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Malaysia opposition condemns applying old video law to social media

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A decades-old Malaysian law requiring video or film productions to be licensed before being broadcast extends to social media, a minister said on Thursday, prompting an outcry from the opposition over its implications for freedom of expression.

FILE PHOTO: Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah speaks during an interview with Reuters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia April 23, 2019. REUTERS/Joseph Sipalan/File Photo

Communications and Multimedia Minister Saifuddin Abdullah told parliament that licences were needed “regardless of whether they are mainstream media agencies or personal media that broadcast films on social media or traditional channels”.

Opposition lawmakers accused the government of trying to cast a wide regulatory net on social media content using a 1981 National Film Development Corporation (FINAS) Act, which predates the internet.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said the minister’s interpretation was a “worrying development”, saying: “This is unreasonable and backwards. At the same time, the government

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How to add fingerprint authentication to your Windows 10 computer

You can easily add a fingerprint reader to your computer if one isn’t already built in.

Fingerprint protection leaning on control glass for biometric scan identity security data personal privacy

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Microsoft’s Windows Hello feature allows you to sign in to your computer using biometric methods such as facial or fingerprint recognition. Many laptops come with built-in fingerprint readers. But if you have a laptop without a built-in reader, or you want to add fingerprint recognition to your desktop PC, you can enlist the aid of a third-party reader. What are your options, and how can you set up an external fingerprint sensor? Let’s go over the steps.

SEE: Cybersecurity: Let’s get tactical (free PDF) 

If you already have a laptop with a fingerprint sensor, you’re good to go. If you’re in the market for a new laptop and want one with a fingerprint reader, several options are available.

Laptops with built-in fingerprint readers

  • Lenovo. Lenovo laptops have traditionally come
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Top 7 Antivirus Apps for Your Smartphone 2020

What do you do when you buy a new Android smartphone? First of all, you download favorite applications that you often use. On your list, there can be a lot of social networks apps – such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram. And also – favorite games, software for editing photos, and sharing files. But did you think about ensuring the security of your device? Antiviruses remain one of the most popular types of applications on Android. Whether they are needed or not, this topic is constantly discussed. As a rule, antivirus is not required if you comply with security rules, download everything from the Play Market, and include the settings necessary to protect against viruses. Nevertheless, there are those who like to take risks and do not do so. Everyone who wants to ensure one’s smartphone security can make use of Total AV free antivirus or pick a solution from our

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LG Velvet 5G Smartphone Available In U.S. Beginning July 22

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., July 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — LG Electronics USA announced today that the new LG VELVETTM 5G smartphone will be available in the United States beginning tomorrow. Created for today’s mobile experience, LG VELVET 5G has a premium and stylish design, consumer-friendly hardware and software features, 5G connectivity1 and an attractive price tag.

LG VELVET 5G will be available at AT&T for purchase beginning July 22, followed by T-Mobile and Verizon later this summer. Verizon will offer the LG VELVET 5G UW with access to its 5G Ultra Wideband network and 5G low-band network (coming later this year).

Pricing will start at $599 when LG VELVET 5G begins to become available this week. In the U.S., LG VELVET 5G will come in Aurora Gray, Aurora Silver, Aurora Red and Pink White. Specific

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U.S. appeals court blocks Trump appointee Michael Pack’s changes to Open Technology Fund, a U.S. internet freedom group

Pack had fired the technology group’s top officials and bipartisan board since being confirmed June 4 as chief executive of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, which oversees Voice of America and four U.S. government-funded news outlets: the Open Technology Fund, Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia and Middle East Broadcasting Networks.

Seven U.S. senators, including Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), wrote Pack expressing “deep concern” about the staff cuts he has ordered. Republican House members have also aired misgivings, and four existing board members, including two former U.S. ambassadors, filed suit to halt the changes.

A lower court said earlier in the case that international broadcasting sponsored by the United States for nearly 80 years has served as a “trusted and authoritative global news source” and model of journalistic excellence that has helped to undermine and topple some of history’s most oppressive regimes.

“The defendant, Michael

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Shares retreat globally on U.S.-China tensions, gold soars

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Shares worldwide skidded further on Friday as a pickup in U.S. and European business activity did little to ease jitters about rising U.S.-China tensions, while gold broke above $1,900 an ounce on its march toward a record high.

FILE PHOTO: Traders wearing masks work, on the first day of in person trading since the closure during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

In a tit-for-tat move, Beijing ordered Washington to close the U.S. consulate in Chengdu in retaliation for China being told earlier this week to shut its consulate in Houston.

Data showing business activity in the euro zone returned to growth failed to cheer investors. German manufacturing avoided contraction for the first time in 19 months in July with a notable upturn in sales

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How Warrior Nun blends religion & tech

Barry said of the decision to mash up technology and religion, “We were doing a show that had a mythology that was thousands of years old, and we wanted to honor the connection to that. But at the same time, it takes place in 2020, and it’s about a group of young people.” He continued, “We wanted to at least open the universe up to both realities and [avoid making] it exclusive to one or the other.”

While some people see religion and science as mutually exclusive, Barry is far more interested in exploring how they go together. He explained, “The idea that science and religion were two sides of the same coin was fascinating to us because we were dealing with mystery and supernatural elements already in our show, which are things like the halo and the mythology of the halo.” The showrunner clarified, “It seems like a natural

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China Fastest Growing Digital Media Market in the World

LONDON—The growth of the global digital media industry has been significant over the last few years as content consumption on the internet gains in popularity, and nowhere has that been more evident than in China.

According to a report new data from Statista Global Consumer Survey, reported on by GoldenCasinoNews, the world’s five largest digital media markets—the U.S., China, Japan, the U.K. and Germany—are expected to reach $116 billion in value in 2020, an increase of $18.2 billion from the market’s value in 2017 ($97.8 billion). 

The digital media industry includes audio/visual media content distributed over the internet, including digital video content, music, video games and electronically published content.

The U.S. is still the largest market for digital media in the world, expected to reach a value of $51.3 billion in 2020, which is an increase of $6.9 billion since 2017. 

However, China, which is the second largest market,

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Independent Digital Media Is Being Shut Down Around the World, and We’re Being Distracted From It

Amid the current global pandemic (also known as COVID-19), the shut down of independent digital media all over the world has started to become prevalent. Persecution by the government against critical journalists and media agencies are prevalent.

We are all distracted by the news. We seem to accidentally ignore the charges the government gives to its critics, including journalists and media outlets. Widespread criticisms, demands for accountability, and fact-based news – these are what political news websites show its readers. But crackdowns from authorities seem to hold news by the neck. Is this a sign of media shutdown and censorship?

All world leaders (and even celebrities) know that critics are a part of the package. No matter how great, or poor, a leader’s performance can be, there will always be an individual or a group of people who would not share the same visions and provide a critique to any

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Everything you need to know about global digital usage in July 2020

The global digital landscape is still evolving rapidly as we enter the second half of 2020, with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continuing to influence and reshape various aspects of people’s daily lives. 

Lockdowns may have been lifted across across the world, but many of the new digital behaviors that people adopted during confinement have endured, resulting in meaningful increases in various kinds of digital activity.

For context, Akamai reports that global internet traffic has grown by as much as 30% this year, while research from GlobalWebIndex shows that we’re still spending considerably more time using connected tech than we were at the start of 2020.

All of this increased activity has resulted in some important milestones and trends in the new Digital 2020 July Global Statshot report, produced in partnership between We Are Social and Hootsuite

Key headlines this quarter include:

  • More than half of the world now uses
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