SiriusXM’s new streaming-only ‘Essential’ plan targets smart speaker owners

Last week, Amazon and Google rolled out free music streaming services to cater to the growing base of smart speaker owners. Now, SiriusXM is going after this market, too. The company has launched a new plan called SiriusXM Essential which targets those who listen in-home and on mobile devices, but not in cars. The streaming-only…

Chinese City of Guangzhou Issues Business License Using Blockchain and AI

Major Chinese city Guangzhou has issued a business license using blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) technology, local news agency Sohu reports on April 22. The license was issued at the administrative center of Huangpu District, Guangzhou, and represents the first blockchain and AI-powered business license in China, according to the news outlet. The type of…

Crypto Markets See Mild Green, Global Stocks and Futures Mixed as Oil Spikes

Monday, April 22 — after yesterday’s mild market teeter, almost all of the top twenty cryptocurrencies are seeing mild green on the day to press time, seeing growth of between 1 and 7%, as Coin350 data shows. Market visualization courtesy of Coin360 Bitcoin (BTC) is up 0.4% on the day and is trading at $5,315…

Samsung Galaxy Fold launch events delayed in China

Image caption The Samsung Galaxy Fold is supposed to be released on 26 April Samsung has postponed two launch events for its folding smartphone, days after several early reviewers said the screens on their devices had broken. In April, Samsung let several reviewers, including the BBC, try its new Galaxy Fold smartphone. But some found…

Tencent’s latest investment is an app that teaches grannies in China to dance

Besides churning out video games for China’s young generations, Tencent has also been attuned to the need of silver-haired users: its latest bet is an app that teaches middle-age and elderly users, most of whom are female, how to dance. Called Tangdou, or “sugar beans” in Chinese, the app announced on Monday that it’s raised…

JPMorgan Chase to Add New Features to Blockchain-Powered Network for Global Banks

JPMorgan Chase (JPM) is expanding the use of its blockchain technology to help reduce the number of global payments rejected by errors, the Financial Times reported on April 21. The United States financial giant is adding new features to its Interbank Information Network (IIN,) which is now used by more than 220 banks around the…

Go-Jek brings in Misfit co-founder and ex-Facebook head to lead Vietnam business

Ambitious ride-hailing startup Go-Jek’s Southeast Asia expansion plan suffered a blow when it lost the leadership team behind its business in Vietnam, but now it has replaced them with the former head of Facebook in the country. Christy Trang Le, who led Facebook’s business in Vietnam for nine months before quitting for family reasons in…

Asos billionaire loses three children in Sri Lanka attacks

Image copyright AFPImage caption Mr Holch Povlsen is one of Denmark’s richest men Three of the four children of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen died in the Sri Lanka bombing attacks, a spokesman has confirmed to the BBC. The family were visiting the country over the Easter holiday. The names of the children have not…

TED 2019: How to kill a zombie rumour and fix Facebook

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Zombie rumours – false stories that refuse to die – are proliferating online From so-called zombie rumours – viral online stories that refuse to die – to the difference between misinformation and fake news, much of the talk at TED 2019 has been about the need to improve online conversation….

Microsoft Korea: Country Faces Growing Threat From Stealth Crypto Mining Attacks

Microsoft Korea has claimed the country is facing an increase in cryptojacking incidents, according to a report from local English-language daily The Korea Times, published on April 22. The findings were announced by Microsoft security program manager Kim Gwi-ryun during a press conference in Seoul today, which accompanied the release of the annual Microsoft Security…