Sci-Tech

Sony launches PC gaming gear, expanding beyond PlayStation

Tokyo, Japan (AFP) — Japan’s Sony is launching a new brand that will offer PC gaming gear, the company announced Wednesday, as it tries to compete for a share of the lucrative gaming peripherals market. Sony is looking to expand beyond its flagship PlayStation console and boost revenue from other sectors, including PC and mobile gaming. The gaming peripherals market of items used by players was valued at $3.88 billion globally in 2019 according to […]

Webb telescope: NASA to reveal deepest image ever taken of Universe

By Issam AHMED Agence France-Presse Washington, United States (AFP) — NASA administrator Bill Nelson said Wednesday the agency will reveal the “deepest image of our Universe that has ever been taken” on July 12, thanks to the newly operational James Webb Space Telescope. “If you think about that, this is farther than humanity has ever looked before,” Nelson said during a press briefing at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, the operations center for […]

Friends at first sniff: People drawn to others who smell like them

  by Issam AHMED Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — It’s often said that people who click right away share “chemistry.” This expression could be true in the literal sense, according to a new study published in the journal Science Advances on Friday, which finds people with similar body odors are more likely to hit it off as friends. “Nonhuman terrestrial mammals constantly sniff themselves and each other and, based on this, decide […]

Key Facebook force Sheryl Sandberg steps down

by Glenn Chapman Agence France-Presse SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Meta’s second most powerful executive Sheryl Sandberg made the shock announcement Wednesday she will leave after a 14-year tenure that included helping steer scandal-prone Facebook to advertising dominance. Sandberg, 52, has been one of the most influential women in Silicon Valley and her departure comes as the social media juggernaut faces an uncertain future and fierce competition. Her exit from Facebook parent Meta will […]

Twitter shareholder lawsuit accuses Musk of ‘market manipulation’

San Francisco, UNITED STATES (AFP) — Elon Musk faces a lawsuit accusing him of pushing down Twitter’s stock price in order to either give himself an escape hatch from his $44 billion buyout bid, or room to negotiate a discount. The suit alleges the billionaire Tesla boss tweeted and made statements intended to create doubt about the deal, which has roiled the social media platform for weeks. Filed Wednesday by a shareholder, the claim seeks […]

TikTok lets creators charge monthly subscriptions

    San Francisco, UNITED STATES (AFP) — TikTok on Monday said it will start letting some popular accounts at the video-snippet streaming star charge subscriptions for live streams. Similar money-making tools have been added to rivals such as Instagram and Facebook as the social media platforms compete for online personalities that attract audiences. “LIVE Subscription is an extension of our efforts to build diversified creator monetization opportunities that suit a range of creator needs,” […]

China condemns Canada’s Huawei 5G ban over ‘groundless’ security risks

BEIJING, China (AFP) — Beijing hit out at Canada for banning telecoms giants Huawei and ZTE from Canadian 5G networks on Friday, calling Ottawa’s concerns for security risks “groundless” and warning of retribution. Canada’s long-awaited measure on Thursday follows the United States and other key allies, and comes on the heels of a diplomatic row between Ottawa and Beijing over the detention of a senior Huawei executive on a US warrant, which has now been […]

Musk says Twitter purchase will not go ahead without clarity on spam accounts

New York, UNITED STATES (AFP) — Billionaire Elon Musk said Tuesday that his purchase of Twitter would not go ahead unless he was assured that fewer than five percent of accounts on the platform were fake. “Yesterday, Twitter’s CEO publicly refused to show proof of <5%,” tweeted Musk, who has almost 94 million followers on the social network. “This deal cannot move forward until he does.” The chief of SpaceX as well as Tesla, Musk […]

Seeing Milky Way’s new black hole is ‘only the beginning’: US researcher

  by Lucie AUBOURG Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — At just 33 years old, Caltech assistant professor Katie Bouman is already a veteran of two major scientific discoveries. The expert in computational imaging — developing algorithms to observe distant phenomena — helped create the program that led to the release of the first image of a black hole in a distant galaxy in 2019. She quickly became something of a global science […]

Astronomers reveal first image of black hole at Milky Way’s centre

by Pierre CELERIER Agence France Presse An international team of astronomers on Thursday unveiled the first image of a supermassive black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy — a cosmic body known as Sagittarius A*. The image — produced by a global team of scientists known as the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration — is the first, direct visual confirmation of the presence of this invisible object, and comes three years […]

Musk’s Twitter purchase puts moral champion in crosshairs

    by Glenn Chapman © Agence France-Presse SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — The fate of Twitter’s top attorney, deemed a moral champion of the platform, was in doubt Wednesday after Elon Musk tweeted displeasure with content moderation she had carried out. Musk, the world’s richest man, has vowed to be a free speech absolutist when he takes control of the global messaging platform as part of a $44 billion deal. The lawyer, Vijaya […]

Elon Musk: tech visionary turns social media king

  SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Sometimes it feels like it’s Elon Musk’s world and we just live in it. The endlessly innovative, endlessly eccentric billionaire has struck a deal to buy Twitter — giving him control of the social media network on which the world debates, mobilizes and bickers. It is just the latest conquest for Musk, who has revolutionized the car industry, sent his own rocket to space, built the world’s biggest […]