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Although the Olympics in host city Tokyo had no spectators, this did not dampen the mood of the historic event: digital cheers and engagement poured in for athletes around the world were at an all time high, double the number of users during Rio 2016.

Published in Entertainment

Optus announced the launch of what it says is the world’s first TikTok sign-language activated filter. Featuring Optus ambassador Ian Thorpe, Optus will unveil a branded effect that shows TikTok users how to say key phrases in Auslan sign language, including ‘How are you?’ and ‘It starts with Yes’, through the hashtag challenge #SignYes.

Published in Telecoms & NBN

Not-for-profit charity Reset Australia reports that Terms and Conditions of popular apps such as TikTok, Instagram, and Snapchat are too difficult for children to read and would require a university degree to understand it. The report gave one platform 2.5 out of 5 stars, and gave two apps a score of zero in terms of readability.

Published in Apps

Four of the world’s biggest tech platforms have developed a set of commitments that aims to protect women from violence and abuse on their respective platforms. The tech companies also reached out to women who have experienced abuse to take part in developing the policies.

Published in Apps

Online marketplace Warrp’s new video listing feature allows users to advertise their products in a short video. In this new medium, users can describe, explain, and detail their items more clearly to engage and convince audiences to buy their products.

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A ban on US investment in the Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has been lifted, with the US Defence Department apparently unwilling to defend a Trump era action that claimed the company had ties to the Chinese military.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Social media app TikTok has found itself in a quandary since it has had no response from the government's Committee on Foreign Investment in the US about its owner ByteDance's plan to address the issues around data security raised earlier this year.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Mobile subscriptions will recover by 3.4% in 2021 from a drop of a little more than 2% in 2020, the Economist Intelligence Unit has predicted in a new report, adding that the strongest growth would be seen in Asia and the Middle East.

Nearly 2.5 million Australians are using the social media app TikTok, an app that the Americans want to ban but which Australia has no problem with, the research firm Roy Morgan says, adding that this number means the addition of more than 850,000 users in the first half of 2020.

Published in Apps

A judge in the US has blocked the government from implementing a decision to make it mandatory for Apple and Google to remove the WeChat application from their respective app stores.

Published in Government Tech Policy

The United States has banned the downloading of TikTok and WeChat by residents, claiming this would be a threat to the country's national security.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Database giant Oracle is buying TikTok to increase its relevance in the cloud market by demonstrating the scalability of its cloud platform, and also increase its "hip factor" with brands like Zoom, analysts from the American market research company Forrester claim.

Published in Cloud

If Apple had to remove the WeChat app from its app store due to an executive order issued by US President Donald Trump, that would mean a loss of Chinese users who make up nearly a third of iPhone users around the globe, an influential Taiwanese stock analyst has warned.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Huawei Australia chief corporate affairs officer Jeremy Mitchell has expressed disappointment over the difference between the treatment according to Chinese social media company TikTok and his own employer.

Published in Government Tech Policy

In an act that has led to him being labelled a grifter, US President Donald Trump has suggested that the US should get a cut from the price paid for social media company TikTok "‘because we’re making it possible for this deal to happen".

Published in Technology Regulation

The defence industry lobby group Australian Strategic Policy Institute is acting to ratchet up tensions with Australia's major trading partner China and using funds it gets from the Federal Government for this purpose, more than $20 million at last count, the Australian arm of the Chinese telecommunications equipment company Huawei Technologies says in a strongly-worded blog post.

Published in Government Tech Policy

Australians under 25 years of age lost over $5 million to scams in 2019, with around 12,000 reports about losses by these young Aussies made to Scamwatch in 2019 - an increase of 11% over 2018.

Published in Security

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