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October 31, 2017 3:58 AM Amazon Teaches Alexa to Speak Hinglish. Apple's Siri Is Next

The US e-commerce company is beginning to ship Echo speakers in India this week, about a year after bringing them to foreign markets like the UK and Germany. In that time, teams of linguists, speech scientists, developers and engineers have given a decidedly local makeover to the Alexa virtual assistant that powers the speakers. This Alexa uses a blend 97

October 27, 2017 2:27 PM A strange object from outside our solar system just zoomed past the sun

The traveller (maybe from another star) didn’t stay long and it’s moving away fast Travelling between the stars has been a dream of humanity for generations. But while our species might not be able to make that trek for a long while, there are some seasoned travelers whizzing around the galaxy, and one of them stopped by our solar system this week. Astronomer 82

October 27, 2017 5:34 AM Oppo F5 With 20-Megapixel Selfie Camera, 6-Inch Full-Screen Display Launched: Price, Specifications

Chinese handset maker Oppo on Thursday unveiled its latest selfie-focused smartphone, the Oppo F5, which is also the successor to the Oppo F3. The new Oppo smartphone, much like previous handsets, focuses on selfies and comes with artificial intelligence (AI) beauty technology integrated in the front camera. Following the current trend of smartphones 70

October 25, 2017 8:14 PM Microsoft has stopped making the Kinect, and that makes me sad

Robbing the Xbox of its eyes and ears makes it a lesser platform. Microsoft is no longer building any Kinect devices for consoles or PCs, writes Fast Co. Design. Since their 2010 introduction on the Xbox 360 and through major updates for Xbox One and PC, the sensors combined a depth-sensing camera, a regular video camera, and a microphone array into a device 87

October 25, 2017 5:16 AM Nissan puts 429 hp, 373 miles of range and autonomy into IMx electric SUV concept

Just last month, Nissan revealed the near future of its electric program when it detailed the second-generation Leaf. Now it dives deeper into the electrified future, dazzling Tokyo Motor Show attendees with the IMx, an all-electric crossover concept that promises enough range for a road trip, enough power for spirited highway sprints and the option 77

October 24, 2017 12:33 PM Living with Wildlife conference – making Africa sustainable through conservation

The human dimension of wildlife conservation is on the blackboard at a major international conference set for Windhoek early January next year. The conference will bring together in one venue a diverse group of scientists, conservationists, development specialists and other experts whose work incorporate the existential factors of environmental protection 148

October 24, 2017 6:53 AM U.N. adds 32 items to list of prohibited goods for North Korea

UNITED NATIONS--A U.N. committee has added 32 items that have both civilian and military uses to a list of prohibited goods and technologies banned from sale or transfer to North Korea. The committee that monitors sanctions against North Korea said in a report to the Security Council circulated Monday that the additions range from boxes that can be used to carry 82

October 24, 2017 4:56 AM Google's latest iPhone rival off to a rocky start

SAN FRANCISCO - The launch of Alphabet Inc’s second-generation Google Pixel smartphones has been hampered by display screen problems and pricing and shipping issues, prompting the company to open an investigation and issue multiple apologies to customers. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, which start at $649 and debuted in stores on Thursday, are the lynchpin 93

October 24, 2017 4:50 AM `Google is integrating AI, software, hardware'

Rick Osterloh, senior vice-president (hardware) at Google has his job cut out as he tries to build the hardware line for the world's largest online ads and search company , battling the likes of Apple in a highly competitive market. Having unveiled a bunch of new gadgets along with the launch of its high-end smartphone Pixel 2 earlier this month, Osterloh 78

October 24, 2017 3:58 AM Apple iPhone rival Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL witnesses a shaky start

The launch of Alphabet Inc’s second-generation Google Pixel smartphones has been hampered by display screen problems and pricing and shipping issues, prompting the company to open an investigation and issue multiple apologies to customers. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, which start at $649 and debuted in stores on Thursday, are the lynchpin of Google’s 68