Telegram launches one-on-one video calls on iOS and Android

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Secure messaging app Telegram has launched an alpha version of one-on-one video calls on both its Android and iOS apps, the company announced, saying 2020 had “highlighted the need for face-to-face communication.” In a blog post marking its seventh anniversary, Telegram described the process for starting a video call: tap […]

President Trump now has a profile on TikTok rival Triller

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President Donald Trump has joined Triller, a rival to the video sharing app TikTok that he wants ban in the US. First noted by New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz, Trump’s Triller account (@donaldjtrump) has about 3,500 followers, and his introductory video has more than 590,000 views. The intro video […]

FDA authorizes COVID-19 saliva test trialed in the NBA bubble

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The Food and Drug Administration authorized a saliva-based COVID-19 test that the National Basketball Association helped study. The testing method, called SalivaDirect, is cheap and could be run by most labs. Labs could charge as little as $10 per sample to run the test, said Nathan Grubaugh, an assistant professor […]

Mozilla and Google reportedly renew Firefox search agreement

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Mozilla and Google have extended their arrangement to keep Google the default search engine within the Firefox browser until at least 2023, ZDNet reported. The companies have not formally announced the deal, which ZDNet estimates is worth between $400 and $450 million per year, but are expected to announce it […]

Attack of the gaiters – The Verge

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A minor face-covering controversy broke out this week, thanks to a widely-misinterpreted paper involving masks, lasers, and spit. The study, which came out in Science Advances on August 7, was pretty straightforward. It laid out a method that other scientists could use to test masks in their own labs. Using […]

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