Tech

Straits Herald March 14, 2020

Apple today announced it will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Now in its 31st year, WWDC 2020 will take on an entirely new online format packed with content for consumers, press and developers alike. The online event will be an opportunity for millions of creative and innovative developers to get early access […]

Straits Herald February 14, 2020

by Valentin Bontemps / Pierre Donadieu Cancel, delay or go ahead: the organisers of industry events are faced with a difficult choice as international gatherings of thousands or even of tens of thousands of people pose a risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. The cancellation of the Mobile World Congress due to have been held […]

Straits Herald February 14, 2020

by Rob Lever Chinese tech giant Huawei was hit Thursday with fresh US criminal charges alleging a “decades-long” effort to steal trade secrets from American companies. A US indictment unsealed in New York alleges Huawei and its proxies conspired “to misappropriate intellectual property” from six US firms as part of a strategy to grow and […]

Straits Herald February 12, 2020

by Rob Lever A US regulatory agency said Tuesday it would review acquisitions made by five Big Tech firms over the past decade — opening the door to a wave of potential antitrust investigations. The bombshell announcement by the US Federal Trade Commission opens the door to fresh scrutiny of deals made by Amazon, Apple, […]

Straits Herald January 31, 2020

Apple on Thursday said it has finished rolling out an overhauled map app in the US in another attempt to challenge Google’s popular smartphone navigation software. Apple spent years rebuilding the application, its cars traveling millions of miles to map roads, after a version launched in 2012 was so problematic it prompted a rare public […]

Straits Herald January 30, 2020

A Los Angeles jury on Wednesday ordered Apple and Broadcom to pay $1.1 billion to a university in California for infringing on four Wi-Fi technology patents. Apple was ordered to pay $837 million and Broadcom must pay $270 million to the California Institute of Technology, in what is thought to be one of the largest […]

Straits Herald January 30, 2020

by Glenn Chapman Facebook on Wednesday reported quarterly earnings and user growth stronger than most forecasts, but shares took a hit in after-market trade. The leading online social network said net income rose seven percent from a year ago to $7.3 billion, while revenue increased 25 percent to $21 billion in the final three months […]

Straits Herald January 29, 2020

by Glenn Chapman Apple on Tuesday posted record results for the final three months of last year delivered by gains in iPhone sales even as the company transitions to digital services and wearables. Striking a somber tone on an earnings call, chief executive Tim Cook said the company is closely watching the deadly viral outbreak […]

Straits Herald January 4, 2020

Apple chief Tim Cook saw his annual pay slip to $11.6 million in 2019 after the company registered a weaker financial performance compared with the previous year, according to documents filed Friday. Cook, who took home $15.7 million in 2018, is paid a base salary of $3 million, in addition to a bonus and various […]

Straits Herald January 2, 2020

by Glenn Chapman / Julie Jammot / with Rob Lever in Washington The screens will be bigger and bolder, the cars will be smarter and some of the technology will be up-close and personal — even intimate. The 2020 Consumer Electronics Show opening in Las Vegas will be crammed with the latest in connected devices, […]

Straits Herald December 22, 2019

Russia carried out tests Monday to ensure the “security” of its internet infrastructure in case of a foreign cyberattack, measures that rights activists worry could also tighten censorship and lead to online isolation. A controversial law that allows the country to cut internet traffic from international servers came into force in November, but the communications […]

Straits Herald December 19, 2019

Eight-year-old Ryan Kaji earned $26 million in 2019 on his YouTube channel, making him the highest-paid creator on the platform, according to a list published Wednesday by Forbes magazine. Kaji, whose real name is Ryan Guan, was already the video platform’s highest earner in 2018, with $22 million, according to Forbes. His channel “Ryan’s World,” […]

Straits Herald December 12, 2019

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is funding research aimed at changing the way information circulates on social media — with the goal of combating online violence, hate and disinformation. Dorsey on Tuesday announced he would fund an independent team of five architects, engineers, and designers — dubbed Bluesky — to develop an “open and decentralized standard […]

Straits Herald December 6, 2019

Google has banned political ads in Singapore ahead of elections, an opposition party said Wednesday, sparking accusations the tech giant was “kowtowing” to the tightly-controlled city’s government. The ban was imposed under controversial new rules aimed at fighting disinformation in the city-state, which critics fear could be used to stifle dissent. General elections are widely […]

Straits Herald December 4, 2019

by Julie Jammot / with Rob Lever in Washington Google chief executive Sundar Pichai will assume the CEO role at parent firm Alphabet in a shakeup at the top of the Silicon Valley titan, the company said Tuesday. Pichai will take over from Larry Page, a co-founder of the internet giant, at the holding firm […]

Straits Herald November 28, 2019

by Olga Shylenko with Anna Malpas in Moscow Ukraine has lashed out at Apple for showing the annexed Crimea peninsula as part of Russia, saying the US tech giant did not “give a damn” about the pain of the Ukrainian people. Russian lawmakers said on Wednesday that Apple had complied with a demand from Moscow […]

Straits Herald November 21, 2019

by Esther Chan / Rachel Blundy Murder disguised as suicide. A secret massacre at a subway station. Impending ‘terrorist’ attacks: false news online is amplifying fear and confusion in Hong Kong as months of pro-democracy unrest turns increasingly violent in the real world. Using half-truths, carefully-edited video, and selective reporting, both the pro-democracy and pro-Beijing […]

Straits Herald November 20, 2019

Almost 700 Chinese nationals were arrested in Malaysia when authorities raided a building and busted a major online investment scam operation, immigration officials said Thursday. With a fairly open visa regime and relatively developed telecommunications infrastructure, Malaysia has become a hotspot for foreigners looking to set up centres to run online scams. Some suspects attacked […]

Straits Herald November 19, 2019

Officials in one Indonesian city have hatched a plan to wean children off smartphones — by giving them their own fluffy chicks to raise. Around 2,000 four-day-old chicks will be handed out to pupils at elementary and junior high schools in Bandung in the coming weeks in an attempt to distract the kids from their […]

Straits Herald November 18, 2019

Japan’s Z Holdings, formerly Yahoo Japan, will merge with mobile chat app operator Line, the firms said Monday, in a bid to boost the customer base for their digital services. Mobile operator SoftBank Corp, the parent of Z Holdings (ZHD), and South Korea’s Naver, Line’s parent company, agreed the merger of ZHD and Line, SoftBank […]

Straits Herald November 17, 2019

by Erwan Lucas Gamers were counting down to Tuesday’s launch of Google’s feature-rich, on-demand offering Stadia. But is its bang as big as its much-advertised buck? AFP had a chance to gain a first impression at the web behemoth’s Paris office in advance of the launch as Google bids to raise the bar to new […]

Straits Herald November 17, 2019

by Rob Lever Governments around the world are increasingly using social media to manipulate elections and monitor their citizens, in a worrisome trend for democracy, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday. An annual report on online freedom by the nonprofit group Freedom House found evidence of “advanced social media surveillance programs” in at least 40 […]

Straits Herald November 14, 2019

Walt Disney Co. said Wednesday it signed up 10 million subscribers for Disney+ within a day of launching its new streaming television service. The company said in a statement it has seen “extraordinary consumer demand” and “has already reached a major milestone, achieving a remarkable 10 million sign-ups since launching.” The news comes despite a launch […]

Straits Herald November 12, 2019

Google plans to launch a checking account service next year in a collaboration with Citigroup and a credit union in Silicon Valley, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. In a project code named Cache, Google is working on a system that will host checking accounts clearly bearing the brands of the financial institutions, which […]