Category: Tech News

South Korea to Attend Preliminary Meeting of US-Led Chipmaker Group

SEOUL—South Korea is expected to attend a preliminary meeting for a U.S.-led group of major microchip manufacturers including Taiwan and Japan, South Korea’s foreign minister said on Thursday. Seoul’s participation in the preliminary meeting for the so-called “Chip 4” group could heighten the stakes for South Korea as it seeks to navigate the contest between…


Solomon Islands Strikes Deal to Build 161 Huawei Towers With $66 Million Chinese Loan

The Solomon Islands government has agreed to a 448.9 million yuan (US$66.15 million) loan from the Chinese state-owned Export-Import Bank of China to fund the construction of 161 towers by controversial telecommunications giant Huawei. In response, defence expert Michael Shoebridge has warned that Beijing is “moving fast and in a broad way” in the South…


Is Elon Musk’s Internet Service Safe? Researcher Develops $25 Tool to Hack Into Starlink Terminal

Tesla, Inc. CEO Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet service is making great strides with respect to the breadth of coverage and adoption. However, the service is not foolproof and is vulnerable to hacking, a report said. A researcher from Belgium has prepared a hacking tool worth $25 that could glitch Starlink’s user terminals, Wired reported….


Facebook Overturns Decision to Censor Pro-Women Group for Sharing Post Saying Men Can’t Give Birth

Facebook has removed its censorship on an Australian independent think tank group for sharing a post saying men can’t get pregnant.   The social media giant claimed it was an error following public backlash despite initially saying the decision to impose the ban was “final.”  Women’s Forum Australia, which promotes a pro-women approach to social and…


Do These 4 Things to Help Secure Your Online Life

As people continue to move large portions of their lives online, cyber criminals find more ways to exploit them. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center logged 847,376 complaints in 2021, with potential losses exceeding $6.9 billion. But often internet users make it too easy for bad actors. The five most commonly-used passwords around the world…


United Airlines Puts Down $10 Million Deposit for 100 Electric Air Taxis

United Airlines Inc. is looking to the future with a major investment in electric air taxis to transport consumers to and from the airport. The company paid a $10 million deposit to Archer Aviation Inc. for an order of 100 electric vertical takeoff and landing air taxis, known as eVTOLs, the company announced on Aug. 10. “The…


Snap Launches Tools for Parents to Monitor Teens’ Contacts

Snap Inc., owner of the popular messaging app Snapchat, rolled out its first parental control tools on Tuesday, which will allow parents to see who their teens are talking to, but not the substance of their conversations. The new feature called Family Center is launching at a time when social media companies have been criticized…


Twilio Falls Prey to Hackers: Report

Digital authentication solutions provider Twilio Inc. said a scheme by which outsiders duped employees into handing over their passwords hacked some of its employees’ and customers’ accounts. Twilio became aware of the incident on Aug. 4. “This broad-based attack against our employee base succeeded in fooling some employees into providing their credentials,” Twilio said. “The attackers then used the…


Twitter Says Loading Issues Fixed After User Complaints

Twitter Inc. said on Tuesday it had fixed issues after thousands of users reported that they were having trouble accessing the micro-blogging platform. More than 27,000 users had reported outage of the service, according to Downdetector.com, a website which tracks outages by collating status reports from a number of sources including user-submitted errors on its…


FCC Rejects Broadband Subsidies for SpaceX’s Starlink, LTD

WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rejected SpaceX’s Starlink and LTD Broadband’s applications for more than $2 billion in internet service subsidies, the FCC said on Wednesday. In December 2020, the FCC tentatively awarded $9.2 billion to over 300 bidders to deploy high-speed broadband from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. LTD Broadband won $1.32 billion and…