Category: Technology

Technology admin November 2, 2021

TikTok to be in US congressional hotseat over school-trashing content

The TikTok logo is pictured outside the company's US head office in Culver City, California, US, Sept 15, 2020. REUTERS TikTok will face questions about content that may have led children and teens to steal from or vandalise school bathrooms and other facilities when it and other large social media companies appear before United States’s Congress on Tuesday. In setting a hearing focused on TikTok, Alphabet's YouTube and Snapchat, the Senate Commerce Committee said the popular apps have "been misused to harm kids and promote destructive acts, such as vandalism in schools, deadly viral challenges, bullying, eating disorders, manipulative influencer

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Lifestyle admin November 2, 2021

Anonymity no more? Age checks come to the web

The site said Errington, who is older than 50, needed to prove that he was old enough to watch “Space Is the Place,” a 1974 movie starring jazz musician Sun Ra. He had three options: Enter his credit card information, upload a photo identification such as a passport, or skip the video. “I decided that it wasn’t worth the stress,” he said. In response to mounting pressure from activists, parents and regulators who believe tech companies haven’t done enough to protect children online, businesses and governments around the globe are placing major parts of the internet behind stricter digital age

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Lifestyle admin November 2, 2021

Facebook renames itself Meta

A still image from video provided by Facebook shows Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, announcing an overhaul, de-emphasizing Facebook’s name and rebranding itself as Meta. Zuckerberg has been committed to building the “metaverse,” a composite universe melding online, virtual and augmented worlds that people can seamlessly traverse. (Facebook via The New York Times) No longer. On Thursday, the social networking giant took an unmistakable step toward an overhaul, de-emphasising Facebook’s name and rebranding itself as Meta. The change comes with a new logo designed like an infinity-shaped symbol, slightly askew, almost like a pretzel. Facebook, Instagram and other apps will

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Technology admin November 2, 2021

How a mistake by YouTube shows its power over media

Inside the offices the news group Novara Media in London on Oct. 27, 2021, which which had its YouTube channel removed without warning by the video platform. YouTube deletes nearly 2,000 channels every hour in its battle against misinformation, financial scams, nudity, hate speech and other material that it says violates its policies. But the rules are opaque and sometimes arbitrarily, or mistakenly, enforced. Andrew Testa/The New York Times The email subject line that arrived at 10:19 am Tuesday carried some of the worst information a small online news outlet can receive: “Novara Media we have removed your channel from

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Lifestyle admin November 2, 2021

How Apple is gaining smartphone customers during a chip shortage

Higher iPhone shipments helped Apple gain at least 3% market share in global smartphones in the third quarter, even as overall shipments shrunk by about 6% due to the chip shortage, according to data from market research firms Counterpoint, IDC and Canalys. Given how closely tech companies guard smartphone sales data, the shipment figures are the best indication of who customers prefer. "We are expecting another massive quarter for Apple and our expectation is they'll take a similar 20% shipment share in calendar year Q4," Counterpoint analyst Tarun Pathak said. Apple has weathered the supply crunch better than many other

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Technology admin November 2, 2021

Apple cuts iPad production to feed chips to iPhone 13: Nikkei

Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, introduces the iPhone 11 in Cupertino, Calif., on Sept. 10, 2019. Apple is the first US company to reach $2 trillion in value, capping a staggering ascent that began in the coronavirus pandemic. Jim Wilson/The New York Times Apple Inc has cut back production of iPad tablets to allocate more components to the iPhone 13, a sign the global chip supply crunch is hitting Apple harder than previously indicated, Nikkei said on Tuesday, citing multiple sources. Production of the iPad was down half from Apple's original plans for the past two months, the newspaper said

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Technology admin November 2, 2021

Amazon to launch first two internet satellites in 2022

The first two prototype satellites from Project Kuiper, the internet-from-space venture from the e-commerce giant, are scheduled to launch in the fourth quarter of 2022, Amazon announced Monday. That will formally kick off its competition with SpaceX, the space company owned by Elon Musk, and OneWeb, among other rivals, for beaming high-speed internet connections to customers from low Earth orbit. It will also be a crucial test of the satellites’ design before the company launches thousands more devices into orbit. Amazon first announced its goal of deploying a constellation of 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit in 2019. This was

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