Computer 

Truman Medical Centers pays ransom after computer attack

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Truman Medical Centers officials say a ransomware attack on the Kansas City hospital locked employees out of parts of its computer system. The hospital statement said the attack patients’ health and financial information was not affected by the attack on Tuesday. KCUR reports the hospital paid a small amount to the attackers have the system unlocked. Spokeswoman Leslie Carto said the attackers weren’t looking for information, only ransom. She refused to say how much Truman paid to the attackers. [“source=koamnewsnow”]

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samsung 

Samsung forecasts profit plunge after the U.S.-China trade war, beats expectations on one-off gains

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd forecast a steep plunge in its second-quarter operating profit as the U.S.-China trade war wreaks havoc in global chip and smartphone markets, although one-off gains helped it beat analyst expectations The South Korean tech giant is on track to post year-on-year profit declines for a third consecutive quarter as chip prices fell due to a supply glut and U.S. sanctions on Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies, a key Samsung client. Memory chipmakers like Samsung and South Korea’s SK Hynix are hurting as rising tariffs hit…

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samsung 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Series Will Have Physical Volume, Power Buttons After All: Report

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 is one of the most heavily leaked phone off late and we still have a few more months to go, before it’s rumoured launch in late-August. The rumours so far point at there being two models of the Note 10 — both are said to pack in top-of-the-line specifications and will only differ in size and perhaps camera capabilities. It was previously rumoured that the phone will also ditch the traditional physical buttons for volume and power in favour of capacitive buttons but this rumour has…

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Mobile 

Apple drops HomePod price a year after launch

Apple has slashed the price of the HomePod across all regions where it is available. In the US, the HomePod is now priced at $299 instead of the previous $349. In the UK, it’s now available for £279 instead of £319. Other regions, too, have seen a price drop. The HomePod price drop is somewhat unconventional for Apple. Usually, Apple products keep their price far too long into the product cycle. This is usually seen on Macs, that don’t get updated as often as the iOS devices. One could surmise…

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Apple 

Twitter Charges With Memes After Apple Cancels AirPower Wireless Mat

Apple has bid goodbye to its “AirPower” product that was supposed to charge an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPod simultaneously. Originally announced in September 2017, Apple cited difficulty meeting its own standards, thereby chopping off the project.  “After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project,” Dan Riccio, Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering at Apple, toldTechCrunch on Friday. “We apologise to those customers who were looking forward to this launch. We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to…

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Mobile phone recycling 

After single use plastics, smartphone hoarding is the new habit we need to break

The plastic ban is here Let’s be honest, saying goodbye can be hard. And judging from our behaviour, that sentiment even rings true when it comes to parting ways with our old smartphones. Australians are holding on to their old phones for longer, rather than refurbishing or recycling them — and it’s having real environmental consequences. Nearly half (45 per cent) of Australians intend to recycle their old device but this motivation drops off with only one in 10 actually following through, according to new research by MobileMuster, Australia’s government-accredited…

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