Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin What brings Democrats and Republicans together these days? The answer is attacking the CEO of a foreign-owned video app in a congressional hearing. Whether those attacks are to make a political point or a substantive difference is another question. TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in a hearing about the app's consumer privacy and data security practices, children's safety, and its relationship with the Chinese Communist Party. TikTok is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance. The approximately five-hour hearing did little to assuage the concerns of lawmakers. If anything, it heightened the concerns that the CCP could access personal data and influence over the content of American TikTok users. There has been no proof thus far to substantiate these concerns, but that isn't stopping Congress. "TikTok is a weapon by the Chinese Communist Party to spy on you, manipulate what … [Read more...] about It’s Up To Congress To Ban TikTok. It Won’t Be Easy.
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What Makes TikTok A Security Threat To The US?
(CTN NEWS) – U.S. legislators have questioned TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew about data security and objectionable content, and some have called for a statewide ban on the well-known short-video app. Chew, a Singaporean citizen, claimed to the congressmen that TikTok prioritizes user safety in an effort to prevent the app from being blocked in the United States by downplaying its connections to China. Representatives from both the Republican and Democratic parties vigorously grilled Chew on issues such as TikTok’s content moderation methods, data security policies, and history of snooping on journalists. Here are some of the issues people have with TikTok and its ownership. WHAT MAKES WASHINGTON BELIEVE THAT TIKTOK IS A THREAT? TikTok, a Chinese technology company ByteDance Ltd. entirely owns the app and hires its leaders , with more than 150 million American users. ByteDance is a privately owned Chinese company with its headquarters in Beijing but its … [Read more...] about What Makes TikTok A Security Threat To The US?
HUAWEI TALKBAND B7 IS SET TO DESTROY THE MI BAND SERIES
(CTN News) – Huawei TALKBAND B7 remains active in the mobile industry. A giant that had some of its glory stolen by the US ban now strives to remain competitive in a market that is flooded with a number of excellent products. The Huawei Mate X3 is a foldable smartphone that is equipped with cutting-edge cameras. Huawei has proven itself by launching the new Huawei P60 series of flagships sporting cutting-edge cameras. Additionally, the brand introduces a number of wearable devices. Huawei TalkBand B7 ranked highly among them in the segment of smart bands. Would the Mi Band series be able to withstand such conditions? I would like to take a closer look at this. It is expected that the Huawei TalkBand B7 will remain faithful to its legacy in terms of design. Although the device did not capture the attention of the audience at the Huawei keynote, it is bound to become a hot item for enthusiasts in the segment. It is the successor to the TalkBand B6 smartband and … [Read more...] about HUAWEI TALKBAND B7 IS SET TO DESTROY THE MI BAND SERIES
Court Rules That Internet Archive Violated Publishers’ Copyrights By Lending Ebooks
(CTN News) – In a high-profile case brought by the Internet Archive against a group of four US publishers led by Hachette Book Group, a federal judge has ruled in favor of the publishers. According to Reuters, Judge John G. Koeltl ruled on Friday that the nonprofit had infringed upon the group’s copyrights by lending out digitally scanned copies of its books. A lawsuit was filed over the Internet Archive’s decision to launch a “ National Emergency Library ” during the early stages of the pandemic. As a result of the program, the organization provided access to more than 1.4 million free ebooks, including copyrighted works, in response to the closure of libraries worldwide due to Coronavirus lockdowns. A “controlled digital lending” system was used for the Internet Archive’s Open Library program before March 2020, which meant that there was often a waitlist to borrow a book. Due to the pandemic, the Internet Archive lifted these restrictions in order to facilitate access … [Read more...] about Court Rules That Internet Archive Violated Publishers’ Copyrights By Lending Ebooks
WhatsApp Is Adding More Privacy To Audio Messages
(CTN News) – The Meta-owned WhatsApp service is adding another feature that will let users send audio messages playable only once, according to WaBetaInfo, which reported on the news. The app-tracking website reports that the messaging app has started rolling out the new update, bringing it up to version 220.127.116.11, as listed in the app-tracking website. As part of the app, there is an audio message feature that can only be played once at a time when the app is opened to ensure your privacy is protected. Due to the fact that this feature is still being developed for the time being, there will be a future update with this feature available. Additionally to WhatsApp’s already existing features, it’s also possible to send images and videos that are only viewable once as part of WhatsApp’s already existing features, in addition to WhatsApp’s already existing features. Currently, the app is working on the audio messages that will be sent to the users as part of the service. … [Read more...] about WhatsApp Is Adding More Privacy To Audio Messages
Netflix Announces Series ‘Ooku: The Inner Chambers’ At Anime Japan
(CTN News) – Yoshinaga Fumi’s popular manga Ooku: The Inner Chambers will be adapted for Netflix. The streamer also unveiled “Yakitori: Soldiers of Misfortune,” an anime series based on a military science fiction novel by Carlo Zen and scheduled to upload in May. “Ooku” is a Netflix Original film directed by Abe Noriyuki that explores a world where gender roles have been reversed and is inspired by the Ooku women’s quarters inside Edo Castle. The female population assumes authority after a plague threatens the male population. Taking power, the new Shogun Yoshimune investigates why women adopt male names and unravels other mysteries. This manga originally appeared in Japanese under the publisher Hakusensha / Melody. The character design is the responsibility of Sato Yoko, while Takasugi Rika is in charge of the screenplay and composition. “In “Yakitori: Soldiers of Misfortune,” adapted from the novel “Yakitori” published by Hayakawa Bunko JA/Hayakawa Publishing, a … [Read more...] about Netflix Announces Series ‘Ooku: The Inner Chambers’ At Anime Japan
SSSTikTok: TikTok Downloader, Download Tiktok Videos Online Without Watermark
SSSTikTok: TikTok Downloader – In this article, we’ll look at the advantages of downloading and converting web videos utilizing a reputable online video converter. We’ll share some of our picks for the top online video converters available. Importance Of Using An Online Video Converter Increasingly, the world is digital. Thus, watching videos online has become mainstream. Even if the original source is available, not all video footage can be downloaded and converted to different formats. Online video converters can help with this. Users can obtain and transcode videos from many platforms with its assistance. the preferred format enables simpler access to and viewing of material across various devices. Benefits Of Using An Online Video Converter Using an online video converter has a lot of benefits, including: 1. Convenient And Easy To Use There is no need to download and set up software on your computer when using an online video converter. This facilitates and … [Read more...] about SSSTikTok: TikTok Downloader, Download Tiktok Videos Online Without Watermark
Sony SRS-RA5000 Review: A Sculpted, 7-Driver Speaker That’s Optimized For 360 Reality Audio
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin One of the things I like about Sony is that every once in a while the company is willing to swing for the fences and release a product that is — different — from everything else out there. Extreme. That’s the case with the Sony SRS-RA5000 , a big, pricey wireless speaker that’s bristling with drivers, sculpted to look like a piece of modern art and optimized to make the most of the 360 Reality Audio format. First Impression Sony knows how to design eye-catching products, and the SRS-RA5000 certainly draws attention. It’s a large (13-inches tall) speaker. All curves, the unit is wrapped in black cloth and dominated by a trio of copper-coloured speaker grills across the top. Maybe they’re rose gold. It depends on the light. Either way, they pop against the black. There are discrete touch controls for music playback on one “side” and for power and connectivity on another. The speaker basically looks like a piece of … [Read more...] about Sony SRS-RA5000 Review: A Sculpted, 7-Driver Speaker That’s Optimized For 360 Reality Audio
Make Your Own Bank Run On These Blue-Chip Yields
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Is it time for us contrarians to “buy the dip” in bank stocks? We’re drowning in big bank-scare headlines. Silicon Valley Bank (SIVB VB ) knuckled under in days, Signature Bank (SBNY) wasn’t too far behind, and across the pond, Credit Suisse (CS) needed a buyout bailout from rival UBS (UBS) . The next bank run, however, won’t be with the big boys . Too big to fail, baby . Here, we’ll find not only government help but also secure yields of up to 5.1%—trading at a discount, no less. Why the big guys? Well let me show you. Last week, my software firm received this email from one of our vendors: “Brett, Just wanted to give you our new banking details. We’re out of SVB; we’re moving to JPM.” JPM for the win. And they’re not the only big bank benefiting. CNN recently reported that Bank of America BAC (BAC) , Wells Fargo WFC (WFC) and Citigroup C (C) “have all experienced a … [Read more...] about Make Your Own Bank Run On These Blue-Chip Yields
Review: Trettitre TreSound1 Wireless Speaker
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin There is no shortage of cheap Bluetooth speakers from manufacturers that you’d never see on store shelves in North America, but far fewer that make a play for the high end wireless speaker market. It’s difficult to get consumers to part with big money on a speaker that doesn’t carry a familiar name. China’s Trettitre is giving it a go with the $699.99 TreSound1, a sample of which was sent to me by distributor Linsoul Audio . Premium – But Polarizing – Design The TreSound1 has a very unusual appearance, one that draws immediate attention. Trettitre says it incorporates a “mountain” design. To me it looks like a warhead. It’s not just the form factor that makes the design polarizing; the controls take minimalism to an extreme. There are no buttons to mar its surface. On/off and volume control is accomplished by twisting the metal end of the cone, with no option for pausing or skipping tracks. The very tip is an LED that … [Read more...] about Review: Trettitre TreSound1 Wireless Speaker