The Figaro Digital Digest: 25th November 2016

by Figaro Digital

While Kanye has been hospitalised and Bieber has thrown another hissy fit, it’s proven to be a tough week for entertainers, but has the digital world been the victim of any breakdowns? Take a look at our roundup of tech news for 25th of November.

Twitter Suspends the Account of its Chief Executive

Jack Dorsey, otherwise known as one of the founding fathers of popular social networking site Twitter, was shocked to discover that his account had been suspended on Wednesday morning.
Alongside the inability to tweet his innermost thoughts, his follower count also dropped from an impressive 4 million to less than 150.
According to Dorsey himself, the suspension was an “internal error” and he quickly went about re – establishing his account.

 


Panic over. When writing this he now has 3.92million followers.

Breakthrough in Battery Technology

A common issue with mobile phone users is that batteries are prone to losing charge on a daily basis, with some even worsening over time.
Well, The University of Central Florida has developed a new type of battery that will allow users to charge their phones for seconds and remain charged for days on end.
The small piece of flexible metal will also be able to be charged over 30,000 times, compared to regular lithium batteries which begin to disintegrate after only a few hundred charges.
While the technology is still in development, it hopes to put an end to the constant need for mobile phone charging across the globe, meaning you’ll be able to snap and like away for hours on end to your hearts content.

Facebook Messenger Steals Passwords

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Many Facebook Messenger users have reportedly fallen victim to a scam which infiltrates their device and steals sensitive information such as passwords and banking details.
The message appears as a downloadable photo, but those who click on it are automatically redirected to a fake website which begins the process of installing a Google Chrome extension.
This extension which appears inconspicuous to those unfamiliar with these forms of scams then automatically takes note of any password entries or account information which is typed in, and of course the information is sent to those running the operation.
Facebook has stated that it is aware of the scam and that steps are in place to prevent victims falling prey, although it has proven difficult to stop the scammers as many simply change tact once their crimes have caught the attention of authorities.

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