Jack Dorsey Says Twitter Will Probably ‘Never Do’ An Edit Button

The social media company’s CEO spent 11 minutes answering frequently asked questions about Twitter January 15, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag If you’re a regular user of Twitter then you’ve probably wished more than once for a tweet edit button after seeing a spelling or grammar mistake go live. Unfortunately, we aren’t getting one and probably never will. Jack Dorsey took to YouTube via Wired to answer frequently asked questions about the service he co-founded and inevitably the issue of an edit button was raised. The question “can we get that edit button in 2020?” was asked by @taisydorres, which Dorsey quickly responded to with a firm “no.” He went on discuss the problems editing tweets introduces, for example, you’d need to delay the tweet going live for a period of time. If you didn’t or left editing open for the lifetime of the tweet, there’s nothing […]

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Elon Musks Teases New Teslas That Talk

External speakers will allow drivers to talk to pedestrians without opening a window, or play pre-recorded clips to passers-by. January 13, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Every so often, Elon Musk tweets about a new Tesla feature we never thought we needed, and he’s just done it again. Tesla is adding the ability to talk to pedestrians from inside its vehicles without needing to open a window. Teslas will soon talk to people if you want. This is real. pic.twitter.com/8AJdERX5qa — Buff Mage (@elonmusk) January 12, 2020 As Engadget reports, the new feature relies on the external speakers Tesla is adding to its vehicles to comply with European and US artificial sound regulations. Those sounds are required to allow pedestrians to hear electric vehicles traveling at slow speeds. A speaker can be used for lots of different types of audio, though, so why not voice, […]

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Elon Musk Explains Why the Cybertruck Windows Smashed

A metal ball bounced off the window in previous tests, but smashed the window on stage due to unseen damage caused by a sledgehammer door hit. November 25, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Tesla’s launch of the Cybertruck last week divided opinion, mainly because of the way it looks. However, what everyone was left talking about is how the ultra-strong windows didn’t survive having a metal ball thrown at them. Elon Musk has now explained why. As The Verge reports, Musk looked as surprised as everyone else when a heavy metal ball was thrown at the Cybertruck window and it smashed. Franz throws steel ball at Cybertruck window right before launch. Guess we have some improvements to make before production haha. pic.twitter.com/eB0o4tlPoz — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 23, 2019 As the video included in the tweet above demonstrates, pre-launch testing saw the same metal ball bounce off the […]

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Uber to Record Audio During Rides

Riders and drivers can record audio for each trip, but only Uber customer support agents will be able to listen to the recordings ‘to better understand an incident.’ November 20, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag If you’re a regular user of Uber in the US, there will soon be an option to record the audio for each trip you take. It’s a feature Uber is introducing in a bid to offer better security for both drivers and riders. As The Washington Post reports, Uber is classing audio recordings as a security feature and intends to pilot it in Latin American cities starting in December followed by tests in the US “soon.” It will be an opt-in feature for drivers and riders who can agree to recordings per trip or for all trips. Related: Uber Self-driving Car Involved in Fatal Crash Couldn’t Detect Jaywalkers An Uber executive explained in an […]

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Facebook Removed 3.2B Fake Accounts Since April

The latest Facebook Community Standards Enforcement Report demonstrates how big of a task policing the social network has become. November 14, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag This week, Facebook published the fourth edition of its Community Standards Enforcement Report. It shows that the amount of content violating policies as well as the number of fake accounts created on the social network is only escalating. As Reuters reports, between April and September 2018 Facebook removed 1.55 billion fake accounts. For the same period this year, that total increased to 3.2 billion. Add to that another 2.2 billion fake account removals between January and March, and you can clearly see the scale of the problem for Facebook. Related: An Ex-Facebooker Devastatingly Piled Into Mark Zuckerberg’s Stance Allowing Politicians to Lie in Ads Facebook uses a set of community standards to outline what is and is not allowed on the social […]

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Disney+ Suffers Launch Day Connection Problems

Connectivity problems across many different devices have plagued its launch. November 12, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Disney+ was always going to be very popular streaming service at launch, but it seems to be proving too popular for Disney’s servers right now. As The Verge reports, there’s a good chance that after signing up for the service, you’ll see an “unable to connect” error pop up on screen rather than the episode of Marvel’s Hero Project or The Mandalorian you were expecting to watch. Here at PCMag, we got errors on Xbox, iPhone, and Android. “Sorry something went wrong. Please try again later,” read one message. “The requested media is not available,” said another. Related: 10 Incredible and Surprising Facts About Disney As of 10 a.m. ET, Downdetector.com was showing Disney+ outages in large portions of the East Coast, as well as spots in other areas of the US and the Netherlands. Disney Streaming Services monitors […]

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Cathay Pacific Records Passengers During Flights

Any use of the in-flight entertainment system is logged and CCTV cameras on board each flight record your activity for security purposes. August 6, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag If you take a flight on board a Cathay Pacific aircraft, you are being watched and recorded. Is says so in the newly updated privacy policy. As CNN reports, the airline updated its privacy policy at the end of July to make it clear passenger activity will be recorded both before and during a flight. That includes using CCTV cameras in the airport and on aircraft to capture footage of individuals. As the privacy policy states, the information Cathay Pacific collects when you use its products and services includes, “your use of our inflight entertainment system and inflight connectivity, your images captured via CCTV in our airport lounges and aircraft.” When asked about the use of cameras, a […]

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Contact Lens Prototype Zooms in When You Blink Twice

The soft biometric lens changes its focal length by tracking specific eye movements and reacting. July 30, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag If you wear contact lenses, but would love for them to be more useful, your wish may come true in a few years. Researchers have created a new lens that can zoom in when you blink your eye twice. As CNET reports, researchers at the University of California San Diego developed a soft biometric lens that can detect electrooculographic signals. Our eyes generate these signals when moving, be that the eye moving in all directions within its socket or the simple act of blinking. It’s also possible to differentiate between the type of movement detected and the number of blinks. The new lens is set up to detect a double blink and respond by changing its focal point between two states: normal and zoomed […]

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PlayStation 4 Sales Hit 100 Million Mark

Sony made the announcement as part of its latest earnings, making the PS4 the fastest game console to reach the milestone. July 30, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag PS4 sales have topped 100 million units, Sony revealed in its first quarter earnings. As The Verge reports, Sony announced 96.8 million PS4 sales at the end of the previous quarter, but a further 3.2 million sold by the end of June hit 100 million. In reaching the milestone when it has, the PS4 now counts as the fastest game console to hit 100 million sales. This makes PlayStation 4 the fastest home console to reach 100 million unit sell in. Faster than both the PS2 and Wii which were just behind. It took PS2 a total of five years and 9 months. PS4 was just 5 years and 7 months. pic.twitter.com/g4Bk8sckYf — Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) July 30, 2019 […]

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16-Year-Old Wins First Ever Fortnite World Cup and $3M

Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf is officially the best player in the world. July 29, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag The first ever Fortnite World Cup has ended with $30 million of prizes awarded and one teenager from Pennsylvania walking away $3 million richer. If you think playing video games doesn’t pay, go talk to 16-year-old Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf. As Polygon reports, yesterday Bugha managed to win the Solos competition at the first Fortnite World Cup and walked away with $3 million in prize money. He managed to score 59 points over six rounds, comfortably beating second place player Harrison “Psalm” Chang who scored just 33 points. After securing 59 points, @bugha is your first ever #FortniteWorldCup Solo Champion! pic.twitter.com/O5WAcVvjRA — Fortnite (@FortniteGame) July 28, 2019 The world cup was held at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York and consisted of three tournaments called Solos, Duos, and […]

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iPhone 11 Is All About That Square Camera Bump

Dummy models of all three iPhone 11 handsets suggest nothing much is changing apart from the new camera bump, which is certain to divide opinion. July 17, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Apple hasn’t been able to keep new iPhone designs from leaking ahead of a launch for several generations now, with the iPhone events becoming simply confirmations of what we already knew. This year, it looks like Apple will be confirming the iPhone 11 is more of the same, but with the addition of an unusual square camera bump on the back of the phone. We’ve heard rumors of a camera upgrade on the iPhone for a while now, with leaked case molds back in May suggesting a square camera bump. Now, as 9To5Mac reports, YouTuber MKBHD managed to get his hands on dummy models of all three iPhone 11 handsets and his video shows us how bad, […]

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Tesla Drops Standard Range Option for Model S and Model X, Raising Base Prices

The cheapest option is now Long Range, which received a price drop, but still ends up costing more than the Standard Range models did by a few thousand dollars. July 16, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag There’s both good and bad news if you’re planning to buy a Tesla in the near future. The good news is, the Model X and Model S you buy will travel further between charges, but the bad news is, that’s only because Tesla has dropped the Standard Range option from its line-up. Until now, the cheapest Model S cost $75,000, while the cheapest Model X was $81,000. As Reuters reports, with the Standard Range option gone, the Long Range becomes the entry level option on both vehicles. Even with an also-announced price cut, the Model S now costs $79,990 and the Model X $84,990. As to why this change has […]

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Facebook Denies Being a Social Network in Lawsuit Response

Facebook denies a consumer can create an account, make friends, and build a social network, which are all things you can do on Facebook… July 12, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag This week, Facebook responded to a lawsuit relating to the Cambridge Analytica scandal by claiming it isn’t a social network and not somewhere you can make friends. As Ars Technica reports, the lawsuit was filed in December last year by District of Columbia (DC) attorney general Karl Racine. It stated that of the 70 million individuals who had personal information taken by Cambridge Analytica, 340,000 were residents of DC. Racine is demanding $5,000 in civil penalties per resident, which would mean Facebook has to pay out $1.7 billion. As you’d expect, the social network is fighting the case hard. The reason it has taken so long for a response to be forthcoming is because Facebook spent nearly seven months […]

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Eavesdropping Bug Forces Apple to Disable Walkie-Talkie App

The app contained a vulnerability allowing someone to listen in on your iPhone without consent. July 11, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Apple has been forced to disable its Walkie-Talkie app after a vulnerability was discovered that allowed someone to listen in on your iPhone ($749.99 at Verizon Wireless) without consent. The Walkie-Talkie app was introduced with the roll out of WatchOS 5 last September and allowed FaceTime Audio calls to be carried out in a similar way to talking on a walkie-talkie. However, as TechCrunch reports, even though the app is still present on the Apple Watch, no call will go through if you try and use it today. Apple was made aware of the vulnerability through its security and privacy support page where reports can be filed. The company isued the following statement to TechCrunch regarding what’s happened: We were just made aware of a vulnerability related […]

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Nintendo Announces the Switch Lite for $199

It’s a smaller, handheld-only version of the Switch with a 5.5-inch touch screen. July 10, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag As the rumors predicted, Nintendo has announced a smaller version of the Switch is set to hit the market in September carrying the name Switch Lite. As The Verge reports, this Lite version of the Switch includes several big changes to the original model made possible and necessary by it being offered as a handheld-only device. First of all, it’s smaller and ships with a 5.5-inch touch screen rather than the Switch’s 6.2-inch display. The Joy-Cons are gone, replaced with integrated controls either side of the display. You’ll notice the directional buttons on the left have also been replaced with a D-Pad. No Joy-Cons also means Nintendo has removed the IR Motion Camera and the HD rumble feature from the Switch Lite. If you want to play a game that requires […]

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China Is Installing Spyware on Tourists’ Phones

The app is forcefully installed at border crossings and collects all your personal information. July 3, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Visitors to Xinjiang in northwest China are experiencing a nasty surprise in the form of a spyware app that’s being forcefully installed on their phones. As Vice reports, tourists are being stopped at Chinese borders in the Xinjiang region and having their smartphones seized. Border guards then install an app called Fengcai or BXAQ, which proceeds to collect all personal information including text messages, calendar entries, phone contacts, call logs and a list of the installed apps. All the data is then sent to a remote server for review. As well as collecting personal information, Fengcai has been found to check the content against a list of 73,000 items flagged as being suspicious or worth further investigation. Some of these items are legitimate, for example, instructions on […]

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Parked Tesla Burst Into Flames Due to Battery Module Fault

Following an investigation by Tesla, the Model S was found to have a single battery module fault which caused the vehicle to catch fire. June 28, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Back in April a Tesla Model S parked in a Shanghai car park burst into flames. Tesla just concluded its investigation into the incident and tracked the fire back to a single faulty battery module. As Reuters reports, the important part of the investigation for Tesla is the fact no systematic defect was found. It means there isn’t a general fault across the Model S range which would make these parked vehicle fires likely to happen again. The faulty battery module thought to have caused the white smoke and subsequent first was located at the front of the Model S. While the investigation was ongoing, Tesla released an over-the-air update for Model S and Model X […]

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Amazon Announces Prime Day Concert With Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift will headline a live-streamed Prime Day Concert held exclusively for Prime members which will also feature Dua Lipa, SZA and Becky G. June 27, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Amazon’s rivals have been quick to crash in on the artificial holiday that is Prime Day, but it seems unlikely they can even attempt to compete with the just-announced Prime Day Concert. On July 10, Amazon Music is set to host a Prime Day Concert which will be live-streamed exclusively to Prime members. The big draw for viewers will be the fact Taylor Swift is headlining the event, which starts at 9pm ET. Additional performances will come from Dua Lipa, SZA and Becky G. Amazon is using the concert to celebrate the best in Amazon entertainment for all Prime members around the world. Although it’s live, Amazon will allow members to stream the concert again on-demand […]

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7-Eleven Now Delivers to Parks and Beaches

The 7NOW delivery app allows your order to be delivered to public locations including parks, beaches, sports fields and entertainment venues. June 25, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Convenience store chain 7-Eleven really wants you to use its 7NOW smartphone app to buy some snacks or groceries and have them delivered. So much so that those deliveries can now be made to public locations that don’t have a traditional address. If you’re sitting in a park, on a beach, at a sports field, or some other public entertainment venue in the US, chances are good 7-Eleven will now deliver to you. The store chain has setup thousands of 7NOW Pins, which cover the most popular public destinations and allow you to get a Slurpee or a Big Gulp delivered to them within 30 minutes. Gurmeet Singh, 7-Eleven chief digital, information and marketing officer, explained, “Our mission is […]

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Walmart Is Using AI to Prevent Checkout Theft

Over 1,000 stores are using computer vision tech to watch checkouts and ensure no item ever goes unscanned. June 24, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag In a bid to cut down on theft and mistakes, Walmart is using artificial intelligence hooked up to cameras monitoring checkouts to ensure every item in your cart is scanned and paid for. This is already happening at over 1,000 Walmart stores. As Business Insider reports, the system is known internally as Missed Scan Detection and uses computer vision to monitor both manned and self-checkout areas at each store. The system is able to detect when an item goes unscanned, or is mis-scanned, and reports the fault to a checkout attendant who can then approach and rectify the problem. According to Walmart spokeswoman LeMia Jenkins, “Walmart is making a true investment to ensure the safety of our customers and associates … Over the […]

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