Thursday, August 5, 2021

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Instagram makes new under-16s’ accounts private by default to protect children from abusers

Government legislation in several countries now puts the onus on technology giants to ensure sufficient safeguards to protect children.

Facebook assembles team to build ‘metaverse’

The 'metaverse' refers to a shared online world in which multiple users can hang out, spend money, consume media and potentially even work.

Netflix looks to video games to boost growth

Netflix says it views gaming as 'another new content category'.

Xiaomi grabs number two spot in surging smartphone market, survey shows

Samsung holds its top position with Apple in third place and Oppo and Vivo in fourth and fifth.

WhatsApp tests breaking free from smartphones

Facebook engineers say the new feature will allow WhatsApp to be used on phones and 'up to four other non-phone devices simultaneously – even if your phone battery is dead'.

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan announces divorce

Aamir Khan and his wife of 15 years, film-maker Kiran Rao, say they began a planned separation some time ago.

TikTok bumps up video length to 3 minutes

TikTok is believed to have one billion users worldwide including more than 100 million in the US, and is especially popular with young smartphone users.

Spending in mobile apps surges to new high, survey shows

Globally, spending in mobile games hit US$44.7 billion in the first half of this year, up nearly 18% from the same period in 2020.

End of road for controversial Snapchat ‘speed filter’

The feature referred to as a 'speed filter' let Snapchat users capture their speed in an image they could then fire off to friends, prompting concerns and lawsuits over the potential for dangerously distracted driving.

Cyberpunk 2077 returning to PlayStation store, Sony says

Sony says it recommends playing the title on PS4 Pro or PS5 for the best experience.

Microsoft taking Xbox games directly to TVs

The Xbox team is working with TV makers to embed software that will let video games typically enjoyed on its consoles be played directly from the cloud, requiring only hand-held controllers.

Facebook working on smartwatch

Smartwatch features will reportedly include cameras, and will integrate with Facebook apps such as Instagram.

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