Tumblr turns family-friendly and bans ALL adult content

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Tumblr has announced that it is to introduce a ban on all adult content across the platform in a major reversal of policy. The site has long been home to all manner of explicit content, and this lack of censorship is part of the reason for Tumblr’s popularity. The site says that, as of December 17, “adult content will not be allowed on Tumblr, regardless of how old you are”. The announcement was made in the Tumblr Help Center, and it comes as the company aims to appeal to a wider age range. Just last week the Tumblr app was… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft adds real-time captions and subtitles to Skype — PowerPoint to follow

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We’re all pretty used to subtitles for movies and TV shows — even if we don’t need them, they can prove useful — and Microsoft has now added this feature to Skype. Ostensibly an accessibility feature (and launched on United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities), the new option means that Skype will be able to use voice recognition to show you the text of what is being said in a voice call. Microsoft will also bring the same feature to PowerPoint next year. See also: Microsoft is sending Skype classic to the software graveyard in November Microsoft is… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Amazon launches hardware compatibility checker to help PC upgraders

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If you want a custom PC, there’s a lot of fun to be had building your own rig — or even just upgrading your off-the-shelf PC. But while you can save money as you create your perfect computer, there is the headache of ensuring that all of the components you buy are compatible with your system. While hardware compatibility is not quite the problem it was in years gone by, it can still be an issue. Help is at hand, however, albeit from an unlikely source. Amazon has launched a compatibility checking tool that will help you to buy the… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Google may pull the plug on Hangouts in 2020

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Google is no stranger to killing off services, and it seems that one of its next victims could be Hangouts. Having split the chat tool into corporate-focused Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, sources familiar with Google’s plans say that the company is due to shut down the consumer version of Hangouts in 2020. The writing has been on the wall for a little while, but now the clock really is ticking… See also: Google Translate on the web gets improved looks and functionality Fast Pair makes it easier to pair Bluetooth headphones to Android devices via a Google Account Now… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Marriott’s Starwood Hotel database hacked, putting 500 million customers at risk

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Marriott International has revealed that its Starwood Hotel reservation database has been hacked. An investigation carried out by the company revealed that hackers have had unauthorized access to the Starwood network since 2014. The astonishing revelation means that information of half a billion guests could have been exposed — including sensitive personal data such as home address and passport number — and Marriott says there is evidence that data has been copied from its network. While Marriott says that it has taken steps to rectify the matter, this will be of little comfort to millions of customers whose details have… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Instagram’s new Close Friends option lets you limit the audience for Stories

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Instagram has announced the rollout of Close Friends, a feature that makes it possible to create a list of people with whom you’d like to share Stories. This is very different to the current approach which sees Stories shared with everyone. The feature has been beta tested for nearly a year and a half and is now ready for primetime. Rolling out to iOS and Androind in the coming days, the new feature will be welcomed by those who had concerns about privacy on Instagram. See also: Your Time On Facebook rolls out, revealing how much time you waste in… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Arrests made in Indian call centers responsible for Microsoft tech support scams

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There are many annoyances associated with owning a computer — spam emails, phishing attacks, viruses and online advertising to name but a few — but technical support scams are among the most worrying. They take advantage of people’s ignorance and/or better natures, posing as tech support operatives from big companies over the phone. Being one of the best-known technology companies in the world, it’s little surprise that a huge number of these tech support scams purport to be Microsoft calling to offer help with computer problems. Such scams are responsible for conning people out of large amounts of money, but… …Continue reading on BetaNews

TIDAL comes to Plex

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Hot on the heels of TIDAL arriving in the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 users, Plex has announced integration with the high-quality music service in its media tool. You don’t need a paid-for Plex Pass to enjoy TIDAL in Plex, but there are special subscription deals available if you do have one. There’s also no need to have a server set up — you can access TIDAL from within the Plex apps. See also: Jay-Z’s struggling TIDAL comes to Windows 10 through the Microsoft Store Plex launches beta version of Plex Web Shows offering on-demand streaming shows for free Plex… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Microsoft wins $480 million military AR contract — US Army could purchase 100,000 HoloLens headsets

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The US Army has revealed that Microsoft has won a contract worth $480 million to supply prototype augmented reality equipment. The deal could see the Army purchasing 100,000 HoloLens headsets from the company. Microsoft says the deal is an extension of its existing relationship with the Department of Defense. The company has previously faced criticism from its employees for bidding for military contracts, but it responded by saying it believed that those defending the US should have access to the best technology. Winning this latest contract — the aim of which is to “increase lethality by enhancing the ability to… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Dell resets customer passwords following cyberattack on its website

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Dell has announced that it has instigated a mandatory password reset for customers after it suffered a cyberattack earlier in the month. In a statement, the company confirmed that its network had been subject to “unauthorized activity” on November 9 in which attackers tried to gain access to customer information. Dell says that data was limited to names, email addresses and hashed passwords, adding there is “no conclusive evidence” that data was extracted. The forced password reset is described as a measure to “limit the impact of any potential exposure”. Dell is giving very little away about the nature of… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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