May 21, 2024

Europe sets benchmark for rest of the world with landmark AI laws

BRUSSELS: Europe’s landmark rules on artificial intelligence will enter into force next month after EU countries endorsed on Tuesday a political deal reached in December, setting a potential global benchmark for a technology used in business and everyday life. The European Union’s AI Act is more comprehensive than the United States’ light-touch voluntary compliance approach while China’s […]

May 19, 2024

suedAI voiceover company stole voices of actors, New York lawsuit claims

Two voice actors sued artificial-intelligence startup Lovo in Manhattan federal court on Thursday, accusing the company of illegally copying their voices and using them without permission in its AI voiceover technology. Paul Skye Lehrman and Linnea Sage said in the proposed class-action lawsuit, opens new tab that San Francisco-based Lovo is selling AI versions of […]

May 16, 2024

US charges 2 brothers for stealing $25m worth of cryptocurrency in 12 seconds

The US Justice Department said Wednesday it charged two brothers for stealing $25 million in cryptocurrency within approximately 12 seconds. Anton Peraire-Bueno, 24, of Boston, and James Pepaire-Bueno, 28, of New York, were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The Justice Department claimed the defendants exploited […]

May 14, 2024

UAE releases new AI model to compete with big tech

DUBAI: A government research institute in the United Arab Emirates on Monday released a new open source GenAI model, which could rival the ones from big technology companies. Abu Dhabi’s Technology Innovation Institute (TII) said it was releasing the Falcon 2 series: Falcon 2 11B, a text-based model, and Falcon 2 11B VLM, a vision-to-language […]

May 11, 2024

Microsoft hit with $242m US verdict in Cortana patent lawsuit

Microsoft (MSFT.O)  must pay patent owner IPA Technologies $242 million, a federal jury in Delaware said on Friday after determining that Microsoft’s Cortana virtual-assistant software infringed an IPA patent. The jury agreed with IPA after a week-long trial that Microsoft’s voice-recognition technology violates IPA’s patent rights in computer-communications software. IPA is a subsidiary of patent-licensing […]

May 09, 2024

UK tells tech firms to ‘tame algorithms’ to protect children

LONDON: Social media platforms like will have to “tame” their algorithms to filter out or downgrade harmful material to help protect Facebook, Instagram and TikTok children under proposed British measures published on Wednesday. The plan by regulator Ofcom is one of more than 40 practical steps tech companies will need to implement under Britain’s Online […]

May 06, 2024

Private investment fuels race for nuclear fusion power in US

WASHINGTON: Spurred on by major technological advances and huge private investment, the United States’ nuclear fusion sector could be producing electricity within ten years, industry players say. The process, which powers the Sun, sees two atomic nuclei combine — and release massive amounts of energy. But private companies on Earth are also hoping decades of […]

May 04, 2024

Orangutan’s use of medicinal plant to treat wound intrigues scientists

ZURICH: a male Sumatran orangutan named Rakus sustained a facial wound below the right eye, apparently during a fight with another male orangutan at the Suaq Balimbing research site, a protected rainforest area in Indonesia. What Rakus did three days later really caught the attention of scientists. Read: Indonesian ‘house pet’ orangutans rescued by activists […]

May 01, 2024

Chinese tech giant Huawei profit surges 564%, biting into Apple sales

BEIJING: Tech giant Huawei’s first-quarter profits surged over fivefold year-on-year, a company filing showed Tuesday, as the US-sanctioned firm continues a rebound and bit into competitor Apple’s sales in China. Huawei has long found itself caught in the middle of an intense technological rivalry between Beijing and Washington, which has warned the firm’s equipment could […]

April 29, 2024

Scientists find untapped pharmaceutical resources in deep sea

FUZHOU: Chinese marine scientists have identified a plethora of previously unknown microbial natural products from the deep sea floor that may have pharmaceutical applications. In the cold seeps of the deep sea, microbial communities thrive on the geological seepage of hydrocarbons and inorganic compounds for sustenance, in stark contrast to the sunlight-dependent ecosystems that people […]