Month: August 2020

iPhone 12 lineup is reported to have met with camera quality issues during production. One of Apple’s key suppliers, Genius Electronic Optical, has run into quality issues with camera lens production. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has mentioned that Apple looks to turn to its other main camera lens supplier Largan to make up for
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In brief Your Google Home speaker may have been quietly recording sounds around your house without your permission or authorization, it was revealed this week. The Chocolate Factory admitted it had accidentally turned on a feature that allowed its voice-controlled AI-based assistant to activate and snoop on its surroundings. Normally, the device only starts actively
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US President Donald Trump announced Thursday sweeping bans on US transactions with China’s ByteDance, owner of video-sharing app TikTok, and Tencent, operator of the WeChat app, starting in 45 days, in a major escalation of tensions with Beijing. The executive orders come as the Trump administration said this week it was stepping up efforts to
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DEF CON In July, the makers of millions of smartphones powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon system-on-chips received mitigation recommendations to address a bevy of security flaws in their products, all introduced by Qualcomm’s technology. Those software-level vulnerabilities, which apparently affect potentially more than 40 per cent of cellphones worldwide, were outlined this week at the now-virtual
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The United States has fired a new salvo in its rivalry with China, ordering sweeping restrictions against Chinese-owned social media stars TikTok and WeChat. Here are some key facts about the platforms: What is WeChat? WeChat, known as “weixin” or micro-message in Chinese, belongs to tech giant Tencent and has grown to become ubiquitous in
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DEF CON FYI, if you didn’t already know: readily available satellite TV electronics can be used to sniff and inspect satellite internet traffic. That’s according to a team lead by University of Oxford PhD student (and occasional GDPR exploiter) James Pavur, who presented his crew’s findings on the matter at this year’s remote edition of
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Facebook, Google, and Microsoft – suspected or convicted monopolists – are being thwarted from offering their respective game services by another tech giant facing scrutiny for anti-competitive behavior: Apple. The Facebook Gaming app launched for iOS on Friday without any games. The reason, Facebook says, is that Apple won’t allow so-called Instant Games, JavaScript-based distractions
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Beijing on Friday accused the United States of “suppression” after President Donald Trump ordered sweeping restrictions against Chinese social media giants TikTok and WeChat. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a regular press briefing that the US move came at the expense of American users and companies. Trump’s executive orders, which take effect in
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Springer of unwelcome family tree surprises and favorite of investigative genealogy hunting uncles everywhere, Ancestry.com has tried to invoke an arbitration clause to fight off a 77-page false advertising lawsuit accusing it of violating California auto-renewal laws. Among other things, the would-be class-action lawsuit accuses Ancestry.com – which was just bought for $4.7bn by private
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Apple forecaster Ming-Chi Kuo has reported some supply chain issues for the firm’s upcoming entry-level iPhone 12, with camera lenses from one supplier seemingly raising quality concerns. A research note from Ming-Chi obtained by MacRumors claimed some camera coatings provided by Taiwanese firm Genius Electronic Optical were cracking during high-temperature/high-humidity testing. The coatings feature on
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It’s a beautiful day in old Blighty, hotter even than former party capital Ibiza in the Mediterranean. Are you going to go outside? Heck no, you’re a sunshine-shirking nerd who works with and reads about computers for fun. Plus there are horrible diseases. Fortunately for you, The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) has some good
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Apple’s $699 Mac Pro Wheel Kit provoked astonishment from the general public, swiftly followed by raucous laughter. Even by Apple’s standards, these were a blatant piss-take. Fortunately, there’s now an alternative for thrifty punters from Mac accessory biz OWC that costs “just” $199. Yes, $199 is still a lot of money. You can get some
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Toshiba has finally and formally exited the laptop business Toshiba has made laptops since 1985 and claims to have been the first to make a mass-market computer in the now-familiar clamshell form factor. By the 1990s the company was producing solid workhorses in the Satellite range and started to make meaningful stretches of mobile work
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You probably know that Linux can run on most devices. You may even know that it can perform most tasks—for example, supercomputers, web servers, and even low spec systems. One Linux distribution that is particularly adept at running on computers with minimal system specification and resources is Puppy Linux. What Is Puppy Linux? Originally released
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