The Surface Go is here, and people just don’t know what to make of it

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After much excited build up, Microsoft launched its latest Surface device yesterday — the Surface Go. While many have suggested this is Microsoft’s attempt to compete with Apple iPad, there’s no getting away from the fact that this is a budget Surface, and compromises have been made. If you’re not sure whether this is the tablet for you, you may well start to seek out Surface Go reviews — and you’ll find that they are an incredibly mixed bag of opinions. It looks as though the Surface Go could be one of Microsoft’s most divisive products ever. Is it “painfully… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Apple kills off its app affiliate program

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Apple has announced that it is removing apps from its affiliate program. The change means that people will no longer receive commission for iOS and Mac apps. Having once enabled sites to earn 7 percent commission for app sales, Apple then dropped this to just 2.5 percent. As of October 1, no commission will be paid at all as Apple says the App Store does a good enough job of increasing app discovery. See also: Apple pulls away from Microsoft and Facebook on the way to becoming a trillion-dollar company Apple confirms MacBook Pro Core i9 throttling bug and fixes… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook API changes mean you can no longer cross-post from Twitter

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Twitter users can no longer automatically cross-post to Facebook. The restriction has come about after Facebook made changes to the way third parties are able to make use of its APIs. It means that Twitter users who have connected their Facebook account to make it easier to post the same content on both services via Facebook Login can’t have their tweets automatically posted to Facebook. The — rather unsatisfactory — solution from Twitter is simply copy the URL of a tweet, and this can then be manually posted to Facebook. See also: Facebook wants you to stop using it so… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Spotify removes numerous Alex Jones podcasts, deeming them ‘hate content’

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Spotify is the latest company to come down on Infowar’s Alex Jones. The music streaming service has taken down multiple several episodes of The Alex Jones Show for violating its policies on hate speech. The removals come after Alex Jones was hit with another strike by YouTube for policy violations, and after Facebook also took action against him. See also: YouTube slaps Alex Jones with another strike and removes Infowars founder’s videos Infowars’ Alex Jones is banned from Facebook for a month Spotify has not gone into any detail — publicly, at least — about exactly what content violated its… …Continue reading on BetaNews

2FA SNAFU led to Reddit security breach in which user data was stolen

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Reddit has revealed details of a security breach that enabled a hacker to gain access to private messages, usernames and encrypted passwords. The self-proclaimed “front page of the internet” is undertaking an investigation and taking steps to improve security. The attack took place between June 14 and June 18 this year, and the perpetrator was able to access “all Reddit data from 2007 and before including account credentials and email addresses”, the site said in an announcement. The breach was made possible after the attacker beat SMS-based two-factor authentication and compromised several employee accounts. See also: Hacked: Timehop database breach… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Leaked report shows Google plans a censored search engine for China… but China says otherwise

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A leaked document suggests that Google is planning on making a return to China, launching a censored version of its search engine to comply with strict Chinese laws. Going by the codename of Dragonfly, the project has been in the works since 2017 and has led to the creation of China-specific Android apps with the internal testing names Maotai and Longfei. But while the documents and people familiar with the matter say that the launch date could be just six to nine months away, China says the reports are not true. See also: Google (sort of) redirects Duck.com to DuckDuckGo… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Apple pulls away from Microsoft and Facebook on the way to becoming a trillion-dollar company

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Apple reported better-than-expected earnings and revenue for Q3 yesterday, taking the iPhone-maker closer to becoming the first every trillion-dollar company. Sales increased by 17 percent to a record $53.3 billion, and profit jumped a massive 32 percent to $11.5 billion. While the value of Facebook plummets following numerous scandals, Apple now has a market cap of $935 billion — the closest competitors in the world of technology are Amazon at around $870 billion, Alphabet at $845 billion, and Microsoft at $815 billion. See also: Facebook value plummets by $118bn and Zuckerberg’s fortune drops $16bn following privacy scandal-fueled growth slowdown Apple… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook wants you to stop using it so much

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It might seem counter-intuitive — or it might seem like a case of just saying what it thinks people want to hear — but Facebook doesn’t want you to use it as much as you do. That’s not to say it wants you to disappear entirely, rather it just hopes that the time you spend on the social network is more “intentional, positive and inspiring” — so you don’t feel compelled to stay away and miss out on all those ads! Today, the company launches a new activity dashboard for both Facebook and Instagram that lets you see how long… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Mozilla fox up its designs

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Mozilla is looking to change the design of the Firefox logo and it is seeking help — which is just as well, because the designs it has come up with so far are awful. The company says that it is looking to “evolve the Firefox brand” as it develops new apps and services beyond the browser it is currently associated with. The aim is to come up with a new branding system that can “embrace all of the Firefox products in the pipeline and those still in the minds of our Emerging Technologies group”, and it wants to know what… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Fortnite is coming to Android — is your phone supported and will the game ever hit Google Play?

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Fortnite quickly became a gaming sensation, and the wait for the battle royale game to come to Android has felt like a long one. While Fortnite for iOS is already a reality, Fortnite for Android remains somewhere on the horizon. But that’s not to say there is no news about the Android version of the game. A list recently came to light that seems to reveal the handsets that will support Fortnite, and there is a persistent rumor that the game will initially launch as an exclusive title for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Now it seems as though… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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