Month: January 2021

Xiaomi’s smartphones are known to offer good features on a budget, but they also tend to come with a lot of pre-loaded apps. Some of them may be useful to you, others may not. And some keep tracking your data despite uninstalling them, because they have certain services that run in the background. In this
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Social media services including Facebook and Reddit restrict discussions about weapons, drugs and other illegal activity, but their rules do not specifically mention another lucrative regulated good: stocks. Some people think they should. Users of a Reddit group, in which five million members exchange investment ideas, generated significant profits by gorging on shares of GameStop
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Facebook said on Friday it would soon start developing “topic exclusion controls” on its platform to give advertisers greater ability to weed out certain types of content from appearing alongside their ads. This comes after companies including Coca-Cola and Starbucks boycotted Facebook in July for not doing enough to curb hate speech on its site
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A new supercomputer in Wyoming will rank among the world’s fastest and help study phenomena including climate change, severe weather, wildfires and solar flares. Houston-based Hewlett Packard Enterprise won a bid to provide the $35 million (roughly Rs. 255 crores) to $40 million (roughly Rs. 300 crores) machine for a supercomputing centre in Cheyenne, the
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Personal information of a large number of people who participated in the Netherlands’ coronavirus track-and-trace programme has been leaked, the Dutch health authorities (GGD) said on Friday. The GGD confirmed a media report that data had been stolen and apologised for what it said were two separate leaks. It said in a statement it did
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Tenet — Christopher Nolan’s epic time-bending espionage movie — is now available for purchase on Apple TV (formerly iTunes) and Google Play in India in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. Given Nolan’s films demand repeated viewing (and the fact there’s a virus going around), this is now the perfect way to catch Tenet. Unfortunately, Warner
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LG has been an innovative smartphone manufacturer, and we’ve seen some out-of-the-ordinary smartphones from it recently. The LG G5 was a notable attempt at a modular smartphone, while the more recent LG G8X ThinQ and LG Velvet were foldable dual-screen models. The LG Wing is yet another one that breaks conventions with a futuristic and
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FAU-G has finally released on Android after months of delays. The game went live on Republic Day, January 26, and has already amassed over a million downloads. FAU-G has been developed by nCore Games, a studio based in Bangalore and promoted by Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, who was involved in the development as well, and
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Xiaomi on Friday announced the Mi Air Charge, a new wireless charging tech as its proprietary technology. As its name suggests, Mi Air Charge is designed to let users remotely charge their electronic devices including smartphones without any cables, pads, or wireless charging stands. This is unlike existing wireless charging technologies like the ones based
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Razer Viper 8K gaming mouse has been released and it claims to have the “fastest speed and lowest latency ever achieved.” It comes with Razer’s improved optical switches and introduces Hyperpolling technology that brings true 8,000Hz polling rate. This allows the Razer Viper 8K mouse to send more data to your computer, reducing delay and
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Japanese video game maker Nintendo will face an EU-wide complaint for premature wear of a joystick controller, French and EU consumer groups said Wednesday. The French consumer protection group UFC-Que Choisir said it would join a complaint launched by The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) against recurring problems with the Nintendo Switch console. The glitch has
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Samsung Galaxy S20 series has started receiving the latest February 2021 Android security patch in some regions, according to a new report. The update comes with version G98xxXXS6CUA8 that is associated with the Exynos-powered variants of the Galaxy S20 series. The incremental update is reportedly available in European countries and brings a couple of improvements,
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Samsung Electronics, the world’s biggest smartphone and memory chip maker reported fourth-quarter net profits up by more than a quarter year-on-year Thursday, with coronavirus-driven working from home boosting demand for devices powered by its chips. But the figures were below market expectations according to Bloomberg News, and the company warned of persisting uncertainties over the
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UK’s competition watchdog on Thursday launched its initial investigation into Facebook’s completed acquisition of GIF website Giphy, at a time when the social media network is under global regulatory scrutiny over antitrust concerns. The world’s largest social media company bought Giphy, a website for making and sharing animated images, or GIFs, in May last year
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An international debate over how countries tax big US technology companies such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook is heating up, presenting a challenge for President Joe Biden’s new administration. A mid-year deadline is on the horizon for talks about a global deal to defuse trade disputes with France and other countries that are imposing go-it-alone
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