Trump to hit ZTE with $1.3 billion fine before it can operate in the US again

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Having slapped Chinese company ZTE with a denial order which significantly hampered its US operations, President Trump has said that the firm will pay a $1.3 billion fine and change its board and management in order to continue to operate within North America. ZTE had complained that the denial order was unacceptable, and Trump has more recently indicated a desire to get the company “back into business”. Now it seems that the president has come up with a deal that involves the Chinese telecoms firm not only making security guarantees, but also buying components from US companies. See also: Trump… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Apple to add details of government app takedown requests to transparency report

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Apple has announced that it is to expand the scope of its twice-yearly transparency report. Starting with one of its next report — the one which will cover the period July 1 to December 31, 2018 — the company will share details of government app takedown requests. The announcement was tucked away in the latest transparency report, in which Apple shares details of “Government and Private Party Requests for Customer Information”. The company says that it takes the protection of user data very seriously, and this comping addition to the report sees Apple demonstrating this by providing even more information.… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Avast fixes the issue that caused problems with Windows 10 April 2018 Update

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It’s just a couple of days since Microsoft temporarily disabled Windows 10 April 2018 Update on PCs running Avast antivirus. Just as with certain SSDs, a compatibility issue was making the update problematic. But now Avast says it has identified the issue and is working to push out an update to people that will avoid the problem. The company also has instructions for people whose computers have been left sitting in a blue screen state. See also: New Windows 10 update addresses problems with SSDs Microsoft blocks the rollout of Windows 10 April 2018 Update to computers with problematic Intel… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Amazon Echo secretly records couple’s conversation… and then sends it on to a contact

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There have long been accusations that digital assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri are constantly listening in on and recording conversations, and recent events in Portland, Oregon are simply going to serve as extra fuel for conspiracy theorists. A couple were disturbed to find that Alexa not only recorded a private conversation they had in their house, but then sent it on to a colleague as a message. Danielle says she and her husband felt it was “a total privacy invasion”, and it is unlikely that Amazon’s explanation will do anything to encourage her to use her Echo… …Continue reading on BetaNews

PayPal now offers payments in Gmail, Google Pay, YouTube and more

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PayPal has extended its partnership with Google so it now offers more payment options to its customers. By integrating more deeply with Google, PayPal now allow you to seamlessly make payments in the likes of Gmail, YouTube, Google Pay and Google Store. As there is support for any service that makes use of Google Pay, users will also be able to make peer-to-peer payments. SEE ALSO: PayPal buys Swedish fintech company iZettle PayPal is ready to get into traditional banking with debit cards, loans and more Google quietly relegates ‘Don’t be evil’ from its Code of Conduct PayPal has been… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Some US websites are blocked in the EU as GDPR day arrives

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It has been impossible to avoid stories about GDPR over the last few weeks and months, and today the new rules regarding privacy and personal data come into force across the EU. Inboxes across Europe have been flooded with GDPR-related emails as companies have rushed to comply with the new regulations that require them to seek consent from users to collect data about them. But now GDPR day has arrived, dozens of US websites are blocked in the EU. See also: Microsoft will roll out ‘key’ GDPR rights globally… not just in Europe Google explains its handling of user data… …Continue reading on BetaNews

New Windows 10 update addresses problems with SSDs

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The rollout of Windows 10 April 2018 Update was recently blocked to some computers because of problems with certain SSDs. Now Microsoft has issued an update that addresses the issues. Releasing the KB4100403 patch, Microsoft says that problems with Intel SSD 600p Series or Intel SSD Pro 6000p Series, and Toshiba XG4 Series, Toshiba XG5 Series, or Toshiba BG3 Series drives, are fixed. After installing it, users should be able to upgrade to Windows 10 April 2018 Update. See also: Microsoft blocks the rollout of Windows 10 April 2018 Update to computers with problematic Intel SSDs Many people with Intel… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook to ask all users to review privacy settings

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With the recent scandals involving Facebook coupled with the impending arrival of GDPR in Europe, there has been a lot of talk about privacy recently. Now the social networking giant is to start asking all of its users to review information about privacy and “how to control their experience”. The company says that it introduced updated data policies and made privacy settings easier to find, as well as making other changes, in Europe, and now is rolling out the same things to the rest of the world. See also: Facebook asks British users to submit their nudes as protection against… …Continue reading on BetaNews

StumbleUpon is closing down — users can migrate to Mix.com

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After 16 years, StumbleUpon is closing down. One of the first high-profile services that gave people a way to discover new websites and online content, it was enjoyed by over 40 million users. The closure came out of the blue, and was announced by co-founder Garrett Camp in a blog post. He suggests that users might like to migrate to another one of his creations, Mix.com, and says that switching to the newer service has been made “as smooth as possible”. Camp says that times have changed dramatically since the inception of StumbleUpon. “Since starting SU the number of people… …Continue reading on BetaNews

WhatsApp bug means you could still receive messages from people you block

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A bug has been discovered in popular chat tool WhatsApp that completely undermines the blocking feature. The idea behind blocking people on WhatsApp — just like any other app or service — is to prevent them from contacting you, and to stop them from viewing your activity. But the bug means that blocked users are still able to send messages to people who have blocked them, as well as viewing statuses and profile details. The problem appears to be affecting the iOS, Android and desktop versions of WhatsApp, and the company has remained tight-lipped about what is going on. It… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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