Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant misses its mark

Voice assistant - Job Cuts

The company is now making the largest cuts in its history to the teams working on that technology. The teams at Amazon that have been working on the Alexa voice assistant are being hit by the largest job cuts the company has ever seen. The concept of Alexa was first created by Jeff Bezos more than a decade ago on a whiteboard. In Bezos’ vision of the voice assistant, it would provide the user with help in completing a full spectrum of different tasks ranging from reading a bedtime story…

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Canada’s government becomes the latest to launch TikTok ban

TikTok ban - Canada

The country is mandating that the app be removed from all government devices. The Canadian government has just announced that it is implementing at TikTok ban on all its government-issued devices as concerns continue to rise over privacy and security. That said, the North American country is far from the only one to have made such a move. It is becoming increasingly commonplace for governments worldwide to put a TikTok ban into place on their own devices or across their entire populations. The app, which is owned by Bytedance, a…

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Last year, the value of contactless payments rose almost 50 percent, says Barclay’s

Contactless payments - Barclays POS contactless Payments

Users made an average of 220 tap-based transactions last year, totaling £3,327 per consumer. Last year, contactless payments spiked by 49.7 percent based on their total value as people throughout the United Kingdom headed back in-store equipped with tap-and-go technology. The £100 transaction limit appeared to work well for consumers as they shopped in person again. This data was released in a report from Barclays, which transacts almost half the debit and credit card spending across the United Kingdom. It went on to show that a record 91.2 percent of…

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Vipps mobile payment app takes on Apple in Norway

Mobile payment - Flag of Norway

The application is calling for the European Union’s (EU) antitrust regulators to take action. Norwegian mobile payment app company Vipps has called for European Union (EU) antitrust regulators to require Apple to permit access to its tap-and-go functionality without any restrictions, said Rune Gaborg, the company’s CEO. The goal is to make it possible for other companies to be more competitive in the digital transaction space. Gaborg made his comments seeking action from the EU’s antitrust regulators against the iPhone maker the day after Apple made its latest effort to…

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India will ban Chinese apps for loan lending and betting

Chinese apps - Ban

The country’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has launched the banning process. The Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has announced that it has started the process of banning Chinese apps and applications linked with China in the category of betting and loan lending. Applications with links to China are being banned and blocked by the MeitY in India. This will include 138 Chinese apps for betting and 92 in the loan lending category associated with China. The MeitY proceeded with the launch of the banning procedures…

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