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After deadly clash, India bans 59 Chinese mobile apps over 'security'

New Delhi - India on Monday banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, including the wildly popular TikTok and WeChat, over national security and privacy concerns two weeks after a deadly Himalayan border clash between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Need for speed: Japan supercomputer is world's fastest

Apo - Japan's Fugaku supercomputer, built with government backing and used in the fight against coronavirus, is now ranked as the world's fastest, its developers announced Monday.

YouTube hit with discrimination suit by black video artists

San Francisco - A lawsuit filed this week in federal court accuses YouTube of discriminating against African American video makers and viewers by factoring in race when it comes to filtering or monetizing content.

Facial recognition: IT and police in delicate dance

Paris - Tech giants love to portray themselves as forces for good and as the United States was gripped by anti-racism protests a number of them publicly disavowed selling controversial facial recognition technology to police forces.

Pandemic pushes Japan geisha to get online

Hakone - Japanese geisha "Chacha" sits on her knees with her fingertips neatly placed on the wooden floor, gracefully bowing to an audience sitting not in front of her but miles away, watching online.

Amazon stops police using its face-recognition tech

San Francisco - Amazon on Wednesday announced a one-year ban on letting police use its facial recognition technology, calling for strong government regulations for its ethical use.

Facebook denies sidelining research on site's 'divisiveness'

San Francisco - Facebook on Wednesday defended itself against a report that it shelved internal research indicating that it was dividing people instead of bringing them together.

Empty Japan stadiums could soon hear the sound of app-lause

Apo - A new Japanese smartphone app will allow fans to send virtual cheers and jeers to sports stadiums in the hope of creating atmosphere at matches played behind closed doors due to coronavirus.

Coronavirus edges Greece closer to e-governance

Athens - The coronavirus crisis has forced Greece to take rapid steps to computerise its lumbering civil service and belatedly introduce e-governance in one of the EU's worst digital laggards, experts say.

Huawei's ambitions unbowed despite US pressure

Shenzhen - Construction cranes at Huawei's headquarters busily expand an already massive faux-European campus that Walt Disney would envy, as well as an in-house "university" that trains the Chinese telecom giant's growing global workforce.

Australia watchdog suggests news boycott of Google, Facebook

Sydney - Australia's competition watchdog suggested Tuesday that local media could organise a "collective boycott" of Google and Facebook to force the tech giants to pay for news they put on their platforms.

Uber says slashing jobs and trimming investment

San Francisco - Uber on Monday announced it is cutting a quarter of its global workforce and trimming investment to survive the financial hit to its business from the coronavirus pandemic.

China tells US to stop 'unreasonable suppression' of Huawei

Bejing - Beijing has urged the United States to stop the "unreasonable suppression of Huawei and Chinese enterprises" after Washington announced new export controls to restrict the tech giant's access to semiconductor technology.

Bitcoin world faces 'halving': what's happening?

London - Bitcoin miners, whose computer processors enable the running of the world's most popular virtual currency, will soon face an event that takes place every four years and alters the profitability of the hi-tech industry.

Game world star PewDiePie signs exclusive deal with YouTube

San Francisco - YouTube on Monday announced that streaming star PewDiePie will make the Google-owned video platform his exclusive online stage.

Digital video game spending hits record high under virus lockdown

San Francisco - Spending on digital video games hit a record high $10 billion in March as people stuck at home under coronavirus lockdowns turned to gaming, market tracker SuperData reported on Thursday.Money spent on major console games leapt to $1.

Netflix sees record sign-ups during pandemic lockdowns

San Francisco - Netflix on Tuesday reported soaring profits as subscriptions surged by almost 16 million at the streaming television service during lockdowns to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Virus upends outsourcing as firms 'reshore', embrace AI

Mumbai - Coronavirus is permanently shaking up the global outsourcing industry as lockdowns from Bangalore to Manila prompt firms to "reshore" jobs and, with AI, to move further away from needing humans at all.

Q&A: Sigma Computing — An insight into a data-driven startup Special

How do you found a tech startup and gain the necessary funding to expand the business? And what can a data-driven venture offer to other companies? We speak to Sigma's CEO Rob Woollen to find out.

Some tech tips to increase productivity while working from home

For many, unused to home working, being away from the office can be challenging, especially in terms of time management and accessing different types of software designed to facilitate remote working.

How cloud giants are fighting against coronavirus Special

Several leading cloud giants launched programs to assist orgs and encourage developers to address COVID-19 concerns. Expert Colin Dawes looks into the different strategies being considered.

The IT anomaly in a coronavirus downturn Special

Post-coronavirus, it’s unclear what our world will look like. Many expect IT spending to only increase by 1% in 2020 in response to a coronavirus-fueled recession, but there are also reports that cloud computing services specifically will fare.

Facebook feature lets people reach out for help in pandemic

San Francisco - Facebook on Tuesday activated a feature allowing people impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to reach out for help from their community.

Coronavirus fallout revives talk of 'universal basic income'

Stockton - The scoffed-at idea of paying everyone a basic income as machines take people's jobs is getting a fresh look as a possible remedy for economies cratered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Crowdsourced virtual supercomputer revs up virus research

Washington - Gamers, bitcoin "miners" and companies large and small have teamed up for an unprecedented data-crunching effort that aims to harness idle computing power to accelerate research for a coronavirus treatment.

Nintendo online gaming network back after major outage

Apo - Gamers breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday after the end of a network outage that affected Nintendo's online games, with internet-based systems under increasing pressure from people staying home over coronavirus.

New international standard for descriptive metadata launched

A new international standard for descriptive metadata has been published by the International Standards Organizations (ISO), seeking to harmonize the approach adopted by different industries globally.

Google vs EU: a decade-long saga goes to court

Apo - Google and the EU have a big day in court Wednesday as the search engine giant enters a new phase of a legal saga that began a decade ago.The Silicon Valley juggernaut is appealing a 2.4 billion euro ($2.

Interview: Cloud’s biggest threat? The customers who use it Special

The cloud computing market is growing rapidly, backed by major players like Google and Amazon. However impactful, companies need to consider the cybersecurity risks involved in gravitating to the cloud. A security consultant provides an overview.

China turns to AI, data in fight against virus

Bejing - A man who had travelled to Wuhan -- the central city at the heart of China's coronavirus crisis –- was surprised when police showed up at his door after he returned home, asking to check his temperature.
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