CES 2019: Amazon and Google Assistant carve up tech expo

15/01/19 11:45 AM By Nico - Comment(s)

At CES, there's no shortage of gadgets to talk to. Smart TVs, cars, pianos - and even a toilet - these are just some examples of devices that come with voice-activated helpers.

No matter who makes the hardware, the virtual aide linked to or packaged inside is likely to be one of two: either Amazon's ...

Taking a stroll with Samsung’s robotic exoskeleton

15/01/19 11:13 AM By Nico - Comment(s)

Samsung’s look but don’t touch policy left many wondering precisely how committed the company is to its new robots. On the other hand, the company was more than happy to let me take the GEMS (Gait Enhancing and Motivation System) spin.

The line includes a trio of wearable exoskeletons, the A (ankle...

Asia stocks at one-month high, focus stays on U.S.-China trade talks

15/01/19 09:50 AM By Nico - Comment(s)

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks inched higher to one-month highs on Friday, after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell reiterated the U.S. central bank can be patient on raising interest rates further.

But the rally’s momentum slowed partly as investors sought more clarity on whether the United Stat...

How much has the shutdown hit the US economy?

15/01/19 09:43 AM By Nico - Comment(s)

Washington is at a standstill, as US President Donald Trump and Democrats feud over his demand to include $5.7bn (£4.5bn) for a border wall in a new spending bill.

The fight has closed parts of federal agencies since 21 December and is on track to be the longest government shutdown in US history.


How to pull yourself out of a work rut

15/01/19 09:11 AM By Nico - Comment(s)

Feel like you're dragging yourself to work every day only to count down the minutes until it's time to go home? You could be stuck in work rut.

"People sometimes are in a rut and don't always realize it," said Kim Monaghan, a career coach. "They feel something is broken and they feel u...

CES 2019: Friendly robots, oddball cars and a lot of artificial intelligence

08/01/19 11:57 AM By Nico - Comment(s)

(CNN Business) — Robots that keep you company, faster internet on phones, voice controlled everything, and oddball vehicles to replace regular cars. They're just some of the technologies coming to CES 2019, the massive consumer electronics show that takes over Las Vegas for a week every January.— Ro...

Automation will be the end of banks as we know them

08/01/19 11:29 AM By Nico - Comment(s)

The unbundling of the bank has begun.

Just 10 years ago, the average consumer had very few financial relationships and interacted with just one or two institutions to fulfill all of their financial needs. But fintech companies are breaking up the old guard by focusing on specific things that banks ha...

5G is here. What that means and how you can get it

08/01/19 11:23 AM By Nico - Comment(s)

New York (CNN Business)— 5G is here. It promises super-fast speeds, and it will enable some really cool, futuristic technology. You can get it if you want it, but you practically have to stand on your head.

What 5G tech you can get now

Ushering in the mobile 5G era, AT&T announced in December tha...

Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with security, Narrator, and accessibility improvements

08/01/19 11:01 AM By Nico - Comment(s)

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview with improvements to security, the Narrator app, and accessibility. The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18305 (made available to testers on December 19) to build 18309. These builds are from the 19H1 branch, which will arrive in the first half of ...

Nonprofit groups in watchdog’s sights

08/01/19 10:50 AM By Nico - Comment(s)

NONPROFIT OUTFITS in the Philippines have become channels for funds from illegal activities, the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) said in a report, citing over P600 billion worth of transactions involving corruption and fraud over the past five years.

There is a “medium” threat for non-profit org...

Apple's iPhone has lost its magic

08/01/19 10:46 AM By Nico - Comment(s)

(CNN) — Almost exactly twelve years ago, Steve Jobs stepped on stage at MacWorld and unveiled the iPhone, touting it as a "revolutionary and magical product." Its unprecedented success would prove his point.

The iPhone survived and thrived despite the 2008 financial crisis and a long list o...

'Vast areas of impunity' for people trafficking – U.N. report

08/01/19 08:33 AM By Nico - Comment(s)

VIENNA, Austria – A UN report has warned that "vast areas of impunity" remain globally for people traffickers, with victims subjected to crimes ranging from sexual exploitation to organ removal.

Despite a recent trend towards more people trafficking convictions in many African and Middle Eastern coun...

The death of Venice? City’s battles with tourism and flooding reach crisis level

07/01/19 04:51 PM By Nico - Comment(s)

Venice’s Santa Lucia railway station is packed as visitors scuttle across the concourse towards the water-bus stops. Taking a selfie against the backdrop of the Grand Canal, Ciro Esposito and his girlfriend have just arrived and are unimpressed with what may greet them in future if the Venetian auth...

Egypt's #MeToo moment targets street harassment

07/01/19 04:40 PM By Nico - Comment(s)

Cairo, Egypt (CNN) –  Gehad al-Rawy beamed with joy as she emerged from an Egyptian courtroom last September. She had just won a sexual harassment case, with the judge sentencing her harasser to two years in prison.

It was a rare victory in a country where, according to a 2017 survey by UN Women...

Russian gas explosion toll hits 39 as rescue operation ends

07/01/19 03:54 PM By Nico - Comment(s)

Moscow - The number of dead from a New Year's Eve gas explosion in a Russian apartment block jumped to 39 on yesterday as rescuers finished searching for bodies in the rubble of the partially collapsed building.

Russian official Alexandre Tchouprian said that 38 of the 39 bodies had been...