Wednesday, 28 Oct, 2020

Tech

Apple preparing 75 million 5G iPhones for later this year

Apple Inc has asked suppliers to make at least 75 million 5G iPhones for later this year, along with new Apple Watch models, a new iPad Air and a smaller HomePod, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday. The company expects shipments of these next-generation iPhones to reach as high as 80

Facebook threatens news sharing ban in Australia

Facebook has threatened to stop users from sharing news content in Australia as it prepares for a new law forcing it to pay publishers for their articles. Regulators want tech giants like Facebook and Google to pay for the content reposted from news outlets. Last month Google warned

Neuralink: Elon Musk unveils pig with chip in its brain

Elon Musk has unveiled a pig called Gertrude with a coin-sized computer chip in her brain to demonstrate his ambitious plans to create a working brain-to-machine interface. "It's kind of like a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires," the billionaire entrepreneur said on a

Apple removes Fortnite developer Epic from App Store

Apple has terminated Epic Games's account from its App Store amid a legal battle over in-app payments on the Fortnite game. Apple had already removed Fortnite from the store after the game offered a discount on its virtual currency for purchases made outside of the app, from which

TikTok boss quits as Trump's ban looms

TikTok chief executive Kevin Mayer has quit the video-sharing app ahead of an impending ban by US President Donald Trump. The Chinese-owned firm has been accused of being a threat to US national security by the Trump administration. Mr Mayer joined TikTok in June after leaving his

TikTok launches legal action against Trump over ban

Chinese video app TikTok is taking legal action to challenge a ban imposed by US President Donald Trump. Mr Trump's executive order prohibits transactions with TikTok's owner ByteDance from mid-September. Officials in Washington are concerned that the company could pass data

Gmail, Google Drive, other Google services down globally

Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, and other Google services are facing an outage. The issue seems to have impacted many users globally.  Several users on social media are reporting problems sending emails through Gmail and uploading files on Google Drive. Users in Bangladesh

Trump gives nod to Oracle buyout of TikTok in US

US President Donald Trump has said tech giant Oracle would be "a great company" to take over TikTok's US operations. It comes after Oracle was reported as a possible buyer of the Chinese social media app's business in North America, Australia and New Zealand. Last

WeChat-owner shrugs-off Trump's proposed US ban

Tencent has played down Donald Trump's ban on its WeChat app, believing it will only affect its US operations. The tech giant runs an equivalent messaging platform in China called Weixin which it hopes will be unaffected. The bigger fallout may be Apple's sales in China if

Apple boss Tim Cook joins the billionaires club

Apple chief executive Tim Cook has moved into the billionaire club as the tech firm's share price continues to soar. Apple's market value has been on the rise following strong results and the upbeat outlook for tech giants. Mr Cook owns 847,969 shares directly and took home

Trump issues orders banning TikTok, WeChat from operating in 45 days

President Donald Trump on Thursday issued executive orders that would ban the social media app TikTok and WeChat from operating in the US in 45 days if they are not sold by their Chinese-owned parent companies. The orders, which use similar language, do not state that a certain amount

Apple starts manufacturing of iPhone 11 in India, leaving China behind

  Tech giant Apple has reportedly started manufacturing of one of its flagship devices, the iPhone 11, at Chennai’s Foxconn plant, giving the Indian government’s “Aatamnirbhar” or self-reliant initiative a major boost. This is the first time Apple has

Trump demands US cut of Microsoft TikTok deal

  Donald Trump says the government should get a cut from the sale of TikTok's US unit if an American firm buys it. The US president said he made a demand for a "substantial portion" of the purchase price in a phone call at the weekend with Microsoft's boss.

Microsoft to continue talks to buy TikTok's US operations

  US tech giant Microsoft has confirmed that it is continuing talks to purchase the US operations of Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok. Microsoft boss Satya Nadella had a conversation with President Donald Trump about the acquisition on Sunday, the tech firm said.

Nasa SpaceX crew return: Dragon capsule splashes down

  Two American astronauts have splashed down, as the first commercial crewed mission to the International Space Station returned to Earth. The SpaceX Dragon Capsule carrying Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken came down in the Gulf of Mexico just south of Pensacola on Florida's

Trump to ban Chinese video app TikTok in the US

  President Donald Trump has announced he is banning the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok in the US. He told reporters he could sign an executive order as early as Saturday. US security officials have expressed concern that the app, owned by Chinese firm ByteDance,

Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google face claims of 'harmful' power

The heads of some of the world's biggest tech companies have appeared before Washington lawmakers to defend their firms against claims they abuse their power to quash competitors. Amazon boss Jeff Bezos said the world "needs large" firms, while the heads of Facebook,

Huawei overtakes Samsung as world’s biggest smartphone vendor: report

  For the first time ever, Huawei has shipped more smartphones worldwide over a quarter than any other company, according to a new report from analyst firm Canalys.  Huawei has long harbored ambitions to overtake Samsung as the world’s biggest smartphone seller, and

India bans 47 more Chinese apps

The Indian government on Monday banned 47 more Chinese apps that were clones of the 59 apps banned last month.  The list of these 47 banned apps will be released soon. The decision to ban the 47 Chinese apps was taken after a security review by the Ministry of Telecom, as per

UAE launches historic first mission to Mars

The United Arab Emirates' historic first mission to Mars is under way, after a successful lift-off in Japan. The Hope probe launched on an H2-A rocket from Tanegashima spaceport, and is now on a 500-million-km journey to study the planet's weather and climate. Two previous