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Google warns White House of security risks from Huawei ban: FT

(June 7): Google has warned the Trump administration that it risks compromising US national security if it goes ahead with export restrictions on Huawei, and has asked to be exempted from any ban, the Financial Times reported, citing three people briefed on the conversations.

Super Apps, Asia's new innovation, to change cities, economies

SINGAPORE (Nov 7): The ability to communicate, shop online, order rides, read books, play games, get food delivery and pay for anything within a single, unified smartphone app is Asia’s defining innovation, technology leaders said at Bloomberg’s New Economy Forum in Singapore.

As cryptomining activity grows, so do the malware threats: McAfee Labs

SINGAPORE (Sept 26): Cryptomining malware is a rising factor on the cyber threat landscape, continuing its uptrend throughout the first half of 2018 since McAfee Labs first identified a surge in cryptomining malware growth in 4Q17.

Based on the cybersecurity company’s latest report, McAfee Labs Threats Report: September 2018, new cryptomining malware samples grew 629% to more than 2.9 million samples in 1Q18 from 400,000 in 4Q17.

Nokia stages comeback with new high-end Android smartphone

SINGAPORE (Aug 17): Finnish developer HMD Global has announced its first Android flagship, the Nokia 8: an all-aluminium, precision-milled unibody device with an average thickness of 7.3mm and powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform.

HMD Global owns the rights to manufacture Nokia-branded smartphones. Manufacturing is outsourced to a division of Taiwanese electronics company Foxconn Technology Group.

In a press release on Thursday, HMD Global claims its new generation Nokia smartphone will bring three “world-firsts” to Android smartphones in a single design.

Apple iPhone price under pressure as buyers seek cheaper devices

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SAN FRANCISCO (Jan 27): Apple Inc. results next week will likely show iPhone sales growing again, bucking a year of declines. That’s the good news.

But in a sign that customers are opting for less expensive models, some analysts predict that the average selling price for the handsets likely declined over the holidays, a crucial period for Apple. Some purchasers are settling for older iPhone 6S models, rather than the iPhone 7, introduced in September, analysts said.

Amazon launches Netflix rival Amazon Prime Video in Singapore and around the world

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SINGAPORE (Dec 15): E-commerce giant Amazon on Wednesday announced the launch of its video streaming service, Amazon Prime Video, in more than 200 countries and territories around the world, including Singapore.

Singapore users can sign up for Prime Video at an introductory price of US$2.99 ($4.32) a month for the first six months, starting with a free 7-day trial. After the first six months, the subscription price will increase to US$5.99 per month.

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