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YouTube to remove misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines, terminate their accounts

YouTube will remove content that spreads misinformation about all approved vaccines, expanding a ban on false claims about Covid-19 jabs. Videos that say approved vaccines are dangerous and cause autism, cancer or infertility are among those that will be taken down, the company said. The policy includes the termination of accounts of anti-vaccine influencers. Tech […]

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EU pushes for USB-C chargers for all phones and small electronic devices to reduce wastage

Manufacturers will now be forced to create a universal charging solution for phones and small electronic devices, under a new rule proposed by the European Commission (EC). The aim is to reduce waste by encouraging consumers to re-use existing chargers when buying a new device. All smartphones sold in the EU must have USB-C chargers, […]

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Lithuania asks citizens to throw away Chinese phones, avoid buying new ones amid security flaws and censorship

Lithuania has asked it’s citizens to throw away their Chinese phones and avoid buying new ones. A report by its National Cyber Security Centre tested 5G mobiles from Chinese manufacturers. It claimed that one Xiaomi phone had built-in censorship tools while another Huawei model had security flaws. Huawei said no user data is sent externally […]

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China’s TikTok equivalent gets 40-minute limit for kids under new regulation

Douyin, China’s version of TikTok, will limit use of the platform for children to 40 minutes a day. The rules will apply to users under 14, who have been authenticated using their real names, and who will be able to access it between 06:00 and 22:00. Parent company Bytedance announced the app’s Youth Mode in […]

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Australian graphic design platform Canva reaches valuation of $40 billion

Australian graphic design business Canva has reached a valuation of more than $40 billion. The online design platform said it had grown during the pandemic as more customers worked from home. It has revealed a fresh $200 million round of private equity investment more than doubling the company’s value in five months. That makes it […]

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Apple announces iPhone 13 series, Watch Series 7 and two new iPads

Apple announced the new iPhone 13 series, new version of its wearable Apple Watch and also updated their iPads. iPhone The iPhone 13 comes with a faster A15 chip, a brighter display, and a battery life of up to 2.5 hours longer, and comes in new colours including pink, blue, “midnight starlight” and red. The […]

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Apple rushes to patch spyware that infects iPhones and iPads

Apple has issued a software patch to block so-called “zero-click” spyware that could infect iPhones and iPads. Independent researchers identified the flaw, which lets hackers access devices through the iMessage service even if users do not click on a link or file. The problem affects all of the technology giant’s operating systems, the researchers said. […]

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High amplitude vibrations damage iPhones when mounted on motorbikes: Apple

iPhone owners should beware picking up bad vibrations from powerful motorbikes, as they may damage camera systems, Apple said. The technology giant published a warning that iPhones should not be attached to powerful bikes, MacRumours reported. Engine vibrations can harm phones’ optical-image stabilisation or closed-loop autofocus systems, it says. Owners of scooters and mopeds should […]

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Facebook recommendation software ‘mistakenly’ labels Black men ‘primates’

Facebook has announced that it disabled its topic recommendation feature after it mistook Black men for “primates” in a video on the social network. A Facebook spokesperson called it a “clearly unacceptable error” and said the recommendation software involve was taken offline. “We apologize to anyone who may have seen these offensive recommendations,” Facebook said […]

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Ireland fines Facebook’s messaging service Whatsapp $267 million for breaching EU privacy rules

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission on Thursday fined Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp a record $267 million. The privacy watchdog increased an existing fine for breaking data protection law after European regulators complained it had been too lenient. Ireland is the home of the regional headquarters of major tech players — including Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter. […]

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China limits children’s online gaming to three hours per week

Kids and teens under 18 years old in China will only be allowed up to three hours per week to play online video games, China’s video game regulator said. The National Press and Publication Administration told state-run news agency Xinhua that game-playing would be only allowed between 8:00pm to 9:00pm on Fridays, weekends and legal […]

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Tim Cook: Apple chief executive awarded over $750 million in payout as he marks 10 years in the job

Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple received more than five million shares in the technology giant, as he marks ten years in the job. A company filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) watchdog shows that he sold most of the shares for more than $750 million. It is part of a […]