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Coronavirus: Smartphone Sales Collapse Amid Pandemic

March 21 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Sales of new phones have collapsed in the biggest fall since the invention of the smartphone.

Research firm Strategy Analytics said shipments in February fell by 38% year-on-year. The outbreak of the coronavirus in China had a huge impact, report author Linda Sui said. "Some Asian factories were unab...
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Facebook Content Moderators Paid to Work from Home

March 19 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Facebook will pay its third-party US content moderators to work from home.

On a call with reporters, Facebook's chief Mark Zuckerberg said the contract workers would still get their full salaries even if they were unable to do all their normal tasks. The company will also increas...
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Coronavirus: Social Giants Police Web with AI as Staff Sent Home

March 18 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Major websites are turning to automatic systems to moderate content as they tell their staff to work from home.

YouTube, Twitter and Facebook are all relying on artificial intelligence and automated tools to find problematic material on t...
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Apple's New Powerbeats 4 Show Up Early at Walmart

March 16 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Apple still hasn't announced the Powerbeats 4, but one Walmart store doesn't care to wait any longer and decided to start selling the earbuds before they're official.

9to5Mac reports that Twitter user @eddiezus spotted the product in Rochester, New York. He didn't purchase a unit, but the shared photograph (seen above) reveals Apple plans to roll out three colors....
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Tech Tent: Controlling Coronavirus with Apps

March 15 2020 | TW News Correspondent

It's the first pandemic of the smartphone era - and that means governments have access to new ways of tracking the spread of Covid-19.

On this week's Tech Tent, we find out about the apps that are monitoring people with the virus and look at whether they pose a long-term threat to civil liberties.

In South Korea, the authorities have created an app that lets them know whether peo...
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Apple's WWDC Annual Showcase Cancelled in Favour of Online Event

March 14 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Apple's annual showcase, the Worldwide Developers Conference, has been cancelled in favour of an online-only event.

"The current health situation has required that we create a new WWDC 2020 format," Apple said in a statement. The June conference is often...
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Google Tells Staff to Work at Home Due to Coronavirus

March 12 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Google's parent company Alphabet has asked its North American staff to work from home to reduce the potential spread of the coronavirus.

Last week the tech giant sent a memo to staff recommending that employees in Washington state work from home. It has now expand...
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Microsoft Takes Down Global Zombie Bot Network

March 11 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Microsoft has said it was part of a team that dismantled an international network of zombie bots.

The network call Necurs infected over nine million computers and one of the world's largest botnets. Necurs was responsible for multiple criminal scams including stealing personal information and sending fake pharmaceutical emails. Cyber-criminal...
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Amazon's Just Walk Out Till-Free Tech Offered to Rivals

March 10 2020 | TW News Correspondent

Amazon is offering its till-less technology to other High Street shops, just over two years after launching it via its own Go Grocery chain.

Go Grocery shoppers scan a smartphone app as they arrive, allowing them to pay via their main Amazon accounts. It has now adapted its Just Walk Out system for other retailers so shoppers register a payment card on ent...
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