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Apple’s UK Stores Paid $7.7M in Tax Despite $1.7B in Sales

Today at 18:46 PM, via Slashdot

The UK retail arm of Apple paid just $7.7m in taxes last year despite raking in almost $1.7bn in sales, according to the company’s latest accounts. From a report: Revenue at Apple Retail UK, which operates 38 of the company’s stores in the UK, rose by more than 15% in the 12 months to 28 September. But after costs and expenses of around $1.7bn, the firm reported before-tax profits of just $47m,...

Can Facebook Ever Stop the Drama?

Today at 18:22 PM, via New York Times

How Facebook’s most recent crisis started, and what it says about the company’s role in our lives.

Musk Says Tesla Is ‘Very Close’ To Developing Fully Autonomous Vehicles

Today at 18:04 PM, via Slashdot

Tesla’s Elon Musk said the carmaker is on the verge of developing technology to render its vehicles fully capable of driving themselves, repeating a claim he’s made for years but been unable to achieve. From a report: The chief executive officer has long offered exuberant takes on the capabilities of Tesla cars, even going so far as to start charging customers thousands of dollars for a “Full...

US in major escalation of hostilities with Chinese tech firms

Today at 17:42 PM, via TechCentral

The Trump administration plans to finalise regulations this week that will bar the US government from buying goods or services from any company that uses products from five Chinese companies including Huawei.

Microsoft’s New KDP Tech Blocks Malware By Making Parts of the Windows Kernel Read-Only

Today at 17:22 PM, via Slashdot

Microsoft today published technical details about a new security feature that will soon be part of Windows 10. From a report: Named Kernel Data Protection (KDP), Microsoft says this feature will block malware or malicious threat actors from modifying (corrupting) the operating system’s memory. According to Microsoft, KDP works by giving developers access to programmatic APIs that will allow...

Canon launches 2 new mirrorless cameras

Today at 17:08 PM, via MyBroadband

Canon has unveiled two new mirrorless cameras – the EOS R5 and EOS R6 – featuring its next-generation sensor technology, industry-leading image stabilisation, and the world’s fastest autofocus capability.

Number of positive Covid-19 tests remains stable in England

Today at 17:05 PM, via The Guardian

An estimated 14,000 people had infection over past two weeks, according to ONS data

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The number of people testing positive for Covid-19 has remained stable in England over the past two weeks, according to the Office for National Statistics, with an estimated 14,000 people having the infection.

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Noise control: sound wave system cancels out drum of traffic

Today at 17:00 PM, via The Guardian

Windows can stay open say scientists behind speaker array that emits opposing pressure sound waves to counteract din

If the hum of passing cars and the clatter of trains drives you to slam windows shut on a hot day, a new noise cancelling system could be music to your ears.

Scientists have developed a sound control system that can be fitted on to an open window, allowing a breeze to waft in...

UK Universities Comply With China’s Internet Restrictions

Today at 16:41 PM, via Slashdot

UK universities are testing a new online teaching link for students in China — which will require course materials to comply with Chinese restrictions on the internet. From a report: It enables students in China to keep studying UK degrees online, despite China’s limits on internet access. But it means students can only reach material on an “allowed” list. Universities UK said it was “not aware...

South African online stores targeted by hackers

Today at 16:02 PM, via MyBroadband

The “Keeper” Magecart Group targeted at least six South African ecommerce websites as part of attacks conducted between 1 April 2017 and 7 July 2020, a report from Gemini Advisory has stated.

Smartwatch Hack Could Trick Patients To ‘Take Pills’ With Spoofed Alerts

Today at 16:00 PM, via Slashdot

Security researchers say a smartwatch, popular with the elderly and dementia patients, could have been tricked into letting an attacker easily take control of the device. From a report: These watches are designed to help patients to easily call their carers and for carers to track the location of their patients. They come with their own cellular connection, so that they work anywhere. But...

SARS will do your taxes for you through auto-filing

Today at 15:39 PM, via MyBroadband

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) will from August, begin to assess a significant number of taxpayers automatically, based on data received from employers, financial institutions, medical schemes, retirement annuity fund administrators and other third-party data providers.

New Study Detects Ringing of the Global Atmosphere

Today at 15:00 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: A ringing bell vibrates simultaneously at a low-pitched fundamental tone and at many higher-pitched overtones, producing a pleasant musical sound. A recent study, just published in the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences by scientists at Kyoto University and the University of Hawai’i at Mnoa, shows that the Earth’s entire atmosphere vibrates in...

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