Date
18 January 2020

Tech

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he plans to fund and give a platform to younger entrepreneurs and scientists to cure, prevent and manage diseases. Photo: AFP

    Zuckerberg drops annual challenges to focus on longer-term goals

    Jan 10, 2020 9:48am
    Facebook Inc.’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said he is dropping his annual challenges this year to take a longer-term focus on the decade ahead, Reuters reports. Zuckerberg said he plans to work on a new private...
  • California is home to 450,000 contract workers, of which roughly 70,000 are said to be independent big-rig owner-operators who are involved in the transport trade. Photo: Bloomberg

    California court says truckers exempt from ‘gig worker’ law

    Jan 10, 2020 9:48am
    California’s new “gig worker” law does not apply to independent truck drivers because they are subject to federal statute, a Los Angeles judge ruled, Reuters reports. The law, known as AB5 and which took effect on...
  • Wikipedia is among the entities that have signed on to a nonprofit cooperative that is being offered as an alternative owner of .org. Photo: Reuters

    Internet nonprofit leaders oppose sale of .org domain control

    Jan 10, 2020 9:37am
    A group of prominent internet pioneers is mobilizing to block the US$1.1 billion sale of control of the .org internet domain, arguing that the takeover of .org by a newly formed private company would hurt the...
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends a ceremony for launch of the Model Y program at the firm’s new Shanghai factory on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Tesla is now worth more than GM and Ford combined

    Jan 9, 2020 10:16am
    Electric carmaker Tesla’s stock market value has surpassed the combined value of General Motors and Ford Motor for the first time. It came as Tesla’s shares jumped 4.9 percent on the Nasdaq market on Wednesday, closing...
  • Uber has made some changes to its fare mechanism in response to a new California worker law. Photo: Reuters

    Uber stops upfront ride pricing in California amid new labor law

    Jan 9, 2020 9:21am
    Uber Technologies on Wednesday informed its California customers that it will switch to providing estimates as opposed to fixed prices for its rides in response to a new state law that makes it harder to qualify...
  • Huawei has an opportunity to develop a new revenue stream as its chip unit seeks out external customers for its products. Photo: Reuters

    Huawei starts selling its chips to others

    - Jan 8, 2020 12:59pm
    Huawei Technologies faced a tough time last year due to a US trade ban but managed to still grow its revenue thanks to stronger smartphone sales in its home market. With 2020 likely to be no...
  • Elon Musk dances onstage during a delivery event for Tesla China-made Model 3 cars in Shanghai on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Musk launches Tesla Model Y SUV program in China

    Jan 8, 2020 9:49am
    Tesla on Tuesday launched the Model Y electric sports utility vehicle program at the firm’s new Shanghai factory, as it delivered its first cars built outside the United States to the public. CEO Elon Musk caused a...
  • Sony aims to start test rides during the next financial year to check the performance of its auto-related technologies. Photo: Bloomberg

    Sony to test self-driving cars to boost sensing, safety tech

    Jan 7, 2020 5:10pm
    Sony Corp plans to start testing self-driving cars as early as this year in a bid to beef up the company’s sensing and safety technologies, Reuters reports. The Japanese electronics giant revealed the plan as it...
  • Authorities must promote 'trustworthy AI’ and must consider fairness, non-discrimination, openness, transparency, safety, and security, the Trump administration says. Photo: Bloomberg

    White House proposes regulatory principles to govern AI use

    Jan 7, 2020 3:28pm
    The White House on Tuesday proposed regulatory principles to govern the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) aimed at limiting authorities’ “overreach”, and said it wants European officials to likewise avoid aggressive approaches. In a...
  • Facebook says it will step up efforts to eliminate so-called deepfake videos from its platform. Photo: Reuters

    Facebook to remove deepfake videos in run-up to US election

    Jan 7, 2020 3:19pm
    Facebook has vowed to remove deepfakes and other manipulated videos from its platform if they have been edited, but not content that is parody or satire, in a move aimed at curbing misinformation ahead of the...
  • Hyunda Motor has teamed up with Uber for an air vehicle project. Photo: Bloomberg

    Uber, Hyundai Motor team up to develop electric air taxi

    Jan 7, 2020 10:22am
    Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies and South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor plan to jointly develop electric air taxis, joining the race for “flying cars” to ease urban congestion. Hyundai unveiled a concept electric aircraft developed with Uber...
  • Megvii, known for its facial recognition platform Face++, is aiming to be the first Chinese AI firm to go public. Photo: Bloomberg

    Chinese AI firm Megvii gets nod for Hong Kong IPO: report

    Jan 7, 2020 10:09am
    Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) firm Megvii’s plans for a US$500 million Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO) are back on track as the firm’s application has been cleared by the stock exchange, according to Reuters. A...
  • Toyota president Akio Toyoda announces plans to build a prototype city of the future during the CES event in Las Vegas on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Toyota to build prototype city of the future in Japan

    Jan 7, 2020 9:51am
    Toyota Motor announced plans to build a prototype “city of the future” at the base of Japan’s Mt. Fuji, powered by hydrogen fuel cells and functioning as a laboratory for autonomous cars, “smart homes,” artificial intelligence...
  • Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Ride autonomous driving computing system is seen in the trunk of a demo car at an event in Las Vegas on Jan 5. Photo: Reuters

    Qualcomm unveils new computing platform for autonomous driving

    Jan 7, 2020 9:31am
    US-based chipmaker Qualcomm on Monday announced a computing system for autonomous vehicles designed to handle everything from lane controls to full self-driving, Reuters reports. The system, dubbed Snapdragon Ride, marks the company’s first foray into a...
  • A file picture shows ASML employees working on the final assembly of a semiconductor lithography tool at a plant in Netherlands. The Dutch chip giant is reported to have been blocked from selling some equipment to a Chinese firm. Photo: ASML handout via R

    US pushed Netherlands to block China chip-equipment sale: report

    Jan 6, 2020 4:13pm
    The Trump administration mounted an extensive campaign in the past two years to block the sale of Dutch chip manufacturing technology to China, Reuters reports, citing people familiar with the matter. As part of the effort,...
  • Restaurant owners, food delivery riders and lawmakers in South Korea have urged the nation's antitrust regulator to thoroughly review the Delivery Hero-Woowa Brothers deal. Photo: Bloomberg

    S Korea restaurant owners voice concern over Delivery Hero deal

    Jan 6, 2020 1:47pm
    Restaurant owners in South Korea have expressed concern over food delivery giant Delivery Hero’s proposed US$4 billion acquisition of rival player Woowa Brothers, saying the move could undermine competition and lead to higher fees. Restaurant owners...
  • Samsung is widely expected to unveil its new foldable phone and a new version of its flagship S model. Photo: Bloomberg

    Samsung says will unveil ‘innovative devices’ on Feb 11

    Jan 6, 2020 9:27am
    Samsung Electronics said it will introduce new, innovative devices in San Francisco on Feb. 11, with the electronics giant widely expected to unveil its new foldable phone and a new version of its flagship S model,...
  • 5G will drive many tech innovations as powerful wireless networks will enable the transfer of large volumes of data much faster. Photo: Bloomberg

    What to expect from the tech sector in 2020

    - Jan 3, 2020 1:10pm
    Ushering in 2020, it’s time to make some predictions as to what lies in store for us from the all-important technology sector in the year ahead. One big underlying theme, most analysts agree, will be 5G,...
  • Tesla plans to start delivering cars, made at its US$2 billion factory in Shanghai, to the public on Jan. 7. Photo: Reuters

    Tesla cuts price for China-made Model 3 vehicles before delivery

    Jan 3, 2020 12:49pm
    US electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc. cut the starting price for its China-made Model 3 sedans by 16 percent to 299,050 yuan (US$42,919) after receiving Chinese subsidies for electric vehicles, Reuters reports, citing information on the...
  • A Reuters investigation revealed that US intelligence contractors clandestinely assisted a foreign spying operation in the United Arab Emirates, helping the monarchy to crack down on internal dissent. Photo: Reuters

    US passes legislation on overseas sales of cyber tools

    Jan 3, 2020 8:11am
    Newly passed legislation will push the US State Department to disclose how it polices the sale of cyber tools and services abroad. The move followed a Reuters investigation which revealed that American intelligence contractors clandestinely assisted...