Amazon Sales Surge But Bezos Says Coronavirus Costs Could Hit $4 Billion

Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos says it will take virtually all of its upcoming second-quarter operating profit to fund protective gear for employees and get products to customers. CNET reports: “If you’re a shareowner in Amazon, you may want to take a seat, because we’re not thinking small,” he wrote Thursday. “Under normal circumstances, in this coming Q2, we’d …

NSA’s Guide For Choosing a Safe Text Chat and Video Conferencing Service

The US National Security Agency (NSA) published last week a security assessment of today’s most popular video conferencing, text chatting, and collaboration tools. From a report: The guidance contains a list of security criteria that the NSA hopes companies take into consideration when selecting which telework tool/service they want to deploy in their environments. The NSA document is not only …

Google Announces Chrome Web Store Crackdown For August 2020

Google announced this week new rules for the Chrome Web Store in an attempt to cut down the number of shady Chrome extensions submitted and listed on the site. From a report: Starting August 27, Google says it intends to enforce a new set of rules, which will result in a large number of extensions being delisted. These rules are …

HTC’s Blockchain Phone Takes Over a Century To Mine Enough Crypto To Pay For Itself

An anonymous reader shares a report: HTC’s Exodus blockchain smartphones will soon receive their own mining app, letting them mine Monero cryptocurrency when plugged in and idle, The Block reported earlier this month. The DeMiner app, which is being developed by Midas Labs, is scheduled to launch in Q2 2020. According to Midas Labs’ Jri Lee, one of HTC’s Exodus …

Microsoft’s Big Xbox Game Pass Bet is Starting To Pay Off

Microsoft now has 10 million subscribers to its Xbox Game Pass service, the company said during an investor call yesterday. It’s the first time Microsoft has publicly disclosed Xbox Game Pass numbers, and it’s a sign that the company’s ambitious bet on subscription gaming is starting to pay off. From a report: Microsoft has been trying to build a “Netflix …

Face ID doesn’t work when you’re wearing a mask—Apple’s about to fix that

Enlarge / The TrueDepth sensor array on the iPhone. (credit: Samuel Axon) Apple’s Face ID method for authenticating on recent iPhones offers a number of security benefits, and it’s a neat trick to boot. But in a pandemic-stricken world where many people either opt to or are even required to wear protective masks, users have discovered that Face ID doesn’t …

Fairphone and /e/ team up to build open source, sustainable smartphone

The Fairphone 3, now with a new /e/ OS option. [credit: /e/ ] Fairphone and e Foundation are teaming up and taking the rare step of selling a non-Google Android phone to the public. The Fairphone 3, a midrange smartphone originally released in September 2019, can now come pre-loaded with the /e/ OS, a fork of Android that replaces the …

Trump’s Disinfectant Talk Trips Up Sites’ Vows Against Misinformation

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, said in March that promoting bleach as a cure for the coronavirus was “misinformation that has imminent risk of danger” and that such messages would immediately be removed from the social network. President Trump has now put Mr. Zuckerberg’s comments to the test. From a report: At a White House briefing last week, Mr. Trump …

Amazon To Cut Price of its Ebooks in UK To Reflect Removal of VAT

Amazon has confirmed it will cut the price of its Kindle ebooks from Friday, after the government announced it would bring forward plans to stop charging VAT on online publications because of the pandemic. From a report: The decision to remove the 20% VAT charged on online news subscriptions and books will bring them in line with their physical equivalents, …