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NEC improves safety and security of computing with 'hearable device'

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NEC Corp has announced the development of a prototype "hearable device" (earphone device) user authentication technology, aiming to achieve new forms of convenient, safe and secure computing. Security and safety are primary concerns when making use of any product or service. In recent years, as computers and smartphones have become… Read

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Google's AlphaGo retires on top after humbling world No. 1

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The Google-owned computer algorithm AlphaGo is retiring from playing humans in the ancient Chinese game of Go after roundly defeating the world's top player this week, its developer said Saturday. AlphaGo defeated brash 19-year-old world number one Ke Jie of China on Saturday to sweep a three-game series that was… Read

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Apple opens first official store in Southeast Asia

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Apple opened its first Southeast Asia store in Singapore on Saturday, drawing hundreds of excited fans to the swanky two-story site in the city's upmarket shopping district. Located on the affluent Orchard Road, the new shop -- easily distinguished by its iconic glass facade -- is expected to be one… Read

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Mizuho to launch fintech venture

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Mizuho Financial Group will start a venture next month to create new businesses using "fintech," an executive said, joining a global race in financial technology that threatens to unsettle traditional players. Japan's second-largest lender by assets said there were already 20 projects in the pipeline for the venture, utilizing blockchain… Read

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Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding tests mechanical wave power generation system

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Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co Ltd (MES) has set up Japan's first "mechanical wave power generation system" in the open sea off Kozu-shima island in the Izu islands and started a verification test of wave power generation. MES will check the effects of new operation methods and the resistance to… Read

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Docomo carrier billing now available for App Store, Apple Music, iTunes and iBooks purchases

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NTT Docomo customers can now pay for App Store, Apple Music, iTunes and iBooks purchases across Apple devices via carrier billing — providing a safe, secure and versatile payment method to meet Japan's growing demand for digital entertainment. How it works Signing up for carrier billing takes only a few… Read

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Xbox adds Netflix-style video game subscriptions

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Microsoft has launched a subscription service for Xbox, letting players pay a monthly fee for access to a library of video games for its console. People who already subscribe to an Xbox Gold service can pay an extra $10 monthly for the new "Game Pass," which will be available at… Read

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Google aims to connect online ads to physical stores

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Google already monitors your online shopping — but now it's also keeping an eye on what you're buying in physical stores to try to sell more digital advertising. Google's computers will be trying to connect the dots between what people look at after clicking on an online ad and what… Read

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Jump in renewable energy jobs worldwide: agency

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The renewable energy sector employed 9.8 million people worldwide in 2016, almost twice as many as in 2012, the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency said on Wednesday. In its "Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017", IRENA says the sector employed five million people five years ago. "Falling… Read

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Need cash? Facebook expands personal fundraising tools

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Facebook is expanding its fundraising tools that let users ask friends and strangers to give them money to help pay for education, medical or other expenses. The company has been testing the tool, which is similar to online fundraising services such as GoFundMe, since March. With the latest update unveiled… Read

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