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Leaked Galaxy S9 render shows a modest design update

Samsung did a pretty great job with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus smartphones last year — and as expected, the company isn’t radically changing the design language for their successors. That’s if you believe a leak published today by VentureBeat — reliable phone leaker Evan Blass has obtained images of the front of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, and at first glance they ...

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Japan: $534m lost biggest ever digital currency ‘theft’

One of Japan’s largest digital currency exchanges says it has lost some $534m worth of virtual money in a hacking attack on its network. Coincheck suspended deposits and withdrawals for all crypto-currencies except Bitcoin as it assessed its losses in NEM, a lesser-known coin. If the theft is confirmed, it will be the largest involving digital currency. Another Tokyo exchange, ...

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YouTube ads are the latest ground zero for nefarious crypto mining

YouTube is turning passive viewers into cryptocurrency miners, and Google isn’t happy. The issue became apparent earlier in the week as complaints surfaced on social media claiming that YouTube ads were raising red flags in anti-virus software. A service called Coinhive was hijacking a viewer’s CPU and using its power to mine crypto. A Friday blog post from Trend Micro, an international ...

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Google’s pestering ads get ‘mute’ button

Google will now let people “mute” advertisements that encourage them to buy products from websites they have previously visited. So-called reminder ads track which products people have looked at online and then promote them across the web. Google said reminder ads were “useful” but said it wanted to give people “more control” over what they see online. Individual reminder ads will ...

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Apple’s iPhone battery ‘slowdown’ to be optional

A software update will let iPhone owners switch off the “battery saver” feature that slows down some models, Apple has confirmed. The option to switch off the feature will appear on the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, SE, 6S, 6S Plus, 7 and 7 Plus models. Last month, Apple apologised after it was found to be deliberately slowing down some of ...

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Facebook and Google criticised by George Soros

The billionaire investor George Soros has criticised tech “monopolies” such as Facebook and Google, calling them a threat to democracy. At his annual dinner at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Mr Soros warned that social media platforms were “obstacles to innovation”. He raised concerns about their power to shape people’s attentions. However, he predicted their days were numbered because ...

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Uber agrees to 20 years of privacy audits to settle FTC charges

Uber has been ordered to introduce tougher measures to protect the privacy of its drivers and their customers, to settle charges brought by a regulator. It also had to agree to have the effectiveness of the stricter controls assessed by an independent auditor every two years for the next 20 years. The charges relate to God View, a software program ...

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Knife-threatening app banned by Google

An app aimed at children that featured a voiceover making threats to cut them with a knife, has been banned by Google. Blaze and the Monster Machines was removed from the Google Play Store following complaints from parents. There is mounting pressure on firms to make their platforms safer for children. One firm that offers real-time blocking software said Google ...

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UK PM seeks ‘safe and ethical’ artificial intelligence

The prime minister says she wants the UK to lead the world in deciding how artificial intelligence can be deployed in a safe and ethical manner. In a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Theresa May said a new advisory body, previously announced in the Autumn Budget, will co-ordinate efforts with other countries. In addition, she confirmed that the ...

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Ghanaians to pay ‘trotro’ fare electronically soon

Patrons of commercial vehicle “tro-tro,” would pay their transportation fare via digital means after the passage of Payment System and Service Bill is passed by Parliament. Dr Maxwell Opoku Afari, Deputy Governor of Bank of Ghana who disclosed this explained that, “If you are going to board a tro-tro all you need to do is just ask for the mobile ...

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