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Tech News 20 Oct 2017

Sonos goes head-to-head with Apple by entering smart speaker market

The networked speakers of Amazon and Google are getting some HiFi competition as multiroom sound system specialist Sonos is set to enter the market with its first voice-controlled speaker.

The Sonos One will initially use Amazon's Alexa voice assistant software, and support for Google Assistant will follow in 2018. — dpa
Tech News 20 Oct 2017

Mac users can try out Skype's latest features thanks to an app

The Skype for Mac project has been languishing for years. However, Mac users who want the same new designs and functions as Windows users can simply download the Skype Preview app.

Mac users have access to the same new designs and functions of the video-chat service Skype as any Windows user - all you need to do is download the Skype Preview app. — dpa
Tech News 20 Oct 2017

Canada's number one wireless carrier sees 'anemic' iPhone 8 demand

The chief executive of Canada's biggest wireless company said on Thursday that he is seeing little demand for Apple Inc's iPhone 8, adding to concerns about prospects for sales of the device.

Customers are more interested in the iPhone X rather than the iPhone 8. — Reuters
Tech News 20 Oct 2017

US lawmakers want crackdown on Facebook, Twitter political ads

US lawmakers, alarmed that foreign entities used the Internet to influence last year's election, introduced legislation on Thursday to extend rules governing political advertising.

Social media companies have become an increasing focus of congressional investigations into allegations that Russia sought to meddle in the 2016 US election. — Reuters
Tech News 20 Oct 2017

Sony's portable speaker is here to solve all your TV-watching woes

Loud, blaring televisions vex flatmates and neighbours, while too-low volumes or misplaced remote controls peeve the viewers.

Sony's SRS-LSR 100 wireless TV speaker is also a universal remote and digital radio —  and has a built-in handle for easy transportation. — dpa
Tech News 20 Oct 2017

US auto reliability dented by new technology; electric cars fare better

New technology to stream music into dashboards or boost fuel efficiency is making cars less reliable, although electric cars such as the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevrolet Bolt should fare better than many conventional models.

Electric cars do away with many of the mechanical systems that prompt consumer complaints about conventional cars. — Reuters
Tech News 20 Oct 2017

Google offers bug bounty to clean up mobile apps

Google is offering security experts a bounty to identify Android app flaws as the Alphabet Inc unit seeks to wipe out bugs from its Google Play store.

Google will partner with HackerOne, a bug bounty programme management website. — Reuters
Tech News 20 Oct 2017

Tech companies to lobby for immigrant Dreamers to remain in US

Nearly two dozen major companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency.

The Coalition for the American Dream intends to ask Congress to pass bipartisan legislation this year that would allow these immigrants, often referred to as “Dreamers,” to continue working in the United States. Immigration activists and DACA recipients take part in a rally about the importance of passing a clean Dream Act. — Reuters
Tech News 20 Oct 2017

EU leaders want proposals on taxing online giants early next year

European Union leaders said they looked forward to seeing proposals on taxing online giants by early 2018 but in a nod to concerns from countries like Ireland said EU efforts had to be in line with work under way at a global level.

European countries are split over whether online companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon should pay more tax. — Reuters

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