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Delta is now officially available on the iOS App Store. (Image via Delta Emulator)

Delta multi-system emulator lands on official iOS App Store

Delta, the multi-system console emulator developer by Riley Testut, is now available on the official iOS App Store. The emulator was previously available only through Testut's AltStore service, which would use some iOS trickery to...
Sam Medley, 18 Apr 2024 18:06
A satellite Internet connection is much harder to control/regulate than normal one. (Image source: AI generated)

Elon Musk's Starlink forced to go on hold by officials in Zimbabwe

Starlink users in Zimbabwe face losing access to satellite Internet for an unknown period of time, much like their counterparts in Botswana and South Africa have. The problem appears to be one of a regulatory nature; officials of ...
Sergey Tarasov, 17 Apr 2024 15:55
New York City's official government chatbot seems to be confused about some laws and regulations. (Image: DALL-E 3 AI-generated image)

New York City government chatbot advises businesses to break laws

An AI-powered chatbot officially sanctioned by the government of New York City has been advising some business owners to skirt the law or fully violate city ordinances. The chatbot, which was implemented to help businesses navigat...
Sam Medley, 05 Apr 2024 16:04
Popular messenger service WhatsApp will soon update its privacy policy and terms of use.

WhatsApp users facing possible account suspension: new terms and conditions from April 11

Popular messenger service WhatsApp will soon update its privacy policy and terms of use. Users must agree to the new regulations, or their account may be suspended.
Ronald Matta, 29 Mar 2024 00:37
The Apple Watch notoriously does not support Android smartphones at all. (Image source: Apple)

Apple blames technical limitations for Apple Watch Android support failure — internal company emails disagree

The Apple Watch has evaded Android compatibility for nearly a decade now. Apple claims this was due to technical limitations, but an internal company email from 2019 suggests it was to protect Apple's iPhone sales and the ecosyste...
Julian van der Merwe, 22 Mar 2024 23:39
Suyu has been removed from GitLab. (Image: Suyu logo w/ edits)

Nintendo Switch emulator Suyu issued DMCA takedown, removed from GitLab

Suyu, the follow-up to the popular Nintendo Switch emulator Yuzu, has been removed from GitLab following a DMCA takedown request issued by a "rightsholder." Suyu's developers' accounts were also blocked. The takedown comes just da...
Sam Medley, 22 Mar 2024 16:06
AltStore has been one of the best and safest ways to sideload on iOS, but can they finally go legit? (Source: AltStore)

AltStore could finally give iPhone users the freedom to install what they like, but only if you live in the EU

CheckMag For those familiar with sideloading on iOS, AltStore has been a staple for many years. Allowing users to sideload any app onto an un-jailbroken device with the use of a free Apple developer account. Now AltStore is going legit, bu...
David Devey, 17 Mar 2024 06:09
There are currently no comparable restrictions for other messengers such as Telegram or Signal. (Source: DallE 3)

WhatsApp restricts screenshot function

To make life difficult for cyber criminals, Meta is restricting the screenshot function when using WhatsApp. However, the update has not yet arrived on all smartphones.
Marius Müller, 15 Mar 2024 12:45
TikTok previously faced a potential ban during the Trump Administration in 2020. (Source: Alexander Shatov on Unsplash/edited)

TikTok ban: US moves one step closer to outright banning short video pioneer after House of Representatives vote

The US House of Representatives has passed the “Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act” putting TikTok one step closer to a complete ban in the US. The bill, if passed into law, will force ByteDanc...
Fawad Murtaza, 14 Mar 2024 05:41
A recent survey reveals that teens have more complex thoughts on smartphone usage than you might expect. (Image source: Robin Worrall on Unsplash - edited)

Teens divided on smartphones: peace, also anxiety reported as smartphone separation side-effects

A recent study exposes a gap in the way many US teens think about their smartphones. Around three quarters feel that they are more peaceful without them, while almost half still complain of separation anxiety.
Julian van der Merwe, 13 Mar 2024 00:28
Developers will soon be able to offer direct iOS apps downloads from a website in the EU. (Image via Apple and Wikimedia Commons, w/ edits)

Apple to allow iOS app downloads directly from developer websites

Apple will soon push an update that will allow software developers to distribute their software to iOS devices directly from their websites. This is in addition to alternative app stores, but this practice will only be available t...
Sam Medley, 12 Mar 2024 17:23
It appears that, even without direct prompts, AI image generators are able to recreate classic photos, like the Lunch Atop a Skyscraper. (Image source: Public domain / DALL-E via PetaPixel)

Photographer highlights generative AI copyright minefield, creates convincing copies of "most iconic photos of all time"

A photographer set out with the goal of recreating some of the most recognisable images of all time using Midjourney and DALL-E. In a surprise to absolutely no-one, the AI systems were able to surprisingly accurately recreate each...
Julian van der Merwe, 08 Mar 2024 07:56
Apple hits back at public criticism of its policies by Epic Games's Tim Sweeney. (Image source: Apple / Epic Games - edited)

Apple punishes Epic Games over spicy social media comments, closes Epic developer account before EGS store launches on iOS

The latest development in the war between Apple and Epic Games sees the tech giant close down Epic's developer account. Supposedly the reason for the account closure? A spicy social media post by Epic CEO, Tim Sweeney, on X (forme...
Julian van der Merwe, 08 Mar 2024 00:01
The Yuzu emulator is officially dead. (Image: Yuzu logo w/ edits)

Nintendo Switch emulator Yuzu officially shuts down in settlement with Nintendo

The developers behind Yuzu, a Nintendo Switch emulator, have officially shut the project down after settling a lawsuit filed against them by Nintendo earlier this month. In the proposed settlement, the developers will also have to...
Sam Medley, 04 Mar 2024 20:27
Home Screen web apps will remain in iOS 17.4. (Image via Apple w/ edits)

Apple backpedals on decision to kill Home Screen web apps in EU

In a statement released on its developer page, Apple announced it has changed its mind regarding Home Screen web apps. While the company earlier said it would no longer allow web apps as of iOS 17.4, the company has backpedaled an...
Sam Medley, 01 Mar 2024 21:04
EmulationStation Desktop Edition was pulled from the Amazon App Store. (Image: Emulation Station logo)

EmulationStation emulator frontend delisted from Amazon App Store, other emulators still available

EmulationStation Desktop Edition, or ES-DE, was recently made available on the Amazon App Store. However, Amazon has now delisted the application. Interestingly, several emulators are still available on the Amazon App Store, and h...
Sam Medley, 29 Feb 2024 17:46
A screenshot from a dark web site taken by ThreatMon claims that ransomware group Mogilevich has stolen nearly 200 GB of data from Epic Games. (Image source: ThreatMon on X)

Epic Games data breach allegedly exposes 189 GB of customer data, source code — company denies claims

Ransomware group Mogilevich has reportedly managed to access 189 GB of Epic Games's customer data in a recent data breach. The group claims to be in possession of emails, usernames, passwords, payment information, and source code,...
Julian van der Merwe, 28 Feb 2024 20:08
Content published on WordPress and Tumblr may soon be used to train AI models. (Image: DALL-E-3 generated image)

Owner of WordPress and Tumblr reportedly in talks to sell user content to train AI

The company that owns WordPress and Tumblr is allegedly working out a deal to sell content created on those sites to AI companies for training AI bots. While users will reportedly be given the option to opt out of this program, it...
Sam Medley, 28 Feb 2024 16:33
An Android trojan resurface by piggybacking on apps available on Google Play. (Image via Android w/ edits)

Anatsa malware targeting European Android users via apps on Google Play app store

Anatsa is a trojan that specifically targets banking use on Android smartphones. Deployed by seemingly innocuous apps on Google Play, the malware has infected more than 100,000 European users.
Sam Medley, 19 Feb 2024 18:48
Intel is no longer allowed to sell a number of CPUs in Germany (symbolic image, Badar ul islam Majid)

Patents: Intel loses legal dispute, extensive sales ban on processors in Germany

Intel has lost a patent dispute in Germany and is no longer allowed to sell certain processors in the country. But this may not yet be the end of the matter.
Silvio Werner, 08 Feb 2024 07:57
Bitcoin (DALL·E 3-generated image)

German police breaks previous record with $2.1 billion Bitcoin seizure

As part of an ongoing investigation that involves German authorities, an unnamed forensic IT company from Munich, and the FBI. Roughly 50,000 bitcoins were seized from two people suspected of money laundering and more. The two ind...
Codrut Nistor, 01 Feb 2024 18:19
Meta’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg at F8 2019. Image source: Meta

Senators grill Meta's Zuckerberg, CEOs of Tiktok and X for failing to protect minors and children

A growing number of minors are being harmed online, which worries lawmakers. However, some social media companies are supposedly ignoring the problem. Mark Zuckerberg expressed regret to families on the negative effects of social ...
Robert Gelo, 31 Jan 2024 19:59
Apple may still make money on sideloaded apps. (Image via Apple and Getty Images, w/ edits)

Apple may charge fees and review apps installed via sideloading

According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is planning to institute policies that will charge fees related to apps installed on an iPhone outside the App Store. These new policies would only apply in Europe, per the Journal, in r...
Sam Medley, 24 Jan 2024 16:44
A recent dump of breached accounts included 12 TB of data. (Images: stock photos w/ edits)

"Mother of all Breaches:" Massive data leak includes 12 TB of hacked info across billions of accounts

Dubbed the "Mother of all Breaches" by Cybernews, a massive leak containing over 12 terabytes of data was recently discovered. The data includes information from billions of accounts and records from large corporations like Twitte...
Sam Medley, 23 Jan 2024 17:06
The SEC's X account was hacked earlier this week, resulting in fake news about Bitcoin ETFs being spread. (Image via Shutterstock and SEC, w/ edits)

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission X account hacked

The X account of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, which oversees and regulates investments, was hacked earlier this week. The hackers created a false post stating that Bitcoin ETFs had been approved for tradin...
Sam Medley, 13 Jan 2024 00:19
iPhone owners in the US are now receiving compensation (symbolic image by Bagus Hernawan)

iPhone: Compensation payments to customers due to Batterygate are underway - and are quite substantial

Apple is now compensating customers who were affected by deliberate processor slowdowns as part of the Batterygate scandal. These are by no means penny amounts.
Silvio Werner, 08 Jan 2024 23:19
Image source: PhotoMIX Company/Pexels

Google set to resolve $5 Billion privacy lawsuit

The lawsuit argues that millions of users who believed they were browsing anonymously had their internet activity covertly monitored by Google.
Robert Gelo, 29 Dec 2023 16:50
The Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2's pulse oximetry tech is the subject of a recent lawsuit (Image Source: Apple)

Apple Watch sales resume after US Appeals Court pauses ban

The recently imposed ban on sale/import of the Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 has been temporarily lifted by a US Court of Appeals order. While online sale has resumed today, all Apple Stores will have them in stock by December ...
Vishal Bhardwaj, 28 Dec 2023 19:29
The LAION-5B dataset contains over 5.8 billion image-text pairs (Image Source: LAION - edited)

Largest AI training image dataset taken offline after discovery of troubling illicit material

A Stanford study has discovered thousands of explicit images of child abuse in LAION-5B, the largest image dataset for training AI models, including Stable Diffusion. Following this revelation, LAION has temporarily taken its data...
Vishal Bhardwaj, 23 Dec 2023 09:15
Discovery won't fade off PlayStation's platform after all. (Image via Discovery TV and PlayStation w/ edits)

PlayStation backpedals on decision to remove Discovery TV content from platform

In a reversal of its decision to remove Discovery TV from its platform earlier this month, PlayStation will continue to host Discovery TV content. This comes as relief to some users who were informed that Discovery TV content they...
Sam Medley, 22 Dec 2023 17:54
Screenshots of the Telegram group show camera footage from bedrooms for sale

Hacked security cam footage from bedrooms, dressing rooms, spas found to be on sale on Telegram group

A disturbing Telegram group has been found selling private footage from hacked security cameras placed in bedrooms, dressing rooms, toilets and spas around Vietnam. The hackers offer three tiers of paid access to the camera footag...
Vishal Bhardwaj, 21 Dec 2023 17:07
X (Twitter) violates GDPR and DSA: Illegal micro-targeting for political advertising

X (Twitter) violates GDPR and Digital Services Act: Illegal micro-targeting for political advertising

The EU Commission has been placing advertisements on X for planned chat control. To this end, they have been specifically evaluating and contacting users based on political interests. The fact that this is possible on the platform...
Christian Hintze, 15 Dec 2023 00:16
Almost 7 million 23andMe users were affected in a recent data breach. (Image via 23andMe w/ edits)

Genetic testing company 23andMe discloses security breach affecting 6.9 million users

23andMe, a company known for tracing ancestry via genetic testing, recently closed an investigation into unauthorized access of user accounts. The investigation revealed that roughly 6.9 user accounts were affected in the breach, ...
Sam Medley, 06 Dec 2023 20:05
The EU is providing 1.2 billion euros for a European cloud computing project

EU provides 1.2 billion euros for European cloud computing project

The cloud business is currently and clearly dominated by US companies. This has various disadvantages for countries outside the US, such possible data protection issues and loss of potential revenue. Now, the EU is finally getting...
Christian Hintze, 06 Dec 2023 01:44
Signal: How much it costs to run a messenger app

Signal: How much it costs to run a messenger app

Under the headline "Privacy is Priceless, but Signal is Expensive", non-commercial messenger Signal provides interesting insights into the infrastructure of a messenger app and its costs.
Christian Hintze, 18 Nov 2023 22:57
Apple iPhone SE teardown (Source: Vrm24)

Apple faces US$2 billion battery-related lawsuit in UK

Over a year ago, consumer rights activist Justin Gutmann filed a lawsuit against Apple concerning the alleged throttling of iPhones which occurred in 2017. Last week, Apple failed to stop the case from going to trial. If the Cuper...
Codrut Nistor, 06 Nov 2023 10:08
The PlayStation 5 is getting burned on the Elder Scrolls 6's launch. (Image via Angela from Pixabay w/ edits)

Elder Scrolls 6 won't launch on PlayStation 5, will release in 2026 at soonest

Court documents released from the FTC's case against Microsoft reveal that The Elder Scrolls 6, the hotly anticipated game in Bethesda's popular fantasy franchise, won't release until 2026 at the earliest. Additionally, the game w...
Sam Medley, 18 Sep 2023 18:34
TikTok gets told. (Source: TikTok)

TikTok slapped with ~US$370 million fine for mis-handling underage user data

The Republic of Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) has concluded that TikTok has violated various aspects of GDPR as it relates to "child users". The social media giant faces a "reprimand" as well as a multi-million-euro f...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 17 Sep 2023 15:15
Amazon and Microsoft are being fined heavily by the FTC for violating privacy laws. (Image Source: @simplicity on Unsplash)

Amazon to cough up more than US$30 million and Microsoft US$20 million to FTC over Ring, Alexa, and Xbox privacy violations

The U.S. FTC has fined Amazon and Microsoft for violating privacy laws. Amazon is being fined over US$30 million over breach of user privacy and COPPA non-compliance with its Ring and Alexa systems. The trade commission also requi...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 06 Jun 2023 19:30
Sonos One smart speaker (Source: Sonos)

Google fined over US$30 million for patent infringement

Although Sonos sued Google over six patent infringements, the US$32.5 million penalty comes as the result of a single infringement. The judge has ruled that the other five patents were not infringed. However, Sonos has made a stat...
Codrut Nistor, 27 May 2023 15:10
The FBI has seized Genesis Marketplace, a hub for hackers used to sell stolen logins. (Image via FBI)

FBI shuts down Genesis Marketplace, a popular site for selling stolen logins

Genesis Marketplace, one of the largest marketplaces for selling stolen login credentials, has been seized by the FBI. The takedown involved cooperation between agencies from multiple countries across Europe and North America.
Sam Medley, 05 Apr 2023 20:47
Samsung Display seeks to kill the independant repair scene in the United States (image via Samsung)

Samsung Display seeks to ban all aftermarket AMOLED screen imports to the United States

Samsung Display has appealed to the United States FTC to enforce a sweeping ban for all aftermarket/refurbished AMOLED screens in the country. If enforced, such a law runs the risk of gutting the entire independent repair industry...
Anil Ganti, 12 Jan 2023 13:13
Twitter is hit by a new scandal. (Source: Twitter)

Twitter: 400 million user profiles reportedly up for sale following new data breach

A database containing an allegedly "devastating" amount of personal data is reportedly being offered for sale by a "threat actor" that claims to have derived the information from a vulnerability in Twitter's defences. According to...
Deirdre O'Donnell, 27 Dec 2022 15:43
Sam Bankman-Fried has been spending time with the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services. (Image source: Wikipedia/Bahamas.gov - edited)

Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried faces up to 115 years of jail time in the US while currently detained in tough Bahamian prison

Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder and former CEO of FTX, has been arrested and detained in the Bahamas. The entrepreneur, who has now lost his billionaire status, could end up being sentenced to as much as 115 years in prison after b...
Daniel R Deakin, 15 Dec 2022 11:32
Apple may soon officially bring sideloading to iOS, allowing users to sidestep the App Store (Image via "Rugger" by W. W. Wakefield and Apple, w/ edits)

Apple may soon support sideloading apps in iOS

If the words of a prominent Apple analyst are to be believed, Apple could soon introduce sideloading to iOS. This would allow users to install applications on an iPhone without using the App Store, opening the door to applications...
Sam Medley, 14 Dec 2022 21:59
The EU will require most electronics to have USB-C charging by December 28, 2024. (Image via Wikicommons w/ edits)

European Union sets December 28, 2024 as hard date for smartphones to include USB-C charging

The European Union has set December 28, 2024 as the hard date when most electronics must include USB-C charging in order to be sold in EU member states. Perhaps most notably, this will force Apple to fully abandon its Lightning st...
Sam Medley, 09 Dec 2022 21:38
Leaked documents suggest that Twitter executives had an active hand in influencing the 2020 U.S. election. (Image: Twitter logo w/ edits)

The Twitter Files: Leaked documents suggest Twitter execs actively influenced 2020 U.S. presidential campaign

In a thread posted on Twitter, journalist Matt Taibbi discussed documents and messages he obtained from Twitter employees and Elon Musk that suggest Twitter took an active role in influencing the 2020 U.S. presidential election. T...
Sam Medley, 03 Dec 2022 18:51
Ireland's Data Protection Commission has ordered a €265 million fine against Meta for a massive data breach. (Image: stock image and Meta logo, w/ edits)

Meta fined €265 million by Ireland's Data Protection Commission

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, has been fined €265 million (~US$275 million) by Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) due to a data breach affecting Facebook during 2019. This breach affected over 500 mil...
Sam Medley, 28 Nov 2022 22:08
A new lawsuit claims that Apple continues to collect user data even when users have specifically opted out of data tracking. (Image via Apple)

Apple continues to collect iPhone user data regardless of privacy settings, lawsuit alleges

A new lawsuit alleges that Apple continues to collect user data in stock iPhone apps even when users have opted out of data tracking. This tracking contradicts assurances that Apple safeguards user privacy and can completely disab...
Sam Medley, 16 Nov 2022 05:18
Santander UK to block payments to crypto exchanges in 2023 (Source: Glasgow Live)

Santander will block all payments to crypto exchanges for UK customers next year

Although the timeline is not public yet, UK customers of the Santander bank will no longer be able to acquire crypto in less than a year. As a new move in its fight to protect customers from scams, the bank will block online, mobi...
Codrut Nistor, 07 Nov 2022 21:06

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