New law requires IMDB to respect actors’ privacy and remove ages on request

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If you’ve ever got into an argument about the age of an actor, or you’ve just been curious about how old someone is, you may well have hit IMDB to find out. But starting next year, the Internet Movie Database will have to comply with requests to remove age details from profiles after the state of California passed a new anti-discrimination law. The bill, AB-1687, requires that all sites that have paid subscriptions that allow people to post resumes and other information respect requests to remove information relating to age — or just not post this information in the first …Continue reading on BetaNews

Pippa Middleton is the latest celebrity to suffer an iCloud account hack

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There have been numerous cases of iCloud accounts being hacked over the years, but it’s the celebrity ones that hit the headlines. Well, that and things like the Fappening. The latest celebrity account to fall victim to hackers is Pippa Middleton, sister of British royal Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. A reported 3,000 images have been stolen from Pippa’s account, and these are said to include photographs of Kate and her children. Leaked images also show photos from private parties, and shots of wedding dresses. British newspapers the Sun and Daily Mail both report that they have been approached… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Don’t fall for the secret hack to add a headphone jack to the iPhone 7

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As you’re probably well aware, with the launch of the iPhone 7 Apple ditched the familiar headphone jack in favour of a wireless audio option. Many people have questioned the sense in this ‘courageous’ decision which has led some owners to take drastic steps to allow them to use their favorite set of wired headphones. Some have been spurred on by a YouTube video that reveals a ‘secret hack’ for returning the headphone jack to the iPhone 7. YouTuber TechRax has created a tutorial for uncovering the hidden jack that Apple left inside the new phone. Except, of course, it… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Snapchat rebrands as Snap Inc and announces Google Glass competitor called Spectacles

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Snapchat today makes two big announcements, the first of which is that it is no longer called Snapchat. The company is starting to branch out into products and services beyond the Snapchat app and therefore decided it is time to drop ‘chat’ from the name. Snap Inc is the new company name. The second announcement is a new product called Spectacles. These are sunglasses with an integrated video camera offering a 115-degree field of view. There’s no word on exactly when it will be released, but the marketing machine is already in motion, building up momentum and drumming up interest.… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook massively miscalculated video viewing figures for two years

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The social networking giant has managed to attract the ire of advertisers after it revealed that it overestimated video viewing figures for two years. A flaw in the tool used to measure the number of views meant that figures relating to video viewing times were inflated by between 60 and 80 percent. Just how long people spend watching videos is important information for advertisers, but Facebook managed to miscalculate average viewing times by ignoring views lasting under three seconds. With so much of Facebook’s incoming revenue derived from advertising, and the importance the company places on video, the snafu is… …Continue reading on BetaNews

YouTube Heroes program rewards people who report videos

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Google has launched a new reward scheme that offers incentives for users to report videos that violate the site’s guidelines. YouTube Heroes program also enables YouTubers to earn points for doing things like adding subtitles to a video and responding to questions in the help forums. While the promise of rewards for helping to “create the best possible YouTube experience for everyone” is appealing, critics are not happy with the fact that users will now have an added incentive to report videos. The primary concerns around offering rewards for reporting videos are that YouTube is crowdsourcing free moderation from users,… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Yahoo confirms ‘state-sponsored’ attack and theft of 500 million account details

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Yahoo users who have not changed their passwords for a while are being advised to do so. The company has confirmed that it suffered a major security breach back in 2014 and information relating to 500 million accounts was stolen. Yahoo says that the attack was carried out by a “state-sponsored actor” but does not elaborate on who it might be. The data accessed includes “names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers”. This is clearly a huge deal, and the one… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Security commentator Brian Krebs hit with the biggest DDoS attack ever

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Attacks on websites are a daily occurrence so to get any real attention an attack needs to be something special. Starting on Tuesday, Brian Krebs’ security blog, KrebsOnSecurity.com, was hit with what is being described as “the largest DDoS the internet has ever seen”. Despite being clobbered with a colossal 665 Gbps of traffic, Krebs’ site remained online thanks to the anti-DDoS efforts of security firm Akamai. It is thought that Krebs was targeted for his exposés of hackers, and the attack was delivered via a huge number of hacked IoT devices. Akamai said that the attack was carried out… …Continue reading on BetaNews

The new HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle and Pro are impressive mid-range smartphones

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HTC, while not exactly a name to have the likes of Apple and Samsung quaking in their boots, has always been a brand to get rather excited about. Choosing a smartphone is clearly a highly personal affair, but in terms of build quality, features and value for money, HTC never fails to impress. The newly announced HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle and HTC Desire 10 Pro both sit firmly in the mid-range for the company, and unashamedly ape the look of iPhones of yore. Despite the naming convention, both of the phones seem to be targeted at the millennial market, with… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google and Apple show that tech companies’ blase attitude to tax cannot continue

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Technology firms, like bankers, are starting to earn a bad name for themselves. The practice of funnelling profits from different branches of a company through countries that have favorable rates of tax is nothing new — far from it — but it’s becoming far more prevelevent. Google was recently asked to pay back $14.5 billion in unpaid tax in Europe, and this is not an isolated incident. Small businesses understandably feel that they are getting a raw deal when the big players have the clout and resources to play the system to their advantage. But it doesn’t always work out.… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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