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Android users are now cool enough to join the Clubhouse

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Clubhouse is officially launching on Android devices

Booming voice-based social media network, Clubhouse is officially launching on Android devices.

The announcement was made by the company during its weekly town hall meeting which is hosted on the app.

Clubhouse began testing the app on non-IOS devices this month and it will officially launch the new Android service this week.

It will be available in beta on Google’s mobile OS today in the US, reports The Verge. This will allow users to sign up and participate in its audio-only chat rooms.

Clubhouse raises $4 billion

The company has also been busy raising venture capital, with the most recent round seeing investors value Clubhouse at around $4 billion.

The app allows participants to host or listen to live conference-call-style conversations.

However, the app has recently faced a slump in popularity with downloads declining 70% in March.

Facebook takes on Clubhouse

This comes after Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook is planning to launch an audio product similar to Clubhouse Audio.

It follows an explosion in the popularity of audio-based social media interaction, which came to prominence with Clubhouse.

Facebook isn’t the only tech giant to launch similar apps, with Twitter also rolling out its own version called Spaces and Discord adding Stage Channels.

Clubhouse partners with NFL

Clubhouse also recently announced plans to partner with the National Football League.

The NFL will host a series of draft-themed rooms on Clubhouse, an audio-driven social platform.

The company plans to open up the app with rooms for player assessments. Also, conversations with football team alumni.

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Electronic Entertainment Expo stuns gamers!

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Gaming fans have been keeping a keen eye on the Electronic Entertainment Expo this week.

Big game publishers have not disappointed… With a host of new games on the way there is barely enough space to mention them all here!

Studios like Nintendo, Microsoft, Capcom, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Square Enix and Sega (to name a few) have been sharing their latest games and hardware this week!

Independent developers have also had their chance to shine with small studios sharing heartfelt and clever games that – at times, outshine the big players.

Halo: Infinite will have free to play multiplayer across Xbox and PC

One game in particular has shone bright – Halo: Infinite is promising a return to form with the series now offering free Multiplayer which looks set to boost the communities numbers – 343 industries has promised that fans both old and new will find something to enjoy!

Battlefield 2042 feels like a love letter to fans of the series offering a “return to all-out war”

Battlefield continued to excite fans with a new gameplay reveal and the game even looks well placed to dethrone their competitors – Call Of Duty: Warzone when it releases in October.

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WhatsApp launches privacy campaign following backlash

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WhatsApp has launched its first privacy-focused advertising campaign, following major backlash

Millions in the UK stopped using WhatsApp, thanks to new privacy changes that were implemented at the start of the year.

The messaging platform is standing firm against pressure from governments that want to compromise the way that it encrypts messages.

WhatsApp’s boss says governments shouldn’t be out there trying to encourage tech companies to offer weak security.

Authorities should “demand more security” rather than less, WhatsApp boss Will Cathcart told the media.

“The first step of keeping people safe is, you have to have strong security, and we think governments shouldn’t be out there trying to encourage tech companies to offer weak security,”

“They should be out there trying to encourage or even mandate that companies offer the strongest security possible.”

WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption, which means messages can only be read on the device which sends one and the device which receives it. WhatsApp itself – and by default its parent company Facebook – cannot view or intercept them, and neither can law enforcement.

The marketing campaign is set to run internationally, beginning in the UK and Germany today.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has described the use of end-to-end encryption as “not acceptable” in the fight against the sharing of illegal content.

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McDonald’s hit by cyber attack – Here’s what’s been breached:

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McDonald’s has been McHacked

McDonald’s is the latest leading company to be hit by a data breach, exposing customers’ details.

The world’s largest fast-food chain restaurant confirmed cyber hackers have tapped into customer files.

The recent breach last Friday affects customers in South Korea and Taiwan, including e-mail, delivery addresses, and phone numbers.

The chain confirmed that it recently hired external consultants to investigate unauthorised activity on an internal security system, prompted by a specific incident in which the unauthorised access was cut off a week after it was identified, McDonald’s said.

Payment details have not been breached.

McDonald’s said it wasn’t asked for ransom, nor did it make any payment to the hackers.

Ransomware attacks have disrupted operations at leading companies around the world in recent months including the Colonial Pipeline Co. and meat supplier JBS.

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