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Apr 25, 2019
The US government has repeatedly asked for the Federal Trade Commission to make Facebook take responsibility for the privacy issues it has presented over the years. The company agreed with the FTC back in 2011 to improve its security measures against privacy breaches under threats of getting fined. The FTC has spoken about a $3 billion fine against Facebook due to the Cambridge Analytica scandal where more than 87 million people were affected. Many see the amount of money as minimal and inconsequential for a company that is worth tens of billions of dollars. The Congress cited the EU as a model after their $15 billion fine against Apple for tax evasion.
Apr 25, 2019
After the Indian government had banned new users from downloading the app due to 'cultural degradation' and explicit content being shown, TikTok is now available for download again after government officials lifted the ban. The app's spokesperson stated that the company lost over $500,000 for each day the ban was in place. Lawyers say the app can continue its business in the country as long as nudity is blocked from the app; TikTok has said that they have the technology to prevent it from happening. The security features on the app will be improved and taken into consideration from now on, says parent company ByteDance.
Apr 25, 2019
Regulators from Canada have reported that Facebook broke the privacy laws set by the government by mismanaging users' personal information. Authorities are taking the company to court regarding its enduring problems with the private information of users who have entrusted them with it, and regulators are expecting a court order to make the company face the consequences. Facebook did not have consent to meddle with the information of several users in the country. After the Cambridge analytica scandal, governments around the world have been more strict with Facebook and its allowance in the countries' territories. Facebook has stated that the allegations are false and is restating its compliance with US laws.
Apr 25, 2019
The CEO of Verizon, Hans Vestberg, stated in a press release that Samsung's next Galaxy Note would be compatible with the new 5G connection like its sister device Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. It was also announced that LG's 5G device LG V50 ThinQ will also be available with Verizon. Tech companies are waiting for the release of the Galaxy Note to see how well it can perform in the early stages of the 5G era; other carriers are also planning on releasing 5G compatible devices to enter the new market. Verizon had recently announced the addition of 20 more cities with 5G coverage and compatible devices.
Apr 25, 2019
A report from the Self-reliance office of the US shows that Amazon has been terminating employee contracts over ineffective productivity, a term that is used for when the automatized system reads the employee's work as not enough. Several workers at the warehouses across the US say that the standard for productivity is rigorous, and they skip mandatory breaks to meet the system's levels of productivity. The 'time off task' feature notifies the supervisor about the workers' away time. Amazon has stated that hundreds of employees are terminated this way; over 10% of the company's personnel is fired annually. The automatic system can be overridden by supervisors but is mostly left to work by itself.
Apr 25, 2019
Slack's vision to delete emails from the business environment has not been achieved, but that doesn't stop the company from creating useful features for its users. Users can now contact people who aren't in the app by bridging different messaging services like Hangouts directly to their Slack account; a history track will be recorded for whenever that person decides to join Slack. For business meeting or events, email calendars can now be integrated into the app to let workers know when an event will happen or when someone is available or not. Calls will also be available through Slack and other apps like Zoom or Webex to facilitate the connection between users and non-users.
Apr 25, 2019
The video-messaging company has announced that Bitmoji avatars can scan through the code and linked to the games available on the platform. Games SDK will support the new feature on its games and Snap's in-house PlayCanvas Engine. The previous importing system was used with Bitmoji Kit. Other gaming companies have followed the same approach like Nintendo and the Miis and Xbox and its Xbox Avatars where users can control an avatar that resembles them, which has made players feel more engaged and spend more time on the platform. The company is expecting the feature to be available for PCs, consoles and mobile devices.
Apr 25, 2019
After having more than 20,000 employees quit last November, Google has released an updated document where it states the new guidelines and complaint system for harassment and discrimination in the company. Reports from workers who had indicated that the company hadn't been paying attention to harassment in the offices now have met an official answer from Google. Some of the employees who resigned last year said they are facing retaliation from executives; the company has responded by saying that the actions that were taken were not considered retaliation. The diversity office at Google encourages employees to inform company officials for a better outcome.
Apr 25, 2019
The amount of people who wish to upgrade their phones to the latest technology has been in decline for the past years, but both Verizon and AT&T are reporting the levels have hit an all-time low for each carrier. Big phone manufacturers like Apple and Samsung have attempted to compensate for the lack of upgrades by creating new hardware with more enticing features along with the new 5g connection. Both carriers and manufacturers will benefit from the new era of 5G connection since new equipment is necessary for its use. Tech experts say the prices that companies set on the new phones will be a significant factor that will influence consumers on upgrading or buying the products at all.
Apr 25, 2019
The carrier has announced that 20 more cities will get the long-awaited 5G connection along with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. Densely populated cities in the US like Houston, Dallas and Detroit will get the service, while rural areas will have to wait for the service since it is still in the early stages. First-testers have stated that the millimeter wave of the service is not able to penetrate materials, making the coverage very unstable; the connection is only fluid on designated hotspots by Verizon. The company has offered affordable trade-ins to counterweight the cost of the S10 5G and convince customers to buy it.
Apr 24, 2019
Nintendo has unveiled plans for a cheaper version of their successful Nintendo Switch which registered 17.5 million consoles sold last year. Tech experts say the new console could bring a small upgrade from the original without making any drastic changes. The docking system could be eliminated to focus on the mobile feature. To reach its goal of selling 20 million consoles, Nintendo could be releasing this more affordable option for avid gamers. The company has done this before with the release of the 2D console, a cheaper version of the 3DS. Executives from Nintendo haven't released any statements on the possibility it could launch an upgraded version of the Switch.
Apr 24, 2019
Ford Motor Company has invested $500 million in Rivian's EV startup technology to use its array of flexible skateboard platforms that include battery packs, electric drivetrains, and electrical architecture. Ford is excited about the breakthrough this new technology could bring to the industry. This investment won't affect the established plans of the electrical F-150 and Mustang crossover. Rivian had previously announced a collaboration with Amazon worth $700 million as the electric automaker has made deals with different car companies, many of which haven't been disclosed to the public. Experts say that the skateboard designed by Rivian will introduce exciting opportunities to the market.
Apr 24, 2019
Rumors of new AirPods had died down with the release of the AirPods 2 last month, but they have now come back after a report from tech bloggers stated that two new versions could arrive this year. Some rumored features for the AirPods are the noise-canceling tech that was expected to be included in the second generation; an improved wireless chip as well as an increased battery life. A second version of the third generation could have new form-factor; the details for this new form haven't been disclosed, but the price is expected to climb to at least $215. The new Airpods could also have health-monitoring features and be waterproof.
Apr 24, 2019
Any user who wants to host an event can now set a date and time for it, and the page will take care of notifying the viewers about it. The new feature is called 'Event,' and it will be a type of post that will let moderators manage the forums for TV shows, movies or breaking news in a way that is easier for viewers to follow. A partner feature called 'Collections' will also be released so that the moderator can show the most relevant posts or blogs about a topic to the people who are attending the event.
Apr 24, 2019
Apple CEO Tim Cook has stated in a recent interview with Times that regulation from the government is necessary when it comes to data privacy. After the recent leaks of private user information on several websites, Cook is encouraging the government to take actions similar to Europe where data privacy rules are now in full effect. Apple is also working on improving its data privacy guidelines and policies since the US government does not take part in corporate policies. Other companies have funded a PAC (political action committee), but Apple is one of the few that doesn't, believing in the current system.
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