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Taxi-Hailing App 'Grab' Beats Uber to Myanmar

A Singapore-based ride-hailing service launched a trial in Myanmar’s biggest city Tuesday, making it the first international company to operate there. “Grab,” a company that currently operates in six other countries in Southeast Asia, would rival a number of local ride-hailing services already operating in Yangon, but beats global giant …

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Drone-catchers Emerge on a New Aerial Frontier

The enemy drone whined in the distance. The Interceptor, a drone-hunting machine from Silicon Valley startup Airspace Systems, slinked off its launch pad and dashed away in hot pursuit. The hunter twisted through the air to avoid trees, homed in on its target, fired a Kevlar net to capture it, …

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Google Adds 'Shortcuts' to Information, Tools on Smartphones

Google wants to make it easier for you to find answers and recommendations on smartphones without having to think about what to ask its search engine. Its new feature, called “shortcuts,” will appear as a row of icons below the Google search box. Where now you’d have to ponder and …

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Apple Cuts Prices on Lower-End iPads, Releases Red iPhones

Apple is cutting prices on two iPad models and introducing red iPhones, but the company held back on updating its higher-end iPad Pro tablets. A much-speculated 10.5-inch iPad Pro didn’t materialize, nor did new versions of existing sizes in the Pro lineup, which is aimed at businesses and creative professionals. …

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Twitter Cracks Down on Terrorism-related Accounts

Twitter suspended more than 376,000 accounts in the second half of 2016, most of which it said were promoting terrorism. Most of the accounts, 74 percent, were removed by proprietary software, the company said in its latest transparency report. The software reportedly determines a terrorism related account through how it …

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Google Affiliate Offers Tools to Safeguard Elections

An organization affiliated with Google is offering tools that news organizations and election-related sites can use to protect themselves from hacking. Jigsaw, a research arm of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., says that free and fair elections depend on access to information. . To ensure such access, Jigsaw says, sites …

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Newest Technologies Becoming Weapons in Fight for Land Rights

Cutting-edge technologies — from drones to data collected by taxi drivers — are becoming key weapons in the global battle to improve land rights and fight poverty, experts said Monday. Advances in earth observation, digital connectivity and computing power provide an array of information, from detailed topographical maps to transportation …

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Optical Illusions Challenge: Cash Prizes To Be Won

Can you spot all of the nine faces? This tricky illustration posted online by Playbuzz is actually harder than it looks – and it’s left internet users baffed.   find the 4 animals in the picture above   Can you spot the sheep that’s fallen asleep? As an added challenge, there’s …

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A Simple, New Way to Spin Spider Silk in the Lab

In textiles, nothing has the impact of spider silk. These protein strands are stretchy and in some ways as strong as steel but without the weight. Scientists have been making artificial spider silk for years, with varying degree of success. VOA’s Kevin Enochs reports some Swedish researchers have found a …

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