Verizon must have heard you saying that you had way too much disposable cash the other day (well someone must have said it) and has responded by announcing that it’s going to increase your bill starting from June 16th onwards. Why? Well, it’s because the carrier is following the trend or its execs can’t afford […]
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developer Hoyoverse is working on a new project. On Friday, the studio shared the first trailer for Zenless Zone Zero, an action RPG set in a modern urban setting. Reminiscent of titles like and Scarlett Nexus, the game pits players against Ethereal, monstrous creatures borne from another dimension. In a nod to , the action takes place in New Eridu, one of the few cities to survive the devastation wrought by the Ethereal.
As a “Proxy,” you’ll need to organize a disparate party of characters to battle the monsters. Hoyoverse hasn’t explicitly said how it plans to monetize Zenless Zone Zero, but it sounds like the game will employ a similar system to the one found in Genshin Impact. In other words, expect to use real-world money to improve your chances at obtaining some of the game’s most powerful party members. Zenless Zone Zero does not have a release date yet, but you can sign up to take part in the game’s closed iOS and PC beta by visiting its .
As most other brands have either already announced or are rumored to be planning the release of foldable smartphones, Motorola is lining up the third generation of its Razr foldable which apparently goes under the codename ‘Maven’. The new clamshell from Motorola will feature flagship specifications and is reportedly scheduled for a ‘summer release’. According […]
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This week, WhatsApp began rolling out . And it looks like the company could soon implement another overdue feature. With the latest beta release of its iOS app, WhatsApp has added an option that allows users to limit specific individuals from seeing their “Last Scene” status, according to .
If you’re not familiar with that part of WhatsApp, it’s the feature that indicates when someone last checked the app, and it’s a way to find out if a contact may have potentially seen your message even if they have read receipts turned off. For a while now, WhatsApp has allowed you to limit who sees your status to only your contacts. You can also disable the feature altogether, but you haven’t had the ability to prevent specific individuals from seeing that information.
However, WhatsApp iOS beta version 126.96.36.199 adds a new “My Contacts Except…” option under the Last Seen section of the app’s privacy settings. According to WABetaInfo, adding an individual to that list also prevents you from seeing their status. The outlet says WhatsApp is also implementing more granular privacy controls for both profile photos and about sections. With the feature now in beta testing on both Android and iOS, it likely won’t be long until it’s officially available in WhatsApp.
Amazon allows users to download select movies and shows, assuming you live in certain territories. Here’s how to get started, regardless of what device you use.
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So, you made the mistake of posting a tweet and now your Twitter handle is being quoted with every reply and quote, even though the conversation has changed topic entirely. Until now you’ve had no recourse other than sucking it up and ignoring the tens or hundreds of notifications or perhaps taking the nuclear option […]
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Subscribing to multiple streaming services means dealing with multiple watchlists and searching them individually to find that movie you want to watch but Plex may well have the answer to this particular problem. Plex has added a brand new feature called ‘Discover’ that will let you search your favorite streaming services such as Disney+, HBO […]
We all know that there’s no such thing as a free lunch but when you are already paying for a service it’s always good to get an extra benefit for no extra charge. As they’ve done for a number of years now, T-Mobile is giving its customers free access to MLB TV for Mobile for […]
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The headline is on the harsh side but seriously, do we really need the original Angry Birds game to be re-released in 2022? As it turns out, yes we do because Angry Birds Classic is just as addictive as it was the first time around but without the frustration of in-app-purchases (IAPs) and with a […]
Come comment on this article: Unable to innovate, Rovio re-releases the classic Angry Birds game from 2012 (and that’s no bad thing)
The OnePlus 10 Pro has finally been unveiled for western markets during a video presentation earlier today, with the less said about that the better. The good news is that the OnePlus 10 Pro promises to be the most powerful OnePlus handset yet with its Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and LPDDR5 memory, with new […]
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We’ve already seen the previously leaked but now official infographics for the Galaxy A33 and Galaxy A53 and now the two handsets have been officially unveiled by Samsung. The Galaxy A53 5G is Samsung’s new mid-range champion, gaining a performance bump and improved cameras with prices starting from $ 449 in the US and £399/€369 in […]
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Want to catch up on all the big new smartphone announcements from Mobile World Congress 2022? We’ve gathered all the top models from the show.
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Advertisers within Russia can no longer create or run ads on Facebook "anywhere in the world," including their home country, the social network told Business Insider. The website has also suspended all ads targeting people in Russia, "due to the difficulties of operating in [the country] at this time."
This is just the latest step Facebook has taken following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Shortly after the attacks started, it blocked Russian state media from running ads on its platform before restricting access to RT and Sputnik in Ukraine and across the European Union. A few days after that, Facebook started demoting the outlets' pages and any post linking to them on its main website and on Instagram.
As a response to the social network restricting access to state-run media, Russian telecom regulator Roskomnadzor blocked Facebook in the country, though Instagram and WhatsApp remain available. The agency throttled access to the website before that when Facebook officials refused to stop fact-checking state media outlets upon its request. In a statement issued after Roskomnadzor blocked Facebook completely, Meta's president of global affairs Nick Clegg said the company "will continue to do everything [it] can to restore [its] services so they remain available to people to safely and securely express themselves and organize for action."
According to a report by independent Russian news agency Interfax, Russia also recently blocked Twitter in the country. Roskomnadzor previously limited the country's access to Twitter, as well, after the social network paused ads and recommendations and started labeling tweets from Russian state media outlets. The social network said, however, that it's only seeing the effects of throttling within the region and not of an outright ban.
From hard drives to helicopters, Ukrainians have helped reshape the world of modern technology more than most people realize. These are their greatest hits.
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Realme has officially announced its ‘most premium’ smartphone called the GT 2 Pro which is powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and sports an ultra-wide-angle lens with a wider-than-usual 150° Field-of-View. Interestingly, the rear panel is made from sustainable biopolymer materials and has a finish by Naoto Fukasawa, a renowned industrial designer. […]
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Grocery apps in New York City might have to tone down promises of ultra-fast deliveries. The New York Postreports city Councilman Christopher Marte plans to introduce a bill that will ban these apps from advertising 15-minute delivery times. The estimates encourage couriers to violate traffic laws and put people at risk, Marte said.
The bill should be ready within the next few weeks. It would be part of a larger legislation bundle tackling grocery apps. Marte said he was pressing for bills that would provide more benefits and protections to delivery workers, but hasn't shared more details.
The potential law comes as competition for fast deliveries heats up in New York. Services like Gorillas, Fridge No More and Jokr already boast of 15-minute delivery times, and DoorDash is piloting a similarly quick service in Manhattan. In many cases, the services manage speedy deliveries by shopping within a small radius and using full-time employees instead of gig workers.
However, they also follow a small but growing string of e-bike accidents in NYC. At least 20 people died in collisions linked to e-bikes in 2020. The bill won't guarantee the safety of delivery workers, but it might reduce the chances that they'll gamble with their health to arrive on time.
Samsung’s first Unpacked event of 2022 is coming up. Here are some things we’d like to see with the Galaxy S22.
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On the lookout for a prepaid plan with unlimited 5G access? AT&T’s new Unlimited MAX with 5G plan costs just $ 45 monthly and includes all the stuff you need with the single caveat being that it’s only available from Walmart. When activated in-store (in a Walmart), the Unlimited MAX with 5G plan will cost just […]
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The National Labor Relations Board has accused Amazon of threatening, surveilling and interrogating workers at its JFK8 warehouse in New York to discourage them from unionizing. According to the board's complaint as seen by Motherboard, Amazon brought a union avoidance consultant to the facility and told employees that it "would be futile for them to select the Union as their bargaining representative." The consultant reportedly said that union organizing at the warehouse would fail anyway, because the organizers were "thugs."
NLRB's complaint also said that Amazon representatives interrogated workers about union activities and promised to fix their issues if they didn't support the union and didn't distribute union literature. Further, the labor board alleges that security guards confiscated union literature from workers and told them they couldn't distribute the materials without permission. If you'll recall, Amazon's warehouse workers in New York filed a petition to unionize with the board last year, but they had to withdraw it after failing to gather enough signatures to be approved. The JFK8 workers re-filed their application in December and recently reached union vote threshold.
Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel denied the allegations to Motherboard, telling the publication: "These allegations are false and we look forward to showing that through this process."
These allegations come from a series of unfair labor practice charges filed by workers in May and June last year. The board investigated the incidents and found merit that they occurred. It has given Amazon February 10th to respond to the complaint and has set a hearing for it on April 5th. In addition to detailing workers' allegations in its complaint, the NLRB has also outlined a series of remedies it wants the company to follow. In particular, it wants Amazon to train its managers, supervisors, security guards and union avoidance consultants on workers' rights to organize and form unions.
Twitter has received the highest number of content removal demands from governments around the world from January to June 2021, the website has revealed in its latest transparency report. To be precise, it received 43,387 legal demands that involve 196,878 accounts. Twitter says those numbers represent the largest increase in content removal requests and accounts reported within a six-month reporting period from the time it started publishing transparency reports in 2012.
One factor that contributed to the spike in accounts reported is the legal demands submitted by Indonesia's Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. The agency flagged 102,363 accounts for posting sexual services and illegal adult content, and Twitter took action on 18,570 of them. Twitter also saw an increase in accounts withheld from the public due to content that allegedly violated Russia's laws against inciting suicide.
Last year, Russian News Agency Tass reported that the country's internet authorities threatened to block Twitter if it doesn't remove "suicide incitement aimed at minors, child pornography, as well as information about the use of drugs" on its website. The authorities also slowed down Twitter's loading speeds for desktop and mobile.
A total of 95 percent of the total global volume of legal demands came from five countries in particular, with Japan remaining as the top requester. Japan is responsible for 43 percent of the legal demands Twitter received, with most of them being about narcotics and drug-related posts, obscenity and financial-related crimes. The other four countries are Russia, Turkey, India and South Korea, in that order.
Based on Twitter's report, there's an upward trend in the number of legal demands Twitter gets, with a huge spike happening in the first half of 2020. It remains to be seen whether those numbers will keep on rising, but Twitter's VP of global public policy Sinead McSweeney expressed her concerns in a statement: "We're facing unprecedented challenges as governments around the world increasingly attempt to intervene and remove content. This threat to privacy and freedom of expression is a deeply worrying trend that requires our full attention."
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is likely to launch alongside the Galaxy Z Flip 4 toward the end of 2022. Here’s what we want to see on the upcoming foldable.
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As the moon follows the sun so 2022 will follow 2021 when it comes to Motorola’s Moto G Stylus series. We’ve already seen some leaked renders of the Moto G Stylus 2022 back in December, and now we can feast our eyes on a new colorway and a promo video. Thanks to 91Mobile, we have […]
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The OnePlus 10 Pro drip-feed continues with the latest drop showing off the smartphone’s camera abilities ahead of the January 11th launch date. This time around it seems that we’ll see tangible signs of the ongoing partnership between OnePlus and Hasselblad which includes a second-generation Pro Mode. The OnePlus 10 Pro will be the brands’ […]
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Should Qualcomm and MediaTek be worried about smartphone companies designing their custom chipsets to offer a personalized experience to users?
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Meta's in-house staff won't have to return to the office for months, but some of its contracted workers are only now getting a similar reprieve. BuzzFeed News has learned subcontractor Accenture has scrapped a requirement that hundreds of Facebook moderators return to in-person work in Mountain View, California on January 24th. The original plan, provided to moderators in late December, would have forced roughly 400 people to work in close proximity while COVID-19's highly infectious Omicron variant is likely to still be rampant.
The announcement led to public and private protests over the decision, including "nearly a dozen" threats to resign, BuzzFeed said. The moderators said it was impossible to maintain Accenture's social distancing requirements given tightly packed offices, closed stairwells, and poor enforcement, and that the company didn't provide exemptions for immunocompromised workers or vulnerable family members.
An Accenture spokesperson confirmed that moderators working from home "should continue to do so" based on COVID-19 health data, and claimed the company worked "collaboratively" to accommodate individuals in compliance with the law. Meta, meanwhile, said it would "continue to prioritize" the health and safety of all workers. Meta's own employees can defer returns to the office to as late as June.
These concerns aren't strictly new. Moderators accused Meta (then Facebook) in 2020 of putting lives at risk by asking some contractors to work from the office even when family members were highly vulnerable. Meta disputed some of the claims at the time, but not all. This also comes after a $ 52 million settlement with moderators who said they developed PTSD and other mental health issues while screening harmful material. However, this latest incident suggests Meta still hasn't shaken concerns about the welfare of its moderation teams.
Apple is expected to release a rugged Apple Watch and Watch SE 2 alongside the Series 8 in 2022
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We help you plan for and shop the best Cyber Monday deals for a wide variety of products.
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Those looking for new portable drives, SD cards and other storage gadgets have a bunch of discounted items to choose from today. Amazon has a one-day sale that knocks up to 25 percent off drives from Western Digital and up to 30 percent off microSD cards, thumb drives and more from SanDisk, Lexar and other brands. While we'll likely see discounts tomorrow during Black Friday proper as well, most of the devices in these sales have lower prices for today only.
Some highlights in the drive sale are the SanDisk Extreme portable drive in 2TB, which is 60 percent off and down to $ 185, plus the Crucial X6 in 2TB and the SanDisk Ultra NAND SSD in 4TB, which are down to $ 143 and $ 300 respectively. The SanDisk Extreme portable drive is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, and it's pretty durable thanks to its IP55-rated design with two-meter drop protection. It also has optional password protection, 256‐bit AES hardware encryption and up to 1,050 MB/s read and up to 1,000 MB/s write speed. Crucial's X6 is also quite compact, with read speeds up to 540 MB/s and a shock and vibration-proof design.
Either of those would make good portable drives for most people, while the SanDisk Ultra NAND SSD is better for anyone looking to upgrade their computer's internal storage. It supports sequential read speeds of up to 560 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 530 MB/s, and when half off like it is today, it's a great choice for PC gamers looking to add a speedy SSD to their setup.
Highlights in the other memory sale include a number of Nintendo Switch-compatible microSD cards and some Lexar Professional SD cards. You can grab an officially licensed 256GB SanDisk microSD card for the Switch for $ 37, or 31 percent off, but if you're looking for the most storage possible, we recommend Lexar's 1TB Play microSD card, which is down to a record low of $ 128. And photographers and videographers may want to pick up one of Lexar's Professional 2000x SD cards to add to their gear while the 64GB model is on sale for $ 60 and the 128GB card is down to $ 100.
Buy SanDisk microSD card (256GB) at Amazon – $ 37Buy Lexar Play microSD card (1TB) at Amazon – $ 128Buy Lexar Professional SD card (64GB) at Amazon – $ 60Buy Lexar Professional SD card (128GB) at Amazon – $ 100
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Qualcomm leads the smartphone chip market, but that’s come despite a confusing naming convention. Moving forward, Snapdragon is all you’ll need to know.
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The promise of 5G home internet still hasn’t been realized for most Americans. We looked into how long it’ll take for it to become a mainstream option.
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Scammers used a new type of phishing campaign, which doesn't use emails, to steal around $ 500,000 worth of cryptocurrency from wallets this past weekend alone. According to Check Point Research, those bad actors purchased Google Ads placements for their fraudulent websites that imitate popular wallets, such as Phantom App and MetaMask. The malicious websites have URLs close to the original's, such as "phantonn.app" — the real service's URL is "phantom.app" — with designs also copied from the real deal.
The scammers will then steal the victim's passphrase if they visit the fake website and type it in. If the victim uses the fake website to create a new wallet, they will be given the attacker's secret recovery phrase. In the event that they use the recovery phrase to log in, they'll actually be logging into the bad actor's account, and any fund transferred to it will go to the scammer. For MetaMask, in particular, the fake website has the option to import an existing wallet. Since doing so requires a seed phrase, the scammers will also get access to it.
As Check Point Research explains, the Phantom App and MetaMask are some of the most popular wallets for Solana and Ethereum. It cross-referenced Reddit forums to come to the conclusion that around half a million dollars were stolen last weekend alone, and it found 11 compromised wallet accounts containing crypto worth between $ 1,000 and $ 10,000. The scammers had already withdrawn funds from those wallets before CPR found them.
CPR says scamming groups are now bidding on keywords on Google Ads, which is a testament to how effective the method is. It's now advising users to examine the wallet's URL closely and to skip Google Ads results altogether so as not to unknowingly fall for the scam.
With Stadia, GeForce Now, Xbox Game Pass, Luna, and Steam, to name just a few gaming libraries, you may have been thinking that one more option could be the one for you. If so, you’ll be glad to learn that Netflix Gaming is coming to Android devices from tomorrow (November 3rd) with no ads or […]
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It’s a few months since Google and Roku’s spat about YouTube TV became public, and now it seems that access to another of the search giant’s apps is also on the line. This time it’s the turn of the YouTube app which could be removed from Roku on December 9th thanks to it and Google […]
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Google may have finally confirmed the October 19th launch date for the Pixel 6 series but that doesn’t mean that the leaks have to stop. Indeed, a UK retailer prematurely posted the listing pages for both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro over the weekend, revealing and confirming almost everything you might want to […]
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The Casio Edifice EQB-1100’s cool chronograph watch looks makes it a tempting alternative to a connected G-Shock, but can the Bluetooth tech compete?
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Shortly after Japan's Hayabusa2 probe returned to Earth, JAXA showed off some of the samples it collected from asteroid Ryugu. Those rocks came from the “A” chamber of the probe’s sample capsule, which means they were collected during the mission’s f…
If you’ve bought a phone for someone (or for yourself) this festive season then you might want to grab a case to keep it in pristine condition to accompany it. If so, there’s no need to break the bank because Totallee has reduced the cost of any non-iPhone 12 cases down to just five bucks. […]
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The Voyager probes are still contributing to science over 40 years later and billions of miles from home. Researchers have detected a new form of cosmic ray electron burst using instruments aboard Voyager 1 and 2. Coronal mass ejections from the Sun…
Once feared to be heading for oblivion when faced with gaming consoles such as the Xbox and the PlayStation, PC gaming has stood the test of time and is more popular than ever. Those in the know will already be familiar with the Glorious brand of PC gaming accessories, but if you are only just […]
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We’ve got another robot vacuum deal for you today in the form of the RoboVac 35C from Eufy that will both increase your relaxation time and save you $ 150. This means you are getting a smart vacuum that can be controlled via an app on your smartphone for half its regular price from Target. Able […]
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The first-generation Moto Razr foldable may not have been the hit out of the park that Motorola would have liked, but the follow-up has shown that the smartphone company is capable of learning from its mistakes. The Moto Razr 5G features better quality building materials, an improved processor with more capable cameras, and includes 5G […]
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If the Pixel 4a was almost the right phone for you but a little small and the Pixel 5 too pricey, perhaps the Pixel 4a 5G is the phone you need. Sporting a 6.2-inch OLED display and powered by the Snapdragon 765 processor, the Pixel 4a 5G is now on sale for $ 499, although you […]
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If the Pixel 4a 5G is a tad expensive for your tastes, we’ve got what could be the cheapest way to buy a new 5G smartphone in the US in the form of the TCL 10 5G UW from Verizon for a grand total of $ 120. This means you save $ 280 on a phone with […]
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Remember when Google announced yesterday that it was pulling the free unlimited high-quality tier from Google Photos on June 1st, 2021? And current and future Pixel owners were like, well that’s one more reason to buy a Pixel? Well, they may have been both right and wrong at the same time. Anyone who buys a […]
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Microsoft gave up on Windows Phone, but lately we’ve seen a hard pivot into turning Android as the mobile companion to Windows 10. Every couple months it seems like we get a new feature teased that makes your smartphone and computer sync up a little bit better. Windows 10 Android apps The latest tease comes […]
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Virgin Galactic started preparing for the first spaceflight out of its new Spaceport America HQ in New Mexico last month. Back then, the aerospace company only said that its flight planning window will open on October 22nd, but it didn’t give a more…
With an awkward meeting of cars and alcohol consumption, Tesla is actually going to release branded liquor. Tesla Tequila is available to order now on its site, offering “an exclusive, small-batch premium 100% de agave tequila añejo” for $ 250.As with…
Uber and other ride-hailing and delivery companies in California have prevailed in a $ 220 million dollar gambit to keep workers as independent contractors. Proposition 22, a side ballot to overturn a California law that made drivers full employees, p…
Mobile operators in the UK will be banned from selling smartphones locked to their networks, according to the regulator Ofcom (via the BBC). The rule will take effect starting in December 2021 and affect companies that still sell locked handsets, spe…
You might not have to depend on Google Podcasts if you’re asking Assistant to play your favorite serialized audio show. Android Police and its readers have discovered that Google is adding support for third-party podcast services, starting with Spoti…
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