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US accuses Chinese nationals of hacking spree targeting COVID data,

The U.S. Justice Department is indicting two Chinese nationals for hacking defense contractors, COVID researchers, and other companies worldwide. In a court filing published Tuesday, U.S. authorities say that the Chinese nationals, Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi, participated in a multiyear cyberespionage campaign that stole weapons designs, drug information, software source code, and more. The […]

US Cloud Gaming Subscriptions Target $3B

By John P. Mello Jr. Jul 22, 2020 4:00 AM PT Consumer interest in cloud gaming could boost annual subscription revenues to nearly US$3 billion, a consumer research firm reported Tuesday. According to Parks Associates, 30 percent of U.S. broadband households say they’re interested in services that can deliver a Netflix experience for gaming. There […]

iPhones to get periscope telephoto cameras in 2022, says Kuo

Apple is planning to introduce periscope telephoto cameras into the iPhone lineup in 2022, according to a research note by TF Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo that was reported on by 9to5Mac, AppleInsider, and MacRumors. Semco, a South Korean company that will reportedly contribute autofocus motors to this year’s new iPhone models, is said to be […]

Samsung promises new mobile and TV products at virtual September

Samsung is hosting an “immersive virtual experience” on September 2nd, following its decision not to exhibit at Europe’s major IFA tech show this year. The 45-minute event, which Samsung is calling “Life Unstoppable,” will include new mobile, TV, and home appliance product launches, as well as wearable and audio announcements. Although it’s one of the […]

Vodafone Idea Completes Migration of Idea Postpaid Subscribers, Brings Them

Vodafone Idea on Wednesday announced that it had completed the migration process for all Idea Nirvana postpaid subscribers and brought them under the Vodafone Red brand. The change that was originally announced back in February, is aimed to offer a unified experience to both Vodafone and Idea postpaid subscribers in the country. Vodafone Idea kicked […]

Snapchat’s Coronavirus-Led User Growth Slowed Down Sooner Than Expected

Snap said on Tuesday a bump in user growth at the start of coronavirus-led lockdowns petered out sooner than expected, and it forecast fewer current-quarter users than the Wall Street consensus. The Snapchat owner said daily active users (DAUs), a widely watched metric by investors and advertisers, rose 17 percent to 238 million in the […]

Britain to beef up City watchdog powers over crypto-assets

Britain’s finance ministry has proposed giving the City’s watchdog new powers to regulate crypto assets like bitcoin, and also outlined a crackdown on misleading sales literature bombarding consumers over the internet. Currently any firm authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) can approve any financial promotion from an unauthorised firm, but the system is not […]

South Korea’s Naver shifts data from Hong Kong to Singapore

South Korea’s internet giant Naver Corp has moved backup servers storing its users’ personal data in Hong Kong to Singapore as China tightens its grip over Hong Kong with a new national security law. “We are currently shifting our backup data servers in Hong Kong to Singapore to better manage and protect our user data,” […]

Snap grows its daily user base and keeps advertiser money

The pandemic hasn’t been too terrible for Snap. The company behind Snapchat announced its second quarter earnings today, detailing how its business has fared during the COVID-19 outbreak around the world. Its user base is up by 9 million people daily over last quarter, and its revenue is up 17 percent year over year, at […]

Chinese Hackers Charged in Decade-Long Crime and Spying Spree

Li Xiaoyu had a problem. At some point in his decade-long hacking spree with former college classmate Dong Jiazhi, as alleged in a recent Justice Department indictment, the Chinese national found himself unable to break into the mail server of a Burmese human rights group. The usual methods apparently hadn’t worked. For Li, the solution […]