Technology

Tinder tops Apple App Store with new feature

Dating platform Tinder became the most lucrative app on the Apple store after launching a new paid feature that lets users see who has liked them first. It beat Netflix and Candy Crush to the top grossing spot in the US, according to analyst App Annie. Until now, both users and subscribers could only see matches if both parties had ...

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Alibaba debuts ‘smile to pay’ facial recognition payments

China is streets ahead when it comes to digital payments. The latest leap is facial recognition technology that allows a customer to pay by literally flashing a smile. Alibaba’s Ant Financial affiliate launched the ‘smile to pay’ service in Huangzhou, the location of the company’s global HQ, where it is being trialled with KFC. As the video from Ant below ...

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Samsung gets self-driving car permit in California

Samsung has been granted permission to test self-driving cars on public roads in California. The permit means its driverless vehicles will be able to travel on the same routes as cars driven by humans. The firm has said it had no plans to make its own driverless cars, but instead will make control systems for so-called autonomous vehicles. In May, ...

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FCC closes virus upload loophole on its website

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken steps to secure its website after users discovered they could upload malware to it. On Thursday, security researchers discovered a function connected to the US government agency website’s comment system that let them upload files. The site allowed anyone to sign up to obtain a software key that let them upload the files ...

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Kosmos Innovation Center announces winners of 2017 AgriTech challenge

Kosmos Energy has announced the three agric-focused enterprises as winners of the Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC) AgriTech Challenge. After nine months of the competition, six business teams emerged with viable concepts worth supporting for development. Kosmos Energy will provide US$50,000 in seed funding to two of these businesses, as well as sponsor them through a twelve-month incubation period at the ...

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Amazon faces lawsuit over ‘faulty’ eclipse glasses

A US couple have filed a proposed class action lawsuit against Amazon, claiming they sustained eye injuries from solar eclipse glasses purchased on the site. Corey Payne and Kayla Harris said they experienced headaches and vision impairment after using the glasses to watch the US eclipse on 21 August. Amazon said it issued a recall on potentially hazardous eclipse glasses ...

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Africa ‘needs more engineer and makers’

Africa needs more engineers and makers, the head of Gearbox – Nairobi’s leading maker-space – has told the TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania. Kamau Gachigi said that by 2050 Africa’s population is projected to have doubled and needs to build economies to sustain that level of growth. Digital fabrications labs such as Gearbox were vital to this, he said. Such labs ...

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Google critic fired from Google-funded research body

An outspoken critic of Google has been fired from a US think tank that gets most of its funding from the search giant. The New America Foundation sacked Barry Lynn for “imperilling the institution”, reports the New York Times. At the foundation, Mr Lynn headed the Open Markets group that welcomed efforts to rein in technology giants. But the think ...

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Instagram hack: Celebrity contact details revealed

Instagram has revealed a flaw in its systems revealed “a number of” stars’ phone numbers and email addresses to cyber-attackers. The Facebook-owned social network has emailed verified members, usually prominent figures, to let them know. It said it believed “one or more” attackers had targeted high-profile stars to get their contact information. Instagram said passwords had not been stolen but ...

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Giant spambot scooped up 711 million email addresses

A malware researcher has discovered a spamming operation that has been drawing on a list of 711.5 million email addresses. The scale of the scheme appears to make it the biggest find of its kind. The addresses – and in some cases associated passwords – have apparently been gathered to help spread banking malware. Members of the public can check ...

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