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The US Department of Justice has indicted John McAfee over cryptocurrency fraud. It said the businessman was involved in a pump-and-dump scheme on Twitter. He's currently detained in Spain.
Vodafone has announced new Pro Broadband packages which come with WiFi extenders and a dedicated support team to help you stay online. The routers also include back-up mobile data if WiFi fails.
Google has announced that Chrome will switch to a four-week release cycle beginning with Chrome 94 in the third quarter. The browser has been releasing on a six-week release cycle for over a decade.
Virgin Media has shared data about its customers' online usage during the third lockdown. It said that upload traffic was busiest in the afternoon generated by video calls and file uploads.
Nokia has announced new climate targets which will see it reduce its carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 compared to 2019. It comes after it reached previously set targets 11 years ahead of schedule.
SpaceX has finally managed to land a Starship rocket, however, several minutes after, the vehicle exploded due to a fire which managed to reach the propellant which subsequently ignited.
Virgin Media recently trialled Infinera's XR Optics technology in its network to deliver speeds of up to 400 Gbps. Interestingly, this technology can be slotted into existing networks easily.
Sky Mobile has revealed that its customers have each saved up 43 GBs of data on average due to them staying at home over the past year and opting to get online with their broadband connection instead.
Apple has published findings from a study it's doing into people's hearing. Many with hearing loss do not use technologies like hearing aids and many more haven't had a hearing test in 10 years.
A new Instagram feature called Live Rooms is rolling out globally and allows live sessions to include three guests. The firm hopes to help content creators and make people more connected.
Rocket Lab has announced plans for its upcoming Neutron rocket which will deliver larger satellites to space, go to other planets and launch with human crews. Neutron will be partially reusable too.
There are three rocket launches expected this week. Rocket Lab is launching several satellites, Iran is re-attempting to launch its Pars 1 satellite, and SpaceX will try to land Starship SN10.
Google has made its Sleep API publicly available on Android so that third-party developers can use it inside their apps. The firm said that the API is more power-efficient at tracking user's sleep.
KaiOS Technologies has partnered up with Justdiggit, a Dutch foundation that focuses on fighting desertification, to help Tanzanian farmers preserve their livelihood against the climate change threat.
Vodafone has released a new report which suggests that the European Union could boost its GDP by 7.2% per capita by 2027 if member states further embrace digitalisation in their economies.
Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom have found that solar grids can power two-thirds of the energy requirements needed for one of the latter's mobile sites located in Germany, helping cut emissions.
Mozilla has launched Firefox 86. It comes with a new anti-tracking tool, support for simultaneous Picture-in-Picture videos, a better printing screen, and performance and stability enhancements.
The analyst firm Gartner has said that it expects IT spending by governments to increase by 5.1% this year as they invest more in devices and telecoms to let employees get work done from home.
NASA has released footage of the Perseverance rover landing on Mars last week. High definition cameras equipped to the machinery at different vantage points give great shots of Mars and the rover.
Shipments of smartphones globally decreased by 5% in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. Over the whole year, sales declined by more than 12% compared to 2019.
This week, India, SpaceX, Russia, China and Iran are all planning space launches. All of the launches are carrying satellites but for very different purposes from internet delivery to monitoring.
Uber has lost its appeal at the UK's Supreme Court. It means that a group of 25 Uber drivers will now be considered employees of the firm meaning they're entitled to paid holidays and rest breaks.
NASA has confirmed the successful landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars. In its two year mission, it will take samples from a historical lakebed which will be examing for signs of ancient life.
Every sector needs someone like Elon Musk who will experiment and develop new technologies to reduce carbon emissions, according to Bill Gates. He specifically cited the steel and cement industries.
Amazon has announced that 20 more firms, including IBM, have signed up to its The Climate Pledge programme which encourages signatories to meet their net-zero goals by 2040 rather than 2050.
Google has launched a learning gateway for its Arts & Culture content to help educators use the material to teach children that are currently learning online due to lockdown restrictions.
Opera has launched a new fintech called Dify. Dify will provide users with cashback at certain retailers and in future it will introduce new services like savings management, credit, and more.
Vodafone says it has successfully trialled a tracking mechanism that combines space satellites and its IoT platform. The firm said that it can track objects with an accuracy of 10 centimetres.
LG has said that its 2021 TV line-up will begin rolling out around the world in the first quarter. Each of the displays will ship with webOS 6.0 which was announced in early January.
Bitcoin has passed $50,000 for the first time in its history. It comes after more businesses expressed their interest in the cryptocurrency and Tesla said it would be allowing bitcoin payments.
Pat Gelsinger has taken over the role of CEO at Intel. The appointment was confirmed over the weekend. Gelsinger has a 30-year history at Intel and was the architect behind the 80486 processor.
Virgin Media and the Centre for Economics and Business Research have published a report which calls on the UK to invest more in technology to see a £232 billion boost to the economy by 2040.
UK Uber drivers will learn next Friday whether or not they're considered to be self-employed or employees of the ride-hailing firm. As employees, drivers would get sick pay, paid holidays and more.
Ofcom has fined O2 £10.5 million for overcharging customers between 2011 and 2019. The carrier has also refunded those who were affected and is donating to charity where it can't find the customer.
What looks like the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra has surfaced on YouTube. The device was shown off in white and black and is running MIUI 12. Notably, it features a rear display to help with selfies
Sky Mobile customers can now order a free gift SIM which can be loaded up with their spare Sky Piggybank data that has been built up over lockdown. The gift SIM can be shared with others.
The private search engine Startpage has released findings from a study it carried out about online privacy. While many in the U.S. care about privacy, a large number don't switch services or tools.
Google has released a new curriculum that educators can leverage to teach their students how to write Android apps using Kotlin. Google recommends that instructors have some programming knowledge.