AWS adds blockchain and time-series databases

From InfoWorld: Amazon has spent more than a decade trying to free itself of Oracle’s “one database to rule them all” approach, something Amazon snidely calls “clunky” and “old guard.” Not content to unshackle just itself, Amazon has announced a series of database introductions and improvements to broaden choice for its customers. Yes, with Oracle you can get “fries” (MySQL) with your “burger” (Oracle DB). But with AWS you get a seemingly endless buffet of database options.

Microsoft targets fake support centers in India

From CNET: In India, a hub for tech support centers, a rise in scams forced Microsoft and the police to take action.

Scammers based in the suburbs of New Delhi set up fake centers, from which they sent out alerts and called people to say their computers had been infected with a nonexistent virus, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Most people ignored the efforts to contact them, but those who didn't were offered services costing between $100 and $1,000 to fix the purported problem. Most of the victims were American or Canadian, the Times noted.

Qualcomm's Next Snapdragon Is Not the 8150

From PC Mag: I'm not 100 percent sure who started this "Snapdragon 8150" thing, but let me end it: Qualcomm is announcing the chipset that will go into all of the first major 5G phones next week, and it isn't called the Snapdragon 8150.

The full details for Qualcomm's new chipset will be announced at the company's three-day annual event; this year it's scheduled for Dec. 4-6. More than just a Qualcomm conference, it looks like this year's Snapdragon Technology Summit will be a parade of 5G-related announcements from carriers, phone makers, and laptop manufacturers.

WhatsApp at work: Companies grapple with a popular ad hoc tool

From ComputerWorld: Popular consumer technology often makes the jump from the personal to the professional. AOL Instant Messenger, the iPhone and Facebook, for example, started off as consumer apps and devices and quickly gained ground in the office.

More recently, WhatsApp, the messaging app now used by 1.5 billion people worldwide (and owned by Facebook) has been traveling that same path.

YouTube reportedly making future exclusive content free with ads from 2020

From CNET: YouTube will reportedly make all its upcoming original programing free and ad-supported from 2020.

That'll mean you won't need a YouTube Premium subscription to watch the Google-owned video sharing site's original shows and movies, but you'll have to sit through ads, Reuters reported Tuesday.

YouTube said it's making all Originals free with ads, though Reuters reported that previously released shows like Origin and Cobra Kai will still require a subscription.

Microsoft patent hints at redesigned Surface Pro with a thinner keyboard

From The Verge: Microsoft has filed a patent for a Surface Pro Type Cover redesign that would potentially make it thinner. Spotted by WindowsUnited, the patent includes details about cutting or etching the Surface Pro keyboard to create a thinner version. Microsoft also appears to be exploring integrating the trackpad directly into the circuit board used for the keyboard.

Sony Files New Game Cartridge Patent

From PC Mag: It used to be the case that Sony competed with Nintendo on two fronts: home consoles and handheld gaming devices. But with the demise of the PS Vita it looked as though Sony had left the handheld market for good. However, a new patent for a game cartridge suggests otherwise.

As Techtastic reports (translated), a new patent filing appeared on the Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS) this month for an "electronic game cartridge." The filing was made by Sony.

Facebook expands 'Watch Party' feature

From CNET: Facebook rolled out a feature called "Watch Party" in July that allows users to watch and chat about a video in one spot as if they were sitting together in a digital living room.

Now that tool, which was made available first within Facebook Groups, is expanding to all pages and profiles on the social network.

Samsung agrees to compensate victims of work-related diseases a decade after first complaints

From The Verge: Samsung has apologized to all sufferers of work-related diseases who were employed on its chip and LCD production lines, and has agreed to a compensation package with a maximum value of 150 million Korean won (around $130,000) per illness, reports Yonhap News Agency.

LG patent hints at phone with 16 camera lenses

From CNET: The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has three cameras and Samsung's Galaxy S10 is rumored to have six, but LG Electronics could make those offerings look stingy.

The South Korean company -- whose V40 ThinQ has five cameras -- might be working on a camera with as many as 16 lenses, according to US patent 10,135,963, which was awarded on Nov. 20.

The lenses would be arranged in a four-by-four matrix, with each placed at a certain curvature to allow you to take multiperspective photos or combine them to create the desired shot.

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