News Posts by Seth Fitzgerald
Afghanistan's telecom regulator contacted regional ISPs last week ordering them to block two popular messaging apps, Telegram and WhatsApp. Some users have reported trouble accessing the services, but it appears the order had little impact on accessibility.
Details of the first Overwatch League season were shared at BlizzCon this week. Blizzard announced tickets will go on sale November 6, with the first match scheduled for January 10. Each of the twelve teams is going to play twice per week. Four days are dedicated to matches.
Kaspersky's antivirus software has in some cases grabbed files from user computers in an arguably improper way. CEO Eugene Kaspersky has confirmed its software sometimes takes files that aren't immediately threatening, which has generated some concern.
In order for Silicon Valley to make up for letting their platforms become home to large amounts of Russian propaganda, Senator Mitch McConnell believes they should help the US government "retaliate." He said companies like Facebook and Twitter could help the US.
Again highlighting the issue of fake and misleading apps on the Google Play Store, more than a million people accidentally downloaded a convincingly fake WhatsApp app. The software, called Update WhatsApp, was still available on the store until it was covered in the media.
Tesla has officially invited people to its electric semi truck reveal, which will be held on November 16 in Hawthorne, California. Attached to the invite was a new teaser image for the vehicle, revealing little more than the previously available photo.
Seven years after its release, Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty is switching to a free-to-play model. Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaine announced the switch during the opening ceremony at BlizzCon 2017. People who've already paid for the title will get the Heart of the Swarm expansion.
Hacking is a widespread issue in Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) even though its cheat system is already banning upwards of 6,000 accounts per day. To try and make the game more suitable for people playing by the rules, the development team says improvements are coming.
Shipments in the tablet market have now fallen for twelve quarters straight, reports IDC. While smartphones grew in Q3, tablets fell by 5.4% year-over-year. They were down to 40 million global shipments from 42.3 million. That includes regular tablets and detachables.
Steam's latest user stats show a 17.38 point drop in Windows 10's share and a 21.47 point gain for Windows 7 during October. Though this could initially be taken as a sign gamers are reverting to an older operating system, it appears an influx of users in China is responsible.
Facebook has expanded its involvement with polls a lot during the past year. They've appeared in Instagram Stories and Messenger group chats, for example. Now the company is continuing that expansion with an official launch of "Facebook Polls," which includes GIFs and images.
Twitter has updated its guidelines so that it's now easier for users to figure out what actions will lead to them being banned. A new version of the "Twitter Rules" went out on Friday. In it, the company fleshes out its abuse and suspension-related sections.
Some parts of Tesla's vehicles are occasionally assembled after they've reached a dealership, distinguishing the automaker from the industry standard. According to the Financial Times, dealers may receive vehicles lacking "key parts" like seats and digital displays.
Facebook's Sponsored Messages advertising option, which leverages Messenger to more directly reach users, is rolling out to all businesses. That rollout will occur over the coming months. Sponsored Messages have been available to a more limited set of businesses.
The latest order from US District Judge William Alsup has somewhat limited Waymo's case against Uber as it approaches trial later in November. In the order, Alsup dismissed Otto Trucking from the case and took away one of Waymo's nine alleged trade secrets.
A critical vulnerability in Tor is putting Linux and Mac users at risk. Those who've yet to apply a now-available fix could have their IP addresses leaked. We Are Segment, a security firm, discovered the bug and quickly reported it to the Tor Project.
Kevin Spacey, an actor who's become associated with Netflix perhaps more than any other, will no longer be attached to the streaming service. House of Cards, in which he had the lead role, has been one of the largest original TV series from any streaming service.
iPhone X owners should not be alarmed if they notice some color shifting at certain angles or display burn-in with their new handset, says Apple. A support document explains both of these are, within reason, "normal behavior" for an OLED. They're not unique to the handset.
Most Amazon Prime subscribers aren't interested in a product that gives delivery people access to their home, according to a report from Survey Monkey completed on behalf of Recode. 58% of Prime users are totally against Amazon's Key product. Just 5% are supportive.
Facebook has grown to over 2.1 billion monthly active users, yet that core stat is a bit misleading. The company has revised its fake and clone account estimates, with the company now believing there are around 270 million profiles that shouldn't be counted as unique accounts.