Is Apple creating its own search engine?

Apple is likely to have been working on its own search engine for years, after key hiring in 2018 of John Giannandrea, former Google head of search to improve AI tech and Siri and software hints to improve search. The Applebot web crawler has seen increased activity for years, potentially laying the groundwork for a…

Post-furlough job losses worse among young and ethnic minorities

Resolution Foundation’s latest survey of 6, 000 adults found 19 per cent of 18-24-year-olds who were furloughed during lockdown were unemployed in September. For Black, Asian, and other minority ethnic workers the figure was 22 per cent compared to 9 per cent for the general population. The Treasury said its wage support schemes had helped…

Users of WhatsApp can mute a chat forever from today

Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging platform has rolled out a new feature to allow its users from today to mute both individual and group chats forever. Previously WhatsApp offered three options under the Mute tab – 8 hours, 1 week, or 1 year. The app has now replaced the 1-year option with “Always”.

Google Sued by the US over Search

The US government has formally filed a landmark lawsuit, the biggest challenge brought by US regulators against Google, accusing the company of abusing its dominance to preserve a monopoly over internet searches and online advertising. The Lawsuit follows several years of investigation amid the intense scrutiny of Google’s practices at home and abroad. Google called the…

“Be Honest, Trust your team, and never please your boss” new mantra

Trust your team, be radically honest and never, ever try to please your boss. These are the ground rules if you work at Netflix.  These trade secrets have revolutionised the entertainment and tech industries, and this  was part of a unique cultural experiment that explains how the company has transformed itself at lighting speed from…

Xbox has acquires Bethesda for £5.85bn

Microsoft who owns Xbox has acquired Bethesda, the games company behind super hits game titles including Doom, Fallout, Skyrim, and Wolfenstein, for £5.85bn ( $7.5bn) by paying the parent company ZeniMax Media.  Xbox has said that the publisher’s franchises would be added to its Game Pass subscription package for consoles and PCs which would help…

Three and half decades of Super Mario Bros

Pint-sized Mario and his brother Luigi make their debut in September 1985, 35 years ago, in the first-ever “Super Mario Bros”.  The mustached plumbers would have sold a staggering 373 million games across the world. Mario, wearing red overalls with an unfortunate habit of losing his love interest to a spiky over-sized turtle, has become…

ARM taken over by Nvidia

ARM Holdings, a UK-based computer chip designer, is at the heart of most smartphones, and other devices are being sold to the American graphics chip specialist Nvidia for £31.2bn ($40bn). Nvidia has promised to keep the business based in the UK, to hire more staff, and to retain Arm’s brand and create “ the premier…

Huwaei 5G kit to be banned from UK by 2027

Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden told the House of Commons of the decision to ban Huawei 5G Kit must be removed from the UK. Mr. Dowden also said, “This has not been an easy decision, but it is the right one for the UK telecoms networks, for our national security and our economy, both now and…