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Skype Has Disappeared From App Stores in China. It’s Not Clear Which Law It Broke
November 21, 2017 12:02 pm|Comments (0)

Microsoft’s Skype may still be functioning in China, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find a way to download it in that country.

According to a New York Times report on Tuesday, Skype has been unavailable on Apple’s Chinese App Store and on various Android app repositories for almost a month now.

Apple (aapl) told the publication that it had been “notified by the Ministry of Public Security that a number of voice over internet protocol apps do not comply with local law,” so it had removed those apps in its Chinese store.

Android app stores run by local web giants such as Huawei and Xiaomi also don’t carry Skype anymore—Google (googl) doesn’t run its Play Store in the country because of local laws, so Android users have to turn to third-party services such as these for their app downloads.

Microsoft (msft) told the Times that Skype’s removal from Apple’s App Store was only temporary, and it was “working to reinstate the app as soon as possible.”

It’s not clear which law Skype is breaking. It doesn’t provide end-to-end encryption, though it might be that the Chinese authorities don’t like its encryption of messages in transit between people’s computing devices and Skype’s servers. It’s also possible that Skype is falling foul of a recently introduced Chinese rule that demands the use of verified real names on online platforms.

China has recently been particularly restrictive of online speech, due to the high-stakes Communist Party meeting that took place last month. However, Skype’s disappearance from the app stores seems to have taken place after that event.

Apple took flak from digital rights activists earlier this year when it removed from its Chinese App Store apps that could be used to bypass state censorship in the country.

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Chelsea Manning Is Using Social Media Like It’s the Good Ol’ Days
June 7, 2017 10:25 am|Comments (0)

After seven years in a military prison, Manning was free on May 17th. And over the last few days, her social media posts have been reminding us of the good old internet, before logging on meant bracing yourself for news of the next disaster.

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Hell Yeah It’s OK to Confront the Butt-Dialers in Your Life
April 14, 2017 10:35 pm|Comments (0)

Hell Yeah It’s OK to Confront the Butt-Dialers in Your Life

It’s time to stand up for your smartphone. The post Hell Yeah It’s OK to Confront the Butt-Dialers in Your Life appeared first on WIRED.
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Toby Kebbell Only Wants to Return as Doctor Doom If It’s In a Marvel Studios Movie
April 12, 2017 4:25 am|Comments (0)

Last week, we heard Hugh Jackman lament that he’d probably keep playing Wolverine if he could show up in an Avengers movie. Well, turns out he’s not the only actor who’s been in a Marvel Comics movie that wants in on the success of Marvel Studios—Fantastic Four’s own villain has joined the line.

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IT leaders say it’s hard to keep the cloud safe
February 16, 2017 2:05 pm|Comments (0)

IT managers are finding it difficult to keep their applications and data safe in the cloud, and many are slowing cloud adoption because of it.

That was one of the findings of an Intel cloud security report that surveyed 2,000 IT professionals in different countries and industries last fall.

The issue isn’t with the cloud itself, since trust outnumbers distrust for public clouds by more than two to one, according to Intel’s survey.

IT professionals told Intel that shadow IT and a shortage of cybersecurity skills are causing the most problems.

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New Two-Lensed Camera Shows What It’s Like to Ride on the Back of Whale
November 10, 2016 10:07 am|Comments (0)

Researchers from Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station have developed a two-lensed camera that sticks to the backs of filter-feeding whales with suction cups. The new device has been used to capture unprecedented footage of whales in action, and it’s offering new insights into the feeding and swimming behaviors of these aquatic beasts.

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Sony Appears To Tell ‘No Man’s Sky’ Developer Sean Murray That It’s All His Fault
September 17, 2016 8:55 am|Comments (0)

Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida appears to place all of the blame for the PR disaster that followed the release of ‘No Man’s Sky’ on Hello Games’ developer Sean Murray.


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Affinity Photo was Apple’s 2015 App of the Year — and it’s headed to Windows
June 24, 2016 11:50 pm|Comments (0)


Affinity Photo is easily the closest thing to Photoshop that’s not made by Adobe. Until recently, it was also only available to Apple users. But, that all changed with a short teaser and a quick press release. Serif Ltd., announced that it was bringing the much-loved photo editing application to an entirely new operating system — Windows. If you haven’t been fortunate enough to use Affinity Photo, let me sing its praises for you: it’s lightweight, feature-packed, and offers nearly everything Adobe’s Photoshop does (and a few things it doesn’t) for all of $ 50. It’s also the proud recipient of an Apple…

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Tucows’ to Acquire Melbourne IT’s International Wholesale Domain Reseller Channel
March 16, 2016 1:40 am|Comments (0)

“Wholesale domain services for web hosting companies and ISPs has been a core component of the Tucows business for more than 16 years,” added Mr. Woroch. “Today, we are one of the largest wholesale domain name registrars in the world and the step …

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Facebook is down, go do something more fun while it recovers [Update: It’s back!]
February 4, 2016 6:15 am|Comments (0)

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Facebook is down for many users around the world, according to DownDetector.co.uk and reports on Twitter. It’s the second outage within a week for the social network, and many people are unable to log in and view those critical status messages, Pages and other updates. These problems don’t tend to last too long, but we’ve asked Facebook for a statement on the situation and will update here when normal service resumes. Until then, go fly a kite or something. Update: An intermittent service is coming back for some users but the site still isn’t back to normal. Some users are also still…

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