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Epic Games will strive anew Monday to convince a judge that its hit title Fortnite should be restored to Apple’s App Store, despite sidestepping the tech titan’s standard commission on transactions. Apple does not allow users of its popular devices to download apps from anywhere but its App Store, and Epic is challenging its practice
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In brief The Los Angeles Police Department has run facial recognition algorithms a whopping 29,817 times over a decade in an attempt to identify suspected criminals captured in CCTV footage, despite promising it wouldn’t. Officers used software built by DataWorks Plus, the same biometrics company whose technology led to two wrongful arrests by the Detroit
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The United States has imposed restrictions on exports to China’s biggest chip maker SMIC after concluding there is an “unacceptable risk” equipment supplied to it could be used for military purposes. Suppliers of certain equipment to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation will now have to apply for individual export licenses, according to a letter from the
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Three quarters of the orbital debris floating among satellites in geosynchronous orbits around Earth is not being tracked, an astronomical survey has revealed. The small bits of space junk identified by the study are often overlooked; they’re faint, small, and in a region that’s monitored less intensively than low-Earth orbit. As a result, scientists probing
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Amazon on Thursday announced a drone for recording security video inside homes and car products for alerting vehicle owners about attempted break-ins. The news reflects Amazon’s growing security business since its acquisition of smart doorbell maker Ring in 2018, an effort that’s drawn scrutiny from civil liberties advocates. It also represents Amazon’s latest push into
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British television naturalist David Attenborough joined Instagram on Thursday at the age of 94, quickly racking up more than one million followers in his first few hours – in record time in fact. The veteran broadcaster, who has enjoyed a stellar 60-year career chronicling the natural world for audiences, used his inaugural post on the
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India is unlikely to revoke a ban on the mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) following PUBG Corp’s decision to withdraw the mobile game’s publishing rights in the country from China’s Tencent, a senior government official said on Friday. PUBG Mobile, a popular online multiplayer battle game, was among 118 Chinese-origin apps banned by New
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The US Justice Department asked a federal judge in San Francisco early on Friday to allow the government to bar Apple and Alphabet’s Google from offering WeChat for download in US app stores pending an appeal. The filing asked US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler to put on hold her preliminary injunction issued Saturday. That injunction
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There’s been a sudden surge of budget phone launches in the past few months; the Redmi 9 from Xiaomi being one of them. This recent offering is priced under Rs. 10,000 and is the successor to the Redmi 8 (Review). The Redmi 9 sold in India shouldn’t be confused with the global model of the same
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Google will no longer pay top execs fat severance packages not only if they are fired for sexual harassment but also if they leave mid-investigation into their behavior, it announced on Friday. “We’re building on our current practice of prohibiting severance for anyone terminated for any form of misconduct, and expanding the prohibition to anyone
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Garmin Instinct Solar and Fenix 6 Pro Solar smartwatches have been launched in India. As the name suggests, these smartwatches are solar-powered wearables that come with Garmin’s patented solar charging technology. These smartwatches feature activity tracking support for indoor climbing, fishing, and mountain biking. The wearables are said to utilise solar energy to support functions
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