Bye Facebook – GIPHY is being sold
I’m sure there’s a GIF for this, but Meta is selling its animated platform GIPHY
It’s all part of a decision from the UK’s competition watchdog, which has been going back and forth with the tech giant for months.
The group believes Meta’s purchase of the gif-sharing website could get in the way of social media users and advertisers.
It’s the first time the UK has blocked a business venture by Meta.
The social media giant bought GIPHY back in 2020.
It says it’s disappointed by the decision but accepts the decision.
Apple takes your eyes and your wallet with the Vision Pro
Welcome to the future of the world, or at least how Apple wants you watch, feel and communicate with it.
Apple describes the Vision Pro headset as “a revolutionary spatial computer that seamlessly blends digital content with the physical world.”
The device features a new operating system that features a 3D interface.
You can watch movies, scroll through apps, pretty much everything you can don on your phone, but this device doesn’t fit in your hands. You use your eyes.
The entire front of the headset is made of polished glass that flows into a lightweight aluminum frame. The top of the headset features a button and a Digital Crown that lets a user control how present or immersed they are in an environment.
But as usual with Apple, there’s a catch, and also, as usual, it’s the price.
The Vision Pro starts at $US3500 and is only available in US retail stores from next year.
Tech commentator Trevor Long told Ticker News the high price will be out of reach for most users.
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“TikTok represents two national risks to Australians”: should you delete the app?
Democracies continue to ban popular video-sharing app TikTok over national security concerns
Australia recently banned TikTok from all federal government owned devices over security concerns.
Canberra is the latest in a string of U.S.-backed allies to take action against the popular video-sharing app.
The ban centres around concerns China could use the app to trace users’ data, and undermine democratic values.
Senator James Paterson is the Australian Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security, who said TikTok poses a risk to Australians.
“They can get access to awful amount of information on your phone.
“Because it’s beholden to the Chinese Communist Party, there’s no guarantee it won’t fall into their hands,” he said.
Senator Paterson said there are “six or seven million Australians who use the app.”
Cyber attacks are on the rise, so what is being done to combat them?
Australia experienced two of its worst cyber attacks on record last year, as the world braces for cyber warfare to rise
Ukraine has suffered a threefold growth in cyber-attacks over the past year.
Viktor Zhora is leading Ukraine’s State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection agency, who said cyber attacks are occurring at the same time as missile strikes at the hands of Russia.
Mr Zhora said in some cases, the cyber-attacks are “supportive to kinetic effects”.
On the other side of the planet, Russian hackers were responsible for Australia’s Medibank scandal.
“This is a crime that has the potential to impact on millions of Australians and damage a significant Australian business,” said Reece Kershaw, who is the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police.
Australian Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security is James Paterson, who said Australia can learn from cyber warfare in Ukraine.
“Ukraine is a lesson for the world.
“They are fighting a hybrid war, one on the ground and one online. If there is to be future conflict including in our own region, in the Indo-Pacific, it’s highly likely that the first shots in that war will occur cyber domain not in the physical world,” Senator Paterson said.
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