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Nike app for self-tying shoe comes undone

Image copyright Nike/PA Nike’s new self-lacing trainer, the Adapt BB, has fallen at the first hurdle after the Android app that controls the shoe malfunctioned. Billed as the “future of footwear”, the $350 (£268) a pair Adapt BB launched on Sunday. However, an update to the Google Android app that allows wearers to loosen or tighten the trainer failed to work. Customers complain that the Android app only syncs with one shoe. The shoe can be controlled manually using two buttons on the side. But people are frustrated that the…

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Digital shopping app JOOM targets France in challenge to Amazon

(This February 21 story corrects to show it has 40,000 new French users, not 4,000 in eighth paragraph) By Dominique Vidalon PARIS (Reuters) – The e-commerce marketplace JOOM, whose mobile shopping app sells products from China at cut-rate prices directly to buyers, is recruiting French brands to bolster its merchant roster in a market it sees as key to cracking Europe and taking on Amazon. Launched in 2016, the Russia-based company currently offers some 10 million mostly chinese-made products ranging from cell phones to sneakers to customers around the world.…

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The app that can turn you into a fashion model

An app has been trialled at London Fashion Week that can turn members of the public into fashion models. Clothing brand Hanger is using real models and members of the public. The app Superpersonal can capture a user’s face and small movements to create a realistic moving image. The “model” can then be dressed up in any clothing. BBC Click finds out more. See more at Click’s website and @BBCClick. Source link

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Facebook security app used to ‘spy’ on competitors

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook has been criticised for its the way it handles user data A report by a Commons committee has detailed Facebook’s use of an application to “spy” on users. The cross-party group said that Facebook used its Onavo virtual private network (VPN) app to gather information on competitors. The MPs claim Facebook “intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws”. The report, which is more than 100 pages long, also details the influence of fake news on the site in elections. Monitoring…

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Alibaba is the force behind hit Chinese Communist Party app: sources

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese government propaganda app that recently became a huge hit was developed by Alibaba, two people at the company told Reuters, at a time when the nation’s tech firms are under global scrutiny over their ties to Beijing. Chinese government propaganda app Xuexi Qiangguo, which literally translates as ‘Study to make China strong’, is seen on a mobile phone in this illustration picture taken February 18, 2019. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/Illustration “Xuexi Qiangguo”, which literally translates as ‘Study to make China strong’ and is a play on the…

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Apple to investigate Saudi app

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The app makes it easier for men to prevent women from travelling, human rights group claim A Saudi Arabian app that can be used to track women and prevent them from travelling will be investigated by Apple, its chief executive has said. In an interview with NPR, Tim Cook said he wasn’t aware of the Absher app but would look into it. The app, which offers access to government services, has been criticised by human rights groups. Democratic senator Ron Wyden has called for…

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Tinder-style app for cows tries to help the meat market

So you think the dating scene is like a meat market? Well, wait till you hear about the latest matchmaking app. Following the example of Tinder, UK farming start-up Hectare has launched its own equivalent for livestock and called it Tudder. The app features data profiles of animals from 42,000 UK farms in an effort to help farmers find the perfect breeding partner for their cattle. Farmers can view pictures of bulls or cows and swipe right to show interest. Hectare Agritech, which also runs online grain marketplace Graindex, says…

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Jack’d gay dating app exposes millions of private photos

Image copyright Getty Images A security flaw in gay dating app Jack’d has left private intimate photos publicly exposed on the internet. Anyone with a web browser who knows where to look can access millions of private photos, even if they do not have a Jack’d account. Researcher Oliver Hough told BBC News he had reported the flaw to Jack’d a year ago but it has still not been fixed. The company has not responded to a request for comment. News site The Register first reported the flaw on 5…

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Tencent-backed Chinese movie-ticketing app Maoyan makes weak Hong Kong debut

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Tencent-backed Maoyan Entertainment, China’s biggest movie-ticketing platform by sales, fell 1.1 percent in its Hong Kong stock debut on Monday, the latest in a string of weak starts among Chinese tech firms listing in the financial hub. Zheng Zhihao (C), chief executive officer of Maoyan Entertainment, attends the company’s listing in Hong Kong, China February 4, 2019. Zhang Wei/CNS via REUTERS Shares in Maoyan Entertainment opened at HK$14.82 ($1.89), barely higher than the initial public offering (IPO) price of HK$14.8, which was already at the bottom end of…

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Goldman Sachs invests in HSBC-backed fintech app Bud

FILE PHOTO: The ticker symbol and logo for Goldman Sachs is displayed on a screen on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs (GS.N) is among the investors in a $20 million fundraising for financial technology firm Bud, the two companies said on Monday, the latest in a series of investments by big global banks seeking to partner with fintechs. Bud, which is already backed by HSBC (HSBA.L), is one of a number…

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