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Month: April 2019

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Apple’s iPhone sales fall 17% in first quarter as flagship product struggles



Quarter marked another quarterly decline in profit and revenue as the company struggled to move beyond the iPhone

Apple’s iPhone sales fell 17% in the first three months of the year as the company’s flagship product continued to struggle.

The tech company reported revenues of $31.05bn in iPhone revenues for the quarter, the majority of the $58.bn in revenues Apple brought in over the three months.

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If Silicon Valley were a country, it would be among the richest on Earth



With $128,308 per capita in annual gross domestic product, Silicon Valley residents out-produce almost every nation on the planet

Were it real, the Sultanate of Silicon Valley would be among the world’s richest countries.

Cranking out $128,308 per capita in annual gross domestic product (GDP), residents in California’s tech belt out-produce almost every nation on the planet. The valley’s output, pegged at $275bn by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis, is higher than Finland’s.

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg announces privacy overhaul: ‘We don’t have the strongest reputation’



At annual F8 developer conference, CEO focuses on ‘sense of intimacy’ and unveils plans for payments tools

Even Mark Zuckerberg couldn’t keep a straight face.

The Facebook founder and chief executive repeatedly broke out in laughter as he announced a product roadmap for his company’s new “privacy-focused social platform” at its annual developer conference, F8, in San Jose on Tuesday.

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Huawei says alleged router ‘backdoor’ is standard network tool



Vodafone found security failings in firm’s internet routers a decade ago

Vodafone discovered security failings in Huawei internet routers used by millions of people almost a decade ago.

Europe’s biggest mobile phone operator said on Tuesday that it found “vulnerabilities” in consumer equipment supplied by the Chinese telecoms company to Vodafone Italia between 2009 and 2012.

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Google share price plunges, wiping $77bn off its market value



Biggest fall since October 2012 follows worse-than-expected quarterly results

Google’s share price has had its biggest fall in nearly seven years, wiping $77bn (£60bn) off its market value, after disappointing sales figures sparked investor fears that advertisers have been shifting their business to digital rivals such as Facebook and Amazon.

Shares in Alphabet, the parent company of Google and YouTube, fell by more than 8% on Tuesday, the biggest fall since October 2012, after the company produced first quarter results on Monday that were worse than expected.

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The Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer is a 200mph slap in the face



Is it possible to unsee a movie trailer? To longtime fans, this first look at the forthcoming film points to it being the worst video game tie-in of all time

For someone who has spent the better part of their adult life arguing the merits of Sonic the Hedgehog, the platforming hero of the Sega Mega Drive era, the trailer for the character’s forthcoming movie is like a 200mph slap in the face. What is so bad about the three-minute teaser unleashed on Tuesday afternoon by Paramount Studios? Where to begin?

Is it that Sonic resembles a cheap knock-off Sonic toy your child might win at a fairground stand and then be terrified of (“Daddy, please get it out of my room!”)? Is it that Jim Carrey as Dr Robotnik looks like Hercule Poirot crossed with Neo from The Matrix? Is it the laboured idiocy of the whole “save Sonic, save the world” set-up, in which the ratty-looking hedgehog arrives on Earth, sends the US government into a panic, and is befriended by a San Francisco cop played by X-Men actor James Marsden? Why does he have human teeth and nails?

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Airbnb should be regarded as digital service provider, ECJ advised



Legal opinion welcome by company facing French calls for greater regulation

Airbnb has taken a step closer to avoiding onerous national regulations after an adviser to the European court of justice said the company should be regarded as a digital service provider.

Maciej Szpunar, one of the ECJ’s advocates general, found that Airbnb was what Brussels would describe as an information society service, a status that comes with the right to operate freely across the EU.

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US lobbies mobile phone firms in anti-Huawei campaign



UK telecoms operators targeted over Chinese company’s role in 5G networks

US lobbying against the use of Huawei in British 5G phone networks will step up when the embassy in London hosts an event on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the situation with telecoms companies operating in the UK.

The extraordinary meeting comes a day after an official at the US state department warned publicly that any use of Huawei technology would prompt a reassessment of intelligence sharing with the UK.

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Mortal Kombat 11 review – the best, goriest, fighting game in years



Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch; NetherRealm Studios/Warner Bros Interactive
The extreme violence will deter some, but this over-the-top fighter has brains as well as shock value

I never expected Mortal Kombat to show this much heart – at least, not in the metaphorical sense. In the 90s, Mortal Kombat made its name with its infamously grisly fighting, particularly its absurdly violent “Fatality” finishers, where just about every vital organ could be punched, ripped, cleaved or shot out of a character’s body as if it were a meaty piñata.

In Mortal Kombat 11, these gory finishing moves are more creative and more depraved than ever, to the point where shooting an opponent into a helicopter’s whirling rotors seems tame. Yet amid all that spilled viscera, Mortal Kombat 11 also displays a cunning fighting brain and a surprising amount of soul.

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