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TikTok secretly accesses users' data, Apple catches it red-handed TikTok secretly accesses users' data, Apple catches it red-handed
- July 01, 2020

MacRumors confirmed that the TikTok app no longer appears to be accessing the clipboard after the update was installed. China's Bytedance , owner of TikTok , stated the problem is tied to an outdated advertising SDK . Apple does not support or control these sites and could decide to take legal action against these sites and their users. A novel feature in the new iOS iteration shows users a warning every time an app reads clipboard contents. (more...)
OnePlus Nord Announced Officially, Pricing Teased to Be Under $500 OnePlus Nord Announced Officially, Pricing Teased to Be Under $500
- July 01, 2020

Beyond that, however, the only firm detail we have is a comment from OnePlus CEO Pete Lau saying "Nord will be our first product below $500 in recent years". The goal is to offer a premium OnePlus experience that will be accessible to more users. For an affordable phone, it makes loads of sense for OnePlus to target India with this phone. (more...)
US FCC Classifies Huawei and ZTE as Security Threats, Cuts off Funding US FCC Classifies Huawei and ZTE as Security Threats, Cuts off Funding
- July 01, 2020

None of these issues have particularly pressing importance at the moment, but the declaration does come as the culmination of a federal process to exclude and purge products from Huawei and ZTE from the wireless grid, especially in rural regions. (more...)
Google Photos Disables Auto-Backup for WhatsApp Photos and Videos Google Photos Disables Auto-Backup for WhatsApp Photos and Videos
- July 01, 2020

Don't fret, though; if you're clever, you can reenable the auto-backup option for all of your device's photo folders. A Google employee has just confirmed that the Google Photos app will disable automatic backup & syncing of media from messaging apps. (more...)
IPhone 12 won't be bundled with earbuds or charger, says analyst IPhone 12 won't be bundled with earbuds or charger, says analyst
- July 01, 2020

According to Ice Universe, a well-known Twitter leaker, Apple's incoming 2020 iPhone flagships - AKA the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max - will feature 120Hz ProMotion displays. The current 5W and 18W chargers will be discontinued, with the iPhone 12 only shipping with a USB to lighting cable. Curiously, blue was dropped from the iPhone 11 line-up despite being available for the iPhone XR. (more...)
Amid ban by Indian govt, TikTok denies sharing user data with China Amid ban by Indian govt, TikTok denies sharing user data with China
- July 01, 2020

On Tuesday, the head of TikTok India issued a statement saying the firm has "not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese government". India's Minister for Electronics and Information Technology and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the step was taken for "safety, security, defence, sovereignty and integrity of India". (more...)
READ: Supreme Court’s full decision on Louisiana’s abortion restriction READ: Supreme Court’s full decision on Louisiana’s abortion restriction
- June 30, 2020

In one of the four dissenting opinions on the case, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that the Supreme Court has "neither jurisdiction nor constitutional authority to declare Louisiana's duly enacted law unconstitutional". Yet earlier this month the court expanded equal protection rights to gay and transgender people, and sustained protections for certain undocumented immigrants that President Trump had sought to end. (more...)
McGrath wins primary to set up showdown with McConnell McGrath wins primary to set up showdown with McConnell
- June 30, 2020

McGrath gained the support of several establishment Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), making her an initial favorite in the race combined with a large fundraising advantage over Booker . Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of MA, along with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY. However, unlike some of her Democrat challengers, she opposes Medicare-for-all. (more...)
Twitch Suspends Donald Trump For Hateful Conduct
- June 30, 2020

Trump remains active on Twitter. The Amazon-owned streaming platform has temporarily suspended President Trump's account for 'hateful conduct'. The ban on President Trump's account is temporary. Reddit CEO Steve Huffman on Monday said the site's new rules go against the spirit of the First Amendment, but they were necessary to implement for Reddit's overall wellbeing. (more...)
Apple gets serious about gaming on the iPad Apple gets serious about gaming on the iPad
- June 30, 2020

While not covered in the report, we imagine that the two new iPads will house the most recent A-series chip - the A14 - offering an upgrade to the current models' A12. The analyst claimed that this will be a refresh to the iPad Mini, which was last refreshed early previous year. The 8.5-inch device, however, should be the new iPad mini. (more...)
PR Newswire - Tencent Games Unveils New Games and Partnership at Annual Conference PR Newswire - Tencent Games Unveils New Games and Partnership at Annual Conference
- June 30, 2020

Seeing that TiMi is well-known for mostly selling cosmetics in Call of Duty Mobile , I would hope a similar monetization scheme is planned for Metal Slug Code: J , but with Tencent attached, you never really know how these things will pan out. (more...)
Android Flagships Might Become Even More Expensive in 2021 Android Flagships Might Become Even More Expensive in 2021
- June 30, 2020

In the meantime, the company is expected to release a Snapdragon 865+ next month. Android flagships have been nearly ridiculously priced this year, with traditionally affordable premium phones from Xiaomi and OnePlus all seeing significant jumps in prices, relative to their predecessors. (more...)
Microsoft quietly released its own undelete utility for Windows 10 Microsoft quietly released its own undelete utility for Windows 10
- June 30, 2020

Every program you install to a drive after accidentally deleting a file reduces the likelihood that it can be restored, because the data can get permanently overwritten. Enter 'TargetReleaseVersion' as the name and set its value to 1. It doesn't work for small files. There are many file recovery apps available, but if you're a casual user who's already been shaken up by losing an important file or folder, deciding which one to trust can be a hard decision. (more...)
Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion law restricting providers
- June 30, 2020

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Louisiana's tough restriction on abortion violates the Constitution, a surprising victory for abortion rights advocates from an increasingly conservative court. Kennedy was later succeeded by conservative Trump appointee Justice Brett Kavanaugh , and conservatives hoped that this time around, the decision would swing in their favor. (more...)
Redmi 7A gets MIUI 11.0.1.0 (Android 10) Stable Update in India Redmi 7A gets MIUI 11.0.1.0 (Android 10) Stable Update in India
- June 30, 2020

The brand has rolled out the MIUI 12 update to the Redmi K20 smartphone in the country. This new update comes with version MIUI 11 .0.1.0.QCMINXM and weighs approx. MIUI 12 brings New System Animations, Icons, and Fonts, New Control Center, Improved navigation gestures, New App drawer, Live Wallpapers, Better Animations, Floating Windows, Forced Dark Mode, Improved Health Features and much more. (more...)
India bans Tiktok among 59 apps, mostly Chinese India bans Tiktok among 59 apps, mostly Chinese
- June 30, 2020

However, internet service providers such as Jio, Airtel, and Vodafone said they have not received any order from the government to ban these applications, sources said. Further, if we are requested to in the future, we could not do so. Chinese casualties are unknown. India's decision comes as its troops are in a tense standoff with Chinese soldiers in eastern Ladakh in the Himalayas that started last month. (more...)
India bans TikTok after Himalayan border clash with Chinese troops India bans TikTok after Himalayan border clash with Chinese troops
- June 30, 2020

The ban is also expected to be a big stumbling block for firms such as Beijing-based Bytedance which had plans to invest $1bn in India, open a local data centre, and had recently ramped up hiring in the country. The Indian Ministry of Information Technology also revealed that it had received an "exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps" from both the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center and the Ministry of Home Affairs. (more...)
786 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Illinois, IDPH reports 786 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Illinois, IDPH reports
- June 30, 2020

Laboratories in the 24-hour period ending at 2pm Friday reported 30,245 specimens, with a preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests at 3%. Public health officials have confirmed 857 new cases of coronavirus in IL in the past day, including 39 additional deaths. Of those now hospitalized, 373 were in the ICU and 193 were on ventilators. (more...)
Musk Tells Tesla Employees Breaking Even in 2Q Will Be Tight Musk Tells Tesla Employees Breaking Even in 2Q Will Be Tight
- June 30, 2020

Tesla shares rose 5.2% to close at $1,009.35 on the Nasdaq on Monday. Tesla is expected to announce its second-quarter delivery numbers this week, with industry analysts predicting everything from a 25 per cent decline year-on-year, to a record-breaking increase despite factory closures and delays. (more...)
Google, Apple approach govt to use contact-tracing API in Aarogya Setu Google, Apple approach govt to use contact-tracing API in Aarogya Setu
- June 30, 2020

However, the API will not function in India as the Centre's COVID app-Aarogya Setu-is not compatible with the "Exposure Notification" solution. The two main differences between Aarogya Setu app and an app based on Google-Apple API are going to be related to effectiveness and privacy. (more...)

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