Tech Industry Stories January 14

A survey by a software engineer recruitment company has found that three-quarters of developers want permanent remote-working arrangements, for at least part of the week.

Two-thirds of them say they are more productive when working from home, and it appears that Apple’s policy somewhat misses the mark for most …

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Tech Industry Stories January 10

Virgin Media O2 does U-turn on European roaming charges for UK customers

Virgin Media O2 – which owns both the O2 and Virgin Mobile networks – has announced a U-turn on European roaming charges for UK customers following Brexit…

Tech Industry Stories January 4

911 livestreaming will let emergency services access your iPhone cameras

A simple technology that enables 911 livestreaming is proving invaluable in letting emergency services see for themselves the nature of an emergency when someone calls them …

Tech Industry Stories January 3

There are no signs of the global chip shortage easing any time soon, and one of the reasons behind it appears to be getting worse, not better.

Industry experts say that a shortage of qualified staff is a growing problem, especially the highly qualified engineers needed to design new chips and solve manufacturing problems for ever more complex ones …

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Tech Industry Stories December 29, 2021

As if things weren’t already enough of a mess with the various incompatibilities involved in the supposed USB-C standard, HDMI is about to get more complicated too …

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Tech Industry Stories December 16, 2021

Smartphones ‘a tax on the poor’ argues academic, amid lawsuits

Smartphones have been described as “a new tax on the poor” by an academic, as more than a quarter of low-income Americans rely solely on their phone for internet access …

Tech Industry Stories November 29, 2021

Smartphones and other tech make traditional spying much harder, says CIA director

Traditional spying is much harder in a world of smartphones, ubiquitous CCTV, and other “digital dust,” according to CIA director William Burns, a view backed by many current and former intelligence officials.

In particular, it’s much harder for a spy to establish a convincing false identity in another country …

Tech Industry Stories November 4, 2021

Verizon and AT&T in the US have reportedly agreed to delay a planned rollout of a new 5G frequency band, according to the Wall Street Journal. The delay comes after the Federal Aviation Administration expressed concerns about “potential interference with key cockpit safety systems.” The expansion was scheduled to take place on December 5.

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Tech Industry Stories October 28, 2021

Dozens of tech giants have banded together in a bid to boost workplace diversity across Silicon Valley. Partners in the initiative include Apple, Google, Snap, and Twitter.

Companies signed up to the Catalyze Tech coalition each agree to take specific actions within their recruitment and supplier appointment processes.

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Tech Industry Stories October 5, 2021

Yesterday’s Facebook outage – which took down Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp as well as the main service – resulted from a mistake by the company’s own network engineers.

The mistake led to all of Facebook’s services being inaccessible, with one analogy likening it to a failure in the “air traffic control” services for network traffic …

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Tech Industry Stories October 1, 2021

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is calling on carriers to implement better security protections against SIM-swap and port-out attacks.

These attacks are a common way for criminals to carry out identity theft, and take over anything from an Apple ID to a bank account …

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Tech Industry Stories September 29, 2021

Despite widespread support for a federal privacy law across US citizens, businesses, civil rights groups, and even politicians, efforts to create one appear to have stalled.

Congress now appears to be placing its hopes in FTC regulation instead …

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Tech Industry Stories September 9, 2021

All four main UK mobile carriers have now broken their Brexit roaming promises

All four of the main UK mobile carriers have now announced plans to reintroduce roaming charges for customers traveling within Europe, following Brexit …

Tech Industry Stories August 25, 2021

Continued work from home is worth a pay cut, say many US employees

As Apple’s plan for staff to return to the office are again delayed, a new survey shows that two-thirds of US employees seek continued work-from-home arrangements; most of them would be willing to take a pay cut in return; and many would quit their jobs if ordered to return to the office full-time.

Apple announced a hybrid working model, with employees able to work from home on two fixed days a week, subject to line-management approval. Some, however, say they want greater flexibility, and would leave the company if they don’t get it …

Tech Industry Stories August 18, 2021

One of the many worrying developments in the tragedy unfolding in Afghanistan is that US face recognition and fingerprint devices and databases have been seized by the Taliban. They were apparently left behind during the hurried withdrawal of US forces, leaving coalition collaborators at risk from reprisals.

However, a human rights organization says there are measures Afghans can take to try to protect themselves, and that Face ID can play a role in this.

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Tech Industry Stories August 17, 2021

The latest product to switch from purchase to subscription is… earbuds

If you are one of those who dislike the switch in business model of apps from outright purchase to monthly or annual subscriptions, you’re going to hate the latest development…

Tech Industry Stories August 10, 2021

The Twitter photo-cropping feature, which uses machine learning to decide which part of a photo to show in user feeds, was accused of being racist and sexist last year, when it was found more likely to crop out Black people and women.

The company announced a bug bounty for anyone able to prove biases in its algorithms, and has now named the winners, who variously proved a number of biases …

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Tech Industry Stories August 9, 2021

Vodafone second UK carrier to reintroduce European roaming charges after Brexit

All the main UK mobile carriers promised they had no plans to reintroduce European roaming charges after Brexit. EE was the first to do a U-turn, and now Vodafone has followed suit…

Tech Industry Stories August 5, 2021

Amazon has now launched IMDb TV iPhone and iPad apps, letting US Apple users easily stream a mix of popular TV shows and Amazon originals at no cost. An Android app is also available.

The app will also provide early access to Universal movies under a recently signed deal …

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Tech Industry Stories August 4, 2021

An iPhone camera embedded into the display is likely Apple’s long-term plan as it works toward its ambition of an iPhone being effectively “a single slab of glass.” That possibility got a step closer today as two early players both claim to have improved on the fledgling technology.

We saw some first attempts more than a year ago, but the results weren’t very impressive …

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Tech Industry Stories July 28, 2021

How TikTok’s algorithm works is probably the company’s most closely guarded secret. But the WSJ thinks it was able to work it out using a bunch of bot accounts – and the results were both fascinating and disturbing.

A former Google engineer who worked on YouTube’s algorithm says that it takes essentially the same approach, but in a less extreme form …

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Tech Industry Stories July 26, 2021

Apple’s plans to require most workers to return to the office for three days a week may not reflect the new reality, suggest academics.

They say that the trend of people wanting to continue with full-time remote working arrangements may now be irreversible …

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Tech Industry Stories July 1, 2021

EU digital vaccine passport goes live; no data is stored after checks

The EU digital vaccine passport goes live today, allowing travelers from all 27 European Union countries to use their smartphone to prove that they have been vaccinated, have tested negative, or have recovered from COVID-19. It’s available for both iPhone and Android smartphones …

Tech Industry Stories June 29, 2021

Celebrities call for UK gadget tax, which would include Apple products

A number of high-profile British actors, artists, and authors are calling for a UK gadget tax of anywhere from 1% to 3% to “fairly reward creators and performers in making a living from their content.” They have dubbed the proposal “the Smart Fund.”

The tax would be applied to any device that can be used to download and store “creative content,” so would apply to iPhones, iPads, and Macs

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