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    📱|New iPhones, new watches, AirPods Pro: The Appl…

    Apple’s first live launch event since the start of the pandemic saw a host of major new products being unveiled. A new iPhone generation split across four models, a new set of AirPods Pro and three new Apple Watches were among the highlights of the company’s annual September event. Here’s what Apple users need to know. A new iPhone 14 with emergency SOS Emergency messages by satellite and an always-on display are among the key features set to arrive on Apple’s Pro version of the iPhone 14. The new phones allow the user to send an emergency message via satellite, a potentially life-saving featu…

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    📱|Apple unveils iPhone 14 Pro with emergency SMS …

    Emergency messages by satellite and an always-on display are among the key features set to arrive on Apple’s Pro version of the iPhone 14. Unveiled on Wednesday at Apple’s first live launch event since the start of the pandemic, the new phones are set to allow the user to send an emergency message via satellite, a potentially life-saving feature in instances where there is no mobile phone reception. The feature is also ground-breaking for smartphones, as until now, you needed a special phones with larger antenna for this to work. To make it possible, Apple has integrated an in-house system for…

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    👍|Instagram update limits ‘sensitive content’ sho…

    Instagram has updated some safety controls for teenagers so they are less likely to encounter potentially sensitive content on the site. The Meta-owned platform said that when new users aged under 16 join the site, they will have more sensitive content hidden from them by default. The change will also see existing users under 16 prompted to update their own account to bring it in line with this new setting, which is what Instagram calls its Sensitive Content Control. Instagram says the tool makes it more difficult for young people to come across sensitive content or accounts across all areas o…

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    📱|iPhone 14 incoming? Apple announces early event…

    Apple is expected to launch the next iPhone model a little earlier than in previous years, and the company has announced plans for a product launch event on September 7. Apple, as usual, is not giving any information on what the event is about, but September dates traditionally feature the unveiling of new iPhones. With the iPhone 14 generation, Apple is expected to again announce a standard model alongside beefier Max and Pro Max versions this year. Tech industry media have meanwhile been speculating that the large notch on the front screen, used to house the Face ID sensor and selfie camera,…

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    👍|Facebook News Feeds flooded by random celebrity…

    Has your Facebook News Feed been looking strange? That’s no coincidence, and the company confirmed a configuration issue on Wednesday that led to feeds being flooded by strange posts, leaving some users wondering whether they had been hacked. Instead of seeing posts from contacts and pages they follow, many users’s feeds were suddenly spammed with comments or posts on celebrity pages. People following stars with a major following – such as Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Lady Gaga – were particularly inundated with unwanted posts and their feeds almost completely clogged by fan comments. Some users…

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    👍|Tesla boss Musk subpoenas Twitter’s ex-CEO for …

    Tesla owner and billionaire Elon Musk, who is fighting a legal battle regarding his shelved efforts to buy the social network Twitter, has subpoenaed Twitter co-founder and former boss Jack Dorsey. Dorsey, who stepped down from the CEO role last year and left the board in May this year, had announced his support for Musk’s $44 billion acquisition of Twitter in April. According to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the subpoena seeks documents and communications from Dorsey about the Twitter buyout agreement, reports said. Dorsey was also asked about spam and fake accounts…

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    📱|Pixel Buds Pro test: Do Google’s new earbuds ma…

    Google’s Pixel Buds have been around since 2018, but are given far less attention than many earbuds from rivals like Apple, Sony and Samsung. In addition to the Pixel Buds A-Series for just under €100 or $100, Google has now launched the Pixel Buds Pro together with the Pixel 6a smartphone. For just under €220 or $200, they promise about everything you might ask for in a high-end pair of earbuds. We tested them out in everyday scenarios to see if they can hold up against major rivals. The device: Inside a matte white round box you find two coral-red Pixel Buds with a battery in the case that d…

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    📱|Google staff petition for equal abortion benefi…

    Hundreds of Google employees have signed a petition sent to executives demanding the extension of abortion care benefits to contract workers. The staff also called for a halt to donations given to anti-abortion politicians and to expand travel benefits. The petition, circulated by the Alphabet Workers Union, has been signed by over 650 employees at Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. Following the historic US Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v Wade, the company in June had announced benefits for full-time employees (FTEs), including out-of-state medical procedures, but not to contract an…

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    👍|Ex Twitter employee found guilty of acting as S…

    A US jury found a former Twitter employee guilty of spying for Saudi Arabia and the ruling royal family, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) said on Wednesday. A jury in California on Tuesday convicted 44-year-old Ahmad Abouammo, a former media partnerships manager for the Middle East/North Africa region at Twitter, of acting as an unregistered foreign agent, conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering and falsification of records, a DoJ press release said. Abouammo, a dual US-Lebanese national, was found to have accessed Twitter users’ information and passed it on to Saudi officials in exchange f…

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    👍|Musk sells Tesla shares worth $6.9 billion ahea…

    Elon Musk has sold $6.9 billion worth of shares of in Tesla as he arms himself for possible defeat in his legal battle with Twitter. “In the (hopefully unlikely) event that Twitter forces this deal to close *and* some equity partners don’t come through, it is important to avoid an emergency sale of Tesla stock,” Musk wrote in a tweet late on Tuesday. This is his largest-ever sale of shares in the US electric car company that he co-founded. Musk has made headlines for months over his dispute with Twitter. After both courting the social media platform and trashing it via tweets, he called off a …

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    📱|Pics, contacts, chats: Apps for switching betwe…

    If you switch from an iPhone to an Android smartphone or vice versa you don’t want to lose all your precious data such as photos and chats in the process. Fortunately there are apps for both operating systems that help to make it a fairly seamless transfer. Google offers the “Switch to Android” tool in Apple’s App Store, which allows you to transfer photos, videos, messages, contacts and appointments from an iPhone to a new Android device. Free applications downloaded from the App Store are also supposed to find their way to the new Android phone via the Google app when your devices are connec…

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    📱|Latest Google Maps update improves app for cycl…

    Have you used Google Maps to find a good cycling route before? It probably didn’t always end up being the quick ride you imagined. In a trio of new updates, Google has now improved its navigation app for cyclists, which will now display the elevation along the chosen route and alert you to high gradients, heavy car traffic and even stairs. Cycling directions on Google Maps are now also more detailed, showing you the type of road you will be biking on and whether it has a marked bike lane, the company wrote in a blog entry. In a second update, Google has added “photorealistic aerial views of ne…

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    👍|Online platforms failing to filter out fake rev…

    An industry of paid-for fake reviews is infiltrating major platforms such as Facebook, Google and Trustpilot, British consumer group Which has said. As part of an investigation into the issue, Which said it was easily able to use a fake reviews broker to supply numerous inauthentic positive reviews for a fictional business on all three platforms. The consumer group said it was told by one broker that it had created nearly 16,000 reviews for more than 550 customers around the world – a sign of a vibrant industry not being adequately tackled by the tech giants. It accused Facebook, Google and Tr…

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    👍|Facebook parent firm Meta posts drop in revenue…

    Facebook parent company Meta posted a revenue decline for the first time on Wednesday in its latest quarterly report. It marks the end of an era for Facebook, which has consistently reported rises since its IPO in 2012. Its projections for the coming months didn’t show any sign of improvement, and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said the firm planned to focus on the long-term view. Meta’s revenue dropped in the second quarter by around 1% to $28.8 billion dollars. Profits declined by 27% to around $6.7 billion. Chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said the strength of the US dollar provide…

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    👍|Twitter slips to loss in second quarter as resu…

    Hurt by a decline in revenues and a surge in costs and expenses, social media giant Twitter on Friday reported a net loss for the second quarter compared to last year’s profit. The results also undershot analysts’ expectations. For the second quarter, California-based Twitter reported a net loss of $270.01 million or $0.35 per share, compared to net income of $65.6 million or $0.08 per share in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted net loss for the quarter was $0.08 per share, compared to adjusted net income of $0.20 per share in the same quarter a year ago. On average, 16 analysts polled by Thomso…

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    👍|Twitter slips to loss in second quarter as resu…

    Hurt by a decline in revenues and a surge in costs and expenses, social media giant Twitter on Friday reported a net loss for the second quarter compared to last year’s profit. The results also undershot analysts’ expectations. For the second quarter, California-based Twitter reported a net loss of $270.01 million or $0.35 per share, compared to net income of $65.6 million or $0.08 per share in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted net loss for the quarter was $0.08 per share, compared to adjusted net income of $0.20 per share in the same quarter a year ago. On average, 16 analysts polled by Thomso…

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    📱|An iPhone as a webcam: Apple’s Continuity Camer…

    In the coming months, Apple will release its new operating system iOS 16 for iPhones and iPads, as well as macOS Ventura for Mac computers. Among the most anticipated new features is the option to quickly upgrade your MacBook’s webcam by mounting your iPhone to the top of the display so you can use the superior cameras in your phone instead. For what it calls Continuity Camera, Apple has also launched a special miniature iPhone holder that can be used to clip your phone onto the back of the MacBook’s display. Apple says it’s not just about getting a better webcam, but also enabling seamless, c…

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    👍|Twitter now lets you ‘unmention’ yourself from …

    Twitter has announced that it is now letting all users remove themselves from conversations where they were mentioned, as part of an effort to avoid users from being spammed with unwanted notifications and to protect against harassment and bullying. The new feature, previously made available to a select group of users as part of a trial, is now being rolled globally on all Twitter platforms, the social media company has announced. The purpose of “unmentioning” is to be able to leave conversations in which you may have been mentioned by others at some point, but in which you have lost interest …

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    👍|Twitter users will ‘benefit’ from Musk pulling …

    Twitter users will “benefit” from Elon Musk’s move to pull out of the deal to buy the company, some experts say. The Tesla and SpaceX boss’s $44 billion bid to buy the social media platform appeared to be on the verge of collapse, after he sent a letter saying he is terminating the acquisition. In the letter, Musk’s lawyers said the platform has “not complied with its contractual obligations” surrounding the deal, namely giving him enough information to “make an independent assessment of the prevalence of fake or spam accounts on Twitter’s platform”. Twitter said in response it is “committed t…

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    👍|Elon Musk ends Twitter takeover bid over fake a…

    Tech billionaire Elon Musk has ended his bid to buy Twitter, citing the allegedly insufficient information provided by the company on fake accounts, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published on Friday. Musk had been publicly questioning Twitter’s figures for weeks, which many analysts saw as an attempt to drive down share prices in the tech giant. Twitter shares plunged by over 6% in after-hours trading following the announcement. Since mid-May Musk has focused on Twitter’s allegedly false estimates of the number of bots and fake accounts using the se…

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    👍|Instagram begins testing new age verification t…

    Instagram is introducing new ways for users to verify their age on the platform as a way of providing more age-appropriate experiences. The Meta-owned firm said beginning in the US, it was testing tools that would allow users to ask others to vouch for their age or use technology to confirm it based on a video selfie. As part of the test, when someone attempts to edit their date of birth on the site from under 18 to 18 or over, Instagram will ask them to verify their age by either uploading their ID, recording a video selfie or ask mutual friends to verify their age. Instagram said it is partn…

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    👍|Twitter board ‘unanimously recommends’ sharehol…

    US billionaire and Tesla boss Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of social media giant Twitter came closer to succeeding on Tuesday after the company’s board of directors “unanimously recommended” its shareholders back the merger. “The Twitter Board, after considering various factors described in the section of this proxy statement captioned “The Merger- Recommendation of the Twitter Board and Reasons for the Merger,” has unanimously: (1) determined that the merger agreement is advisable and the merger and the other transactions contemplated by the merger agreement are fair to, advisable and in …

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    📱|Google to pay $118 million to settle gender dis…

    Google has agreed to pay $118 million to settle a class action gender discrimination lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed in 2017 by certain former female employees for allegedly placing them in lower-job levels than equally qualified males, resulting in lower pay. They also accused the company of denying promotions or transitions to other teams for better career advancement. In a statement, the law firms that represented plaintiffs Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease, Kelli Wisuri, and Heidi Lamar, said that the settlement covers around 15,500 female employees in 236 job titles who worked at Google in Califor…

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    📱|When your iPhone remains silent in the morning

    Munich (dpa) — If the alarm on your smartphone doesn’t go off in the morning, chances are your day will get off to a bad start. Luckily the problem can usually be fixed quickly. It’s usually due to faulty sound setting on the iPhone when the alarm clock remains silent or only vibrates in the morning, according to tech platform Macwelt.de, which specializes in Apple products. If you want to be woken up by your favourite rock band, for example, you have to enable this in the phone’s sound settings. If the alarm isn’t loud enough to wake you you need to check the volume. If you’ve set the phone’s…

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    📱|Apple presents new iOS 16 for the iPhone

    Apple has unveiled the latest version of the iPhone’s operating system. Announced at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the new iOS 16 comes with more features to personalize your iPhone’s lock screen as well as “new sharing, communication, and intelligence features”, Apple said. Users will be able to add widgets “that take inspiration from Apple Watch complications” to their lock screen, including a weather forecast, alarms and alerts for upcoming calendar events – a feature that has been available on Android phones for some time. Apple has also updated its instant m…

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    👍|Musk: Twitter’s disclosure behaviour is breach …

    US billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has accused Twitter of breaching the terms of his multibillion-dollar takeover proposal of the short messaging service. “Twitter has, in fact, refused to provide the information that Mr Musk has repeatedly requested since May 9, 2022, to facilitate his evaluation of spam and fake accounts on the company’s platform,” an open letter released his lawyers on Monday read. Twitter is required under the terms of the acquisition deal to provide data and information Musk requests related to the transaction, it said, adding that, contrary to Twitter’s representation…

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    📱|Google to merge video calling apps Duo and Meet

    Google is combining its video calling apps Duo and Meet into a single integrated video platform in order to simplify its communication services. Google Workspace tweeted: “In the coming weeks, we are adding #GoogleMeet features to the Duo app, and later this year, we’ll update the Duo app to #GoogleMeet, creating one video experience that’s better together.” The merged service will be known as Google Meet, with features of Duo that were primarily designed for personal video calling. The integrated experience will provide users with a single solution service for both video calling and meetings….

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    👍|Instagram introduces amber alerts for missing c…

    Amber Alerts about missing or abducted children are to be launched on Instagram in countries around the world. The feature has been developed in partnership with organisations including Britain’s National Crime Agency. Instagram said the alerts would include details about the missing child such as a photo, description, location of abduction and other available information. It said this could be a vital tool in searches because of the visual nature of the platform and as its engaged audience could quickly share alerts more widely. The Meta-owned platform said the feature would begin rolling out…

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    👍|Twitter users told to watch for scam messages a…

    Twitter has warned users to be aware of scammers posing as Twitter employees in order to try and get hold of log-in details and other personal information. It comes after a number of verified users on the platform, including journalists, reported receiving direct messages (DMs) which claimed their verified status had been declared as “spam” and they needed to re-register. The messages came from accounts claiming to be Twitter Support and asked users to click on a link in the message to fill in a form to re-apply for a “blue badge” of verification on the site. “Your blue badge Twitter account h…

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    📱|Apple announces new accessibility tools for peo…

    Apple is to introduce a new set of accessibility tools to its devices to aid those with disabilities, including a door detection tool which uses sensors in an iPhone or iPad to help those with sight problems find their way when arriving at a new location. The suite of new software features will be introduced later this year, the technology giant confirmed. The door detection tool will be available to users with newer models of the iPhone and iPad Pro which house the firm’s Lidar scanner, which will be used alongside the device camera to spot doors when a user arrives at a new location. It also…

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    👍|Twitter deal again on hold as Musk worries publ…

    Billionaire Elon Musk’s bid to buy Twitter is back on ice amid a fight for information about how many of the service’s accounts are operated by actual people or organizations. Musk’s tweet putting a hold on the deal comes less than a week after his last such threat to walk away from a deal that was recently valued at as much as $44 billion. The founder of carmaker Tesla and rocket company SpaceX says he is having second thoughts about his purchase plans because of concerns that many of Twitter’s accounts are actually operated by bots or spam accounts. Twitter has said the number amounts to les…

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    👍|Twitter share price fluctuates as Musk raises q…

    Twitter share prices went on a roller-coaster ride on Friday amid uncertainty about the future of technology entrepreneur Elon Musk’s proposed $44-billion takeover bid. Share prices initially dropped after Musk said the deal was on hold amid questions about fake accounts at the service. “Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users,” he tweeted. In response, the price of shares in the microblogging service fell by almost a quarter, from $45.08 on Thursday to $34.50. Musk’s deal for Twitter valued each …

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    📱|Give me an a: Google’s Pixel 6a phone is small …

    Google has unveiled a new budget phone – the Pixel 6a – and much more hardware at its annual developer conference I/O, and is stepping up to Apple with what it promises is a seamlessly integrated range of devices brought together under one Pixel brand. The Pixel 6a is set to be the entry-level variant of the Pixel 6 family and is scheduled to go on sale from the end of July for €459 or $449. It follows Google’s “a” line of slightly cheaper models. Launching as smartphones get ever bigger, the 6a is a relatively small phone with a Full HD OLED display measuring 6.1 inches in a 20:9 format. The …

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    📱|Google’s smart speaker cameras now watch you fo…

    In most cases, if you want to play some music or set an alarm with your device’s voice assistant, you’ll have to use a wake word like “Hey Siri” or “Alexa”. But on Google’s Nest Hub Max – a smart speaker with an additional display and camera – you are now able to dispense with the “Hey, Google”. That’s because Google has trained the device’s built-in camera to understand when you’re looking at it. At the annual Google I/O developer conference on Wednesday, the tech giant showed how users will be able to use the company’s smart assistant simply by looking at the Nest Hub Max – no “OK, Google” n…

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    📱|Translation glasses and watchful AI: Google’s a…

    No more “Hey Google”: The ability to talk to Google’s smart assistant without using the classic wake word is among the latest ways the tech giant says it wants to use AI to make everyday tasks simpler. At the annual Google I/O developer conference, the company also showed how software can automatically display useful information in the camera image on your smartphone screen. As a glimpse of a possible future, Google showed a prototype of a pair of glasses that can display translations from other languages in the user’s field of vision during a conversation. The company that started out with a …