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10 gifts for tech fans

Published November 28, 2019 by SoClaimon

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10 gifts for tech fans

Nov 27. 2019
By The Washington Post · Heather Kelly ·

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Everyone loves getting a bit of technology for the holidays, whether it’s something futuristic for early adopters or a simple but useful gadget for novices.

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For the minimalist music lover

Ikea: Symfonisk Table Lamp with WiFi Speaker

This may look like your typical Ikea lamp, but it’s actually a Sonos WiFi speaker. You can stream music from services such as Spotify or Pandora, and two lamps can be used together to create stereo sound.

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For the nostalgic gamer

Sega: Genesis Mini

People love nostalgia and cute portable things. This miniature version of the classic gaming system connects to a monitor or TV and has two wired controllers to play old-school games such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Ecco the Dolphin.

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For the chatty chef

Google: Nest Hub Max

If your loved one is comfortable with an always-on microphone and face detection, this is the best smart display on the market. It shines in the kitchen, where it can show step-by-step recipes or let a baker make a call with messy hands.

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For the fitness buff

Beats: Powerbeats Pro

There is no shortage of wireless in-ear headphones, but anyone who likes to jump or dance or head-bang will need something that holds on for dear life. These headphones combine decent audio quality with a smart over-the-ear design.

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For the binge-watcher

Disney: Disney Plus Streaming Service

There’s a wave of streaming services launching this year, but Disney Plus is the best subscription to give any Star Wars, Marvel or Simpsons fan. It costs less than Netflix and includes features such as unlimited downloading for those extra-long flights.

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For the chic charger

Courant: Catch:3

At first glance the Catch:3 is an attractive catchall tray. But it can do something far fancier than hold your change: The Italian leather tray also charges any device that’s compatible with Qi wireless charging.

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For the photographer who loves prints

HP: Sprocket Portable Photo Printer

This gadget takes the images on your phone and prints them out. It may seem old-school in the era of Instagram, but there’s something deeply satisfying about holding pictures of family members, pets or perfect sunrises in your hand.

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For the audiophile on the go

Bose: Portable Home Speaker

This high-end Bluetooth speaker runs on batteries and can connect to Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant. It’s also water-resistant and lightweight (2.34 pounds), so it is ready to take any pool party to the next level.

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For the non-tech-savvy relative

Quarto: Password book

It’s not secure enough for everyone and should be stored in a safe place, but this notebook is a sound option for people who struggle with using password managers or reuse the same password for everything because they can’t remember new ones .

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For the phone addict

Light: Light Phone II

To curb technology overuse, you could activate screen-time settings or move to the woods. Or you could try this petite device, designed to do the basics and little else. You can make calls or send texts, but you can’t check Instagram or email.

Greenlight for Microsoft’s software exports to Huawei

Published November 25, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Greenlight for Microsoft’s software exports to Huawei

Nov 24. 2019
By The Nation1,237 Viewed

Microsoft has been allowed to export its software to China’s Huawei, after being granted an licence for mass-market sales by the US government.

“On November 20, the US Department of Commerce granted Microsoft’s request for a licence to export mass-market software to Huawei. We appreciate the Department’s action in response to our request,” a Microsoft spokesman told Reuters via email.

The US Commerce Department said in a statement that it had begun issuing licences for some companies to sell their products to Huawei. However, There was no confirmation on which products have been approved for sales to Huawei.

According to a US official, about half of roughly 300 licence requests have been processed.

However, Huawei is still waiting for a licence allowing Alphabet Google to provide its mobile services to new Huawei models, already on sales in the global market.

Another source said some licences were granted for sales of cell phone components and non-electronic components.

Facebook enters the streamer bidding wars, signs Disguised Toast

Published November 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Facebook enters the streamer bidding wars, signs Disguised Toast

Nov 23. 2019
By The Washington Post · Gene Park410 Viewed

Famed Hearthstone player Jeremy “DisguisedToast” Wang will be streaming exclusively on Facebook. The social media behemoth has had livestreaming infrastructure since introducing Facebook Live in 2015. While this is Facebook’s first big U.S. contract, it’s already signed on two Spanish-speaking streamers, NexxusHD and Lolito FDEZ.

Wang’s move is the latest in a trend of famous streamers departing the Amazon-owned Twitch site, lured by lucrative contracts in smaller but competing platforms. (Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post.) Tyler “Ninja” Blevins signed to Mixer, and has encouraged others to make similar jumps. Michael “shroud” Grzesiek also moved to Mixer, while Jack “CouRage” Dunlop streams exclusively to YouTube.

Wang teased the move in a tweet Wednesday evening.

Hints came earlier this month when Wang suddenly turned off the ability to donate to him on Twitch, instead asking Twitch users to “use that $5 and sub to a smaller streamer instead.”

Wang isn’t the only large streamer to hint at a new deal. Twitch star Imane “Pokimane” Anys teased she’s also in the process of signing a contract, although no announcements have been made.

For its part, Twitch has been trying to expand its customer and user base beyond gamers.

According to a press release from Facebook, Wang wants to expand his global reach and expand philanthropic efforts. In the same release, Facebook Gaming says its aim is “global in scope,” boasting that it’s home to tens of thousands of gaming creators.

As of October, Twitch owns 75.6% of the streaming market, with Facebook Gaming coming in third with 3.7%, according to a quarterly analytics report from StreamElements.

StreamElements CEO Doron Nir called Facebook’s signing “significant” and yet another sign that video streaming services are going all in to maintain relevance.

“While Mixer and YouTube have both made headlines recently with their own acquisitions, the large untapped market for live streamed content can potentially open the door for all of these platforms to succeed,” Nir said. “Just like how subscription streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video have carved out their own audiences with original content, there is the same opportunity for gaming video platforms to create a similar landscape around distinct content creators.”

Nir notes that it will likely take years for any emerging streaming platforms to build loyalty and community. In the short-term, Blevins’s deal meant more content on Mixer, but it has yet to bring in new viewers. Signing on big personalities is just one factor in expanding such services.

“This includes pushing hard on product iteration and developing a strong third-party developer ecosystem that brings in creativity, innovation, and new types of audience engagement,” Nir added. “It was attention to these details that enabled Twitch to garner attention from streamers, their fans, and the brands trying to reach them.”

Bank robber accuses police of illegally using Google location data to catch him

Published November 22, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Bank robber accuses police of illegally using Google location data to catch him

Nov 22. 2019
Do people have an expectation of privacy in their location revealed by digital clues? And do search warrants for overbroad collection run afoul of particularity concerns?

Do people have an expectation of privacy in their location revealed by digital clues? And do search warrants for overbroad collection run afoul of particularity concerns?
By The Washington Post · Deanna Paul

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It was a Monday afternoon in May when police say a man wielding a silver and black handgun ordered customers inside the Call Federal Credit Union in Midlothian, Virginia, to their knees and demanded the bank’s manager open the safe. The robber fled with $195,000, witnesses said, and was long gone by the time authorities arrived.

After surveillance footage showed the assailant holding a cellphone before he entered the bank, police drafted a search warrant asking Google to provide location information from every user that was within the vicinity of the bank within the hour of the crime.

The results came back with 19 anonymized individuals.

Virginia police whittled down the list to nine users and then asked Google for additional data from an expanded time frame. According to court documents reviewed by The Post, police contacted Google again: they wanted three users’ account details, including names, email addresses, subscriber information and phone numbers.

A month after the third request, on August 13, Okello Chatrie was arrested.

The type of request made in Chatrie’s case, also known as a “Geofence” warrant, is increasingly being sought by law enforcement across the country.

These warrants, which target a geographic area instead of a suspect, compel tech companies to turn over location data from any user interacting with its technology during a specified time.

“Individuals may be caught up in this search by merely using an Android phone, conducting an Internet search using Google, running a Google application such as Google Maps or YouTube, or even receiving an automatic weather update from an Android service,” Chatrie’s attorney, Michael Price, wrote in an October motion.

Geofence warrants, he said, “ensnare anyone who uses Google services at specific times…sweeping up innocent individuals in an unconstitutional dragnet search;” court documents noted that within the vicinity of Credit Union was a major highway, a Ruby Tuesday restaurant, a Hampton Inn hotel, a storage facility, two apartment complexes and a church.

Calling the warrant an illegal Fourth Amendment search, Price asked the court to suppress any evidence obtained from it.

“No valid search warrant would permit the police to search every house in a neighborhood or pat down everyone in sight. Yet, with a Geofence warrant, law enforcement can do just that,” he continued, and “without ever demonstrating any likelihood that Google even has data connected to a crime.”

Chatrie, 24, has pleaded not guilty to the charges; if convicted, he faces up life imprisonment.

Prosecutors called the case the first of its kind, though the issue has come up in other states, including New York, North Carolina, Florida and Minnesota. Experts anticipate Geofence warrants will be the next big Fourth Amendment battle when it comes to digital privacy.

Geofence warrants raise two interesting legal questions, according to Andrew Ferguson, author of “The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement” and a visiting law professor at American University:

Do people have an expectation of privacy in their location revealed by digital clues? And do search warrants for overbroad collection run afoul of particularity concerns?

“For example, is a warrant for all the phones in a bank building particularized enough when you know you will be collecting information from innocent people? Does it matter if it is 19 innocent people or 190? Or 1900?” Ferguson asked. “These are questions that police will need to resolve before seeking a warrant and judges will need to answer before signing a warrant.”

Google received enough reverse location history warrants that it developed a 3-step process to respond: It provides an anonymized data set; if needed, it turns over additional location history; and for relevant devices it produces basic subscriber information.

“We vigorously protect the privacy of our users while supporting the important work of law enforcement,” Richard Salgado, Google’s director of law enforcement and information security told The Post. “We have created a new process for these specific requests designed to honor our legal obligations while narrowing the scope of data disclosed and only producing information that identifies specific users where legally required.”

Although the company said it only turns over historical-location data when served with a search warrant, neither follow-up request in Chatrie’s case was court-ordered.

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court was tasked with deciding whether law enforcement needed a search warrant to compel service providers to hand over cell tower location records, which track a person’s minute-by-minute movements. The court held that they do.

But data in that case was collected nearly a decade ago. Since then, network technology and accuracy has advanced tremendously.

The location information stored in Google’s Sensorvault is even more precise than cell site location information: Court records mentioned that Google can pinpoint a person’s whereabouts to approximately 20 meters, while cell site location data is “a few thousand meters.

More, the company’s software permeates smartphone technology. According to Pew Research Center, 96 percent of Americans own cellphones. Google Maps is the most-used navigation app, appearing on 67 percent of smartphones, and its closest competitor is the Google-owned app, Waze. Android operating systems control nearly 90 percent of the smartphone market share worldwide.

“This will become one of the most common legal battles in court,” Ferguson said. “Almost everything we do leaves little digital locational clues that are a warrant away from collection.”

What will 5G do for me?

Published November 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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What will 5G do for me?

Nov 13. 2019
By Special to The Nation

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In a society where speed is always of the essence, 4G has delivered huge gains in performance: from 150Mbit/s to over 1GBit.

Now it’s about to be usurped by 5G, which brings not just an evolutionary growth in bandwidth, but also better use of the wireless spectrum, and improved connection reliability that will not only improve existing use-cases, but also provide essential flexibility and innovation space for new applications.

This flexibility is essential, and has became a core part of the 5G specification, which covers extreme bandwidth (eMBB), ultra-low latency and wired-(URLLC) and space for billions of connections (mMTC) thus seeding the potential for new apps and services to grow without worrying about limitations.

This isn’t vacant enthusiasm either: we have so many mobile-first services available today didn’t exist prior to 4G smartphones, and with smartphone ubiquity and utility so obvious and global its a safe bet that 5G will again yield a flurry of new and innovative services, experiences and investments.

How will 5G improve our lives and what kinds of new opportunities can we expect?

Smart Cities

Building smarter cities can provide a wealth of benefits, but this is built on “operational intelligence”, which is to say services that react to the real-world, rather than just being fixed. Sensors and cameras will make up the bulk of the data gathering, and then cellular connectivity such as NB-IoT [Narrowband-Internet of Things] will relay it to a Cloud service for collection and digestion.

This forms just part of the billions of devices that are expected to join the IoT ecosystem in the next decade; some of which will do some edge-processing but most of which will require some form of remote connection capacity that’s likely to rely on cellular rather than unlicensed bands.

NB-IoT is already due to become the most popular LPWA (low-power wide area) network within the next two years; this reuses 2G cellular spectrum for those countries that have retired 2G services, or it can use the inter-band space of 4G LTE.

Replacing your home broadband with Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)

A big market opportunity for 5G is not actually mobile devices, but instead in replacing your home broadband.

Termed Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), this essentially is a device you plug in anywhere at home that converts a fast 5G connection into home Wi-Fi/Ethernet, letting all your Wi-Fi only devices – laptops, tablets, smart TV, smart appliances, doorbell, security cameras, games console have the benefits of multi-Gigabit bandwidth 5G offers.

This replaces the need to replace copper wiring with fibre to every house, saving significant infrastructure cost, and also frees the home user to put their 5G-enabled router just about anywhere, instead of within reach of the landline.

As most broadband users are on sub-Gigabit speeds today, it could provide a truly significant boost in internet performance at home. While for remote villages or developing countries where internet services are sparse or difficult to wire, it could be the gateway to internet availability for the very first time.

Internet of Vehicles (IoV), In-vehicle Infotainment and Autonomy

IoV covers a lot of aspects of vehicular connectivity, whether personal or commercial. Some vehicles today include cellular connections, but the usage is often limited to basic apps like maps, music or emergency calling. In future it’s expected that new services will be introduced into vehicles – whether for in-vehicle entertainment; 4K movies, TV, music, internet, ticket sales and advertising (buses, coaches, trains), or increasing levels of autonomy. Public Wi-Fi is typically slow and spotty, yet it can be an essential asset for tourists or Wi-Fi-only device users (laptops) so this service certainly has growth potential. With vehicles now competing for cellular space alongside smartphones, 5G’s better spectral efficiency will certainly provide capacity to meet this growth.

Autonomous vehicles, meanwhile, will require ultra-reliable, low latency connectivity (that won’t be available until a few years into 5G) and V2X (vehicle to everything) standards that are only now in discussion.

Suddenly areas that were previously of low cellular demand, like highways, have hundreds of calls for high bandwidth streams, information services and in future, mission-critical low-latency requests.

Game Streaming (Gaming as a Service)

5G is designed to be application variable between extreme bandwidth, ultra-low latency and massive connectivity. Gaming on smartphones has recently exploded in popularity with games like Fortnite becoming an international hit. However, instead of rendering the game on the smartphone itself, game streaming services instead do the heavy lifting remotely and stream the display output to devices instead. This reduces the pressure on the smartphone, while simultaneously opening up many lower-performance smartphones, or even other devices like smart TVs, to be able to play games with high-end graphics. It will also offer other advantages such as being able to pause a game on one device and seamlessly continue playing it on another.

As games are extremely latency sensitive – the user button press has to be acted upon within a few milliseconds – having the ability to tune the wireless connection in favor of being ultra-responsive is literally a game changer. Big investments being already made by companies such as Google, EA, Microsoft and Sony, who are a testament to this technology becoming an expected inflection point.

Better connection reliability

Deeper into the spec of 5G, we find it enables much better spectral efficiency. This means, the available wireless space is better used. If you’re out anywhere where there’s a lot of people (and inevitably their smartphones) like shopping malls, airports, train stations, sports stadiums – this is a real advantage.

For example: as a match hits half-time or the period ends, triggering 80,000 people in the stadium to pull out their smartphone to check the scores elsewhere, it puts an immense and sudden pressure on a single point of cellular infrastructure. 5G is designed to provide this kind of capacity through better use of wireless air-space, so all these people should see no noticeable difference in user experience.

5G mobile devices and base-stations work together to provide a still ‘good enough’ performance the closer you get to the edge of cellular reception, meaning you’ll still get a useful 100s Mbps performance rather than kbps.

Growth of remote interactions and XR

The remote-service model yields a real potential for services such a as tele-education, -office, -industrial robotics or -health services. Tele-education could provide more real-time opportunities between students and teachers. Office and industry can bring remote workers together to foster closer working relationships, operational efficiency and working assurances to satisfy HR. Tele-health provides several applications such as remotely providing medical services to at-home patients, reducing the burden on hospitals, or providing the mission-critical connection backbone for remote surgeries, where a field-specialist is using precision robotic arms whilst in another city or country.

XR describes the evolution of VR, MR and AR; a reality model that is not limited to the device but will continue to be an opportunity for future industries listed above. Where going beyond the flat screen into an immersive experience that’s closer-to-real will require personal freedom; that infers an ultra-low latency, ultra-efficient cellular connection of sufficient bandwidth for the application. 5G’s flexible design should meet this type of highly application-specific criteria.

The AI wildcard

All this is even before we come to the potential of Artificial Intelligence. While developing rapidly, AI is still in its application infancy and we don’t know how it will change the landscape of products – user, commercial, industrial or civic. The balance between AI processing on-device or in the Cloud is likely to swing back and forth as new software is created, new opportunities are discovered and new services are launched and improved upon. Whether they become part of consumer smartphones, commercial IoT, or used in smart cities, who knows, but it’s likely, though, that all will require some amount of data-offloading or discussion to a central service, which ultimately means many more devices or data-throughput requests to meet in future.

Author: JS Pan, General Manager, Wireless Communication System and Partnership, MediaTek

Data, automation, IoT technologies will come together in 2020 to create inevitable smart cities: NTT

Published November 13, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Data, automation, IoT technologies will come together in 2020 to create inevitable smart cities: NTT

Nov 12. 2019
By THE NATION

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Mainstream adoption of disruptive technologies will see data, automation and Internet of things (IoT) technologies come together in 2020 to create smart cities and societies, predicted Ettienne Reinecke, chief technology officer of global technology services provider NTT Ltd, as the company announced its Future Disrupted: 2020 technology trends.

They are based on the most critical trends companies need to be aware of next year and the steps they need to take to address them, the company said.

Formed from key insights from its technology experts, the company outlined trends that would shape the business technology landscape throughout 2020 across six key areas: disruptive technologies, cybersecurity, workplace, infrastructure, business, and technology services.

The company predicts that 2020 will finally see all the hype words of the past decade come together to create completely connected environments that are capable of running themselves autonomously to build more intelligent cities, workplaces and businesses – and on a secure basis.

Data, artificial intelligence and secure by design will be at the heart of this movement, empowering devices to talk to one another and act on that information without human intervention. Smart cities and IoT will become the norm as they improve productivity, growth and innovation across entire regions.

Commenting on the predictions, Reinecke said: “The industry has been talking about different technologies, including the cloud, data, AI and security in different siloes. But 2020 is the year that will change. Next year, we’ll see complete end-to-end computing come to the fore, bringing to life fully intelligent environments that are completely connected and will have a big impact on the world we live in.

“We will see most cities and societies starting to follow in the footsteps of Las Vegas City, which has become intelligent in the way it shares data across the region, improving situational awareness through video and sound data. With IoT technology on a secure infrastructure, it’s created a safer environment to live in, improving living conditions and, ultimately, saving lives. Projects like these need a variety of different technology capabilities to come together in order to achieve great things, so building fully connected environments will be the key focus point next year.”

Some of the disruptive technologies from the predictions include:

* Digital twinning: With enough datapoints, you can model behaviour and understand patterns – for example, the diet of someone’s biometric twin – and come to more accurate conclusions (the time it would take before a health incident occurs) more quickly, and at a fraction of the cost of modern-day science.

* Building trust through digital interactions: Now that AI has evolved, we can move from being purely transactional to having a more relational engagement with customers, applying rules that bring empathy to the interaction and establish trust with the customer.

* Immersive, responsive “phygital” spaces: Where the physical world blends with the digital. Take any physical space – a meeting room, office, shop, VIP box in a stadium – and plug in a limited series of technologies to transform it into a virtual environment that can create any range of experiences.

* Smart buildings: These will use IoT to make their inhabitants feel more comfortable – automatically adjusting temperatures to the number of people in them, or lighting to the time of day – while becoming more sustainable.

* Data wallets: Putting data in the hands of the person who owns it and making it completely secure. Nobody can access that data without permission and, if the user is under threat, it can be locked down.

NTT is a newly formed company bringing together 40,000 people from across 31 brands to serve 10,000 clients from around the world.

U.S. government investigating TikTok over national-security concerns

Published November 2, 2019 by SoClaimon

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U.S. government investigating TikTok over national-security concerns

Nov 02. 2019
By The Washington Post · Drew Harwell, Tony Romm · NATIONAL, BUSINESS, WORLD, TECHNOLOGY, POLITICS, COURTSLAW, NATIONAL-SECURITY, ASIA-PACIFIC140 Viewed

The U.S. government is investigating the Chinese parent company of the popular short-video app TikTok, raising the stakes for a tech giant under fire due to censorship and national-security concerns, according to two people with knowledge of the probe.

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a cross-government group that reviews foreign transactions involving American firms, is investigating the 2017 deal in which the Beijing-based ByteDance bought a popular karaoke app, Musical.ly, for up to $1 billion, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because such probes are confidential.

The Washington Post reported last month that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., had requested such a probe. Two other lawmakers – Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer of New York and Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas – have asked U.S. intelligence officials to commence their own review of TikTok on national security grounds, saying: “TikTok is a potential counterintelligence threat we cannot ignore.”

“I remain deeply concerned that any platform or application that has Chinese ownership or direct links to China, such as TikTok, can be used as a tool by the Chinese Communist Party to extend its authoritarian censorship of information outside China’s borders and amass data on millions of unsuspecting users,” Rubio said in a statement Friday that praised CFIUS for the probe.

The app has quickly become a viral online hit, installed more than 1.4 billion times around the world and more than 120 million times in the U.S., according to data from mobile research firm Sensor Tower. In the first three quarters of the year, its U.S. downloads in the Apple and Google app stores have beaten or matched its more established rivals, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.

The Treasury Department declined to comment, citing federal law that prevents CFIUS cases from being disclosed to the public. Reuters on Friday first reported the review.

In response, TikTok pointed to its previous statements emphasizing its independence from China. The company has in recent weeks said it has never removed a video at the request of Chinese government officials while noting that U.S. users’ data is stored here and that it is not subject to Beijing’s surveillance laws.

Chaired by the treasury secretary, CFIUS has a wide-ranging investigative mandate and the power to retroactively terminate deals, implement fines or push corporate changes. The group also has the authority to review transactions long after they were finalized.

Richard Sofield, a partner at the law firm Wiley Rein and former Justice Department lawyer who oversaw national-security review of technology trade, said the review highlights CFIUS’ increasingly aggressive role in scrutinizing deals governing Internet firms with global audiences.

“They’re starting to home in on the concern about data companies, social media companies and their ability to influence the way people think,” Sofield said.

The heightened scrutiny coincides with ongoing trade tensions between the U.S. and China, which have imposed rounds of tariffs on each other in the absence of a deal demanded by President Trump.

With TikTok, congressional lawmakers have grown increasingly concerned about the company’s handling of political content and its approach to privacy. Their fears stem from the fact that TikTok is owned by a Chinese-based conglomerate, ByteDance, which must censor its services in that country to satisfy the government’s strict censorship demands.

Google’s newest phone is literally just a piece of paper

Published October 29, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Google’s newest phone is literally just a piece of paper

Oct 28. 2019
Credit: Google

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By The Washington Post · Marie C. Baca · BUSINESS, TECHNOLOGY · Oct 28, 2019 – 8:15 PM

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You can’t take a selfie on Google’s newest phone. It doesn’t even make calls.

It’s just a piece of paper, printed with a few pieces of information at home and folded into a rectangle. With a few snips of a scissors, it can hold a credit card.

The Paper Phone is part of a new package of “digital well-being experiments” that the company says is aimed at giving users a “digital detox.” It arrived the same week Google launched its latest phone: the $800 Pixel 4, which has built-in radar technology that can be controlled by a user’s hand motions.

Google’s Paper Phone is the latest in a string of offerings attempting to grab the attention of an audience weary of the ever-expanding presence of tech in our lives, as well as the feeling of being chained to your phone.

Wellness advocates suggest putting your phone in the other room while you sleep. There’s a movement toward “No-Tech Sundays,” when participants abandon their tech for the day. Resorts, start-ups and wellness gurus are cashing in on the unplugged travel trend with a variety of digital detox events.

There is even a “National Day of Unplugging.”

The Paper Phone project is one of Google’s open-source experiments that also includes a phone wallpaper that counts how many times a day a user unlocks their device, and a “desert island” program that gives users access only to their most essential apps for 24 hours.

“We hope these experiments inspire developers and designers to keep digital well-being top of mind when building technology,” Google Creative Lab team lead Emma Turpin wrote in a blog post Wednesday.

Some of the movement to unplug stems from research around the effects of tech on our health. The World Health Organization released new screen time guidelines for parents earlier this year based on research that found behavioral and developmental issues in children who spent hours in front of a screen. Other research has found connections between smartphone usage and anxiety.

Tanya Goodin, a London-based digital well-being evangelist, says Google’s project reminds her of when Big Tobacco targeted consumers concerned about their health with low-tar cigarettes to keep them as customers.

“Instead of children’s games, they have to look seriously at the fact that we’ve been rats in this big Silicon Valley experiment,” said Goodin. “The fact that we can’t disengage from technology is exactly because of the things these companies have been doing for years.”

Former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris launched a tech ethics nonprofit originally called Time Well Spent and now known as the Center for Humane Technology. Harris has argued that the tech industry is engaged in a “race to the bottom of the brain stem,” and that tech design should enhance – not endanger – humanity. The “time well spent” concept has been widely referenced by Silicon Valley executives, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg said at a company event Friday that he has told his team to optimize meaningful interactions between users on the platform, rather than maximizing spending time on it, according to a tweet from Flipboard editor Ken Yeung.

Paper Phone isn’t Google’s first attempt at using paper products to explore the digital world. In 2014, the company introduced Google Cardboard, a way to view virtual reality applications on a smartphone. Google said it shipped 5 million pairs of the low-tech glasses in 19 months.

Anthony Martinez, a cyber-navigator at the Chicago Public Library, tweeted his approval of Google’s most recent foray into the two-dimensional world.

“I’m all about minimalism and this is fantastic and feels like an art project in just the right way,” he said.

A big bite of the Apple: long queues form for iPhone11

Published October 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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A big bite of the Apple: long queues form for iPhone11

Oct 18. 2019
By The Nation

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Iconsiam’s Facebook page today shared pictures of iPhone fans waiting in line to buy the brand new iPhone11 at the first official Apple store in Thailand.

The queue started forming overnight as Apple fans tried to become first in line to get hold of the latest model. The iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max and iPhone 11 are exclusively available from today at the Apple store in IconSiam.

The first customer turned up at midnight and waited patiently to pick up the iPhone 11 Pro Max which he had booked online.

Airbus, Delta join for cross-fleet solutions

Published October 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Airbus, Delta join for cross-fleet solutions

Oct 16. 2019
By THE NATION

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Airbus and Delta Air Lines are teaming up for a digital alliance to develop new predictive maintenance and health-monitoring solutions for airline customers worldwide, starting 2020.

To be accessed via a unified portal through the Skywise platform, the cross-fleet solutions will harness each member’s expertise in airframes, systems and engines. Delta Air Lines will be the first user of the enriched predictive maintenance solution.

Don Mitacek, Delta’s SVP Technical Operations said: “This partnership with Airbus will further develop predictive maintenance capabilities, bringing the deep analytical prowess of Airbus’ Skywise platform in conjunction with the rich technical and operational knowledge of the Delta predictive maintenance team. We look forward to significant enhancements of prediction accuracies through this combination.”

Norman Baker, Airbus’ SVP Head of Digital Solutions said: “This digital partnership with Delta is a world first, encompassing the major skills needed by airlines to keep their aircraft operationally ready”.

“Predictive maintenance, powered by Skywise, is now widely proven with our customers as the best way to achieve comprehensive insights into aircraft operation issues, enabling them to maintain higher levels of fleet availability,” he added,

This partnership builds on an already successful platform of technical collaboration between Airbus and Delta.

In October 2018,  Delta entered into a multi-year contract with Airbus to apply Skywise Predictive Maintenance to its A320 and A330 fleets – covering around 400 aircraft. Moreover, in June this year Airbus and Delta joined forces to offer A220 component repair and material services for Airbus’ A220 Flight Hour Services (FHS) programme.

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