Facebook and Google ‘complicit’ in Vietnam censorship

Facebook and Google have aided the Vietnamese government in censoring criticism and repressing dissent, says rights group Amnesty. In a new report, the group accuses the tech giants of “far-reaching complicity” by blocking content deemed critical of authorities. Vietnam has a reputation for restricting freedom of speech, in recent years several bloggers have been jailed for publishing articles critical of the Communist state. “In the last decade, the right to freedom of expression flourished on Facebook and YouTube in Vietnam. More recently, however, authorities began focusing on peaceful online expression as an existential threat to the regime,” said Ming Yu … Continue reading Facebook and Google ‘complicit’ in Vietnam censorship

Apple to pay $113m to settle iPhone ‘batterygate’

Apple will pay $113m (£85m) to settle allegations that it slowed down older iPhones, thirty-three US states claimed that Apple had done this to drive users into buying new devices. Millions of people were affected when the models of iPhone 6 and 7 and SE were slowed down in 2016 in a scandal that was dubbed batterygate. Apple declined to comment, however, it has previously said the phones were slowed to preserve aging battery life, the deal is separate from a proposed settlement Apple reached in March to pay affected iPhone owners up to $500m in a class action lawsuit. … Continue reading Apple to pay $113m to settle iPhone ‘batterygate’

Huawei sells youth brand over tech restrictions

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei is selling it’s youth-focused budget brand Honor, Huawei said Honor had been under “tremendous pressure” due to “a persistent unavailability of technical elements”. US government sanctions have restricted supplies to Huawei on the grounds that the firm is a national security threat. Huawei said it would not hold any shares or be involved in managing the new Honor company. “This sale will help Honor’s channel sellers and suppliers make it through this difficult time,” the Chinese telecommunications giant said in a statement. Huawei said it will sell Honor to Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology, a new … Continue reading Huawei sells youth brand over tech restrictions

Facebook India’s policy head quits amid hate speech row

Facebook India’s policy head Ankhi Das has resigned two months after the social media giant was embroiled in a hate speech controversy in the country, the Wall Street Journal had accused Facebook of going easy on ruling party supporters who allegedly violated hate speech rules with anti-Muslim posts. The paper also alleged that Ms Das had made the controversial decisions and was politically partisan. Facebook denied the allegations and said it did not favour any party, but the row put the company in a delicate position in its biggest market. Its head of business for India, Ajit Mohan, was later … Continue reading Facebook India’s policy head quits amid hate speech row

Huawei forging forward despite Trump sanctions

Chinese phone maker Huawei said it was doing its best “to survive and forge forward” despite US sanctions, Huawei is one of a handful of Chinese tech firms targeted by Donald Trump on the grounds of national security. The phone maker had been busy stockpiling its supply of microchips before a US trade ban came into effect in September. On Friday, it said revenues for the first three quarters of 2020 were 9.9% higher than the same period last year, but Huawei said its ability to find component parts such as microchips has been “put under intense pressure and its … Continue reading Huawei forging forward despite Trump sanctions

Machines to replace ‘Human Workforce’ by 2025

Despite the damage that covid-19 has brought on the job ‘outlook and growth’, it has now emerged that half of all work tasks will be handled by machines by 2025 in a shift likely to worsen inequality, a World Economic Forum report has forecast. The think tank said a “robot revolution” would create 97 million jobs worldwide but destroy almost as many, leaving some communities at risk, routine or manual jobs in administration and data processing were most at threat of automation, WEF said, but it said new jobs would emerge in care, big data and the green economy. The … Continue reading Machines to replace ‘Human Workforce’ by 2025

Anti-virus software pioneer McAfee arrested in Spain over US tax evasion

Elusive cybersecurity pioneer John McAfee was arrested in Spain for tax evasion in the U.S, the Justice Department in Washington said. McAfee is accused of failing to file U.S. tax returns from 2014 to 2018 and hiding assets including real estate, a vehicle and a yacht in the name of others, prosecutors said, an indictment returned in June was unsealed on Tuesday after he was taken into custody, he’s being held pending extradition, the Justice Department said. Prosecutors claim McAfee earned millions of dollars through the promotion of cryptocurrencies, speaking engagements, consulting jobs and the sale of the rights to … Continue reading Anti-virus software pioneer McAfee arrested in Spain over US tax evasion

Japanese giant Gundam robot shows off its moves

The robot will stand in the city of Yokohama, south of Tokyo. A giant robot based on a character from a classic anime series has undergone testing in the Japanese city of Yokohama. The massive humanoid resembles a robot from “Mobile Suit Gundam,” a popular TV series from the late 1970s, and can be seen walking, kneeling and gesticulating in a video of the test posted on Twitter on Monday. The robot, which has been in the works since 2014, stands nearly 60 feet high and weighs 24 tons, with more than 200 pieces made from a mixture of steel and … Continue reading Japanese giant Gundam robot shows off its moves

Chinese state media slams TikTok deal as ‘dirty’ and ‘unpalatable’

Two prominent Chinese media outlets are urging Beijing to kill what they call a “dirty” and “unpalatable” deal intended to keep TikTok operating in the United States. The editorial boards of China Daily and the Global Times both state-run publications this week blasted an arrangement that would give American companies at least some ownership in the short-form video app. TikTok’s parent company ByteDance is based in Beijing. What the United States has done to TikTok is almost the same as a gangster forcing an unreasonable and unfair business deal on a legitimate company,” China Daily wrote in an editorial published Wednesday , … Continue reading Chinese state media slams TikTok deal as ‘dirty’ and ‘unpalatable’

Singapore becomes hub for Chinese tech amid US tensions

In what appears to be a snub of Hongkong, some of China’s biggest technology firms are expanding operations in Singapore as tensions rise between Washington and Beijing. Tencent and Alibaba are increasing their presence in the city state while TikTok owner ByteDance is reported to be investing billions of dollars. Considered neutral territory, Singapore has good ties to both the US and China. Relations between Washington and Beijing are growing increasingly hostile, particularly over technology. Tencent announced this week it was expanding its business presence in Singapore to support our growing business in South East Asia and beyond. The new … Continue reading Singapore becomes hub for Chinese tech amid US tensions

Chip designer, ARM sold to US firm Nvidia

UK-based computer chip designer ARM Holdings is being sold to the American graphics chip specialist Nvidia. The deal values ARM at $40bn (£31.2bn), four years after it was bought by Japanese conglomerate Softbank for $32bn.ARM’s technology is at the heart of most smartphones, among many other devices. Nvidia has promised to keep the business based in the UK, to hire more staff, and to retain ARM’s brand. It added that the deal would create “the premier computing company for the age of artificial intelligence” (AI). ARM will remain headquartered in Cambridge,” said Nvidia’s chief executive Jensen Huang. We will expand … Continue reading Chip designer, ARM sold to US firm Nvidia

TikTok in race to remove viral suicide clip

Video-sharing site TikTok is struggling to take down clips showing a man killing himself. The footage, which has been circulating on the platform for several days, originated on Facebook and has also been shared on Twitter and Instagram. TikTok is hugely popular with young people – and many have reported coming across the video and being traumatized by the content. The app said it would ban accounts repeatedly uploading clips. “Our systems have been automatically detecting and flagging these clips for violating our policies against content that displays, praises, glorifies, or promotes suicide,” a representative said. “We appreciate our community … Continue reading TikTok in race to remove viral suicide clip