Millions of iPhones won’t get new iOS 16 update as models incompatible

Apple has announced its new iPhone update, iOS 16, but millions are set to miss out simply because their phone is too old. Several models of the phone will be unable to upgrade to the new version of the software, which was announced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) event this week. You will need an iPhone 8 or later to get the new iOS 16 software. Two generations of iPhone have been cut off – the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7- and the first generation iPhone SE also will not be compatible, although it was with iOS 15.5. … Continue reading Millions of iPhones won’t get new iOS 16 update as models incompatible

Canada to ban China’s Huawei and ZTE from its 5G networks

Canada says it will ban two of China’s biggest telecoms equipment makers from working on its 5G phone networks. The restrictions against Huawei and ZTE were announced by the country’s industry minister on Thursday. Francois-Philippe Champagne says the move will improve Canada’s mobile internet services and “protect the safety and security of Canadians”. Several nations – including the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand – have already put restrictions on the firms. The four countries, along with Canada, make up an intelligence-sharing arrangement named ‘Five Eyes’. It evolved during the cold war as a mechanism for monitoring the Soviet Union and sharing classified … Continue reading Canada to ban China’s Huawei and ZTE from its 5G networks

Google Translate adds 24 new languages

Global tech giant Google has added 24 new languages spoken by more than 300 million people to its Google Translate platform. Ten of the new additions are in Africa, including Lingala, Twi and Tigrinya. “For years, Google Translate has helped break down language barriers and connect communities all over the world,” the US based company said. It added that it now wants to help those whose languages “aren’t represented in most technology”. The new languages range from Bhojpuri, which is spoken by as many as 50 million people in northern India, Nepal and Fiji, to Dhiveri with its estimated 300,000 speakers … Continue reading Google Translate adds 24 new languages

Musk says he would reverse Twitter’s ‘foolish’ ban on Trump

Billionaire Elon Musk, who is set to buy Twitter, has said he would reverse the platform’s “foolish” ban on former US president Donald Trump if his acquisition goes through.Elon Musk The tech tycoon said: “Permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for accounts that are bots or spam, scam accounts. I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump. “I think that was a mistake because it alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice.” “I would reverse the permanent ban,” Mr Musk added. “I don’t … Continue reading Musk says he would reverse Twitter’s ‘foolish’ ban on Trump

People can now get contact info cut from Google search results

Personal contact information such as your phone number, email or home address, can now be removed from Google search results. Previously, individuals could remove links to contact information when it had been published maliciously – so-called “doxxing”. Now people can request removal if it poses other risks, for example of “harmful direct contact”. Google warns that the information will still exist online. “It’s important to remember that removing content from Google Search won’t remove it from the internet, which is why you may wish to contact the hosting site directly, if you’re comfortable doing so,” Michelle Chang, Google’s global policy … Continue reading People can now get contact info cut from Google search results

India blocks 22 YouTube news channels citing national security

India’s government on Tuesday said it has banned 22 YouTube channels, including four of Pakistani origin, for disinformation on subjects concerning national security and public order, the latest such federal crackdown in the country. The country’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting said the blocked YouTube channels had a combined total of 2.6 billion viewers. The government, which invoked “emergency powers” under India’s IT laws, said it had for the first time blocked 18 Indian YouTube channels, with previous actions focusing on accounts it has said operated from neighbouring Pakistan. “Multiple YouTube channels were used to post fake news on various … Continue reading India blocks 22 YouTube news channels citing national security

Twitter confirms it is working on an edit button

Twitter has confirmed that it is working on an edit button that would allow users to change tweets after they have been posted. It comes after new board member, Tesla boss Elon Musk, asked his followers in a Twitter poll whether they wanted the feature. Many users have long called for an edit button but there are concerns about how to execute it. Twitter said it would start testing the idea in the coming months. The social media firm’s communications team tweeted: “Now that everyone is asking… yes, we’ve been working on an edit feature since last year! “No, we … Continue reading Twitter confirms it is working on an edit button

Europe agrees new law to curb Big Tech dominance

European lawmakers have agreed on new rules which they hope will curb the dominance of Big Tech companies. Under the Digital Markets Act (DMA), giants such as Google and Apple will be forced to open up their services and platforms to other businesses. Major technology firms have long faced criticism that they use their market dominance to squeeze out competition. “What we want is simple: fair markets…in digital,” said EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager. “Large gatekeeper platforms have prevented businesses and consumers from the benefit of competitive digital markets,” she said. The announcement is the biggest regulatory move yet from … Continue reading Europe agrees new law to curb Big Tech dominance

Multiple Apple services suffer outages

A number of Apple services experienced outages on Monday, Apple’s support page has confirmed. The areas affected included the App Store, iMessage, Maps, Apple Arcade, the iTunes store, podcasts and Apple TV+. Apple’s system status page now shows that all of its services are back up and running. Some of Apple’s network was down for three hours. A number of iCloud services had been affected, including calendar and mail. Apple confirmed its systems had faced outages but has not commented on the reason for the issue. According to outage tracking website Downdetector.com, more than 4,000 users had reported issues with accessing … Continue reading Multiple Apple services suffer outages

Australia sues Facebook over scam ads impersonating celebrities

Australia has launched legal action against Facebook’s parent company Meta, alleging it allowed scam ads to target users with fake celebrity endorsements. The tech giant had engaged in “false, misleading or deceptive conduct” by knowingly hosting the ads for bogus cryptocurrencies, a regulator said. The US company could face financial and other penalties. Meta is yet to comment but has previously said it is committed to keeping scammers off its platforms. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says the ads in question used Facebook’s algorithms to target susceptible users and featured bogus quotes by Australian celebrities. Identities used without … Continue reading Australia sues Facebook over scam ads impersonating celebrities

Fitbit recalls Ionic watch following skin burns

Fitbit has recalled one of its fitness-tracking smartwatches due to the risk of it overheating and burning people. The company, now owned by Google, said it had issued a voluntary recall of the Fitbit Ionic watch. It will give people who purchased the device a refund of $299 (£225) and a discount on a replacement product. The Fitbit Ionic was manufactured between 2017 and 2020, and about 1.7 million of them were sold internationally. None of its other fitness trackers are affected by the recall. Fitbit had received more than 170 reports of the lithium battery in its Ionic watch … Continue reading Fitbit recalls Ionic watch following skin burns

North Korea hackers stole $400m of cryptocurrency in 2021, report says

North Korean hackers stole almost $400m (£291m) worth of digital assets in at least seven attacks on cryptocurrency platforms last year, a report claims. Blockchain analysis company Chainalysis said it was one of most successful years on record for cyber-criminals in the closed east Asian state. The attacks mainly targeted investment firms and centralised exchanges. North Korea has routinely denied being involved in hack attacks attributed to them. “From 2020 to 2021, the number of North Korean-linked hacks jumped from four to seven, and the value extracted from these hacks grew by 40%,” Chainalysis said in a report. The hackers used … Continue reading North Korea hackers stole $400m of cryptocurrency in 2021, report says