Tuesday, 29 Sep, 2020

Tech

TikTok: US judge halts app store ban

TikTok has avoided a government-ordered block on new downloads in the US after a judge issued a temporary injunction. The video-sharing app had faced being removed from Apple's App Store and Android's Google Play marketplace at midnight local time in Washington DC. Existing

Thailand takes first legal action against FB, Twitter over content

Thailand began legal action on Thursday against Facebook and Twitter for ignoring requests to take down content, in its first such move against major internet firms. The digital ministry filed legal complaints with cybercrime police after the two social media companies missed 15-day

Apple CEO Impressed by Remote Work, Sees Permanent Changes

Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said he's been impressed by employees' ability to operate remotely and predicted that some new work habits will remain after the pandemic. During an interview at The Atlantic Festival on Monday, Cook said Apple created products

US to block access to TikTok, WeChat

The Commerce Department plans to restrict access to TikTok and WeChat on Sunday as the Trump administration's executive orders against the two apps are set to take effect. The Department said Friday that as of Sunday, any moves to distribute or maintain WeChat or TikTok on an app

TikTok: YouTube launches rival to be tested in India

YouTube has announced it will test a beta version of its new TikTok rival in India. YouTube Shorts will limit videos to 15 seconds, and the platform will feature creator tools that are similar to Chinese-owned TikTok's. India banned TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps in June as

TikTok rejects Microsoft bid at eleventh hour

Microsoft has said that its offer to buy the US operations of hugely popular video-sharing app TikTok has been rejected, paving the way for Oracle to make a last-minute bid. US President Donald Trump gave a 15 September deadline for the Chinese-owned app to sell or shut down. The

Sabhanaz Rashid Diya made Facebook’s Bangladesh affairs officer

Sabhanaz Rashid Diya has been appointed as Bangladesh Affairs Officer in the Public Policy Department of Facebook.  A virtual Facebook meeting was held with Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar in this regard on Monday.  She was appointed in April this

Facebook to limit ads week before US election

In an attempt to combat efforts to undermine the US presidential election in November, Facebook on Thursday took several steps it says will address concerns about election interference on its platform. But Facebook will continue to allow politicians to run lies in ads through Election

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