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'Mulan' Goes on Disney+ for $30 in 'One-Off' Strategy Shift 'Mulan' Goes on Disney+ for $30 in 'One-Off' Strategy Shift
- August 05, 2020

In this case, though, it's not box office hits, it's body blows. Asked why Disney was launching a new Star-branded service rather than expand Hulu (a general entertainment service available in the U.S. Overall revenue fell 42% compared with past year to $11.8bn. However, there was some good news about Walt Disney World , with the resort operating at a meager profit , or at the very least exceeding variable costs, despite heightened cancellation rates. (more...)
Suspected US teen mastermind pleads not guilty to Twitter hack Suspected US teen mastermind pleads not guilty to Twitter hack
- August 05, 2020

CoinDesk data shows this stash is worth $3.4 million at current market prices. A Reuters report noted that, according to the latest details provided by authorities, Clark "used social engineering to convince a Twitter employee that he was a co-worker in the IT department and had the employee provide credentials to access the customer service portal". (more...)
Google brings password protected folder feature to Android devices Google brings password protected folder feature to Android devices
- August 05, 2020

It is notable that a 4 digit PIN does not offer any significant protection, meaning Safe Folders may be enough to hide files from your wife but not the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The new Files by Google feature will be securely locked as soon as you step away from the app, ensuring that the content you store there can not be accessed when the app is in the background. (more...)
President Trump postpones TikTok decision
- August 05, 2020

He insisted that the app would be banned in the U.S. if a deal is not struck by September 15. Nicholas Klein, a lawyer at DLA Piper, said generally "the government doesn't have the authority to take a cut of a private deal through" the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which is the inter-agency committee that reviews some foreign investments in the US. (more...)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G: Renders leaked ahead of launch Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G: Renders leaked ahead of launch
- August 05, 2020

It will be powered by a Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset coupled with 256GB or 512GB. Galaxy M31s will run Android 10 out of the box with Samsung's new One UI for a smooth, lag-free experience. The phones will start shipping by August 7. Main camera 12MP. Front camera 10MP. It comes in two memory variants - 6/128GB and 8/128GB and will be available at Amazon.in, Samsung .com and select retail stores from 12 noon on August 6. (more...)
Chinese Artificial Intelligence Company Hits Apple With $1.4 Billion Siri-Related Lawsuit Chinese Artificial Intelligence Company Hits Apple With $1.4 Billion Siri-Related Lawsuit
- August 05, 2020

In the lawsuit filed in a local Chinese court, Xiao-i argued that Apple's voice-recognition technology Siri infringes on a patent that it applied for in 2004 and was granted in 2009. Apple said last week that its quarterly sales in China rose slightly to $9.33 billion, accounting for roughly 16% of its overall revenue for the three months ended June 27. (more...)
BMW and Mercedes halt autonomous vehicle project
- August 05, 2020

Starting in 2024, the system will be rolled out across the fleet of next-generation Mercedes-Benz vehicles, enabling them to have upgradable automated driving functions, Nvidia said in a statement. But on a bigger scale, NVIDIA has also dabbled into self-driving technology, and they have a division called NVIDIA DRIVE AGX, which is an autonomous vehicle computing platform that acts as the brain of the auto. (more...)
US starts trials for COVID-19 antibody treatment US starts trials for COVID-19 antibody treatment
- August 05, 2020

Fauci, who heads the NIH institute overseeing the work, said monoclonal antibodies have great potential because they are specifically created to block the virus from infecting a human cell. Once enrolled, they will be randomly assigned to one of two groups: 110 volunteers will receive an intravenous (IV) infusion of LY-CoV555, and 110 volunteers will receive a placebo infusion of a saline solution. (more...)
Android's 'Nearby Share' file sharing feature is finally launching Android's 'Nearby Share' file sharing feature is finally launching
- August 05, 2020

The Nearby Share platform enables you to share content both online and offline with devices that are in your proximity. The feature which allows users to share files to nearby devices in a similar fashion as Apple's AirDrop was announced today for Android devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and up. (more...)
Twitter Expects Hefty FTC Fine for Alleged Privacy Violations Twitter Expects Hefty FTC Fine for Alleged Privacy Violations
- August 05, 2020

While things aren't set in stone yet in terms of punishment and possible fines, Twitter did say that it received a draft complaint from the FTC back on July 28 regarding this issue. The outlet states, "The social network said that previous year, it "inadvertently" used numbers supplied for security - to steer advertising". A number of public figures, including former President Barack Obama's, accounts were hacked as a result. (more...)
TikTok considers moving headquarters outside of US TikTok considers moving headquarters outside of US
- August 05, 2020

White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany told reporters at a briefing on Tuesday that the United States will take action in the coming days regarding TikTok and other Chinese apps, but gave no other details. In an interview Monday with US business news network CNBC, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer called the company's pursuit of TikTok "exciting". Many prominent Republicans, including House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, issued statements in support of a Microsoft acquisition of ... (more...)
Google Finally Reveals Pixel 4a, Teases Pixel 5 and 4a 5G Google Finally Reveals Pixel 4a, Teases Pixel 5 and 4a 5G
- August 04, 2020

Given the battery problems that plagued the regular Pixel 4 , the larger battery in the Pixel 4a should result in all-day battery life . Unfortunately, only the Pixel 4a is available for pre-order. This 60Hz display is a bit bigger than on the predecessor but the reduction in bezels (mostly top and bottom) means that the overall dimensions are reduced, especially the length at 144mm, compared to 151.3mm for the 3a. (more...)
Sony State of Play Coming on Thursday, With No Major PS5 Announcements Sony State of Play Coming on Thursday, With No Major PS5 Announcements
- August 04, 2020

The big news to come out of the new blog post is that, unlike Microsoft's inclusive plan for the Xbox Series X's controller options, your PS4's DualShock 4 will only be useful in certain circumstances once you get the new console. We recommend checking with the manufacturer to confirm whether a product will work on PS5 and specific titles. An official at the PlayStation unit, who asked not to be identified because the plan is not yet public, said Sony's next announcement regarding ... (more...)
OnePlus Nord's open sale in India postponed to August 6 OnePlus Nord's open sale in India postponed to August 6
- August 04, 2020

OnePlus Nord was initially planned to go on open sale in India from 4th August (i.e today). With the launch of this new device, the company reinvented its affordable segment. 24,999 in India. It comes with a 6.44-inch 90Hz AMOLED (1080 x 2400) display. The OnePlus Nord features an all-glass body and a bezel-less screen with a pill-shaped cut-out for the dual selfie cameras. (more...)
Best Pixel 4a Deals: How to pre-order Google’s new budget beast Best Pixel 4a Deals: How to pre-order Google’s new budget beast
- August 04, 2020

That doesn't reveal much. save for the fact that Pixel 5 will have a camera bump and a power button. But I bet you probably won't miss a lot of them. In an increasingly image-centric world, it offers cameras on par or often better than those on $1000 phones . It's a nice step up from the 3a, making the 4a a surprisingly competitive phone even for people who care about specs. (more...)
TikTok's US Strategy Defended by Parent ByteDance Founder in Letter to Staff TikTok's US Strategy Defended by Parent ByteDance Founder in Letter to Staff
- August 04, 2020

The app has been under formal investigation on USA national security grounds, because it collects large amounts of personal data on users and is legally bound to share it with authorities in Beijing if they demand it. The Chinese company that owns popular video-sharing app TikTok is exploring all possibilities to ensure that its subsidiary can continue operating in the United States , according to a memo sent out Monday by Chief Executive Officer Zhang Yiming. (more...)
'You can't do that': Donald Trump shuts down over coronavirus death rate
- August 04, 2020

In the interview , Swan also queries Trump on Rep. John Lewis , the civil rights leader, who recently died, and finds Trump would not attend the funeral, seemingly in part because Lewis did not attend his inauguration. Lewis, a progressive Democrat, received widespread praise from both sides of the aisle after his passing for his role in the civil rights movement. (more...)
WhatsApp pilots ‘forwards’ verification feature to tackle misinformation WhatsApp pilots ‘forwards’ verification feature to tackle misinformation
- August 04, 2020

The feature, available across WhatsApp's Android , iOS , and Web apps, is in pilot stage, the messaging platform said. The feature will allow users to check if the forwarded message they have received is authentic. The two arrows above a message help people know when they've received a message that was not written by a close contact. Search the Web is now being rolled out Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, UK, and the US. (more...)
TikTok lovers rage against Trump threat of USA ban TikTok lovers rage against Trump threat of USA ban
- August 04, 2020

The future of Chinese-owned video app TikTok in the United States could depend on a possible multi-billion-dollar sale to Microsoft . The White House didn't immediately comment on the Microsoft statement . 'Cause I say how do you do 30pc? Too big, too invasive, and it can't be". "Who's going to get the name, the name is hot". The events surrounding President Donald Trump's TikTok ban have been unfolding rapidly over the weekend. (more...)
China Will Not Accept US "Theft" Of TikTok
- August 04, 2020

Despite previously being critical of the app, Trump conceded Monday that "the brand was hot" and that TikTok was a "great asset". "It'll close down on September 15 unless Microsoft or somebody else is able to buy it and work out a deal, an appropriate deal, so the Treasury of the United States gets a lot of money". (more...)

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