House Committees Slam ID.me for 'Baseless' Unemployment Fraud Claims

Nov 20, 2022

ID.me, the controversial biometric identification verification company whose facial match technology provoked a major privacy backlash at the IRS earlier this year, may have misled the public and lawmakers when its CEO claimed the U.S. lost $400 billion to fraudulent pandemic unemployment claims. Its biometric services, billed as a convenient and secure way to reduce pandemic related unemployment fraud, may have actually made it more difficult for those most in need of assis ...read more

Unlocking the potential of technology to support health

Nov 22, 2022

Dr. Karen DeSalvo Chief Health Officer, Google This week kicked off the HLTH Conference in Las Vegas where thousands of healthcare leaders, care providers, patients and other people in the industry — like our teams at Google — are coming together to discuss how to create a healthier world. At Google, we believe that technology — especially AI and analytics — can unlock a better future for health globally. Our teams from Search, YouTube, Android, Google ...read more

Audio chip supplier Shenzhen Soundec guards millions of yuan in Series B

Nov 22, 2022

Posted in News Feed Chinese audio chip supplier Shenzhen Soundec secured dozens of millions of yuan in Series B, Chinese semiconductor consultancy ijiwei reported on Nov. 11. Jolmo Capital and Tsing-Yuan Capital participated in this round of financing. The investment will be used to develop the next generation of audio chips and expand the team. Founded in 2017, the startup is an independent supplier of digital signal processing (DSP) chips and a developer of audio signal processing-re ...read more

A Carbon Capture Company Wants to Sell Credits on Tech That Hasn’t Been Commercially Tested Yet

Nov 22, 2022

A general view of Drax Group Plc’s Coal fired power station on October 09, 2021 in Drax, England. Photo: Dan Kitwood (Getty Images) UK-based “clean” energy company Drax Group is looking to sell offset credits tied to U.S.-based power plants that the company hasn’t even built yet, Bloomberg reports . While the company is being vague about specifics, Drax says its first biomass plant with carbon capture technology is expected to be up and running 2030. The future U.S. ...read more

Chinese firms accounted for 30% of global AMOLED supplement for phones

Nov 22, 2022

Chinese display makers recorded 30.4% of the global Active Matrix OLED (AMOLED) supplement for smartphones in the third quarter of 2022, according to Chinese display industry consultancy CINNO Research. In the third quarter of 2021, the proportion was 20.4%. Samsung still dominates the market with 60% of the global AMOLED display shipments for smartphones in the reported quarter. However, its shipments saw a yearly decline of 21.9%. Chinese display maker BOE shipped 17.5 million units of AMOL ...read more

ByteDance introduces a new music app with feature that pays users to listen

Nov 22, 2022

TikTok owner ByteDance has launched a free audio app aiming at the lower-tier market, Chinese media outlet Tech Planet reported on Tuesday. The new app is different from the company’s subscription-based music-streaming app named Soda Music, which was launched this April to compete with the market-leading platforms by Tencent and NetEase. According to the report, the newly launched app includes a feature allowing users to earn money through listening to music, seemingly as a way to attract u ...read more

The Infinite Cloud Is a Fantasy

Nov 22, 2022

Since the turn of the millennium, the tech industry has spent billions to conjure a seductive narrative that the cloud—a term most nontechnical people use to mean everything the internet touches —is limitless and weightless, that it is “greener,” more durable, and securer than the analog data storage practices that preceded it. They have trained us to upload, download, stream, post, and share to infinitum. In turn, we have come to expect seamless and instant access to digital content ...read more

Tencent to expand hit game Honor of Kings into a ‘universe’

Nov 22, 2022

Launched in 2015 in China, Honor of Kings is the most profitable mobile game in China with over 100 million DAU. Credit: Tencent Chinese gaming giant Tencent held a special event on Nov. 12 to celebrate the seventh anniversary of its hugely popular TiMi Studio-developed title Honor of Kings. At the event, the firm provided new details about expanding a “universe” of productions related to the hit game. Honor of Kings became China’s most profitable mobile title in January 2022, ta ...read more

Qatar World Cup 'is a mistake,' says former FIFA boss

Nov 22, 2022

Reuters  —  Sepp Blatter, the former president of FIFA when Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup hosting rights in 2010, told Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger “Qatar is a mistake,” adding that “the choice was bad.” The Qatar decision has been marred by controversy, including allegations of corruption and human rights violations, since it was first announced. Blatter, who led FIFA for 17 years, has also been embroiled in accusations of corruption during his ...read more

Yellen to tout Biden technology investments at Virginia business incubator - Reuters

Nov 22, 2022

WASHINGTON, Oct 19 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is set to resume her campaign-style promotion of President Joe Biden's economic initiatives on Friday, visiting a Virginia business incubator to tout U.S. investments in research, semi-conductors, clean energy and other technologies. The Treasury said Yellen will deliver remarks and meet with entrepreneurs at the Virginia Innovation Partnership Corp (VIPC) in Herndon, Virginia, a booming Washington suburb near Dulles Internatio ...read more