WASHINGTON: The Trump administration will ban WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores starting Sunday night, a move that will block Americans from downloading the Chinese-owned platforms over concerns they pose a national security threat. The bans, announced on Friday, affect only new downloads and updates and are less sweeping than expected, particularly for TikTok, giving its parent group ByteDance some breathing space to clinch an agreement over the fate of its U.S.

An antiseptic nasal spray containing povidone-iodine may help curb transmission of the new coronavirus, preliminary research suggests. In test-tube experiments, a team of ear, nose and throat doctors found that a povidone-iodine nasal spray inactivated the virus in as little as 15 seconds. The nasal spray they tested is typically used to disinfect the inside of the nose before surgery.

Some analysts say it appeared difficult to craft a deal that allays concerns in both countries on security, algorithms used by TikTok. Photo: File WASHINGTON: Amid a deadline on their heads set by President Donald Trump, negotiators struggled to formulate a new ownership plan for TikTok. A deal appeared to be taking shape this week that would allow Silicon Valley-based Oracle to be the US technology partner for TikTok to allay Washington's concerns that the platform could be used for Chinese espionage.

Apple is a small player in India, where sales of its smartphones lag those of South Korean rival Samsung, with the iPhone maker pricing itself exclusively at the luxury end of the market. ? AFP/Files MUMBAI: Apple is set to launch its first online store in India next week, the company said Friday, hoping to cash in on the country's festive season and grow its tiny share of the booming market.

SYDNEY: Facebook will be ?weakened? if it stops Australians from sharing the news so the company can avoid paying for content under proposed laws, Australia?s top antitrust regulator said on Thursday. Australia has proposed forcing Facebook and internet search giant Google to pay local media outlets for content, drawing strong opposition from the U.S.

TOKYO/STOCKHOLM: Sony said its next-generation PlayStation 5 console would launch in November priced at $499.99 and $399.99 for a version without a disk drive, as it squares off against rival Microsoft Xbox console. The pricing announcement sets the stage for a year-end showdown between Xbox and PlayStation, as consumers continue to flock to gaming optimised consoles offering exclusive titles.

The premium PS5 will be priced at $500, while a ?digital edition' designed for the trend of games being downloaded from the cloud will be priced at $400. Photo: Reuters SAN FRANCISCO: As video gameplay booms during the pandemic, Sony?s much anticipated PlayStation 5 will be rolled out in November, taking on a new offering by console rival Xbox.

WASHINGTON: NASA is considering approving by next April up to two planetary science missions from four proposals under review, including one to Venus that scientists involved in the project said could help determine whether or not that planet harbours life. An international research team on Monday described evidence of potential microbes residing in the harshly acidic Venusian clouds: traces of phosphine, a gas that on Earth is produced by bacteria inhabiting oxygen-free environments.

NEW DELHI: Google on Friday removed the mobile app of SoftBank and Alibaba-backed Indian fintech firm Paytm from its Android store over violations of its gambling policy. “We don’t allow online casinos or support any unregulated gambling apps that facilitate sports betting,” the U.S. tech company said in a blog post.

Apple’s next major software upgrades-iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, tvOS 14- for the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV are set for the launch on September 16 (today) as announced in its ?Times Flies? event a day before. Apple held its annual product launch event on Tuesday virtually and announced a number of products and services including the new Watch Series 6 and the latest iPad and iPad besides also announcing much-awaited software versions, iOS 14, iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, tvOS 14 from today.