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Top Apple, Tesla Suppliers Suspend Production Amid China Power Crunch

Top Apple, Tesla Suppliers Suspend Production Amid China Power Crunch   BY TYLER DURDEN MONDAY, SEP 27, 2021 - 11:00 AM   Update (0948ET):  Several suppliers for Apple and Tesla announced the suspension of manufacturing operations in China on Sunday and Monday due to local electricity constraints.  The latest is Pegatron, which assembles iPhones at manufacturing plants in Kunshan and Suzhou, announced Monday that it's "taking energy-saving measures to comply with local government policies," according to  Bloomberg .  Pegatron said Sunday that all operations were running normally, and it prepared alternative power generator sources should the government reduce or shut power to their plants.  Sources told Bloomberg that Pegatron's iPhone facility in Kunshan will be affected the most.  "Pegatron has been adopting energy- and water-saving measures over the past few years and there is a comprehensive response program for the current situation to reduce t

Facebook Scraps "Instagram Kids" As Backlash Intensifies

Facebook Scraps "Instagram Kids" As Backlash Intensifies   BY TYLER DURDEN MONDAY, SEP 27, 2021 - 08:23 AM   After being asked by a cadre of 40 state attorneys general to abandon the project (on the grounds it would be bad for psychological development and also create a 'predator's paradise'), Facebook's Instagram announced Monday in  a blog post  that it has finally abandoned its ill-fated "Instagram Kids" service which was supposed to create a parallel version of the service for children under the age of 13. As it stands now, many (poorly supervised) youngsters are already using the adult versions of these services, being exposed to all the age-inappropriate content that comes with it (twitter still has straight-up porn). But somewhere along the line, as the backlash to the harms social media allegedly causes to teenage mental health and self esteem intensified, Facebook scrambled to find a solution that would, first and foremost, protect

Apple Begins To Research Whether iPhones Can Detect Mental Health Issues

Apple Begins To Research Whether iPhones Can Detect Mental Health Issues BY TYLER DURDEN TUESDAY, SEP 21, 2021 - 10:25 PM Despite its marketing promise of privacy, Apple has become more creepy over the decade in the amount of data it collects from users. Some of that data includes location information, usage time, health data, and transaction data, among others. The company uses the data for targeted advertising. According to a  WSJ , it wants to  repurpose the data and determine if users are depressed, anxious, or experiencing a cognitive decline. Citing internal Apple documents and people familiar with the matter, WSJ said Apple is working with scientists to collect users' health data that can easily be extracted from iPhone and other Apple devices that could one day  warn if users are at risk of mental health problems .  The research is part of a new study with Apple and Biogen and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), announced earlier this year.  Apple&

TikTok Restricts Screen Time To Just 40 Minutes Per Day For Chinese Youths

TikTok Restricts Screen Time To Just 40 Minutes Per Day For Chinese Youths   BY TYLER DURDEN SUNDAY, SEP 19, 2021 - 08:30 PM Another day, another Chinese crackdown targeting permissible online screen time for young Chinese users. This time, ByteDance, the maker of short-video mobile juggernaut TikTok, said that it would restrict access to Douyin, the Chinese version of the app, to 40 minutes a day for users under 14 years old. According to the  WSJ , Douyin’s “youth mode,” which follows the imposition of new limits on younger Chinese users’ access to online videogames, will restrict under-14s to using the app between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. The app will be inaccessible to all users in that age group outside of those hours. While Douyin had introduced some of the features beginning in 2018 on an optional basis, the latest rollout will apply to all users registered with their real names and as being under 14 years old, Douyin said Saturday.  It said that  the mandatory measures were

In-Car Cameras Are Now Watching Every Little Thing You Do

In-Car Cameras Are Now Watching Every Little Thing You Do   BY TYLER DURDEN SUNDAY, SEP 19, 2021 - 11:30 PM   Gone are the days where you could hop in your car and escape to somewhere for a little privacy. That's because cameras that were put in cars to catch drivers falling asleep are now catching... well, everything. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have now developed a smart-car camera system that can "figure out exactly what a driver is doing,"  according to a new Gizmodo report . And already the camera is being positioned as "potentially improving the safety of semi-autonomous driving features" and a feature that could help drivers in semi-autonomous vehicles pay attention to the road. The "appeal" of these points is what prompted the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation to come up with a camera that uses AI powered image recognition to construct a digital sketch of the driver - which t

China Leads The 6G Charge with 40.3% of Patent Application - US has 35.2%

Forget 5G, China Leads The 6G Charge   BY TYLER DURDEN SATURDAY, SEP 18, 2021 - 11:00 PM   While the world is still very much in the transition phase with  5G ,  research is already well underway for the next iteration of the technology standard for mobile broadband networks -  6G . Statista's Martin Armstrong notes that , according to a whitepaper by Samsung it takes an average of ten years for a new standard to become ready for commercialization, with 5G taking eight years. The tech giant suggested a potential rollout date of 2028-2030 for 6G, highlighting the urgent need for progress to be made. As this infographic shows,  the country at the front of this new charge is China. You will find more infographics at  Statista Data from the Cyber Creative Institute as covered by Nikkei Asia shows that of around 20,000 6G-related patent applications as of August 2021, 40.3 percent originated from the Asian superpower.  The United States isn't far behind, however, claim

Facebook Deletes German Anti-Lockdown Groups As New Censorship Rules Go Into Effect

Facebook Deletes German Anti-Lockdown Groups As New Censorship Rules Go Into Effect   BY TYLER DURDEN SATURDAY, SEP 18, 2021 - 11:00 AM   This week, Facebook announced a new enforcement policy that seeks to deplatform groups who coordinate online and spread misinformation, hate speech, and incite violence.   The new "coordinated social harm" policy was immediately used against 150 pages and groups connected to Germany's Querdenken (Lateral Thinking) movement, which has routinely fueled resistance to government health restrictions and vaccines through anti-lockdown protests. Facebook's head of security policy Nathaniel Gleicher wrote in a  blog  update Thursday that his team has been "expanding our network disruption efforts so we can address threats that come from groups of authentic accounts coordinating on our platform to cause social harm."  Gleicher said: "Today, we're sharing our enforcement against a network of accounts, Pages and