BMW to deploy 40 self-driving cars in US, Europe.

BMW Group announced Wednesday it would deploy 40 self-driving vehicles for tests in the United States and Europe. The German auto group made the announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas jointly with US computer chip giant Intel and the Israeli-based auto technology firm Mobileye. “Making autonomous driving a reality for our customers…

US ready to help Turkish forces in Syria.

The US-led coalition fighting the IS group is prepared to support Turkish forces battling the fighters in northern Syria, a US military official said Wednesday. Turkey has asked for such assistance from the coalition but none has been forthcoming so far. Colonel John Dorrian, speaking via video conference from Baghdad, said support will be offered….

Zuckerberg’s latest Facebook post points to his political ambitions.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a recent Facebook post laid out his next year’s resolutions, vowing to visit ‘every state in the US’ in 2017. Zuckerberg said he realises the importance of globalisation and is keen on interacting with people both inside and outside of the US. ‘My hope for this challenge is to get…

Trump speaks with new UN chief Guterres.

US President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with newly installed UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday, amid expectations his administration will take a tougher line with the global body. Trump spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed the call but gave no information on what the two spoke about, only noting that the new administration will press…

Trump nominates Jay Clayton chairman of SEC.

President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday he intends to nominate Jay Clayton, a partner with law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. “Jay Clayton is a highly talented expert on many aspects of financial and regulatory law, and he will ensure our financial institutions can thrive and create…

Samsung, Caltech create ultra-thin camera lense for smartphones.

Researchers from Caltech and smartphone giant Samsung have successfully created a flat lens that could prove to be thinner than a strand of human hair. According to the tech website Digital Trends, the lens ‘can be stacked on top of a digital sensor to create a tiny camera combo’. The lens has been manufactured using…

London museum bids farewell to Dippy the dinosaur.

Britain’s Natural History Museum bids farewell to its most famous exhibit, Dippy the diplodocus, on Wednesday after almost four decades of greeting visitors before being dismantled ahead of a national tour. For 35 years, the huge skeleton cast, 4.25 metres (14 ft) high and 21 metres long, has been the first sight visitors see when…

Atif teams up with Bollywood’s Ileana D’Cruz for ‘Pehli Dafa’.

Atif Aslam and Bollywood beauty Ileana D’Cruz’s intense chemistry has been the talk of the town, ever since the singer teased a snippet of the song from his Instagram account. Atif Aslam, who has conquered the hearts and minds of millions across South Asia due to his singing prowess and soulful melodies, has teamed up…

Shah Rukh, Salman to reunite for Raees.

Arguably the two biggest stars of the Indian film industry, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan, will be seen in a single frame together as the former will grace the sets of an upcoming Bigg Boss 10 episode. While a Shah Rukh and Salman flick may be a dream too big for their millions of…

Afridi thanks Gen (r) Raheel and PM Nawaz in latest video message.

Swashbuckling all-rounder Shahid Khan Afridi released a video message on Tuesday in which he thanked former Chief of Army Staff, General (r) Raheel Sharif as well as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for playing their part in improving the security situation of the country in 2016. In his latest video message, the hard-hitting all-rounder claimed that…