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Pensioners in NHS care homes

Elderly in UK care home embrace technology to beat coronavirus lockdown

Residents in a British care home are embracing technology to stay in touch with friends and family as the country faces the possibility of weeks of lockdown amid the coronavirus ep...

Home Bound

Home-bound users fume as video apps do not sync with TVs

Kat Volpe laid out an exercise mat and tried to sync her iPhone with her big screen TV for a fitness class webcast on Instagram last week during New York’s coronavirus lockdo...

iPhone

Apple limits online iPhone purchases to two per person

Apple Inc is limiting customer purchases of iPhones over its online stores in many countries including the US and China to a maximum of two handsets per person, checks on its websi...

Apple

French antitrust regulator fines Apple $1.2 billion

France’s competition watchdog on Monday fined iPhone maker Apple approximately $1.23 billion, saying it was guilty of anti-competitive behaviour towards its distribution and ...

TikTok

TikTok owner ByteDance announces China leaders, targets 100,000 global headcount

Beijing, China-based ByteDance, owner of global short video hit TikTok, has appointed new heads for its China business and set a goal to nearly double its global headcount to 100,0...

Facebook App

Spyware firm NSO seeks court sanctions against Facebook

Israel’s NSO Group is asking a California judge to sanction Facebook Inc for allegedly failing to abide by international law with regards to its lawsuit against the spyware m...

Apple

Coronavirus: Apple pulls out of South by Southwest festival

A spokesman for Apple Inc has announced that the Cupertino, California-based business is pulling out of this month’s South by Southwest music and tech festival amid the coron...

Chinese regulators remove 'Plague Inc' game from Apple's China app store

Chinese regulators remove ‘Plague Inc’ game from Apple’s China app store

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The video game “Plague Inc”, which has surged in popularity amid the coronavirus epidemic, has been removed from Apple’s China ...

China

Tencent, Sina apps targeted in Chinese privacy crackdown

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has criticised 41 apps including Tencent messaging app QQ and Sina’s sports app for allegedly forcing users to hand over personal data, part o...

Twitch

Russia blocks Premier League broadcasts by Amazon’s Twitch

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A court in Russia has blocked access to English Premier League game broadcasts by Amazon’s Twitch after Russia’s Rambler Media Group said it wo...

Strava

Fitness app Strava registers a million new users per month

Reuters – A million people a month are signing up for the San Francisco-based fitness-tracking social network app Strava, which now tracks activity trends of 48 million peopl...

esports

Esports: Renault harnesses real F1 resources for virtual success

ENSTONE, England (Reuters) – Jarno Opmeer once trained in the Renault team gym as a junior academy driver and now the Dutch racer is back at the factory facility, preparing f...

Big Tech

Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple offer defence in congressional antitrust probe

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Four top U.S. tech companies, Alphabet’s Google, Facebook, Amazon.com and Apple, responded to questions from a congressional commit...

Apple

Apple could raise annual ad income to $11 billion by 2025: JPMorgan

(Reuters) – The launch of Apple TV+, coupled with Apple Inc’s foray into digital services, could help the company increase its income from advertising by more than five...