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Apple Announces App Store Price Changes in Two Countries, Reminds Developers About New Tax in Singapore

Apple today announced that, in the next few days, prices of App Store apps and in-app purchases, excluding auto-renewable subscriptions, will decrease in Thailand and increase in Pakistan due to foreign exchange rate fluctuations.Additionally, on January 1, 2020, a 7% sales tax for overseas digital services was introduced in Singapore.

App Store developers based in Singapore who provide their GST number in App Store Connect will not have their proceeds affected, according to Apple.

Otherwise, proceeds will be adjusted accordingly.

Organized cybercrime -- not your average mafia

The research, published in International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, also debunks common misconceptions that sophisticated organized criminal networks -- such as the Russian mafia -- are the ones creating cybercrime.

Holt and lead author E. R. Leukfeldt, researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, reviewed 18 cases from the Netherlands in which individuals were prosecuted for cases related to phishing.

Holt explained that organized cybercrime networks are made up of hackers coming together because of functional skills that allow them to collaborate to commit the specific crime.

Research from Michigan State University is one of the first to identify common attributes of cybercrime networks, revealing how these groups function and work together to cause an estimated $445-600 billion of harm globally per year.

"As things move to the dark web and use cryptocurrencies and other avenues for payment, hacker behaviors change and become harder to fully identify, it's going to become harder to understand some of these relational networks," Holt said.

Daily Briefing, Jan. 17

For more items and links, subscribe to the Tech Chronicle newsletter at @techchronicle That was the market cap hit Thursday by Mountain View’s Alphabet, making it the fourth technology company — after Apple, Amazon and Microsoft over the past two years — to pass this once unimaginable valuation.

Number of the day $1 trillion More Information Daily Briefing is compiled from San Francisco Chronicle staff and news services.

The effort will bring to 100 the number of “community stores” Starbucks has opened since it announced the program in 2015, including one in Phoenix, right.

The Seattle company plans to open or remodel 85 stores by 2025 in rural and urban communities across the U.S. Each store will hire local staff, including construction crews and artists, and will have community event spaces.

Daily Briefing, Jan. 17 Chronicle Staff and News Services Published 4:46 pm PST, Thursday, January 16, 2020 Starbucks’ push in poorer areas Starbucks said Thursday it is expanding its effort to put more coffee shops — and create more jobs — in poor neighborhoods.

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Facebook still hasn't paid that US$5B FTC fine, but what happens when it does

"Defendant is ordered to pay to Plaintiff, by making payment to the Treasurer of the United States, FIVE BILLION dollars (US$5,000,000,000.00), which, as Defendant stipulates, its undersigned counsel holds in escrow for no purpose other than payment to Plaintiff," reads the order.

In fact, according to the initial court order, Facebook will only have seven days to pay the fine.

"The proposed release is so vague," wrote Electronic Privacy Information Center president Marc Rotenberg in a court filing picked up by the Journal, "and the scope of immunity Facebook would gain is so indeterminately broad, that the Court should reject it as procedurally unfair."

The government determined that Facebook violated a 2011 settlement with the FTC that also dealt with issues of consumer privacy — specifically, the issue that Facebook deceived its users in regard to what it did with their data.

"Such payment must be made within 7 days of entry of this Stipulated Order by electronic fund transfer in accordance with instructions specified by a representative of Plaintiff."

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The FBI Can Unlock Florida Terrorist's iPhones Without Apple

Indeed, Strafach and other security experts said Apple wouldn't need to create a backdoor for the FBI to access the iPhones that belonged to Alshamrani.

The comments add to pressure on Apple to create special ways for the authorities to access iPhones.

Attorney General William Barr slammed Apple on Monday, saying the company hasn't done enough to help the FBI break into the iPhones.

The FBI is pressing Apple to help it break into a terrorist's iPhones, but the government can hack into the devices without the technology giant, according to experts in cybersecurity and digital forensics.

Further reading: The FBI Got Data From A Locked iPhone 11 Pro Max -- So Why Is It Demanding Apple Unlock Older Phones?

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Lava Z71 launched with Helio A22, 5.7-inch HD+ display and 3,200mAh battery

That’s a point where the Z71 moves forward the competition, for instance, Xiaomi’s Redmi 8a, company’s sub $100 offering for the Indian market lacks a fingerprint scanner.

Still, on the back, we have an LED flash helper and the phone’s fingerprint scanner.

The Lava Z71 is powered by MediaTek’s Helio A22 Chipset.

The Indian manufacturer Lava Mobiles has just a new smartphone dubbed Lava Z71.

The handset ships with a 3,200mAh battery which unfortunately charges via an old micro-USB port.

Immune cells fighting tumors from within, research finds

TOKYO—Lurking deep inside some tumors are “factories” full of immune cells that help the body fight a rearguard action against cancer and are key to helping some patients recover, new research has shown.

Beth Helmink, a fellow in surgical oncology at the University of Texas’s MD Anderson Cancer Center who worked on a second study, said the research changed perceptions of the role of B-cells in immunotherapy.

Key to the findings is that T-cells are far from the only immune cells capable of taking the fight to cancer, with researchers finding the TLS were full of B-cells, a kind of immune cell that produces antibodies.

These structures function like “factories or schools” for immune cells that help the body fight cancer, said Wolf H. Fridman, a professor emeritus of immunology at the Cordeliers Research Centre of the Paris Descartes University medical school, who helped lead one of the studies.

But the studies found that patients with high levels of B-cells inside TLS in their tumors were more likely to respond well to immunotherapy.

Deals: Best Buy's Latest Apple Sale Has Low Prices on Beats Headphones and iPad Pro

Best Buy's newest Apple Sale Event is discounting a trio of Beats by Dre wireless headphones, Mac notebooks, and the iPad Pro.

This includes notable low prices on the Studio3 Wireless Headphones and Powerbeats Pro, as well as ongoing best deals on the iPad Pro in both 11-inch and 12.9-inch models.For the Powerbeats Pro, Best Buy's $199.99 price tag is a match for the lowest-ever price seen on these headphones ( also available at Amazon ).

On sale, the Studio3 Wireless Headphones are typically around $200, so Best Buy's $189.99 is another notable discount going on this week.We've also collected a few deals on the 15-inch MacBook Pro, old MacBook Air, and the iPad Pro.

For the tablet, Best Buy is matching prices previously introduced on Amazon earlier this week, while also providing a few lowest-ever discounts not available anywhere else for high-end models with 1TB of storage and cellular support.Be sure to visit our full Deals Roundup to shop for even more Apple-related products and accessories.

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NPD: The 20 best-selling games of 2019 in the U.S.

U Deluxe* The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild* Pokemon Shield* Super Mario Maker 2* The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening* Super Mario Party* 2019’s top 10 best-selling Nintendo 3DS games Pokemon: Ultra Sun* Pokemon: Ultra Moon* Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Mario Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr’s Journey* Super Mario Maker* Super Smash Bros.* Mario Kart 7* Super Mario 3D Land* The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D* Luigi’s Mansion*

Ultimate* Mario Kart 8* Pokemon Sword* Luigi’s Mansion 3* New Super Mario Bros.

U Deluxe 2019’s top 10 best-selling Xbox One games Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019 Madden NFL 20 NBA 2K20 Borderlands 3 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Mortal Kombat 11 Anthem Red Dead Redemption II Grand Theft Auto V 2019’s top 10 best-selling PlayStation 4 games Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019 NBA 2K20 Madden NFL 20 Mortal Kombat 11 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Borderlands 3 Kingdom Hearts III Days Gone MLB 19: The Show Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 2019’s top 10 best-selling Nintendo Switch games Super Smash Bros.

Ultimate Kingdom Hearts III Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Mario Kart 8 Grand Theft Auto V Red Dead Redemption II Minecraft FIFA 20 Anthem Pokemon Sword Resident Evil 2 2019 Luigi’s Mansion 3 Days Gone New Super Mario Bros.

2019’s top 20 best-selling games of the year Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019 NBA 2K20 Madden NFL 20 Borderlands 3 Mortal Kombat 11 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Super Smash Bros.

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TikTok, PUBG Mobile were most popular apps of 2019 in India: Report

The top streaming apps in India were MX Player, Hotstar, Netflix, and JioTV based on year-over-year growth in time spent on Android phones among entertainment or video players.

Here's what the trend looks like for 2017-19: With the boom in apps, India also saw the highest growth in time people spend on entertainment apps with 80 per cent rise in the last two years, According AppAnnie’s ‘State of Mobile 2020’ report.

The growth of food delivery apps was the highest in India with over 400 per cent rise during the period 2017-19.

was the breakout social app of 2019 in the Indian market, while Mobile saw the highest consumer spend in games in the country.

The time spent on shopping apps in India grew 50% from 2018 to 2019 — second highest among markets analyzed.

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Performance-oriented “Pro” mode for Macs found in latest macOS beta

Mac users have discovered evidence of a new feature coming to a future release of macOS called "Pro Mode."

While the initial report in 9to5Mac indicated that there is evidence this feature is intended for the MacBook Pro, MacRumors claims to have received an anonymous tip "suggesting the Mac Pro will also get a Pro Mode option."

Apple recently overhauled the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a 16-inch display, a new thermal system, and a new (well, old, really) keyboard.

Apple could plausibly be working on bringing similar changes to the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and the company could be holding the Pro Mode announcement until it is ready to talk to the public about the new hardware as well.

macOS Catalina 10.15.3 will be the next major feature release for the Mac operating system, but the update is still in testing, and it is unknown when the public release of 10.15.3 will occur.

Upcoming Price and Tax Changes in Pakistan, Thailand, and Singapore - News

When taxes or foreign exchange rates change, we sometimes need to update prices on the App Store.

In the next few days, prices of apps on the App Store and in-app purchases (excluding auto-renewable subscriptions) will change in the following countries.

Developers based in Singapore who provide their GST number in App Store Connect will not have their proceeds affected.

Prices on the App Store won’t change based on the introduction of this tax.

You can change the price of your apps and in-app purchases (including auto-renewable subscriptions) at any time in App Store Connect.

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GirlsDoPorn website goes offline after $13M judgment, criminal charges

Last summer saw the start of trial in a lawsuit 22 women filed against site owner Michael Pratt and two other men.

Yet throughout all that turmoil, the GirlsDoPorn site stayed up, offering visitors access to explicit videos of women who may have been coerced into shooting them.

GirlsDoPorn video clips remain readily available from other pornographic video sites.

The operators of GirlsDoPorn are in legal trouble because dozens of women say they were tricked and coerced into appearing in videos on the site.

The site attracted women by telling them that their videos would only be sold on DVD to wealthy customers overseas and would never appear online.

Here are Apple campaigns you've probably never seen before

Apple has done great campaigns for the iPad, but this ad is so weird that it has never been published.

The new video is similar to the final version, but it still shows an old iPad and doesn’t mention the Apple TV+ or Find My iPhone, which was revamped in 2019.

Apple has made a series of ads for iPhone 6, including the campaign, “If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone.”

The Unofficial Apple Archive, a website that gathers hundreds of videos and images from Apple campaigns since 1977, has launched, and we’ve made a roundup of the weird and wonderful standouts.

It’s not very common to see details about how Apple campaigns are made, which is why this case study about the Animoji videos featured in the 2018 Grammy Awards is so exciting.

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Third-Party Components at Their Best

There are no shortage of opinions about what makes a good component, but say we scope that to third-party for a moment.

What makes a third-party component good?

My favorite attribute of a third-party component is when it takes something hard and makes it easy.

In that same vein, Reach UI Tabs have rigorous accessibility baked into them that you probably wouldn't get right if you hand-rolled them.

What makes a third-party component awesome?

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U Mobile Is Now Exploring 5G Network Sharing With TM

TM and U Mobile today have announced that they are now exploring the possibility to share their 5G infrastructure.

For starters, both telcos will be testing out 5G network sharing through TM’s 5G network in Langkawi which was deployed to support the company’s vast amount of 5G Demonstration Projects (5GDP) in the island.

As expected, efficiency and costs are among the reasons that both telcos are considering the option to share their 5G infrastructure.

According to the joint announcement, TM and U Mobile already looking at several well-known 5G network sharing models including Multi-Operator Core Node (MOCN) and Multi-Operator Radio Access Network (MORAN).

Prior to today’s announcement, Digi have also signed up with TM to test 5G network sharing in Langkawi throughout the 5GDP period.

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Fisherman Finds Navy Recording Device in the Adriatic Sea

A secret recording system left by the U.S. Navy in the Adriatic Sea was recovered by Croatian fisherman.

The fisherman was eventually contacted by the U.S. Navy who asked for the device back.

After the U.S. Navy agreed to compensate the fisherman for the damage to the net, the device was returned.

Turns out the device, according to Naval analyst H.I. Sutton is identical to the Navy's EARS sensor system.

Sutton found an old tweet from 2014 that got zero in the way of attention that showed a device that was identical to the fisherman's discovery with the label EARS.

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A Second Planet Was Found by Closest Star to the Sun

Our nearest celestial neighbor, the star Proxima Centauri, likely has a second planet.

If confirmed, the newly discovered super-Earth would be the second terrestrial world found in the Proxima Centauri system, which is located just 4.2 light-years from Earth.

According to the researchers, the discovery of Proxima c could provide insights into how low-mass planets around low-mass stars form, especially when the planets begin their lives well beyond a star’s “snow line,” where water turns to solid ice.

This is largely due to the fact that the red dwarf is the nearest star to the Sun, meaning that future interstellar missions like Breakthrough Starshot will likely start by venturing to the Proxima Centauri system first.

Finding a second planet around Proxima Centauri not only increases the appeal of exploring the system more closely, it also raises some important questions about a feature of planetary systems called the snow line.

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Huawei P40 Pro leak shows off five-camera bump and ceramic body

New renders from Evan “Evleaks” Blass give us what may well be our best look yet at Huawei’s next flagship phone.

As with a previous leak, it looks like the front glass and back panel will curve on all four edges.

On the front of the phone you can see a notchless screen with a hole-punch cutout for two selfie cameras.

Huawei’s last two P-series flagship phones have been announced in Paris in March, so an official launch shouldn’t be far away.

The difference this time, of course, is that Huawei may again be forced to release its phone without onboard support for Google services, as was the case with last year’s Mate 30 Pro.

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Unboxing and Hands-on with the Honor MagicWatch 2

Unboxing and Hands-on with the Honor MagicWatch 2 The Honor MagicWatch 2 is a 46mm smartwatch with a high resolution AMOLED display.

Honor MagicWatch 2 paired with the Honor 20 Pro The watch is filled with features aimed towards fitness.

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Oculus Go gets a massive price cut – and it's here to stay

Facebook has announced a permanent price cut for its standalone Oculus Go virtual reality headset, significantly lowering the entry level for its smartphone-free solution.

Following a period on sale, the 32GB Oculus Go headset will remain at £139/$149, which is way down on the £199/$199 launch price for the VR device, which doesn't require connection to an additional device.

In a statement given to Upload VR, Facebook said: “Oculus Go is now priced at $149 USD, which is equal to a $50 price drop.

The Oculus Go doesn't offer the full six degrees of freedom provided by the Oculus Quest, but the 3DOF does provide a significant upgrade on some of the smartphone-based solutions such as the Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream headsets.

Our reviewer wrote: "You should buy the Oculus Go if you want a budget-friendly way to get into VR, and you don’t have a phone that supports a mobile VR solution such as the Gear VR or Google Daydream.

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Microsoft Vows to Eliminate Carbon Emissions

Additionally, Microsoft says that, by 2050, they will have removed all the carbon dioxide that the company has released since its founding in 1975.

Microsoft announced today a plan to make the company carbon negative by 2030.

This move from Microsoft, however, could turn the tide and spur more tech giants to take the climate crisis more seriously and make an effort to truly put the future of the planet first.

The tech industry appears to finally be getting on board with climate change, as Microsoft has announced a plan to go carbon negative by 2030.

Microsoft also announced that they would be investing $1 billion over the next four years in a new “climate innovation fund to accelerate the global development of carbon reduction, capture, and removal technologies,” which is a sizable investment, as long as you don't look at Bill Gates' net worth.

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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will soon fix PC save file and CPU problems

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne had a rocky release last week, with reports coming in that when PC players were jumping into the expansion there was a chance the game might delete their save files.

As Lauren reported last week: “Some players who jumped into the new Iceborne expansion noticed a message when they load in saying that ‘no compatible save was found’.

“An issue has been discovered where the save data would not convert to the new file format if the save data and the game haven’t been updated after October 30, 2018 (UTC 23:00), the day when Kulve Taroth had been added to the game via Title Update.

This patch will update Monster Hunter World: Iceborne to Ver.10.12.01, so keep your eyes peeled for when it releases at some point over the next few days.

Once all that nonsense is sorted out, if you’re still inclined to give the new expansion a go, Dave has put together loads of in-depth Monster Hunter World: Iceborne guides to help get you started.

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Bernie Sanders Secures Crucial Endorsement From Leftist Facebook Meme Page

The focus on ”affordable housing as a right” vs. people “deserve” or “should have” affordable housing, along with leveraging the Green New Deal to repair and modernize our crumbling infrastructure, all helped tip the scales in Sanders’ favor with this key meme interest group.

“Create a National Fair Housing Agency and work with HUD to undo the harms of government-sponsored segregation and redlining”: According to Sanders' plan, this agency would be "dedicated to protecting renters from housing discrimination, investigating landlords who misuse Section 8 vouchers, and enforce housing standards for renters."

“Make Section 8 rental assistance an entitlement, easing the rent burden for millions of low-income families”: Sanders’ plan claims 7.7 million families in the United States are forced to take on a higher rent burden because they are eligible for Section 8 rental assistance, but the program is not fully funded.

Bernie Sanders has just scored a crucial endorsement from the New Urbanist Memes for Transit-Oriented Teens, a popular leftist Facebook meme group.

On Thursday, Senator Sanders posted in the group, thanking them for the endorsement and reaffirming his commitment to the policies that drew NUMTOTs to him in the first place: