Trump in talks to take over social networking app FreeSpace

Former US President Donald Trump is reportedly in talks to create his own social network, Axios reported on Wednesday. Having been banned from Twitter, Facebook and other mainstream social media platforms, the 45th US president is meeting with no-name app vendors as he mulls partnering with an ex

Facebook says it disrupted hackers in China

Facebook on Wednesday said it disrupted a group of hackers in China that tried to infect devices with malicious software and spy on activists, journalists and dissidents.The group, known as Earth Empusa or Evil Eye, targeted potential victims mainly among Uyghurs from Xinjiang in China who pr

UAE invests $150m in Telegram messaging app

Mubadala Investment Company and Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners yesterday announced that they had invested $150 million in the mobile messaging application Telegram. Reuters reported that the investment would be in the form of five-year pre-initial public offering (IPO) bonds, noting that it was

Facebook Considers Launching Instagram for Kids

Facebook is considering launching a version of its popular photo social media platform, Instagram, for children under the age of 13, according to The German News Agency. The BuzzFeed News website reported that Vishal Shah, Instagram's vice president of product, wrote on an employee message board

OnePlus is strongly entering the world of smart watches

OnePlus is preparing during its technical event, which will be held soon, to unveil a distinct group of mobile devices, including a smartwatch with specifications that compete with Samsung and Apple watches. According to the information available, the OnePlus Watch will have a 46 mm case, protect

Foldable iPhones may be launched by Apple

Foldable phones have been very popular in the past two years, so many companies, including Apple, are thinking of developing distinct models to preserve their positions in the market in the future. According to the website LetsGoDigital, which specializes in modern technology and electronics, App

Apple fined $2 million in Brazil for selling iPhone 12 without a charger

The Brazilian state of São Paulo isn't thrilled with Apple leaving the charger out of the iPhone 12 box. Tilt and MacRumors report that the consumer protection agency Procon-SP has fined Apple nearly R$10.55 million (about $1.92 million US) for removing the pow

WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook down for 30 minutes globally

Facebook-owned Instagram and WhatsApp, as well as the Facebook Messenger app, went down globally for around 30 minutes on Friday. Many users said they were unable to log in or use the apps. The website reported issues with the apps around the w

Facebook services suffer global outage with Instagram down for nearly a million

Facebook Inc said on Friday its services were being affected by a number of issues, after nearly a million people across the world reported problems with its photo-sharing app Instagram. “Multiple teams are working on it (the outage), and we’ll update you when we can,” Facebook&

YouTube to roll out short-form video service in U.S. to take on TikTok

Alphabet Inc's YouTube is rolling out a short-form video-streaming service on its platform in the United States as it looks to better compete with rival TikTok in the hugely popular category. The service, Shorts, let users record mobile friendly vertical videos that can be spiced up with special

Instagram to restrict adults from messaging teenagers who don’t follow them

Instagram is introducing new polices to prevent adults from direct messaging teenagers who don't follow them. With the updated feature, safety prompts will be shown to teens when they receive a DM from users over the age of 18, they will also be shown "safety prompts" when they message adults who

Samsung unlikely to launch new Note series phones in 2021

Samsung Electronics is unlikely to release its Galaxy Note series smartphones this year to reduce production pressure on the company, according to a senior executive. The South Korean company usually issues its Note series, one of its best-selling models known for its stylus S Pen, in August ever

Google cuts mobile app store fee in half amid scrutiny

Google on Tuesday said it will halve the controversial fee it charges developers at its online shop for digital content tailored for Android-powered mobile devices.   The commission taken at Google Play will be reduced to 15 percent from 30 percent starting in July, but just on the first $1

News Corp strikes Facebook pay deal for Australian news

News Corp and Facebook announced on Tuesday new pay deals for news in Australia, three weeks after the government passed laws that would make digital giants help cover the costs of journalism. The New York-based news business that operates mainly in the US, Britain and Australia said it had reach

Instagram Reels launches in Middle East

Instagram today launched its short-form video-sharing feature, Reels, in the Middle East following a global announcement in August last year. Revealed at the company’s House of Instagram event, the latest feature will be a new way for the platform’s users in the Middle East to create

Apple kills off original HomePod, will focus on $99 HomePod Mini

Apple has axed its original HomePod and will turn its attention to the smaller version of its smart home assistant, the HomePod Mini, the company said Friday.  Apple will continue providing existing HomePods with software updates and support through Apple Care, the company sai

Oman blocks audio app Clubhouse citing lack of permit

Oman has blocked US audio app Clubhouse on Sunday saying it did not have the right permit. The government did not respond immediately to a request for comment, but the telecoms regulator told WAF news website that the application was blocked due to a "lack of proper authorisation". "Similar comm

Almost all of LG’s Android 11 updates aren’t coming until the end of 2021

LG’s German website has revealed its Android 11 update roadmap — at least for Europe — and the news isn’t too encouraging. With the exception of the LG Velvet 5G, most of the company’s phones won’t get Android 11 until the back half of 2021, with the vast m