Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai are personally lobbying senators against antitrust legislation: report

Photo credit should read NOAH BERGER/AFP via Getty Images The United States’ biggest tech companies are seriously worried about new antitrust legislation. So much so that Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai have been personally “calling and meeting with senators,” urging them to oppose the mooted legislation, according to a report from Punchbowl News that cites “​​multiple Senate aides.” The legislation in question is The American Innovation and Choice Online Act, a bipartisan bill spearheaded by Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA). The legislation is currently in its early stages, and is set to be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee today. The bill would need… Read More

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Sony expects Microsoft to ‘continue to ensure’ Activision games stay multiplatform

Sony has responded to Microsoft’s blockbuster proposal to buy Activision Blizzard with a comment on what that might mean for the future games like Call of Duty on PlayStation consoles. “We expect that Microsoft will abide by contractual agreements and continue to ensure Activision games are multiplatform,” a spokesperson tells The Wall Street Journal. That statement’s wording is less than definitive. It’s not surprising that Sony would expect Microsoft to honor any existing contractual agreements regarding PlayStation games, as it did when PS5 console exclusive Deathloop was released after Microsoft’s acquisition of publisher Bethesda Softworks. Once existing agreements expire, it opens the door for Microsoft to pursue Xbox exclusivity… Continue… Read More

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Apple is the world’s biggest smartphone seller once again

Apple has regained top spot as the world’s largest phone maker after the success of the iPhone 13 pushed shipments to a new high last quarter, new figures have shown. The latest shipment figures from Canalys found that Apple took a 22% market share in overall sales during Q4 2021, ahead of its great rival Samsung with 20%. This was despite of facing supply chain issues and chipset shortage that forced the Cupertino giant to reorganise its sales plans and divert chipsets from iPads to the iPhone 13 series. iPhone 13 surge Launched in September 2021, the iPhone 13 was one of Apple’s highest-profile launches for some time, marking a… Read More

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Oculus Quest 2 update adds support for Apple Magic Keyboard

Despite reports that it’s working on its own rival VR/AR headset, users will now be able to use their Apple Magic keyboard with the Quest 2. Much like the Logitech K830, the real-world Magic Keyboard will now appear in VR thanks to the v37 update that perfectly maps a digital keyboard over the physical device. This will allow Oculus Quest 2 users to better interact with their Mac computers in VR through the virtual desktop app. Meta is also expanding its support for keyboards in general, releasing a new Tracked Keyboard SDK that will allow developers to add wireless keyboard support to their games and apps. Apple isn’t getting all… Read More

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Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific Season 2 delayed until Valentine’s Day

The Call of Duty team has announced that there will be a delay to its upcoming Season 2. The content drop is now slated to land two weeks later. What was initially set to be an early February 2 launch is now a slightly more romantic affair with a February 14 release. Season 2 will go live across Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific and Call of Duty: Vanguard. The news of the delay was shared in a blog post, where the current state of the game and ongoing fixes were cited as reasons for the delay. The post opened with the acknowledgment over recent technical issues, saying: “We feel your… Read More

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PS5-owning Call of Duty lover? Relax – it’ll be tough to make CoD an Xbox exclusive

(Image credit: Microsoft) It isn’t just Call of Duty. Once the deal is finalized, As PlayStation fans fear losing the Call of Duty franchise to Xbox, one analyst believes anti-trust regulations will prevent this from happening. Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, DFC Intelligence owner David Cole says that Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard will allow it to compete against the likes of Google and Amazon in the wider interactive entertainment sector. However, he doesn’t believe it will be able to make Call of Duty exclusive to the Xbox platform, saying “Right now, I don’t think [it will]. For one thing, it would be hard to get it past regulators if they want… Read More

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PlayStation creator ‘can’t see the point’ in PSVR 2 or the metaverse

(Image credit: Future / Meta) It might be easy to dismiss Kutargi’s opinions based on his age, but there’s certainly an argument to be made that VR is a rather solitary and restrictive experience. Wearing a VR headset does indeed isolate you from the real world, and isn’t exactly a device that will appeal to those who have family, pets, or who can’t comfortably block out their surroundings for long periods of time. The metaverse is also rather unappealing for the same reasons. While the potential for remote working and more social-driven experiences is certainly there, we’ve already seen companies experimenting with making day-to-day activities like shopping into a virtual… Read More

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Red Cross cyberattack sees data of thousands at-risk people stolen

A supply chain attack has resulted in the data of more than half a million “highly vulnerable people” stolen from Red Cross systems. A contractor for the Swiss-based International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) fell victim to a cyberattack recently, with unknown malicious actors making away with sensitive data on more than 515,000 individuals. And not just any individuals – people who got separated from their families through conflict, migration, or natural disasters, missing persons and their families, as well as people in detention. Mystery attack Initial reports are saying that this was not a ransomware attack, but we don’t know if any endpoints were infected with malware, or… Read More

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This Dolby Atmos soundbar is a cheaper version of the Sonos Arc

(Image credit: Denon) Cheaper Denon has announced its latest soundbar, which offers Dolby Atmos immersive audio and comes with a wireless subwoofer included – and it’s much cheaper than the leading model, the Sonos Arc. The Sonos Arc is our pick for the best soundbar you can buy today, but its $899 / £899 / AU$1,499 price tag makes it a very expensive way to boost your home cinema setup. Meanwhile, the Denon DHT-S517 costs £379. Global pricing is yet to be announced, but that works out at about $500 / AU$700 – and as it comes with a subwoofer, you don’t need to shell out extra to ensure your… Read More

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ABB India’s Nelamangala unit gets ‘Water Positive’ certification from TERI

ABB India on Thursday said its Nelamangala unit, in Karnataka has received a ‘Water Positive’ certification from The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). In place of simply replacing the amount of water taken from the environment, the unit implemented an Innovative 6R approach towards ‘Water Positivity’ to replenish more water than it consumes at the location, ABB India said in a statement. The unique 6R approach includes initiatives such as rainwater use and recharge, reduction in the use of freshwater, water recycling, and real-time monitoring of water consumption, recharge, and saving. “Our Nelamangala unit turning ‘Water Positive’ is a step towards continued resource conservation, in line with our 2030 global… Read More

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Apple TV Plus teases its WeWork series with Jared Leto

Photo by Apple A new trailer gives us a glimpse of Apple TV Plus’ WeCrashed, an upcoming miniseries about the real-life buildup and dramatic downfall of WeWork, the coworking space with the weirdly bombastic public filing that laid off thousands of employees while later giving its brash CEO a huge golden parachute. The script practically writes itself. Jared Leto stars as WeWork’s former eccentric CEO, Adam Neumann, while Anne Hathaway takes on the role of his wife, Rebekah Neumann, who served as the company’s chief brand and impact officer and was former CEO of WeGrow. The trailer opens with Leto reimagining a run-down building as a vibrant office space —… Read More

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Google tells free G Suite users: Pay up or lose your account

Enlarge / An artist’s rendering of Google’s current reputation. (credit: Aurich Lawson) Google says the free ride is over for early users of the company’s custom domain G Suite service. Google has long offered a service that lets you use Google apps on a custom domain, allowing you to have a Google email that ends in your domain instead of “gmail.com.” Today, you have to pay for the privilege of a custom domain with a Google account, but for the first six years of the service’s life, the basic tier allowed you to create a custom domain account for free. Google turned off the ability to create these accounts for free… Read More

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Hey Google, Congress needs to do more to rein in the tech industry, not less

(Image credit: VCG/VCG via Getty Images) The kicker is the argument that “Foreign companies could also routinely access American technology as well as Americans’ data.” First, foreign companies routinely access American technology because American companies sell it to them. Huawei phones were running Android OS right up until Huawei got sanctioned by the US Government, let’s not forget. If Google is concerned about Chinese companies tearing down their products and reverse engineering them, well, that’s been a part of business for as long as there has been business. If you want to avoid that, don’t sell them your products. You don’t get to have it both ways. Then, there’s the… Read More

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If you like the data on your WD My Cloud OS 3 device, patch it now

Enlarge (credit: Western Digital) Western Digital has patched three critical vulnerabilities—one with a severity rating of 9.8 and another with a 9.0—that make it possible for hackers to steal data or remotely hijack storage devices running version 3 of the company’s My Cloud OS. CVE-2021-40438, as one of the vulnerabilities is tracked, allows remote attackers with no authentication to make devices forward requests to servers of the attackers’ choosing. Like the other two flaws Western Digital fixed, it resides in the Apache HTTP Server versions 2.4.48 and earlier. Attackers have already successfully exploited it to steal hashed passwords from a vulnerable system, and exploit code is readily available. The vulnerability… Read More

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