Technology News for Thursday 2nd June 2022

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Jun 02nd 2022

1. Investigate EA's FIFA: Ultimate Team, groups urge FTC as loot-box backlash spreads


Much of this is done by purchasing packs containing random players, using in-game currency that must either be earned the hard way, through lengthy gameplay, or simply bought for real cash. Critics of ...

2. 4 Macs we expect to see at Apple's WWDC next week (and one Mac not to expect)

Domain: | Companies: Apple

On Monday, June 6, Apple will look at the upcoming changes to its iOS and macOS operating systems, along with other key software announcements. The event, Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), is a developer-focused event where the Cupertino ...

3. Sheryl Sandberg stepping down from Facebook parent company Meta

Domain: | Companies: Facebook, Google

When Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, recruited a Google executive named Sheryl Sandberg to his social network in 2008, he said he had hired her because “she has just about the most relevant industry experience for Facebook, especially since ...

4. Meta adds a dedicated 'calls' tab to Messenger

Domain: | Companies: Facebook

If you use Facebook Messenger for calls, you will start seeing an update to the app over the next few weeks. The social media company is rolling out a dedicated 'calls' tab on Android and iOS. Those who use Facebook Messenger for calling will find the ...

5. Apple says App Store stopped fraudulent transactions worth $1.5 billion

Domain: | Companies: Apple

Apple released their second annual fraud prevention analysis which says that it protected customers from nearly $1.5 billion in potentially fraudulent transactions, while also stopping 1.6 million risky and vulnerable app updates from affecting users.

6. Microsoft Office vulnerability could let hackers take over without users opening a document

Domain: | Companies: Microsoft

Infected documents use a Word template feature to retrieve an HTML file from a remote web server. This HTML file then loads and executes PowerShell code. PowerShell is a configuration management and task automation program for Windows that can be used to ...

7. TJ Watt closing in on Steelers' all-time sack record


Although the NFL only began recording sacks as an official statistic for defensive players in 1982, has sack data going back to the 1960s, and that data shows the two Steelers closest behind Harrison both played before sacks were ...

8. Child advocacy groups urge FTC to investigate FIFA video game


What's happening: 15 groups, including Fairplay and the Center for Digital Democracy, told the FTC that the game's use of loot boxes (boxes containing randomized virtual content, which can be bought with real money) exploits children by promising a ...

9. Sheryl Sandberg's Exit Has Been Long-Rumored at Facebook

Domain: | Companies: Facebook, Tesla

For almost as long as Sheryl Sandberg has been in power at Facebook, there have been rumors of her departure. But first... Today's must-reads: • Elon Musk told Tesla employees to work from the office at least 40 hours a week

10. Xiaomi OLED Vision TV review: Economical option in premium smart TV segment


Chinese electronics maker Xiaomi recently launched its maiden OLED TV in India. Called the Xiaomi OLED Vision TV, the smart television is currently available in 55-inch screen size at Rs 89,999. Though cheaper than most OLED TVs from established brands ...

11. Apple's Next iPadOS Could Make Your Tablet More Like a Laptop, Report Says

Domain: | Companies: Apple

iPadOS, the software that runs on Apple tablets, will reportedly get a significant overhaul to make iPads more capable when it comes to serious business. Why it matters. iPads have been powerful enough for ...

12. Amazon Customers Can't Buy Books on Kindle App for Android Anymore

Domain: | Companies: Google, Amazon

The change comes as Google plans to boot apps that don't use its Play Store billing system for many in-app purchases starting on Wednesday. ... Google cut the percentage it takes from app download charges and in-app purchase fees from 30% to 15% in January.

13. Walmart has a big PS5 restock today — here's how to have the best shot

Domain: | Companies: Walmart

The mega-retailer will have the standard $499 PlayStation 5 in stock today (June 2) at 3pm ET, and as with previous Walmart restocks, you'll have to be a Walmart+ member to have a shot at buying one.

14. New Warhammer 40000: Space Marine 2 trailer offers just a snippet of new footage


Saber Interactive's Space Marine sequel was announced at last year's The Game Awards with a fancy CGI trailer that confirmed the return of Ultramarines hard man Captain Titus, as well as a few GIFs' worth of gameplay.

15. Apple iPad: New Leak Reveals Significant Design Upgrade Just Days Away

Domain: | Companies: Apple

iPad Pro 2021: is multitasking about to change with iPadOS 16? David Phelan. The next iPad operating system will have a major change to how the Apple tablet will be used, according ...

16. How to auto-delete your YouTube history on your computer

Domain: | Companies: Google

Your YouTube viewing and search history can be accessed by anyone with access to your device, laptop, tablet, or mobile, as well as third-party apps that collect information for marketing purposes. Google allows users to delete their viewing history if ...

17. NAMM Show returns to Anaheim as streamlined, safety-first live event


How will the NAMM Show — the world's largest and oldest annual musical instrument, equipment and technology show — pivot back to being a live event this weekend after canceling last year's edition because of the COVID-19 pandemic?

18. WhatsApp is working on adding an edit button for text messages


WhatsApp is working on a button that will allow users to edit text messages after they have been sent, as it looks to revive the work on the feature it abandoned five years ago. A report from WABetaInfo, the Meta-owned communications platform said the ...

19. Modern Warfare 2 worldwide reveal set for June 8, may be coming to Steam

Domain: | Companies: Twitter

That's not all; if a certain tweet from the official Steam Twitter account is any indication, the Windows PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 might also be launching on Valve's platform. (The game will also be available through Activision ...

20. Sonos Offering Rare Sales on Refurbed Speakers and Soundbars


The Sonos Roam usually costs $179, but you can get the adventure-ready portable speaker for just $139. The $219 One speaker drops to just $179 here, and the $899 Arc soundbar is just $719. So, let's break down our favorite deals in the Sonos Certified ...

21. Google to integrate Duo, Meet into single video communications solution

Domain: | Companies: Google

The tech giant will bring features available on its newer video conferencing solution Meet to Duo, which has served as a cross-platform video calling service for more than five years. And it will rename the Duo app to Google Meet, making it “available to ...

22. Sonos' long-awaited Sub Mini shows up at the FCC


Even before its latest soundbar hits store shelves, Sonos is moving closer to the release of its next product — and it's an eagerly anticipated one. As noted by Redditors and Protocol's Janko Roettgers, the upcoming Sonos Sub Mini subwoofer has passed ...