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California plaintiffs sue Chinese tech giant Tencent, alleging WeChat app is censoring and surveilling them

A group of California plaintiffs has filed a lawsuit against Chinese tech giant Tencent in state court, alleging that the company’s WeChat mobile app has censored and surveilled them and shared their data with Chinese authorities. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, claims that the company’s practices violate the plaintiffs’ free-speech and privacy rights, and […]

Mobile

Researchers find conventional voice AI overlooks trans and nonbinary users

The 2021 digital toolkit – How small businesses are taking charge Learn how small businesses are improving customer experience, accelerating quote-to-cash, and increasing security. Register Now Voice-activated AI (VAI) is increasingly ubiquitous, whether in the form of conversational assistants or more generalized personal assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. Researchers to date have studied […]

Gears & Gadgets

Security firm Malwarebytes was infected by same hackers who hit SolarWinds

Enlarge Getty Images Security firm Malwarebytes said it was breached by the same nation-state-sponsored hackers who compromised a dozen or more US government agencies and private companies. The attackers are best known for first hacking into Austin, Texas-based SolarWinds, compromising its software-distribution system and using it to infect the networks of customers who used SolarWinds’ […]

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Peloton’s Rapid Rise Is Threatened by Its Slow Delivery

The company has boomed in popularity during the pandemic but getting its exercise bikes delivered has proved a struggle, one that is angering new customers. Peloton’s relentlessly positive Instagram posts usually attract enthusiastic responses from its 1.2 million followers, who love the company’s charismatic instructors and its $ 1,900-plus bikes and treadmills. But recently the […]

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Qualcomm repackages last year’s flagship SoC as the “Snapdragon 870”

Enlarge Qualcomm Qualcomm is repackaging a chip from last year into the “Snapdragon 870.” Last year’s flagship SoC was the Snapdragon 865, and then Qualcomm released the slightly up-clocked Snapdragon 865+. The Snapdragon 870 seems to be a 865++. It’s another clock bump. Qualcomm has a totally impenetrable product lineup, so it’s hard to know […]

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Before shortened NASA SLS rocket engine test, officials predicted only a 50 percent chance of complete success

Heading into Saturday’s much-anticipated engine test of NASA’s massive moon rocket, the space agency said repeatedly it was confident the test would be successful as it worked toward the rocket’s first flight by the end of this year in a quest to return astronauts to the lunar surface. But during a private briefing Tuesday morning, […]

Gaming

How to gift Xbox One games

Giving digital games to friends has been a key feature on Steam and other PC gaming clients for years, but console gaming has lagged behind that trend. Thankfully, Microsoft now offers the ability to gift games over Xbox Live. To help make your next foray into gift shopping quick and painless, here’s how to gift Xbox […]