Check to see if Google has given you free Play Store credit

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Every so often Google starts to feel a little generous and decides to give things away. It’s happening again, and you might just find that you’ve been given a few dollars in free credit to spend in the Play Store. Seemingly at random, Google is handing out between $1 and $5 to Android users — so you should check to see if you’re one of the lucky ones. To see if you have been handed what amounts to free money, fire up the Play Store on your Android phone or tablet. Scroll down through the list of apps and you… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Verizon is splitting in three: Consumer, Business and Verizon Media Group/Oath

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Verizon has announced that it is to split into three as it looks to ensure “first-to-market leadership in the 5G era”. Starting January 1, 2019, the telecom company will divide into Consumer, Business and Verizon Media Group/Oath. The company says that it expects its new structure to be reflected in financial reporting for Q2 2019. In the new arrangement, Verizon Consumer Group will focus on the consumer side of wireless and wireline businesses as well as wireless wholesale. Verizon Business Group will be home to wireless and wireline enterprise, SMBs, and government businesses, and wireline wholesale and Verizon Connect. Finally,… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Exploit developers claim ‘we just broke Edge’

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Security researchers claim to have unearthed a zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft Edge. The remote code execution is due to be revealed with a proof-of concept. Microsoft has not yet been informed about the details of the security issue, but exploit developers had been looking for a way to break Edge out of its sandbox — and it would appear that this objective has now been achieved. See also: Security: Tor 0-day revealed on Twitter by vulnerability vendor Malware writers exploit recent Windows Task Scheduler 0-day vulnerability 0patch beats Microsoft to patching Windows 10 task scheduler 0-day vulnerability On Twitter, self-proclaimed… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Twitter removes thousands of accounts that discouraged people from voting in US mid-term elections

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Twitter has confirmed the removal of thousands of accounts for not only discouraging people from voting in week’s US elections, but also falsely appearing to originate from the Democratic Party. In all, over 10,000 account were deleted in September and October, for targeting key demographics and encouraging them to withhold their vote. While the removals are pretty small-scale, they still serve to demonstrate how Twitter is being used to try to subvert the outcomes of elections. See also: How to spot a fake Twitter follower Privacy: Twitter is under investigation for data collection through its link-shortening system All emojis are… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Now you can edit sent messages in Viber

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Viber has rolled out a feature that users have been begging for for some time — the ability to edit sent messages. While Viber may not be quite as popular as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, it has millions of users around the world. At long last these users now have the ability to correct typo after sending a message, just as can be done in a handful of other messaging tools. See also: Facebook Messenger 4 is simpler and far, far less ugly WhatsApp is getting ads in the Status section An Unsend option is coming to Facebook Messenger Voice… …Continue reading on BetaNews

How to back up your Flickr photos before your free storage space is slashed

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As we wrote yesterday, Flickr is introducing a number of changes to both its free and Pro packages. For users of the free tier, the most significant change is undoubtedly the slashing of free storage to just 1,000 photos and videos. This is clearly a move designed to encourage people to upgrade to a paid-for account, complete with unlimited storage. But if you’re determined to stick with the free option, you’ll need to take action or risk losing huge numbers of photos in a few months’ time. See also: Flickr drops Yahoo requirement and gives Flickr Pro users unlimited storage… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Now you need JavaScript enabled to log into your Google account

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Google has made a change to its account sign in process that means you now have to have JavaScript enabled. The change, which has been introduced for Cybersecurity Awareness Month, is part of a security process which Google says protects you “before you even sign in”. While the vast majority of people will have JavaScript enabled, the new policy will still affect a number of users. See also: Google is working with iRobot to map the inside of your home and share data with smart devices Google is working on a patch for weird double-notch bug affecting Pixel 3 XL… …Continue reading on BetaNews

From now on Apple is going to keep its sales figures a secret

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Apple has announced that, as of next quarter, it will no longer report unit sales figures for iPhones, iPads and Macs. The news came at the company’s Q4 earnings call at which it was revealed that iPhone unit sales have remained static — despite a revenue increase. The change is in line with how Apple already treats other hardware sales — such as those of the Apple Watch and HomePod — which it groups together rather than revealing sales in individual categories. See also: Apple’s Mac mini gains a massive performance boost Apple reveals new iPad Pro with USB-C Apple… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Flickr drops Yahoo requirement and gives Flickr Pro users unlimited storage

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Flickr has announced a number of changes to both its free and pro accounts, including ditching the need to have a Yahoo account. The biggest change for Flickr users with free accounts is a drop to the amount of free storage it offers — it is now possible to display 1,000 photos and videos of any size, but the free terabyte of storage is now a thing of the past. Anyone paying for a Pro account has much more to get excited about, including ad-free browsing and 5K support. Flickr points out that its offerings are available for “less than… …Continue reading on BetaNews

WhatsApp is getting ads in the Status section

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It had to happen eventually. Ads are coming to WhatsApp. The monetization of the messaging app through advertising has been talked about for years, and the acquisition by Facebook served only to make it more likely. Now the company’s vice president Chris Daniels has confirmed that ads are arriving in WhatsApp’s Status section. See also: WhatsApp now lets you backup to Google Drive without using any of your cloud storage quota UK hits Facebook with maximum possible fine for Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal Facebook says it could use data from Portal devices to target users with ads In comments given… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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