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To protect smartphones and, above all, the sensitive personal data stored on them, Google will be launching a new series of anti-theft features. Making a factory reset harder for thieves Google is going to update the classic factory reset to make it virtually impossible for a thief to use this function. Indeed, when a smartphone is stolen,...

Google stopped more than two million malicious apps getting into the Play Store in 2023

In 2023, Google prevented 2.28 million applications violating its security rules from getting into the Play Store. In addition, almost 200,000 app submissions were rejected or amended to ensure the correct use of sensitive permissions such as access to background location data or SMS messages. In the space of a year, 333,000 developer accounts have been...

Salesforce is in advanced talks to buy Informatica, WSJ reports

(Reuters) - Salesforce is in advanced talks to acquire data-management software provider Informatica, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. The price of the deal being discussed is below Informatica's current stock price of $38.48, which is a potential complication factor, the Journal said. Salesforce and Informatica did not immediately respond...

How you address ChatPT can affect your response

“Compose a message to customer service about a lost package”, “Can you rewrite this paragraph to make it more concise?”... It’s not always easy to know how to talk to ChatGPT. However researchers at the University of Southern California have found that conversational robots like ChatGPT perform much better when addressed politely. Abel Salinas and Fred...

Malaysia’s Graphjet Technology to set up graphite facility in Nevada

Malaysia's Graphjet Technology said on Monday it would build a commercial artificial graphite production facility in Nevada, as the U.S. looks to reduce its dependence on China for the electric-vehicle battery component. Graphjet, which holds patents in producing graphite and graphene from agricultural waste, said the facility could produce 10,000 metric tons of battery-grade graphite -...

A school removed bathroom mirrors to keep students from making TikToks. Will it work?

Administrators at Southern Alamance Middle School in Graham, NC, recently removed bathroom mirrors after discovering students were spending copious amounts of classroom time in front of them creating TikTok videos. Some students were asking to use the bathroom five or more times a day and spending upwards of five minutes out of class during each excused...

Western Digital Corp posts wider Q2 loss, sees impact of structural changes

(Reuters) - Data storage products maker Western Digital Corp posted a wider-than-expected quarterly adjusted loss on Thursday, due to the impact of structural changes the company implemented in its flash and HDD businesses. Shares of the company were down about 4% in after-market trading. Last quarter, the company said it would spin off its flash memory business,...

Former ‘Assassin’s Creed’ studio executives face sexual harassment trial in France

Former executives at video-game firm Ubisoft Entertainment SA face a sexual harassment trial in France over allegations they made “crude sexual remarks in public”. The company and its chief executive officer, Yves Guillemot, were named in the complaint plaintiffs lodged in 2021 but will not faced trial in Bobigny, north of Paris. “We are therefore unable...

Video-game market recovery to pick up steam in 2024 on strong console sales – report

(Reuters) - A recovery in the global video-game market is expected to pick up pace this year on the back of strong sales of Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's PlayStation 5 consoles, according to research firm NewZoo. The market is set to grow 2.8% to $189.3 billion in 2024, after it rose around 0.6% last year and...