Winamp is being updated and reimagined as an audio app for mobile

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The name Winamp — you know, the audio player that “really whips the llama’s ass” — is one that will stir up nostalgic memories for people of a certain age. Since its inception in the mid-90s, Winamp gained a huge and loyal following but, after changing hands a couple of times since the turn of the century, it was then largely forgotten. But Winamp is making a comeback. In the next few days the desktop app will be getting an update — not that this is something you should expect too much from — but it is what’s happening in… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Malicious messages are locking up PlayStation 4 consoles

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We’ve heard of problems with specially-crafted messages being used to lock up iPhones, and now a similar problem has been found with the PlayStation 4. Anyone who receives one of these messages will find that their console completely locks up — and the only way out of it is to perform a factory reset. The problem lies in messages that include unrecognized characters, and it is being exploited by some gamers to boot people offline in the middle of games — Rainbow Six in particular. While there is no fix available at the moment, there are steps you can take… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Privacy: Twitter is under investigation for data collection through its link-shortening system

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Twitter is being investigated by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) over concerns about how much data it collects through its t.co link-shortening tool. The Irish privacy regulator is concerned about the amount of data Twitter is able to collect through the service — something that was only heightened by the company’s refusal to hand over information about link tracking when it was requested. See also: All emojis are now considered equal on Twitter Twitter is killing off Moments on iOS and Android Twitter considers new Dehumanization Policy — but wants your feedback first Hooray! The option to view your… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft employees use open letter to urge company not to get involved in JEDI military project

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Last week, Google said that it had concerns about the use of AI in the US Department of Defense’s JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) project, and as such it would not be bidding for the contract. Now Microsoft employees have published an open letter expressing their concerns about JEDI, the secrecy it is shrouded in, and the potential for it to cause harm or human suffering. The letter has a simple message: “Microsoft, don’t bid on JEDI”. See also: Google pulls out of $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract over AI concerns The letter — which is simply “signed by employees… …Continue reading on BetaNews

An Unsend option is coming to Facebook Messenger

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Mark Zuckerberg caused controversy around six months ago… nothing strange for Facebook you may think. On this occasion, the founder of the social network managed to upset people when it turned out he had deleted messages he had sent through Facebook Messenger: an option that wasn’t — and isn’t — available to other Facebook users. At the time, when the matter came to light, Facebook said that the ability to unsend messages would ultimately give everyone the option to delete the messages they had sent. At long last, the feature is being tested, so we might see if released publicly… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Now you can post 3D photos to Facebook from your smartphone

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A new option is in the process of rolling out to Facebook users around the world: the ability to post 3D photographs. The key attraction here — apart from the fact that 3D images look kind of cool — is that no special equipment is needed. Of course, you have to be realistic with your expectations. The new 3D photos feature does not create interactive, fly-through images or anything fancy like that. Rather it plays with parallax effects to create the illusion of depth that you can enjoy by scrolling, panning and tilting your phone. See also: How to see… …Continue reading on BetaNews

How to see if you were affected by the huge Facebook hack

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The most recent Facebook security issue is one of the most serious yet for users of the social network. Depending on which numbers you are look at, the hackers who exploited a security flaw have impacted on anything between 14 and 30 million people. Facebook is still — with the help of law enforcement agencies — investigating the incident, and in the meantime many people feel as those they are being left in the dark. If you want to find out if your account has been affected, here’s what you need to do. See also: Facebook says hackers accessed highly-details… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook says hackers accessed highly-details personal data of 15 million users

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In a news release with the bizarrely vague title of “An Update on the Security Issue”, Facebook has revealed that the “View As” security breach it opened up about recently gave hackers access to the personal details of 15 million users. Having previously advised that the access tokens stolen by hackers had not been used to infiltrate other apps and services, the social networking giant now says 15 million people have had their names and contact details exposed. 14 million users had significantly more details revealed, including username, relationship status, religion, hometown, birthdate, places they have checked into, …Continue reading on BetaNews

As trust in Google wanes, interest in privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo soars

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Google has long been eyed with suspicion, and incidents such as covering up potential data leaks does nothing to help. Privacy and security have increased in importance for the average internet user, and this has seen people moving away from Google and investigating the alternatives. One beneficiary of this shunning of Google is DuckDuckGo. The privacy-focused search engine has enjoyed a 50 percent surge in usage over the last year, and it can now boast a new record of 30 million daily searches. See also: Google Home Hub is smart display that lacks a camera Google reveals the Pixel 3… …Continue reading on BetaNews

All emojis are now considered equal on Twitter

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How many characters is an emoji? It seems like a simple question, but on Twitter the answer has not always been clear. Some emojis count as a single character while others eat further into the character count. But now this is changing — Twitter has announced that all emojis will now be treated equally. Previously, emoji that could be modified in various ways — such as changing the skin tone of people — would use up large numbers of characters. No more! See also: Twitter is killing off Moments on iOS and Android Twitter considers new Dehumanization Policy — but… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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