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Uber hits road with overhauled smartphone app

San Francisco, United States | AFP | Uber on Wednesday began rolling out an overhauled smartphone application that uses artificial intelligence in a bid to speed up and improve the ride-sharing experience. The update is the first major overhaul for the popular application since 2012 and aims to simplify usage …

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Facebook-owned Instagram getting into shopping

San Francisco, United States | AFP |  Instagram on Tuesday said it will start testing features that let smartphone or tablet users easily buy items they find on the popular photo and video sharing service. The test slated to begin next week in the US will be tailored for Instagram …

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Obama to hand @potus digital keys to successor

Washington, United States | AFP |  The White House announced plans Monday for the transfer of power, online power that is — in the form of Twitter and other social media accounts with millions of followers. “The handle @POTUS will be made available to the 45th President of the United …

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Tablet market shrinks as demand grows for hybrids

San Francisco, United States | AFP |  The tablet market shrank in the recently-ended quarter, as shipments of bargain-priced computers with detachable screens hit a record high, according to market analysis firm International Data Corporation. Tablet makers shipped 43 million units in the quarter, down 14.7 percent from the number …

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Uber lays out vision for flying commuter transit

San Francisco, United States | AFP |  Uber on Thursday laid out a vision for on-demand aircraft that can whisk commuters to home or work in a fraction of the time it would take on the road. The ride-sharing giant assessed the feasibility of what it called “vertical take-off and …

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Verizon warily staying with deal to buy Yahoo

Laguna Beach, United States | AFP | A Verizon executive overseeing the deal to buy Yahoo said Wednesday the deal was moving ahead pending the outcome of an investigation into an epic hack. Verizon expected that within 60 days it would have the “outcome” of how the massive breach at …

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Smartwatch sales tumble, dragged down by Apple

Washington, United States | AFP | Global smartwatch sales slid 51.6 percent in the third quarter, amid a steep decline for the Apple Watch ahead of its updated device, a market tracker said Monday. The IDC survey said total smartwatch volumes were 2.7 million units, less than half the level …

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Paris, the upstart startup capital

Paris, France | AFP |  Could Paris, the City of Light, soon become known as the City of Innovation helping propel young entrepreneurs to push technological and business frontiers? While efforts by Paris to lure financial companies from London in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union …

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