Strange innovations, opaque machinations of the rich and powerful, blatant threats and other scandals ... The IT world never runs out of headlines. The Feuill-IT-ong section of Binary Dreams follows this trend and sets the razor-sharp analyser and equally sharp-tongued Tabea Ulla Thor to comment on current events and human achievements and misdeeds on this side and the other of bits and bytes.
Our tech news overview of February 2022:
Google discontinues its Currents platform
The fact that you are hearing about Currents for the first time through this news may be one of the reasons for the platform's shut down. Until then, the project will continue under the new name "Obsoletes".
Meta threatens to shut down Instagram and Facebook in Europe
This is like a pig slaughterhouse threatening its pigs with release if there are stricter animal welfare requirements.
Facebook Group Meta share plummets
As a result of a disappointing sales forecast, the company's share value fell by more than 200 billion US dollars. Experts now even fear a hostile takeover by Myspace or Netlog.
Next deal in dear games industry: Sony buys Bungie
The electronics giant acquires the game developer that produced, for example, the classic "Halo".
Activision Blizzard was already sold at that time.
Truth Social: Trump's own social network launches
After being banned from Twitter, the ex-US president announced that he would create his own alternative platform.
Already at the launch, Trump was banned for 48 hours because of the misinformation that on his network everyone is finally allowed to spread truths uncensored.
Opera internet browser enables emoji-based web addresses
You can find out more about what this is good for at ❔❓🤔🤷♀️🤷🏼♂️.©️⭕Ⓜ️. The service is nonetheless enjoying immediate popularity: strangely enough, an eggplant producer could no longer find a free URL.
Swisscom is shutting down its MMS service
The service for sending files on the mobile phone network is to be switched off from January 2023. Rumour has it that they have had the service switched off for years and merely forgot to inform the press about it.
Google's Deepmind AI as good as average developers
However, it currently consumes about twice as much coffee to be so. In other disciplines such as "interpersonal communication" and "empathy", however, DeepMind is already twice as good as the average programmer.
Kaspersky launches its own mobile game
In the game called [Dis]connected, you are supposed to learn a lot about cybersecurity, while at the same time you have to take care to balance professional demands and your private life with a limited time budget. In the process, the user is supposed to be interrupted every now and then with update messages for the familiar Kaspersky feeling while playing.
*Our "Feuill-IT-on" format is created in collaboration with the two freelance writers Tobias Lauterbach und Daniel Al-Kabbani who occasionally contribute to the satire platform "Der Postillon". Under the pseudonyms Strigalt von Entf, and Tabea Ulla Thor they report on current events from the world of technology – always with a wink! ;-)