Trending in Tech: Samsung launches Galaxy A31; TikTok CEO resigns; NZX site outage

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Samsung launches new Galaxy A31

Samsung has announced the launch of the Galaxy A31 smartphone, the latest addition to its A series family.

The A31 features a 6.4-inch Infinity-U display, as well as Dolby Atmos for an immersive 3D surround-sound experience.

It also comes with a multi-purpose quad rear camera, including a 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel Ultra Wide camera and a 5-megapixel Deth Camera, for portrait photography, as well as a 5-megapixel Macro camera. The front camera has 20-megapixels, to spruce up any selfie.

The new A31 also comes with a long-lasting 5,000 mAh battery.

“The Samsung Galaxy A31 packs a lot into an attractive form factor including a stunning display, and multi-camera functionality for enhanced storytelling, providing new ways to capture and share experiences on a device that lasts all day,” says Stefan Lecchi, Director of Mobile at Samsung New Zealand.

The new Samsung smartphone is available now, with an RRP of $499.

TikTok CEO resigns

Just a few months after becoming CEO of TikTok, Kevin Mayer has stepped down from the role.

Mayer, who’s only been in the role for four months, resigned yesterday, according to the Financial Times.

His resignation comes after US President Donald Trump demanded a ban on TikTok in the US, unless its parent company, Chinese-owned ByteDance, sold its US assets to an American company.

TikTok’s general manager Vanessa Pappas is said to step up to the CEO role after the departure of Mayer, who is a former top Disney executive.

NZX site hit by outages three days in a row

It hasn’t been an easy week for the New Zealand Stock Exchange, with its website crashing yesterday for the third day in a row.

In a statement released on Thursday morning, NZX said it halted trading at 11:10am due to the outages, believed to be part of a cyber attack.

“NZX is continuing to work with its network provider [Spark] to investigate the source of the issue, following volumetric DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks from offshore on 25 and 26 August,” the company said in a statement.

NZX is expected to open as normal today, as it continues to work to investigate the attacks.

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