Tech Hangover: Twitter might do something good for once
They’ll find a way to mess it up somehow. I’m sure of it.
We get it, you have a life. There’s no way you can read all of the day’s news in one single shot, let alone visit every web page, which is why we’re here to help. Well, sort of.
There’s a ton of tech news we weren’t able to cover throughout the day (hey, give us a break, we’re a small independent outfit), so to help you stay up to speed with everything we didn’t get to, we rounded up some of the biggest stories, which should help you keep up to date. Hence the tech hangover.
Here’s some tech news you probably missed out on today (and when we say you, we mean us, but also…you).
Twitter is doing something Facebook can’t – calling politicians out on their bullshit.
Twitter is experimenting with adding brightly colored labels directly beneath lies and misinformation posted by politicians and public figures, according to a leaked demo of new features sent to NBC News. Twitter confirmed that the leaked demo, which was accessible on a publicly available site, is one possible iteration of a new policy to target misinformation it plans to roll out March 5. – NBC News
Does it even work? I can’t remember the last time I’ve ever used this.
Microsoft will soon offer its Defender antivirus software for phones and other devices running Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS mobile operating systems, the company announced Thursday. – CNBC
As a regular KnowTechie reader, you’ve probably heard me say this a thousand times, but I’ll repeat it again for the newbies: Android is malware. Ok, not seriously, but you get the gist.
Google has removed close to 600 Android apps and banned their developers from the Play store and its ad networks as part of a massive crackdown on ad fraud and “disruptive” mobile ads. – BuzzFeed News
Let this be a warning. Don’t believe everything you read. Especially in a freaking email.
A dangerous mix of fear and fake news about the coronavirus has sparked violent protests in Ukraine, despite there being no confirmed cases in the country. Protests and clashes with riot police have broken out in several places after a mass email claiming to be from Ukraine’s health ministry spread false information that there were five cases of coronavirus in the country, on the same day a plane carrying evacuees from China arrived.
Honestly, if you launch a hot new app and it isn’t exposing your users’ private data, what are you even doing with your life.
Cameo, the increasingly popular app for paying celebrities to record short personal videos, exposed a wealth of user data including email addresses, hashed and salted passwords and phone numbers, and messages via a misconfiguration in its app. – Motherboard
And in just case you missed some of our stuff earlier, here’s what you may have missed:
- Twitter’s new features makes it easier to thread multiple tweets together – here’s how to use it
- Are xCloud games free?
- You can now perform Google searches with Siri – here’s how to use it
- Uber has a new feature that lets you secretly snitch on your drivers – here’s how to use it
- You can now listen to Pandora on your Apple Watch without needing your iPhone
- Apple may soon let you set apps like Chrome and Spotify as default iOS apps
- Larry Tesler, the inventor of cut, copy, and paste has died at the age of 74
- Sam’s Club will give you a $300 gift card with purchase and activation of several popular phone models
- Remember those Tiger Electronics LCD games from the ’90s? They’re making a comeback
- This insanely useful solar portable battery charger is down to just $15
- Newegg is blowing out 1-year PlayStation Plus memberships at just $40 a pop
- Galaxy owners recently got a weird “Find My Mobile” alert – Here’s what it means