Facebook security breach: Up to 50m accounts attacked

Facebook says almost 50 million of its users were left exposed by a security flaw. The company said attackers were able to exploit a vulnerability in a feature known as “View As” to gain control of people’s accounts. The breach was discovered on Tuesday, Facebook said, and it has informed police. Users that had potentially […]

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PlayStation backs down in Fortnite cross-play row

Sony is to let gamers on PlayStation consoles play against those using rival devices, the company has announced. Many games already let those using a PC, Nintendo Switch or Xbox One play together online, but Sony had refused to take part. It had previously cited child protection as one of the reasons it blocked cross-play. […]

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Sony unveils mini PlayStation Classic console

Sony has announced a miniature version of the first PlayStation console, which originally launched in 1994. The mini version will come with 20 retro titles, including Final Fantasy VII and Tekken 3. The PlayStation Classic is around half the size of the original and is due to launch on 3 December. One expert said nostalgia […]

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WEF: Robots ‘will create more jobs than they displace’

Millions of jobs are likely to be displaced by automation but we have less to fear from robots than some might think, a report from the World Economic Forum has suggested. The Swiss think tank predicts that robots will displace 75 million jobs globally by 2022 but create 133 million new ones – a “net […]

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Tech Tent: Has crypto-currency peaked?

If you believe crypto-currencies are the future this has not been a good week. The value of Ethereum, Bitcoin’s main rival and “the future of crypto” not so long ago, has lurched ever lower and is now 80% below its peak. Meanwhile, US regulators have acted against companies involved in crypto-currencies and initial coin offerings […]

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Apple launch: Bigger! Faster! Pricier! Innovative?

Apple has given the Oval Office a run for its money in the past few weeks – we’ve had an unprecedented number of leaks ahead of the firm’s annual product launch. So, barring any surprises – a Steve Jobs-esque “one more thing” – we have a pretty good idea of what to expect when Tim […]

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Samsung: Time for folding smartphones

Samsung’s head of mobile has said it is “time to deliver” foldable smartphones, fuelling speculation the company is about to reveal a bendable device. In an interview with CNBC, DJ Koh said Samsung’s consumer research suggested there was demand for a foldable phone. Several phone-makers are rumoured to be developing devices with flexible screens that […]

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Google bosses expected to snub Senate

When Silicon Valley companies once again appear in front of the US Senate on Wednesday, there will be one major absentee: Google. The Senate Intelligence Committee wanted to hear from Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, or his boss Larry Page, the chief executive of Google’s parent firm, Alphabet. Barring a dramatic, last-minute change of plan, […]

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Skype U-turns on Snapchat-like features after complaints

Microsoft has announced it will remove a number of Snapchat-style features from its Skype messenger service. The software giant updated Skype in June 2017 but faced criticism from users who said it was “stupid” and the “worst ever update”. Microsoft said it accepted that the new features “got in the way” of the app’s core […]

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