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In a win for Amazon, US judge halts Pentagon work with Microsoft on $10B cloud contract In a win for Amazon, US judge halts Pentagon work with Microsoft on $10B cloud contract
NEW YORK – A federal judge on Thursday ordered a temporary halt of Microsoft's work on a $10 billion military cloud contract, a win for Amazon, which sued the U.S. government last year for awarding the contract to its rival. Amazon's lawsuit, filed in November, alleged that President Donald Trump's bias against the company hurt its chances to win the project. Amazon and Microsoft were finalists...
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Microsoft issues second 'final' Windows 7 update Microsoft issues second 'final' Windows 7 update
Microsoft has issued a fresh update for Windows 7, just days after it said it would provide no more patches for the ageing operating system. It made the U-turn after it emerged there was a bug in its "final" patch. It caused "wallpaper issues" for users who configured their computers with the stretch option for their background desktop, causing a plain black screen to be shown when Windows w...
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Apple says losing Lightning port will create waste Apple says losing Lightning port will create waste
Apple says being forced to abandon the Lightning connector used on its iPhones would create an "unprecedented amount of electronic waste". While the latest Android phones have a USB-C port, Apple's iPhones still use the proprietary Lightning port. Some members of the European Parliament want all phone-makers to adopt a universal port, to reduce waste. But Apple says the move would create ...
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Tech trends 2020: New spacecraft and bendy screens Tech trends 2020: New spacecraft and bendy screens
If your ambition is to fly into space - and you've got plenty of spare cash - then 2020 could be an exciting year. If space travel is not really your thing, but you would like a much bigger screen on your mobile phone, then 2020 might also have some tech for you. But if you think there are already too many phones out there and the technology industry needs to be less wasteful, well some tech...
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Google and Apple remove alleged UAE spy app ToTok Google and Apple remove alleged UAE spy app ToTok
Google and Apple have removed an Emirati messaging app called ToTok amid claims that it is used for state spying. Not to be confused with China's TikTok, ToTok markets itself as an easy and secure way to chat by video or text. However, The New York Times (NYT) has reported allegations that the WhatsApp-lookalike is a spy tool for the United Arab Emirates government. ToTok has told users t...
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Twitter prepares for huge cull of inactive users Twitter prepares for huge cull of inactive users
Twitter will begin deleting accounts that have been inactive for more than six months, unless they log in before an 11 December deadline. The cull will include users who stopped posting to the site because they died - unless someone with that person's account details is able to log-in. It is the first time Twitter has removed inactive accounts on such a large scale. The site said it was b...
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OneCoin lawyer on trial for role in 'crypto-scam' OneCoin lawyer on trial for role in 'crypto-scam'
The trial of a US lawyer accused of laundering some of the proceeds from the OneCoin cryptocurrency "scam" has begun in New York. Mark Scott is accused of routing approximately $400m (£310m) out of the US while trying to conceal the true ownership and source of the funds. Some is alleged to have ended up in Bank of Ireland accounts. Prosecutors claim he also spent some of the fraud's proc...
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Drones – The new delivery system. Drones – The new delivery system.
By Kashif Qasim. A dedicated writer who's interests are in Social Sciences, Technology and Art. (Has been freelancing for over 4 years.) We’ve seen drones at parties and events for taking photographs and videos, but Wing has done something else. They have started a delivery system. Yes, you heard that right, Wing, owned by Google Parent, Alphabet began delivering in the state of Virginia, last w...
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Libra: PayPal first to drop out of Facebook cryptocurrency Libra: PayPal first to drop out of Facebook cryptocurrency
Payments firm PayPal has become the first company to pull out of an alliance that is trying to launch Facebook's digital currency Libra. PayPal made the announcement in a statement on Friday, but did not specify what had prompted the decision. Libra, and its digital wallet Calibra, were revealed by Facebook in June. But the cryptocurrency has been criticised by regulators, and both France...
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Google seeks permission for staff to listen to Assistant recordings Google seeks permission for staff to listen to Assistant recordings
Google has said it will let its human reviewers listen to audio recordings made by its virtual assistant only if users give it fresh permission to do so. The company said the option had always been opt-in but it had not been explicit enough that people were involved in transcribing the clips. The pledge follows Apple's switch to an opt-in model in August. Amazon and Facebook, by contrast,...
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