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Data surveillance powers unlawfully wide, court told

BBC Technology News - June 17, 2019 - 4:59pm
Security services are invading people's privacy by "Hoovering up" communication data, a court hears.

Huawei bracing for a 40% to 60% drop in international smartphone shipments

Ars Technica - June 17, 2019 - 4:41pm

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Hot off the news of Huawei cancelling a laptop launch and delaying its foldable smartphone, we're now starting to see hard numbers for just how much the Trump Administration's export ban may affect the Chinese company's business. A report from Bloomberg claims to detail Huawei's internal estimates, saying the company is expecting a 40 to 60 percent drop in international smartphone shipments due to the export ban. Huawei does about half its smartphone business internationally, and with 206 million phones sold in total in 2018, this would work out to about 40 million to 60 million sales lost.

Trade War! USA v. China

View more stories The Bloomberg report also has talk of Huawei pulling its next smartphone launch, the Honor 20, if sales aren't up to snuff. The phone launches on June 21 in parts of Europe, but the report says "executives are monitoring the launch and may cut off shipments if it sells poorly as expected." Carriers also need to be considered in this equation, and the report notes that two of the largest carriers in France have already opted out of selling the device.

This morning Huawei sent a response to the report to Ars and other outlets, saying the Honor 20 launch was still on schedule for June 21, and the Honor 20 Pro would be available in overseas markets "soon."

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Samsung TVs should be regularly virus-checked, the company says

BBC Technology News - June 17, 2019 - 3:55pm
The technology company tweeted its QLED-branded sets should be scanned once every few weeks.

SIM swap horror story: I've lost decades of data and Google won't lift a finger

ZDnet Blogs - June 17, 2019 - 3:19pm
First they hijacked my T-Mobile service, then they stole my Google and Twitter accounts and charged my bank with a $25,000 Bitcoin purchase. I'm stuck in my own personal Black Mirror episode. Why will no one help me?
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Domino’s will start robot pizza deliveries in Houston this year

Ars Technica - June 17, 2019 - 2:10pm

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Domino's will begin delivering pizza using self-driving robots in the Houston area later this year, the company announced on Monday. The company will use delivery vehicles from the Silicon Valley startup Nuro.

“Nuro’s vehicles are specially designed to optimize the food delivery experience, which makes them a valuable partner in our autonomous vehicle journey," said Kevin Vasconi of Domino's in a press release. "The opportunity to bring our customers the choice of an unmanned delivery experience, and our operators an additional delivery solution during a busy store rush, is an important part of our autonomous vehicle testing.”

The deal is a coup for Nuro, which raised $940 million in February and is already delivering groceries for Kroger in the Houston area. Pizza delivery is one of the most common applications for last-mile deliveries, and Domino's is one of the biggest companies in the business, delivering about 3 million pizzas per day. That's a lot of potential business for Nuro if the Houston trial is successful.

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Firefly opens first Alpha rocket launch to academic and educational payloads

Ars Technica - June 17, 2019 - 2:00pm

Enlarge / Firefly performed a full-duration firing of its rocket's second stage in April, 2019. (credit: Edwards Media)

One of the questions facing any company as it brings a new rocket to market is what to put on top of the booster. After all, things can sometimes go all explodey with inaugural flights. So the first flight of any rocket typically serves as a demonstration mission, to prove via an actual test flight that all of a company's modeling and ground testing were correct. SpaceX famously put Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster on the first flight of the Falcon Heavy rocket.

Despite a sometimes whimsical payload, however, first flights demonstrate a number of capabilities to potential customers. (In the case of the Falcon Heavy, the rocket's upper stage performed a six-hour coast in space before re-firing its upper stage-engine to demonstrate the ability to directly inject key satellites into geostationary space for the US military.)

As the Austin, Texas-based rocket company Firefly nears the first flight of its Alpha rocket, the company also faces such a payload decision. It has an (undisclosed) customer for the flight, but the smallsat launcher also has some unused capacity for the mission—the Alpha rocket has about twice as much lift as an existing competitor, Rocket Lab's Electron vehicle.

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Instagram to make hacked account recovery easier

BBC Technology News - June 17, 2019 - 1:50pm
The photo platform is testing a new way to get back into hacked accounts.

Hacker conference speaker axed over abortion views

BBC Technology News - June 17, 2019 - 1:34pm
Protests and a threatened boycott lead the Black Hat hacker conference to axe its keynote speaker.

Boris Johnson's full fibre plan needs more detail says industry

BBC Technology News - June 17, 2019 - 1:13pm
Broadband providers say it will take more than money to achieve a "full fibre for all" by 2025 pledge.

Huawei smartphone sales hit amid US curbs

BBC Technology News - June 17, 2019 - 12:05pm
The founder of the Chinese telecoms giant says overseas sales of its mobile phones have sunk 40%.

Porn trolling lawyer jailed for 14 years

BBC Technology News - June 17, 2019 - 11:53am
A US lawyer who tricked people into paying for films he helped pirate gets a 14-year jail sentence.

Comic for June 16, 2019

Dilbert - June 17, 2019 - 12:59am
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