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Amazon doubles profit in Q2; spends more than $4B on COVID-19 Amazon doubles profit in Q2; spends more than $4B on COVID-19
- August 03, 2020

Obviously, the company that benefitted most from the "new normal" is e-tail giant Amazon, Inc. "Operating income is expected to be between $2.0 billion and $5.0 billion, compared with $3.2 billion in third quarter 2019". Bezos said earlier this week that Amazon now directly employs over a million people. Amazon also spent more than $4 billion on a variety of initiatives to assist employees in dealing with COVID-19 and ensure packages continued to reach customers in as timely a manner as ... (more...)
Sad news about Microsoft Cortana came Sad news about Microsoft Cortana came
- August 02, 2020

But on Friday, Microsoft said it would begin phasing out the voice assistant for Android and iOS in the United States in early 2021. Cortana will also stop working on the Harman Kardon Invoke , which is the only smart speaker ever to support Cortana in the first place. (more...)
Netflix Is Rolling Out Its Playback Speed Controls Tomorrow Netflix Is Rolling Out Its Playback Speed Controls Tomorrow
- August 02, 2020

In 2018, Google added a 1.75X playback option to YouTube . Speaking of Netflix , subscribers need to adjust the speed before they start viewing every video. Keela Robison, Netflix's VP of product innovation told The Verge that the deaf and blind community have, however, been requesting such a feature for the longest time. (more...)
CD Projekt Red Confirm There's No Beta Plans For Cyberpunk 2077 CD Projekt Red Confirm There's No Beta Plans For Cyberpunk 2077
- August 02, 2020

No matter how much we all want to access this game now (and to hang out with Keanu Reeves), it's very important that we all remember, Cyberpunk 2077 does not have a beta. During the Night City Wire stream CD Projekt Red announced Cyberpunk 2077 - Edgerunners, a collaboration with Studio Trigger in Japan and Netflix to create an original anime series set in the Cyberpunk 2077 universe. (more...)
TikTok’s Chinese owner offers to forego stake to clinch United States deal TikTok’s Chinese owner offers to forego stake to clinch United States deal
- August 02, 2020

It is believed that the deal is also allowing for some ByteDance investors the opportunity to retain minority shareholders of the new business. In an official statement, the White House said: "The administration has very serious national security concerns over TikTok ". (more...)
Telstra Malicious Traffic Attack: Australian User "Rubbish Customer"
- August 02, 2020

The company blamed a Denial of Service attack (DoS), in which the company's Domain Name Servers were maliciously overloaded to the point that people's internet just stopped working. "Your info isn't at risk", the company tweeted . Sorry to mess with your Sunday plans. The issue is now resolved, and the telco has backpedalled on the cyber attack claim. (more...)
Hyper Scape Coming to Xbox and PlayStation in August Hyper Scape Coming to Xbox and PlayStation in August
- August 02, 2020

Hyper Scape was first launched on July 2 as a technical test and then into open beta for PC on July 12. For one, eleven guns and eleven hacks are set to debut. Now, the Hyper Scape Season 1 Release Date for PC and Consoles has been revealed. The Vote on Events feature that provide viewers real-time impact on the battle gets extended in Season one with a new event card called "Lethal Melee". (more...)
New Battletoads Game Arrives for Xbox One, Windows PCs on August 20 New Battletoads Game Arrives for Xbox One, Windows PCs on August 20
- August 02, 2020

Dlala Studios and Rare's Battletoads Xbox One and PC game has a release date. For those unaware, the original Battletoads game is (in) famous for its difficulty. It even shows what the Turbo Tunnel-like segments will be like and how they use a new viewpoint when you're seeing the action from behind. The new art style didn't really look as edgy as the Battletoads themselves, and overall tone of the game is supposed to be, but there were still some fans that were willing to give the ... (more...)
Apple CEO Cook Says Pandemic Hurting iPhone More Than Macs, iPad Apple CEO Cook Says Pandemic Hurting iPhone More Than Macs, iPad
- August 02, 2020

Despite the global coronavirus pandemic that has crippled retailers forced to close shops indefinitely, Apple managed to post an 11 percent jump in revenue to $59.7 billion, above the $52.2 billion Wall Street was forecasting. That growth was due in part to a strong launch of the new iPad Pro (2020 ) and the MacBook Air . " In uncertain times, this performance is a testament to the important role our products play in our customers' lives and to Apple's relentless innovation ", he said ... (more...)
Apple Watch Series 6 to Feature Blood Oxygen Monitoring Apple Watch Series 6 to Feature Blood Oxygen Monitoring
- August 02, 2020

If you are thinking of buying a smart watch for Christmas, the best option you will have on the market will be the Apple Watch Series 6, and more considering that two great expected features have been leaked that this smart watch will have, such as the sleep tracking and a blood oxygen sensor . (more...)
Samsung UV Sterilizer with wireless charging now in India Samsung UV Sterilizer with wireless charging now in India
- August 02, 2020

Samsung has introduced a brand new UV Sterilizer instrument which it claims will lend a hand to stay your smartphone and comparable equipment blank and safe. Moreover, the charging continues even after sanitization is done so that when you pick up your device, you are sure it is disinfected, charged and ready to use. (more...)
Apple assembly partners to take part in India's $6.6B PLI scheme Apple assembly partners to take part in India's $6.6B PLI scheme
- August 02, 2020

Samsung runs what it calls the world's biggest mobile phone manufacturing plant on the outskirts of the Indian capital, New Delhi . Out of these, five global players- Samsung, Foxconn - through two units, Wistron and Pegatron and five domestic players- Lava, Dixon, Micromax, Padget Electronics, Sojo and Optiemus will be aided by the government to develop their manufacturing ecosystem in India. (more...)
Some evacuations as Isaias reaches The Bahamas Some evacuations as Isaias reaches The Bahamas
- August 02, 2020

Saturday, a decline from earlier in the day, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for North of Ocean Reef to south of Boca Raton Florida , Lake Okeechobee, and the Volusia/Flagler County Line to Ponte Vedra Beach Florida The Hurricane Watch from Hallandale Beach to south of Boca Raton Florida has been discontinued. (more...)
Idaho weekly unemployment claims decrease from the previous week Idaho weekly unemployment claims decrease from the previous week
- August 02, 2020

June's rate was 11.1%, down from the 14.7% posted in April when the US economy virtually shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Economists polled by Dow Jones expected initial claims to tick up to 1.45 million. Two-thirds of the claims filed, 829,697, sought the extra $600 a week provided under the CARES Act. OH has received more than 1.5 million new unemployment claims since the pandemic struck, which is more than the combined total for the past three years. (more...)
NASA astronauts head home after historic spaceflight NASA astronauts head home after historic spaceflight
- August 02, 2020

The current preferred splashdown zone is just south of Panama City. In this image from video made available by NASA, astronauts Doug Hurley, left, and Bob Behnken prepare for undocking from the International Space Station , aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule on Saturday, Aug. (more...)
Hong Kong VPN providers accused of exposing personal person facts Hong Kong VPN providers accused of exposing personal person facts
- August 02, 2020

Earlier this month, Comparitech found that the Hong Kong-based VPN provider UFO VPN exposed personal user information. They included plain text passwords, VPN session secrets, IP addresses, connection timestamps, geo-tags, and device and OS characteristics. (more...)
Google Chrome: Autofill passwords and cards is safer Google Chrome: Autofill passwords and cards is safer
- August 02, 2020

So, when you need to purchase something online, the credit card number will be filled out automatically, but you'll have to touch the phone's fingerprint sensor to get the CVC filled out as well. For example, passwords can be more complex and unique for each site or service (making them harder to guess) because you don't have to remember them and, unlike a human, the software also can't easily be tricked into entering them into fake phishing sites, Google says. (more...)
'Completely voluntary' COVID-19 contact tracing app ready for Canadians to download 'Completely voluntary' COVID-19 contact tracing app ready for Canadians to download
- August 02, 2020

The Canadian government said that the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) were consulted to ensure the highest level of privacy for Canadians using the app. (more...)
Apple buys Mobeewave, a startup that can turn iPhones into payment terminals Apple buys Mobeewave, a startup that can turn iPhones into payment terminals
- August 02, 2020

The Cupertino, California-based technology giant paid about $100 million for the startup, one of the people said. Mobeewave says its technology is a seamless way to accept credit card payments. Incorporating Mobeewave could let anybody with an iPhone acknowledge installments without extra equipment. The acquisition doesn't doesn't mean that Apple is definitively moving toward taking on Square with its own payments service. (more...)
Samsung Electronics' Q2 Operating Profit Up 23% on High Chip Demand Samsung Electronics' Q2 Operating Profit Up 23% on High Chip Demand
- August 01, 2020

Second-quarter operating profit grew 26% from the previous quarter, and 23% year-over-year to 8.15 trillion won (about $6.84 billion), due largely to more sales of DRAM chips. LG Electronics, South Korea's second-largest appliance firm after Samsung, posted a second-quarter net profit slump of 38.1 per cent to 65.6 billion won Thursday, saying it had been "affected significantly" by the pandemic. (more...)

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