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MEPs vote for universal charging cable for mobiles
- January 31, 2020

Unless it was Apple's plan all along, the chances are basically zero, given the European Commission surely won't start enforcing these rules in time for Apple to make the necessary changes. While the EP's resolution doesn't mention any particular standard by name, it's fairly reasonable that USB-C, which is the most widespread standard, would be selected as the sole standard. (more...)
Jeff Bezos Adds About $13 Billion to Fortune in Matter of Minutes Jeff Bezos Adds About $13 Billion to Fortune in Matter of Minutes
- January 31, 2020

In a statement, Amazon's chief executive, Jeff Bezos noted that the world's biggest online retailer now has more than 150 million paid members in its loyalty club Prime, a 50% increase from its last disclosure in April 2018. He said the number of items delivered through same-day and one-day shipping "quadrupled this quarter compared to past year", also without breaking down the growth. (more...)
Zuckerberg pledges Facebook users privacy upgrades after $550 million facial recognition settlement Zuckerberg pledges Facebook users privacy upgrades after $550 million facial recognition settlement
- January 31, 2020

The lawsuit claims that Facebook illegally collected and stored biometric data for millions of users without their consent, thus violating IL consumer privacy law. In a class action suit, Facebook users in the state argued that a feature launched in 2011, called tag suggestions, broke the rules by automatically processing and storing facial recognition imagery for every US user without first asking permission. (more...)
Bioshock: The Collection, The Sims 4 coming to PS Plus in February Bioshock: The Collection, The Sims 4 coming to PS Plus in February
- January 31, 2020

It's nearly February, which means it's just about time for the latest round of PS Plus free games. All free games are accessible for as long as you have a PS Plus membership if you add them to your library before the monthly deadline. PlayStation is also continuing their trend of putting up classics. Getting as many people to play these titles is a smart move by 2K Games, considering there's a new entry in the series on the way. (more...)
Huawei exceeds Apple in number of smartphones sold in 2019 Huawei exceeds Apple in number of smartphones sold in 2019
- January 31, 2020

Full-year smartphone shipments hit 1.41 billion in 2019, dipping 1 percent from 1.43 billion in 2018, attributed to mild inventory build in the second half of the year. Xiaomi came in fourth with 9.2 percent, and OPPO was fifth with 8.3 percent. The new iPhone 11 series appears to be resonating with the consumer base. (more...)
Kalamazoo 911 calls down; text for help Kalamazoo 911 calls down; text for help
- January 31, 2020

At 4:45 a.m. Friday the Kalamazoo County Consolidated Dispatch Authority reported that all 911 and non-emergency telephone services have been restored in the county. To send an emergency 911 text, create a message like normal, enter 911 in the data field where you would enter a contact or a phone number. There is now a statewide 911 phone outage, according to Michigan State Police. (more...)
Johnson & Johnson Joins the Hunt for a Coronavirus Vaccine Johnson & Johnson Joins the Hunt for a Coronavirus Vaccine
- January 31, 2020

Jack Ma - founder of the e-commerce giant Alibaba and the richest man in China - has donated 14 million dollars towards the development of a vaccine to fight the deadly coronavirus . Bill and Melinda Gates have also pledged assistance, while Tencent and TikTok owner ByteDance are among the Chinese firms to be helping . Forty percent of the endowment, equivalent to $5.8 million, will be given to the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering to aid their work, and ... (more...)
Huawei phones will never use Google Mobile Services again, according to exec Huawei phones will never use Google Mobile Services again, according to exec
- January 31, 2020

The company's latest phones, including the flagship Mate 30 series , now run Huawei Mobile Services , its alternative to Google Mobile Services. The company denied not wanting to go back to using Google services and says it will still be open to using Google Play Services if the trade ban was lifted. (more...)
Apparently, some people think coronavirus comes from Corona beer Apparently, some people think coronavirus comes from Corona beer
- January 31, 2020

However Corona , the beer business, told Business Insider it arouses clients to not connect the virus into its beverages . Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn , and Instagram . According to the CDC, the coronavirus gets its name from the crown-like spikes it shows under a microscope. Each and every area in the nation has reported a minumum of one case. (more...)
Facebook blames Apple iOS for Bezos' phone hacking Facebook blames Apple iOS for Bezos' phone hacking
- January 31, 2020

The news, which was also reported by Hubbard in the New York Times , represents the latest revelation about how Saudi Arabia has allegedly used spyware owned by NSO Group , among other technologies, to target dissidents and journalists. (more...)
Krishna CEO, Whitehurst president, Rometty to retire — IBM reshuffles Krishna CEO, Whitehurst president, Rometty to retire — IBM reshuffles
- January 31, 2020

Shares of the company were up almost 5% in extended trading. Ginni will remain IBM's executive chairman through the end of the year, at which point she'll retire from the company entirely. Sales are down more than a quarter since the end of 2012 and its market value has dropped by 49 per cent. Three of the four IBM CEOs that preceded her retired at 60. (more...)
Moto G Stylus Running Android 10 and 4GB RAM Appeared on Geekbench Moto G Stylus Running Android 10 and 4GB RAM Appeared on Geekbench
- January 30, 2020

The handset shown in the images looks a lot like the Moto G8 Plus , from the punch-hole camera cut-out in the top left corner of the screen, to the distinctive rear camera layout. Codenamed “sofia+” and bearing the XT2043-4 model number, the Moto G Stylus is expected to come with a 6.36-inch FHD+ display with a waterdrop notch for its 25MP selfie cam. (more...)
Apple, Broadcom Told to Pay California University $1.1B Over Patents Apple, Broadcom Told to Pay California University $1.1B Over Patents
- January 30, 2020

The patents in question were allegedly used in Broadcom chips that were, in turn, used in Apple products. It has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the issue in a long-running dispute with VirnetX Holding Corp., a company with less than $2 million in annual revenue that has been pursuing a big payday from Apple for years. (more...)
Nokia 400 4G expected to launch in India soon
- January 30, 2020

It's not clear what GAFP stands for (Google Android for Feature Phones?), nor has it been officially announced by Google. HMD Global's feature phones usually run on KaiOS, that odd custom mobile platform that received support for some of Google's most important apps, including YouTube, Maps, and even Assistant. (more...)
Why Pokemon Home Is Overpriced Why Pokemon Home Is Overpriced
- January 30, 2020

Pokemon is making a lot of money but come February , it's going to make even more. Think of it as a place where you can bring all your 'mons from many Pokemon series games and deposit them in boxes. As of December 31, 2019 - roughly six weeks after its November 15 release - Pokemon Sword and Shield has sold 16.06 million copies. It's also compatible with Pokemon Bank , the 3DS-based tool that similarly allows players to store and track their pocket monsters. (more...)
Poco X2 leaked design and specs reveal a Redmi K30 clone Poco X2 leaked design and specs reveal a Redmi K30 clone
- January 30, 2020

It also reveals the price of the X2, which is INR18,999 ($265/€240) for the 6GB/64GB model. The newly spun-off subsidiary will try to make lightning strike twice with the POCO X2 which was generous enough to be leaked for everyone to gawk at before its debut next week. (more...)
Samsung maintains No. 1 smartphone vendor status in 2019 Samsung maintains No. 1 smartphone vendor status in 2019
- January 30, 2020

Strategy Analytics added: "Huawei's global shipments of 5G smartphones in 2019 is 6.9 million units, with a market share of 37%, ranking first. Other regions, like the U.S. Samsung's most popular 5G models include Note 10 5G and S10 5G. Despite a strong performance in its home of China, Huawei felt the repercussions of the USA ban in Q4. (more...)
Your emoji selection will become more gender-inclusive this year Your emoji selection will become more gender-inclusive this year
- January 30, 2020

In Unicode's Proposal for Transgender Flag Emoji , it states: "Google, Microsoft, and the individuals listed in this document believe that adding an emoji illustrative to our life experiences isn't just about creating technology that should be accessible to everyone - it's about fostering culture that is inclusive of users around World", Unicode's Proposal for Transgender Flag Emoji reads. (more...)
Sorry, iPad. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G is the first 5G tablet Sorry, iPad. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G is the first 5G tablet
- January 30, 2020

Support for HRD10+ is on board, as is something called "Ultra Thin Glass" that should allow for substantially better durability compared to the Galaxy Fold's fragile plastic display. For imaging, the device gets a dual-camera setup on the cover which consists of a 12MP f/1.8 main camera and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle shooter. The Galaxy M30s offers 4K video recording, super Slo-mo, Super Steady and a Hyperlapse mode. (more...)
Starbucks quarterly earnings report is clouded by coronavirus outbreak in China Starbucks quarterly earnings report is clouded by coronavirus outbreak in China
- January 30, 2020

The virus has spread to several countries and is said to have caused more than 100 deaths in China already, while more than 4,600 cases have been confirmed there . Same-store sales, or sales at stores open at least 13 months, jumped by an impressive 5% from the same period a year earlier. It said it will continue to concentrate on personalised beverages and its digital push there rather than adopt a strategy of offering cheaper drinks like its rivals have used to gain market shares, ... (more...)

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