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2/23/2018

Samsung has launched compression and privacy app Opera Max under the name Samsung Max. Opera, the company behind Opera Max, announced plans to shutter the app last August, but Samsung elected to rerelease the app for certain Samsung devices.

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2/23/2018

Gartner reports that global smartphone sales decreased in the fourth quarter for the first time since the firm started tracking the market in 2004. Smartphone sales decreased 5.6% year-over-year during the period.

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2/23/2018

Users of Apple Pay more than doubled in a year, reaching 127 million by the end of 2017, according to a Loup Ventures estimate. That number amounts to only 16% of iPhone users, however.

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2/23/2018

Intel did not report the Spectre and Meltdown chip flaws to the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team until after the vulnerabilities had been made public, tech companies have written. The flaws were reported Jan. 3, six months after Alphabet notified Intel of them.

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2/23/2018

An updated college-level cybersecurity curriculum was released this week, along with a website for community engagement. "Cybersecurity Curricula 2017" features guidelines for cybersecurity education based on a report released by the Association for Computing Machinery.

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Campus Technology
2/23/2018

Fifty-seven percent of US federal agencies were affected by a data breach within the past year, compared with just 26% of government agencies outside the US, a Thales report has found. The report found that outdated legacy systems and budget cuts for cybersecurity contributed to the increase in breaches.

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ZDNet
2/23/2018

The majority of smart speaker owners, 89%, report being happy with their devices, per a report from Gene Munster's Loup Ventures. Of the 520 US respondents, 31% reported owning a smart speaker, and the devices are used primarily for playing music, checking the weather and asking general questions.

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2/23/2018

Retail sales declined by 0.8% in December in Canada as consumers spent less on electronics and more on new vehicles, per data from Statistics Canada. A 9.1% decline in sales at appliance and electronics stores drove lower-than-anticipated economic growth in the fourth quarter of 2017, the data also showed.

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2/23/2018

LG is expected to release updated K8 and K10 mobile phones at the Mobile World Congress. The devices will be available in Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East this year.

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CNET
2/23/2018

Hewlett Packard Enterprise reported higher-than-predicted sales, with $7.67 billion in sales for the first quarter. The company will likely continue cost-cutting initiatives and plans to spend $7 billion in buybacks and dividend increases, CEO Antonio Neri indicated.