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Coronavirus threatens to impact South Korean 5G leadership position

South Korea is struggling to retain its lead in global next-generation 5G services, as the coronavirus pandemic further cools sentiment of consumers whose interest in the technolog...

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1.5 million Israeli citizens are now using voluntary coronavirus monitoring app

Around one and a half million Israelis have downloaded a smartphone app in the past week that alerts users who have crossed paths with a coronavirus patient, according to the Healt...

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Apple doubles China donations for COVID-19 recovery efforts

Apple more than doubled its donation to China’s efforts to fight COVID-19 to over 50 million yuan ($7 million), CEO Tim Cook posted on Weibo on Wednesday, weeks after the iPh...

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President Trump holds call with American internet, mobile phone providers

US President Donald Trump spoke with his nations biggest internet and mobile phone providers on Tuesday to talk about how the networks are holding up as tens of millions of America...

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Huawei warns China will strike back against new US restrictions

Huawei has warned that 2020 would be its most difficult year yet due to US trade restrictions which dealt a blow to its overseas sales in 2019, and predicted the Chinese government...

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Thai government to give free mobile data for those housebound by coronavirus

Thailand will give the public free mobile data as companies initiate work-from-home policies and schools use remote learning amid the coronavirus outbreak, a senior government offi...

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Video chat app Houseparty offers $1 million reward over hacking claims

Group video chat app Houseparty offered a reward of $1 million for evidence of what it said was a smear campaign against the company as it fought to quash claims that the app was s...

Platform News: COVID-19 and coronavirus

Israel to use computer analysis to find likely coronavirus carriers

Israel’s defence ministry plans to use software that analyses data gathered from mobile phones – produced, according to Israeli media, by the spyware firm NSO – t...

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German government aims to launch Singapore-style coronavirus app in weeks

Germany hopes to launch a smartphone app within weeks to help trace coronavirus infections, after a broad political consensus emerged that adopting an approach pioneered by Singapo...

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Apple supplier Foxconn’s profit down 24% in last quarter of 2019

Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn reported a 23.7% fall in profit in the last three months of 2019 on Monday as it braces for the impact from the coronavirus pandemic that...

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Republic of Ireland to roll out voluntary phone tracker app to tackle coronavirus

The Republic of Ireland’s government is to roll out a voluntary phone-tracking app to alert users if someone they have been in contact with develops COVID-19, its health serv...

Platform News: President Donald Trump in talks with Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple works with White House to release COVID-19 app, website

Apple Inc and the White House said on Friday that the iPhone maker worked with the Trump administration and federal agencies to release an app and website that will direct users to...

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Olympics delay deals setback to Samsung’s plans to win over Japan

For South Korea’s Samsung Electronics, the Tokyo Olympics of 2020 were going to be the springboard to gain significant inroads into Japan’s lucrative smartphone market ...

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Huawei unveils P40 smartphones online as coronavirus thwarts launch event

China’s Huawei Technologies unveiled its new flagship photography-focused P40 smartphones in an online presentation after the coronavirus scuppered the event it had planned.¬†