Technology

Instagram launches live ‘disappearing’ video and changes direct messaging

Instagram has become the latest social media company to embrace live video broadcasts. Following in the footsteps of Facebook, which owns Instagram, YouTube and Twitter’s live-streaming app Periscope, Instagram has released a new feature that allows its users to broadcast live at any time. Anyone watching can comment and react by posting emoji that pop up on the live video ...

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Facebook Messenger scam steals passwords and hijacks accounts

Facebook users have fallen victim to a scam that installs software onto their computers to steal sensitive information, including usernames, passwords and financial details. The vicious programme has spread around Facebook users through a link in Messenger that is sent from hijacked accounts to all of a victims’ friends.The link appears to be for a photo saved in the new ...

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Apple to swap ‘faulty’ iPhone 6S batteries

Apple is offering to replace the batteries of a “small number” of iPhone 6S phones with a fault that makes them unexpectedly shut down. The phones with this fault were manufactured between September and October 2015, it said in a statement. Affected devices will suddenly stop working even though the handset’s battery has plenty of charge. Anyone with an eligible ...

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Tech worker visas face uncertain future under Trump, Sessions

The main U.S. visa program for technology workers could face renewed scrutiny under President-elect Donald Trump and his proposed Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions, a long-time critic of the skilled-worker program. H-1B visas admit 65,000 workers and another 20,000 graduate student workers each year. The tech industry, which has lobbied to expand the program, may now have to fight a ...

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Apple’s finally admitting some iPhone 6 Pluses get ‘Touch Disease’

After months of turning a blind eye to  “Touch Disease”, Apple has created a worldwide repair program to address the issue on iPhone 6 Plus devices. To recap: “Touch Disease,” discovered by third-party repair specialists, is a defect that causes an iPhone’s display to flicker and touchscreens to become unresponsive. According to repair specialists, Touch Disease is caused by faulty ...

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Facebook to increase UK employees by 50% in 2017

Facebook will expand its presence in the UK by 50% when it opens its new London headquarters in 2017, the US technology giant has announced. It will hire 500 additional employees, including engineers, marketers, project managers and sales staff. “The UK remains one of the best places to be a tech company,” said its London-based executive, Nicola Mendelsohn. Facebook’s new ...

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Apple to fix iPhone 6 Plus ‘touch disease’ for a fee

Apple has started offering a service to fix a fault on iPhone 6 Plus phones known as “touch disease”. Touchscreens on smartphones that have this problem gradually become unresponsive. The fault was highlighted by gadget sites which said it was caused by a manufacturing issue that meant some screen controller chips became loose. Apple was criticised by one expert who ...

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Facebook will develop tools to fight fake news

Mark Zuckerberg has outlined a series of measures that should help prevent fake news from being shared on Facebook. The planned controls, which were announced in a late night Facebook post, follow accusations that a flood of fake news stories influenced the U.S. presidential election. “The bottom line is: we take misinformation seriously,” wrote Zuckerberg. “We take this responsibility seriously. ...

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Singapore now has Wi-Fi enabled bins, but you’ll have to deal with ads if you log on

Singapore’s main downtown shopping street, Orchard Road, now has high-tech trash bins with Wi-Fi. You may recognise the solar-powered trash-compacting bins from the Massachusetts-based maker Bigbelly — the company has been selling them for the past decade — and the bins are in 45 cities around the world. However, the Wi-Fi capability is a relatively new add-on for shoppers on ...

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Google’s new Pixel phone hacked in 60 seconds

Uninspiring design aside, Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL are fantastic smartphones that really give the iPhone a run for its money, especially when it comes to taking photos and videos. Earlier this month, Adrian Ludwig, the director of Android security at Google, told Motherboard at a security conference that the Pixels are as secure as iPhones. “For almost all threat ...

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