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    👍 | Facebook backs work-from-home plans

    Facebook employees can continue working from home for the time being. The tech giant has revealed that it thinks remote work is “the future” – unlike some of its rivals in the sector. The company's employees have been “thriving” at home, according to Brynn Harrington, Facebook's vice president of People Growth, who added that many workers are keen to continue from home. She explained: “For example, parents who are closer to their children and are happy to cut their commute time and optimise their work day, they're thrilled to work from home. ”Despite this, she acknowledged that it's not been u…

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    👍 | Mark and Donnie Wahlberg's mother Alma passes a…

    Alma Wahlberg has died at the age of 78. The'Wahlburgers' star and mother to Mark and Donnie Wahlberg passed away after battling dementia, her sons confirmed on Sunday (18.04.21). In a touching tribute, Donnie, 51, hailed the Wahlberg matriarch as the “most loving human being” he's “ever known”, who “undoubtedly shaped” him into “the man” he is. Part of his lengthy tribute posted on Instagram, which featured a video montage of memories with his parent, read: “I'm so blessed to have been brought into this world by, raised by, taught by and set on my life's path by, such an amazing woman. My mo…

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    👍 | Twitter launches study into its own algorithms

    Twitter is set to study the fairness of its algorithms. The micro-blogging platform has revealed plans for the Responsible Machine learning Initiative, which will see Twitter's data scientists research potential “unintentional harms” caused by the company's algorithms. In a blog post, Twitter announced: “We're conducting in-depth analysis and studies to assess the existence of potential harms in the algorithms we use.” Twitter has also confirmed its intention to make the findings public. As part of the investigation, the tech firm will look. closely at its image cropping algorithm, which has be…

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    👍 | Chrissy Teigen returns to Twitter

    Chrissy Teigen has returned to Twitter three weeks after quitting due to negativity on the app. The 35-year-old model had stepped back from the micro-blogging site – on which she has 13.7 million followers – after feeling “deeply bruised” by nasty comments left on her page, but now she has made a surprise comeback. On Friday (16.04.21), she tweeted: “Turns out it feels TERRIBLE to silence yourself and also no longer enjoy belly chuckles randomly throughout the day and also lose like 2000 friends at once lol “I choose to take the bad with the good !! (sic)” Her followers have welcomed her back w…

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    👍 | Facebook urged to drop plans for child-friendly…

    Facebook is being urged to scrap plans for a version of Instagram for children. The social media giant is reportedly planning to launch a special version of the photo-sharing platform – which normally has a joining age of 13 – for youngsters that would be “managed” by parents ”. But their plans have been slammed in a letter from the Campaign for a Commercial-free Childhood, which has been signed by 99 groups and individuals who claim the“ image-obsessed ”platform is too dangerous for children. The letter cites research from The Royal Society for Public Health which rated Instagram as the worst s…

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    👍 | Paul Mescal quits Instagram

    Paul Mescal has quit Instagram. The'Normal People' star has deactivated his Instagram account, as he reportedly felt as though he was getting too invested in responding to the negative comments left by his critics and wanted to save his mental health. A source close “Paul deactivated his Instagram account because it just became a drain.” He felt like he wasting time on there, reading the comments is no good for anyone's mental health. life and he wants to focus his energy into his personal life and his work, he doesn't ne…

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    📱 | NHS'COVID-19 app update blocked by Apple and G…

    The NHS contact tracing app for COVID-19 has been blocked for breaking the terms of an agreement made with Apple and Google. An update to the app – which allows users to check-in to locations such as pubs and hairdressers in order to be notified about possible exposure to COVID-19 – on Monday (12.04.21) has seen the app banned on the iOS and Google Play app stores for breaching the terms of a privacy agreement. The plan had been to ask users to upload logs of venue check -ins if they tested positive for the virus so that they could be used to warn others, but both Apple and Google had explicit l…

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    📱 | Google to shut down Google Shopping app for iOS…

    Google is shutting down the Google Shopping app for iOS and Android devices. The tech giant will soon ax the special mobile app used for browsing and buying items from various online retailers, according to a Google spokesperson. Google Shopping will still exist in its web form and the current Shopping tab in Google Search will remain in place, but support for the app will be coming to an end “within the next few weeks”. The spokesperson told 9to5Google: “Within the next few weeks, we'll no longer be supporting the Shopping app. All of the functionality the app offered users is available on t…

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    👍 | Katie Price to document home improvement projec…

    Katie Price has launched a home renovation Instagram account so people can follow the makeover of her mansion. The 42-year-old star is moving back into the £ 2 million Sussex property, which fell into a state of disrepair in 2019, after spending the past several months living at her boyfriend Carl Woods' Essex home and she is going to be carrying out a major overhaul on the house. Katie announced her plans to her fans on social media, sharing an aerial view of the building and commenting: “Follow my new Instagram page @plucky_mansion dedicated to my house I've decided to transform back to a fam…

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    👍 | Lauren Goodger wants to be'as real as possible…

    Lauren Goodger wants her Instagram posts to look “as real as possible”. The'TOWIE' star – who has come under fire for heavily editing her social media posts – has defended the use of filters on photographs and insisted they are just “a little” bit of fun ”. She told Closer magazine:“ Filters were invented for a little bit of fun. Who doesn't like to look good in a picture? “I try to keep my pictures as real as possible, but I do have a bit of fun with it.“ I think it ’…

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    📱 | Google will let workers back in office next month

    Google is looking to have some employees to return to the office in the US next month. The tech giant is pushing on with its plan to reopen with more people getting the COVID-19 vaccine. As reported by CNET, a Google spokeswoman confirmed attendance will be voluntary at first, with their offices sticking to a limited capacity. Meanwhile, the plan depends on some factors, including a downward trend in COVID-19 cases, and increased vaccine availability. Although workers won't need to be vaccination to return to the office, Google is encouraging it. Google won't be requiring anyone to be back on… More

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    👍 | Hailey Bieber: Twitter is toxic

    Hailey Bieber says she deleted Twitter because it was “toxic”. The 24-year-old model revealed she deleted the micro-blogging app as she was getting “bad anxiety” from the trolling she received on her looks after she attracting more attention following her marriage to Justin Bieber in 2018. She said in a video on her YouTube channel: “I think one of the biggest things I struggled with for sure was the comparison aspect of body comparison and looks comparison and behavior comparison. I think when you' re going through a situation where you just have so many people hounding you with the same thing…

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    👍 | Dionne Warwick'having fun' on Twitter

    Dionne Warwick is “having fun” with social media. The 79-year-old singer signed up to Twitter during the coronavirus pandemic and she is really enjoying interacting with so many people using the platform. Speaking about social media, she said: “I 'm enjoying the fact that so many are following me. You know, I'm happy and I'm taking the opportunity to be able to talk to youngsters, which is wonderful… They have a lot of fun with me because I'm having fun with it. I love to laugh, you know. ”And the'That's What Friends Are For' hitmaker says social media has also put her onto some amazing young…

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    👍 | Facebook introducing news feed changes

    Facebook will now let users limit comments on their public posts to friends or only people tagged in the post. The social networking site is also planning to make it easier for people to have their main news feed in a “chronological” order with the latest posts This model was ditched back in 2009, with the company preferring to use algorithms to rank the content. However, Facebook's vice-president Nick Clegg acknowledged a lack of transparency and information which had led to users not trusting the feed. Now, the'most recent' option has been moved to a new'feed filter bar' which ca…

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    👍 | Jessica Simpson reveals she previously tested p…

    Jessica Simpson has revealed she previously tested positive for COVID-19. The 40-year-old star has penned an essay for Amazon Original Stories called'Take The Lead', and while promoting the text on her Instagram page, she shared that she had Jessica further explained how despite the “challenges and fears” in everyone's lives amid the global pandemic, she instead chose to “manifest a hopeful conversation” with her fans. She wrote on Instagram: “ This is the cover of my new Amazon Original Stories essay on self-acceptance, parenthood and over com…

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    📱 | Google's new tool to boost hybrid network manag…

    Google Cloud has started previewing a new tool to give network admins a single pane of glass to network on-site and cloud-based services. The new Network Connectivity Center (NCC) has been teased as a unified management tool letting companies create, connect and manage their diverse networks. As reported by Tech Radar, Rohith Ramkumar – Google's Product Manager for Cloud Networking – said: “Network Connectivity Center serves as a vantage point to seamlessly connect VPNs, partner and dedicated interconnects, as well as third-party routers and Software-Defined WANs, helping you optimise connect i…

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    📱 | Google fixes Android apps issues

    Google has fixed an issue which meant Android phone apps were crashing. The likes of Facebook, Gmail and Amazon were impacted by the problems, which started on Monday (22.03.21) and seemed to be down to the Android System WebView, which lets Android apps display web content. A Google spokesman told the BBC: “We have resolved the issue with WebView that caused some apps on Android to crash for some users. Updating Android System WebView and Google Chrome via Google Play should now resolve the issue.” DownDetector – Which measures outages – revealed a surge in issues for both Amazon and Gmail, a…

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    📱 | Jive Bird launches on iOS and Android

    JiveBird has launched on iOS and Android devices. The greetings and gifting platform is now available on smartphones and tablets with its “100% digital offering” which means customers don't rely on the post to send a message to their loves ones. Through the online platform, you can choose an eCard “from hundreds of funky designs”, as well as create a PhotoCard using a selfie or image from your own library. You can also personalise the eGreeting with a recorded message to send with the eCard, or add a song from a choice of over 35,000 fully licenced tracks. Prices start at just 99p, and once si…

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    👍 | Twitter founder's first ever tweet sells for $ 2.9m

    Twitter founder Jack Dorsey's first ever tweet has sold for $ 2.9 million (£ 2.1 million). Malaysia-based businessman Sina Estavi bought the tweet – which was first published on March 21, 2006 and read “just setting up my twttr” – using the ether cryptocurrency as part of an online charity auction. Dorsey has revealed he will convent the proceeds to bitcoin before donating them to the Give Directly's Africa Response fund. Estavi – chief executive of tech company Bridge Orale – bought the tweet as a nonfungible token (NFT) , which is a unique digital certificate stating who owns a photo, video or…

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    👍 | Halsey clarifies their pronouns:'I'm happy wit…

    Halsey is “happy with either” she or they pronouns. The'Without Me' hitmaker – who is currently expecting their first child with their boyfriend Alev Aydin – recently changed their bio on Instagram and Twitter to let their fans know their pronouns are “she” / they ”, and has now clarified exactly what that means. In a post on their Instagram Story, Halsey wrote:“ for those asking RE: my updated IG bio, I am happy with either pronouns 🙂 the inclusion of'they', in addition to'she', feels most authentic to me. If you know me at all you know what it means to me to express this outwardly. Thanks fo…

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    👍 | Twitter testing new YouTube feature

    Twitter is testing a new feature for YouTube videos. The micro-blogging platform is hoping to allow IOS user to view YouTube videos on the social media app instead of being taken directly to YouTube. Users can currently only view YouTube videos within Twitter itself is if a user has uploaded it directly from their device to the social media platform or mobile users are booted off Twitter to view the video on the video streaming platform. However, Twitter is only sampling the new feature on a handful of IOS users with no parrel tests on Andriod devices but developers are hoping to receive posit…

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    📱 | Google has launched ThreadIt

    Google has launched video messaging platform ThreadIt. The technology company hopes to make remote working easier with the release of the short video messaging platform that has been created to minimise unwanted long conference calls. ThreadIt has been created by Google's in-house incubator, Area 120 Users will be able to record a short video of themselves talking and share it with their co-workers, who can reply to their team when they are available and creating a chronological thread of video communication. The new technolog…

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    📱 | Google announces Play store fees reduction for…

    Google has announced a reduction in the fees it charges for Android apps featured in the Play store. From July 1, the tech giant will take 15% from the first $ 1 million (£ 720,000) in sales each year, which includes the apps and any This is half the current 30% commission, and followers a similar announcement by Apple late last year. Once you make over $ 1 million the larger cut will apply, although the number of developers this will impact is very small. As noted by Google, only around 3% of Android developers charge for either downloading the app or for addition…

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    📱 | Google Nest 2 gets sleep tracking

    Google has unveiled its new Nest Hub which also features sleep tracking. The tech giant's latest smart home hub – which launches on March 30 but is already available to order – has a feature called'Sleep Sensing'. Google has noted how the feature can measure micromovements – such as your chest moving while breathing – to figure out whether or not you're sleeping. Microphones are used to pick up on snoring or coughing, with other sensors determining the temperature in the mood and brightness of lights. collated to tell the user how well they slept, followed by recommend…

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    👍 | Facebook could pair AR glasses with neural wris…

    Facebook is looking into pairing its AR glasses with neural wristbands. The company's Reality Labs has opened up on the company's future plans after the upcoming release of its first smart glasses later this year. In a blog post, the company has explained its hopes for AR glasses working with a soft wristband to measure hand and finger movements with haptic feedback. Facebook noted: “While the fusion of contextually-aware AI with ultra-low-friction input has tremendous potential, important challenges remain — like how to pack the technology into a comfortable, all-day wearable form factor and…

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    👍 | Twitter rolling out Spaces globally next month

    Twitter will roll out Spaces globally next month. The social network launched its alternative to invite-only Clubhouse back in December, which it described as “a small experiment focused on the intimacy of the human voice”. Now, a spokesperson has confirmed to CNET that the in-app feature – which lets users create their own rooms for others to join and share audio clips in tweets and DMs – will be available worldwide in April. Earlier this month, Twitter expanded its beta test to include Android users after an initial period focused on iOS devices. Announcing the upcoming feature last year, Tw…

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    👍 | Jameela Jamil's thoughtful Instagram follows

    Jameela Jamil is “thoughtful” about who she follows on social media. The'Good Place' actress puts a lot of care into the content she sees online and thinks it is important to “curate a timeline” which inspires, rather than makes one feel “Terrible” about their lives. Giving her self-care tips, she said: “Get rid of anything on your timeline that is making you feel bad about yourself. We have control over what we take in. We don't have to click on that Explore button on Instagram. We can curate a timeline that makes us feel like we're learning something or that inspires us, rather than feeling…

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    👍 | Mark Zuckerberg reveals Facebook already work in…

    Facebook is already working on Oculus Quest 3 and 4. The company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg has revealed despite the Oculus 2 headset – which has already received rave reviews – dropping near the end of 2020, the firm is working had on its successors. He told The Information: “Because of how hardware gets developed, you kind of need to know what your next three products are going to look like all at the same time.” “It's not like software where we're changing it every couple of weeks.” We have product teams spun up now working on the next few generations of virtual reality and what Quest 3 and 4 are…

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    👍 | Facebook trains computers to learn like humans

    Facebook's artificial intelligence team is training computers to learn more like humans. The company's chief AI scientist Yann LeCun has opened up on the company's goals to make machines learn through observation in the same way babies do. 'd like artificial intelligence systems to learn how the world works by observation because that will have a huge implication.” It would allow machines to have some level of common sense. ”The social media brand's team has pushed computers towards the goal of filling in the blanks themselves without needing humans to sort throu…

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    📱 | Google promises not to replace personalized ad…

    Google has promised not to replace third party cookies. The tech giant is set to ax its current method of tracking users for adverts, and now the company has confirmed there are no plans to work on an alternative. In a blog post, the company said : “Today, we're making explicit that once third-party cookies are phased out, we will not build [alternative] identifiers to track individuals as they browse across the web, nor will we use them in our products.” The firm noted other providers could still end up offering “a level of user identity for ad tracking across the web that we will not”. Howev…

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    👍 | Alec Baldwin quits Twitter over Gillian Anderso…

    Alec Baldwin has quit Twitter after backlash over a tweet about Gillian Anderson's American accent. The 62-year-old actor responded to criticism on the social media site after he reposted a news story about'The Crown' actress – who was born in the US Alec – who previously defended his wife Hilaria Baldwin for switching her own accent between Spanish and American – tweeted: “and grew up in the UK and the States – using an American accent as she accepted her Golden Globe award for her role as Margaret Thatcher. Switching accents? That sounds… fascinating. ”Now, in a lengthy Instagram video he…

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    📱 | The 2021 iPad Pro could be as powerful as the l…

    The new iPad Pro 2021 could be as powerful as the latest Macs. According to trusted Apple leaker, Mark Gurman, the tablet's chipset might be just as juicy as the M1 used in the latest line of MacBooks. Gurman has claimed the processor could be “ on par ”with the chip, which would make it better than the A14 Bionic in iPhone 12 smartphones. He also claimed that the largest iPad will come with a Mini LED display, which will improve the brightness and make it slightly thicker. However, it's not anticipated that the new line of 5G iPads will be much different in shape and style. A preview leak in J…

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    👍 | Bill Gates has secondary Twitter account

    Bill Gates has secondary social media accounts for “messing around”. The Microsoft founder admitted he doesn't spent much time on social media as he prefers to go to direct sources for news, but he does have'secret' profiles on sites like Twitter and Facebook where he doesn't have to be “official”. Speaking to Andrew Ross Sorkin on invitation-only Clubhouse app, he said: “I have a Twitter [account] that I just mess around on, and then I have my official” Twitter account. “And that's true on most of the [social media] services. There's the official me, and then there's the'messing around' me.”…

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    👍 | Eliza Dushku is pregnant again!

    Eliza Dushku is expecting her second child. The 40-year-old actress and her husband Peter Palandjian are set to become parents for the second time, 18 months after Eliza gave birth to their son Philip, whom they affectionately refer to by the nickname Bourne Posting on Instagram, Eliza wrote: “Mama x 2.. @ peter.palandjian & B ~ how I love you !! (sic)” Eliza shared a photo of herself holding her baby bump, whilst another photo showed Philip wearing a shirt which read “Can you dig it? I'm going to be a big brother”. The'Dollhouse' actress revealed the birth of her first son in August 2019. At t…

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    👍 | Facebook debating facial recognition in smart g…

    Facebook is debating whether or not to have facial recognition in its smart glasses. The social media company is looking to launch its first pair of smart glasses in 2021, and Andrew'Boz' Bosworth – who heads up the firm's augmented and virtual reality work – Responding to a report from BuzzFeeds news about remarks made in an internal meeting, Bosworth tweeted: “We've been open about our efforts to build AR glasses and are still in) has opened up on discussions taking place regarding the potential legal and privacy issues. the early stages. “Face recognition is a hugely controversial topic and…