Leaked Fortnite APK reveals secrets of the upcoming Android game

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We know that the gaming sensation Fortnite is making its way to Android. We know that the game will not be appearing in Google Play. There have been rumors for some time that Fortnite will be exclusive to Samsung devices for a short time after initial release, and a leaked APK for the game seems to confirm this. Analysis of the APK shows that Fortnite may not only be exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy Note9, but also the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4. Owners of these devices could retain exclusive access to the game for 30 days. See also: Confirmed: Fortnite… …Continue reading on BetaNews

BBC recommends using VPNs after HTTPS switch leaves it blocked in China

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Since switching all of its sites to secure HTTPS rather than plain old HTTP, the BBC has found that it is completely blocked online in China. The corporation has issued a statement recommending that people in the region looking to access its services should turn to either a VPN, or the censorship-busting app Psyphon. See also: Leaked report shows Google plans a censored search engine for China… but China says otherwise Chrome will stop highlighting HTTPS sites as secure It is thought that people in China have been unable to access any BBC sites or services for around a week… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook denies asking banks for your financial details

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Facebook has rushed to deny allegations that it is in talks with banks with a view to gathering information about users’ card transitions and other financial information. The allegations came in a story in the Wall Street Journal which claimed the social networking giant had asked US banks to share information about their customers. Facebook is said to have told banks that information about customers could be used to offer further services to users, but at least one bank had been scared off by the privacy implications. See also: If you’re looking for love, Facebook Dating is on the way… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Rejoice! Microsoft gives Skype classic a temporary stay of execution

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There was outcry when Microsoft recently announced plans to kill off Skype classic (better known as Skype 7.0) and force users to migrate to Skype 8.0 — the modern version of the app. But after an outpouring of disappointment from Skype users, Microsoft has relented… a bit. While it’s not true to say that Skype classic has been saved, the kill date of September 1 has been extended — until when is not clear. Microsoft says that it is extending support for the much- (well, more-) loved messaging tool “for some time”. See also: Microsoft is killing off Skype classic… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Android 9 is… Android Pie! Seriously Google?

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Google has revealed what the P in Android P — otherwise known as Android 9 — stands for. Despite previous suggestions that it was going to be Pistachio, it is in fact Android Pie. Just let that half-assed name sink in for a moment. Pie. Not even a specific pie to evoke some sort of imagery. Just a bog standard, run of the mill, common or garden… pie. The name is something of a damp squib and now the game of wait-and-see-if-I-actually-get-the-update begins. Google has already made the source code available on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), and Pie… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Apple kicks Alex Jones and Infowars podcasts from iTunes

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Alex Jones — conspiracy theorist extraordinaire and founder of right-wing media platform Infowars — has fallen foul of a number of companies’ policies recently, and Apple is the latest to take exception to his output. YouTube started things off recently by removing some of his videos, and he was then suspended from Facebook for a month. Spotify decided that Jones’ podcasts were “hate content” and removed several from its platform. Now Apple has done much the same, removing Jones’ own podcasts from iTunes as well as those of Infowars. See also: YouTube slaps Alex Jones with another strike and removes… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Major virus infection shuts down factories of iPhone chip-maker TSMC

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A major virus infection forced the closure of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) factories just before the weekend; some remain closed or only partly-operational. TMSC is the largest semiconductor manufacturer in the world and is responsible for producing iPhone processors for Apple. The company issued a statement indicating that it was not carried out by a hacker. The impact on Apple’s iPhone production schedule is also not known, although TSMC expects the incident “to cause shipment delays and additional costs”. See also: Apple kills off its app affiliate program Apple pulls away from Microsoft and Facebook on the way to… …Continue reading on BetaNews

If you’re looking for love, Facebook Dating is on the way

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Think of dating apps, and the likes of Tinder, Grindr and Match.com spring to mind, and now Facebook is looking to take itself a slice of the action. We first heard about Facebook Dating at the social network’s F8 conference back in May, and now more details are coming out. Currently undergoing internal testing with employees, Facebook Dating is looking to be a feature of Facebook rather than a standalone app. Leaked images now give us an idea of what to expect from it — but there’ll be no swiping right. See also: Facebook API changes mean you can no… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Confirmed: Fortnite for Android will risk players’ security by sidestepping Google Play

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Fortnite for Android is one of the most eagerly-anticipated game launches of recent times, but the impending release could turn out to be something of a security nightmare. Following on from recent rumors, Epic Games has confirmed that Fortnite will not be made available through the Google Play Store. Instead users will have to download the game directly from Fortnite.com — something which means they will have to lower the security settings for their phone by allowing the installation of apps from unknown sources. Despite the security risks involved in this, Epic is eager to avoid paying a 30 percent… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Leaked: the Samsung Galaxy Note9 is a super power

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Samsung is getting about as leaky as OnePlus these days, and there have been all manner of details about the upcoming Galaxy Note9 slipping out over recent days. Now an official image and leaked video show off the handset in all its glory. The Galaxy Note9 is due to be unveiled on August 9, but an image (now removed) that appeared on the Samsung site in New Zealand give us a great look at what to expect. Even better, a leaked teaser video gives us an even better view showing off a new yellow S Pen, and revealing that the… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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