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    👍|Report: Facebook wants to change its name

    Facebook is planning to change the name of its company, according to a US media report, days after the social media giant announced it was starting work on a project to rethink the internet with a so-called “metaverse.” To allow the company to focus on this new virtual world for communication and commerce, the company is set to change its name in the coming week, the US website The Verge reported on Wednesday, citing a source with direct knowledge of the plans. The tech news website, known for breaking stories from inside Silicon Valley, said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is expected to tal…

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    📱|Google unveils Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro to chall…

    Google has unveiled its two latest flagship smartphones, claiming the devices are its “most personal and most helpful” phones ever, as it looks to challenge Apple and Samsung. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are comparatively cheaper than their rivals, and Google is hoping the impressive specs, including big batteries and high-end cameras, will appeal to smartphone users. The phones have been given a complete redesign on the outside, while also housing Google’s first own-designed processor, Google Tensor. The tech giant says it has been specifically designed for the Pixel and as a result can bette…

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    👍|The next internet: What exactly is Facebook’s p…

    Social media giant Facebook has announced plans to hire 10,000 people in Europe over the next five years as part of ambitious plans to develop a web of new online spaces that it’s calling the “metaverse.” Rather than being another social media platform with endless feeds of posts and ads, Facebook’s plans put the emphasis on virtual experiences that make the internet a place where not only see and click on things, but where we also feel physically immersed. The company says it’s now scaling up its development of a “new phase of interconnected virtual experiences using technologies like virtual…

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    📱|Saying goodbye to the iPhone: Tips for switchin…

    Berlin (dpa) — When you change your smartphone you want to transfer your personal data from the old device to the new one as seamlessly as possible. The process is usually pretty simple if you’re sticking with the same operating system. However, things get complicated when you’re switching from iOS to Android. How do you go about it? “Generally speaking, there are three ways,” says Martin Gobbin from Stiftung Warentest, a consumer goods tester in Germany. One method is via Google Drive, another is to use migration apps. These apps are usually preinstalled on many new devices or you can choose …

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    📱|Remove Visa from Apple Pay travel card feature …

    Researchers have urged iPhone users to remove Visa as a transport card via Apple Pay after uncovering a flaw which they say fraudsters could use to bypass security and make unlimited contactless payments. Experts from the University of Birmingham and the University of Surrey warned the issue could be exploited to make transactions from an iPhone inside someone’s bag, without their knowledge. They claim the vulnerability only happens on Apple Pay when a Visa card is set up as an Express Travel Card, also known as Express Transit mode – a feature intended for owners to tap in and out of public t…

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    📱|Google wants to start freezing old apps you for…

    How many apps do you have on your phone? And how many of them have you not used for months? You don’t know? That’s exactly the problem – a security problem, in fact. Every installed app is a potential security and privacy risk, and Google is now rolling out a new feature to help deal with the problem of installed apps waiting to fill up with vulnerabilities as you forget about them. With its planned “auto-reset feature”, Google wants to automatically revoke any permissions you granted to Android apps that you haven’t used in months, from location to contacts to calendar or camera. This is alre…

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    👍|Twitter rolls out tips feature globally and add…

    Twitter is rolling out its tipping feature globally and will allow Bitcoin in its latest move to help creators generate an income via the platform. After testing the feature with a small group of users in the US since May, the social network is now making it available to everyone. The option will appear as a cash icon on profiles, which links up to several third party online payment services, including Cash App and Patreon. Twitter said it would not take a cut from payments. Cryptocurrency payments will also be enabled for the first time, using the Strike application built on the Bitcoin Light…

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    📱|Anti-Kremlin app removed from stores on first d…

    Google and Apple have removed jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s tactical voting app from their stores, as Russia began its three-day parliamentary elections on Friday. The Smart Voting app provides information to anti-Kremlin voters, allowing them to vote tactically for candidates with the best shot at unseating pro-Kremlin lawmakers. The app and its related website were designed to help voters break the Kremlin’s monopoly on electoral politics, and while the authorities blocked the website days ago, the app was still available until Friday. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov w…

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    📱|This phone recharges six times faster than an i…

    If you own an iPhone 12, then your 15W charger from Apple will typically need around 90 minutes for a full charge. On the latest phone from Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi, you can get from 0 to 100 per cent battery in just 17 minutes. With the 11T Pro, Xiaomi has unveiled a new smartphone with a high-performance chip, a top-end camera and, above all, unparalleled charging speeds – all while remaining comparatively cheap. At prices upwards of 650 euros / 599 pounds (with 128 GB memory and 8 GB RAM), the 11T Pro specifications have a distinctly top-end feel while the price is more in the upper mid-…

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    📱|Apple unveils new iPhone 13 models with familia…

    Apple is giving its iPhones a faster processor for Christmas, with four new phones from Mini to Pro Max all set to head into the key season for sales with smoother performance in a very familiar design. The four iPhone 13 models, unveiled on Tuesday, maintain the sharp edges of their predecessors, while adding a number of incrementally better hardware improvements. Apple is sticking to its notch cutout design on the screen, but has reduced the size of the area needed for cameras and sensors at the top of the screen by 20 per cent. The iPhone 13 (799 dollars) and iPhone 13 Mini (699 dollars) jo…

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    📱|Major iPhone security flaw emerges as Apple pre…

    Ahead of its biggest product event of the year, Apple has been forced to issue a rushed fix to a security flaw that has reportedly allowed state-sponsored hackers to access private messages sent on iPhones and iPads. A group of cybersecurity researchers announced on September 13 they had found the flaw was being exploited to spy on messages sent using Apple’s in-house chat service iMessage. The gap in Apple’s device security came as the company was preparing to launch a new generation of its iPhones, typically marketed as having a high level of user privacy protection. According to the organis…

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    📱|You had one job: Google’s alarm fails countless…

    Hundreds of Android smartphone owners have been venting their anger at Google after the tech giant’s Clock app failed to activate its alarms following an update in late August. The Clock app, among the world’s most widely used alarm apps with more than a billion downloads, is thought to have left many of its users snoozing in recent weeks due to a bug that sees the app remain silent and instead show a notification of a “missed” alarm. Google has since solved the problem with a September 7 update to the Clock app, according to the Google news website Androidpolice.com. “The alarm didn’t do anyt…

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    👍|Facebook teams up with Ray-Ban to launch creepy…

    Facebook’s latest coup isn’t only about cutting-edge technology: Its first generation of “smart glasses” is trying to be a fashion statement as well, with the help of a partnership with Ray-Ban. Unlike the failed experiment that was Google Glass, Facebook’s Ray-Ban Stories glasses don’t include their own screen for looking at notifications or navigation. Instead, the frame houses two speakers for making calls and two front-facing 5-megapixel cameras for recording videos and pictures. What is stylish to Facebook might be a potentially creepy piece of tech to others, and a tap on a button on the…

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    👍|The paywall arrives on Twitter: Understanding S…

    Content for cash? Following the model of OnlyFans, Twitter is allowing its content creators to make money by selling content through a new service that adds paywalls to a platform that has been largely free until now. Exclusive tweets and conversations for a fee is the basic idea, and you can gain access with a monthly cancellable subscription called Super Follows, which launched at the start of September in North America. It’s set to be rolled out worldwide in the next few weeks – at least for subscribers. Subscriptions cost 3, 5 or 10 dollars per month. Anyone who buys a subscription to a Tw…

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    👍|Instagram to ask all users for date of birth to…

    Instagram will require all users to provide their date of birth as part of new safety measures to boost child protection. Since December 2019, new account holders have been asked to provide their birth date during set-up but now existing users will be compelled to do the same. A notification that can be dismissed will appear a “handful of times” when opening the app at first, before a full-screen prompt will make it impossible to access the service without entering details. Addressing concerns that children would lie about their age, Instagram said it is developing systems, such as using artif…

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    👍|Why are all of the celebrities crying on Instag…

    What do Chloe Bailey, Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion, Dua Lipa, country and pop singer Jessie James Decker, Dale Moss from “The Bachelorette,” TikTok star Charli D’Amelio, “Euphoria’s” Sydney Sweeney, countless influencers and maybe a couple of your mutuals have in common? They’ve all shed tears during an Instagram Live — aka “cried on IG live.” Ever since Instagram introduced ephemeral live broadcasts to the platform (they can be saved but are more often screen-recorded and posted to other social media platforms), celebrities, influencers and everyday people have had one more outlet to share ever…

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    📱|Google boosts privacy protections for kids on s…

    Google has announced a raft of privacy changes for children who use its search engine and YouTube platform, designed to give minors “more control over their digital footprint.” Among the measures, videos uploaded to YouTube by those under age 18 will be set to private by default, meaning they can only be viewed by themselves and whomever they choose at first, though they can decide to adjust the settings if desired. The video-sharing site will also switch its current settings to provide young users with break and bedtime reminders, as well as turning off autoplay features. Meanwhile, Google is…

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    📱|Google reveals Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro smartphones…

    Google has offered an early glimpse of its new Pixel smartphone, featuring a camera bar to house its improved sensors and lenses. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are not due to officially launch until the autumn, but the firm has released information about a new chip system that will power the new handsets. Since starting the Pixel range in 2016, Google has largely focused on artificial intelligence in its upgrades, but the firm said it has “run into computing limitations that prevented us from fully pursuing our mission.” Tensor, the firm’s first custom-built SoC (system on a chip) for Pixel phon…

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    📱|VW to take on Tesla and Google with new softwar…

    Google and Tesla may be the current world leaders when it comes to the operating systems used in increasingly smart cars, but Europe’s biggest car group wants to change that. Volkswagen says it wants to take on the dominant US tech giants with the help of its own software division, Cariad, and add its own in-house software to more and more VW Group models. While many drivers are opting for Google and Tesla-based operating systems, VW has set itself the goal of using its own operating system in around 40 million vehicles by the end of the decade, CEO Herbert Diess said at an annual general meet…

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    👍|Twitter decides to kill off self-deleting ‘fleets’

    Twitter’s answer to the popularity of Facebook and Instagram “Stories” – tweets that disappear on their own after 24 hours – seems to be as short-lived as the “fleets” themselves. Introduced worldwide in November 2020, the fleets will be discontinued from August 3 after they did not encourage users to tweet more, as Twitter had hoped. The thinking was that old tweets had caused problems for a lot of people, so tweets that deleted automatically would encourage even reluctant users to share content. A reply to a fleet could only be written as a direct message, but not appear in the public timeli…

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    📱|Google fined 500 million euros for breach of Fr…

    France’s competition regulator has fined Google 500 million euros (592 million dollars) in a dispute over copyright law. The competition regulator’s president, Isabelle de Silva, said in a statement on Tuesday that the internet giant had not negotiated with French publishers in good faith. By refusing to discuss remuneration for the use of protected content, Google was deemed to have violated, among other things, orders issued by the competition regulator last April. Google admitted disappointment with the decision, claiming that the negotiations had always been fair. However, the regulator’s …

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    👍|Trump launches lawsuit against Twitter, Faceboo…

    US ex-president Donald Trump plans to sue his way back onto Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The 75-year-old filed lawsuits against the the internet giants on Wednesday and said he was demanding the swift restoration of his accounts. Trump will stay blocked on Facebook until at least the beginning of 2023. He currently has path back to Twitter, which was his favourite channel of communication and saw him gather some 80 million followers. In the lawsuits filed in Florida, Trump accuses Facebook, Twitter and YouTube owner Google, as well as company bosses Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pi…

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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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    📱|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 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. Coman Hamilton,dpa trends & features \——————– 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 the browser. 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…

    No other major social media network has weathered as many scandals and shrugged off quite as much criticism. 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 focussed, 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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    👍|Like it or not, Facebook is still around – but …

    There are more than 2.5 billion Facebook users worldwide, making it by far the largest social media platform online today. But swamped by fake news and annoying posts, some users, especially younger ones, are turning away from Facebook, migrating to other platforms such as Instagram – a Facebook subsidiary – or TikTok, leaving behind an older user base. Even if they still maintain a profile, fewer of these users are logging in and using it actively. So why do some people stay on Facebook and others go? What inspires them to log in these days? Journalist Daniel Fiene says that if it were up to …

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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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    👍|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 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. “The more violations a group or a member commits, the stricter our restrictions become until we remove the group or the 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 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. “The more violations a group or a member commits, the stricter our restrictions become until we remove the group or the 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 to access the social media platform on Saturday. 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…