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© Provided by Associated Press This photo taken at the beginning of August, 2020 and released by ©SkyDrive/CARTIVATOR 2020, shows a test flight of a manned '"flying car" at Toyota Test Field in Toyota, central Japan. Japan’s SkyDrive Inc., among the myriads of “flying car” projects around the world, has carried out a successful though modest test flight with one person aboard. (©SkyDrive/CARTIVATOR 2020 via AP)

Japan’s ‘flying car’ gets off ground, with a person aboard

Japan's 'flying car' gets off ground, with a person aboard August 30, Tokyo (AP) — The decades-old dream of zipping around in the sky as simply as driving on highways may be becoming less illusory. Japan’s SkyDrive Inc., among the myriads of “flying car” projects around the world, has carried out a successful though modest test flight with one person...

© Carlos MAMANI Alvaro Cabrera, 10, searches for a cellphone signal atop a hill near Manazo, Peru while trying to take part in a virtual class; the UN says Covid-19 and school closures have left millions of children worldwide unable to access distance education

Worldwide, 463 mn children can’t access virtual schooling: UN

August 27 (AFP) - Amid the Covid-19 pandemic and widespread school closures, at least one-third of students affected around the world lack access to virtual education, according to a UN study released Wednesday. In all, an estimated 463 million children lack the equipment or electronic access to pursue distance learning, said the report from UNICEF. "The sheer number of children...

FILE PHOTO: Software professionals assisting municipal authorities work on their terminals inside a "war room" focused on tracking the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike office in Bengaluru, India July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Nivedita Bhattacharjee

How India’s Silicon Valley saw its COVID-19 success come undone

Bengaluru, India, August 26 (Reuters) - On June 9, an Indian health education minister posted an infographic on Twitter showing COVID-19 infections and deaths in the city of Bengaluru were running about half the rate in New Zealand, a country acclaimed globally for reining in the disease. The city — which has more than double the population of New Zealand...

© Provided by CNET Could we be converting our planet to data? NASA

Digital data could overtake Earth’s actual atoms, physicist says

August 14 (CNET) - As I write this, the precious metals and fossil fuels used to create and power the server farms and other infrastructure that will eventually blast these words onto your retinas are being converted to information. Eventually all those digital bits will actually outnumber all the atoms on Earth, according to one theoretical physicist. "We are literally...

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Twitter ‘looking’ at a possible TikTok tie-up

August 10 (BBC) - Twitter has approached TikTok's Chinese owner ByteDance to express an interest in buying its US operations, according to sources. Video-sharing platform TikTok has been at the centre of fierce debate in recent weeks and takeover talk. Last week US Donald Trump ordered firms to stop doing business with TikTok within 45 days over security concerns. Tech...

© Andrey SHELEPIN Russia's Soyuz for many years made it the only country able to ferry astronauts

Russia wants to return to Venus, build reusable rocket

August 8 (AFP) - The head of Russia's space agency said Friday that Roscosmos wants to return to Venus and bring back soil samples and build spacecraft that will surpass Elon Musk's rockets. Last week America's first crewed spaceship to fly to the International Space Station in nearly a decade returned safely to Earth, splashing down in the Gulf of...

FILE PHOTO: Tik Tok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

China will not accept U.S. ‘theft’ of TikTok: China Daily

Shanghai, August 4 (Reuters) - China will not accept the “theft” of a Chinese technology company and is able to respond to Washington’s move to push ByteDance to sell short-video app TikTok’s U.S. operations to Microsoft, the China Daily newspaper said on Tuesday. The United States’ “bullying” of Chinese tech companies was a consequence of Washington’s zero-sum vision of “American...

© Getty TikTok could be purchased by Microsoft after the company went head to head with the president

TikTok hits back as Trump threatens to ban app in US

August 2 (Sky News) - Chinese video-sharing app TikTok has responded to Donald Trump's threat of a US ban by declaring: "We're not planning on going anywhere." In a video aimed at the app's supporters, TikTok spokesperson Vanessa Pappas said it was "here for the long run" and called people to "stand for TikTok". It followed a suggestion from the...

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