Apple and Google have said they will ban the use of location tracking in apps that use a new contact tracing system the two are building to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
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Trans-Tasman channel players may soon be in for a lockdown reprieve, with New Zealand and Australia discussing the potential creation of a "travel bubble" between the two countries.
Apple has reported sales and profits that beat Wall Street expectations, with CEO Tim Cook saying China sales were "headed in the right direction".
As lockdown orders force billions of people to work, learn and play from home during the novel coronavirus outbreak, usage has surged for the cloud computing services that power video conferencing, streaming television and online games.
Microsoft beat Wall Street sales and profit expectations, powered by sharp demand for its Teams chat and online meeting app and Xbox gaming services.
Alphabet's Google has said any user will soon be able to host free video conferences on Meet, turning its previously business-only tool into a bigger rival to Zoom.
Samsung Electronics has said it expected profit to decline in the current quarter due to a coronavirus-related slump in sales of smartphones and TVs, although the chip business would remain solid.
Google's cloud business generated US$2.8 billion in revenue last quarter, up 52 per cent from a year ago, according to parent company Alphabet's latest financials.
When Microsoft Corp reports its latest quarterly earnings, analysts expect some areas of its business to take a hit from the novel coronavirus pandemic, with lower-than-expected sales in areas like advertising, but its cloud business is set to stay strong.
Zoom has started using Oracle's cloud computing service to help handle the surge in online video call volumes brought on by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Apple is reportedly delaying the production ramp-up of its flagship iPhones coming later this year by about a month.
Apple and Google have updated technical details of the coronavirus contact tracing system they plan to release next month, saying new features would strengthen privacy protections and give health authorities more detailed data.
Apple claims it has found "no evidence" a flaw in its email app for iPhones and iPads has been used against customers, and that it believes the flaw does "not pose an immediate risk to our users".
Security experts at Google have identified more than a dozen government-backed hacking groups using the COVID-19 pandemic as cover for phishing and malware attempts.
Apple is planning to fix a flaw that a security firm said may have left more than half a billion iPhones vulnerable to hackers.
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