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A guide to Europe’s coronavirus contact tracing apps

More than 20 countries across Europe have launched or plan to launch apps that seek to break the chain of coronavirus infection by tracking encounters between people and issuing a ...

ByteDance CEO

ByteDance founder defends TikTok’s US strategy

ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming has told employees that there were misunderstandings on Chinese social websites concerning TikTok’s situation in the US and that the business c...

Microsoft

Microsoft’s attempt to acquire TikTok endears old company to new generation

Microsoft has emerged as a saviour to young users of TikTok, who praised the technology sector giant for attempting to buy parts of social networking company’s operations, in...

Italian contact tracing smartphone app

Google says 20 US states ‘exploring’ contact tracing

Google has said that 20 US states and territories, representing about 45 percent of the nation’s inhabitants, are”exploring” contact tracing programs for its nove...

iPhone 11

Apple removes thousands of game apps from China store

Apple eliminated some 29,800 apps from the Chinese app shop on Saturday, including more than 26,000 games, according to new data from research vendor Qimai.

Google

Google advertising rebound offsets Alphabet’s first-ever sales drop

Google’s advertising sales have recovered since they plummeted back in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, parent Alphabet Inc said on Thursday, easing worries about its ...

Tech Titans

US lawmakers accuse Big Tech of crushing rivals to boost profits

Google and Facebook took the sharpest jabs from politicians at a much-anticipated congressional hearing that put four of America’s most notable tech Chief Executives in the p...

Samsung

Samsung weighs dropping Bixby as Google dangles new deal

Samsung is currently considering dropping its Bixby virtual helper and Galaxy Apps Store from its devices as part of a international deal with Google, based on correspondence seen ...

Congress Hearings Big Tech

At big tech hearing, the non-denials speak louder than words

At Wednesday’s hotly anticipated congressional hearing on ‘Big Tech’ Chief Executives, much of what they said was utterly predictable, namely we’re not that...

Apple

App Store chief says Apple aimed to level playing field

On Wednesday, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook will confront questions from US lawmakers about if the iPhone maker’s App Store practices give it unjust power over independent appli...

Tech Titans

US House panel reschedules its ‘Big Tech’ CEO hearing for Wednesday

A congressional hearing on digital marketplace competition featuring the Chief Executive Officers of the biggest American technology companies has been rescheduled for Wednesday, a...

Siemens

Siemens to launch flexible working app for 100,000 staff

German tech giant Siemens is rolling out its Comfy mobile phone app to hundreds of its offices around the world to help staff safely return to the office after the coronavirus shut...

European Union

Blow for EU as Apple wins fight against $15 billion tax order

Apple has scored a major win as Europe’s second-highest court rejected an EU order for Apple to pay 13 billion euros (approximately $15 billion) in Irish back taxes, dealing ...

Apple

Apple expands news offerings with audio, local newspaper stories

Apple has expanded its news offerings with audio versions of stories narrated by voice actors for subscribers, a morning newscast hosted by two journalists and more access to local...