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The long wait for a Persian iPhone keyboard

Android devices as well as Apple computers have Persian keyboards, but until this week the option wasn’t available on Apple phones or iPads. For years Persian speakers used the Arabic keyboard on the iPhone, which was not really ideal for writing quickly or accurately in Persian. There were lots of petitions to Apple, pressing them to add a Persian keyboard to mobile phones. That finally paid off with the latest release. Arabic and Persian keyboards are very similar. But there are two major issues – the four extra letters in…

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Gym app Pact pays $1m over broken promises

Fitness app Pact, which promised members financial rewards for meeting their health goals, has settled accusations that it broke its promises. The app let people set exercise and dietary goals, and charged them a penalty between $ 5 (£3.70) and $ 50 if they failed to meet their target. It pledged to share some of the “fines” with members who did reach their goals. But the US Federal Trade Commission said Pact had now started to return money wrongly taken from subscribers. Pact – originally known as GymPact – was…

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Hijacked software used to target tech giants

Hackers who booby-trapped widely used security software also used their malware to infiltrate machines at tech firms, suggests analysis. Evidence that other companies had been compromised came to light as Cisco researchers probed how attackers got at the popular CCleaner programme. Millions of people downloaded a Windows version that hackers had laced with malicious code. Cisco said the attackers were seeking valuable intellectual property. Cleaning up Last week CCleaner creator Piriform revealed that attackers had managed to place a hijacked copy of version 5.33 that works on Windows on some…

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Uber loses its licence to operate in London

Uber will not be issued a new private hire licence, Transport for London (TfL) has said. TfL concluded the ride-hailing app firm was not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence. Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrated a lack of corporate responsibility which could have potential public safety and security implications, it said. Uber said it would immediately challenge the decision in the courts. In a statement, Uber said: “Transport for London and the mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict…

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Gamers give their verdicts after being among the first in the UK to try the Xbox One X

The Xbox One X is nearly here – and fans in the UK have just been able to play it for the first time. People at the EGX games expo in Birmingham have been playing demos of new games for the follow-up to the Xbox One. Microsoft promise a more powerful processor which will be able to run games in 4K ultra-HD. Here’s what gamers thought – after being some of the first in the UK to try the console. Ashley and Omick “Wow. It’s mind-blowing,” says Ashley, who was…

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Deliveroo accounts reveal huge losses

Losses have risen sharply at the gig economy food delivery firm, Deliveroo, according to its latest accounts. The company, incorporated under the name Roofoods, made a worldwide loss of £129m in 2016, up from £30m in 2015. Deliveroo made sales of £128.56m, up from £18.1m, but the cost of getting the goods to customers was £127.47m, leaving it a wafer-thin profit margin. On top of that the company has been funding an international expansion plan. Deliveroo is now in 12 countries, including Germany and Singapore. It connects thousands of bike…

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