The social media platform Telegram has over 500 million users with over 55 million active every day. Unlike other platforms such as Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and others, you are free to express your opinion there without being cancelled, shadow banned or throttled in searches. There are other platforms also emerging to compete with the giants but there are problems. Bank and payment gateways are facing pressure to no longer support competitors to the giants. The slickness of the platforms is not quite there yet and others like Rumble still have more and longer ads than YouTube. That said I recently watched a longer clip on YouTube and faced 10 ad breaks averaging four minutes apart. Eventually the competitive platforms will grow as more and more opinions are suppressed by the giants. The previously cancelled Parler is back but some are questioning their longevity on a California-based platform. - I'm looking to put together a new computer, specifically for music production and ... » Learn More about The fight for a freer web continues
Google and Apple Inc’s “symbiotic relationship” should get scrutiny from the UK’s antitrust regulator, a group of online advertisers said. Marketers for an Open Web said it has asked the Competition and Markets Authority to look at concerns that the two companies “are not competing head to head”, citing US regulatory filings on agreements between the tech giants that they say are a form of active collaboration. The UK regulator is one of several global antitrust enforcers examining technology companies amid concerns they may have too much power. The CMA started an investigation earlier this month into Apple’s app payment rules following scrutiny of Google’s planned advertising changes. The Google probe was sparked by a complaint last year from the Open Web group. The US Department of Justice’s lawsuit last year alleges that Google and Apple work as “one company” on search. It alleges that Google’s exclusive paid deals to distribute its search engine on browsers and phones, ... » Learn More about Google, Apple ties are target of advertisers’ UK complaint
The Chinese government has issued new rules that define for the first time the “necessary” personal information that mobile apps can obtain from their users, as Beijing intensifies its campaign against unauthorised data collection by Big Tech to further control the country’s digital economy. Apps can collect necessary personal information from users that allows them to access basic functions and services, while users can decline to provide data outside what is deemed necessary and continue to use certain apps without obstruction, according to the new rules jointly released on Monday by agencies that include the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the Public Security Bureau (PSB) and the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR). The regulation on necessary personal information for common types of mobile Internet applications, which will take effect on May 1, also covers the basic functions and services ... » Learn More about Data privacy: China defines for the first time ‘necessary’ information that apps can collect, closing ‘bundled consent’ loophole
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. Image: Samsung via ETX Daily Up The last few years have seen the appearance of several models of smartphones with foldable screens. Samsung has been one of the busiest manufacturers, releasing no fewer than three models in two years: the Galaxy Z Fold, Fold 2 and Flip. However, these models are still very expensive and their sales volumes have not been made public for the moment. A future model with two hinges, that is to say with a screen folded in three, could soon make its appearance. In any case the patents have been filed and the new model is believed to be in development. The advantage of such a smartphone would be to have an even larger screen than that found on the Galaxy Z Fold, truly approaching that of a tablet, with a 16:9 or 18:9 format, all the while transportable in one’s pocket. It would obviously be ideal for multitasking, better for playing some video games or watching a movie on the go. These speculations were relayed by the economic ... » Learn More about Will your next smartphone fold in three?
The idea of a laptop hasn’t changed in the last 30 years – they have gotten bigger yet lighter, but have always been of a fold-open design with a keyboard and monitor, but Taiwan hardware maker Asus is bent on changing the rules, with its fuss-free productivity companion that continues to rewrite the rules. The Asus Zenbook Duo 14, powered by up to the 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, is a 14-inch device that makes cross-screen workflow super smooth, powered by the NVIDIA GeForce MX450 graphics to enable smooth drawing or video-editing software to run without stumbling or have excessive loading or rendering times. The cross-screen here is a secondary monitor located just above the keyboard, where a laptop’s keyboard normally sits, thereby eliminating the need for a separate second screen just to run background software or windows, such as Spotify or folders. With this ScreenPad Plus secondary display, the Zenbook Duo 14 offers the convenience of a smaller screen, now augmented by ... » Learn More about Two screens? Asus Zenbook Duo 14 offers double the convenience
Not considered a supreme Van Gogh masterpiece, it still went for $15.4 million. PARIS - One of the few paintings by Vincent Van Gogh still in private hands, "Street Scene in Montmartre", was sold for over 13 million euros Thursday at auction after going on public display for the first time this week, Sotheby's said. The painting -- which emerged after a century spent in the same collection and has not been exhibited in public since it was painted in 1887 -- fetched 13.091 million euros ($15.414 million), Sotheby's said. Reaching well above the estimate of 5-8 million euros, Sotheby's said the sale price was a record for the artist in France. The sale of the painting was the highlight of an auction of 33 works from masters including Degas, Magritte, Modigliani, Klee, Rodin and his muse Camille Claudel sold in an auction live-streamed by Sotheby's in Paris. The painting was reoffered at the end of the sale in Paris after the auction house scrapped its initial sale earlier in ... » Learn More about Rarely seen Paris Van Gogh sells for over 13 mn euros
MANILA, Philippines — Telecommunications firm Sky Cable Corp. on Thursday warned its fiber home internet customers that slow connection will be expected due to five-day maintenance activities. “To our valued SKY Fiber subscribers, we’d like to inform you that Asia-America Gateway will be performing emergency maintenance activities on their subsea international cable systems starting Sept. 25 at 8 a.m. to Sept. 30 at 5 a.m.,” the company said in a statement. “This will result in slow connection affecting social media web browsers and video streaming sites such as Facebook, Google and Netflix,” it added. SKY Corp., meanwhile, vowed that it is working with “technology partners to minimize the effects of the activity to subscribers.” The AAG is the first submarine cable system linking countries in Southeast Asia to Hong Kong, then Guam, to Hawaii, and eventually the United States’ East Coast. The cable system provides connectivity between Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei ... » Learn More about Maintenance work of Sky Fiber to cause slow connection for subscribers
The moment you believe in investing in any mobile application solution, you get loaded with many challenges all at once. Out of many, the critical one is to choose between native and hybrid app development platforms. Also, the innovations and trends in Mobile app development company solutions are often surrounded by various misconceptions. To understand it better with greater depth and to easily cope up with business requirements, it is crucial to have an understanding of both the technologies. If you are looking for answers related to any native or Hybrid app development services, this article is for you. A Glimpse At Native App Development A native application refers to a software app development framework and a specific programming language for the Android or iOS platform. Native iOS applications are developed in objective C or Swift whereas native Android applications are developed in Java. What distinguishes them from hybrid applications is the fact that they are ... » Learn More about Understanding the Clear Differences Between Native And Hybrid Apps?
Spotify has just added a small button to its desktop programme that may help reduce your carbon footprint by letting you download playlists to your computer rather than streaming them every time. With the new function, you can now save a playlist to your device so that you can listen to music and podcasts when you’re offline, similar to the download button on the Spotify app. Announcing the feature on Thursday, the audio streaming giant said the function, available to paying subscribers only, is designed to help people save much-needed internet bandwidth. As such it may help in the many homes where internet connections have been strained by more than one person working remotely during the pandemic. But frugal streaming has also joined the likes of cycling to work and reusing coffee cups on the list of things people are being asked to do to help reduce greenhouse emissions. Researchers have found that the rising popularity of streaming music is having unintended harmful ... » Learn More about Spotify’s desktop app now lets you download playlists to your device
PARIS: One of the few paintings by Vincent Van Gogh still in private hands sold for more than 13 million euros at auction on Thursday (Friday in Manila), Sotheby’s said. “Street Scene in Montmartre” — on public display for the first time since its creation in 1887, after a century in the same collection — fetched 13.09 million euros ($15.4 million), the auction house said. At well above the estimate of 5 million to 8 million euros, the sale price was a record for the artist in France, it added. The painting was the highlight of an auction of 33 works from masters including Degas, Magritte, Modigliani, Klee, Rodin and his muse, Camille Claudel, sold in an auction live-streamed by Sotheby’s in Paris. The painting was reoffered at the end of the sale in Paris, after the auction house scrapped its initial sale earlier in the afternoon — where it fetched a slightly higher sale price — due to problems with online bidding. Other highlights included the sale of a recently restored ... » Learn More about Van Gogh’s 1887 work sold for $15.4 million