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Facebook unveils its second-gen computer switch --- ‘Backpack’

Facebook unveils its second-gen computer switch --- ‘Backpack’

On Wednesday, social network Facebook unveiled an innovative second-generation computer switch called ‘Backpack’ --- a 100G optical switch for connecting together all the racks inside of a data center.

The newly-unveiled Backpack computer switch is the successor to Facebook’s 2015-launched 6-Pack 40G switch which had the capability to stream 40G worth of data around a data center network.

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Facebook launches new Snapchat-like app specifically for emerging markets

Facebook launches new Snapchat-like app specifically for emerging markets

In a late Tuesday announcement, social network Facebook said that it is launching a new app -- another clone of the Snapchat ephemeral messaging app -- specifically for the world’s emerging markets in which Wi-Fi is scarce and connectivity is weak.

The new Snapchat-like messaging app launched by Facebook for the emerging markets is called ‘Flash.’ The app – which does not take up much storage or data – is basically a lightweight version of Snapchat, which does not have a strong hold on potential users of messaging apps in emerging markets.

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CARB engineers detect new defeat device on Audi cars

CARB engineers detect new defeat device on Audi cars

German newspaper BILD am Sonntag has revealed in a recent report that engineers at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have detected a previously unreported defeat device software in an automatic transmission Audi.

According to the report, the new Audi cheater device – which CARB engineers detected four months back – has been implemented on “several hundred thousand” diesel and gas-powered Audi cars sold worldwide.

The affected cars come with an automatic transmission with an internal designation AL 551; and include the Audi A6, Audi A8, Audi Q5 and other models.

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SpaceX hopes to put another Falcon 9 rocket on launch pad in mid-December

SpaceX hopes to put another Falcon 9 rocket on launch pad in mid-December

During the course of a Friday interview with CNBC, Elon Musk – the CEO of SpaceX – said that his space launch company has efforts underway to return its rockets to flight by the mid-December after a launch pad explosion involving Falcon 9 rocket in September.

According to the information shared by Musk with CNBC, SpaceX is hopeful that it will be ready to launch another Falcon 9 rocket by mid-December.

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Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch pre-orders start Nov. 6; shipping to begin Nov. 18

Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch pre-orders start Nov. 6; shipping to begin Nov. 18

South Korean device maker Samsung's latest Tizen-based smartwatch - the Samsung Gear 3 - will be available for pre-orders this week, and will also start shipping to customers in a few days. The new Gear 3 smartwatch was unveiled by Samsung at the 2016 IFA event some months back.

In accordance with earlier reports that Samsung will launch the Gear 3 smartwatch in the US in mid-November, the smartwatch will become available for pre-orders with effect from November 6; though AT&T will start taking pre-orders for the device from November 4.

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Dell teases its ‘Smart Desk’ creativity workstation

Dell teases its ‘Smart Desk’ creativity workstation

At Adobe’s MAX conference presently underway at the San Diego Convention Center, bigwig PC maker Dell teased its innovative new ‘Smart Desk’ creativity-focused desktop solution.

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Uber announces complete overhaul of its app

Uber announces complete overhaul of its app

On Tuesday, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced a major redesign of the Uber app, revealing that the app has been overhauled completely to focus on speed as well as efficiency.

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Kia Motors America sold 48,977 units in Oct. 2016

Kia Motors America sold 48,977 units in Oct. 2016

In a recent announcement, automaker Kia Motors America (KMA) has disclosed that its sales during the month of October 2016 touched a total of 48,977 units.

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Apple releases developer preview of iOS 10.2

Apple releases developer preview of iOS 10.2

Close on the heels of the iOS 10.1.1 public release on Monday, tech biggie Apple announced the rollout of a developer preview of iOS 10.2. The latest beta release can now be downloaded from Apple's developer webpage or directly through Software Update onto test devices.

The iOS10.2 beta software released by Apple is a huge 1.78GB download package, which marks the addition of full Unicode 9.0 emoji, including a total of 72 emojis which the Unicode Consortium had approved in June this year.

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Google Brain researchers worked on AI that can create human-independent encryption

Google Brain researchers worked on AI that can create human-independent encrypti

According to a new paper published by researchers from the Google Brain team, an experimental project undertaken by the team has unfolded a human-independent artificial intelligence (AI) that is capable of protecting messages from intrusive eyes.

The paper, titled ‘Learning to protect communications with adversarial neural cryptography,’ essentially reports the discovery of the AI which, when properly tasked, has the capability to create peculiarly human-independent cryptographic schemes that allow it to encrypt much better than decrypt.

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