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Snapchat Is Down; The Latest In A Long Line Of Technology Outages

Snapchat users reported widespread disruptions Wednesday morning, the latest in a series of significant social media outages that began nine days ago with Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp going dark for six hours.

  • Beginning at about 7 a.m., tens of thousands of users reported that Snapchat was down and they were unable to send or receive messages, according to Downdetector, a website dedicated to tracking outages.
  • The outage lasted more than three hours, and the company’s official support account tweeted that the issue was resolved at 10:31 a.m.
  • There is no reported cause for the interruption of service, and a Snapchat spokesperson wouldn’t comment on the cause, but told Forbes that “the issue has been resolved.”
  • Snapchat tweeted Wednesday morning during the outage: “We’re aware that some Snapchatters are having issues using the app right now – hang tight, we’re looking into it!”

Last week, Snapchat competitor Facebook faced a huge outage, with Facebook and its Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger applications going black for six hours, costing Facebook an estimated $65 million in revenue. Snapchat usage increased by 23 percent during the Facebook outage, according to analytics firm Sensory Tower.

Credit: Forbes

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TikTok Star Addison Rae’s Account Reinstated After Being ‘Permanently Banned’

On Thursday, Addison Rae, one of TikTok’s biggest and highest-paid stars, was notified her account had been “permanently banned” from the social media site, but it has since been reinstated – a decision that has many wondering why the app would quiet one of its most popular traffic attractions.

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  • Rae, who has over 85 million TikTok followers, posted screenshots of a message from the video-sharing app on Twitter late Thursday night, saying her account had been “permanently banned due to multiple violations of our Community Guidelines,” but did not elaborate or speculate on how she violated the terms.
  • Rae’s account “was momentarily offline yesterday night then restored within an hour,” according to TikTok representatives.
  • Rae’s reps and TikTok declined to comment on why Rae’s account was suspended.

Crucial Quote

“Well, it’s time to find a job,” the 21-year-old said alongside the screenshots on Twitter.

Background Information

Rae’s true name is Addison Rae Easterling, and she was last seen on TikTok on Thursday. She joined the platform in 2019 and soon rose to become one of the app’s most popular characters. Rae defeated Charli D’Amelio, the most-followed person on TikTok, to the top of Forbes’ list of the highest-paid TikTok producers in 2020. Rae became famous after releasing brief dancing and lip-syncing videos on YouTube. Outside of the digital realm, the former LSU student has had a lot of success. She featured in Netflix’s “He’s All That” earlier this year. In September, she attended the Met Gala. She became good friends with Kourtney Kardashian and made an appearance on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” “Obsessed,” a song by Rae, was also published. Item, her cosmetics line, is sold at stores such as Sephora.

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5% of the total According to TechCrunch, that’s how many videos on TikTok were pulled down by the automatic function for breaching standards but were eventually reinstated.

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TikTok’s community standards are inconsistently implemented, owing to an algorithm that frequently leaves creators in the dust. Users are not allowed to transmit violent extremism, hate speech, illegal actions, violent and graphic content, suicide, self-harm, and dangerous acts, nudity or sexual activity, harassment, or bullying, according to the standards. Videos are also scrutinized for kids’ safety and authenticity, as well as for disseminating false information, artificially increasing interaction, or impersonating someone else. According to TechCrunch, Black artists have raised concerns about the automated takedown tool, claiming that their films are labeled as improper but comparable footage from white users are not.

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Twitch source code and creator payouts part of massive leak

Twitch appears to have been hacked, leaking source code for the company’s streaming service, an unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios, and details of creator payouts. An anonymous poster on the 4chan messaging board has released a 125GB torrent, which they claim includes the entirety of Twitch and its commit history.

The poster claims the leak is designed to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space.” The Verge is able to confirm that the leak is legitimate, and includes code that is as recent as this week. Video Games Chronicle first reported details on the leak earlier today.

Twitch has confirmed it has suffered a data breach, and the company says it’s “working with urgency to understand the extent of this.”

The leak includes the following:

  • 3 years worth of details regarding creator payouts on Twitch.
  • The entirety of twitch.tv, “with commit history going back to its early beginnings.”
  • Source code for the mobile, desktop, and video game console Twitch clients.
  • Code related to proprietary SDKs and internal AWS services used by Twitch.
  • An unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios.
  • Data on other Twitch properties like IGDB and CurseForge.
  • Twitch’s internal security tools.

The leak is labelled as “part one,” suggesting there could be more to come. Video Games Chronicle reports that Twitch is aware of the breach, but the company has not yet informed its userbase.

The leak doesn’t appear to include password or address information on Twitch users, but that doesn’t mean this information hasn’t been obtained as part of this breach. In fact, the leaker seems to have focused on sharing Twitch’s own company tools and information, rather than code that would include personal accounts.

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While Twitch has confirmed a data breach, it’s still unclear exactly how much data has been stolen. We’d recommend changing your Twitch password and enabling two-factor authentication on your account if you haven’t done so already.

Twitch has been struggling to contain ongoing hate and harassment recently. After weeks of hate raids, some Twitch streamers took a day off in August to protest against the company’s lack of action. Twitch has responded to the #DoBetterTwitch movement, and it’s a hashtag that the anonymous poster has used today to promote this leak.

Update, 7:35AM ET: The Verge can confirm leak is legitimate, and we have included more details on the data within the leak.

Update, 11:25AM ET: Twitch has now confirmed it has suffered a data breach.

Source: theverge

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These are the top 10 Tips and Tricks in iOS 15 you need to check now

iOS 15 is now available to download and there are a lot of new features that you’re going to love. I want to cover some of my top tips and tricks for iOS 15, especially for new users so let’s get right into it.

1. How to use Live text in iOS 15.

First of all, let’s talk about one of the coolest features with iOS 15 and that is something called Live text. live text is a feature that lets you basically select text directly from your camera or a picture and lets you copy and paste it, look up a definition or actually translate it. to activate this feature, you can do it in a couple of different ways. The easiest way to do this is to open up the camera app and point your camera at the text you want to select. when the camera recognizes that text, you will see an icon pop up in the bottom right. select that icon and you will see a little pop up of a photo that your iPhone took and all of the text in that image. from there all you have to do is drag and hold your finger over the text in the photo, like you would with any other text on your iPhone and you will be able to select all of the text or a specific portion of it, and then from there, you can copy the text, paste it into another app, look up a word for a definition, translate the word into another language or share the text with another app.

Another way to activate this feature is just to go into your photo library and any photo with existing text should already be retroactively added to use this feature. so, you can select text even from older photos you took before iOS 15 even came out, and it works exactly the same way as if you opened up the camera app directly with all of the same options. This is a really cool feature and I find it extremely useful for copying and pasting information, especially on those certain websites or apps where you actually can’t select text for some reason. Well now you can just screenshot it and then copy and paste from there or if we’re just taking quick photos of something you want to share like a menu at a restaurant, and you could just take a photo of it then copy and paste it to one of your friends. This is one of the most useful iOS 15 features and it’s really easy to use and understand for new users.

2. Safari new address bar trick.

Now, if you are not a new user to iOS, I mean a lot of people have been using iPhones for a long time, you might have noticed that when you opened up Safari, things look a little bit different with a new tab bar option which now places the address bar at the bottom of your iPhone screen and move some things around as well. And while you may like this new tab bar design, I’m sure there’s a lot of people reading this article may not like it based on preference. After being used to almost 15 years of the iPhone browser design, where the address bar was at the top of their iPhone and I totally get that because it took me so long to get used to the address bar being on the bottom and I would just constantly tap the top to enter in a new website and it was so frustrating. So, if you don’t like this new change, fear not, because you can actually revert it back to the old-style single tab design. To do this, all you have to do is go into settings, scroll down to Safari. Tap Safari and then scroll down to the tabs area, from there you can change the settings of Safari from the new tab bar back to the old single tab design. Once you do this, you will get the old design and everything will be where you remember it from iOS 14 and basically every other iOS version before that. The safari URL will be at the top.

3. Face time new feature.

Perhaps one of the most use feature with an iPhone is FaceTime and iOS 15 gives us a simple feature that I think is actually going to be one of the most used features on this list. Now, while a lot of the share play features are unfortunately delayed with iOS 15, One feature that is not delayed is the ability for the first time ever on FaceTime is to have a FaceTime call with Android users and not only Android users but Windows users or frankly any user that can access a web browser. So now you can FaceTime with anyone, even people who don’t own an iPhone and doing this is so simple, all you have to do is go into the FaceTime app and on the top, you will see a new option to create a link, tap on it and you will get options to share this link easily to services like messages, email, Twitter, and more. Or you can just simply tap on copy and then you can paste this link to anyone. When you send this link to a non-iPhone user, all they have to do is click on the link and it will open in their web browser. they get to pick a name, and then they are right in your FaceTime call. so now you don’t have to leave out that one random sibling who just, you know, kept on refusing to get an iPhone and everyone else in the family got an iPhone, and they were constantly left out of the family FaceTime calls lol.

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4. Offline feature added to Siri.

Another thing you need to try in iOS 15 is the faster offline Siri because now in iOS 15, certain Siri requests can be done on device without a connection to the internet and will even work in airplane mode because you don’t need an internet connection, and because you don’t need an internet connection, you don’t need to wait to send and receive this data and Siri can do voice tasks very quickly. For example, you can now tell Siri to open an app control system setting, set a timer or an alarm or skip or play a previous music track. all of these requests work offline now, and because of that, they are just super-fast to activate. so, give it a try for yourself.

5. Custom focuses added in iOS 15.

Another tip, you’ll want to try is taking control of your digital lifestyle by setting custom focuses. focus is a new system in iOS 15 that completely changes the way you manage your phone’s notifications and what apps you see, and like its name implies focus helps you focus on the task at hand by creating a custom status that allows you to control what notifications you can receive on your device from people, as well as apps, and you can even customize it with personal dedicated pages that surface when you turn on that focus. So, let’s say when you are in work mode, you can allow notifications from a select group of close family members, friends or other people that you communicate with for work reasons. then you can also choose to mute notifications from apps that can be distracting. And finally, you can have a custom page with the apps that you use most frequently during your work day. For example; mail, YouTube studio, Whatsapp, Calculator and so on, along with some other helpful widgets. You can set these focuses to be enabled automatically depending on time, location or even when you are opening a specific app. So, let’s say you are watching YouTube or playing a game and you don’t want any notifications to come through. Well, you can set that up as well. custom focuses are one of the biggest overhauls to how you manage notifications on the iPhone.

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