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SK Hynix Plans to Spend $107 Billion Building Four Memory Chip Plants


South Korea's SK Hynix Inc on Thursday said it would spend $107 billion building four factories, as the memory chip maker seeks to maintain its competitiveness in the face of Chinese efforts to become a leading chipmaking nation. The chip fabrication plants will be built on a 4.5 million square meter site south of Seoul beginning 2022, complementing two existing domestic factories that will receive a separate 55 trillion won ($49 billion) investment over the next decade. The plans for the factories, producing DRAM and next-generation chips, come as chipmakers prepare for a surge in demand to power new technology such as fifth-generation (5G) communication networks and artificial intelligence, even as a slowdown in smartphone sales kills off a two-year chip boom. "Though there is not enough chip demand for autonomous cars now, I believe there will be much more demand for self-driving vehicles in the next 10 years or as early as in 2023 or 2024," said analyst Kim Young-gun at Mirae Asset Daewoo.

SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom to collaborate on blockchain ID


SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom will collaborate to create a new blockchain ID that will borderless, they said. SK Telecom and Deutsche Telekom will collaborate to create a blockchain ID with the aim to ease authentication processes, the companies have announced. The South Korean telco will sign an memorandum of understanding to that effect with its German counterpart's research arm, T-Labs, at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC). The two will use blockchain technology to create a mobile digital ID that can be used for authentication, entry control, transactions, and contracts. The ultimately aim will be to make a "borderless" ID, much like a passport, that can used across different countries.

Samsung Galaxy S10: Best network deals in the UK from EE, O2, Sky Mobile and more

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Samsung has unveiled a whole range of new smartphones, including the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e and Galaxy S10 . The official release date is on 8 March but UK customers can already pre-order the phone from EE, Sky Mobile, O2, BT Mobile and other local networks. Depending on which network they choose. The full price of the S10 without a network plan is £799, while the S10e is £699 and the S10 is £899. Anyone who pre-orders the S10 or S10 before the official release date will receive a free pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds headphones.

Galaxy S10, S10e and S10 Plus: Price, release date and everything you need to know about Samsung's new phone

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Samsung has announced a range of new state-of-the-art smartphones, 10 years after its first ever flagship Galaxy S-series smartphone. The Galaxy S10 comes in three variants - the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 - and features a number of new features, including an ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint sensor and ground-breaking camera. The S10 includes a triple rear camera system, which includes an ulta-wide and telephoto lens to take pictures ranging from landscapes to "incredible" close-ups. "With this camera, what you see is what you get," said Suzanne De Silva, director of product marketing at Samsung. Samsung partnered with Instagram to allow Galaxy S10 users to upload images to the photo-sharing app directly from the camera.

Nike Adapt BB sneakers stop working after Android app breaks

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People's shoes are crashing after a Nike app stopped working. Nike's new Adapt BB shoes have been hailed as the future of sneakers, after they were released just days ago. They use futuristic motors to allow them to be precisely tightened up automatically, without any shoelaces or other input. All of that can be controlled by an app, which allows people to slip on the shoes and then let the motors do the work of tightening them up, in a way shoelaces would traditionally work. They use much the same technology that allowed Nike to recreate the self-lacing shoes from Back To The Future in a limited run.

Google says it put hidden microphone in home alarm system and didn't tell customers

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Google has admitted to installing hidden microphones in a home product and not telling customers they were there. The company says it never meant to keep the listening devices a secret and they had only been left of the box because of an "error". The Nest Secure alarm system did not include the microphone as part of its specifications but it was "never intended to be a secret", parent company Google said. The hardware feature came to light after Google announced a software update to the Nest Secure system would enable it to use its voice-activated helper, Google Assistant, which is powered by artificial intelligence to answer queries and commands. Until then, the product web page for the device did not say it contained a microphone.

SK Telecom to launch quantum gateway for self-driving car security


SK Telecom will launch its Quantum Security Gateway solution aimed at preventing hacking in self-driving cars at Mobile World Congress, the company says. The solution is an integrated security device that will be installed inside cars and protect various electronic units and networks in the vehicle. The gateway, which was co-developed with South Korean controller maker GINT, will monitor various devices for Vehicle-2-Everything (V2X), Bluetooth, radar, smart keys, and driver assistance systems. It will alert the driver and any connected monitoring centre of hacking. The gateway transfers a quantum random number generator and quantum key along with the data that will "fundamentally prevent hacking", SK Telecom said.

Fortnite, Netflix and Uber accounts being sold for just £8 on the dark web

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Login details for Fortnite, Netflix and Uber accounts are selling for as little as £8 on illicit online markets, according to dark web researchers. The latest figures come from the first annual update of the Dark Web Market Price Index, compiled by researchers at VPN site A series of high-profile data breaches has contributed to a thriving online black market, with high profile data breaches involving the likes of British Airways and Mariott Hotels seeing logins inundate the dark web – a hidden section of the internet that is only accessible using specialist software. "This is a highly – and understandably – worrying situation for customers who might have been caught in hacks," said Simon Migliano, head of research at "Storing payment information across a whole range of online accounts – even social media – is now par for the course for the majority of consumers as it's simply so convenient. The downside is that if a fraudster gains access to one account they then, essentially, have the keys to the kingdom."

Apple working on foldable iPhone, patent suggests

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Apple is working on a foldable phone of its own, new patents reveal, as just about every major handset company launches bendy products. A future iPhone could be hinged in the middle, according to the patents, allowing it to be folded up small and then opened again to allow the screen to be larger. The handset is just one of a range of bendy phones being worked on by companies. While Samsung's "Galaxy X" is the most famous – and has been shown off in the most detail – just about every major company is working on its own foldable handset. Apple is not thought to be releasing a rival model any time soon, and the new iPhones it is set to release in September will keep the same form factor as the existing line-up.

PewDiePie enlists Elon Musk to host Meme Review in last ditch effort to beat T-Series

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The battle between PewDiePie and T-Series to be the world's most popular YouTube channel has taken a bizarre turn, after billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk revealed he hosted PewDiePie's'meme review'. PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjelberg, has been the top channel on the world's most popular video-sharing platform since 2013. His dominance has been challenged in recent months by the Indian channel, which posts Bollywood film trailers and music videos. The rise of T-Series has proved controversial within some corners of the YouTube community, seen as a David vs Goliath-style contest between an independent creator and a major corporate brand. For PewDiePie supporters, T-Series' popularity reflects a perceived shift in YouTube's focus towards larger brands that have more potential for generating revenue.