Theresa May wants tech firms to remove ‘extremist content’ faster… but it’s not quite that simple

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UK prime minister Theresa May has called on the likes of Microsoft, Google, Twitter and Facebook to act faster to remove terrorism-related and extremist content. At the moment, it takes an average of 36 hours to remove content shared by the likes of Isis, and May wants this slashed to just two hours. But even this is not enough for the government. It wants technologies to be developed — or refined — that will identify this sort of content and prevent it from getting online in the first place. Facebook agrees — its love of AI is well-known — but… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Apple Watch Series 3 is plagued by battery issues and LTE problems

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When Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 3 just over a week ago, there was much excitement at the fact that the smartwatch now features LTE connectivity. It’s finally possible to make a call from your Apple Watch without having your iPhone nearby — although there’s the slight dampener that the watch does not support roaming. Now the first reviews of the Apple Watch Series 3 are starting to trickle in and, while they are generally positive, they highlight a couple of issues. Battery life seems to be rather less than was proclaimed at launch, and Apple has also identified… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Chuwi LapBook Air now available for pre-order — or you can win one in a giveaway!

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Chuwi has been building anticipation for its upcoming LapBook Air, and the company has now opened up pre-orders for its ultra-thin laptop. Priced at just $429 the LapBook Air is described as being “a very MacBook-like device,” and it weighs in at just 1.3kg. The device is powered by Windows 10 running on an Apollo Lake N3450 processor backed by 8GB RAM and a 128GB SSD. If you’re happy to subscribe to a Chuwi newsletter you can shave an extra $50 off the price, but there’s also a giveaway which means you could get one for free. See also: Chuwi’s… …Continue reading on BetaNews

EFF resigns from W3C in protest against Encrypted Media Extensions DRM standard

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Digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has resigned from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) because of a move to standardize the Encrypted Media Extension (EME) API for controlling DRM in web browsers. The EFF is far from being the only group to be unhappy with the W3C for the decision to standardize EME, but this is the first — and possibly only — one to have gone as far as resigning as well as filing objections. The group says that it proposed compromises that were ignored, and the opposition of EFF and other W3C members were simply… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Privacy: With iOS 11 and Safari’s cookies blocking, Apple is kicking advertisers in the teeth

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Apple news has been dominated — understandably — by the launch of the iPhone X, iPhone 8/8Plus and Apple Watch Series 3. But there’s also iOS 11 to consider. The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system hit iPhones and iPads around the world yesterday, bringing with it a raft of new features. The release of iOS 11 includes an updated version of Safari and, importantly, a feature called Intelligent Tracking Prevention. Enabled by default, the feature blocks certain cookies from websites, making it harder for advertisers to follow users around the web. Users and privacy advocates are happy; advertisers,… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft opens pre-orders for standard Xbox One X

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Hopefully you have been saving up, because today the standard version of the not-particularly-cheap Xbox One X is available to pre-order. Last month saw the Project Scorpion Edition open up for pre-orders, and now it’s time for those who are interested in the standard black model. The console will be available worldwide on November 7, but if you want to avoid disappointment on the day, it’s probably best to get your order for “the world’s most powerful console” in right now — links are below. As well as opening up pre-orders today, Microsoft has announced that the list of Xbox… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Adblock Browser 2.0 for iOS adds Ghost Mode for the ultimate in anonymous private web browsing

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Adblock Plus is about more than just its eponymous software — the company also produces Adblock Browser. Now version 2.0 of the secure, private mobile web browser has been released for iOS and it introduces a wealth of new features. Key among these new features is Ghost Mode which makes it easy to slip into anonymous web browsing mode whenever privacy is of the utmost importance. As the name of the browser implies, there is also an integrated ad-blocker, but it does not end there — this is an update that the company has been working on for more than… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Amazon announces faster Fire HD 10 tablet with improved battery, 1080p display and a lower price

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It has been a while since Amazon launched a new Fire tablet, but today the online retailer has unveiled the all-new Fire HD 10. The processors, battery and screen have all been upgraded, but the starting price has been slashed to just $149.99 (or £149.99). The screen is a 10.1-inch 1080p affair offering 224 ppi, and the tablet’s processor has been upgraded to a quad-core chip, boosting the speed by up to 30 percent. Amazon claims the battery will last for up to 10 hours, and the addition of stereo Dolby Atmos Audio speakers has the sound side of things… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Avast opens up about CCleaner hack and outlines how it will protect users

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When news broke yesterday that CCleaner had been hacked and a dangerously modified version had been available to download for a number of weeks, there were understandable concerns from the program’s large userbase. And the concern is well-placed — some 2.27 million machines are thought to have installed the infected software. Avast now has something of a PR nightmare on its hands as it tries to rebuild the trust of its users. To this end, company CEO Vince Steckler and CTO Ondřej Vlček have written an article clarifying what happened with CCleaner, and give some details about how they plan… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Gmail and Inbox now convert addresses, phone numbers and contacts into clickable links

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The chances are that when you read that headline — particularly if you’re not a Gmail or Inbox user — your reaction was something along the lines of “how is that not already a thing?” The update is a simple one, but one that will be welcomed by users. Just as URLs are automatically converted into clickable links, so the same luxury is to be lavished on addresses, phone numbers and contacts. Welcome to 2017. As the conversion is carried out automatically, there’s nothing Gmail and Inbox users actually need to do. Once the feature has been activated by Google,… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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