Amazon Drops French Black Friday Ad Campaign as Lockdown Starts

Amazon is withdrawing advertising for pre-Black Friday discounts in France, after the government said the campaign was unfair to small shops at time when a coronavirus lockdown has forced them to close. France entered its second national lockdown on Friday to try to contain a surge in infections.


US Jury Tells Apple to Pay $503 Mn in Patent Case

A jury in Texas on Friday decided that Apple should pay $503 million for infringing virtual private network technology patented by software security firm VirnetX. The legal battle between Apple and Nevada-based VirnetX involved data transmission security in devices such as iPhone, iPad and iPod T


Google Plans to Launch VPN Service for Consumers

Alphabet Inc's Google said on Thursday it plans to launch a VPN service for consumers, which would be available with certain subscription plans for its Google One cloud storage services. Designed for secure internet usage, virtual private networks (VPNs) are used by individuals in countries where


Microsoft Detects Cyberattacks From Iran-Linked Actor Targeting High-Profile Individuals

Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday that it detected and attempted to stop a series of cyberattacks from Phosphorus, which the company described as an 'Iranian actor', with the attacks aimed to target over 100 high-profile individuals. “Phosphorus, an Iranian actor, has targeted with this sche


Instagram Pauses 'Recent' Search Listings on US Site to Stop Fake Election News

Facebook Inc's Instagram said on Thursday it was making changes to its image sharing platform for US users to prevent the spread of misinformation around the Nov. 3 presidential election. For users in the US, Instagram will temporarily remove the “Recent” tab from hashtag pages starti


Lawyer of Huawei Senior Executive Accuses RCMP of Lying About Arrest Case

A lawyer for a senior executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei on Wednesday accused a Canadian police officer of lying about why he didn’t arrest her immediately at Vancouver’s airport two years ago. Richard Peck told Constable Winston Yep during cross-examination that he did not believ


Dartmouth College Scientists Create Smart Tablecloths

A team of researchers at Dartmouth College, working with Microsoft, has developed a contact-sensitive object-recognition technique called Capacitivo for creating smart tablecloths. In their paper published Monday on the ACM digital library site, the group describes their technique and how w


TikTok Moves into Ecommerce with Shopify Partnership

Canadian e-commerce company Shopify announced Tuesday a partnership with TikTok that will allow its more than one million online retailers to hype their wares on the teen-centric platform for short-form videos. The deal comes amid scrutiny of the China-based app and a pending court hearing on Tik


Sony Seeing 'Very Considerable' PS5 Demand ahead of Launch

Sony Corp is seeing "very considerable" demand for its PlayStation 5 (PS5) console via pre-orders, its gaming chief said, as the tech firm targets pole position in the race to tap the growth of gaming globally with the device's Nov. 12 launch. Sony pre-sold as many PS5 consoles in the first 12 ho


Italy Probes Google over Abuse of Market Position

Italian regulators launched an inquiry on Wednesday into US tech giant Google over allegations it abuses its market position and disadvantages smaller companies in some fields of online advertising. The probe will focus on display advertising -- online publicity that involves video, graphics or p


Scientists Use VR Techniques to Treat Eating Disorders

Researchers from the University of Kent have managed to harness Virtual Reality (VR) technology to hold remote health appointments for those suffering from eating disorders with experts and specialized doctors, the German News Agency reported. According to a study published in Human-Compute


Lee's Death Sparks Hope for Samsung Shake-up, Dividends

Shares in Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and affiliates rose on Monday after the death a day earlier of Chairman Lee Kun-hee sparked hopes for stake sales, higher dividends and long-awaited restructuring, analysts said. Investors are betting that the imperatives of maintaining Lee family contro


Dubai Introduces Facial Recognition on Public Transport

Dubai is introducing a facial recognition system on public transport to beef up security, officials said Sunday, as the emirate prepares to host the global Expo exhibition. "This technology has proven its effectiveness to identify suspicious and wanted people," said Obaid al-Hathboor, director of


Huawei Sales up, but Growth Slows Under Virus, US Pressure

Chinese tech giant Huawei, one of the biggest makers of smartphones and switching equipment, said Friday its revenue rose 9.9% in the first nine months of this year, but growth decelerated in the face of U.S. sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic. Huawei Technologies Ltd., gave no sales figure f


Face Masks Go High-tech

From monitoring vital signs to filtering filthy air and even translating speech into other languages, the coronavirus-fueled boom in mask-wearing has spawned an unusual range of high-tech face coverings. As masks become the norm worldwide, tech companies and researchers are rolling out weird and


Sweden Bans Huawei, ZTE From Upcoming 5G Networks

Swedish regulators on Tuesday banned the use of telecom equipment from China’s Huawei and ZTE in its 5G network ahead of the spectrum auction scheduled for next month. European governments have been reviewing the role of Chinese companies in building their networks following pressure from t


MIT Researchers Develop Technique to Extract Drinkable Water From Air

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology-MIT have developed a technique that can extract drinkable water directly from the air even in dry regions, using heat from the sun or another source. According to a report in the journal Joule, the technique uses an adsorbent material called ze


Snapchat launches new ‘Sounds’ feature

Snapchat has announced the launch of Sounds, a new feature that allows Snapchatters on iOS devices in the Middle East and globally to add music to their Snaps (pre or post-capture) from a robust and curated catalog of music from emerging and established artists. To celebrate the launch, Justin Bi




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