars, putting the company in head-to-head competition with Alphabet Inc's YouTube Red, Snapchat's Discover feature, and traditional television networks. — Reuters

Facebook signs BuzzFeed, Vox, others for original video shows: sources

25 May 2017

Facebook Inc has signed deals with millennial-focused news and entertainment creators Vox Media, BuzzFeed, ATTN, Group Nine Media and others to make shows for its upcoming video service, said sources.

A cat wears SmartTag, a device manufactured by Suga International Holdings to monitor the activity levels of pets, in Hong Kong, China. — Reuters

Wearable tech latest must-have for China’s proud pet owners

25 May 2017

Electronic device makers such as Hong Kong-listed SUGA and other startups are looking to cash in on a boom in China in so-called pet wearables, like smart collars, leashes and feeders.

Amazon Prime Air has already begun limited drone delivery trials in the British city Cambridge. — AFP/Amazon

Drone, robot advocates push for automated package delivery

25 May 2017

Companies are preparing to deliver packages to customers by drone or robot, industry representatives told a congressional subcommittee. But, they argued, looser and more consistent regulations will be needed to help the industry achieve lift-off.

Ford and GM are working on developing their own self-driving cars and have made investments of billions of dollars to acquire artificial intelligence and technology to detect obstacles. — AFP

Ford shakeup underscores Detroit’s tech dilemmas

25 May 2017

Ford’s decision to oust its CEO is the latest sign of how Silicon Valley technology firms are shaking the foundation of the American auto industry.

Whenever you're using a browser, you can save yourself a lot of time, clicks and hassle with shortcuts like Ctrl + L and Ctrl + T. — dpa

Four key combinations for browsers every computer user should know

25 May 2017

Mouse clicks don't take long, but key combinations can be faster. Whenever you're using a browser, you can save yourself a lot of time, clicks and hassle with the following shortcuts.

HSBC discovers consumers trust robots for surgery over savings

25 May 2017

Andy Maguire faces a challenge: tasked with upgrading HSBC Holdings Plc’s digital-banking systems, he has discovered that customers are twice as likely to trust a robot for heart surgery than for picking a savings account.

Concert goers waiting to be picked up at the scene of a terrorist attack during a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in Manchester, England. In the hours after the detonation, social media users on Twitter and Facebook fired off posts featuring images of missing children and young adults who weren't missing and, in some cases, were safe and sound in other countries. — AFP

Social media trolls spread rumours

25 May 2017

As word of the deadly terror attack in Manchester spread and police frantically tried to gather information about the explosion, online trolls were hard at work spreading disinformation about the nature of the threat and the whereabouts of children displaced by the bombing.

In addition to posting to their own stories on the app, users can now decide to create a group video story around an event like a birthday party or a wedding, and invite their friends to contribute clips for a compilation, Snapchat said. — AFP

Snap adds group story tool, working to stay ahead of Instagram

25 May 2017

Snap Inc, the maker of photo and video-sharing app Snapchat, unveiled a new tool that will let people collaborate with their friends on video stories about events, a product update that could provide a boost in its race to stay ahead of Instagram.

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