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  • Twitter lurkers will love its new Popular Articles feature

    In an effort to make its platform better for new and logged-out users – and presumably, folks who don’t tweet much – Twitter is rolling out a new feature that surfaces articles that people in your feed are talking about. BuzzFeed News first spotted links to stories under a ‘Popular Articles’ header in the Explore tab […]

  • iOS 11’s Control Center buttons don’t actually turn off Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and that’s a problem

    Apple has confirmed security researcher Andrea Barisani’s slightly worrying discovery that, unlike previous versions, the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles in iOS 11’sControl Center don’t actually turn those respective antennae off. Instead, those buttons simply disconnect your iPhone or iPad from connected accessories. The company says that “both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will continue to be available, so you can use these important features: AirDrop AirPlay Apple Pencil Apple […]

  • WeChat reminds users of its privacy policy

    Surprise, surprise: it has been confirmed that WeChat gives your personal data to the Chinese government. The company declared in its 2015 overseas privacy policy: “We may be required to retain, preserve or disclose your Personal Information for a longer period of time: in order to comply with a court order, subpoena or other legal process; in […]

  • Slack is down for many users around the globe

    Relax, your colleagues aren’t going to think you’re slacking: Slack is down for many users around the globe. It remains unclear what is causing the issue, but a slew of users are taking to Twitter to report experiencing difficulties connecting to the team messaging service. That’s odd! We’re looking at things on this end to see […]

  • iPhone users complain iOS 11 slows down their apps

    Apple is catching some heat over the release of the new iOS 11. A litany of iPhoneusers are reporting experiencing a significant drop in performance after updating to the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system. The issues range from reduced battery life to noticeably slower app performance, according to numerous posters on Reddit. Among other things, users are complaining that apps either […]

  • LinkedIn profiles are coming soon to your Microsoft work apps

    Microsoft wants to grow your LinkedIn network with everyone you collaborate or converse with, so it’s adding ‘Profile Cards’ to its Office 365 apps for making quick connections. The new feature, which will surface your contacts’ LinkedIn profiles in Microsoft services starting next month, should make it easier to learn about who you’re working with, whether they’re your colleagues […]

  • Apple TV temporarily shows up on Amazon store, ending two-year feud

    Apple and Amazon’s long streaming fued appears to nearly be over. After Amazon removed the Apple TV and Chromecast from its online store two years ago, it returned to selling at least the former. Well, it did for a while – 9to5Mac spotted a listing for the Apple TV 4k on Amazon earlier today, but it seems to have disappeared once more. I imagine […]

  • Chrome plugin exploited Tinder privacy bug to track your friends’ location

    Remember Tinder Social – the group meeting feature that got the popular dating app in trouble for outing its users to their Facebook friends? It turns out that, in addition to this, Social had another glaring privacy issue that made it possible for Tinder users to track their Facebook friends – and see their exact location. To demonstrate […]

  • Snapchat gets a chocolatey version of Pac-Man thanks to Reese’s

    You can now play Pac-Man right in Snapchat, but you’ll have to go through an ad to do it. Reese’s, of Peanut Butter Cup fame, for some reason decided to introduce a Pac-Man themed game to the platform. It’s a marketing move, of course, but I can’t complain about yet another way to play Pac-Man. […]

  • Facebook activates Safety Check after Las Vegas shooting

    Facebook activated its Safety Check feature today after a mass shooting in Las Vegas, where gunman Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and left 515 others injured. Soon after the incident, Facebook allowed users in the area to mark themselves safe – letting those who weren’t present to check on the status of their family and […]