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Switzerland Halts 5G Rollout Due to Health Concerns, Widespread Public Opposition

Switzerland Halts 5G Rollout Due to Health Concerns, Widespread Public Opposition

"Switzerland, one of the world's leaders in the rollout of 5G mobile technology, has placed an indefinite moratorium on the use of its new network because of health concerns," The Financial Times reports. Switzerland is relatively advanced in Europe in adopting 5G. The wealthy alpine country has built more than 2,000 antennas to upgrade its network in the last year alone, and its telecoms providers have been promising their customers’ imminent 5G coverage for most of the past year. However, a letter sent by the Swiss environment agency, Bafu, to the country's cantonal governments at the end of January, has ...
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Lawsuit: Apple, Google, Tesla Profit from African Child Labor

Lawsuit: Apple, Google, Tesla Profit from African Child Labor

A slew of high-tech companies including Apple, Google, and Tesla are being sued by a group of Congolese families whose children allegedly died or were severely injured while mining cobalt that is used to produce lithium-ion batteries found in smartphones and electric cars. The human rights organization International Rights Advocates filed the suit Sunday in a Washington, D.C. federal court on behalf of 14 families from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Their suit claims that the companies knowingly aided and abetted the “cruel and brutal” use of young children to mine cobalt, which is a key ingredient ...
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Apple CEO Tim Cook Blacklists Hong Kong Protest Tracking App

Apple CEO Tim Cook Blacklists Hong Kong Protest Tracking App

Apple CEO Tim Cook, after blacklisting an app tracking Hong Kong protest and police activity over a week earlier (Oct 3rd), defended the company’s decision. One Hong Kong legislative counselor commented, “We Hongkongers will definitely look closely at whether Apple chooses to uphold its commitment to free expression and other basic human rights, or become an accomplice for Chinese censorship and oppression.” Bloomberg reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook has defended the company’s decision to remove the HKmap.live app from its store, stating that they had received “credible information” from authorities that the software was being used “maliciously” to ...
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New South Wales Transport (Australia) Reveals Rolling Out of Special Cameras Designed to Catch Drivers using Mobile Phones

New South Wales Transport (Australia) Reveals Rolling Out of Special Cameras Designed to Catch Drivers using Mobile Phones

Sending text messages or talking on the mobile phone while driving can increase risks for potentially fatal accidents. Distracted Driving The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has long warned of the dangers of distracted driving that involves the use of cellphones. "When you send or read a text message, you take your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover the length a football field while driving at 55 mph," the CDC said. Special Cameras Designed To Catch Drivers Using Phones New South Wales in Australia intends to address this problem. The New ...
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Google's Orwellian 'Nest Hub Max' Hits Store Shelves

Google’s Orwellian ‘Nest Hub Max’ Hits Store Shelves

Google’s new Nest Hub Max is a smart display unit that comes equipped with a 6.5-megapixel facial recognition camera that identifies you and monitors all your actions – inside your own home. And the Orwellian icing on the cake is that it is not equipped with a physical shutter to forcibly prevent it from monitoring what’s happening in your home. It’s the first smart home product from Google to include a camera so you can make video calls. It looks like a tablet propped up on its side, and it works similarly to smart speakers, such as Amazon Echo ...
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