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Facing US ban, Huawei emerging as stronger tech competitor
/ from September 17, 2019
SHENZHEN, China -- Long before President Donald Trump threatened to cut off Huawei's access to U.S. technology, the Chinese telecom equipment maker was pouring money into research that reduces its need for American suppliers.Huawei's founder said instead of crippling the company, the export curbs are making it a tougher competitor ...
Apple, Google continue inclusive push with new emoji
/ from July 18, 2019
APPLE and Google are rolling out dozens of new emoji that include cute critters, of course, but also expand the number of images of human diversity.Apple Inc. is releasing new variants of its holding hands emoji that allow people to pick any combination of skin tone and gender, 75 possible ...
Myths and risks in app that gives you peek into older self
/ from July 18, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO -- Is a peek into the future worth your privacy in the present? That concern was pushed to the spotlight this week with the resurgence of a smartphone app that uses artificial intelligence to transform your current face into your younger and older selves.People raised fears on Twitter ...
Senior Facebook executive says it would favor regulation
/ from June 24, 2019
LONDON -- A senior Facebook executive said the social media site is in favor of regulation to address some of the dark problems of the internet.Nick Clegg, the former leader of the UK Liberal Democrat party who now heads global affairs for Facebook, said it is not "for private companies" ...
Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp back up after massive outage
/ from April 15, 2019
FACEBOOK, Instagram and WhatsApp were temporarily down early Sunday.All three social media platforms, including Facebook Messenger, were affected by the outage.Downdetector.com, a site that monitors site outages, shows Facebook had been down since 6:30 a.m. EST in much of the world, with thousands of reported outages concentrated in the northeastern ...
China accuses US of 'double standard' over Huawei claims
/ from March 4, 2019
BEIJING -- A Chinese government spokesman took issue Monday with US claims that telecoms giant Huawei Technologies poses a threat to other countries' information security because of Chinese laws.The comments by spokesman Zhang Yesui ahead of the annual session of China's rubber-stamp parliament followed news that Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, ...
UK lawmakers slam Facebook, recommend stiffer regulation
/ from February 18, 2019
NEW YORK -- British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that accused Facebook of intentionally violating privacy and anti-competition laws in the UK, and called for greater oversight of social media companies.The report on fake news and disinformation on social media sites followed an 18-month investigation. The parliamentary committee that ...
Apple to fix FaceTime bug that allows eavesdropping
/ from January 30, 2019
APPLE has disabled a group-chat function in FaceTime after users said a software bug could let callers activate another person's microphone remotely.With the bug, a FaceTime user calling another iPhone, iPad or Mac computer could hear audio — even if the receiver did not accept the call. The bug is ...
Apple admits iPhone demand 'waning'
/ from January 3, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO -- Apple acknowledged that demand for iPhones is waning, confirming investor fears that the company's most profitable product has lost some of its luster.The reckoning came in a letter from Apple CEO Tim Cook to the company's shareholders released after the stock market closed Wednesday.Cook said Apple's revenue ...
Internet traffic hijack disrupts Google services
/ from November 13, 2018
AN INTERNET traffic diversion rerouted data through Russia and China and disrupted Google services on Monday, including search, cloud-hosting services and its bundle of collaboration tools for businesses.Service interruptions lasted for nearly one and a half hours and ended about 5:30 p.m. EST., network service companies said. In addition to ...