Thursday, 18 July 2019

Tech

Facebook’s Libra currency under fire

LONDON (AFP) – Facebook’s planned virtual unit Libra, already under heavy attack from US President Donald Trump and global regulators, faces scepticism among the wider cryptocurrency community as well. One theme – besides Brexit – dominated discussion among the movers and shakers from London’s financial technology or FinTech industry as ...

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Apple reports to fixing bug in Walkie Talkie app

CUPERTINO Apple says it’s fixing a security flaw affecting the Walkie Talkie app on Apple Watch. The company said Friday it has temporarily disabled a feature that could have allowed someone to listen through another person’s iPhone without that person’s consent. Apple says it’s not easy to exploit the bug ...

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US ‘threats’ not way to solve digital tax law dispute: France

PARIS:  France rejected a US investigation into its plans to tax internet giants which could trigger punitive tariffs, saying “threats” were not the way to resolve disputes. “Between allies, I believe we can and must resolve our differences in another way than through threats,” Economy Minister Bruno le Maire told ...

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Facebook launching ‘entirely new apps and experiences’ in upcoming weeks

LONDON: In upcoming weeks, Facebook has announced that it will be launching entirely new consumer-focused apps and new experiences for the community to do something outside of Facebook’s existing platforms. Social media site Facebook announced a New Product Experimentation (NPE) Team, which will develop new apps, aiming to provide people ...

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Monaco rolls out Huawei-built 5G network in European first

MONACO: Monaco became the first country in Europe to inaugurate a next-generation 5G mobile phone network based on technology from Chinese firm Huawei, which is seen by the US as a major security risk. As mobile operators shift away from slower 3G and 4G networks, Europe has been torn over ...

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Cyber attacks cost $45bn in 2018

WASHINGTON: An estimated two million cyber attacks in 2018 resulted in more than $45 billion in losses worldwide as local governments struggled to cope with ransomware and other malicious incidents, a study showed Tuesday. The Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance, compiling data from the U.S. and some international sources, said ...

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Samsung in hot water over splashy smartphone ads

Australia’s consumer watchdog has sued Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s Australian unit for allegedly misleading consumers by promoting water-resistant Galaxy smartphones as suitable to use in swimming pools and the surf. The world’s largest smartphone maker did not know or sufficiently test the effects of pool or saltwater exposure on its ...

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Google backs down after New Zealand murder case gaffe

WELLINGTON: Google agreed Friday to change how it publishes New Zealand news after top officials in Wellington lashed the US tech giant for breaching court suppression orders in a high-profile murder case. Google had refused to tighten publication standards after sending out a news email to public subscribers in December ...

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German court fines Facebook over hate speech action failings

BERLIN: A German court fined Face­book two million euros for not being transparent enough over the action it is taking to curb online hate speech. Under a new regulation that came in force on January 1st, 2018, compa­nies like Twitter and Facebook have 24 hours to remove posts that open­ly ...

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LG to launch 5G-based cloud gaming service this year

SEOUL: LG Uplus Corp. said it will release a cloud-based virtual reality (VR) gaming service later this year, taking advantage of its low-latency 5G network. The nation’s No. 3 mobile carrier said it will launch a wide range of VR games for head-mounted displays connected to its 5G network in ...

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