Twitter tests replacing Moments with a more useful Explore tab

Twitter may soon replace the most-ignored tab on its mobile app with something else. The social network is testing a replacement for the Moments tab on Android and iOS with a new tab called Explore. Twitter’s new tab contains still contains Moments, as well as trending topics (including hashtags) and search terms, as first reported by Mashable. For now this test is just a trial with a subset of users, and it’s the sort of test that social networks do all the time—meaning it could go nowhere. That said, the possibility of replacing Moments is interesting. Twitter introduced Moments last October as way to find the most relevant tweets based on current news stories. In many ways, Moments is Twitter’s version of Snapchat Stories, but instead …

EU urges U.S. tech giants to act faster against hate speech U.S. tech giants including Facebook (FB.O), Twitter (TWTR.N), Google's (GOOGL.O) YouTube and Microsoft (MSFT.O) will have to act faster to tackle online hate speech or face laws forcing them to do so, the European Commission said on Sunday.The European Union (EU) executive's warning comes six months after the companies signed up to a voluntary code of conduct to take action in Europe within 24 hours, following rising concerns triggered by the refugee crisis and terror attacks.This included removing or disabling access to the content if necessary, better cooperation with civil society organizations and the promotion of "counter-narratives" to hate speech.The code of conduct is largely a continuation of efforts that the companies already take to counter hate speech on...

Cocktail of drugs is polluting our rivers Credit: University of Leeds A study suggests that pharmaceuticals are polluting our rivers more than pesticides. In a research paper on pharmaceutical pollution in the rivers Aire and Calder in West Yorkshire, published in the journal Environmental Pollution, the University of Leeds scientists highlight the lack of legislation to regulate the presence of drugs in rivers. Dr Paul Kay from the University's research centre water@leeds said: "It's worrying how little legislation exists for pharmaceuticals in our rivers. Pharmaceuticals are an important environmental pollutant and they should be added to and regulated under existing policies." Although the likelihood of human health impacts due to pharmaceuticals in the environment is low, their presence is a major ecological concern due to the potential for effects on aquatic organism behaviour...

HTC 11 out next year with superlative innovation, waterproof build and consistent battery ... An HTC One A9 smartphone, manufactured by HTC Corp., right, sits above a Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile device, manufactured by Samsung Electronics Co., inside a Royal KPN NV mobile phone store in Nijmegen, Netherlands, on Friday, May 6, 2016. Carlos Slim's America Movil SAB is considering the sale of its minority stake in Dutch phone company KPN, less than three years after the Mexican billionaire's failed takeover attempt, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg via Getty Images Advertisement The Chinese manufacturing company HTC is all set to launch its flagship device HTC 11 somewhere around next year. While speculations regarding its features and characteristics are on rife, it is predicted that the approaching model will be one of a kind. Although there has been...

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive modders add weather system After four years of war-torn terrorising and counter-terrorising, CS:GO has been modified to include interchangeable weather patterns—each designed to alter fighter playstyles.  Courtesy of modders Lewis Palfrey and Luke Millanta, de_dust2_w introduces "varying weather patterns" to one the game's most popular maps, dust2, and also extends to its Cache, Mirage and Overpass arenas. "There is a pool of ten different weather patterns," reads the mod's Steam Workshop description. "At the start of each round one of these weather patterns is selected." Speaking to Eurogamer, Millanta explains that he came up with the idea for manipulable weather in CS:GO in August, however required the support of someone better versed in map making. Known for his work within the CS:GO and...

13 best PC gaming headsets 2016 Updated: We've added a triple whammy of gaming headsets! Check out the Sennheiser PC373D in at #2, Turtle Beach 350 Stealth VR in at #4 and Sennheiser GSP 350 in at #8. No PC gamer worth their kill/death ratio would skimp on a decent headset. Arguably more important than a mechanical gaming keyboard or mouse, a worthy pair of cans make the difference between guessing where enemies are and hunting them down like a sonically-enhanced ninja. Pick the right pair and you'll hear the sound of bullets envelop your ears while explosions rock your eardrums, and dialogue in games takes on a new level of clarity. Whether you need a USB or 3.5mm headset, a surround sound or stereo pair, or simply one to communicate with...

Facebook's WhatsApp adds secure video calling amid privacy concerns One of the world’s most popular means of communication, Facebook's (FB.O) WhatsApp, is adding fully encrypted video calling to its messaging app on Monday, a move that comes as privacy advocates worry about the potential for stepped-up government surveillance under a Trump administration. WhatsApp, which boasts more than a billion users worldwide, adopted end-to-end encryption early this year, making it technically impossible for the company or government authorities to read messages or listen to calls. The new video calling service will thus provide another means for people to communicate without fear of eavesdropping though WhatsApp does retain other data such as an individual's list of contacts. WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum said in an interview that video calls will be rolled out to...

Security firm reveals Android smartphones in US sending personal data to China US security firm Kryptowire has identified Android smartphones with a “backdoor” software in the country that collected sensitive personal data and transmitted this data to third-party servers in China without disclosure or the users’ consent. These devices were available through major US-based online retailers like Amazon and BestBuy and included popular smartphones such as BLU R1 HD devices, Kryptowire said in a statement. “The core of the monitoring activities took place using a commercial Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) update software system that was shipped with the Android devices we tested and were managed by Shanghai Adups Technology Co. Ltd,” Kryptowire said. These devices actively transmitted user and device information including text messages, contact lists, call history with full telephone numbers, unique device identifiers...