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Overheating LG OLED TV Concerns Spread To Europe And China

A couple of months ago news emerged that LG was undertaking a program of free repairs to around 60,000 of its OLED TVs to prevent a potential overheating problem that could apparently cause the affected TVs to start smoking and run so hot that their rear panels may be capable of causing burning and scalding injuries.

Back then, the issue appeared to be limited to South Korea, with LG telling South Korea’s YonHap News Agency that “TVs sold overseas are not subject to the repairs.” It now seems, though, that the potential flaw is becoming an issue in other territories too. 

This is especially the case in China, where the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) Defective Product Administrative Center has ordered the recall of 13 LG OLED TV models sold between 2016 and 2019.

The recall impacts an estimated 9,434 sets with the following model numbers: OLED65C7, OLED65E7, OLED65W7,

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Trump’s call for supporters to watch polls ‘very carefully’ raises concerns of voter intimidation

President Donald Trump urged his supporters during the first presidential debate on Tuesday to “go into the polls and watch very carefully” for potential election issues, leading some Democrats and election experts to sound the alarm against possible voter intimidation.

“I’m urging my supporters to go into the polls and watch very carefully because that’s what has to happen. I am urging them to do it,” Trump said toward the end of the debate against Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee.

“Today there was a big problem. In Philadelphia, they went in to watch. They’re called poll watchers, a very safe, very nice thing,” he said. “They were thrown out. They weren’t allowed to watch. You know why? Because bad things happen in Philadelphia.”

A Philadelphia Inquirer reporter at a Board of Elections satellite office said Tuesday that a woman who said she was hired by the Trump campaign as a

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Delta IV Heavy rocket delayed again, raising concerns of aging infrastructure

United Launch Alliance has been attempting to launch a spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office, valued at more than $1 billion, for quite a while now. On Tuesday evening, just hours before the company’s latest attempt to launch the large Delta IV Heavy booster, the mission was scrubbed again.

The weather at the

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Amazon Pitches New Palm Scanning Tech For Stadiums, Offices As Consumer Privacy Concerns Linger

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New technology announced Tuesday by Amazon that allows the palm of a user’s hand to double as a credit card or company ID could find its way into use in office buildings and sports stadiums, according to the e-commerce giant, which said it chose the palm technology because it’s “more private” than other biometric markers as consumers continue to have concerns over data privacy and big tech.

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The technology, called Amazon One, uses custom-built algorithms and hardware to create a person’s unique “palm signature,” allowing for everything from making credit card or loyalty card purchases to entering a location like a stadium, or badging

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Drone home: Amazon’s new Ring indoor security camera gives flight to new privacy concerns

Ring Always Home Cam. (Ring Photo)

Amazon drones will probably be zipping around outside your house to drop off packages before too long. But before that day arrives, the drones could also be flying inside your home. Ring, the Amazon-owned smart doorbell and security company, unveiled a flying indoor camera on Thursday morning.

It’s “designed with privacy first,” the company said, but some digital security and privacy experts raised concerns about the potential implications of the device.

The Ring “Always Home Cam” is an autonomous, camera-equipped drone that can fly around predetermined areas of a home to offer assorted viewpoints before returning to a docking station to charge. The idea is that a homeowner could check in while away to see if a window was left open or the stove was left on, as Ring founder Jamie Siminoff said in a blog post.

Slated to be available next year, the

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Coronavirus: Concerns over Boris Johnson’s ‘moonshot’ testing plans

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Scientists and health professionals have raised doubts about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “Operation Moonshot” plan for mass coronavirus testing.

The PM hopes millions of Covid-19 tests – including some giving results within minutes – could be processed daily.

But experts say there are issues with laboratory capacity for current tests, while the technology for more rapid tests “does not, as yet, exist”.

The British Medical Journal says leaked memos show the plan could cost £100bn.

Speaking after his announcement that gatherings in England are to be restricted to six people from Monday, Mr Johnson said the government was “working hard” to increase testing capacity to 500,000 tests a day by the end of October.

And he said that “in the near future” he wanted to start using testing “to identify people who are negative – who don’t have coronavirus and who are not infectious – so

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Thanks to Google, app store monopoly concerns have now reached India

Last week, as Epic Games, Facebook, and Microsoft continued to express concerns about Apple’s “monopolistic” hold over what a billion people can download on their iPhones, a similar story unfolded in India, the world’s second largest internet market, between a giant developer and the operator of the only other large mobile app store.

Google pulled Paytm, the app from India’s most valuable startup, off of the Play Store on Friday. The app returned to the store eight hours later, but the controversy and acrimony Google has stirred up in the country will linger for years.

TechCrunch reported on Friday that Google pulled Paytm app from its app store after a repeat pattern of violations of Google Play Store guidelines by the Indian firm.

Paytm, which is locked in a battle against Google to win India’s payments market, has been frustrated at Google’s policies — which it argues gives Google an

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Trump ‘very happy’ to allow TikTok to operate in US if security concerns resolved

President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg’s vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: ‘The fate of our rights’ depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE said Friday he’s “very happy” to allow TikTok to continue operations in the U.S. as long as security concerns over its ties to China are resolved.

Trump told reporters that he’s spoken with top executives at Oracle, Walmart and Microsoft about the prospect of them purchasing the video-sharing app as his administration mulls a proposition to give Oracle and Walmart ownership stakes in and greater control over the company while not completely cutting out China-based ByteDance, the current owner.

“We have some great options and maybe we can keep a lot of people happy but have the security that we need. We have to have the total security from China,”

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New Crop of Covid-Tracking Apps Addresses Old Concerns

The first Covid-19 exposure-notification apps using technology developed by

Apple Inc.

and

Alphabet Inc.’s

Google are up in seven states, and are attempting to inject life into an effort that has struggled so far.

Contact-tracing is a powerful way to fight the coronavirus without sweeping lockdowns, health experts say, and mobile apps could help by automatically notifying anyone who has been near an infected person. Earlier iterations, however, haven’t always been able to pinpoint users’ locations, have raised concerns among privacy advocates and generally failed to gain wide acceptance.

But apps using Apple and Google technology may raise the bar by using Bluetooth to more accurately compile users’ close encounters with other phones, with no location-tracking at all.

Still, any of these new apps faces

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Trump raises concerns over ByteDance’s role in possible TikTok deal

“I mean, just conceptually, I can tell you I don’t like that,” Trump told reporters. “So, if that’s the case, I’m not going to be happy with that. Assuming that ByteDance is China, which I think it probably is.”

Trump said he would be briefed on the deal Thursday morning and had only seen media reports about its terms. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., an inter-agency panel led by the Treasury Department, reviewed the proposal at its meeting Tuesday and is slated to make a recommendation to Trump this week.

“They’re giving me studies on the deal,” he said. “It has to be 100 percent as far as national security is concerned. And, no, I’m not prepared to sign off on anything. I have to see the deal.”

Republican allies in the Senate, including. Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) have pushed

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