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Under fire Huawei and foldable screens in focus at top mobile fair

Phone makers will focus on foldable screens and the introduction of blazing fast 5G wireless networks at the world´s biggest mobile fair starting Monday in Spain as they try to reverse a decline in sales of smartphones. Huawei will also be in the spotlight at the four-day Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona as the Chinese telecom giant fights US...

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Microsoft’s major SwiftKey keyboard update brings new toolbar with GIFs, stickers, more

Microsoft is unveiling its first major update to the SwiftKey keyboard as Today’s 7.0 release replaces the existing hub found in the keyboard with a new toolbar that expands to provide access to stickers, GIFs, and soon some useful location and calendar features. The new toolbar is designed to make it quicker to insert GIFs, emoji, and the new sticker...

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France to take legal action against Google, Apple for ‘abusive’ practices

PARIS: France will take legal action against Google and Apple for "abusive business practices", Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Wednesday as transatlantic ties threaten to be riven by a trade war. "I believe in an economy based on justice and I will take Google and Apple before the Paris Commercial Court for abusive business practices" against French start-ups, Le...

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Apple to acquire digital magazine service Texture

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple will buy the digital service Texture, which gives users access to articles from magazines published by various companies for a monthly subscription fee, the iPhone maker said on Monday. The iPhone maker did not disclose financial terms of the deal to buy Texture from its owners -- publishers Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, Rogers Media and global investment...

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Amazon video service decides to expand Indian regional content

MUMBAI: Amazon.com Inc’s video service will look to add more regional content in India, two company executives said, as it competes with a host of global and local players for a bigger share of a fledgling online streaming market. In little after a year of its launch in India, Amazon’s bet on original Hindi shows and a library of films...

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False news travels faster on twitter than the truth: study

False information on the internet travels faster than the truth, researchers said Thursday. But contrary to popular belief, it is largely people who spread the misinformation, not robots. The report in the journal Science is the largest of its kind to date, and studied some 126,000 cascades on Twitter from 2006 to 2017. These contested news stories were tweeted by...

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US Court asks can Trump block his twitter followers for “Unwelcome” views

NEW YORK: A federal judge on Thursday expressed scepticism about whether US President Donald Trump can constitutionally block Twitter users whose views he does not like from following and retweeting from his own Twitter account. At a hearing in Manhattan federal court, US District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald asked Trump’s lawyer Michael Baer whether letting Trump bar users from @realDonaldTrump...

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Microsoft to launch ‘S Mode’ to existing Windows 10 Versions in 2019

Microsoft says its plans to move Windows 10 S from a dedicated operating system to a special “S Mode” for versions of Windows 10 next year. “Next year 10S will be a ‘mode’ of existing versions, not a distinct version,” says Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore. The new S Mode will lock down any copy of Windows 10 so it can...

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WhatsApp testing a change in ‘Delete For Everyone’ feature

Web Desk: The Facebook-owned chat app is massively extending the amount of time you get to choose the 'Delete for Everyone' option on a rogue text. The feature, which is available on iOS, Android and Windows, replaces the message with a note, stating: "This message was deleted.” The good news is that the length of this grace period is about...

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Snapchat challenging Facebook among US youth

Washington: Facebook remains the most popular social network among Americans but faces a growing challenge from Snapchat for young audiences. The Pew Research Center survey showed Facebook holding the dominant platform with 68 percent of Americans using the world’s biggest social network. While Facebook leads the other social networks in all age groups, the gap has narrowed in the key...

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T-Mobile signs 5G network deals with Nokia and Ericsson

HELSINKI: U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile said on Tuesday it would start building next-generation 5G networks around the United States with the help of Nordic equipment vendors Ericsson and Nokia. T-Mobile said it planned to build out 5G in 30 cities this year, with New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas among the first cities with the service. Ericsson and...

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Facebook introduces blood donation feature in Pakistan

Web Desk: Social networking website Facebook has launched  a blood donations feature in Pakistan to make it easier for people to sign up to be blood donors. “Pakistan, like many countries, has a shortage of safe blood, this shortage means patients and their families are responsible for finding donors to replace the blood they receive from blood banks or hospitals,”...

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The new Samsung S9 and S9+ are here, Augmented reality now possible

BARCELONA: Samsung unveiled its new flagship smartphone on Sunday with a focus on augmented reality features as it seeks to keep its title as the world's biggest smartphone maker. The South Korean firm showcased the Galaxy S9 on the eve of the official start of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which comes after a year of flat smartphone sales....

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Google raises price of YouTube TV, adds sports, Turner

CALIFORNIA:  Alphabet Inc’s Google is raising the price of its YouTube TV online service for new customers as it adds channels from Time Warner Inc’s Turner, National Basketball League and Major League Baseball, the company said Wednesday. Less than one year after launching YouTube TV, the company is increasing its pricing to $40 per month from $35 per month as...

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AI and 5G in focus at top mobile fair

Phone makers will seek to entice new buyers with better cameras and bigger screens at the world's biggest mobile fair starting Monday in Spain after a year of flat smartphone sales. But with no major innovations awaited in handsets, analysts expect the four-day Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to focus on new uses for artificial intelligence (AI) and the looming...

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Scientists recreate virtual copy of Mexican underwater cave

Scientists from all over the world will soon be able to dive into a virtual 3-D replica of a vast underwater cave off Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, where the oldest skeleton in the Americas was found seven years ago. Anthropologists, cave experts, archeologists and photographers are working to fashion a virtual copy of the cave known in Spanish as Hoyo Negro,...

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Twitter sets crackdown on automated ‘bot’ accounts

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter announced Wednesday a crackdown on accounts powered by software “bots” which can artificially amplify a person or cause and which have been accused of manipulating the social network during the 2016 US election. The San Francisco messaging platform said the move was intended to rid the service of spam-spewing automated accounts, and not aimed at people using...

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