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Microsoft urges regulation of face-recognizing tech

Microsoft’s chief legal officer on Friday called for regulation of facial recognition technology due to the risk to privacy and human rights. Brad Smith made a case for a government initiative to lay out rules for proper use of facial recognition technology, with input from a bipartisan and expert commission. Facial recognition technology raises significant…

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July 14, 2018


Bodybuilding: The pursuit of beauty in war-torn Kabul

Hindi music pumps from the speakers as dozens of Afghan men grunt and sweat their way through a workout beneath the watchful eye of a young Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose muscle-bound image hangs from the wall. The scene inside this Kabul gym is repeated at venues all round the capital, where bodybuilding has become ubiquitous since…

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June 25, 2018


Twitter shift aims to deliver more news on timelines

Twitter said Wednesday it would revamp user timelines as part of an effort to deliver more news and personalized content, the latest effort to attract more users to the platform. The new features shift further away from Twitter’s original chronological feed and represent a stepped-up effort to be a destination to find news, especially breaking…

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June 14, 2018


Apple touts privacy features of new operating systems

Apple on Monday said new operating systems powering its mobile devices and computers would include features designed to thwart the use of secret trackers to monitor people’s online activities. The announcement by Apple comes amid a growing focus on protecting privacy following a Facebook data scandal and new rules being enforced by the European Union…

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June 5, 2018


The beat is fading for Pakistan’s Ramadan drummers

Lal Hussain saunters through Rawalpindi’s empty streets at 1:00 am shattering the silence with syncopated drum beats, awakening startled Pakistanis so they can sleepily eat one last meal before the day’s Ramadan fasting begins. “Wake up and eat your morning meal!” he howls along with the Bhangra-inspired beats emanating from his dhol drum. Hussain has…

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June 2, 2018


Twitter tweak steps up fight against trolls

Twitter said Tuesday it was stepping up its long-running battle against online trolls, trying to find offenders by looking at “behavioral signals.” The new approach looks at behavioral patterns of users in addition to the content of the tweets, allowing Twitter to find and mute online bullies and trolls. Even if the offending tweets are…

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May 16, 2018


Tom Wolfe, author of ‘The Right Stuff’, dies at 88

Author Tom Wolfe, the acerbic chronicler of American society known for best-selling books “The Right Stuff” and “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” has died at the age of 88. Wolfe’s agent Lynn Nesbit said the writer died Monday in a Manhattan hospital, where he was being treated for an infection. “We are incredibly saddened to…

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May 16, 2018


For beauty contest, age is not an issue for Brazilian seniors

Brazilian Rosalia Pereira had two reasons to celebrate Thursday: her miraculously rekindled true love 40 years to the day after their first date and being crowned Sao Paulo’s senior beauty queen. “Today is even more special because of this,” the 62-year-old said after winning the beauty contest, which aims to give the elderly a bit…

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May 11, 2018


‘Free-range parenting’ allowed in US state of Utah

The US state of Utah has become the first to allow children to roam free and take part in unsupervised activities under a “Free Range Parenting” law that went into effect. The state’s governor in March signed a bill that protects parents from being prosecuted for child neglect if they allow their kids to do…

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May 9, 2018


Fido funeral: In Japan, a send-off for robot dogs

Isumi, Japan: The robot dogs lined up in their dozens Thursday in Japan were no tech fair display. They were the dearly departed being honoured with their own traditional “funeral.” In some respects, it was a funeral like any other in Japan, with incense smoke wafting as a priest chanted a sutra, praying for the…

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April 26, 2018


Sports abayas turning into new normal for Saudi women

JEDDAH: Colourful and oozing defiance, a sports-friendly version of the abaya gown was once considered a symbol of cultural rebellion in conservative Saudi Arabia, but it is fast becoming the new normal. Pictures of female athletes running in the garb in the Red Sea city of Jeddah went viral last month, setting off a new…

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April 18, 2018


UK designer Christopher Raeburn transforms the unexpected

After a childhood building tree houses and robots, British designer Christopher Raeburn has made a career out of transforming unusual materials — including parachutes — into clothes ready for the catwalk. More than a decade since graduating from London’s prestigious Royal College of Art, Raeburn has made a name for himself with streetwear fit for…

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April 14, 2018


Apple goes green around the world

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple said Monday it had achieved a goal of “100 percent clean energy” for its facilities around the world. The California tech giant said its retail stores, offices, data centers and co-located facilities in 43 countries were operating with nonpolluting or renewable energy. Nine additional manufacturing partners have committed to power all of…

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April 10, 2018


Bags bigger than bodies: a safe school backpack for your child

  Ehtesham Anwar Two weeks ago Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s school department began to take notice of heavy school bags. It wanted to study how backpacks are ruining a child’s spine and skeletal growth. This is not just something that parents in KP worry about. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends that the weight of a…

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March 30, 2018


This drag queen leads nightlife in Hanoi

HANOI: Makeup artist by day, cross-dresser by night, Betty is among a vanguard of Vietnamese drag queens shaking up Hanoi’s nightlife — and social norms — in a city where such performances remain little known. In a lime green barely-there mesh dress and towering silver heels, the 22-year-old hopes to bring drag into the mainstream…

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March 29, 2018


Obesity may cause 13 different cancers: study 

ISLAMABAD: Obesity which often leads to cancer in older adults is now reported with increasing frequency in young adults, a new study says. According to the research, published in the journal Obesity, obesity increases the risk of 13 different cancers in young adults. The meta-analysis describes how obesity has shifted certain cancers to younger age…

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March 28, 2018


Apple goes back to school with new iPad, apps

CHICAGO: Apple on Tuesday unveiled new applications and a discounted iPad tablet aimed at the education market as it tries to regain momentum lost to Google in the world of classroom technology. At an event in Chicago, the California-based Apple showcased a new, free curriculum called Everyone Can Create that enables teachers to integrate drawing,…

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March 28, 2018


Time to delete Facebook, says WhatsApp co-founder

Washington, United States: As Facebook reels from the scandal over hijacked personal data, a movement to quit the social network has gathered momentum, getting a boost from a high-profile co-founder of the WhatsApp messaging service acquired by the huge social network in 2014. “It is time. #deletefacebook,” Brian Acton said in a tweet, using the hashtag…

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March 21, 2018


Snapchat challenging Facebook among US youth

Washington: Facebook remains the most popular social network among Americans but faces a growing challenge from Snapchat for young audiences, a survey showed Thursday. The Pew Research Center survey showed Facebook holding the dominant platform with 68 percent of Americans using the world’s biggest social network. While Facebook leads the other social networks in all…

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March 1, 2018