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Day: December 24, 2018

Mission to Mars Is “Stupid, Ridiculous,” Says Ex-Astronaut, Blasts NASA

Bill Anders, one of the first men to orbit the Moon has said that it is “stupid” to plan human missions to Mars. Lunar module pilot of Apollo 8, the first human spaceflight to leave Earth’s orbit, said sending crews to Mars was “almost ridiculous”. Anders’ comment came as NASA prepares new human missions to […]

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JD .com CEO Will Not Face Assault Charges in Minnesota

Minnesota prosecutors will not charge the billionaire chief executive officer of China’s JD .com, Richard Liu, after he was accused of rape by a University of Minnesota student during a recent US visit, authorities said on Friday. Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman said there were “profound evidentiary problems which would have made it highly unlikely […]

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Google’s Duo Video Calling App Crosses 1 Billion Downloads on Play Store

Google’s video chat app Duo has now been downloaded more than 1 billion times on Google Play. The company launched Duo in 2016 along with instant messaging app Allo with much fanfare. “Duo hit 500 million downloads just six months ago, so another 500 million in that time span is pretty impressive,” tech website Android […]

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Microsoft’s Cortana Scores Worst in Smart Speaker IQ test, Google Home Most Accurate

Voice assistant-based smart speakers dominated this year. From one-of-the-firsts from Amazon getting better upgrades, some like Microsoft continued to lag. According to Annual Smart Speaker IQ Test, Google Home, Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo, and Harman Kardon Invoke that uses Microsoft’s voice assistant, were judged based on the same set of 800 questions to determine whether […]

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Google Foes⚔ Get Chance to Pick Holes in $2.7 Billion EU Appeal

Some of Google’s oldest foes have been given the chance to take a swipe at the U.S. giant’s appeal of a $2.7 billion European Union antitrust fine for choking competition for shopping-search services. The EU’s General Court said European consumer group BEUC, German magazine publishers and Foundem — the first company to complain to the […]

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Life-Blood of Tesla Batteries Hits Supply Limits in Andean Mine

For the past nine months, a U.S. company that is the world’s largest producer of lithium — a key ingredient in electric-car batteries — has been locked in battle with the Chilean government over pricing issues, production quotas and environmental compliance. With no resolution in sight, the fight is sending tremors all the way up […]

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