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Tech giants chase VR, AI riches

Tech giants chase VR, AI riches

What do Apple, Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Samsung all have in common? Sure, all six are technology companies, but the similarity runs much deeper. All six are now battling with each other to dominate the next wave of technology innovation

Driving under the influence of technology

Driving under the influence of technology

Very soon – much sooner than you think – your car will drive itself. While you chat on the phone, work on your laptop, read or even sleep, your car will drive you wherever you need to go. In fact, in a decade or two, your car probably won’t even have a steering wheel or pedals

How Facebook’s M could outsmart Siri, Google

How Facebook’s M could outsmart Siri, Google

Let’s face it, virtual personal assistants like Siri and Google Now just aren’t very good. Or, to be more accurate, they’re quite good at a narrow set of tasks (like telling you the weather forecast) and quite

Minnows set to disrupt payments industry

Minnows set to disrupt payments industry

Jack Dorsey must be so disappointed. His second successful start-up company, Square, is about to go public at a value of only US$4bn. Shame. But this number tells us many things about an entire

Dell’s $67bn EMC bet has big risks

Dell’s $67bn EMC bet has big risks

Dell is about to spend US$67bn buying a company that many people have never even heard of — EMC. It’s the largest acquisition of a technology company in history. To put it bluntly, Dell is gambling its entire future on this one deal. Dell wants EMC mainly because of one of its VMware

Facebook wants Africans to have free Internet

Facebook wants Africans to have free Internet

At the end of this year, Facebook will launch a satellite into orbit to provide free access to the Internet to the African continent. Yes, really. But what is a social networking service doing mucking around with satellites? To be completely accurate, Facebook has partnered with

No, cellphones do not crash planes

No, cellphones do <i>not</i> crash planes

It’s one of modern life’s most petty annoyances: having to turn off electronic devices when a plane takes off and lands. We’re told that this is for our own safety because these devices will “interfere with the

Ad-blocking arms race approaching Defcon 1

Ad-blocking arms race approaching Defcon 1

We’ve all been there. You’re happily browsing the Internet and you stumble onto a website that takes advertising a little too far. Pop-ups open, annoying sounds blare from your speakers, banners leap

Apple: no breakthroughs, no problem

Apple: no breakthroughs, no problem

Every September for the past three years, Apple has announced its new product lines. And every year the new features have felt more incremental and less impressive. But does it really matter? Take the product most important to

Apple isn’t making TVs, it’s making TV shows

Apple isn’t making TVs, it’s making TV shows

Which five words does a CEO never want to hear? “Apple is entering our market.” Nokia and BlackBerry were both crushed to dust by the colossus from Cupertino, and big Hollywood studios

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