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Dating and fertility apps among those snitching to “out of control” adtech, report finds

Dating and fertility apps among those snitching to “out of control” adtech, report finds The latest report to warn that surveillance capitalism is out of control — and ‘free’ digital services can in fact be very costly to people’s privacy and rights — comes courtesy of the Norwegian Consumer Council which has published […]

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US patents hit record 333,530 granted in 2019; IBM, Samsung (not the FAANGs) lead the pack

US patents hit record 333,530 granted in 2019; IBM, Samsung (not the FAANGs) lead the pack We may have moved on from a nearly-daily cycle of news involving tech giants sparring in courts over intellectual property infringement, but patents continue to be a major cornerstone of how companies and people measure their […]

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DuckDuckGo still critical of Google’s EU Android choice screen auction, after wining a universal slot

DuckDuckGo still critical of Google’s EU Android choice screen auction, after wining a universal slot Google has announced which search engines have won an auction process it has devised for an Android ‘choice screen’ — as its response to an antitrust intervention by the region’s competition regulator. The prompt is shown to […]

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Paytm targets merchants to fight back Google and Walmart in India’s crowded payments field

Paytm targets merchants to fight back Google and Walmart in India’s crowded payments field Paytm today announced two new features for businesses as the financial services firm looks to expand its reach in the nation that has quickly become one of the world’s most crowded and competitive payments markets. The Noida-headquartered firm, […]

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India’s Reliance Jio rolls out Wi-Fi calling feature

India’s Reliance Jio rolls out Wi-Fi calling feature Two of the top three telecom operators in India are beginning to address one of the biggest challenges hundreds of millions of their subscribers face in the country each day: poor call quality and abrupt voice drops. Reliance Jio, India’s second largest telecom operator, […]

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Adobe CTO says AI will ‘democratize’ creative tools

Adobe CTO says AI will ‘democratize’ creative tools Adobe CTO Abhay Parasnis sees a shift happening. A shift in how people share content and who wants to use creative tools. A shift in how users expect these tools to work — especially how much time they take to learn and how quickly […]

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Google Pixel 4A renders include a headphone jack and hole-punch display

Google Pixel 4A renders include a headphone jack and hole-punch display It’s the slowest week of the year for gadget news. Christmas is in the rearview, and it’s a few days until the new year. After that, it’s a straight shot to CES and then MWC. Meantime, best we’ve got going for […]

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Chinese apps are losing their hold on India to local developers

Chinese apps are losing their hold on India to local developers Apps from Chinese developers have been gaining popularity on Indian app stores for sometime. Last year, as many as 44 of the top 100 Android apps in India were developed by Chinese firms. But things have changed this year as local […]

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Fintech’s next decade will look radically different

Fintech’s next decade will look radically different The birth and growth of financial technology developed mostly over the last ten years. So as we look ahead, what does the next decade have in store? I believe we’re starting to see early signs: in the next ten years, fintech will become portable and […]

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Whatever happened to the Next Big Things?

Whatever happened to the Next Big Things? In tech, this was the smartphone decade. In 2009, Symbian was still the dominant ‘smartphone’ OS, but 2010 saw the launch of the iPhone 4, the Samsung Galaxy S, and the Nexus One, and today Android and iOS boast four billion combined active devices. Smartphones […]

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