PayPal bans Infowars for spreading hate speech

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Alex Jones’ Infowars has found itself cut off from yet another platform. Having been booted from social media sites including Twitter and Facebook, as well as YouTube and the App Store, PayPal has now given it the elbow. The online payment service has taken exception to Infowars’ promotion of “hate” and “discriminatory intolerance” and has hit Jones’ cash cow where it hurts — in the wallet. He has been given ten days to find a new payment processing service. See also: Apple boots Alex Jones and Infowars out of the App Store Twitter hits Alex Jones and Infowars with permanent… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Android 9.0 Pie lands on OnePlus 6 in OxygenOS 9.0

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After a series of betas, the OnePlus 6 now has Android 9.0 Pie. OnePlus has released the Pie-based OxygenOS 9.0 and it’s rolling out to handsets now. But while OnePlus 6 owners will be excited at the prospect of getting their hands on a stable version of Android Pie, there’s some bad news. Unlike with previous OxygenOS updates, using a VPN to try to get hold of this one probably won’t work. See also: Confirmed: the OnePlus 6T definitely has an in-display fingerprint reader OnePlus confirms that the OnePlus 6T has no headphone jack and announces Type-C Bullets earbuds OnePlus… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft is bringing Skype to Alexa devices

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Microsoft has announced that Skype is coming to a range of Alexa devices. At its hardware event yesterday, Amazon revealed the updated Echo Show with integrated Skype, but later this year voice-activated Skype calling will be landing on other Alexa devices. The feature will make it possible to place and receive Skype voice calls, video calls and SkypeOut calls. See also: Amazon announces an Alexa-powered microwave with a built-in popcorn Dash button Amazon Smart Plugs let you control home devices with Alexa — but you’ll need an Echo device Amazon updates its Echo Dot, Echo Plus and Echo Show Amazon… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google brings Emergency Location Service to Android users across the US

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Google has expanded Android’s Emergency Location Service to more people in the US, making it easier for emergency services to locate people when responding to a 911 call out. Emergency Location Service (ELS) has been around in Android for a couple of years now, and it uses a combination of GPS, Wi-Fi, mobile networks and sensors to provide responders with accurate location information about callers, no matter whether they are inside or outside. See also: Android emulator BlueStacks 4 brings massive performance improvements Samsung and Google are working together to bring RCS messaging to Android Developers can now use staged… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Hacked: Newegg suffers month-long card-skimming attack, exposing credit card details

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Just 15 lines of code was all it took for hackers to hijack the checkout of online retailer Newegg. The month-long attack took the form of a huge card skimming operation and is believed to have been carried out by the same group that was responsible for hacking both British Airways and Ticketmaster recently — Magecart. The hackers inserted car-skimming code into Newegg’s payment page, and this script remained in place between August 14 and September 18. It is not known how many people may have been affected by the incident, but with millions of visitors each month, the numbers… …Continue reading on BetaNews

After Torvalds’ apology, the Linux community is adopting a new code of conduct

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Following years of questionable behavior and ranting, the grandfather of Linux Linus Torvalds issued an apology and announced his intention to take a break from kernel work. Now the Linux community is adopting a new code of conduct to help make the environment more welcoming. Based on the Contributor Covenant, the new Code of Conduct seeks to make participating in the community “a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, sex characteristics, gender identity and expression, level of experience, education, socio-economic status, nationality, personal appearance, race, religion, or sexual identity and orientation”. See also: Linus Torvalds… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Chrome OS 69 rolls out with Linux app support and new Material Theme

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Google is in the process of rolling out Chrome OS 69 to the stable channel, giving more users the chance to enjoy the new Material Theme and take advantage of new features such as support for Linux apps. The updated look will be familiar to Android users — rounded corners abound — and there are numerous other changes and additions including a new Night Light mode, better dictation options, and an updated Files app. It should come as little surprise that Linux app support is not an option on all Chromebooks — a list of supported devices can be found… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Android emulator BlueStacks 4 brings massive performance improvements

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The latest version of the popular Android emulator for Windows, BlueStacks 4, is now available, bringing with it a huge performance boost over its predecessor. The new release also sees the emulator jumping from KitKat to Nougat as its base — specifically Android 7.1.2. The developers say that BlueStacks 4 is many times faster than the Samsung Galaxy S9+ — or “any mobile on Earth” according to the blurb — and features Hyper-G Graphics for unparalleled visuals in games. But besides performance, there are lots of other changes in the latest version of this emulator. See also: Unless you upgrade… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Trump imposes $200bn of import tariffs on China — but the Apple Watch is spared

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Donald Trump has imposed import tariffs of $200 billion on Chinese good brought into the US, with the threat of even more on the way. The tariffs have been blamed on China’s “unfair policies and practices”, but despite the president’s pleas for Apple to shift production from China to the US, the Apple Watch will be exempt from the 10 percent import tax. Also exempt are Apple’s AirPods and a range of other technology products. See also: Pre-order your iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and Apple Watch Series 4 now! Trump threatens China tariffs, tells Apple to make products in… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Hooray! The option to view your Twitter timeline chronologically is coming!

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People have many complaints about Twitter, but one that crops up time and time again from users is how the timeline is displayed. Like many other social media sites, Twitter ditched the idea of showing your tweets in the order in which they were posted in favor of using algorithms to show you what it thinks you want to see. But now this is about to change again. After vocal outpourings from critics of the algorithm-driven timeline, Twitter is going to give users a choice — have your timeline controlled by an algorithm, or view a chronological timeline instead. See… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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