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Twitter’s new terms of service draw online criticism




San Francisco, Sep 5: Twitter’s new terms of service that apparently allow other companies to re-publish content on its platform without any compensation have sparked widespread online criticism.

The clause that has received flak allows the micro-blogging website to make content that is posted on Twitter “available to other companies, organisations or individuals” who can then re-publish it.

“You agree that this license includes the right for Twitter to provide, promote, and improve the Services and to make Content submitted to or through the Services available to other companies, organizations or individuals for the syndication, broadcast, distribution, promotion or publication of such Content on other media and services, subject to our terms and conditions for such Content use,” the terms read under “Your Rights” section.

First noticed by a Twitter user Richard de Nooy who called it “grotesque”, the clause led to several people retweeting and slamming it, the Independent daily reported.

The clause further reads: “Such additional uses by Twitter, or other companies, organizations or individuals, may be made with no compensation paid to you with respect to the Content that you submit, post, transmit or otherwise make available through the Services.”

The new terms will come into effect for people outside of the US at the end of the month.

Twitter is “showing a pop-up to all affected users that warns them to take a look at the new terms and asks them to agree with them, or delete their account of they don’t”, the report added.

The terms, however, say that “Twitter respects the intellectual property rights of others and expects users of the Services to do the same”.



Moto Z2 Force: Sturdy all-rounder but dated 16:9 display




New Delhi, March 19: Lenovo-owned Motorola’s latest premium offering Moto Z2 Force, with dual rear cameras, is here and the company is selling it as a phone with a shatter-proof display.

Moto Z2 Force essentially replaces the original Moto Z with Moto “ShatterShield” technology as its USP and a bundled Moto “TurboPower mod pack” in India for Rs 34,999.

How does the smartphone fare when it comes to everyday usage? Here is our review.

The smartphone has a 5.5-inch Quad HD AMOLED shatterproof screen that did withstand drops and falls during our review test from approximately 3-4 feet height.

Despite being launched in 2018, the device features 16:9 aspect ratio that is now outdated as other flagships such as Galaxy S9, OnePlus 5T and Honor View10 are now offering a better 18:9 display — and this might be a put-off for those who want more a immersive experience.

Having said that, the good colour reproduction and viewing angles of the display mostly make up for the loss of screen space. It was bright with decent sunlight legibility.

The front of the phone is dominated by thick bezels above and below the screen, which was also present in the original Moto Z. This is because the company had promised that at least three generations of Moto Z phones would be compatible with the original “Moto Mod” — a clip-on accessory that transforms Moto Z Force into a super-zoom camera, a boombox, a projector and more.

There is an earpiece above the AMOLED screen that also houses the loudspeaker.

There is a 5MP selfie camera with a flash which was capable of taking decent self portraits.

Moto Z2 Force is comfortable to hold and for single-handed use but feels slippery when used without a Mod or a protective case.

The device is made of 7000 series aluminium which made the exterior look both tough and appealing. An added advantage of water-repellent nano-coating is there to protect the device from accidental spills or splashes.

The 12MP dual primary camera sensors come with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and 4k video recording. It took good photographs in well-lit conditions with accurate colour saturation levels.

The phone runs Android Oreo Operating System (OS) and offered an enhanced stock Android experience.

Motorola has added features such as “one-button” navigation, “double chop” gesture to turn the flashlight on or off, twist the phone to launch the camera and take screenshot by placing three fingers on the screen, among others.

Coming to its performance, the Moto Z2 Force is powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset which is the same as in OnePlus 5T device.

The phone offered snappy performance most of the time and the fingerprint sensor below the display interested us the most.

The phone can be put to sleep with a long-press and the same button can unlock the device.

What does not work?

The absence of weather-proofing could be a major put-off for most users.

We also noticed that the display was extremely prone to scratches even as it doesn’t shatter or crack easily.

Conclusion: This is undoubtedly a well-built device with Motorola’s promise of timely updates. If you are looking for a sturdy device with stock Android experience, go for it.


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‘Secret police’ chasing information leakers at Facebook: Report



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San Francisco, March 17: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly deployed “secret police” to catch and punish information leakers at his company.

According to a report in The Guardian, an unnamed employee was called to a meeting in 2017 under the guise of a promotion. However, he found himself face to face with the secretive “rat-catching” team led by Sonya Ahuja, the company’s head of investigations.

The team had records of screenshots he had taken, links he had clicked or hovered over.

The “secret police” also accessed chats between him and a journalist dating back to before he joined the company.

“It’s horrifying how much they know. You go into Facebook and it has this warm, fuzzy feeling of ‘we’re changing the world’ and ‘we care about things’.

“But you get on their bad side and all of a sudden you are face to face with [Facebook CEO] Mark Zuckerberg’s secret police,” the employee told The Guardian.

According to the report, Zuckerberg hosts weekly meetings where he shares details of unreleased new products and strategies in front of thousands of employees.

“When you first get to Facebook you are shocked at the level of transparency. You are trusted with a lot of stuff you don’t need access to,” the employee was quoted as saying.

During one of Zuckerberg’s weekly meetings in 2015, said the report, he had warned employees: “We’re going to find the leaker, and we’re going to fire them.”

According to a Facebook spokesperson, “companies routinely use business records in workplace investigations, and we are no exception”.

Not just Facebook, James Damore, the software engineer who was fired from Google after writing a controversial anti-diversity memo, “suspects he was being monitored by the company during his final days”.

James Damore stopped using his personal Gmail account after being fired, said the report.


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Google Maps introduces ‘wheelchair accessible’ routes




San Francisco, March 16: To make public transit work for the differently abled, Google on Friday introduced “wheelchair accessible” routes in Maps at major metropolitan transit centres around the world.

The feature is rolling out in London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston and Sydney.

In city centres, buses and trains, often the best way to get around presents a challenge for people who use wheelchairs or with other mobility needs.

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“We’re looking forward to working with additional transit agencies in the coming months to bring more wheelchair accessible routes to Google Maps,” Rio Akasaka, Product Manager, Google Maps, said in a blog post on Friday.

To access the “wheelchair accessible” routes, type your desired destination into Google Maps.

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Tap “Directions” then select the public transportation icon.

Then tap “Options” and under the Routes section, the users will find “wheelchair accessible” as a new route type.

“When you select this option, Google Maps will show you a list of possible routes that take mobility needs into consideration,” the blog post said.

“Additionally, we’ve been busy capturing and updating Street View imagery of transit stations and city centres so people can preview a place or transit station ahead of time,” it added.

In 2017, Google Maps added the feature to see if a space is accessible by wheelchair under the “amenities” tab.


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