Xiaomi deletes MIUI vs Android One Twitter poll after the voting didn’t go its way

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Which is better — the MIUI skin, or Android One? This is what Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi decided to ask on Twitter, and the results were… interesting. Presumably the company was rather hoping that Twitter users would vote for its own MIUI which it could then run on Google’s face — but the poll actually went against Xiaomi. Rather than leave the results of vote up for anyone to see, the company decided to simply delete it and pretend it never happened. Take a look at the Xiaomi account on Twitter, and you’ll see no hint that any such poll… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Hate the Snapchat redesign? Here’s how to get back the old look

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Change is great, but it not always well-received. Take the latest redesign of Snapchat, for instance — the outpouring of hatred for the new look has been incredible. Users are pleading Snapchat to revert to the old design, complaining that the algorithm-powered interface makes things impossible to find. Of course, Snapchat is extremely unlikely to change back to the old look, but if you’re an iPhone user, there are steps you can take to get the old app back. It’s worth noting that the method set out below is only going to give you a temporary stay of execution. But… …Continue reading on BetaNews

VLC 3.0 ‘ Vetinari’ arrives, bringing HDR, 8K and Chromecast support

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In the world of media playing software, VLC is a perennial favorite — and with good reason. This open source tool is one of the most feature-packed players out there, and it has just received a huge and long-awaited upgrade with the release of VLC 3.0 ‘ Vetinari’. Many software releases are described in as being major or significant, but VLC 3.0 really is a huge release — it’s a truly massive update from its predecessor. Available for Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, Chromebooks and Windows Phone, just about everyone can take advantage of the power of this incredible player.… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Uber and Waymo make surprise settlement over claims of stolen trade secrets

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Uber has agreed to a settlement with Google’s self-driving technology unit, Waymo, over claims that that the company stole trade secrets during the acquisition of Otto. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, sued Uber a year ago, and now a payment of $245 million has been agreed. The financial settlement to be receive by Waymo includes 0.34 percent of Uber’s equity based on a valuation of $72 billion. Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, expressed “regret” about the matter, and said he wanted to correct “mistakes of the past.” See also: Uber loses its license to operate in London India hits Google with $21… …Continue reading on BetaNews

India hits Google with $21 million fine for search bias

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Google is certainly no stranger to accusations of abusing its position to its own advantage, and the company has now been fined 1.36 billion rupees ($21.17 million) by India’s antitrust watchdog. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) said Google was guilty of “search bias” and had been abusing its dominance in online web search and online search advertising. Particular criticism was leveled at Google’s promotion of its own flight search page. See also: Google grants users more control over ads Google tweaks Files Go to make it easier to free up space on your Android device and change file associations… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Apple confirms but downplays iOS source code leak

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Apple may have just released iOS 11.3 beta 2, but the attention of world turned to the iOS source code that leaked to GitHub. The iPhone maker has confirmed that code for iOS 9’s iBoot had leaked, but stressed its age. The company said that the leak does not pose a security threat to users, insisting that “the security of our products doesn’t depend on the secrecy of our source code.” But while Apple tries to play down the leak, there’s no denying that it is highly significant and an unprecedented embarrassment. See also: Apple issues takedown notice after iBoot… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook is testing a ‘downvote’ option — just don’t call it a dislike button

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Facebook has confirmed that it is currently testing what it describes as a “downvote” button. But the social network is at pains to stress that this is absolutely not the “dislike” button people have been asking for. The idea behind the feature is to give users the chance to downvote comments — it does not appear to give the same option to posts. In currents tests, downvoting only appears on public Pages, and it’s something that’s unlikely to spread to profiles. See also: Big changes to Facebook’s news feed mean you’ll probably spend less time on the social network Facebook… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Apple issues takedown notice after iBoot source code leaks to GitHub

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The source code for the iOS bootloader iBoot has been leaked to GitHub, prompting Apple to issue a DMCA takedown notice. Although the source code is for iOS 9.3 and a couple of years old, it appears to be the real deal and would still cause something of a headache for Apple. Copies of the code have been circulating online despite the takedown notice, and the concern is that it could be used to exploit iOS with malware. See also: iOS 11.3 beta 2 includes performance throttling opt-out and new battery health options iPhone X bug leaves some users unable… …Continue reading on BetaNews

157 new emojis to hit iOS and Android with the launch of Emoji 11.0

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Going under the banner of Emoji 11.0, a raft of new emojis are due to hit the screen of iOS and Android devices later this year. After being previewed late last year, the full list of emojis has now been published by the Unicode Consortium, and they’re due to be launched in the second half of 2018 — August or September. What can you look forward to? New red-haired and bald men and women feature, as do a female superhero, a pirate flag and a microbe. The release sees quite a jump in numbering — from Emoji 5.0 to Emoji… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Intel releases updated Spectre and Meltdown patches for Skylake systems

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It may have been a while since there was major news about the Spectre and Meltdown bugs, but the problems have not gone away. After previously releasing unstable patches, Intel has now launched a microcode update for Skylake systems. Despite the problems with both stability and performance with Spectre and Meltdown patches, Intel uses an announcement about the latest updates to stress the importance of installing patches in a timely fashion. There’s more than a hint of irony in the fact that Intel had to tell users to stop using an earlier update because of the problems it was causing.… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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