The UK gets the first official 5G launch date

Vodafone has announced that its 5G network will be coming live on July 3rd making it the first UK carrier to receive a date for the launch of the next-gen mobile network. The upcoming network will be available in seven cities at first, and Vodafone plans to release four handsets and one home router in the coming months. The company says that the 5G network system will be priced as its 4G equivalents, and will announce the new price plans next week.

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Instagram shuts down experiment for direct messaging

Facebook is shutting down Direct, a standalone camera-first messaging app used to send Instagram direct messages. “In the coming month, we’ll no longer be supporting the Direct app,” read a message in the app announcing the shutdown. “Your conversations will automatically move over to Instagram, so you don’t need to do anything.” The announcement was first spotted by social media commentator Matt Navarra.

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Full reduction against Mac Intel attack takes 40% hit

Following the announcement of new speculative execution exploits that target Intel CPU architecture, Apple has posted a new document on its website that explains how customers with computers that are ‘at heightened risk’ of attack can enable full mitigation. Full mitigation is not enabled by default as it is probably an excessive amount of security for the average user, and it comes with big performance penalties.

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“Auto Downloading” is live for some Google Podcast users

I/O 2019 saw some major announcements related to Google Podcasts, including Google Search indexing and web playback for desktops and iOS. While exciting, the app still lacks rudimentary features like auto downloading, but fortunately, some users already have it enabled.

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Apple’s custom 5G modems may not arrive until 2025 after breakup with Intel

The Information is out today with a detailed report on the falling out between Intel and Apple over the last few years that led to settling with Qualcomm, new specifics on Apple’s plans to make its own modems, and more.

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Fortnite’s latest patch arrives with the Drum Gun and Ballers after player complains

Fortnite’s first Season 9 update has come and it is all about the things, players find more frustrating.

The first big balance change is a nerf to the Drum Gun’s damage. While the Drum Gun is an undeniably popular weapon in Fortnite— after all, it won the unvaulting event at the end of season 8 — it was also way too powerful. Among the gun’s most vocal critics have been pro players, who made their displeasure at its return known as soon as the unvaulting event started.

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iOS 12.4 developer beta released ahead of Apple Card launch

With iOS 12.3 out of beta as of Monday, Apple is moving on to iOS 12.4 developer beta for iPhone and iPad. macOS 10.14.6 developer beta for Mac, tvOS 12.4 developer beta for Apple TV, and watchOS 5.3 developer beta for Apple Watch are also available today.

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Read Dead Online to introduce full role-playing system this summer

Red Dead Online has announced a new surprise update today, and Rockstar has shared some new additions that will be made during this spring and summer. The largest announcement here is the future addition of “roles”, which will allow players to pick a specialization and level up that role within the frontier.

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Android Q features new privacy controls

We don’t yet know how the Android Q will stand for, but we know there are a lot of changes in the system to ensure our privacy when we’re on our phones.

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Facebook enables restrictions on Live broadcasting to prevent future abuse

On Tuesday, Facebook announced that it would restrict its live-streaming services on the platform following the white nationalist terrorist attacks in New Zealand only a few months ago.

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