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UK bans electronic devices on flights

Over the past couple of weeks, there have been intense battle in and out of courtrooms against what might well be regarded as one of the most controversial decisions in US Presidential history: a travel ban that shuts out eight countries tagged as potential threats to the United States national security.

Uber’s President, Jeff Jones Steps Down

Over the past one month, he has been at the fore-front of the resistance against President Trump’s travel ban by corporate leaders but the latest announcement to hand over the leadership of the transportation network giant - Uber after merely six months on the job, was “completely unexpected”.

WhatsApp set to bring back text Status

The Snapchatification of everything has resulted in backlash for WhatsApp, prompting it to revive its text Status option while keeping its image-based replacement.

The New Levi’s Jacket with Google’s Hands-on Technology: Jacquard

It may no more be news for most of us who have been around or more so, participated either as producers or users of mobile technology, particularly in communication: the thought of an infrared in the late 1990s straight into the new millennium when we began to replace that with the Bluetooth among others.

Congressman: We need a National Guard for cybersecurity

There are few people with computer science backgrounds who work in the federal government. Long hours coupled with smaller salaries make it hard to recruit techies to Washington, according to Representative Ruben Gallego.

Samsung heir faces trial after indictment on corruption charges

Prosecutors on Tuesday indicted Lee Jae-yong, the de facto chief of the giant South Korean conglomerate, on bribery and other charges. Four other Samsung executives were also charged with bribery and other crimes under the investigation into a huge political corruption scandal that has shaken the country.

YouTube Scraps unskippable 30-second Advert

Nothing could be more annoying than when one drops by YouTube to watch, or download a video than a compulsory lady sprawling across the beach side and trying to tell you about an orange juice, perhaps so much that the video site can no more ignore the nuisance of such ads to its visitors. Hence, YouTube has finally scrapped the "unskippable" 30-second adverts.

Blackberry in legal battle with Nokia

Ahead of the launch of some new smartphones this year, Blackberry has filed a lawsuit against the Finnish manufacturer, Nokia over an alleged illegal use of about a dozen of its inventions.

How Safe Is Your WordPress Blog?

Think of a blogging software option among most circles of discussion and the name that may likely pop up is, WordPress. But recent security defects in that favorite blogging software has created a safe haven for hackers, resulting in the distortion of tens of thousands of sites.

Thirty more tech firms oppose Trump ban



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Thirty more US technology firms have signed a brief opposing President Trump's immigration ban, bringing the total number involved to 127.

Uber CEO Resigns from Trump’s White House Advisory Council

Following growing concerns from employees and the public over President Trump’s controversial immigration ban, chief executive of the ride-sharing service – Uber, Travis Kalanick, has resigned from the White House economic advisory group.

Google's driverless cars make progress

The number of human interventions in journeys made by driverless cars from Google company Waymo in California more than halved in 2016.

There were only 124 "disengagement" incidents last year, where a driver had to take control of a test vehicle on public roads, down from 341 in 2015.

The cars drove nearly 636,000 miles last year, compared with just over 424,000 in 2015.

Other states in the US do not require such reporting.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles published the annual reports on Wednesday.

 Under law, every company that has a state permit to test autonomous vehicles in California must report how many times a driver had to intervene.

'Reckless behaviour'

"Disengagements are a natural part of the testing process that allow our engineers to expand the software' s capabilities and identify areas of improvement," Waymo said in its report.

The most common reasons for interventions in Waymo cars were "software discrepancies, unwanted manoeuvres of the vehicle and perception discrepancies", according to the company.

Of the 124 incidents, only 10 were caused by the "reckless" behaviour of another road user.

Beyond Waymo's impressive results, the news was generally good.

Cruise, the start-up leading General Motors' autonomous driving development, upped its testing in San Francisco markedly. It went from driving fewer than five miles in June 2015, to nearly 400 in June 2016.

It reported 414 disengagements in almost 10,000 miles of driving in 2016 overall.

For some companies the records show a very small amount of mileage covered by the autonomous cars.

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Image caption Uber's autonomous car testing is not happening in California

In other US states with self-driving regulations - including Nevada, Michigan, and Florida - there is no requirement for public disclosure of this type of data, which is why, for example, not much is known about Uber's autonomous vehicle testing.

Ford only reported 590 miles driven in 2016, all in the month of March. It only has two autonomous cars in California, but has a much larger fleet in Michigan, where reporting is not required.

Meanwhile BMW recorded one disengagement in its 638 miles of autonomous driving in March and April 2016, because lane markings on Highway 101 were not clear enough. The operator's reaction time

Source: BBC