Apple, Google drop Fortnite from app stores over payments

NEW YORK - Apple and Google dropped the popular game Fortnite from their app stores after the game’s developer introduced a direct payment plan that bypasses their platforms.Apple and Google both take a 30% cut from in-app revenue purchases in games, which has long been a sore spot with deve

Asian Cities Virus-Proof Public Transit with Smart Shelters, Thermal Scanners

Taking a bus or the subway? Not without first checking your temperature in a smart shelter or touch-free kiosk. From Delhi to Seoul, authorities have introduced mobile apps, temperature-check kiosks and smart bus shelters to make public transit safer as offices and businesses open after lockdowns

Coronavirus: England's contact tracing app trial gets under way

A trial of the English coronavirus app is getting under way. It will be limited to residents in the Isle of Wight, the London Borough of Newham and NHS volunteer responders to begin with. The app will be available in Apple and Google's online stores, but users will need to enter a code to a

French Privacy Watchdog Opens Preliminary Investigation Into Tiktok

France's data privacy watchdog CNIL said on Tuesday that it has opened a preliminary investigation into Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok after it received a complaint. TikTok, owned by China's ByteDance, is already under investigation over privacy concerns by US, European Union, and Dutch a

Microsoft faces complex technical challenges in TikTok carveout

Microsoft Corp’s bid to carve out parts of TikTok from its Chinese owner ByteDance will be a technically complex endeavor that could test the patience of President Donald Trump’s administration, according to sources familiar with the setup. Trump has given Microsoft until Sept. 15 to pu

Facebook to allow employees to work from home until July 2021

Facebook will allow employees to work from home until July 2021 due to the coronavirus outbreak and will give them $1,000 for home office needs, a spokeswoman for the social media giant said on Thursday. The company joins other big technology firms that have taken similar steps recently. Late in

Tiktok Prepares Advertisers for Possible App Ban

TikTok is preparing advertisers for a possible ban of its app in the US, ad buyers said, offering refunds for ad campaigns that are unable to run. The short-form video app’s advertising business is still nascent. TikTok’s anticipated $1 billion in 2020 revenue is a small fraction of i

Huawei: Smartphone chips running out under US sanctions

Chinese tech giant Huawei is running out of processor chips to make smartphones due to US sanctions and will be forced to stop production of its own most advanced chips, a company executive says, in a sign of growing damage to Huawei’s business from American pressure.Huawei Technologies, one o

Dancing robots replace fans at Japanese baseball game

With their stadium devoid of fans due to coronavirus restrictions, Japanese baseball team Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks have come up with an imaginative replacement: dancing robots. Before their most recent Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) game against Rakuten Eagles on Tuesday, over 20 robots danced to

Instagram Adds Video Clips in Challenge to TikTok

Instagram on Wednesday added a new short-form video feature to the image-focused platform in a direct challenge to TikTok, which is in the crosshairs of US President Donald Trump. "Reels" lets users record videos of up to 15 seconds and provides tools for editing, audio and effects, according to

Sony Alpha 7S III Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera With Fast Hybrid AF Launched

Sony Alpha 7S III aka Sony a7S Mark III full-frame mirrorless camera has been announced by the company as a long awaited follow-up to the Alpha 7S II from 2015. It brings some new and improved features over its predecessor including a new image processing engine, a touchscreen display, and some nota

Google deletes 2,500 China-linked YouTube channels over disinformation

Google says it has deleted more than 2,500 YouTube channels tied to China as part of its effort to weed out disinformation on the video-sharing platform. The Alphabet-owned company said the channels were removed between April and June “as part of our ongoing investigation into coordinated inf

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 event: how to watch today live stream online

As with most recent product introductions, Samsung’s latest product launch is going to be entirely virtual this year, but it still promises to be a really big show. The event will start at 10AM ET / 7AM PT on Wednesday, August 5th.While the spotlight is certainly going to be on Samsung&rsquo

Google unveils cheaper Pixel smartphone, teases 5G

  The Pixel 4a boasts core features popular that made its top-of-the-line predecessor popular, like a sophisticated camera system.But its starting price of $349 is about half that of the flagship Pixel 4 model.The new phone will be available in the United States starting August 20While still a

TikTok owners will relocate to London from Beijing, Sun newspaper says

TikTok owner ByteDance will move its headquarters to London from Beijing under a deal approved by British ministers, The Sun newspaper reported.ByteDance’s founders are to announce their intention to set up shop in London soon, the newspaper said, adding that the move was likely to upset US Pr

Microsoft in advanced talks to buy TikTok’s US business

Microsoft is in advanced talks to buy the U.S. operations of TikTok, the popular Chinese-owned video app that has been a source of national security and censorship concerns, according to a person familiar with the discussions who spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity to the

Trump's TikTok ban could make Big Tech even more dominant

On Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pushed back against claims that his company is too dominant by name dropping a list of his competitors. Almost all of the ones he cited were other Big Tech companies whose CEOs were appearing virtually beside him at that very moment in a high-profile anti

Samsung: Smartphone demand to drive second half earnings

Samsung Electronics expects a recovery in demand for smartphones and consumer electronics to underpin profits in the second half of the year, after the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) saw a shift to online working boost quarterly earnings.It tempered its relatively upbeat forecast when announcing sec

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