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Twitter has announced the launch of a ‘Notes’ function for sharing longer texts. ― Unsplash pic

Twitter embraces blog mode with a new long-form text option

Photo sharing platform Instagram is starting to trial a tool that relies on artificial intelligence (AI) to confirm the age of users in the United States. ― AFP pic

Instagram trials AI tool to verify age of users

Google has agreed to pay for ramped-up Wikipedia services. — Reuters pic

Google agrees to pay for beefed-up Wikipedia service

Meta, known as Facebook until it changed its name as part of its metaverse pivot last year, has disclosed plans for a mixed-reality headset code-named 'Cambria' to be released this year. — Reuters pic

Meta and other tech giants form metaverse standards body, without Apple

The new Apple Watch award for International Yoga Day is colourful and vibrant. — Picture courtesy of Apple

Apple celebrates International Yoga Day with a limited edition Watch award

Even though the metaverse has not yet been widely adopted and the technology is still in development, early users have already brought to light serious issues. — AFP pic

The battle to build a child-friendly metaverse

This undated handout photo provided courtesy of Kiyoung Jung on June 17, 2022 shows a grave for Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which was retired by the company earlier this week after 27 years, in honour of the browser's ‘death’, on the rooftop of a cafe in South Korea's southern city of Gyeongju. — Picture courtesy of Kiyoung Jung / AFP

RIP Internet Explorer: South Korean engineer’s browser ‘grave’ goes viral

Working with a virtual reality headset on is by no means a pleasant experience.  — Shutterstock pic

Working in the metaverse? It might be possible, but it's not very effective

Last month, TikTok created a new US data security devoted to strengthening protection policies and protocols to safeguard user information. ― Reuters pic

TikTok says Oracle to keep US user data safe

Beyond the pretty exterior, watchOS 9 is a very health-focused update that makes it useful for the serious exerciser. — Picture courtesy of Apple

How watchOS 9 is making Apple Watch your healthcare BFF

YouTube last year launched a US$100 million fund to ‘reward creators’ whose video clips attract audiences to the online stage. ― IStock.com/AFP pic

YouTube Shorts touts 1.5 billion users, taking on TikTok

A preview of Android 13. ― Picture courtesy of Google

Will your smartphone be compatible with Android 13?

Meta to launch 'metaverse academy' in France

During the latest Xbox   Bethesda Games Showcase, Minecraft Legends was announced — an action-strategy game. — Picture via YouTube/Minecraft

No Minecraft 2, but what we’re getting instead might be close to it (VIDEO)

 The Samsung Galaxy M53 5G is now available for pre-order in Malaysia and it’s offered exclusively via Senheng. — SoyaCincau pic

Samsung Galaxy M53 5G has arrived in Malaysia for RM1,999 and it’s way overpriced

Reaction to the claims by Twitter users were a mix of philosophical musing and mockery. — Screenshots via Twitter

Google engineer on paid leave after claiming company’s AI is sentient 

Facebook parent Meta earlier this year instituted a minimum distance between users’ avatars in its virtual reality Horizon network after reports of harassment, one of the thorny issues for its metaverse vision. — Reuters pic

Meta’s Quest VR gear to let people ‘hang out’ in fake worlds

Twitter is harnessing audio to boost accessibility