Spotify tests a TikTok-like video feature

Spotify tests a TikTok-like video feature

Spotify is the latest app to experiment with a vertical video feed similar to TikTok’s successful design. A new feature in an early test build for iPhone reveals a new Discover tab being added to the app’s front page. It has vertical music video clips that users can swipe through rapidly, similar to TikTok’s interface. […]

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 US restricts trade with a dozen more Chinese technology firms

US restricts trade with a dozen more Chinese technology firms

The US government has added a dozen more Chinese companies to its restricted trade list, citing national security and foreign policy concerns. Washington says that some of the firms are helping develop the Chinese military’s quantum computing programme. This latest move comes as tensions grow between the US and China over the status of Taiwan […]

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 Huge fines and a ban on default passwords in new UK law

Huge fines and a ban on default passwords in new UK law

The government has introduced new legislation to protect smart devices in people’s homes from being hacked. Recent research from consumer watchdog Which? suggested homes filled with smart devices could be exposed to more than 12,000 attacks in a single week. Default passwords for internet-connected devices will be banned, and firms which do not comply will […]

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 Indian government set to ban cryptocurrencies

Indian government set to ban cryptocurrencies

India is set to go ahead with its plan to ban most cryptocurrencies in the country under a long-awaited bill. Expectations had grown in recent months that the government may soften its view on digital currencies. The ban would relate to all private cryptocurrencies with certain exceptions to allow the promotion of the underlying technology […]

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 Apple digital-ID scheme delayed to 2022

Apple digital-ID scheme delayed to 2022

Apple’s much promoted digital driver’s licence feature is now to be delayed to early 2022. Announced in September, the scheme will allow residents in eight US states to store state IDs and driver’s licences inside the Apple Wallet app on their iPhone. The delay follows Apple’s announcement it was looking for “sole control” over how […]

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 Instagram head to testify before Senate subcommittee about the platform’s impact on kids

Instagram head to testify before Senate subcommittee about the platform’s impact on kids

The Head of Instagram, Mr. Adam Mosseri, is set to testify in a Senate subcommittee hearing in early December about the platform’s potentially harmful impact on younger users following months of scrutiny on the issue. The testimony will mark Mosseri’s first appearance before Congress. It also makes him the most high-profile executive from Meta, the social media […]

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 African ICT Foundation, OCCAM seal pact on digital communications

African ICT Foundation, OCCAM seal pact on digital communications

A non-governmental organisation that champions digital inclusion on the continent, the African ICT Foundation (AfICTF), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Observatory for Digital Communication (OCCAM) of the United Nations, to explore benefits of digital communication in Africa. According to the pact, both organisations will explore the benefits of digital communication, especially […]

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