‘Chipageddon’: how a global tech crisis came to sound quite tasty

[ad_1] First chickens, and now a worldwide shortage of microprocessors … the word ‘chip’ is the latest word to gain an Armageddon flavour As if there weren’t enough disasters happening simultaneously, people are now speaking of the present “chipageddon”: the worldwide shortage of microprocessors that is affecting supplies of everything from toasters and games consoles … Read more

Apple agrees to let iPhone apps email users about payment options | Apple

[ad_1] Apple has agreed to let developers of iPhone apps email their users about cheaper ways to pay for digital subscriptions and media, thereby circumventing a commission system that generates billions of dollars annually for the tech giant. The concession announced late on Thursday, which covers emailed notifications but does not allow in-app notifications, is … Read more

OnlyFans scraps plans to ban sexually explicit material | Technology

[ad_1] OnlyFans, the user-generated adult content site, is reversing course on plans to ban “sexually explicit” content after securing agreement with its payment processors, it has announced. Last week, OnlyFans said it would ban adult material from 1 October, to the dismay of its users and creators, who argued that doing so risked driving such … Read more

TechScape: why OnlyFans is pivoting from porn | Technology

[ad_1] User-generated porn site OnlyFans will become … something else, the company announced on Thursday. From 1 October, it will ban “sexually explicit content”, the material that made it a billion-dollar company and refocus on becoming a more mainstream social network. For the uninitiated or those who are pretending to be, OnlyFans is, on a … Read more

Bye bye BMI: Pinterest bans weight loss ads in first for major social networks | Pinterest

[ad_1] Pinterest is banning all advertisements with weight loss language and imagery, including ads that idealise or denigrate certain body types, the social media company says. The popular, picture-led social network, which allows users to create and share mood boards, said it would also not allow ads with testimonials about weight loss or weight loss … Read more

Mystery of the wheelie suitcase: how gender stereotypes held back the history of invention | Life and style

[ad_1] In 1970 an American luggage executive unscrewed four castors from a wardrobe and fixed them to a suitcase. Then he put a strap on his contraption and trotted it gleefully around his house. This was how Bernard Sadow invented the world’s first rolling suitcase. It happened roughly 5,000 years after the invention of the … Read more

Meng Wanzhou: ‘princess of Huawei’ who became the face of a high-stakes dispute | Huawei

[ad_1] Until she was detained at Vancouver airport in December 2018, Meng Wanzhou was not a household name. But the 49-year-old Huawei executive has now become the face of a high-stakes trilateral dispute between China, Canada and the US. On Wednesday a marathon extradition hearing wrapped up in Vancouver, after months of legal arguments over … Read more

Australians hit by ‘Flubot’ malware that arrives by text message | Malware

[ad_1] Thousands of Australians have been hit by a new scam text message known as Flubot, which aims to install malware on their phones. Flubot is a type of malware targeting Android users, but iPhone users can also receive the messages. It tells the receiver they missed a call or have a new voicemail, providing … Read more

Millions of electric car batteries will retire in the next decade. What happens to them? | Environment

[ad_1] A tsunami of electric vehicles is expected in rich countries, as car companies and governments pledge to ramp up their numbers – there are predicted be 145m on the roads by 2030. But while electric vehicles can play an important role in reducing emissions, they also contain a potential environmental timebomb: their batteries. By … Read more

Disinfection robots and thermal body cameras: welcome to the anti-Covid office | Work & careers

[ad_1] Not so long ago it may have seemed more like a futuristic vision of the workplace – or a hospital. But the hands-free door handles, self-cleaning surfaces, antimicrobial paint, air-monitoring display tools, UV light disinfection robots, and 135 other measures at an office block in Bucharest are here to stay, say the creators behind … Read more