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Exclusive: Amazon to delay Prime Day sales event due to coronavirus

Amazon.com Inc is postponing its major summer shopping event Prime Day until at least August and expects a potential $100-million hit from excess devices it may now have to sell at a discount, according to internal meeting notes seen by Reuters.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 4 Apr 2020 | 8:15 am

Three VOIP companies may lose providers if coronavirus robocalls continue, U.S. agencies say

Three voice over internet providers may lose access to the U.S. telecom network if they do not stop allowing their service to be used by robocallers touting coronavirus and other scams, the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission said on Friday.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 4 Apr 2020 | 7:48 am

Two U.S. state AGs seek info on Zoom's privacy practices

At least two U.S. state attorneys have sought information from Zoom Video Communications Inc following multiple reports that questioned the privacy and security of the video-conferencing app.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 4 Apr 2020 | 7:33 am

Cisco's Webex draws record 324 million users in March

Cisco Systems Inc's video-conferencing app Webex registered a record 324 million attendees in March, with usage more than doubling in the Americas, as the coronavirus-led lockdowns forced businesses to have employees work from home.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 4 Apr 2020 | 7:04 am

Coronavirus: 'Not smart' memo shows Amazon's union stance

The firm's lawyer says his comments were personal, spoken out of emotional frustration.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 4 Apr 2020 | 4:06 am

Google data shines light on whether coronavirus lockdowns worldwide are working

Alphabet Inc's Google has published charts showing how the coronavirus has brought hard-hit Italy to a standstill, led to runs on grocery stores around the world and prompted a stark drop in going-out between Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 4 Apr 2020 | 3:50 am

Coronavirus: Garden centres switch to virtual personal shopping

Plants are being sold via livestreams, emails and social media as lockdown forces traders to close.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 4 Apr 2020 | 3:48 am

Poland works on smartphone app to help stop coronavirus outbreak

Poland is working on a smartphone application to help trace people who have come in contact with those infected with the coronavirus and warn them about the possible risk, the Digital Ministry said on Friday.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 4 Apr 2020 | 3:11 am

Zoom 'unsuitable' for government secrets, researchers say

The meeting app used by Cabinet has odd encryption and sends data through China, researchers say.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 4 Apr 2020 | 2:49 am

Europe's north-south lockdown divide revealed by Google data

Italy and Spain, the two European countries hardest hit by the new coronavirus, have enforced the most drastic lockdowns to curb the pandemic but one country, Sweden, stands out for allowing life to go on much as before, Google data show.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 4 Apr 2020 | 1:33 am

Factbox: Google location data shows slump in trips to malls, offices

Google on Thursday published reports for 131 countries showing whether visits to shops, parks and workplaces dropped in March, when many governments issued stay-at-home orders to rein in the spread of COVID-19.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 4 Apr 2020 | 1:28 am

SoftBank's Son tests state of emergency appetite via Twitter poll

SoftBank Group Corp founder and CEO Masayoshi Son on Friday began polling his Twitter followers over whether a state of emergency should be declared, as the number of people in Tokyo infected with the coronavirus continues to rise.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 4 Apr 2020 | 1:08 am

Coronavirus threatens to knock South Korea off 5G leadership perch

South Korea is struggling to retain its lead in global next-generation 5G telecom services, as the coronavirus pandemic further cools sentiment of consumers whose interest in the technology has waned due to cost and quality concerns.

Source: Reuters: Technology News | 3 Apr 2020 | 8:00 pm

The robot car enforcing lockdown and other news

BBC Click's Omar Mehtab looks at the best of the week's technology stories.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 3 Apr 2020 | 7:52 pm

Coronavirus: Google reveals travel habits during the pandemic

It will regularly provide updates as to what types of places people are going to during the outbreak.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 3 Apr 2020 | 7:18 pm

Robot brings Hastings gallery art into people's homes

The Hastings Contemporary is offering virtual tours during the coronavirus lockdown.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 3 Apr 2020 | 6:49 pm

Covid 19 coronavirus: Privacy Commissioner John Edwards talks to police about location-tracing self-isolation texts

SIGN UP TO OUR COVID-19 NEWSLETTER. SIGN IN OR REGISTER, THEN SELECT TOP NEWS STORIES The Privacy Commissioner has spoken with police about a text message system being used to trace those is self-isolation after returning from...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 3 Apr 2020 | 5:05 pm

NZ's Grinding Gear Games picks up Bafta, beating likes of Fortnite

West Auckland-based Grinding Gear Games' Path of Exile has one "Best Evolving Game" at the 2020 Bafta Games Awards - beating a lineup of blockbuster fellow nominees that included the likes of Fortnite and Final Fantasy XIV. READ...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 3 Apr 2020 | 5:01 pm

Coronavirus Covid-19: NZ's Plan B could mean 'safe havens' for elderly

New Zealand could create cordoned-off "safe havens" to protect our elderly and vulnerable if the country fails to stamp out Covid-19, experts say.It's hoped New Zealand will become one of few nations in the world to head off the...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 3 Apr 2020 | 5:00 pm

Coronavirus threatens the next generation of smartphones

The latest smartphones might be delayed due to disrupted supply chains and shoppers staying at home.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 3 Apr 2020 | 12:06 pm

Bafta Games Awards: Outer Wilds wins Best Game

Outer Wilds and Disco Elysium both win three golden masks at this year's Bafta Games Awards.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 3 Apr 2020 | 9:59 am

Covid-19 coronavirus: Zoom boss 'deeply sorry' over security claims, expert unconvinced

Popular video chat service Zoom dodged questions about security claims on its website earlier this week.Security experts, including New Zealand's Daniel Ayers, said Zoom claimed to have end-to-end encryption when it did not - an...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 3 Apr 2020 | 6:46 am

Google uses AI to enhance video call audio

The new system realistically fills short gaps in conversations where drops previously occurred.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 3 Apr 2020 | 3:30 am

Zoom boss apologises for security issues and promises fixes

The firm will freeze all new feature development to concentrate on fixing security and privacy issues.

Source: BBC News - Technology | 3 Apr 2020 | 1:54 am

Covid 19 coronavirus: 'I thought the police isolation text was a scam' - only half agree to location sharing

Returning Kiwis who received the police self-isolation check text reported it as a scam because they thought it looked dubious.And figures reveal only half of the arrivals sent the texts responded, as Commissioner Mike Bush admitted...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 2 Apr 2020 | 6:59 pm

Covid 19 coronavirus: In crisis, Kiwis are more likely to trust experts

We're being bombarded with news and views about Covid-19. How do we separate the fact from the fudge? Are Kiwis more likely to trust their institutions than other countries'? And are they more likely to listen to experts in times...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 2 Apr 2020 | 11:40 am

Covid-19 coronavirus: Zoom flaw lets a hacker take control of a victim's webcam, microphone

SIGN UP TO OUR COVID-19 NEWSLETTER.SIGN IN OR REGISTER, THEN SELECT TOP NEWS STORIES Security researcher Patrick Wardle says he's found two new "Zero Day" vulnerabilities in popular video chat service Zoom - one of which allows...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 2 Apr 2020 | 8:54 am

Coronavirus Covid-19: Can smartphones help NZ stop spread?

One of the best weapons we have to throw against Covid-19 may be found in our pockets.That's according to researchers who say digital data from smartphones offer a powerful way to ramp up contact tracing against a virus whose rate...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 1 Apr 2020 | 7:30 pm

Covid 19 coronavirus: What would the world have looked like if the pandemic hit in 2005?

By RNZ Despite being physically isolated from friends or family during the lockdown, people are still finding ways to stay connected.Families are having frequent video calls using things like Skype or FaceTime, and friends are...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 1 Apr 2020 | 6:43 pm

Covid 19 coronavirus: MarketWatch: How to invest in bear market - winners and losers

Since big falls last week the local sharemarket has surged back by 16 per cent. It's now off just 18 per cent since its last peak in February, but that does not mean we are through the bear market, says Pie Funds chief executive...

Source: nzherald.co.nz - Technology | 1 Apr 2020 | 10:40 am















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