Welcome back to another edition of Adi’s Week in Tech News. If you’re new to this website, this is a roundup of the week’s technology news stories.
WhatsApp is one of the many options you have as far as instant messaging goes. However, as of very recently, you can now retract messages you have sent within seven minutes. The only caveats are, that you and the recipient must have the latest version and the recipient will see an alert saying “This message was deleted”.
If you have an Xbox One then you have some new features coming your way in the form of a software update. With this software update, you will be able to save your Xbox One’s settings to the cloud. This means, that you will not have spend ages getting the right settings for a new console dialled in. Additionally, on most games on the Xbox One store you will be able to gift a game to someone. When you select the “buy as gift” option and then enter in the recipient’s email address or gamertag.
Twitter has banned the Russian media outlets Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik. This comes hot on the heels of allegations that their efforts on the social network helped to disrupt the presidential elections in the USA in 2016.
There has been some new ransomware making the rounds this week. Dubbed Bad Rabbit, the malware is sent via a fake Flash Player update. It would then lock you out of your computer. You would then be sent to a darknet site(a website not accessible from a web browser) to pay a ransom 0.05 bitcoin (roughly £220). You would have 40 hours to pay the ransom before the price goes up.
Pre-orders for Apple’s iPhone X went live earlier this week. If you were able to pre-order one, then you should probably take good care of your new phone when it comes. This is because Apple has revealed that it will cost you £286.44 to replace the screen on it. If you have AppleCare+ then it’s going to cost you £25. Any other repairs will cost you £556.44 for any other repairs that you need to do, or £79 if you have AppleCare+. There is one caveat that you need to be aware of though: any form of “accidental damage” will not be covered under Apple’s limited warranty.
That’s going to do it for this week’s roundup. What were your favourite stories from the week? Let me know in the comments.