Shein is a Chinese online fashion retailer that has gained popularity in many countries, including the United States. However, the company has faced criticism for its fast fashion practices and its alleged use of sweatshops and child labor in its supply chain. In addition, Shein has been accused of selling products that are culturally insensitive or offensive, such as a swastika necklace and Islamic prayer mats with images of Mecca. The company has also been accused of copying designs from independent designers without their permission.
Wish is another popular shopping app that sells a wide range of products, including electronics, clothing, and household items. The company has faced scrutiny for its business practices, including its alleged use of misleading advertising and its failure to ensure the safety and quality of the products sold on its platform. Wish has also been criticized for its lack of customer service and its failure to adequately address customer complaints.
Both Shein and Wish have taken steps to address some of the criticisms they have faced. Shein has pledged to improve its supply chain practices and to ensure that its products are ethically made. The company has also apologized for its culturally insensitive products and has pledged to do better in the future. Wish has also taken steps to address some of the concerns raised by customers, including improving its customer service and working to improve the safety and quality of the products sold on its platform.
Shein and Wish are two popular shopping apps that have faced scrutiny in recent years for various reasons. While both companies have taken steps to address some of the criticisms they have faced, there are ongoing concerns about their business practices and their impact on the environment, labor rights, and consumer safety.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has implemented new regulations for telecom companies to address a rise in consumer complaints related to spammy text messages.
The FCC has ordered phone providers to block suspicious text messages from sources with invalid, unallocated, or unused phone numbers, as well as those claiming not to send text messages or identified by the government as non-texting numbers. These regulations mirror the US government’s efforts to shut down illegal robocalls, which have reduced the volume of robocalls. However, the explosion of spam and scam text messages has led to over 18,000 consumer complaints at the FCC last year.
The FCC is also considering implementing additional regulations, including applying Do Not Call registry protections to text messages and making it harder for marketers to use a single consumer consent to send calls and text messages from multiple sources and numbers.
The FCC highlights that scam robotexts pose a greater risk than robocalls, as text messages can contain malicious links that can infect a smart device with dangerous software. FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel stated that scam artists use fraudulent tactics, such as messages about an unordered package or a failed payment, along with a link to a questionable website to lure consumers into engaging on their devices and falling prey to fraud.
The new regulations were unanimously adopted by the FCC with a 4-0 decision.
A new online shopping platform linked to one of China’s top retailers has quickly become the most downloaded app in the United States. It’s looking to take advantage of an appearance on America’s biggest stage.
Temu, a Boston-based online retailer that shares the same owner as Chinese social commerce giant Pinduoduo, made its Super Bowl debut on Sunday.
Temu, which runs an online superstore for virtually everything – from home goods to apparel to electronics – unveiled a commercial during the game that encouraged consumers to “shop like a billionaire.”
These surprisingly low prices – by Western standards, at least – have drawn comparisons to Shein, the Chinese fast.
According to Coresight Research, Shein is one of Temu’s competitors, along with US-based discount retailer Wish. The company changed its name this month.
Pinduoduo is one of China’s most popular e-commerce platforms with approximately 900 million users.
The group-buying business model allowed people to save money by having friends buy the same item in bulk.
Temu uses its parent company’s vast and deep network to offer a wide range of affordable quality products.
According to Abe Yousef, a senior insights analyst at Sensor Tower, in the fourth quarter of last year, US app installations for Temu exceeded those for Amazon, Walmart, and Target.
The new open-world video game is called Hogwarts Legacy. Discovery, CNN’s parent company, will be released Friday.
The budget for the single-player game is $150 million, according to experts. The game was played by streamers who got the game early and broke a record. And it’s the No. 1. Not every game in the Harry Potter series was a blockbuster hit.
In the late 1800s, before the action in the Harry Potter books take place, Hogwarts Legacy opens the Harry Potter World beyond Hogwarts Castle.
The game’s release has been delayed twice, building excitement from Potter fans but then flopping. Videogamesnewyork, a New York City store that sells modern and retro video games, is ordering just enough games to their store based on pre-orders.
Warner Bros. Discovery said creating diverse characters was a high priority in order to encompass all people who play the games.
The company says J.K. The Harry Potter author isn’t involved in the game. She will make licensing royalties. Some fans have turned off the franchise because of the author’s comments, others will not let that stop them from enjoying a new world of Harry Potter. The game is a re-branding opportunity for the franchise.
Microsoft on Tuesday announced a new version of its Bing search engine and Edge web browser powered by artificial intelligence, weeks after it confirmed plans to invest billions in OpenAI.
Microsoft said at a press event at its Redmond, Washington headquarters that with the updates, Bing will answer questions, chat with users and generate content in response to user queries.
As a result of the success of ChatGPT, there is a wave of interest in artificial intelligence tools. Multiple tech giants are competing to deploy similar tools that could transform the way we draft e-mails, write essays and search for information online. On the day before the event, the search engine giant said it would launch its own artificial intelligence tool in the coming weeks.
Bing will use a more powerful large language model in partnership with OpenAI. Microsoft said the updated tools are expected to fuel its digital advertising business, by driving more users to its online search tools and increasing demand for ads on its platform.
The company said full access will roll out to millions of users in the coming weeks, and it also hopes to implement the tools into other web browsers in the future.
Amazon’s Zoox has begun testing its robotaxi on public roads with employees on board.
The company said Monday that it conducted an initial run of its shuttle service for workers at its headquarters in Foster City, California on February 11. Zoox CEO Aicha Evans said that with the announcement of the maiden run of the employee shuttle, they are adding to the progress this industry has seen over the last year.
The vehicle can carry as many as four people at a time and drive at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour.
The startup said its robotaxi can handle left- and right-hand turns, traffic lights, pedestrians, vehicles and other potential obstacles on the journey after undergoing rigorous testing on private roads and receiving necessary approvals from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Amazon bought Zoox in 2020 and it is unique in its approach to designing electric self-driving vehicles.
Most of the cars under development are similar to the ones on the road. The steering wheel and brake pedal are no longer used by Zoox. The seats are designed to face each other.
Tech and transportation companies have poured billions of dollars into self-driving vehicles for more than a decade with the promise that they would deliver improved safety and convenience for riders. As the economy slows, some Evangelists have abandoned their efforts, with high costs and elusive profits becoming harder to stomach.
In October, Ford and Volkswagen, two of the world’s largest automakers, shut down joint efforts to develop self-driving taxis.
The first-generation iPhone is going up for auction on Thursday with an estimated value of $50,000.
The first iPhone had a 3.5-inch screen, a 2-megapixel camera, and was on sale for $599. GB and 8. There are storage options and internet capabilities. It was exclusive to AT&T’s network and had no app store.
The 8 were given to tattoo artist Karen Green. She appeared on the daytime television program “The Doctor & The Diva” in 2019. The phone was valued at $5,000 on the show.
Green’s was auctioned off for over $39,000 in a listing by LCG Auctions that closed in October. LCG Auctions is also selling Green’s phone, with bidding opening at $2,500.
The way billions of people around the world communicate, make payments, do their jobs, take photos, and even wake up in the morning has changed thanks to the iPhone. It killed dozens of industries and gave life to many more.
Speaking at Apple’s annual Macworld expo in 2007, then-Apple boss Steve Jobs opened his presentation with: “We are going to make some history together today.”. Jobs said that it was a revolution to bring real Web browsing to a phone.
Apple fans have until February 19 to bid on the relic.
James Bond fans may be waiting on the next actor who will play the British spy, but a beloved Bond adventure of yore is making a comeback. More than 25 years after it was made for Nintendo 64, a classic first-person shooter called “GoldenEye 007” is being revived for Nintendo Switch and Xbox.
Fans who subscribe to additional content on both systems will be able to play the game on Friday.
The game is based on the 1995 film “GoldenEye” and follows a block-like version of Pierce Brosnan’s 007 as he shoots his way through various locations. One ad for the re-release said that the Xbox version has been faithfully recreated and enhanced, while the Switch version has an online mode. Its soundtrack is still an icon.
Some Nintendo 64 games and DLC for popular games like “Mario Kart 8” will be included in the expansion pack for the game. The service that allows players to access hundreds of games from its server is called Xbox Game Pass.
Years in the making, the return of “GoldenEye 007” is one of the greatest video games of all time. Rights issues have prevented developers from releasing it on newer consoles since at least 2008. N64 fans tried to remake the game on several occasions, but the original rights holders usually shut them down. The game’s original developer, Rare, recreated it for Xbox with a few modern touches, while Nintendo is re-releasing the original on its Switch console.
The company behind the popular art tool Stable Diffusion is being sued by the company that made it.
According to a press release issued Tuesday, the stock image giant accused Stability AI of copying and processing millions of its images without obtaining the proper licensing. In October it was announced that it had raised $101 million in funding and in December it released version 2.1 of its Stable Diffusion tool.
Artificial intelligence has the potential to inspire creativity.
According to the statement, Getty Images gave licenses to leading technology innovators for purposes related to training artificial intelligence systems in a manner that respects personal and intellectual property rights.
The firm requested a response from the firm before taking any action. CNN’s request for comment was not responded to by Stability Artificial Intelligence.
As computer-generated images grow more available and advanced, using human-created images and art as data training, traditional media suppliers have struggled to coexist.
Text-to-image artificial intelligence systems are becoming more and more popular and powerful. Stable Diffusion and DALL-E are from OpenAI.
In October, Shutterstock announced plans to expand its partnership with OpenAI, the company behind DALL-E and a fund to compensate artists for their contributions.
These tools, which typically offer some free credits before charging, can create all kinds of images with just a few words, including those that are clearly evocative of the works of many, many artists. Users can use words such as “in the style” or “by” to invoke those artists. Personal amusement and hobbies can be used for these tools.
Millions of people have been flocking to text-to-image artificial intelligence systems which are already being used to create experimental films, magazine covers and images to illustrate news stories. An image generated with an artificial intelligence system called Midjourney recently won an art competition at the Colorado State Fair, creating an uproar among artists who are concerned that their art can be stolen by these systems without due credit.
The five-letter guessing game owned by the New York Times still has a grip on us, as evidenced by the fact that “Wordle” is its most-searched term this year in the United States and globally. It beat more newsier topics, such as “Betty White” in the United States, and “Queen Elizabeth” and “Ukraine” globally.
Wordle gives players six chances a day to guess a five-letter word. People search for hints, tips and even the result when getting the answer on some days.
Josh Wardle, a Brooklyn-based software engineer formerly at Reddit, released the game in October 2021, and it quickly became a cultural phenomenon. The New York Times bought Wordle in February of 2022.
Jonathan Knight, head of games for the Times, previously told CNN that the news outlet was able to keep its existing audience engaged with Wordle and also introduce Wordle to all new audiences by turning it into a board game.
Last month, the Times named Tracy Bennett the new editor of Wordle, signaling that the game is shifting away from the pre-selected words from Wardle and toward words that the Times has chosen. The answer will never end in “s” or “es”, but you can guess what it will be.
Some Miami residents will be able to order their food through the new partnership between the ride-sharing company and the robotics firm Cartken. Customers can use their phone to grab their order from a secure compartment.
According to its website, Cartken’s six-wheeled robots are equipped with multiple sensors and cameras to help them avoid accidents. The food delivery option will initially be available in the Dadeland area of Miami-Dade County, with plans to expand throughout the county and to additional cities next year.
The kind of futuristic, automated technologies that were once part of its pitch to investors and the public are now being offered by outside firms.
Motional, a company that makes self-drive vehicles, is partnering with the ride-sharing company to offer them in Las Vegas. Two years after selling off its self-driving car unit, the moves come.
Apple has been sued by two women who claim their previous romantic partners used the company’s AirTag devices to track their whereabouts, potentially putting their safety at risk.
A proposed class action lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Francisco on Monday on behalf of two women, one from Texas and one from New York. They’re seeking unspecified monetary damages.
One of the women said her ex-boyfriend placed an AirTag, a small tracking device, into the wheel well of her car to help locate lost items. The other woman, named in the lawsuit as Jane, said her ex-husband placed an AirTag in her child’s backpack because he was harassing her. She tried to disabling it, but another one showed up, according to the complaint.
The AirTag was launched by Apple. It is possible to find items such as keys, wallet, laptops or even a car by giving nearly anything a digital footprint, enabling it to be found on a map. Some experts warned that the devices could be used to track people without their consent.
AirTags have been used for unwanted tracking before. According to reports, a woman from Indiana used one to track and kill her boyfriend over an alleged affair. They’ve been used to steal cars.
Apple added more safeguards to the AirTag to cut down on unwanted tracking. Apple said in a post that it has worked with safety groups and law enforcement agencies to identify more ways to update its AirTag safety warnings.
Thousands of customers looking to purchase an item on Amazon early Wednesday 7 December 2022 encountered an error message on the e-commerce site’s checkout page, a rare issue for a platform that has become even more of a central shopping hub for countless households during the Pandemic.
As of 9:30 a.m, there were more than 9000 reports of issues with Amazon.com. On Wednesday, according to DownDetector.
The most common issue was related to checking out on the site, according to the DownDetector data. We are working to resolve the problem as soon as possible. To confirm that the order was placed, please check your account. We apologize for the inconvenience.”.
The issue appeared to last for hours before it was entirely fixed. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed a little after 11:30 a.m. ET that the issue had been resolved.
It is time to sing a requiem. Meme stocks, that is. Companies that got a lot of attention from traders on social media sites are struggling. Just look at GameStop.
After surging by more than 685% last year, the video game retailer’s shares have plummeted this year and will report their latest results after the closing bell on Wednesday.
The company is expected to report a quarterly loss of $84 million and sales growth of just 4.5%. According to a report, the company is in the midst of layoffs. The company wasn’t immediately available for comment.
Many meme stock became popular with traders because they thought it would be funny to try to punish hedge funds and other investors that were betting against them, that has fallen on hard times.
AMC’s shares have plummeted this year. The new preferred class of stock that AMC (AMC) issued earlier this year, which has the ticker symbol of “APE” as a nod to the loyal fans on social media who refer to themselves as “apes,” plunged more than 90% from its peak price.