Wednesday, 28 Oct, 2020

Tech

Apple has €13bn Irish tax bill overturned

Apple has been told it will not have to pay Ireland €13bn (£11.6bn) in back taxes after winning an appeal at the European Union's second highest court. It follows a record ruling by the European Commission against the US tech giant in 2016. The EU's General Court said it

Huawei: UK prepares to change course on 5G kit supplier

The UK government is preparing to change course over the role of Huawei in its 5G telecoms network. Six months after agreeing it could have a limited role, ministers look set to exclude the Chinese company, with no new equipment installed from next year. The move is in part a result

Huawei 5G kit must be removed from UK by 2027

The UK's mobile providers are being banned from buying new Huawei 5G equipment after 31 December, and they must also remove all the Chinese firm's 5G kit from their networks by 2027. Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden told the House of Commons of the decision. It follows

Chinese 5G: Kiss of death: At all costs, bar its entry into Indian telecom

India’s strategic digital pushback against Chinese investments and apps has encouraged like-minded countries like the US, and some in Europe, to follow suit. Now it’s time to lasso the biggest Chinese domination tool – 5G, the umbrella under which apps, investments and soon

US for banning TikTok, other Chinese apps: Pompeo 

The United States is "looking at" banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday. Pompeo suggested the possible move during an interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham, adding that "we're taking this very seriously." Pompeo was

India launches Elyments to take on Facebook

India's first social media super application, Elyments, was launched by the Vice President of India, Venkiah Naidu on Sunday (July 5).  The app allows users to stay in touch through a vibrant feed, free audio/video calls, and private/group chats. Under Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi

George Floyd: Twitter drops ‘master’, ‘slave’ and ‘blacklist’

Social media platform Twitter is dropping the terms “master”, “slave” and “blacklist” in favour of more inclusive language. The terms are frequently used in programming codes which originated decades ago. US bank JPMorgan has also announced a similar move as more

India bans 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, Helo, WeChat

The indian government banned 59 Chinese mobile applications, including top social media platforms such as TikTok, Helo and WeChat, to counter the threat posed by these applications to the country’s “sovereignty and security,” it said in a press release late on Monday.  ShareIT,

Ex-Googler becomes China’s second-richest person

A former Google employee was briefly ranked the second richest person in China, following a surge in sales at his e-commerce business, Pinduoduo. Colin Huang was valued at $45.4bn (£36.4bn) by Forbes, on Sunday, ahead of Alibaba's Jack Ma but behind Tencent's Pony Ma. Mr

Apple Glasses leaks & rumors: Here's all we expect to see

First came VR. Then came a wave of AR headsets that were high-priced and full of promises of wild mixed reality worlds. Apple now seems to be readying its own pair of smart glasses, at long last, seven years after Google Glass and four years after the debut of Oculus Rift. These reports

Twitter tags Trump tweet with fact-checking warning

A post by US President Donald Trump has been given a fact-check label by Twitter for the first time. President Trump tweeted: "There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent." Twitter put a warning label under the post and a

Thai PM leads National Committee to promote 5G development

A 26-member National 5G Committee has been formed with Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as chairman to coordinate the 5G development and boost the digital economy in the country.  The committee is also tasked with mitigating obstacles regarding the recall of unused spectrum,

Huawei Opens ASEAN Academy to Empower Digital Talent & Nurture Digital Ecosystem

Huawei Malaysia on Wednesday introduced the Huawei ASEAN Academy, a dedicated training module set to empower digital talent in the region. In its commitment, Huawei aims to nurture 50,000 talents over the next fiveyears, spread across various businesses and technology sectors. The

Apple iPhone at risk of hacking through email app

A flaw in Apple's mobile operating system may have left millions of iPhone and iPad users vulnerable to hackers. Research published by ZecOps, a mobile security firm, said a bug in the Mail app made devices susceptible to sophisticated attacks. The firm said it had "high

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos adds $24bn to fortune

The founder and boss of Amazon has seen his wealth swell by $24bn (£19bn) after soaring demand for online shopping sent the firm's share price to a new high. Jeff Bezos now has a fortune of $138bn, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, cementing his position as the

Huawei urges UK not to make 5G U-turn after pandemic

Chinese telecoms company Huawei has said that disrupting its involvement in the rollout of 5G would do Britain "a disservice". In January, the UK government approved a limited role for Huawei in building the country's new data networks. But in March, a backbench rebellion within

Apple and Google team up to contact trace Covid-19

Apple and Google are jointly developing technology to alert people if they have recently come into contact with others found to be infected with coronavirus. They hope to initially help third-party contact-tracing apps run efficiently. But ultimately, they aim to do away with the

Coronavirus: Twitter boss pledges $1bn for relief effort

Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter and payment app Square, has said he will donate $1bn (£810m) towards efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. According to Mr Dorsey, the donation represented approximately 28% of his wealth. He made the announcement on Twitter, writing that

No, 5G does not spread coronavirus

Conspiracy theories claiming 5G technology helps transmit coronavirus have been condemned by the scientific community. Videos have been shared on social media showing mobile phone masts on fire in Birmingham and Merseyside - along with the claims. The posts have been shared on

Facebook announces $100m for coronavirus-hit small businesses 

Facebook on Tuesday announced a $100 million program to help small businesses as governments throughout the country urge gyms and restaurants to close their doors to slow the coronavirus pandemic. In a blog post announcing the grants, Facebook said, “We know that your business may be