Thursday, May 23

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Google Releases Emergency Patch for Chrome
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Google Releases Emergency Patch for Chrome

Google has released its first emergency patch for the Chrome browser. It must close a significant zero-day leak. The security update is included in version 112.0.5615.121 of the Windows, Mac, and Linux web browser. It will be released to the general public in the coming days and weeks, and Google recommends that users install the update as soon as possible. With the patch, the tech giant wants to solve a so-called 'type confusion' leak in the Chrome V8 JavaScript engine. Google reports that the vulnerability is already being actively exploited. However, this has not been disclosed; Google states that it will only provide more information once more users have installed the available update. The vulnerability has been identified as CVE-2023-2033. The vulnerability was discovere...
Lifetime Free Repair Nintendo Switch Controllers
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Lifetime Free Repair Nintendo Switch Controllers

Nintendo will repair broken Switch controllers for free for a lifetime. In addition, the Japanese games group offers free repair of all drift or response problems of the Joy-Con controllers, even after the normal manufacturer's expired warranty. An agreement has been reached on this with the European Commission and consumer organizations, the committee reports and also confirms the regulator Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM). The consumer clubs sounded the alarm in Brussels about recurring technical problems with Nintendo Switch after receiving almost 25,000 consumer complaints until January 2021. There was a loss of control when playing games on the game computer. The game character moved without touching the controller joysticks anyway. The problem with Joy-Con control...
The European Union Wants a Faster Roll-Out of 5G and is Looking at Sharing Costs
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The European Union Wants a Faster Roll-Out of 5G and is Looking at Sharing Costs

The existing internet infrastructure in the European Union no longer meets today's requirements. According to the European Commission, there is an urgent need for more bandwidth with higher speeds so that citizens, companies and governments have better access to smarter and more innovative services such as artificial intelligence (AI), data spaces and virtual reality. The day-to-day EU administration will also consult the sector about the costs of the investments required for this. “New technologies require a different internet architecture,” said European Commissioner Thierry Breton (Industry). “And that will not happen in five years, but now.” So the commission is amending a 2014 guideline to accelerate the roll-out of 5G and fibre optic networks by tackling red tape and cumbe...
Twitter is Experiencing Technical Difficulties
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Twitter is Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Short message service Twitter did not work for many users for hours on Wednesday night. The crash occurred just after the launch, so subscribers could create extra-long tweets. In Turkey, the service is out for political reasons. On Wednesday night, Twitter did not function as expected for many users, Twitter reports after complaints. Tens of thousands of Twitter users reported Wednesday evening that they were experiencing technical problems and could not send tweets. Those problems are now largely resolved. The technical issues more or less coincided with the launch of a new feature for Twitter Blue subscribers: paying Twitter users now have the option to post tweets of 4,000 characters instead of the usual 280. Since Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter, there are also major saving...
OnePlus Lifts the Veil of the First Tablet
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OnePlus Lifts the Veil of the First Tablet

That OnePlus will unveil its latest flagship smartphone later today has been known for some time. The manufacturer had another surprise in store. First, we glimpse the OnePlus Pad - OnePlus' first tablet in a teaser video. It will also see the light of day this Tuesday. We don't get much wiser from that teaser, by the way. Instead, we see a green tablet, the same Eternal Green of the 11 5G, with a reasonably large camera on the back. The device can also be operated with a stylus, but it is unclear whether OnePlus supplies it as standard. There is also, probably optional, a magnetic keyboard available for the OnePlus Pad. The price and other details have not yet been announced. The launch of the new devices can be followed live from 3 pm via this YouTube channel.
Dating App Tinder Comes With Warnings for Scammers
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Dating App Tinder Comes With Warnings for Scammers

Dating app Tinder will warn users about scammers operating on the platform. Messages also appear in other dating apps from parent company Match Group that alert users to the types of scams that often occur. Apps like Tinder, which allows you to select a possible date while swiping, have overgrown. This makes the apps a popular area for criminals who try to steal their 'match' money. In the United States alone, the damage from this type of fraud amounts to an average of $ 300 million per year, the Federal Trade Commission calculated based on data from 2020. Match Group advises people looking for dates on Tinder or other apps never to send money to people they've never met. You should also be extra suspicious if someone who presents himself as a wealthy or successful person comes ...
PS5 Shortage Off the Job, Says Sony
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PS5 Shortage Off the Job, Says Sony

It should become easier to repurchase a PlayStation 5 console. However, the game console has been struggling with severe shortages since its launch at the end of 2020. "Anyone who wants a PS5 should now be able to find one much more easily from global retailers," said Jim Ryan, head of Sony's gaming division, during a presentation at CES. The company has sold around 30 million of the consoles to date, which first hit the market in November 2020. However, in the past two years, getting hold of the device was usually challenging. Among other things, due to the semiconductor shortage and strong demand for home entertainment due to the pandemic, the production of the devices has barely been able to meet the demand so far.
Research: Less Investment in European Tech Companies
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Research: Less Investment in European Tech Companies

Investments in European tech companies have fallen this year, after the record year 2021. European tech investment company Atomico reports this based on research. According to Atomico, this year, 85 billion dollars (81 billion euros) was invested in European tech companies such as start-ups. That was $104 billion a year ago. According to the researchers, venture capitalists have become more cautious about investing in tech companies due to the weakening economic climate and rising interest rates. However, the figure for 2022 is still the second-highest level ever. Tom Wehmeier, the partner at Atomico, speaks of an excellent result despite all the economic uncertainty. During the corona pandemic, investments in start-ups increased sharply because many more things were arranged...
IBM Announces $20 Billion Investment
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IBM Announces $20 Billion Investment

IT giant IBM is investing $20 billion in its Poughkeepsie facility, north of New York. The investment, spread over a decade, will be spent on research and development in semiconductors, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and manufacturing. IBM wants to make the Poughkeepsie site its nerve centre for the development of quantum computing. The company released news of the investment ahead of US President Joe Biden, who is visiting IBM this week in Poughkeepsie. Other technology companies have also made important announcements in recent days. For example, US tech giant Micron will invest up to $100 billion over more than 20 years in constructing the largest semiconductor factory in the US, while rival Intel will allocate $20 billion for a new facility in Ohio. The US Cong...
Research Shows Decline in Facebook Use Among Teenagers
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Research Shows Decline in Facebook Use Among Teenagers

American teens have turned their backs on Facebook en masse in recent years. However, about a third of teenagers still use the social medium, says researcher Pew Research Center. Seven years ago, that was 71 percent, a similar study by Pew showed. TikTok is the most popular social network among teenagers. About two-thirds of American teenagers use it. Google's video service YouTube is the most popular site among American teens. A whopping 95 percent use that site. Facebook has been trying to stay relevant for years. However, in recent years, social networks in the United States and Europe have become increasingly interesting for older users. In addition, young people are more attracted to social networks with pictures and short videos, such as Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok....