Tech Weekly Issue 5

In the fifth issue of Tech Weekly, we feature news about iPhone, Facebook, Google, Instagram, Amazon, Microsoft, Google Maps, Google Voice, WhatsApp, Twitter, Android, xBox, IBM, UK and Huawei.

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Tech Weekly Issue 5

In the fifth issue of Tech Weekly, we feature news about iPhone, Facebook, Google, Instagram, Amazon, Microsoft, Google Maps, Google Voice, WhatsApp, Twitter, Android, xBox, IBM, UK and Huawei.

Hackers release a new jailbreak that unlocks every iPhone

A renowned iPhone hacking team has released a new "jailbreak" tool that unlocks every iPhone, even the most recent models running the latest iOS 13.5. For as long as Apple has kept up its "walled garden" approach to iPhones by only allowing apps and customizations that it approves, hackers have tried to break free from what they call the "jail," hence the name "jailbreak."

Read more at https://techcrunch.com/2020/05/23/hackers-iphone-new-jailbreak/

Google is working on end-to-end encryption for RCS texts in Messages

RCS is supposed to be the spiritual successor to classic SMS and MMS texting, but the lack of built-in encryption puts a damper on that — someone could theoretically snoop on your messages where they can’t with services like iMessage. You might get your privacy after all, though.

Read more at https://www.engadget.com/google-messages-rcs-encryption-004535523.html

UK reportedly aims to drop Huawei from 5G networks in 3 years

The UK’s decision to allow Huawei gear in its 5G networks may be short-lived. Officials talking to the Financial Times (via The Verge) say the UK government is planning to gradually phase out use of Huawei equipment in 5G networks, eliminating it entirely in 2023.

Read more at https://www.engadget.com/uk-plan-to-remove-huawei-from-5g-networks-194748823.html

Amazon could be a huge threat to the gaming industry

Amazon has a big-budget game, another in the works, and a secretive cloud gaming service in the making. All of that could prove to be a problem for the industry's old guard.

Read more at https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-could-be-a-huge-threat-to-the-gaming-industry-130307088.html

Twitter’s new reply-limiting feature is already changing how we talk on the platform

Twitter is testing a new feature that lets users decide who can reply to their tweets, the company announced on Wednesday, and some accounts are already using it in some interesting new ways.

Read more at https://www.theverge.com/2020/5/23/21266969/twitter-new-reply-limiting-feature-how-using-changing-talk

Xbox Live went down as Microsoft experienced ‘multiple’ service outages

Microsoft’s Xbox Live service experienced issues today, marking the fourth time in recent weeks. Xbox One users were reporting problems earlier today with signing into Xbox Live, accessing friends, and joining parties. The issues started at around 3:15PM ET, and also affected some multiplayer games.

Read more at https://www.theverge.com/2020/5/22/21267983/xbox-live-down-outage-microsoft-365-issues

IBM is cutting 'several thousand' jobs

IBM is laying off employees, joining other tech giants that have cut jobs amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Read more at https://www.businessinsider.com/ibm-icutting-several-thousand-jobs-covid-19-2020-5

Grandmother’s Refusal to Remove Photos From Facebook Tests Privacy Law

A Dutch court ruled a woman violated Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation after refusing to take down photos of her grandchildren from social media.

Read more at https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/22/business/facebook-privacy-law-grandmother.html

Twitter for Android now shows ‘retweets with comments’ a week after iOS

When Twitter rolls out new features for its mobile app, they usually hit iOS way earlier than Android, but the latest feature hasn’t seen too much of a gap. To close out this week, Twitter is rolling out support for quote retweet counts on Android, just over a week after iOS picked up the same feature.

Read more at https://9to5google.com/2020/05/22/twitter-android-quote-retweet-comments/

Judge Rules FBI Cannot View a Phone Lock Screen Without a Warrant

The FBI broke the law when it powered on a suspect's smartphone to take a photo of his lock screen without a warrant, a U.S. District Court Judge has ruled

Read more at https://www.macrumors.com/2020/05/22/judge-rules-fbi-cannot-view-phone-lock-screen/

WhatsApp Tests Using QR Codes to More Easily Share Contacts

WhatsApp is testing the use of QR codes to let users add contacts to the messaging platform, reports WABetaInfo.

Read more at https://www.macrumors.com/2020/05/22/whatsapp-tests-qr-codes-to-share-contacts/

Google Voice set to add call transfer ability in future update

For those that have Google Voice available in their region, it looks like you’ll soon be able to transfer calls in progress to contacts and other numbers when using the calling app.

Read more at https://9to5google.com/2020/05/22/google-voice-set-to-add-call-transfer-ability-in-future-update/

Google Maps Increases Visibility of Wheelchair-Friendly Locations

Google is currently rolling out an update for Google Maps that aims to make it easier for wheelchair users to get information about the accessibility of locations.

Read more at https://www.macrumors.com/2020/05/22/google-maps-accessible-places-feature-enhanced/

Microsoft's classic Solitaire game is 30 today

Microsoft’s Solitaire, which taught the world to use a mouse and waste unprecedented amounts of time, is turning 30 today.

Read more at https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-solitaire-turns-30-today-bouncy-bouncy-094904319.html

Amazon launches food delivery service in India to rival Zomato and Swiggy

After many speculations and rumors, Amazon has finally started its food delivery service called Amazon Food in India. Currently, the eCommerce giant has launched the service only in selected areas of the southern city of Bengaluru. Amazon originally planned to launch the service last year, but it was pushed to this year.

Read more at https://thenextweb.com/in/2020/05/22/amazon-launches-food-delivery-service-in-india-to-rival-zomato-and-swiggy/

Instagram adds Messenger Rooms support for up to 50 people

Instagram is the latest of Facebook’s services to gain support for its new group video chat feature, Messenger Rooms. Follow along for a look at how it works…

Read more at https://9to5mac.com/2020/05/21/instagram-group-video-chat-how-to-messenger-rooms/

Facebook says it will permanently shift tens of thousands of jobs to remote work

Up to half of employees could work remotely within five to 10 years, CEO Mark Zuckerberg says in an interview

Read more at https://www.theverge.com/facebook/2020/5/21/21265699/facebook-remote-work-shift-workforce-permanent-covid-19-mark-zuckerberg-interview

Facebook rolls out new safety notices in Messenger

The tech giant is using machine learning to protect users from scams.

Read more at https://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-rolls-out-new-safety-notices-in-messenger/