Weapons of terror

Robotic weapons, tech leaders warn against «Pandora's box»

Elon Musk is leading demands for a global ban on killer robots, warning technological advances could revolutionise warfare and create new «weapons of terror» that target innocent people.

Siri trailblazer

AI revolution will be all about humans

It's 2050 and the world revolves around you. From the contents of your fridge to room temperature -- digital assistants ensure your home runs smoothly. Your screens know your taste and show channels you want to see as you enter the room. Your car is driverless and your favourite barman may just be an android.

Telecommunications

Japan launches satellite for better GPS system

Japan on Saturday launched the third satellite in its effort to build a homegrown geolocation system aimed at improving the accuracy of car navigation systems and smartphone maps to mere centimetres.

Astronomy

Total solar eclipse enthusiasts gather in Madras, Oregon -- the rural central and eastern part of the state is hosting dozens of festivals to help manage the crowds, as a million visitors are expected to the region for Monday's natural phenomena

Eclipse-chasers trot the globe, addicted to Moon's shadow

Eclipse-chasers are a dedicated crew of scientists who travel the globe to catch a few moments in eerie darkness, and even after seeing dozens of eclipses, they say they can't get enough.

How to safely watch an eclipse

Everyone who plans to look skyward when the solar eclipse sweeps across the United States on Monday should have the proper protective eyewear, or risk lasting blind spots, experts warn.

Archeology

Bones, silver found in 18th-century Dutch wreck off UK

Maritime archaeologists said Friday they have begun excavating the wreck of a Dutch ship that sank off the English coast in 1740, recovering leather shoes, silver and the bones of its lost crew.

Animals

South Africa opposes online rhino horn auction

South Africa said Friday it would oppose an online auction of rhino horns due to start next week, as outraged conservationists said the sale would undermine the global ban on rhino trade.

Philippine

Uber's Philippine suspension: What we know

Ride-sharing app Uber faces a month-long suspension in the Philippines, in its latest run-in with authorities around the world.

Straight to the source

Mexico's prickly pear cactus: energy source of the future?

The prickly pear cactus is such a powerful symbol in Mexico that they put it smack in the middle of the national flag.

Tech

French start-up takes off with flight-sharing app

A French start-up is reaching for the skies with a flight-sharing app, matching pilots with passengers looking for a low-cost way to take off in a private aircraft.

Automotive

Could Apple's next big thing be a car?

The California technology colossus behind the iPhone has confirmed its interest in self-driving cars, but experts are trying to deduce the secretive company's plans for traction in a market where others have been speeding along.

Uber sets «flying car» launch for 2020

Uber said Tuesday it wants to launch a system of flying cars to move people around cities, with a goal of putting demonstration projects in place by 2020.

Space

Japan, launched in orbit the H-20 rocket

The Japanese H-20 rocket was successfully launched. The missile, taken off from the Tanegashima base, has orbit a geolocation satellite to complete the gps system in Japan.

Electronics

Apple opens first official store in Southeast Asia

Apple opened its first Southeast Asia store in Singapore on Saturday, drawing hundreds of excited fans to the swanky two-storey site in the city's upmarket shopping district.

Apple jumps to lead wearable computing with smartwatch

Apple has leapt to the lead in wearable computing on strong sales of it smartwatch, a market survey shows.

Top Stories

A McDonald's in New Delhi pictured in June: the company is to shut 169 outlets in India

McDonald's to shut 169 outlets in India

McDonald's said Monday it is shutting 169 restaurants in India after a legal row with a local franchise operator.

Big Ben's scheduled four-year silence has stirred a worried debate at a time of national uncertainty

Last bongs for Big Ben as four-year repairs begin

London landmark Big Ben fell silent for four years starting Monday, as a political outcry mounted over renovations that will rob Britain of a cherished symbol at a time of national uncertainty.

The Beatles released «Eleanor Rigby» in 1966

Beatles' «Eleanor Rigby» score expected to fetch $26,000 at auction

The original handwritten score for the Beatles song «Eleanor Rigby» is to be sold at auction, alongside the deeds of the grave of the woman said to have been immortalised by the Fab Four.

US car industry publication Automotive News has previously reported China's Great Wall intends to buy Fiat Chrysler's Jeep brand

China's Great Wall Motor plans Fiat Chrysler purchase

China's Great Wall Motor signalled on Monday its intention to make an ambitious offer to buy all or part of Italian-American car maker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.