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The last days of a ‘village’ in China’s Silicon Valley

Surrounded by the sleek hi-tech campuses and luxury condominiums of “Beijing’s Silicon Valley”, migrants from the countryside recreate village life, cooking in outdoor communal areas, playing cards and showering in the street.

Facebook is testing Bonfire group video calling app, takes on Houseparty

Facebook is reportedly testing a new application that allows users to make group video calls. The app, called Bonfire, was first spotted in July this year.

The Bonfire app could possibly ape Houseparty with Facebook's wider reach and quick user adoption – something that Facebook has done to Snapchat. — AFP

Boston startups are teaching boats to drive themselves

A small industry of startups trying to teach boats to drive themselves is emerging along the harbour.

Sea Machines Robotics' autonomous boat, Steadfast. — Bloomberg

Startup Pi out to slice the charging cord

Silicon Valley youngster Pi claimed it had developed the world’s first wireless charger that does away with cords or mats to charge devices.

Shi (left) and MacDonald with the world's first wireless charger that does away with the need to lay devices on charging mats. — AFP

‘Car nation’ Germany distrustful of driverless vehicles

German carmakers are showing off their self-driving cars at the IAA international auto show in Frankfurt, but most people in the car-mad country have yet to be convinced by the technology.

Apple rolls out iOS 11 with updated Control Centre and new Files app

Tuesday, Sept 19, 2017, sees Apple roll out the latest update to its mobile operating system, days after launching the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

Apple first outlined iOS 11 in spring 2017, before confirming the mobile operating system's new features at the firm's September 12 keynote. — Apple

Swiss shut down 'fake' E-Coin in latest cryptocurrency crackdown

Switzerland's financial watchdog has closed down what it said was the provider of a fake cryptocurrency and is investigating around a dozen other possible fraud cases, in the latest clamp-down on the risks involving virtual money.

Virtual currencies such as Bitcoin are hailed by their supporters as a fast and efficient way of managing money. But regulators and traditional banks are increasingly concerned about the risks of fraud in the burgeoning online cryptocurrency underworld. — Reuters

Ad industry to Apple: ‘Deeply concerned’ about Safari’s new ad-tracking restrictions

The upcoming iOS 11 is winning plaudits in anticipation of its public reveal on Sept 19, but one group is not happy with Apple's updates to its Safari browser.

A man using an iPhone. Safari's new "Intelligent Tracking Prevention" feature restricts tracking by further limiting cookies and other website data from being shared across multiple websites. — Bloomberg

EU antitrust chief defends probe of Google, US tech giants

Europe’s top antitrust regulator Magrethe Vestager defended her agency’s investigations of Google and other US tech giants, arguing that dominant companies have a “special responsibility” to avoid abusing their market power.

Vestager said maintaining competition is important for consumers even when the 'products' delivered by search engines or social networks is free. — AFP

With new operating system, Apple revamps its money-making App Store

Apple Inc's newest operating system for iPhones and iPads introduces changes to its marketplace for third-party software to satisfy app developers and add new so-called augmented reality apps.

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