Technology

Millennials wearing Snapchat Spectacles could be a privacy disaster

The new Snapchat Spectacles might look like a toy, but connected sunglasses may carry hidden security implications.Snap Inc. — the company behind the disappearing message app Snapchat — unveiled its newest product, Spectacles, on Thursday. The sunglasses-turned-video-camera lets you capture quick 10-second scenes that immediately get sent to your Snapchat account on your phone (making them public is another step).With ...

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Taiwan asks Apple and Google to ditch Uber’s app

The ride-hailing service has not found open arms in Taiwan. The government wants it gone. Taiwan on Wednesday asked Apple and Google to step into its ongoing dispute with ride-hailing service Uber. Taiwanese officials want the two Silicon Valley tech giants to remove Uber from the App Store and Google Play respectively, according to Reuters. It is also seeking the ...

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‘Super Mario Run’ comes to the iOS App Store in December

Super Mario Run, Nintendo’s first, true game-game for mobile devices, is coming to Apple’s iOS in 151 countries and regions on Dec. 15.The game will be a free App Store download with limited access to the three modes of play. To unlock everything, you’ll need to pay $9.99 as an in-app purchase.That’s on the higher end of App Store game ...

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Snapchat ‘files for stock market float’

Snap, the parent company of messaging app Snapchat, has filed to list on the US stock market, according to several reports. Based on investments so far, the California-based firm would be worth between $20bn and $25bn (£16bn-£20bn). That would make it the largest US flotation since Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba listed two years ago. Snapchat’s parent company Snap declined to ...

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WhatsApp will roll out free video calling to all its users

WhatsApp is finally adding one of its most-requested features.The chat app will soon support free video calling, the company announced Monday. The feature, set to arrive “in the coming days,” allows WhatsApp users to hold one-to-one video calls, in addition to voice calls and text chats.Once the feature is live, video calling will be located in the same place as ...

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Flippy Campus launches online marketplace for tertiary students

The Ghanaian social app for tertiary institutions, Flippy Campus, has launched a marketplace on its Android and web applications. The aim of this new marketplace is for students of tertiary institutions to sell and buy new and used products very easily. According to the CEO of Flippy Campus, David Mumuni, the Flippy Marketplace is part of the platform’s efforts to ...

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Acer’s ultra-light Swift 7 is a formidable foe to Apple’s MacBook

The push to make the thinnest, lightest, most portable laptop is proving fruitful. Case in point: the Acer Swift 7.According to Acer, the Swift 7 is the thinnest notebook PC in the world. When closed, it wouldn’t be impossible to mistake it for a tablet with a keyboard attached, only thinner. At least, that’s the case with my tried-and-true iPad ...

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Instagram’s next big feature will be live video

Instagram’s going to transform once again.After copying Snapchat Stories with its own Instagram Stories, Instagram is now preparing to introduce live video, joining the likes of Facebook Live, Twitter’s Periscope and YouTube Live, according to a recent interview Kevin Systrom, CEO of Instagram, gave to the Financial Times.Last month, the Russian website T Journal published screenshots and a short video ...

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Spotify patches ‘data gobbling’ glitch

Music service Spotify is rolling out a fix to stop its desktop application repeatedly writing huge amounts of junk data to computer users’ hard drives. Reporters from new site Ars Technica found Spotify was writing up to 10GB of data an hour to their computers. Unnecessarily writing and rewriting data to some types of computer hard drive can shorten their ...

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Facebook bug ‘kills’ users in ‘terrible error’

An unusual bug on Facebook briefly labelled many people as dead. The error on Friday caused the social network to show a memorial banner on user profiles for people who were still alive. Users posted status updates to reassure friends and family they were not dead, despite Facebook’s message. “This was a terrible error that we have now fixed,” a ...

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