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    👍 | Facebook enters the newsletter game with the la…

    In a mark of the rising popularity of newsletters, Facebook has officially entered the ring with Bulletin, a new subscription service offering a curated selection of free and paid newsletters. The service, inspired by the success of the Substack subscription platform, launched with an initial selection of newsletters by writers and journalists such as Malcolm Gladwell, known for “Outliers,” and the author of “Tuesdays with Morrie,” Mitch Albom. Gladwell’s Bulletin newsletter, for example, looks at everyday topics through a different lens, with a recent article devoted to the question of “Have …

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    📱 | Google pushes back plan to end third-party cook…

    Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox have already taken a stand against third-party cookies, those tiny browser files that allow data traders and advertising companies to create a profile of our browsing habits and preferences. But when Google announced it would phase them out in its Chrome browser, competition concerns arose. Although potentially increasing user privacy, it was feared the measure would only strengthen Google's advertising position with the world's most popular browser. Following criticism from the publishing industry, among others, Google is now postponing its plan to make it…

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    📱 | Windows 11: Microsoft gives first glimpse at ne…

    Despite the endless fan frenzy surrounding Apple products and Google's attempts to deliver an alternative operating system, the vast majority of laptops and desktop computers still run on Windows. Now, after six years of Windows 10, Microsoft is presenting a new generation of its OS. Windows 11 looks more modern and is trying its hardest to pick up on the digital trends during the pandemic. One of the innovations in Windows 11 is that Microsoft's Teams software for video conferencing and office collaboration will be directly integrated. Also built in via a new Xbox app is the company's own Gam…

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    📱 | Pixel Buds A-Series: Google in your ears for 10…

    Earbuds are a competitive market. From Apple's AirPods to earbuds from well-known audio giants to cheap no-name products – the range is large. After the Pixel Buds from 2020 for just under 180 dollars / 200 euros, Google has now launched the Pixel Buds A-Series. They are supposed to offer a similar experience without major compromises – and at half the price (99 dollars / euros). Time for a closer look. A small package: A white box the size of a pack of dental floss . Inside are the marble-sized Pixelbuds and a battery for almost 24 hours of music or 12 hours of phone calls (according to the manu…

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    📱 | Google's new Pixel Buds, tested: The latest fro…

    The waiter comes over and tells you today's specials in Russian – all live-translated by the technology in your ears. Google's new Pixel Buds wireless earphones are promising Google Assistant features like instant translation, as well as top sound and battery life for half the price Coman Hamilton, dpa trends & features of the earbuds' last generation. Do they deliver? A test of some of the best value-for-money earbuds is among the topics in our freshest tech and gaming stories from the dpa trends & features desk. \ ——————– TOP STORY: Pixel Buds A-Series: Google in your ears for 100…

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    📱 | Update fast: Google patches serious security vu…

    Google has found a major security problem in its Chrome browser and is calling on everyone who uses it to update as soon as possible to avoid falling victim to hacks. Google says that the vulnerability is publicly known and could therefore be exploited for attacks on anyone using With several billion Chrome installations worldwide, there are many potential targets. If you're not sure whether your installation of Chrome automatically keeps itself up to date, then you go be on the safe side and start the update manually. Users of Chrome on smartphones, tablets and computers should u…

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    👍 | Is Facebook too big to fail? The latest from dp…

    Even as Facebook's active user base starts to decline in some countries, the platform maintains a strong hold with more than 2.5 billion users. Facebook's enduring global usage, As well as its poor privacy reputation with WhatsApp, is among the topics in our freshest tech and gaming stories from the dpa trends & features desk. Coman Hamilton, dpa trends & features \ ——————– TOP STORY: Like it or not, Facebook is still around – but who's still on it? Words: 602 Images: 1 Wall…

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    👍 | Just joined Twitter? Stay focused, encourage d…

    (dpa) — Twitter is now 15-years-old and claims 199 million users worldwide. That's not a lot compared to social media behemoths like Facebook which claims over 2 billion users. However, if you want to have a say in trending topics, Twitter is the place to be. Social media advisor Barbara Ward says Twitter is particularly suitable for people interested in specific topics. “Twitter works across niches and subject areas. Using hashtags and search words, you quickly end up in a bubble that corresponds to your own interests. Once you get there, you will be provided with news and new information ver…

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    👍 | Apple vs Facebook: The latest from dpa trends -…

    Apple's drive for data protection might be welcomed by most users, but it's anything but popular among major advertisers like Facebook. At its latest WWDC developer conference, Apple showed it's not backing down, and is even taking on Facebook in other areas, like video chat A look at the latest features set to arrive on iPhones and iPads is among our freshest tech and gaming stories from the dpa trends & features desk. Coman Hamilton, dpa trends & features \ ——————– TOP STORY: Apple vs Facebook: Rivalry heats up as new features touted at WWDC Words: 843 Images: 1 Study: Humans are…

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    📱 | No-frills earphones for Assistant fans: Google…

    Google has updated its Pixel Buds and its latest A-series wireless earbuds are promising the Google Assistant and a translation machine in your ear with a more comfortable, pressure-free fit for 99 euros / 99 dollars. Google has made some changes to the design And to ensure that nothing comes loose, the water- and sweat-resistant buds have a stabilising arch made of silicone. There's also an ambient noise channel to prevent a feeling of pressure in your ears. Using the Google Assistant, you can make commands and start searches using your voice, and Google's real-time translation for around 40…

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    👍 | Apple vs Facebook: Rivalry heats up as new feat…

    Apple has already been marketing itself as a defender of user privacy for years. Most recently, an iOS update gave iPhone and iPad users the option to stop apps from tracking them, essentially cutting off a key source of data for targeted ads with advertising giants like Facebook. At this year's WWDC developer conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook and his team have now doubled down on this approach with several new privacy-related features. For example, the email app will in future prevent monitoring programs from tracking whether someone has opened an email or not. With a drive for more data protect…

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    👍 | Facebook cracks down on rule-breaking groups ah…

    Facebook in Germany on Tuesday promised to take steps to crack down on groups that break the platform's rules, including limiting their reach across the site and placing restrictions on individuals and communities. The announcement is seen as offering reassurance that nefarious activity and the spread of misinformation “The more violations a group or a member commits, the stricter our restrictions become until we remove the group or the in the forums would be quashed in the lead-up to Germany's national elections on September 26, although the election was not specifically mentioned. member fro…

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    👍 | Facebook cracks down on rule-breaking groups ah…

    Facebook in Germany on Tuesday promised to take steps to crack down on groups that break the platform's rules, including limiting their reach across the site and placing restrictions on individuals and communities. The announcement is seen as offering reassurance that nefarious activity and the spread of misinformation “The more violations a group or a member commits, the stricter our restrictions become until we remove the group or the in the forums would be quashed in the lead-up to Germany's national elections on September 26, although the election was not specifically mentioned. member fro…

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    👍 | Nigeria's president says Twitter ban is tempora…

    Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said a state-wide ban on Twitter which prompted international condemnation over the weekend was only a temporary measure in response to misinformation, in comments posted on Facebook. Many Nigerians, who use mobile networks to access Twitter, found they were unable The Information Ministry's announcement that it had suspended access to Twitter came days after the platform removed one of the president's tweets. Twitter said it had deleted the Buhari tweet because it violated the site's rules against abusive beh…

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    📱 | Apple TV: How to improve your TV's color balan…

    Are those colors accurate? Is that picture really how the filmmaker intended? Film buffs and hi-fi nerds have spent untold hours on the subject of color balance. But if you have an Apple TV and a newer iPhone, you don't need to worry about menu diving and twiddling knobs to tweak the color settings. Apple's newest update lets you easily adjust the color of your TV box to your own screen to make sure your colors are accurate. If you own an Apple TV HD or 4K and an iPhone with FaceID, you can (as of tvOS 14.5) adjust the color balance yourself. And it works like this: \-Go to the Apple TV…

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    👍 | Twitter blue subscription service listing appea…

    Twitter has listed a new subscription service in online app stores, suggesting the social network may soon begin trialling the new feature. Twitter Blue now appears as a possible in-app purchase when viewing the Twitter app in app stores, with the service listed at 2.49 pounds, but it does not yet appear to be accessible inside the Twitter app. The subscription service, which has been much rumoured over recent months, is said to give special Twitter features to those who sign up. These include a reader mode to make reading longer threads easier, and there have also been reports of an “undo twe…

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    👍 | Twitter concerned over staff safety, freedom of…

    Twitter said on Thursday that it was concerned about the safety of its staff in India and the potential threat to the freedom of expression of its users in connection with new government rules for large social media platforms. The statement came days after Delhi police visited Twitter's offices to serve a notice in connection with a tweet from a ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman that it had labelled as “manipulated.” Twitter's comments come as the Indian government is engaged in a tense stand-off with global digital companies over the new regulatory rules effective from Wednesday.…

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    👍 | Instagram boss defends plan to develop children…

    The boss of Instagram has said the platform's plans to develop a version of the app for under 13s could help better protect children from online harms. Reports emerged earlier this year suggesting that Instagram had been working on a spin-off version of the app designed for The plans were widely criticised because of ongoing concerns over the impact of social media on young people, but Instagram boss Adam Mosseri has now said the idea, although not yet “fully fledged”, is about keeping children safe online. While speaking to reporters about a…

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    👍 | Twitter relaunches blue tick verification process

    Twitter has relaunched its verification process, allowing accounts to make new applications for a blue tick on the site for the first time in more than three years. The social media site paused the process in 2017 following criticism for verifying the account of a white supremacist – After which the firm admitted the system had become “confused” and “broken”. Under the new system, which Twitter says is designed to help people distinguish the authenticity of accounts, anyone wishing to be verified must fit in one of six categories: government major companies, brands and organisations; news org…

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    📱 | More privacy, more personalization: What's comi…

    While new features arrive on Android with each new version every year, the basic design language of the mobile operating system hasn't changed much in years. Google introduced the current interface, the so-called “Material Design”, all the way back in 2014. Now, Google says it's turning this into “Material You”, a new design concept to be used for the first time in Android 12, as Google announced at its developer conference. Before its anticipated release in late 2021, the beta version of Android 12 has now become available for Pixel smartphones, so that anyone wants to test it out can already…

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    📱 | Samsung ditches Tizen to work with Google on be…

    After years of struggling to match the success of the Apple Watch, Google and Samsung are now joining forces deliver a more efficient and feature-rich smartwatch platform. As part of the deal, Samsung will stop adding its own Tizen smartwatch OS to its new models Wear OS is to be further developed into an overarching system with Tizen elements, as the partners announced on Tuesday. at the annual Google I / O developer conference. The announcement…

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    📱 | Forget that last search: Google announces new p…

    Google has introduced new privacy features for its various services, allowing you to delete your search query history for the past 15 minutes. In addition, you'll be able to set up password-protected folders in the Photos app, in case you want to These were two of numerous announcements made at Google's annual I / O developer summit, held online this year amid the ongoing pandemic. Unlike online events from Apple and other tech companies, the presentation was not pre -recorded but broadcast live on Tuesday from a small stage on the grounds of the compan…

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    👍 | They / they / theirs: Instagram adds pronouns optio…

    Instagram has added a new section on user profiles allowing people to specify their pronouns. The Facebook-owned platform said the new field is available “in a few countries, with plans for more” though it has already been spotted on some accounts. “We'll continue to update the list of terms over. Users are able to request other pronouns that do not already appear as an option via a form on Instagram's help page. time, so that more people around the world can share their pronouns more easily, ”Instagram said. It…

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    👍 | So you want to delete WhatsApp? This is what yo…

    WhatsApp collects information about how you use your phone and where you are, allowing the messenger and its parent company Facebook to create a picture of you for advertisers. But nobody one has to tolerate this. There are plenty of easy messenger alternatives widely in use, And switching is easy. Anyone who wants to turn their back on WhatsApp just needs a strategy. And that sounds more difficult than it is. It can be done in just two or three steps: find a messenger alternative, back up WhatsApp chats if necessary , then delete your account. Off you go. \-Find your alternative: Are there me…

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    👍 | Twitter opens up its Clubhouse rival Spaces for…

    Twitter's new Clubhouse rival for live audio chat rooms is being opened up to more users after an initial test phase, and now anyone with 600 or more followers can host their own chat room. Social media in 2021 is set to be dominated by audio chat, after not only Twitter but also Facebook and Reddit announced they were expanding into this new area first made popular by the invitation-only Clubhouse app. In the next few weeks, Twitter's chat areas called Spaces will appear on Twitter apps on iPhones and Androids for all users, according to the company. So how does the whole thing work? As soon…

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    📱 |'Top app – free': Google cracking down on Play…

    Are you sure you want to install “Best App 2020: Speed ​​Test FREE”? Apps on Google's Play Store rarely hold back when telling you how great they are and many even cram their claims and sales tactics into the name and logo of the app. But until now, when Google checks an app before listing it on the Play Store, most of the pre-approval analysis focussed on the code to make sure no malware slips through. Now Play Store checks are being expanded and Google wants apps to stop bragging or pretending they are successful in logos and names, and is trying to make apps look more sophisticated and neutra…

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    📱 | Apple rolls out iOS 14.5 with new controls on h…

    Apple has rolled out stricter privacy options in a new iPhone update giving users more control over how so-called Big Tech companies like Facebook track their behavior to sell targeted ads. Once you've updated your iPhone to iOS 14.5, released on Monday, you 'll be given the option to decide whether or not an app is allowed to track you across multiple services on your phone for marketing purposes. With this update, app providers will have to explicitly seek users' permission before collecting and analysing their data across apps or other companies' websites. After updating to iOS 14.5, your i…

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    👍 | Thunberg mocks British PM by changing Twitter b…

    Greta Thunberg changed her Twitter bio to “bunny hugger” in a jibe at British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's comments at a global climate summit. Johnson, in typical colorful language, told the other world leaders on the videoconference that actions towards combatting climate change are not about “bunny hugging” but about “growth and jobs.” Thunberg earlier on Thursday was highly critical of the pledges made by leaders at the US-hosted summit, telling her Twitter followers in a video: “The gap between what we are doing, and what needs to be done, is widening by the minute… Let's call out t…

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    👍 | Facebook announces its own Clubhouse-style audi…

    The recent success of the Clubhouse social media app appears to have impressed Facebook enough into creating its own version of the audio chat platform, and the social media giant has now announced plans to roll out so-called Live Audio Rooms for all app users. social media giant said on Monday it was first testing the audio chat rooms in Groups and aiming to roll them out to all app users by mid-2021. Almost at the same time as Facebook, the platform Reddit also announced a similar service called Reddit Talk . In further proof that audio chat is set to be a major social media trend in the…

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    👍 | Instagram now letting some users hide the'Like…

    Instagram is continuing its experiment with not displaying the amount of Likes a post gets. Users in a small global test group are now able to decide in future if they want to hide the number of Likes on the posts they see. The users in the test group are also able to turn off the Like counts for their own posts. Work is also underway on a similar option on Facebook, the Instagram owner announced on Wednesday. Instagram had already launched a test in 2019 in which the Like counter was removed for some users. Two years later, the social media giant says it has learned that some users feel less…

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    📱 | OnePlus Watch test: The least smart smartwatch…

    When an up-and-coming smartphone manufacturer like OnePlus announces its first smartwatch, you'd be forgiven for hoping that an Android brand might finally come close to knocking the smartwatch crown from Apple's head. But to the disappointment of OnePlus fans and smartwatch owners , this watch is nowhere near the throne, still claimed by the Apple Watch. Sadly, it offers simply too few smarts for a smartwatch in 2021. OnePlus gambled with its smartwatch and decided against using Google's Wear OS, which allows for deeper integration with Android smartphones. Instead, the watch runs on its own p…

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    👍 | Facebook leak shows the danger apps pose to you…

    (dpa) — The phone numbers and email addresses of hundreds of millions of Facebook users were recently discovered on a hacker forum. According to the social network, the data was captured using a security hole that Facebook closed in August 2019. However, such leaks “Apps are a way of collecting such” are also possible without security holes or direct hacker attacks. Apps, which collect lots of personal data not only from their users, but also potentially from those users' friends, can also be a source of leaks. personal data that is now appearing in dark channels, ”says Hauke ​​Mormann from the N…

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    👍 | Twitter spotlights Asia democracy movements wit…

    Twitter on Thursday launched an emoji to mark one year since the first use of the “Milk Tea Alliance” meme which has grown into a symbol of pro-democracy movements in Asia. emoji featuring 3 different types of milk tea colors from regions where the Alliance first formed online, ”the tech giant's public policy account tweeted in a thread on Thursday. The hashtag – originating in the shared passion in Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan for milky tea – Emerged as a symbol of support for democratic movements and concern over…

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    📱 | The'Hey Google'car: Fiat 500 family given Goo…

    “Hey Google, how much petrol is left in the car,” you ask from your couch. That's one of the scenarios envisaged by Fiat and Google, who have teamed up for one of the most striking branding exercises in the modern car world. what is believed to be the first time that a tech company has given its logo for use on car bodywork, three models in the 500 line-up get “Hey Google” badges above the front wheel arches and on the central B-pillars. Inside , the center section of the front seats features a design resembling the swirling dots used in Hey Google animations and headrest tags are embroidere…

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    👍 | Wave of phishing emails feared after massive Fa…

    Once again, the personal information of hundreds of millions of Facebook has surfaced online, following a new data leak that threatens to unleash a wave of sophisticated email scams relying on these stolen contact names. The IT security firm Hudson Rock said it found data of 533 This information includes phone numbers, email addresses, the names of the cities in which users live and their birthdays. The leak even contains the million Facebook users, mostly from the US, in an online forum for hackers, according to a Business Insider report. phone number of founder and chief executive Mark Zucke…