Author: Sabrina Sergi

A specialist in communication and international relations, Sabrina previously served as an assistant in the communication department of the Italian branch of Doctors Without Borders. In addition to Binzbit, her works can be found in Europinione where she is serving as a freelance author and editor.

Apple confirmed earlier today that the company has discontinued the original Apple HomePod. Although the smart speaker launched in 2018 was praised for its high-quality sound system, the hefty $439 price tag meant that the device wasn’t particularly affordable compared to other smart speakers offered by Amazon and Google. The entire launch schedule of the smart speaker has been rather problematic for the tech giant. Although Apple introduced HomePod back in WWDC 2017, the release date was pushed back several times. The device became available in February 2018 but consumers complained about the hefty price tag. Apple addressed the criticisms…

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As you might already know, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company or TSMC is pretty well-known among consumers as the company produces chips for tech giants such as Apple and Qualcomm. Additionally, the firm is also responsible for making chips for use by the US military. As a result, the US government wants TSMC to produce the chips in the United States to avoid any type of interference from Chinese government. According to a recent report, TSMC is currently making chips that are used in F-35 fighter jets. As the tension between the United States and China continues to grow, the…

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Although Mozilla continues to improve its products, the organization is still struggling as the firm isn’t generating revenue from new products outside of the browser. And now, the organization has let go about 70 employees. In an internal memo obtained by TechCrunch Mozilla chairwoman and interim CEO Mitchell Baker said the decision was taken in order to minimize cost as the organization continues to work on new products. She wrote, “Our 2019 plan underestimated how long it would take to build and ship new, revenue-generating products. Given that, and all we learned in 2019 about the pace of innovation, we…

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Hate speech as well as other kinds of negative contents are nothing new and companies are working towards solving the problem. For instance, YouTube has gone through some major changes over last couple of months to make the platform more suitable for viewers. And now, the company has introduced a new feature that addresses with comments on the platform. With the latest changes, YouTube now gives users a new profile card that contains more information about any user if you click on the user’s profile picture in the comments of a video. The information in the profile card contains information…

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In somewhat surprising move, Verizon has unveiled OneSearch with improved security features. As you would expect, the custom search engine is powered by Microsoft Bing. Interestingly, Verizon has promised improved security and privacy features for its users. According to Verizon, the company has taken several steps to ensure users’ privacy. For instance, the engine encrypts search terms meaning it won’t share personal data with advertisers. However, you will still see personalized ads. The company said that while it will track your location, it will only be based on city level. Moreover, you will notice ads based on your searches on…

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Microsoft surprised everyone when the company launched Arrow Launcher, now known as Microsoft Launcher for Android few years earlier. The app replaces default system launcher on Android and the app receives updates on a regular basis. In order to test some of the upcoming features, Microsoft has now released Microsoft Launcher Preview in early access. With the Preview version, users can try out new functionalities that haven’t made their way to the standard app. Microsoft has released the Preview app to get more data and feedback that will help the company to develop the app. Microsoft said, “Be among the…

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With the number of installed apps in your smartphone, it can be difficult to keep track of notifications related to apps’ updates. However, the feature is pretty handy considering it gives users information regarding when an app was updated. In a surprising move, Google has now decided to stop showing notifications that showed up after an app was updated from the Play Store. Although Android has provided notifications regarding apps’ updates for a long time, a lot of users complained that they were not getting any notifications regarding updates. While the feature started working for several users, Google recently confirmed…

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Facebook’s problems related to user privacy aren’t something new and the social networking giant has been working to improve users’ experience on the platform over last couple of months. Facebook has recently added a new feature called Facebook Notification that was added to Facebook Login. In case you didn’t know, Facebook Login is a service that enables users to log into third-party applications using their Facebook accounts. In order to solve possible security issues, Facebook will now send users a notification through both Facebook and Email whenever they use Facebook Login to use a service. While Facebook wants to simplify…

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Although Android remains to be the most popular mobile operating system, the operating system has faced criticisms over the years due to the amount of bloatware included with the third-party products. And now, over 50 organizations including the Privacy International, Digital Rights Foundation, DuckDuckGo, and Electronic Frontier Foundation have written an open letter to Sundar Pichai regarding pre-installed bloatware on Android devices and how these apps contain privacy risks for users. In the open letter, the participants said that all of the Android OEM pre-install their devices with apps that cannot be deleted. Moreover, due to these apps privileged custom permissions,…

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As Facebook has grown over the years, the company has brought a number of new changes to its mobile apps. However, these changes also meant that the app will end up becoming cluttered with multitude of options. In order to make the app user friendly, Facebook has finally decided to introduce customizable notification bar. If you use Facebook on a regular basis, then you might already be familiar with the annoying notifications on the app’s navigation bar. While these dots are meant to provide better user experience, they end up making the application cluttered and difficult to use. In order…

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Facebook has attracted attention for all sorts of negative reasons over last couple of years due to the company’s role in spreading false information. However, the social network came under spotlight again earlier last week after a group of Facebook employees detailed incidents of racial bias and discrimination through a post on Medium. In the post, one anonymous poster wrote, “While eating breakfast, two white employees asked me to clean up after their mess. I am a program manager. I told my manager about the incident. She told me I need to dress more professionally.” Another poster added, “I spoke…

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Facebook has come under pressure over last few years due to the concerns over the social network’s controversial privacy policies following Cambridge Analytica scandal. And earlier today, the company has revealed that a number of third-party apps might have accessed Group member’s data without permission. In an official blog post Facebook revealed that although Group administrators on the platform are able to use third-party apps to get relevant information to the group, the company removed the ability to access details such as members’ names, profile pictures etc. back in April 2018. However, the company recently discovered that some of the apps…

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In a blog post earlier today, WhatsApp announced that it has updated its privacy settings to bring more features to the users when it comes to group interaction. As you might know, anyone with your phone number can add you in groups whether or not you are interested in it. However, WhatsApp has introduced a new feature that will prevent this from happening. If you are using the latest version of the app, you will be able to select one of the three options from group chat privacy settings. They are: ‘everyone’, ‘my contacts’ and ‘my contacts except’. However, you…

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Dark mode has become extremely popular over last couple of years as more smartphone apps continue to bring the feature. Although several of the Facebook owned apps such as Instagram and Messenger have already got the dark mode, WhatsApp has been absent from that list. While we will have to wait to find out more, a recent report from WABetaInfo revealed that the latest Android beta for the app contains dark mode which might be available for beta users in the coming days. Although we have heard about WhatsApp’s dark mode for a long time, the feature wasn’t released on…

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Facebook has come under scrutiny over last couple of days regarding the social network’s confusing policies regarding fake news. Interestingly, Zuckerberg has found himself in the center of attention once again as the he reportedly told investors that the social network’s acquisition of Instagram few years earlier isn’t an antirust issue. During a recent investor’s call, Facebook’s CEO tried to push back against critics and law enforcers who believe that the company’s acquisitions over the years have been a threat to social media space. However, Zuckerberg argued that there was no guarantee at the time of acquisition that Instagram would become…

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Concerns over Facebook’s privacy aren’t something new as the company has found itself in discussion over last couple of years for all sorts of negative reasons. For instance, few months earlier the company was paying people up to $20 a month to have access to their smartphones. Despite that, the company has been working to bringing more privacy-oriented features to its products. According to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, Facebook is currently testing a feature geared towards privacy on its Messenger. In a recent tweet, Wong revealed that Facebook is working to bring Encryption service to secret audio and video…

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In a blog post earlier today, Facebook revealed that the social network recently discovered and took down three networks of Russian accounts, groups and pages that were used to spread false information over the network. According to the blog post, these accounts were lying about their identities to interfere in the foreign affairs of African countries including Madagascar, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Sudan and Libya. In the blog post, the researchers revealed that these accounts weren’t just limited to Facebook as they spread their operations in other Facebook owned platforms such as…

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Facebook has been in the news over last couple of years for all sorts of negative reasons. While the censorship on the platforms has been well documented in the past, few years earlier it found itself under heavy pressure following its involvement in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Although the company has taken initiatives over last couple of years to make it harder to spread false information on the platform, just recently the company saw increased pressure after CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the company won’t limit politicians from buying ads on the platform to spread false information. While we will…

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UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office has revealed that Facebook has agreed to pay a £500,000 fine over the social network’s involvement in the Cambridge Analytica Scandal. According to the organization, Facebook violated the Data Protection Act 1998. In case you didn’t know, the organization initially fined Facebook in October 2018. However, Facebook appealed about the verdict later in November. Afterwards, the General Regulatory Chamber asked ICO to provide materials related to the decision-making process. At the time ICO appealed in response and now, Facebook has decided to withdraw its appeal. As part of the new agreement, both parties will pay legal fees…

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Facebook’s struggles to keep fake information out of the platform have been well documented over last couple of years. Few days earlier Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the social network won’t stop politicians from creating fake advertisements as the company won’t influence freedom of speech. However, in a recent letter to the company executives by more than 250 people (via New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/28/technology/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-letter.html ), the employees objected Facebook’s decision. The letter said, “Misinformation affects us all. Our current policies on fact checking people in political office, or those running for office, are a threat to what FB stands for. We…

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