Following Apple’s lead from 2016, Microsoft, Facebook and Google replace gun emoji with water pistol

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It is now two years since Apple decided that an image of a gun had no place as an emoji. The company replaced the handgun icon with an image of a water pistol, leading to a debate about whether it was the right thing to do. With further serious shootings and gun crimes bringing firearms into the spotlight time and time again, more technology companies decided to follow suit. The latest names to follow Apple’s lead are Microsoft, Facebook and Google, all of whom plan to kill the gun emoji and replace it with a water pistol. See also: Apple… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Exploit emerges for Microsoft’s duff Meltdown patch for Windows 7 and Server 2008

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For Microsoft, the patches it produced for the Meltdown chip vulnerability proved to be just about as problematic as the original issue, further reducing the security of systems. Following the emergence of an exploit for the Windows-maker’s first patch, users are advised to hurry up and install the patch-for-a-patch that was later released. Last month, Ulf Frisk from Sweden revealed that Microsoft’s Meltdown patches were making things worse for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, making it possible to read and write kernel memory and gain total control over the system. Now code has been posted online that can be… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Digg is now owned by ad-tech company BuySellAds

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Digg used to carry some major clout on the internet, but this all changed back in 2012 when the site was bought by Betaworks. Now the site has been sold again, this time to an ad-tech company. Boston-based BuySellAds has just bought Digg’s assets and its editorial and revenue teams for an undisclosed amount. The company says that it “plans to streamline Digg and build up its ad stack”, which will come as sad news for those who still cling onto a nostalgic image of what Digg used to be. See also: Warning for RSS fans — Digg Reader is… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google launches Tasks app for iOS and Android, revamps web version

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The big news from Google today is the launch of the redesigned Gmail, but it’s not the only news. The company has also launched a new app called Tasks which — no prizes for guessing — allows for management of to-do lists. The Google Tasks service is nothing new, and it has been accessible from Gmail inboxes and Google Calendar for quite some time, but this is the first time there has been a dedicated app for it. As well as the app, there’s also a revamp of the web-based version of Tasks. See also: Google rolls out massive Gmail… …Continue reading on BetaNews

WhatsApp raises minimum user age to 16 in Europe and announces data download tool

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With new privacy laws due to roll out around Europe next month, WhatsApp has increase its minimum age from 13 to 16. The Facebook-owned messaging tool has made the change in order to comply with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which comes into force on May 25. To continue to use WhatsApp, users must now confirm that they are at least 16 years old and agree to the privacy policy and terms of services of the newly-created WhatsApp Ireland Limited. See also: Facebook sneakily shifts data of 1.5 billion users away from Europe and GDPR Privacy: Facebook will roll out… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google rolls out massive Gmail redesign — here’s what’s new and how to access it

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We’ve known for a little while that Google was planning a major overhaul of Gmail — complete with a host of new features — and now the big day has arrived. The most obvious change is the new look which is more in keeping with the aesthetics of Material Design, but it’s the new features that Google is most keen to talk about. While the company says that the aim of the update is “to help people be more productive at work”, the new features are available to everyone starting now. What do you have to look forward to? Nudges,… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Instagram launches Data Download tool so you can grab the contents of your account

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A couple of weeks ago, Instagram said that it was working on a tool that would enable users to download everything from their accounts. Now the tool has been launched ahead of the roll out of GDPR in Europe. There has been no fanfare for the data download tool, but it’s available for everyone to use. It gives people the opportunity to download “photos, comments, profile information and more” which is ideal for anyone looking to either backup their data, or who is thinking about moving to a rival service. See also: Soon you will be able to download your… …Continue reading on BetaNews

TVAddons launches Feeds for Git Browser, making it easy to share lists of favorite Kodi addons

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It has been a little while since we heard anything from TVAddons, the Kodi addons site that has been embroiled in a series of copyright cases. Recently the site launched its Github Browser as part of its continued attempts to provide “resilient and decentralized” links to Kodi addons. Now TVAddons has launched Feeds for Git Browser, a new feature that makes it possible for anyone to create a list of their favorite Kodi addons and then share them with friends, family and followers. With the demise of various Kodi addon sites over the last couple of years, TVAddons has really… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Amazon Key In-Car lets Prime subscribers have orders delivered to their car

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Through Amazon Key, Prime subscribers can grant delivery drivers access to their home using a special keypad so packages can be delivered when they’re out. Today Amazon announces an extension of the program, Amazon Key In-Car, which lets Prime users have deliveries placed in their cars. To start with, the service is available in 37 US cities, and there are plans to roll out it out further. Shoppers are given a four-hour delivery window during which time their goods can be delivered to their vehicle. To start with, there is support for compatible 2015 or newer Chevrolets, Buicks, GMCs and… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Apple’s purchase of Shazam to be investigated by the EU

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Apple’s planned purchase of UK-based music-recognition app Shazam for $400 million is facing an investigation by the European Commission. The commission is concerned that the purchase could give Apple an unfair advantage because of the access it would have to user data, and there is also concern that consumer choice could be limited. Initial investigations found that Apple may use the takeover to encourage Shazam users to move to its own music streaming services, so the commission is undertaking a more in-depth probe. See also: Apple announces free 13-inch MacBook Pro (non-Touch Bar) battery replacement program Leaked memo shows Apple… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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