State-sponsored disinformation campaign ‘significantly bigger’ than first reported


A state-sponsored disinformation campaign identified on Facebook and Twitter is significantly bigger than it first appeared, says a new report … more… … [Read more...]

Zens aluminum wireless charger offers a potential cheaper alternative to AirPower


The latest report suggests that Apple may finally be launching its long-delayed AirPower wireless charger next month. What isn’t yet known is the cost, rumors so far pointing to somewhere in the $160-190 range. If that turns out to be rather more than you might want to pay, Zens has a new product that may make a suitable alternative … … [Read more...]

Dept of Homeland Security discovers security flaws in millions of US smartphones

Researchers funded by the Department of Homeland Security say that they have discovered major security vulnerabilities likely to affect millions of US smartphones … more… … [Read more...]

Secure chat app could prove key to unmasking violent Charlottesville white supremacists

A secure chat app called Discord could prove the key to revealing the identities of white supremacists attending the Charlottesville rally last August – and proving that they went there with intent to commit violence … more… … [Read more...]

Some Snapchat source code leaked on GitHub; removed after all-caps DCMA takedown notice

Some of Snapchat’s source code was posted on GitHub, apparently obtained when the company messed-up an update to the iOS app back in May … more… … [Read more...]

iCloud data for Chinese accounts moved to servers belonging to state-owned China Telecom

A second change to the way iCloud data is stored for Chinese iCloud accounts has raised further concerns about the ease with which the government could access sensitive information. Apple has confirmed a report that data has now been moved to servers owned by China Telecom, a state-owned company … more… … [Read more...]

Review: The BenQ ScreenBar is a really neat Mac/monitor desk light that takes up no space


Many years ago, I used a desk striplight with a clamp. I clamped it to the back of my desk, then adjusted the angle arm so it was just above and in front of my monitor. That way, it lit the desk, didn’t cast any light onto my monitor, and effectively took up no space. It took some time to find a suitable light, and a fair amount of messing … [Read more...]

Now you can play Mario Kart in Fortnite … kind of!


When Epic Games created Playground Mode in Fortnite, allowing an hour of safe play to familiarize yourself with the environment, they probably never imagined someone would use the time to do this … more… … [Read more...]

Apple Pay said to be launching soon in the Czech Republic; maybe also Revolut app

Apple Pay has launched in three more countries in the last month or so, and a local site suggests that the Czech Republic may be joining the list within the next couple of months … more… … [Read more...]

Instagram long-form videos reportedly launching today, with celebrity-led push

We heard earlier this month that Instagram was planning support for long-form videos of up to an hour, and a new report suggests that the feature will launch today, with a few more details emerging … more… … [Read more...]

After Poland, Apple Pay launches in Norway, with three banks for now

Just one day after Apple Pay went live in Poland, the mobile wallet service has today been rolled out in Norway. Three banks support the service at launch … more… … [Read more...]

Facebook makes it easier to delete apps, but won’t extend European privacy standards to US


Facebook continues to work on regaining the trust of users after the Cambridge Analytica revelations. After earlier pointing to instructions for removing permissions granted to apps running on the platform, the company has now streamlined the process to make it easier to do … more… … [Read more...]

Korean report claims Apple will drop the iPhone X notch in 2019 iPhones

A Korean report claims that Apple will drop the notch from its 2019 OLED iPhones. The company is said to be working on a new design where the screen will ‘completely fill the front of new iPhones.’ No details are provided about how Apple would deal with all of the technology currently housed in the notch. This includes the front-facing … [Read more...]

Bank of New York Mellon will administer escrow fund for Apple’s disputed back-tax bill

A bank has now been appointed to manage the escrow fund for the €15B ($18.6B) in back-taxes the European Union decided Apple had to pay to the Irish government. It took some time to agree the arrangements as Apple expects to get the money back at the end of a legal battle expected to take many years, and it will want to ensure the funds have been … [Read more...]

Trump administration talks escalating trade war; worst-case scenario could hurt Apple

Not content with threatening import tariffs on aluminum and steel that could badly damage US automative and aircraft industries but have little impact on Apple, Trump is now considering far broader forms of protectionism. His latest proposals could hit consumer electronics imported from China, with ‘the most severe scenario’ seeing … [Read more...]

Apple Pay takes further backseat in China as company to accept Alipay in retail stores

Apple has had to work hard to promote Apple Pay in China due to the popularity of existing, local mobile wallet apps like WeChat Pat and Alipay. The company had already bowed to the inevitable in allowing local apps to be used for online payments, but is now set to go even further … more… … [Read more...]

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