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Short-form streaming app Quibi launches to rival Netflix

BBC's technology reporter tests if Quibi's platform with 10-minute or shorter videos could get viewers hooked.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 7 Apr 2020 | 2:33 pm

Samsung Electronics beats first-quarter estimates, braces for bigger blow from coronavirus

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Tuesday its first-quarter operating profit likely managed to rise slightly from a slump a year earlier, as solid chip sales helped cushion the blow from the coronavirus pandemic on smartphones and TVs.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 7 Apr 2020 | 2:05 pm

Facebook asks users about coronavirus symptoms, releases friendship data to researchers

Facebook Inc said on Monday it would start surveying some U.S. users about their health as part of a Carnegie Mellon University research project aimed at generating "heat maps" of self-reported coronavirus infections.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 7 Apr 2020 | 12:46 pm

Drones in Africa: How they could become lifesavers

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame says drones will become important for his nation, but can they really deliver?

Source: BBC News - Technology | 7 Apr 2020 | 11:24 am

Coronavirus: Offline sex workers forced to start again online

Increased competition and privacy risks are some of the challenges facing workers making the switch.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 7 Apr 2020 | 11:04 am

Roku launches ad-funded streaming channel in 'stay-at-home' Britain

Streaming-device maker Roku Inc launched its Roku Channel in Britain on Tuesday, offering free access to more than 10,000 movies, TV episodes and documentaries at a time when the coronavirus is driving demand for stay-at-home entertainment.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 7 Apr 2020 | 11:04 am

U.S. chipmaking industry pushes back on proposed export rule changes

Industry groups are pushing back on proposed changes to U.S. export controls that would impact the sale of certain semiconductors and other technology to China, while highlighting the role chips play in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 7 Apr 2020 | 9:32 am

Peloton halts live classes as employee tests positive for COVID-19

Peloton Interactive Inc said on Monday it would pause live production of its exercise videos at its New York and London studios through April 30 amid the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 7 Apr 2020 | 6:31 am

Cryptocurrency issuers, exchanges face U.S. class action lawsuits

Investors have brought class action lawsuits in federal court against seven cryptocurrency issuers and four exchanges, claiming they sold billions of dollars in unregistered assets in violation of U.S. securities laws.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 7 Apr 2020 | 6:14 am

Coronavirus: Exercise bike firm Peloton stops live classes

The bike firm has paused live classes just days after an employee tested positive for Covid-19.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 7 Apr 2020 | 5:00 am

Coronavirus: Call for single EU tracking app with data protection

EU data watchdog calls for a single, privacy-centred virus app, instead of dozens of national ones.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 7 Apr 2020 | 4:41 am

IBM taps former Bank of America CTO to oversee cloud business

International Business Machines Corp on Monday named former Bank of America Corp top technology executive Howard Boville head of its cloud business, as Arvind Krishna takes over from long-time chief Ginni Rometty.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 7 Apr 2020 | 3:51 am

EU privacy watchdog calls for pan-European mobile app for virus tracking

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) called on Monday for a pan-European mobile app to track the spread of the new coronavirus instead of the current hodge-podge of apps used in various EU countries which could breach people's privacy rights.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 7 Apr 2020 | 3:25 am

Elderly Israelis beat isolation with tech lessons

Tech innovators are giving older Israelis online lessons to overcome Covid-19 isolation.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 7 Apr 2020 | 2:20 am

Uber connects out-of-work U.S. ride-hail drivers to delivery, production jobs

Uber Technologies Inc said on Monday its app will list job openings in the delivery, food production and grocery industry that its U.S. drivers can access during a slump in ride-hailing demand due to the coronavirus.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 7 Apr 2020 | 1:56 am

Finland's Slush cancels November startup event due coronavirus

Finland's largest tech event Slush, which was scheduled for November 2020, said on Monday it has decided to cancel the conference due to the spread of the new coronavirus.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 7 Apr 2020 | 1:18 am

Airbnb hosts defy lockdown laws with 'Covid-19 retreats'

Government criticises "dangerous and irresponsible" listings of coronavirus isolation properties.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 7 Apr 2020 | 12:35 am

Coronavirus: Defence firm Babcock to make 10,000 ventilators

The move comes as tech giant Apple says it will start making face shields for medical workers.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 6 Apr 2020 | 7:05 pm

Coronavirus: Video games add 'stay at home' Covid-19 adverts

Candy Crush Saga, Dirt Rally 2.0 and Sniper Elite 4 are among titles that show a government campaign.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 6 Apr 2020 | 11:04 am

Covid-19 coronavirus: Four in five Kiwis facing broadband issues, survey claims

A new survey says many Kiwis are suffering video streaming problems with the surge in broadband traffic associated with the lockdown. READ MORE:• Covid-19: Easy tips to boost your home network's speed • Covid-19: Small...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 6 Apr 2020 | 6:58 am

Only 2% of Kiwis read privacy policies - study

A major survey has found that only 2 per cent of New Zealanders always read online privacy policies - backing up recent comments by Privacy Commissioner John Edwards, who has targetted what he called "click to consent" practices....

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 6 Apr 2020 | 5:00 am

Coronavirus: Tech firms summoned over 'crackpot' 5G conspiracies

Government will tell social media firms to take down posts more quickly after attacks on masts.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 5 Apr 2020 | 9:54 pm

Auckland man Laurence Reynolds celebrates 105th birthday on lockdown

An Auckland man has celebrated his 105th birthday surrounded by his family and friends - on video call, of course.Laurence Reynolds today turned 105 at his rest home in Auckland, with loved ones joining in on a Zoom call."People...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 5 Apr 2020 | 3:06 pm

Covid 19 coronavirus: 700 close contact traces a day but still no use of Bluetooth tracking

More than 700 close contacts are being traced every day, the Ministry of Health says.But there is still no sign of the use of bluetooth technology, which researchers have said is vital because manual contact-tracing cannot keep...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 5 Apr 2020 | 11:44 am

Covid 19 Coronavirus: Bots causing anxiety on social media during Covid 19 coronavirus pandemic

By Ryan Ko for The Conversation Recently Facebook, Reddit, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube committed to removing coronavirus-related misinformation from their platforms.Covid-19 is being described as the first...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 4 Apr 2020 | 11:10 am

Thousands of Zoom videos public on the web - report

SIGN UP TO OUR COVID-19 NEWSLETTER.SIGN IN OR REGISTER, THEN SELECT TOP NEWS STORIES Popular video chat service Zoom is in trouble, with claims by the Washington Post overnight that thousands of its customers videos are viewable...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 4 Apr 2020 | 10:43 am

Covid 19 coronavirus: How to clean the bundle of germs that is your phone

You're washing your hands countless times a day to try to ward off the coronavirus.You should also wash that extension of your hand and breeding ground for germs — your phone. Tests done by scientists show that the virus can live...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 4 Apr 2020 | 8:47 am

Covid 19 coronavirus: Privacy Commissioner John Edwards talks to police about location-tracing self-isolation texts

SIGN UP TO OUR COVID-19 NEWSLETTER. SIGN IN OR REGISTER, THEN SELECT TOP NEWS STORIES The Privacy Commissioner has spoken with police about a text message system being used to trace those is self-isolation after returning from...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 3 Apr 2020 | 5:05 pm

NZ's Grinding Gear Games picks up Bafta, beating likes of Fortnite

West Auckland-based Grinding Gear Games' Path of Exile has one "Best Evolving Game" at the 2020 Bafta Games Awards - beating a lineup of blockbuster fellow nominees that included the likes of Fortnite and Final Fantasy XIV. READ...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 3 Apr 2020 | 5:01 pm

Coronavirus Covid-19: NZ's Plan B could mean 'safe havens' for elderly

New Zealand could create cordoned-off "safe havens" to protect our elderly and vulnerable if the country fails to stamp out Covid-19, experts say.It's hoped New Zealand will become one of few nations in the world to head off the...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 3 Apr 2020 | 5:00 pm















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