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German Corona virus Tracing App Downloaded 6.5 Million Times In 24 Hours

June 24 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Germany’s smartphone app to help trace coronavirus infections has been downloaded 6.5 million times in the first 24 hours since its launch, the chief executive of software company SAP said on Wednesday.


Microsoft Abandons Gaming App In Facebook Deal

June 23 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Microsoft has decided to close its Mixer livestreaming service and is partnering with Facebook Gaming instead.

Mixer made headlines last year when it signed a reportedly multi-million dollar exclusivity deal with Ninja, a big star on rival platform Twitch.

But despite the investment, Microsoft says the...

Google Chrome Users May Have Been Impacted By A Massive Spying Campaign

June 21 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Google Chrome extensions downloaded more than 32 million times were used to spy on the popular browser's users in a massive global surveillance campaign, according to a new report.

The report, from cybersecurity firm Awake Security, found at least 111 "malicious or fake" Chrome extensions capable of taking screenshots, stealing login credentials and capturing passwords as users typed them. The campaign...

Coronavirus: New Covid-19 Tracing Tool Appears on Smartphones

June 20 2020 | TW News Correspondent

A Covid-19 tracing software tool has appeared in the settings of both Android phones and iPhones as part of an update of their operating systems.

The "exposure notification" tool is switched off by default, and is not a tracing app itself.

It enables an app to run in the background while still using Bluetooth.

This lets the app measure the distance between two handsets - and then alert the ph...

Eric Schmidt: Huawei Has Engaged in Unacceptable Practices

June 18 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Huawei poses challenges to national security and has engaged in unacceptable acts, Google's former boss Eric Schmidt has told the BBC.

But he says the West should respond by competing with China and its technologies, rather than disengaging.

Mr Schmidt now chairs the Pentagon's Defence Innovation Board.

The UK is currently reviewing whether to continue letting Huawei hel...

Apple Faces Two EU Anti-Competition Probes

June 17 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Apple faces two European Commission probes into whether it has broken competition rules.

One investigation centres on iPad and iPhones being limited to installing apps from Apple's own App Store, among other restrictions imposed on third-party developers.

The other involves Apple Pay, with one issue bei...

Babylon Health Admits GP App Suffered a Data Breach

June 10 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Babylon Health has acknowledged that its GP video appointment app has suffered a data breach.

The firm was alerted to the problem after one of its users discovered he had been given access to dozens of video recordings of other patients' consultations. A follow-up check by Babylon revealed a small number of further UK users could also see others...

Huawei Launches Media Blitz as UK Weighs Its Role in 5G Networks

June 08 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Huawei is launching a newspaper and internet campaign to mark 20 years of business in the UK.

In an open letter to the public, the Chinese telecoms company says it is "as committed as ever" to provide "the best equipment" to the UK's 5G mobile and full-fibre broadband providers.

It comes amid a new security review ...

Coronavirus: Huawei Warns UK Against 5G U-Turn After Pandemic

April 13 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Chinese telecoms company Huawei has warned that disrupting its involvement in the rollout of 5G would do Britain "a disservice".

In January, the UK government approved a limited role for Huawei in building the country's new data networks. But in March, a backbench rebellion within the Conservative party&...