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Apple has removed all 181 vaping apps from its App store. While Apple never allowed the sale of vaping related equipment from apps, there were apps that helped users customise their vape pens, let users control the temperature and lighting on their vape pens, as well as delivering news and other vaping related stories.
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Many Android users are complaining that one of the most recent WhatsApp updates is draining their phone’s battery life by up to 50 percent in a matter of hours, regardless of active use. The popular messaging app is facing a backlash from users who say their devices are seeing significant battery drain after updating to the latest version of the messaging service.
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Google is partnering with three cybersecurity companies to flag malicious apps before they’re published on the Play Store. Google is calling this collaboration the App Defense Alliance.
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Apple has launched its own premium video streaming service, Apple TV+ in over 100 countries and regions. The service is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac and other platforms, including online at tv.apple.com, for £4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial.
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Amazon today announced a range of Amazon Small Business Academy programs in the US to help small businesses harness the power of the internet to reach more customers, build their brand, and grow sales. The initiatives includes in-person seminars, community college courses, and webinars.
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Samsung and IBM announced today a new joint platform leveraging IBM Cloud and AI capabilities, and Samsung’s mobile offerings. The collaboration between the two companies brings together IBM’s capabilities with the Samsung Galaxy ecosystem for enterprise customers.
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Facebook has agreed to pay a £500,000 fine to the Information Commissioner’s Office ("ICO") over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, ending more than a year of litigation between the regulator and social network.
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O2 has unveiled a new experimental store format in partnership with retailer, NEXT. The pilot, known by O2 as Shop-in-Shop, will see four new O2 stores opened within NEXT stores across the country, with ambitions to roll out more widely in the coming months.
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SonicWall today released new threat intelligence data revealing 7.2 billion malware attacks were launched in the first three quarters of 2019 as well as 151.9 million ransomware attacks, marking 15% and 5% year-over-year declines, respectively.
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A new global alliance focused on cyber security launched today. The Operational Technology Cyber Security Alliance (OTCSA) has been established to help companies address the OT security challenges that continue to put operations, and consequently, business at risk.
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IMImobile has teamed up with US network software giant Mavenir to launch an RCS messaging initiative. IMImobile and Mavenir will work together with global operator mutual customers, integrated RCS enablement technologies and a shared vision to increase adoption of this new channel globally.
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Microsoft has acquired Mover, a provider of cloud file migration, including admin-led and self-service offerings. As customer demand to move content to the cloud continues to grow, Mover will help make it easier than ever for customers to migrate files to Microsoft 365.
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Huawei is to set up the first Huawei ICT Academy in the UAE, donating equipment to the American University of Ras Al Khaimah, AURAK. Representatives of Huawei visited the AURAK campus to initial the agreement and met the university’s President, Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim.
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O2 today turned on 5G in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Slough and Leeds with a promise to have 20 total locations by the end of 2019. It offers four 5G phones, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G, Samsung Galaxy A90 5G and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G.
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Security researchers have found a new malware campaign using WAV audio files to hide their malware. It’s said the attackers are using Steganography to embed the malicious code within the WAV audio files. Steganography is an ancient practice of hiding secret content and text messages inside non-suspicious messages.
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Huawei has reported a double-digit gain in sales despite U.S. sanctions that threaten to disrupt its smartphone and network equipment businesses. During the first three quarters of this year, Huawei generated CNY610.8 billion in revenue, an increase of 24.4% year-on-year. The company's net profit margin in this period was 8.7%.
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Samsung today announced that in partnership with Mobeewave, the company will deploy NFC-enabled contactless payment acceptance on mobile devices worldwide starting October 15, 2019.
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PayPal announced Friday that it will no longer be part of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project. The company said that while it is quitting the Libra Association it remains "supportive of Libra's aspirations," and that the firm will continue to work with Facebook in the future.
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BT has announced that it will launch 5G mobile network services in 20 towns and cities across the UK this Friday (October 11). They include Cardiff, Birmingham, Belfast, Bristol, Coventry, Leicester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Liverpool, Hull, Sheffield, Leeds and Newcastle.
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Huawei has achieved a top speed of 3.67Gbps downlink with multiple 5G smartphones in one 5G cell in Zürich. The feat was achieved across multiple 5G smartphones connected to a single 5G cell on Swiss carrier Sunrise’s live commercial network, which is to say that the transfer speed isn’t theoretical or coming from a lab environment.