About the Author

Ben Lovejoy

@benlovejoy

Ben Lovejoy is a British technology writer who started his career on PC World and has written for dozens of computer and technology magazines, as well as numerous national newspapers, business and in-flight magazines. He has also written two novels.

He thinks wires are evil and had a custom desk made to hide them, known as the OC Desk for obvious reasons.

He considers 1000 miles a good distance for a cycle ride, and Chernobyl a suitable tourist destination. What can we say, he’s that kind of chap.

He speaks fluent English but only broken American, so please forgive any Anglicised spelling in his posts.

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Yesterday

WhatsApp may get less annoying, half its users don’t know who owns it

If you belong to a number of WhatsApp groups, it can be irritating to get alerts from them during times when you only want personal messages. That’s a problem WhatsApp appears to be looking to solve …

The Android Spotify app has been updated to make it quicker and easier to play music you love.

First up is streamlined navigation, with three clear tabs.

Subscribers can get great recommendations on Home, discover something new with Search, and access favorite songs, artists, playlists, and podcasts in Your Library

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October 17

Facebook Portal privacy walkback: company admits will collect data for ad-serving

When Facebook entered the smart speaker business last week, it was keen to stress that it understood potential concerns about the privacy of Facebook Portal and Portal+ devices.

The company said then that four forms of protection were employed …

New Pokémon added to Pokémon GO – but you may need to hop a plane to catch some

New Pokémon are starting to appear in Pokémon GO, imported from the Diamond, Pearl and Platinum games, but you may have to travel to find some of them …

October 12

Facebook takes down fake accounts with millions of followers in run-up to US midterms

Facebook says it has taken down hundreds of fake accounts with millions of followers in the run-up to the US midterm elections …

October 11

You can now compose a tweet comprising 140 emoji – but please don’t

Using emoji in your tweets could use up a lot of your 280 characters – up to 14 characters each for some of them. But Twitter has now announced a change ensuring that all emoji are equal under the law, using two characters each …

October 10

PSA: WhatsApp security flaw could be triggered simply by answering a call – fix available

A WhatsApp security vulnerability could allow attackers to crash the Android app as soon as you answer a call, and could potentially be used to hack your smartphone …

Dropbox search capabilities have been given a significant boost for the second time in as many months. The company says that it can now search for text inside PDFs and even image files like JPG and PNG …

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Deal: Get Pixelbook at 25% off: $750!

October 9

Instagram’s latest anti-bullying initiative uses AI to detect bullying in photos

Instagram has announced that it is stepping up its anti-bullying efforts by using AI to detect signs of bullying in photos and captions …

October 8

The UK High Court has blocked a £1B ($1.3B) class action claim filed against Google on behalf of iPhone users. The lawsuit resulted from the so-called ‘Safari bypass,’ where Google continued to install cookies on iPhones despite this being blocked in the browser settings …

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October 4

259 people died while trying to take extreme selfies, says US report

The desire for ever more extreme selfies has so far resulted in 259 deaths, says a new report by the US National Library of Medicine …

October 3

Today’s presidential alert test: what, when, where, how and why

Anyone who hasn’t heard about today’s presidential alert test is going to be startled by a loud noise on their phone this afternoon. Here are all the details on FEMA’s emergency alert tests that you’ll be seeing soon.

Wi-Fi finally swaps those fiddly letter codes for numbers; Wi-Fi 6 on the way

Checking whether a device supports the latest Wi-Fi standards has always involved remembering some rather obscure letter codes: a, b, g, n and ac. But that’s now all set to change …

Facebook hack update: no evidence of any access to third-party apps

One of the concerns raised by the recent Facebook hack was whether access tokens might have provided access to third-party apps. The company now says there is ‘no evidence’ that this has happened …

October 2

Twitter rules, detection methods and enforcement against fake accounts all boosted

Twitter rules have been updated as the company continues its work to guard against foreign government attempts to influence the US midterm elections in November …

October 1

Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee wants to give us control over our personal data

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has announced that he has put most of his work on hold to develop a way for web users to regain control of their personal data.

The concept, first developed at MIT, is known as Solid. A Solid POD is effectively a secure repository for all our personal data, and from there we can choose what access to grant to other companies and apps …

September 25

Twitter is for the first time asking for your feedback on its new rules

Twitter has slowly adapted to a world in which hoax posts and hate speech can have real-world consequences – ranging from foreign interference in US elections to parents of murdered children being threatened and harassed.

But in evolving its rules, it’s doing one thing it has never done before …

Tinder testing option to ensure women can choose to make the first move

Tinder is testing a new feature which would allow women the option of ensuring that only they can make the first move …

Instagram co-founders leave Facebook, hint that they will create an all-new app

Update: Facebook shares have fallen 2% in pre-market trading, which would wipe $11B from the company’s market cap if unchanged by the time the market opens.

Instagram’s two founders, who have continued work on the app since it was acquired by Facebook six years ago, have announced that they are leaving Facebook to work on something new …

September 20

Instagram testing hidden hashtags, and the option to geofence posts

Instagram is testing the ability to add hashtags to posts without including them in the caption. That would retain the searchability of photos and videos, but without the untidiness you get when the #caption #is #stuffed #full #of #hashtags …

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