Apple is being sued by a man for $1,383.13, the exact cost of his iPhone 12

An iPhone user in San Francisco has sued Apple for the exact cost of his iPhone, saying the company refused to repair the device despite it being under warranty. Theodore A. Kim filed a lawsuit in San Francisco seeking $1,383.13, the original cost of his phone. The claim was filed in small claims court. “It levels the playing field so that just a simple consumer like me can sue a big company without having to worry about getting lawyers and all that other stuff,” Kim told Insider in a phone interview last week. “I feel like at least I want … Continue reading Apple is being sued by a man for $1,383.13, the exact cost of his iPhone 12

Google to slash fee it takes from app subscriptions in half

Alphabet Inc.’s Google is slashing the fees it takes from subscription services on its app store following pressure from developers and lawmakers.  Beginning Jan. 1, the Google Play Store will charge third-party subscription apps a 15% commission, the company said Thursday. Previously, subscription apps were charged 30% for the first year, then 15% thereafter. Google also charged 15% for the first $1 million in revenue. Google said it’s making the change because “customer churn makes it challenging for subscription businesses to benefit” from getting a discount in the second year. “Digital subscriptions have become one of the fastest-growing models for … Continue reading Google to slash fee it takes from app subscriptions in half

Facebook is reportedly changing its name because it wants to be known for its ‘metaverse’ focus

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on stage at an Oculus developers conference in 2016. Facebook is planning to change the name of the company next week, The Verge reported Tuesday evening. The new name will aim to recast Facebook’s focus on becoming a “metaverse company” rather than a social media company by rebranding its main app as one of many under a singular parent company, according to The Verge. CEO Mark Zuckerberg will discuss the name change at Facebook’s annual Connect conference on October 28, but the company could announce the name before then, The Verge reported. The metaverse typically refers to the … Continue reading Facebook is reportedly changing its name because it wants to be known for its ‘metaverse’ focus

Apple unveils new computer chips amid shortage

Apple has unveiled its M1Pro and M1Max chips used to power new MacBook Pro laptop computers. Apple says the M1 Max chip, with 57 billion transistors is the most powerful it has ever built. The new chips were announced almost a year after the firm revealed its first Mac computers powered by silicon of its own design. It comes after reports that Apple cut its iPhone 13 production targets amid the global computer chip shortage. Industry analyst Mikako Kitagawa of Gartner said “the performance boost is pretty impressive”. Apple claims the new chips will achieve comparable performance to the latest … Continue reading Apple unveils new computer chips amid shortage

Lithuania urges people to throw away Chinese phones

Consumers should throw away their Chinese phones and avoid buying new ones, Lithuania’s Defence Ministry has warned. A report by its National Cyber Security Centre tested 5G mobiles from Chinese manufacturers. It claimed that one Xiaomi phone had built-in censorship tools while another Huawei model had security flaws. Huawei said no user data is sent externally and Xiaomi said it does not censor communications. “Our recommendation is to not buy new Chinese phones, and to get rid of those already purchased as fast as reasonably possible,” said Defence Deputy Minister Margiris Abukevicius. Xiaomi’s flagship Mi 10T 5G phone was found … Continue reading Lithuania urges people to throw away Chinese phones

Nigerian gov’t says Twitter ban to end ‘very soon’

Nigeria’s government has said it expects to end its ban on Twitter in a “few more days”, raising hopes among users eager to return to the social media platform three months after the suspension took effect. The ban, announced in June, has hurt Nigerian businesses and drawn backlash among social media users and human rights activists for its damaging effect on freedom of expression and the ease of doing business in Africa’s most populous nation. Information Minister Lai Mohammed told a post-cabinet media briefing on Wednesday the government was aware of the anxiety the ban had created among Nigerians. “If … Continue reading Nigerian gov’t says Twitter ban to end ‘very soon’

TikTok rolls out support to combat suicide searches

TikTok has announced a set of features to help users struggling with mental health issues and thoughts of suicide. The features include guides on wellbeing and support for people who are struggling with eating disorders. There is also a search intervention feature that directs users to support resources if they look up terms such as “suicide”. The move comes as rival platform Instagram comes under fresh scrutiny over its impact on users’ wellbeing. In the announcement TikTok said: “We care deeply about our community, and we always look for new ways in which we can nurture their well-being. “That’s why … Continue reading TikTok rolls out support to combat suicide searches

S.Korea fines Google $177 million for blocking Android customisation

South Korea’s antitrust regulator has fined Alphabet Inc’s Google 207 billion won ($176.64 million) for blocking customized versions of its Android operating system (OS), in the U.S. technology giant’s second setback in the country in less than a month. The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) said on Tuesday Google’s contract terms with device makers amounted to an abuse of its dominant market position that restricted competition in the mobile OS market. Google said in a statement it intends to appeal the ruling, saying it ignores the benefits offered by Android’s compatibility with other programs and undermines advantages enjoyed by consumers. … Continue reading S.Korea fines Google $177 million for blocking Android customisation

Apple rushes to block ‘zero-click’ iPhone spyware

Apple has issued a software patch to block so-called “zero-click” spyware that could infect iPhones and iPads. Independent researchers identified the flaw, which lets hackers access devices through the iMessage service even if users do not click on a link or file. The problem affects all of the technology giant’s operating systems, the researchers said. Apple said it issued the security update in response to a “maliciously crafted” PDF file. University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab, which first highlighted the issue, had previously found evidence of zero-click spyware, but “this is the first one where the exploit has been captured so … Continue reading Apple rushes to block ‘zero-click’ iPhone spyware

Google locks Afghan gov’t emails to keep from Taliban

Google has temporarily locked down an unspecified number of Afghan government email accounts, according to a person familiar with the matter, as fears grow over the digital paper trail left by former officials and their international partners. In the weeks since the Taliban’s swift takeover of Afghanistan from a US-backed government, reports have highlighted how biometric and Afghan payroll databases might be exploited by the new rulers to hunt their enemies. In a statement on Friday, Alphabet Inc’s Google stopped short of confirming that Afghan government accounts were being locked down, saying that the company was monitoring the situation in … Continue reading Google locks Afghan gov’t emails to keep from Taliban

Hackers steal nearly $100m in Japan crypto heist

Leading Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Liquid has been hit by hackers, with almost $100m (£73m) estimated to have been stolen. The company announced that some of its digital currency wallets have been “compromised.” It is the second major theft of cryptocurrencies to take place in recent days. Last week, digital token platform Poly Network was at the centre of a $600m heist. “We are sorry to announce that #LiquidGlobal warm wallets were compromised, we are moving assets into the cold wallet,” the company said on Twitter. So-called ‘warm’ or ‘hot’ digital wallets are usually based online and designed to allow users … Continue reading Hackers steal nearly $100m in Japan crypto heist

Hackers steal some personal data of about 7.8 million T-Mobile customers

T-Mobile US Inc said on Wednesday a cyberattack compromised some personal data of about 7.8 million current customers and about 40 million records of former or prospective customers. The data accessed in the attack included customers’ first and last names, date of birth, social security numbers, and driver’s license information, the company said in a statement. However, there was no indication that financial data of its customers was compromised, T-Mobile said. This is a developing story…… Continue reading Hackers steal some personal data of about 7.8 million T-Mobile customers