Please, Never Call Me Through Gmail

In the fires of the covid-19 pandemic, the Age of Always Online was forged. Everybody works from home now, and so work life and home life have completely blurred together into an indiscernible slop of constant optimization, with no clear delineation between being “at work” and &ld


Twitter 'Communities' feature lets people form groups to tweet about topics

Twitter is testing a new tool, Communities, which lets users publicly tweet in a group about specific topics. The experiment builds on Twitter's efforts to make it easier for its users to find tweets about topics they're interested in. Twitter already lets users follow specific topics. The c


Apple's iPhone 13 is coming next week. Here's everything to know about its release date

Get ready! Apple's iPhone 13 will make its debut on Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. BST). Similar to last year's announcement of the iPhone 12, the iPhone 13 event will be online-only due to concerns about the pandemic. Although the event will be all virtual, we're expecting to see four


Security researcher updates OMG Cables to record user keystrokes

Security researcher Mark Green, (who goes by MG) has revealed to the Vices team at Motherboard that he and his team have upgraded their version of a hacked Lightning cable in a way that allows a hacker to record keystrokes and then to send the data to a designated site. This would allow


Turkey fines Whatsapp for violating privacy rules

Turkey's data protection authority has fined WhatsApp nearly $235,000 for violating privacy rules, local media reports. According to reports, the Turkish Personal Data Protection Authority (KVKK) announced that it had fined WhatsApp 1,950,000 Turkish lira and ordered the app to bring its privacy


Facebook mistakenly labels black men 'primates'

Facebook on Friday said it disabled its topic recommendation feature after it mistook Black men for "primates" in video at the social network.   A Facebook spokesperson called it a "clearly unacceptable error" and said the recommendation software involve was taken offline. "We ap


Facebook, Twitter & Telegram face nearly $1 million in fines for repeated failure to delete content

Social media giants Telegram, Facebook and Twitter are facing a fresh round of fines in Russia totaling 72 million rubles, or $988,605, for refusing to delete illegal content.“[Moscow’s Tagansky district] court received two protocols in relation to Telegram, drawn up under the Administ


YouTube Music tops 50 million subscribers

YouTube's music streaming service reported Thursday it now has more than 50 million subscribers, saying it is growing quickly as it tries to close the gap with market-leader Spotify.   YouTube Music trails rivals Spotify, Amazon and Apple but has been gaining ground, according to marke


Ireland hands $267M fine to Whatsapp over EU privacy law breach

Ireland on Thursday imposed a 225 million euro ($267 million) fine on messaging service WhatsApp for breaching EU data privacy laws after European regulators demanded the penalty be increased. Ireland was asked to "reassess and increase its proposed fine on the basis of a number of factors ... an


Twitter's 'Super Follows' subscription lets you charge for exclusive tweets

Some Twitter users can start charging their followers a monthly subscription fee for exclusive tweets, the company said Wednesday. The move could help Twitter fuel the creation of more engaging content that keeps users glued to the site. Other social media companies, including Facebook and TikTok


Instagram asks users for date of birth to enforce child safety measures

In a bid to make the platform safer for its younger audience, the Facebook-owned Instagram is asking users to supply their date of birth. The company said that it will allow them to create new safety features for young people and will help in ensuring that the company is providing the right exper


The latest iPad Air is $100 off at Best Buy and Amazon

It’s almost unspoken wisdom at this point that you should think twice about buying some costly Apple products in the late summer months, as the company usually announces new stuff during its annual September event. But if you really need or want an iPad with a few pro-level features (but wit


The iPhone 13 could have satellite connectivity

Finally a fun iPhone 13 rumor! If Apple holds to its traditional schedule we’re mere weeks away from a new iPhone, and until now the rumors have been slight and, dare I say boring. Yet noted Apple prognosticator and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is now claiming the iPhone 13 could have the ability to


Microsoft fixes cloud platform vulnerability after warning

Microsoft says it has fixed a flaw in its cloud computing platform that cybersecurity researchers warned could have enabled hackers to take over a cloud-based database product used by many big companies. The company said Friday there’s no evidence the potential opening was exploited by mali


Apple announces App Store concessions as pressure grows

Apple has agreed to loosen payment restrictions on its App Store, a major change announced in a settlement with small developers as the US technology giant faces growing scrutiny and legal challenges over its tightly controlled online marketplace.The change will allow small developers to inform th


Facebook Could Launch Digital Wallet this Year

Facebook is ready to launch a digital wallet that would let users store cryptocurrencies, a senior company executive said in a US media interview Wednesday. David Marcus, head of Facebook's crypto unit, told The Information news site that company leaders "feel pretty committed" to launch the digi


YouTube says it's removed 1 million videos for COVID-19 misinformation

YouTube has since February 2020 removed more than 1 million videos related to "dangerous" coronavirus information, such as false cures or claims of a hoax, Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan said in a blog post Wednesday.  Putting the number in context is difficult because of th


The iPhone 13 Might Launch Sept. 17

Apple is (in)famous for having gadget launches down to a science, but the pandemic and global chip shortage have thrown a wrench into the usual routine. While the company generally hosts its annual iPhone event in September, last year it pushed the launch to October. Apple also held two othe



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