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What Is Tencent?

August 08 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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Based in Shenzhen and founded in 1998, the Chinese company Tencent enjoys huge popularity - and profits - in China.

Its cute penguin symbol is as familiar to Chinese children as the McDonalds "golden arches" logo is to children in the West, says the BBC's China media analyst Kerry Allen.

"Tencent is thought of as so much more than just a Chinese company in China - it has...
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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Z Fold 2 And Note 20 Smartphones

August 06 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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Samsung has tackled one of the biggest criticisms of its original folding-screen smartphone by giving the new version a much bigger external display for use when it is closed.

The original Galaxy Fold's "cover screen" was a relatively small 4.6in, leading to claims it was fiddly to use.

By contrast, the Galaxy Z Fold 2's external screen is 6.2in - the same as the best-selling Galaxy S2...
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Two New Realme Smartphones And A Watch Hit Market

August 05 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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Chinese technology brand realme has recently launched two new smartphones and a watch for the Bangladesh market.

The first set Realme C11—the company's latest addition to the C series—comes with nightscape mode dual artificial intelligence run camera. The device equipped with a 5,000 mAh battery and a 6.5-inch display bears a price tag of Tk 8,990.

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Google-Fitbit Takeover: EU Launches Full-Scale Probe

August 05 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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The European Commission will carry out a full-scale probe into Google's takeover of Fitbit.

The announcement follows a preliminary review, and threatens to derail the purchase of the fitness-tracking firm.

It comes despite Google's offer last month to not use Fitbit's health data for ad targeting.

Google's parent company Alphabet agreed a $2.1bn (£1.6bn) takeover o...
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TikTok Launches $200 Mn 'Creator Fund'

July 30 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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TikTok unveiled plans for a $200 million "creator fund" to add content from emerging social media personalities to the fast-growing video-sharing app.

The new US fund will "help support ambitious creators who are seeking opportunities to...
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Coronavirus: Kodak Pivots Itself To Become Strategic Drug Maker

July 29 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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Better known for making cameras, Kodak has moved into drug making and has just secured a $765m (£592m) loan from the US government.

The fallen giant of the photography industry will make ingredients used in generic drugs to help fight the coronavirus.

Announcing the loan, the US government said it wanted to reduce dependency on foreign countries for medical supplies.

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Big Tech And Antitrust: Where Things Stand

July 28 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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The four major tech firms whose chief executives are testifying at a congressional antitrust hearing face a variety of complaints about their dominance in the US and elsewhere.

Investigations are being led by antitrust enforcers at...
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Twitter Says Hackers Saw Messages From 36 Accounts, Including Netherlands Official

July 27 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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Twitter said on Wednesday that the hackers who breached its systems last week likely read the direct messages of 36 accounts, including one belonging to an elected official in the Netherlands.

In tweets from its support account and an updated blog post, Twitter said it had no indication that the private messages of any other elected officials were obtained.

Twitter previously...
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Intel's Next-Generation 7nm Chips Delayed Until 2022

July 27 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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Intel says the production of its next-generation chips will be set back until 2022, following years of delays getting its current-generation chips on sale.READ MORE

Xbox Cloud Gaming Service To Debut In September

July 26 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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Microsoft said Thursday its cloud video game service will debut in September as a feature available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers

"We're bringing Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud together at no additional cost for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members," Xbox team head Phil Spencer said in a post.

"With cloud gaming in Game Pass Ultimate, you will be able to play over 100 Xb...
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US Unveils Blueprint For Quantum Internet

July 26 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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US officials and scientists have begun laying the groundwork for a more secure "virtually unhackable" internet based on quantum computing technology.

At a presentation Thursday, Department of Energy (DOE) officials issued a report that lays out a blueprint s...
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Amazon, Google And Wish Remove Neo-Nazi Products

July 25 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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Amazon, Google and Wish have removed neo-Nazi and white-supremacist products being sold on their platforms following an investigation by BBC Click.

White-supremacist flags, neo-Nazi books and Ku Klux Klan merchandise were all available for sale.

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Apple To Remove Carbon From Supply Chain, Products By 2030

July 22 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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Apple Inc said on Tuesday it plans to remove carbon emissions from its entire business, including its products and sprawling supply chain, over the next decade.

The iPhone maker said its global corporate operations such as offices and data centres are already carbon neutral bu...
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GP Introduces Portable Pocket Router

July 21 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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To address the growing need for home office and remote working solutions, Grameenphone has introduced a new LTE pocket router (MF927U) that enables 4G LTE mobile data access f...
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Coronavirus: England's Test And Trace Programme 'Breaks GDPR Data Law

July 20 2020 | TW News Correspondent

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Privacy campaigners say England's test and trace programme has broken a key data protection law.

The Department of Health has conceded that the initiative to trace contacts of people infected with Covid-19 was launched without carrying out an assessment of its impact on privacy.

The Open Rights Group (ORG) says the admission means the initiative has been unlawful since it began on 28 May.

It involves peopl...
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