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Siri Doesn’t Know Who the King of Spain Is

Siri is apparently having a really hard time figuring out what’s going on in Spain lately. Apple’s voice assistant made headlines in the European country today for providing two answers to the question, “Siri, who is the king of Spain?” The first answer, Felipe VI, is indeed the real king of the country. However, the second answer is actually Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez. Read More >>

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Facebook Apologises for Translating Chinese President’s Name as ‘Mr Shithole’

Facebook has apologised for translating Chinese President Xi Jinping’s name as “Mr Shithole” on its platform during his visit to Myanmar this week. The company said the incident was due to a “technical issue” that caused incorrect translations from Burmese to English on Facebook. Read More >>

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Huawei Will Get Mapping Tech from TomTom Because the U.S. Banned It from Using Google Maps

Huawei has a message for the United States: it can live without Google Maps. The Chinese smartphone giant has reached a deal with the Dutch location technology provider TomTom that will allow it to use the company’s maps, traffic information and navigation software to develop its own mobile apps. Read More >>

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Be Careful What You Click On: This American School District Lost £1.8 Million in a Phishing Scam

Given that it’s the beginning of a new year, it’s important to remember to be careful what you click on. A school district in the US state of Texas learned this the hard way when it lost approximately $2.3 million (£1.8 million) due to a phishing email scam. Read More >>

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SpaceX’s First Private Billionaire Passenger Launches Search for Girlfriend to Take on Trip Around the Moon

When SpaceX revealed the name of its first private passenger to fly around the moon, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, it wasn’t that much of a surprise. Being a billionaire helps when paying for the ticket, after all. However, Maezawa appears determined to control the narrative of his trip, and he wants one thing to be very clear: It isn’t just about going to the moon, it’s about going to the moon with the woman he loves. Read More >>

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Walmart Wants to Build 20,000-Square-Foot Automated Warehouses With Fleets of Robot Grocery Pickers

Walmart has unveiled a new initiative that aims to make in-store fulfilment, one of the biggest challenges for its online grocery business, more efficient. Say hello to Alphabot, a robotic fulfilment system that uses human labour and robot speed to pick more than 800 products per hour. Read More >>

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Philips Accuses Fitbit and Garmin, Its More Successful Competitors, of Stealing Its Wearable Tech

Philips is accusing two of the highest profile players in the wearables market, Fitbit and Garmin, of stealing its propriety technology, and it wants the companies to be brought to justice. Specifically, it is asking for Fitbit and Garmin, along with three other companies, to pay tariffs or be subjected to an import ban. Read More >>