China ride-hailing giant Didi sees losses deepen after crackdown

Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Global has seen its losses deepen after Beijing ordered online stores not to offer the company’s app. The firm reported an operating loss of $6.3 billion for the first nine months of year as revenues in China fell by 5% in the third quarter. The Chinese crackdown came just days after […]

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Global Metaverse market expected to exceed $6-billion this year, says Strategy Analytics

The market for transitions in the Metaverse is expected to reach $46.1-billion (R97.1billion) this year, as tech giants like Meta (formerly Facebook), aim big on the VR/AR-based technology to bring deeper immersive experiences to billions in the future. The global Metarvese market is forecast to hit nearly $42-billion globally by 2026, according to research firm […]

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Meta bans surveillance-for-hire firms for targeting users

Facebook owner Meta says it has banned seven surveillance companies for targeting users on its platforms. A new report by Meta says about 50,000 users will receive warnings about the “malicious activities”. It accused surveillance firms of actions like creating fake accounts, befriending targets and using hacking methods to harvest information. The company accused the […]

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Apple launches Android app to address AirTags tracker fears

Apple has launched an app for competitor Android’s smartphones, which will inform users if there is a tracking device nearby. Apple’s AirTags are small location trackers that can be attacked to items such as keys or bags in case they are lost. But they could also be used with malicious intent, such as being planted […]

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Samsung to supply new advanced auto chip to Volkswagen

Samsung Electronics on Tuesday revealed new auto chips targeting demand for advanced chips in cars, including one mounted in Volkswagen’s infotainment system developed by LG Electronics. Demand is rising for “high-tech” automotive chips that can handle more entertainment consumption and increased electrical components in cars, Samsung said, saying that it planned to actively respond to […]

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Apple sues Israeli spyware firm NSO Group

Apple is suing Israeli spyware firm NSO Group and its parent company for allegedly targeting iPhone users with a hacking tool. NSO’s Pegasus software can infect both iPhones and Android devices, allowing operators to extract messages, photos and emails, record calls and secretly activate microphones and cameras. NSO Group said its tools were mad to […]

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Instagram: US states probe how Instagram targets children

A group of US states is investigating how Instagram targets children, despite it posing potential risks to them. The group – made up of both Democrat and Republican states – is investigating Instagram and Facebook’s parent company Meta to determine if consumer protection laws were broken. It comes after the company whistleblower testified in the […]

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Apple digital ID scheme comes with conditions and costs

Apple’s much promoted digital driver’s licence feature comes at a cost to the taxpayer, according to reports. Announced in September, it will allow residents in eight US states to store state IDs and driver’s licences inside the Apple Wallet app on their iPhone. Apple has “sole control” of several aspects of the rollout. But Arizona, […]

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