Saturday, 01 Apr, 2023


iPhone maker sees revenue slump as demand weakens

Apple's biggest supplier Foxconn says its revenue last month fell by 11.65% compared to the same period in 2022 due to weaker demand for electronics. However, February revenue was more than $13bn (£10.8bn), the second highest figure on record for the month. Foxconn added

Twitter can’t protect you from trolls any more: insiders

Twitter insiders have told the BBC that the company is no longer able to protect users from trolling, state-co-ordinated disinformation and child sexual exploitation, following lay-offs and changes under owner Elon Musk. Exclusive academic data plus testimony from Twitter users backs

Father of cellphone sees dark side but also hope in new tech

The man credited with inventing the cellphone 50 years ago had only one concern then about the brick-sized device with a long antenna: Would it work? These days Martin Cooper frets like everybody else about his invention’s impacts on society — from the loss of privacy to

White House says it’s open to tighter restrictions on TikTok

The White House has said it is open to further action on curbing TikTok as legislation to ban the Chinese-owned app in the United States began making its way through the US Congress. The video-sharing service has more than a billion users worldwide, including more than 100 million in

Canada bans TikTok on government devices

Canada will ban video app TikTok from all government-issued devices starting on Tuesday. The decision follows a review by Canada's chief information officer, and the app "presents an unacceptable level of risk to privacy and security", a government spokesperson said in a

WhatsApp now let beta users keep messages from disappearing

Meta-owned messaging platform WhatsApp is reportedly rolling out a new feature, which will allow users to keep messages from disappearing on iOS and Android beta. This feature is rolled out to some beta testers after installing the latest beta version of the application from the Play

Nokia launches DIY repairable budget Android phone

Nokia has announced one of the first budget Android smartphones designed to be repaired at home allowing users to swap out the battery in under five minutes in partnership with iFixit. Launched before Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Saturday, the Nokia G22 has a removable back

European Commission bans TikTok on staff devices

Staff working at the European Commission have been ordered to remove the TikTok app from their phones and corporate devices. The commission said it was implementing the measure to "protect data and increase cybersecurity". TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, has

Facebook's subscription plan fails to impress

Meta's subscription plan for Facebook and Instagram has left a lot of people scratching their heads.  After a similar move last year by Twitter, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced at the weekend an option to pay up to $14.99 (around €14) a month for a blue

NASA's Chandra Discovers Giant Black Holes on Collision Course

A new study using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has tracked two pairs of supermassive black holes in dwarf galaxies on collision courses, as discussed in our latest press release. This is the first evidence for such an impending encounter, providing scientists with important

Users can soon earn money from Twitter, says Musk

Twitter CEO Elon Musk said that the micro-blogging platform is "spinning up subscriptions" so that users can "charge" their followers for specific content. When one user posted a long tweet with the new Blue feature that allows subscribers to create tweets of up to

Instagram and Facebook to get paid-for verification

Instagram and Facebook users will now be able to pay for a blue tick verification, parent company Meta has announced. Meta Verified will cost $11.99 (£9.96) a month on web, or $14.99 for iPhone users. It will be available in Australia and New Zealand this week. Mark

Twitter to charge users to secure accounts via text message

Twitter said on Friday it will allow only paid subscribers to use text messages as a two-factor authentication (2FA) method to secure their accounts. After March 20, “only Twitter Blue subscribers will be able to use text messages as their two-factor authentication method,”

Neal Mohan to be new YouTube CEO after Susan Wojcicki

Neal Mohan will become the new CEO. He came over to Google during the DoubleClick acquisition in 2007 and later became senior vice president of Display and Video Ads. He became YouTube’s chief product officer in 2015. Indian-American Neal Mohan will take over as the new CEO of

Apple’s iOS 16.4 beta brings new emoji, web app notifications, and more

Apple has just released the iOS 16.4 beta for developers and anyone else who wants a really early look at the new software. This is the first beta for iOS 16.4, following numerous releases for iOS 16.3. The first highlighted items for iOS 16.4 are the new Unicode 15 emoji. These are

APICTA suspends BASIS for not attending Pakistan programme

Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Executive Committee (EXCO) has suspended BASIS IT Association for 2 years. The action was taken against BASIS for not complying with a directive to physically attend an award programme in Pakistan last year. The ban will not apply to participants

Google to expand misinformation ‘prebunking’ in Europe

After seeing promising results in Eastern Europe, Google will initiate a new campaign in Germany that aims to make people more resilient to the corrosive effects of online misinformation. The tech giant plans to release a series of short videos highlighting the techniques common to

ChatGPT takes on the tough US medical licensing exam

The artificial intelligence system scored passing or near passing results on the US medical licensing exam, according to a study published on Thursday. "Reaching the passing score for this notoriously difficult expert exam, and doing so without any human reinforcement, marks a

Hackers say they halted online broadcast of Iran president’s speech

Digital activists supporting anti-government protests in Iran said they hacked an online broadcast by state television of a speech by President Ebrahim Raisi on Saturday marking the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The Edalat-e Ali group posted a video of the purported interruption of

Google cautions against ‘hallucinating’ chatbots — report

The boss of Google’s search engine warned against the pitfalls of artificial intelligence in chatbots in a newspaper interview published on Saturday, as Google parent company Alphabet battles to compete with blockbuster app ChatGPT. “This kind of artificial intelligence