Apple sales smash expectations on surging demand for devices

Apple Inc. reported quarterly revenue that crushed Wall Street expectations, fueled by sales of the 5G iPhone 12 line and purchases of iPads and Macs as people continued to work and learn from home. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant reported fiscal second-quarter sales of $89.6 billion, up 54% from the same period in 2020. Analysts, on average, estimated $77.3 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Profit was $1.40 a share, also easily topping Wall Street forecasts. “iPad and Mac sales nearly doubled, showing the strength of the PC market and education channels,” said Shannon Cross, an analyst at Cross … Continue reading Apple sales smash expectations on surging demand for devices

Google owner sees record profits as lockdown boom continues

Google owner Alphabet saw its earnings soar in the first quarter as people stuck at home in the pandemic used more of its services. Net profit jumped by 162% to a record $17.9bn in the three months to March as advertising revenue swelled by a third. It comes as the tech giant faces increased scrutiny over its power and the pandemic has people turning to the internet more than ever. The firm credited “elevated consumer activity online” for its results. “Over the last year, people have turned to Google Search and many online services to stay informed, connected and entertained,” … Continue reading Google owner sees record profits as lockdown boom continues

LOL: Canadian beavers chomp down town’s internet

Beavers have been blamed after a town in the Canadian province of British Columbia lost their internet service for some 12 hours. The provider Telus said that parts of the underground cabling, servicing Tumbler Ridge, had been found in the beavers’ home. Some 900 internet users and 60 TV customers were affected, it said. Telus spokeswoman Liz Sauvé described it as a “very unusual and uniquely Canadian turn of events”. The service went down at around 04:00 local time on Saturday. Telus said when crews went to a nearby dam they found beavers had “chewed through our fibre cable at … Continue reading LOL: Canadian beavers chomp down town’s internet

New Zealand turns to drones to halt Māui dolphin extinction

In 2018, a jack mackerel skipper mistakenly caught a pod of Māui dolphins in a purse seine net off the Taranaki coast of New Zealand’s North Island. The fisherman faced a conundrum: While the dolphins are among the most endangered in New Zealand, if he released the net he would also be in breach of the country’s Fisheries Act and liable to a substantial fine for releasing his catch. He decided to save the dolphins and, in the end, avoided a fine. The skipper worked for Sanford, New Zealand’s largest seafood company which has nearly 20 percent of New Zealand’s … Continue reading New Zealand turns to drones to halt Māui dolphin extinction

Argentina loses country’s Google domain after random citizen buys it for $5

Google CEO Sundar Pichai On Wednesday night, an Argentinian purchased ownership of the country’s Google domain for a mere 540 Argentine Peso which, according to today’s exchange rate, equates $5.81 USD. The domain apparently became available after its previous ownership expired the same day. This caused a temporary closedown of the search engine google.com.ar. Yesterday at 10:45 p.m., Nicolas Kuroña, the alleged culprit, tweeted, “I want to clarify that I entered http://nic.ar I saw the name of http://google.com.ar available and I legally bought it accordingly!” As reported by MercoPress, Kuroña’s buying did not affect the international ‘www.google.com.’ Such activity is … Continue reading Argentina loses country’s Google domain after random citizen buys it for $5

TikTok sued over use of children’s data

TikTok is facing a legal challenge from former children’s commissioner for England Anne Longfield over how it collects and uses children’s data. The claim is being filed on behalf of millions of children in the UK and EU who have used the hugely popular video-sharing app. If successful, the children affected could each be owed thousands of pounds. TikTok said the case was without merit and it would fight it. Lawyers will allege that TikTok takes children’s personal information, including phone numbers, videos, exact location and biometric data, without sufficient warning, transparency or the necessary consent required by law, and … Continue reading TikTok sued over use of children’s data

Two die in Tesla crash in Texas with nobody behind the wheel

Two men died after a Tesla vehicle, which was believed to be operating without anyone in the driver’s seat, crashed into a tree on Saturday night north of Houston, authorities said. “There was no one in the driver’s seat,” Sgt. Cinthya Umanzor of the Harris County Constable Precinct 4 said. The 2019 Tesla Model S was traveling at a high rate of speed, when it failed to negotiate a curve and went off the roadway, crashing to a tree and bursting into flames, local television station KHOU-TV said. After the fire was extinguished, authorities located two occupants in the vehicle, with one in the … Continue reading Two die in Tesla crash in Texas with nobody behind the wheel

LOL: Facebook mistakenly removes French town’s page

Facebook has been criticized for temporarily removing the official page of the small French town of Bitche. The social network’s algorithm confused the name of the town in Moselle, north-east France, with the English insult. Bitche’s mayor said the Facebook page of the town (population 5,000) was removed on 19 March for violating site rules. Facebook said it had reinstated the page on Tuesday after spotting the error. “On 19 March, Facebook informed us that our page, Ville de Bitche, was no longer online, on the basis that it was ‘in violation of conditions applying to Facebook pages’,” the town’s mayor, … Continue reading LOL: Facebook mistakenly removes French town’s page

FBI arrest man over alleged Amazon centre bomb plot

US authorities have arrested a man who allegedly plotted to bomb an Amazon data centre, which he believed would “kill off about 70% of the internet”. Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, was arrested after receiving a dud explosive device from an undercover FBI agent, and was charged with a malicious attempt to destroy a building with an explosive, He came to the FBI’s attention after somebody reported his online posts, if convicted, Mr Pendley could face up to 20 years in prison. According to investigators, Mr Pendley’s main goal was to damage Amazon’s web server network. He believed that there were … Continue reading FBI arrest man over alleged Amazon centre bomb plot

Facebook undersea cable to boost South East Asia internet

Facebook and Google are planning two new undersea internet cables to connect South East Asia to North America. The project with regional telecoms companies aims to supply faster internet to Singapore and Indonesia. This comes after Facebook withdrew three projects to connect the US to Hong Kong with similar cables, following government concerns over spying. The cables require regulatory approval from the national governments involved. “Named Echo and Bifrost, those will be the first two cables to go through a new diverse route crossing the Java Sea, and they will increase overall subsea capacity in the trans-Pacific by about 70%,” … Continue reading Facebook undersea cable to boost South East Asia internet

China’s tech giants fall under regulator’s pressure

China’s tech giants are coming under increasing pressure from regulators worried about their growing influence. By Monday, Tencent had shed more than $60bn (£42bn) from its market value as its share price slid over concerns of greater regulator scrutiny. Media reports suggest that rival tech giant Alibaba may have to sell some of its media assets under the crackdown. Chinese regulators have signalled a tougher approach towards tech firms. China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) on Friday said it had fined 12 companies over 10 deals that violated anti-monopoly rules. The companies included Tencent, Baidu, Didi Chuxing, SoftBank and … Continue reading China’s tech giants fall under regulator’s pressure

Regulation Dispute: Facebook to pay News Corp for content in Australia

Facebook has agreed to pay Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Australia for journalism from its local mastheads. The deal has been secured just weeks after Australia passed a controversial world-first law aimed at making tech platforms pay for news content. News Corp has not disclosed the value of the three-year contract in Australia. Last month, it clinched a global deal with Google. Mr Murdoch’s media empire began with his Australian newspapers, the deal covers all of News Corp’s content in the country – which is a significant amount. News Corp Australia controls about 70% of newspaper circulation in Australia with mastheads including … Continue reading Regulation Dispute: Facebook to pay News Corp for content in Australia