San Francisco: With Facebook roping in former Google employee Jason Toff for a key portfolio, speculation is rife about the social networking giant preparing the launch of a serious competitor to the short video-sharing app TikTok.Toff, who earlier served as the General Manager for Twitter's short-video sharing service Vine, has joined as Facebook's Product Management Director to lead the company's recently formed New Product Experimentation (NPE) team."I suppose it's a good time to share what I'm up to next! In two weeks, I'll be joining Facebook as a PM Director starting up a new initiative under the recently formed NPE team," Toff announced on Twitter on Monday.Announced last week, Facebook's NPE team is aimed at developing experimental apps for consumers who are still slightly removed from the core Facebook brand.In Google, Toff worked on Virtual Reality (VR) projects as well as on Google's in-house Area 120 incubator -- which is similar in concept to Facebook's NPE team, The Verge … [Read more...] about Is Facebook launching new TikTok competitor?
Hong Kong-based Transsion Holdings' smartphone brand TECNO Mobile on Tuesday said its flagship smartphone Phantom 9 will be available on Flipkart starting July 17. … [Read more...] about TECNO’s flagship Phantom 9 debuts on Flipkart at Rs 14,999
Pennsylvania’s message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken action, with $14.15 million of mostly federal funds helping counties buy brand-new electoral systems. But there’s a problem: Many of these new systems still run on old software that will soon be outdated and more vulnerable to hackers. An Associated Press analysis has found that like many counties in Pennsylvania, the vast majority of 10,000 election jurisdictions nationwide use Windows 7 or an older operating system to create ballots, program voting machines, tally votes and report counts. That’s significant because Windows 7 reaches its “end of life” on Jan. 14, meaning Microsoft stops providing technical support and producing “patches” to fix software vulnerabilities, which hackers can exploit. In a statement to … [Read more...] about Old software makes new electoral systems ripe for hacking
Tesla Inc. and Apple Inc. both suspect they were betrayed by driverless technology engineers who defected to the same Chinese startup. Now Tesla is seeking Apple’s help in a lawsuit in which the electric carmaker accused an engineer who worked on its Autopilot program of taking thousands of highly confidential files when he went to work for XMotors.ai, the U.S. research arm of Guangzhou-based Xpeng. Along with typical information demands in the early fact-finding phase of the lawsuit that are spelled out in a court filing last week -- Tesla wants to see the engineer’s emails and have a forensic analysis conducted on his electronic devices -- the company founded by Elon Musk also disclosed it served the iPhone maker with a subpoena. The documents Tesla seeks from Apple aren’t specified in the filing, but the thinking may be that while the Silicon Valley titans are rivals in the ultra-hot self-driving space, they share a common enemy in Xpeng. Last July, … [Read more...] about Tesla asks Apple for help with corporate spy case
WAKO, Japan — Honda Motor Co. is introducing a range of personal mobility products such as scooters and minivehicles that run on interchangeable batteries. The black, 1-kilowatt-hour rechargeable batteries, called Mobile Power Packs, are about the size and weight of one-gallon milk jugs. Honda said last week that it has begun deploying the packs in Indonesia, where they power its full-electric PCX motorbike. Honda says vending machine-like recharging stations dot certain markets there, allowing motorbike drivers to simply drop off the spent power pack and pick up a new one. … [Read more...] about Honda batteries used on scooters, e-bikes