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Sonos drops support for older products, spurring online outcry

Sonos has decided to stop software updates for some of its products — including its oldest models but also some that were still officially sold in 2015 — prompting a social media firestorm of disgruntled users calling for a boycott of the wireless speaker pioneer. Hours after the company made the announcement, the hashtag #SonosBoycott was trending on Twitter as […]

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iPhone 12, Samsung and Huawei new smartphones set to be released

SAMSUNG GALAXY S20 Expected launch • February Samsung has already revealed it will be holding its famous Unpacked event on February 11. Many are expecting the release of the new flagship Galaxy S20, with this phone getting a faster display, more power and an improved camera with a 10X optical zoom. HUAWEI P40 PRO Expected launch • March Huawei will […]

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Reports of 'big brother' China social credit system untrue: AI expert Xue Lan

(Reuters) – A high-ranking Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) expert on Wednesday defended the country’s social credit score system, despite what he said were implementation issues. Other countries have expressed concern over the possible impact on their companies of China’s plan to give “social credit” scores to reward or punish individuals and corporations using technology to record various measures of financial […]

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Google finds security flaws in Apple's Safari web browser: FT

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) – Google researchers have found multiple security flaws in Apple’s Safari web browser that allowed the tracking of users’ browsing behaviour, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday (Jan 22), citing a soon-to-be published paper. The vulnerabilities were found in a tool specifically designed to protect privacy and could have allowed third parties to obtain “sensitive” information about […]

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Huawei CFO Meng arrives in Vancouver court for third day of U.S. extradition hearing

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou returned to a Vancouver courtroom on Wednesday where Canadian prosecutors are expected to defend a U.S. extradition request in a third day of hearings on a case that has strained relations with China. Canadian prosecutors have said in their previous written submissions to the British Columbia Supreme Court that Meng was […]

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Wirecard to beef up management; Braun to stay: new chairman

BERLIN (Reuters) – The new chairman of Wirecard said the German payments company needed to strengthen its top management as it fights allegations of fraud and false accounting, while giving Chief Executive Markus Braun a vote of confidence. Braun’s contract expiring at the end of this year will definitely be extended, Thomas Eichelmann told Manager Magazine in an interview published […]

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Sonos customers up in arms over move to stop updates for older speakers

(Reuters) – Sonos Inc is facing a social media firestorm after the wireless speaker pioneer decided to stop software updates for some of its older products. Hours after the company made the announcement here on Tuesday, customers went on Twitter using the trending hashtag #SonosBoycott and tagging the company’s Chief Executive Officer Patrick Spence with their questions. “@Patrick_Spence would you […]

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WhatsApp charges: Is WhatsApp going to charge? Changes to WhatsApp in 2020

WhatsApp remains the world’s most popular instant messaging platform, boasting 1.6 billion users. Since Facebook bought out WhatsApp in 2014, the social media giant has always wanted to monetise WhatsApp. Brian Acton and Jan Koum, WhatsApp’s founder and co-founder reportedly left the company in 2018 for this reason. As long as you haven’t exceeded your data limit or you’re connected […]

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Insurers look to curb ransomware exposure as U.S. cyber rates rise

(Reuters) – U.S. insurers are ramping up cyber-insurance rates by as much as 25% and trying to curb exposure to vulnerable customers after a surge of costly claims, industry sources said. The changes follow a challenging year of hackers using malicious programs, known as ransomware, to take down systems that control everything from hospital billing to manufacturing. They stop only […]

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