WhatsApp stops sharing facebook data

A few months ago, WhatsApp, which is currently part of Facebook, has announced that it will provide its users with the portal. Of course, it aroused enormous indignation of the beneficiaries, who found that the company had broken the promised promise. When Facebook took over WhatsApp a few years ago, the company’s management assured everyone that no user data would be shared.

The protests from users have not ended and the case has reached several courts in several countries. At the end of September, the German court found that Facebook could not use WhatsApp user data and ordered it to stop collecting and to delete information that it had already received.

There was a good chance that other countries could follow Germany and issue similar rulings, so the Facebook board decided it would be better if it stopped the controversial idea. The portal has announced that it is holding back user data on the European market. This does not mean, however, that it completely withdraws from it.

Facebook and WhatsApp representatives intend to meet with EU officials to discuss the matter and propose that the feature be optional.


Google is fighting aggressive advertising

Google wants to sort out the internet for ads displayed on mobile devices. An American corporation has announced the punishment of sites that are particularly annoying pop up ads.

Ads on web sites are necessary because they make it possible for them to maintain their website. However, it can not be denied that many of them too aggressively attack the user. Especially annoying are pop-up ads, that is the so-called. Popups, which are usually very loud, irritate not only the user but also his surroundings. In addition, many of them are so prepared that they can not be easily closed, and cover the whole screen.

And that’s exactly what the war intends to announce to Google. The company announced that from January 10 next year it will penalize websites that display aggressive popups on the mobile version. Exceptions are windows with user age verification, cookies or login information.


Qualcomm fined a giant fine

Qualcomm, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of mobile processors, can pay a hefty fine. The South Korean authorities have accused it of abusing the market position and imposed a fine of $ 853 million.

The Korean Fair Trading Commission (KFTC) has imposed a $ 853 million fine on Qualcomm for illegal practices. After a three-year investigation, the South Korean market watchdog acknowledged that the company had committed fraudulent business practices to become a mobile monopoly on the mobile processor market and throw rivals out.

KFTC claims that Qualcomm has restricted its rivals to access their patents. He also forced smartphone manufacturers to sign unfair license agreements by refusing to sell their processors to companies that did not agree to such terms of cooperation. In other words, Qualcomm, by using its position, has forcibly compelled companies to cooperate with it to make it profitable.

The mobile processor maker now has to pay a fine of 853 million. Obviously Qualcomm has 60 days to appeal against this decision and it can be assumed that it will do so, as the amount of penalty is gigantic. It should be added that this is not the first such large fine imposed on this concern.


This is the end of the plasma, Panasonic is finishing their production

Plasma TVs a few years ago were eagerly bought by consumers because of better image quality compared to LCDs. The refinement of LCD technology and the emergence of OLED screens, coupled with the much more energy consumed by plasma screens, has made consumer interest in these screens drastically reduced and companies are ending production of such displays.

Some time ago Pioneer announced the resignation of the production of plasma screens, and now at a similar step also decided Panasonic. The company has announced that it is definitely ending with this technology and with immediate effect. Already in December ends with the production of popular plasma once, and all its operations related to this technology, will end in definite in March next year.

At present, two of the three Panasonica factories no longer produce plasma screens, and within a month their production will also go out in the last one. All the development work on new televisions has also been completed.

Panasonic explained that the decision to stop plasma production was made due to the offensive of much cheaper LCD receivers, with which plasma simply could not compete in price. Now the company will focus on further development of OLED technology.


Nike HyperAdapt only for the richest

No one is readying to launch the latest HyperAdapt sports footwear. The film-inspired product will hit the shelves this month and will cost $ 720.

Sports footwear can sometimes be very expensive, especially when dealing with limited editions designed by celebrities such as Kanye West. It seems, however, that Nike wants to outshine all sports footwear designers, the price of their latest HyperAdapt shoes. This product will hit store shelves later this month.

The footwear is inspired by the film “Back to the Future II” and is equipped with the technology of lacing. Boots have sensors, actuators and a built-in battery that automatically grips the laces when they are inserted into them.

Such modern equipment, however, has to cost. Therefore, in order to become the owner of HyperAdapt, you have to have a very thick wallet. Nike has just confirmed that the price of shoes has been set up as much as $ 720. Given that most sports footwear models cost a maximum of $ 200, this is an astronomical amount.


The highest punishment in EU history. Apple has to pay 13 billion euros of taxes

Apple did not pay virtually any sales tax on its stores in Europe, the European Commission said, pointing out that the giant would now have to pay 13 billion euros. This is a record sum. The corporation has announced an appeal against the decision.

The investigation into Ireland, where Apple has its European headquarters, tax benefits have been carried out by the Commission since 2014. It focused on two agreements negotiated between Apple and the Irish authorities in 1991 and 2007. Thanks to them the company could have avoided paying billions of dollars in taxes.

The findings of the investigation in Brussels show that Dublin will now have to recover about 13 billion euros of unpaid taxes (plus interest) for the years 2003-2014 from the US producer.

“Member States can not confer benefits on selected companies. This is contrary to EU state aid rules. The Commission’s investigation has shown that Ireland has conceded illegal tax advantages for Apple, which has allowed the company to pay lower taxes for many years than other companies, “said EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager at a press conference Tuesday.

The Irish authorities responded to the Commission’s decision to declare that they disagreed and, similarly to Apple itself, had announced their appeal to the court. The island is concerned about the loss of investors who may seek other places where the jurisdiction of the European Commission will not reach. As he argued in a statement by Irish finance minister Michael Noonan, Apple paid the entire tax due in his country and did not benefit from state aid.

However, according to the Commission, two individual interpretations of Irish and Canadian tax law in 1991 and 2007 “significantly and artificially” affected the amount of tax paid by corporations in that country.

The effective tax rate that Apple paid for its profits in Europe was 1 percent. In 2003, to fall in 2014 to 0.005%. “To show this in context: from every million euros of profits the company paid 500 euros of taxes,” stressed Vestager.

This has made Irish decisions about how to count your income tax. Thanks to internal transfers, Apple was able to place profits across Europe in companies in Ireland, Apple Sales International and Apple Operations Europe.

The Irish agreed that almost all sales revenue recorded by both companies were internally attributed to “headquarters”. The Commission investigation has shown that these “head offices” existed only on paper and were not able to generate any revenue. Moreover, the Irish regulations allowed “head offices” not to be taxed in any country (these regulations were changed).

The Commissioner for Competition pointed out that the 13 billion euros referred to in this case are not a penalty for Apple to pay, only an outstanding tax that must be recovered.

Vestager also denied accusations of the US Treasury Department, which last week accused the Commission of acting retroactively and creating a transnational tax superorganism. “Retroactivity would suggest that the rules have changed. No, they have not changed. We had to deal with unpaid taxes, “she said.


Tesla doubles the number of high-speed loaders

Tesla owners living in North and South America will no longer have to waste time finding a quick charger. The manufacturer assured that it would soon double the number of Supercharger stations.

Although electric cars have been selling for many years now, their owners still have trouble filling up their vehicles because of the limited number of charging stations. This problem also has Tesla owners, but the manufacturer promised that it will soon be resolved.

Elon Musk has announced that his company will double the number of high-speed loaders, the so-called Supercharger, available in the United States, Canada and Mexico in the near future. A total of 2636 such stations are currently available, and can be used in 373 locations.

The company intends to implement this plan by the end of this year. By using this station, owners of Model X and Model S, after 30 minutes of loading will be able to drive another 270 km.


Industrial Intel drones

Intel Corporation has unveiled the latest commercial dron for a wide range of applications. The device called Intel Falcon 8+ was designed for inspection, surveillance and map creation. They are equipped with the best-in-class sensors and state-of-the-art technology.

Intel, a well known processor manufacturer in our personal computers, has been involved in the drones for some time now. RealSense’s technology has been available in several unmanned models, and the company has now decided to create a new dock model.

The product named Intel Falcon 8+ was presented during a Hamburg-based INTERGEO conference devoted to drones. The new model is the successor to the AscTec Falcon 8 and has been designed for a wide range of commercial applications, including device inspection, surveillance and mapping.

It features state-of-the-art electronics and highly accurate sensors that, combined with the automatic point-and-shoot system, allow you to shoot with millimeter accuracy. Thanks to this, the machine is well suited for structural analysis of various objects and their condition assessment.

The Intel Falcon 8+ also features the very advanced Intel Cockpit controller, which is waterproof and built to give the operator complete control over the device, including the ability to view the 1080p image transmitted from the camera of the device.


Autonomous cars Google increasingly better

Google boasts that its autonomous vehicles are getting better and better. To confirm these words, he publishes several statistics on this technology that show how their security has increased over the past few years.

Last year, Google made some changes to the design of autonomous vehicles. The biggest one was taking this technology from Google X labs and moving them to a new company called Waymo, which is now developing them.

Dmitri Dolgov, head of the new branch, praised just how much new technology has been refined over the years. On the official Wayamo blog, a report from the California Department of Motor Vehicles revealed that the number of driver interventions has dropped significantly over the past two years.

In 2015, the percentage of such interventions was 0.8 per each 1,600 km traveled. Thanks to the efforts of engineers, a year later the percentage was already 0.2. To add here are the moments when the traffic control computers were not able to cope with a particular situation and then the man had to take control of the vehicle.

In 2016, Wayamo vehicles crossed the California roads totaling 1 023 330 km and is a half way up compared to 2015. On the other hand, since the start of work, autonomous vehicles have already overcome the distance of 3.7 million km, most of the drive was on urban and suburban roads. During this period, the number of driver interventions was only 124 compared to the 341 interventions that occurred in 2015.