San Francisco: Google has removed the popular messaging app ToTok amid claims that it is being used for spying by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government for mass surveillance for a second time.The app was previously pulled from Apple''s App Store and the Google Play Store in December.
The site 9to5Google first noticed ToTok had again been pulled from Google Play on Friday.Reached for comment, Google confirmed to TechCrunch that it removed the app from Google Play. In addition, Google noted the enforcement was not done in response to any external direction or request. That means the U.S. government did not get involved here, rather that Google chose to remove the app itself #8212; likely for a policy violation.
Rumours about the price of Sony''s upcoming PlayStation 5 console have been doing the rounds for a while now, with suggestions that it could range anywhere from pound;450 to pound;860, but the latest official Sony investor call has shed a bit more light on the prospective price, and it seems that the it could land on the more affordable side after all. Sony''s chief financial officer, Hiroki Totoki, touched on the holiday 2020 launch window saying it''s the ”most important step in developing the PlayStation platform. ” A December release could certainly bolster sales of the console, with big ticket items like a shiny new console making its way under the tree in households that may not usually be early adopters, but are splashing out for the festive season.
While the PS4 is slated to hit 100 million units sold, Sony has admitted that sales of the console have been slowing down. In its quarter earnings report the company stated it sold 8.1 million PS4s during the holiday season of October to December. This was lower than the 2017 PS4 holiday sales of nine million. Sony claimed this is "in line with our expectations for this sixth year of the platform." Nonetheless, the PlayStation Plus subscription service continues to grow, with 36.3 million subscribers by the end of December, a 15 percent jump over the year prior."Although we need to be conscious of potential volatility in profitability due to the console cycle going forward, we are working to mitigate that volatility by leveraging the more than 91.6 million unit cumulative install base of PS4 to benefit from the new business model created by network services and add on content sales," Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki said in a prepared statement.
Sony Corp. has sold half of its 5.707 percent stake in Spotify, Sony Corp. CFO Hiroki Totoki told Wall Street analysts on a webcast.Sony expects to record an approximate 100 billion yen gain from the sale, which he said will be booked in 2019 as "other income" and includes "both an unrealized valuation gain and realized gain, net of related expenses."