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.

DARMSTADT: The European space agency (ESA) signed a deal worth 129 million euros ($154 million) on Tuesday to make a spacecraft for a joint project with NASA looking at how to deflect an asteroid heading for Earth. NASA is due to launch a spacecraft in June 2021 set on a collision course with the Dimorphos asteroid to test whether it would be possible to nudge objects that might be threatening Earth onto a safer path.

Apple on Tuesday said it is putting TV, music, news and more in a subscription bundle as it increases its push into services tied to its iPhone ?ecosystem.? An Apple One bundle to be available later this year will start at $15 monthly and include a freshly launched fitness service tied to Apple Watch. The Silicon Valley titan made no mention of a keenly anticipated iPhone 5G considered vital to the company?s fortunes, with analysts expecting that debut next month, due to disruption in production caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Popular online game Players Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) mobile season 15 with a number of major updates and tier rewards for players to work through is scheduled to start on September 14. The players could download the season 15 from both the App Store and Google Play, however, the online game was currently unavailable in India as the government had imposed a ban on the game.

US tech giant Microsoft said Sunday its offer to buy TikTok was rejected, as a deadline looms for the Chinese-owned video app to sell or shut down its US operations. TikTok has been at the center of a diplomatic storm between Washington and Beijing, and President Donald Trump gave Americans a deadline to stop doing business with TikTok?s Chinese parent company ByteDance ? effectively compelling a sale of the app to a US company.