Sexual predators grooming children under 6 online, Apple scraps eco-friendly accessories

Sexual predators are grooming children
under six into performing “disturbing” acts of sexual abuse via phones or webcams a charity has warned. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) said it had discovered more than two thousand remotely filmed child abuse images of three to six-year-olds online in 2023. It follows recent warnings from the communications watchdog Ofcom that almost a quarter of children aged five to seven have a smartphone of their own. Responding to the report Security Minister Tom Tugendhat urged tech firms to do more to prevent abuse. BBC 

Tinder is adding a new safety feature to the app, so online daters can let friends and families know where they are.  The ‘Share My Date’ feature allows users to share the location, time and a photo of their match. More than one in 10 online adults in the UK use dating apps, according to Ofcom, and Tinder is the most popular, with nearly 2.5 million adults using it in the UK. Although a huge number of people now date online, there are still safety concerns when it comes to swiping right, ranging from scams to stalking and even sexual assault. Sky News 

The EU has said it will ban a new service launched by TikTok in Europe that it believes could be “as addictive as cigarettes” unless the company offers “compelling” fresh evidence that children are safeguarded. If the ban goes ahead, it would be the first time the EU has used sweeping new powers to impose sanctions on social media companies since its landmark Digital Service Act (DSA) came into force. The digital commissioner, Thierry Breton, said the Chinese-owned video-sharing platform had “failed to prove” that TikTok Lite, which rewards users for watching clips, complied with obligations under the act, describing the service as “toxic”. The Guardian 

It’s safe to say that Apple’s FineWoven accessories have been a disaster from the moment they launched, with people criticizing them for their perceived lack of durability and the ease with which they can get damaged. Now, it seems that Apple has decided to cut its losses, and could phase out the entire range. That’s if a leaker who goes by the name Kosutami is to be believed, at least. Writing on X (formerly Twitter), Kosutami claimed that “FineWoven has gone.” Tech Radar 

Freeview has revealed that is has sold nearly 23 million TVs since 2014, according to GFK, PTV Panel. That’s more than enough TV sets to entertain the entire populations of London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and Glasgow combined. Freeview offers more than 70 standard and a selection of HD live channels, 30 radio stations and 12 on-demand players. Its smart platform, Freeview Play, provides instant access to over 60,000 hours of on-demand content and over 1,500 boxsets. Advanced Television 

Last week Huawei made the Pura 70 series of smartphones official, including the top-of-the-line Pura 70 Ultra. This is the next generation of the long-running P series, now with an actual name instead of a letter. All of the Pura 70 models have a very distinctive camera island design, and the Ultra comes with a 1-inch retractable main camera with variable aperture. If you’ve been wondering what the Pura 70 Ultra looks like on the inside, Chinese YouTube channel WekiHome has you covered. Make sure you hit the CC button and set auto-translation to your language of choice to get subtitles. GSM Arena 


Chris Price