Author: Editorial Team

Users had been required to use their mobile phone number to sign up for Telegram, similar to other end-to-end encrypted messaging apps like Signal and WhatsApp. While Telegram maintains that your phone number is never visible to unknown people, it’s still an identifier that inherently stops you short of full anonymity.To get an anonymous number, you need to go purchase one through the Fragment blockchain, which you pay for using Toncoin — an offshoot from Telegram’s halted crypto efforts. Unfortunately, for interested US residents, Fragment does not operate in the country. But if you have access to purchase the number,…

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WhatsApp is adding avatars, custom stickers that can be customized with different hair styles, faces and clothing options. The Meta-owned chat app announced the new feature in a blog post Wednesday, and it’s rolling out this week.The avatar feature is similar to those of several other messaging apps, including Facebook Messenger (also owned by Meta) and the Memoji feature in Apple’s iMessage. After creating a custom character, WhatsApp will give you 36 different stickers that will display the avatar with various emotions and actions.The addition is the latest feature designed to help bring WhatsApp up to parity with its rivals.…

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Ramesh Balwani has been sentenced to 155 months, or just under 13 years, in prison, according to The New York Times. Like his former business partner, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, he’s due another three years of supervised release after he gets out. Balwani will have to surrender to custody on March 15th.In July, Balwani, also known as Sunny, was convicted on 10 counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for his actions while he was president and COO of Theranos. Unlike Holmes, who was found guilty of only defrauding investors, Balwani was found guilty…

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Just bought a Pixel 7 or 7 Pro? Changing a few settings can make your phone feel more convenient and useful. For example, you can customize your home screen’s color palette, save some battery life and preserve storage space. Google launched the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro in October, and both phones include a refreshed design, face unlock, the new Tensor G2 processor and improved cameras. But many of these settings options below should also be available on older devices too, including the Pixel 6 lineup.Follow the steps below to learn more about how to get the most out of your…

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Elden Ring got more multiplayer in its Colosseum update on Wednesday, after publisher Bandai Namco revealed the fresh content in a trailer Tuesday. The free update is available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S and PC. It’ll let you fight with your real-life buddies in the various colosseums around the critically acclaimed FromSoftware action RPG’s open world.”The Colosseums of Limgrave, Leyndell, and Caelid will open their gates, allowing players to engage in battles such as duels, free-for-alls and team fights,” the trailer’s description says.There are three colosseums offering different kinds of duels for players. The Leyndell Colosseum lets players duel…

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Amazon tricked customers into paying tips that didn’t all go to its Flex drivers, said Karl Racine, the attorney general of the District of Columbia, in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The money was instead allegedly used to offset payments Amazon had already promised to the drivers.Amazon already settled similar claims with the Federal Trade Association, but Racine said the matter still needs attention from a court. Amazon wasn’t required to pay any civil penalties or ordered by a court not to repeat the practice, the attorney general’s office said in a press release.”This suit is about providing workers the tips…

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Millions of smart home security systems are getting a bit smarter this week. A new feature called Smart Arming brings a little flexibility to Alarm.com systems’ arm and disarm settings, making you less likely to trip the alarm by mistake and more likely to actually use it. Smart Arming is available now on systems powered by Alarm.com, a company that provides both hardware and software to hundreds of local and national home security companies. Instead of a rigid on / off schedule, Smart Arming lets you schedule arm and disarm windows, then uses information from security sensors in your home that…

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Epic Games is introducing a new type of account for kids playing its online multiplayer games. The new accounts, called Cabined Accounts, have some restrictions until a parent or guardian gives their approval for certain features. They’ll start rolling out in Fortnite, Rocket League, and Fall Guys, Epic said in a blog post on Wednesday.If someone tries to make an account and says they are under 13 years old (or below the age of digital consent for their country), that account will be a Cabined Account. Kids using a Cabined Account will be able to play Fortnite, Rocket League, or…

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For tons of creatives and professionals, Apple’s powerful iPad tablets are a critical piece of equipment. And there are all sorts of helpful accessories out there that can help make them even more convenient to use. The Apple Magic Keyboard doubles as both a keyboard and an adjustable stand, and right now you can pick one up for $210, saving you $90 compared to the usual price. There’s no set expiration on this offer, but deals on Apple devices rarely last for long. We’d recommend getting your order in soon if you don’t want to miss out on these savings.This…

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If you want your iPhone to reap all the benefits of new features and bug fixes, you won’t want to pass up iOS 16.1.2, the newest version of Apple’s mobile software.The most recent version of iOS provides some security fixes, better wireless provider compatibility and improvements to crash detection for the iPhone 14 series. Apple has yet to confirm details on its security updates and software patches, but says it will share more information soon. It’s expected that users will see enhanced performance and connectivity with certain wireless carriers. The car crash detection feature, which is designed to automatically report potential car crashes, was reportedly dialing 911…

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