April 07, 2020

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WhatsApp finally cracks down on message forwarding to stop misinformation
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WhatsApp has announced new limitations on message forwarding, specifically intended to stop the spread of misinformation about coronavirus.The new rule applies specifically to 'frequently forwarded messages', which have been forwarded more than five times and are identified with a double arrow icon.This isn't the first time WhatsApp has stepped in to stem the flow of misinformation; in January 2019, it imposed a rule that messages could only be forwarded to five different users or groups. However, it's now decided that this didn't go far enough and has tightened the reins further still.The latest WhatsApp beta has revealed that the company is also working on a new tool that will make it easier to fact-check messages you receive. A magnifying glass icon beside forwarded messages will allow you to search for their contents online, which should quickly debunk anything less than truthful.
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WhatsApp cracks down on coronavirus misinformation with stricter forward limits
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WhatsApp is imposing a new forward limit to stem the tide of coronavirus misinformation on its platform. The Facebook-owned messaging app, which hosts over 2 billion users worldwide, said starting today a message that has been already shared five times or over, will only be allowed to be forwarded to one person or group at a time.Before, users had the ability to forward any message to five chats at a time — a restriction which WhatsApp claims led to a 25% decrease in message forwards globally. With this new update, once you reach that threshold, an additional rule will come into effect that will restrict you from forwarding that message to more than one contact.“In recent weeks, people have also used WhatsApp to organize public moments of support for frontline health workers. However, we’ve seen a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which users have told us can feel overwhelming and can contribute to the spread of misinformation. We believe it’s important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for personal conversation,” WhatsApp wrote in a blog post.
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Are We Going to See the Moon Turn Pink Tonight?
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If you're not busy tonight, take some time to step out and look above. Tonight, April 7, the much-awaited first full Moon of April 2020 will happen. This is not just a typical Super Moon; it's also called the 'Super Pink Moon.' The Moon will not turn to pink, however. Here's what will happen later and its name came to be:If you're in the United States right now, make sure to remember to look at the skies later tonight at exactly 7:05 PM to 7:05 AM the next morning.During this period, the Super Pink Moon is expected to hang clear above planet Earth for all to see. This Super Moon may be one of the highlights of the month as this will be the biggest and brightest Super Moon you can ever see this year. This phenomenon happens whenever the Moon is at its closest distance from the Earth.According to Space, the Moon will be at an exact distance of 221,772 miles or 356,907 kilometers away from the planet. For us, humans, expect the Moon to be 15% brighter than the average-size Moon, and will be 30% larger when you compare it to a micro-moon.
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Alternative electrode materials could unlock the secret to faster-charging EV batteries
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Over the past 10 years or so, electric vehicle battery technology has evolved to the point where cars can be charged from zero to 80% in a matter of minutes. But a group of scientists in the US believe they have made a breakthrough that could lead to even faster-charging batteries.In highly simplistic terms, the researchers witnessed how electrically charged particles move around inside a battery.[Read: Scientists invent a faster and cheaper way to repurpose EV batteries]The scientists, led by the US Department of Energy‘s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, observed in real-time, how lithium ions move through lithium titanate (LTO), an alternative fast-charging battery electrode material.
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Intel 11th gen Core i7-1185G7 benchmarks suggests AMD could have a fight on its hands
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New benchmarks have appeared that apparently show an early engineering sample of the Intel Core i7-1185G7, an 11th generation 10nm Tiger Lake CPU.According to the leaked benchmarks, which were posted on Twitter by several users who are well known for their accurate component leaks, the Intel Core i7-1185G7 is a quad-core processor based on Intel’s 10nm Tiger Lake architecture.Unlike other Tiger Lake leaks we’ve seen, this is the first time an apparent member of Intel’s 11th generation lineup has been spotted. According to Wccftech, which reported the leaks, 11th gen Tiger Lake CPUs will come with enhanced core designs powered by Willow Cove architecture – which is a big redesign over the Sunny Cove architecture used in Ice Lake CPUs.The Intel Core i7-1185G7 looks set to replace the Intel Core i7-1065G7, a laptop CPU released in 2019.
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Uber launches a ‘Work hub’ to help drivers find alternative jobs as rides slow down
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As the coronavirus spread has caused lockdowns all over the world, ride-hailing companies like Uber, Lyft, and Ola have suspended or curtailed their services in many cities across the globe.As a result, many driversall over the world are struggling to make ends meet. To help them, Uber has launched a Work Hub to help them find alternative jobs during these tough times via the company’s various platforms.[Read: Uber India starts delivering groceries amid coronavirus crisis]Currently, the offering is available only in the US. If you’re a driver registered with Uber, you can choose to sign up through the driver app with Uber Eats for food delivery, or with Uber Freight for carrying and delivering cargo. If these jobs aren’t for you, the company is also trying to connect you to other essential jobs such as food production, warehouse logistics, and customer service in Chicago, Dallas, and Miami.
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Blossom Capital’s ‘Cultivate’ is an angel program seeking to back European unicorn alumnus
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Just a few months after closing a new $185 million fund to continue backing early-stage European startups, Blossom Capital, the VC firm founded by Ophelia Brown, is announcing a new angel investment program seeking to back European unicorn alumnus.Dubbed “Cultivate,” the new program looks to create a 30-strong angel network made up of founders or operators from European unicorns or those with a European HQ, who will be tasked with backing alumni starting up.This idea is to act as a catalyst for a more robust angel ecosystem in Europe, and in turn trigger a virtuous cycle as employees inevitably leave successful companies to hopefully build the next generation of European unicorns, backed by experienced operators.
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Indian traders ask court for Amazon, Flipkart antitrust probe restart
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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian retail group has asked a court to allow the restart of an antitrust investigation into Amazon.com Inc and a Walmart unit that is on hold following a legal challenge by the companies, a court filing seen by Reuters showed. Amazon and Walmart’s unit Flipkart did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday. The appeal will likely be heard later this month at a time when both Amazon and Flipkart are battling slowing sales and logistical challenges during India’s lockdown to tackle the coronavirus which has resulted in supply chain disruptions. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) in January ordered an investigation into business practices of the two e-commerce giants, but the High Court in Karnataka state put it on hold after Amazon argued the CCI did not have sufficient evidence to order it.
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Microsoft hires Apple’s former wireless tech chief for its hardware division
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Ruben Caballero, a former Apple executive, has joined Microsoft as corporate vice president for hardware design and technology. According to a new entry on his LinkedIn profile, which was first spotted by Bloomberg, Caballero will be part of Microsoft’s mixed reality and AI division. In particular, he’ll work on the HoloLens as well as other special projects.Caballero served as a VP of engineering at Apple from 2005 to 2019 and led the company’s wireless technology development. His team of engineers built the antennas inside iPhones, iPads and Macs, and he oversaw Apple’s wireless testing labs around the world. After he left the tech giant in 2019, he served as an advisor for several companies before joining Microsoft.Microsoft confirmed the hire to Bloomberg but didn’t elaborate on what projects Caballero will be working on. As the publication notes, though, this shows Microsoft’s commitment to growing its selection of hardware offerings.
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WhatsApp limits message forwarding to only one person at a time
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With the coronavirus pandemic affecting countries all over the world, misinformation is on the rise on the internet. While it’s easier to track down the origin of posts on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, it’s hard to do the same on end-to-end encrypted platforms such as WhatsApp.In order to limit the damage, the popular chat app is introducing a new limit on forwarding messages: You can now only do that to one chat at a time. That limit kicks in once the message has been forwarded more than five times in total.Just to explain this a bit further, WhatsApp can’t read the content your messages, but through the metadata, it can count the number of times a particular message has been forwarded.
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Xiaomi could be working on waterfall displays that are actually useful
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At a time when brands like Samsung are moving away from curved displays towards a more flattened out design, Xiaomi might be going in the opposite direction.A new Xiaomi patent discovered by LetsGoDigital describes the user interface of a phone with a waterfall display. Patent documentation reportedly shows that this mysterious Xiaomi phone will feature excessively rounded edges on both sides, possibly even more than what we’ve seen on the Huawei P40 Pro.The screen supposedly extends so far to the sides that it can accommodate a control interface for shortcuts and apps. When on the home screen, the standard status icons such as the battery and network indicators are displayed on the side edges.One mooted example by the outlet is a media player, with buttons such as play and pause potentially being shown on the curved part of the screen.
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Honor 30 and Honor 30 Pro specs have appeared on an official database
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We know that the Honor 30 range is being announced on April 15, and now we have a very good idea of what specs the phones will offer too, as specs lists for both the Honor 30 and Honor 30 Pro have been spotted.The listings appeared on TENAA (a Chinese telecommunications equipment certification center), which means that the details are likely accurate, as they will presumably have been submitted by Honor itself, and they point to promisingly high-end specs.The two phones will both seemingly have a 6.57-inch 1080 x 2340 screen, a 3,900mAh battery, 5G support, 128GB or 256GB of storage, 32MP front-facing cameras, and dimensions of 160.3 x 73.6 x 8.63mm.Where they’ll differ is in their main cameras, with the Honor 30 apparently having a 40MP one while the Honor 30 Pro has a 50MP one, and in their RAM, with the Honor 30 having 8GB and the Honor 30 Pro having either 8GB or 12GB.
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Why the coronavirus lockdown makes you more vulnerable to phishing scams
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As the world scrambles to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, social distancing is the best solution we currently have at our disposal to contain the spread of the dangerous virus. For most organizations, companies, and government agencies, this means they must recommend or instruct their employees to work from home and avoid congregating at offices, where they risk becoming exposed to coronavirus contamination.But while remote working provides much-needed protection against COVID-19, it will also open a Pandora’s box of cybersecurity and privacy threats. Among the growing threats are phishing scams, social engineering attacks that trick their victims into downloading malware or revealing sensitive information.
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WhatsApp combats COVID-19 misinformation with more forward limits
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The WhatsApp team has previously taken steps to combat misinformation in its messaging app, such as marking frequently forwarded messages accordingly.The COVID-19 pandemic has seen more misinformation spread among users though, and WhatsApp has now announced that it’s introducing more forward limits to frequently forwarded messages.“We are now introducing a limit so that these messages can only be forwarded to one chat at a time,” the company wrote on its blog. This sounds like you can still forward these missives to many contacts, but that you’ll need to hit the “forward” button each time you want to send it to a chat.The news comes almost two years after WhatsApp first implemented limits on message forwarding. Back then, the Facebook-owned company limited message forwarding to a maximum of five contacts in one go. So clearly the team is cracking down in an even bigger way.
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WhatsApp introduces new limit on message forwards to fight spread of misinformation
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WhatsApp is imposing additional restriction on how frequently a message can be shared on its platform in its latest effort to curtail the spread of misinformation.The Facebook -owned instant messaging service said today that any message that has been forwarded five or more times will now face a new limit that will prevent a user from forwarding it to more than one chat (contact) at a time.A spokesperson told TechCrunch that WhatsApp will roll out this change to users worldwide today.Today’s move builds on WhatsApp’s effort from last year when it limited users from forwarding a message to more than five users at once. The service, used by more than 2 billion users, said the move allowed it to reduce the volume of message forwards globally by 25%.
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A new line of LG phones might debut on May 15 – starring the LG G9 replacement
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When it was reported that LG may have scrapped its G line of smartphones, it seemed uncertain when we would next see new phones from the company, an enigma the ongoing coronavirus situation only amplified. However, according to a report we could see new LG phones relatively soon.This news comes from Naver, a South Korean news site that also reported on the initial G scrapping in the first place. According to this report, LG is set to host a phone launch on May 15 2020, where it will show off its new 'premium' smartphone replacing the G-series of phones.LG's mysterious new phone has been dubbed the 'LG chocolate phone' by some, after comments by LG Vice President Lee Yeon-mo which suggested LG is looking to replicate the success of its popular LG KG800 Chocolate handset from 2006.However it's also likely the new phone will have a lot in common with the canceled LG G9 – at least, the rumored features and specs of that phone, since it was never unveiled.
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Microsoft Teams doubles down on security advice
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Microsoft has laid out plans to make its Teams collaboration software more secure than ever as it deals with the remote working boom.The video conferencing service has seen a huge surge in users in recent weeks as workers around the world are forced to work from home.But with competitors such as Zoom facing heavy criticism for a number of security and privacy failings, Microsoft Teams has now laid out just how it plans to safeguard these vital aspects."Now more than ever, people need to know that their virtual conversations are private and secure," Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365 wrote in a blog post."At Microsoft, privacy and security are never an afterthought. It’s our commitment to you—not only during this challenging time, but always."Spataro went on to outline the various security measures Microsoft Teams already has in place, including how only call organisers can decide who joins from outside your business.
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