Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Tech

Bitcoin price drops more than $1,000 in Asian trade

HONG KONG/ TOKYO: Bitcoin hiccoughed in Asian trading on Thursday to at one point stand more than 6% down on the day after failing to make record highs. Bitcoin, the world’s biggest and best-known crypto-currency, was last trading around $17,700, having lost more than $1,000 since its previous close. “With ...

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UK telecom companies face big fines under new security law

LONDON: Telecom companies in Britain face hefty fines if they don’t comply with strict new security rules under a new law proposed in Parliament on Tuesday that is aimed at blocking high-risk equipment suppliers like China’s Huawei. The Telecommunications (Security) Bill tightens security requirements for new high speed 5G wireless ...

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Amazon refuses to appear before Indian parliamentary panel on data privacy

NEW DELHI: Representatives of Amazon.com Inc in India have refused to appear before a parliamentary panel reviewing the country’s privacy bill, an Indian lawmaker said, an allegation the U.S. commerce giant said was a result of a misunderstanding. Meenakshi Lekhi, head of a parliamentary panel which is reviewing the Indian ...

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WhatsApp to offer in-app purchases, cloud services

LONDON: Facebook Inc said its WhatsApp messaging app would start to offer in-app purchases and hosting services, as it moves to boost revenue from the app while knitting together e-commerce infrastructure across the company. The world’s biggest social media company has been trying to boost sales from higher-growth units such ...

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Engineers print wearable sensors directly on skin

BEIJING: An international team of researchers developed a novel technique to produce precise, high-performing biometric sensors. Wearable sensors are evolving from watches and electrodes to bendable devices that provide far more precise biometric measurements and comfort for users. Now, an international team of researchers has taken the evolution one step further by ...

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Oxford Scientists Develop Five Minute COVID-19 Test

LONDON: Scientists from Britain’s University of Oxford announced that they have recently developed a rapid COVID-19 test able to identify the coronavirus in less than five minutes, adding it could be used in mass testing at airports and businesses. The university said it hoped to start product development of the ...

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BBC micro: Bit to get its first major update since launching

BIRMINGHAM: The new BBC micro:bit ‘mini-computer’ given to school children has been upgraded with AI and machine learning support, a new speaker and a microphone. It was launched in 2016 as part of the BBC ‘Make it Digital’ campaign and four years later over five million have been used by schools and ...

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Microsoft to let employees work from home permanently

WASHINGTON: Software giant Microsoft will let employees work from home permanently if they choose to, US media reported on Friday, becoming the latest employer to expand work-from-home provisions prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Verge said most Microsoft employees are still at home as the health crisis drags on, and ...

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Huawei ousted from heart of EU as Nokia wins Belgian 5G contracts

STOCKHOLM/PARIS: Orange and Proximus have picked Nokia to help build 5G networks in Belgium as they drop Huawei amid U.S. pressure to exclude the Chinese firm from supplying key telecoms equipment. The moves are among the first by commercial operators in Europe to drop Huawei from next-generation networks and come ...

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