A flaw in Facebook’s Messenger Kids app meant children could have come into contact with people not approved by their parents, the social network has confirmed. The app, launched in 2017, is aimed at under-13s and is meant to be used as a safe space for them to chat to friends and family, controlled from a parent’s main Facebook account. It gave parents the ability to approve the people their children could chat with, but a design flaw has been found which made it possible for unauthorised users to be part of group chats. Facebook said the flaw – which has now been fixed – meant that in some cases it was possible for a child in a group chat to come into contact with a third person who, while approved by the parent of one child, had not been approved by the other. “We recently notified some parents of Messenger Kids account users about a technical error that we detected affecting a small number of group chats,” a Facebook spokesman said. “We … [Read more...] about Facebook Messenger Kids app flaw allowed strangers into chats
Queen’s music video for Bohemian Rhapsody has notched up a YouTube milestone.It has become the first pre-1990s video to reach one billion views on the platform.A message posted on the rock band’s official Twitter page said it was “simply incredible” that our “music is still creating such a large impact to this day”.The video for the 1975 chart-topping single, penned by its late frontman Freddie Mercury, revolutionised the future of pop music.Before the MTV age, bands traditionally appeared on shows like Top Of The Pops to promote their latest hits.When they could not appear in person, dance troupes like Pan’s People were tasked with keeping viewers entertained while a recording of the song was played.To mark the YouTube milestone, Queen said it was looking for musicians, singers, and instrumentalists for their own take on Bohemian Rhapsody for a user-generated video. … [Read more...] about Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody video hits YouTube milestone
The Apple Watch Walkie Talkie app has been reactivated after Apple confirmed that a security flaw which could have allowed people to eavesdrop on the conversations of others has been fixed.Earlier this month, the technology firm announced it was temporarily disabling the app until the issue could be resolved.As part of the latest update to its mobile operating system – iOS 12.4 – which was made available to users on Monday, Apple said a “security fix” had been included for the app and it had been reactivated on Apple Watch devices. The app allows two users, each with an Apple Watch and who have accepted an invitation to chat from one another, to send audio clips back and forth using a “push to talk” button on the Watch screen – similar to a traditional walkie talkie.At the time of the bug’s discovery, Apple admitted it could have allowed a person to listen in on someone else’s iPhone without consent, however there had been no … [Read more...] about Walkie Talkie app returns to Apple Watch after security update
Q: MY seven-year-old son still wets the bed, and both he and I are embarrassed about it. Is this normal at his age, and what can I do to help him stay dry at night? A: Alina Lynden, a helpline adviser for ERIC, the children's bowel and bladder charity (eric.org.uk/bedwetting), says: "Wetting the bed is a common childhood condition affecting half a million children and teenagers in the UK. "Around 12 per cent of seven to nine-year-olds regularly wet the bed. However, it's something which can have a huge impact on a child's day-to-day life, affecting their self-esteem, emotional wellbeing, achievement at school and social life. Children may feel so embarrassed about their bed-wetting that they avoid sleepovers or going on school camp for fear of their 'secret' being discovered. Extra washing to deal with it and disturbed sleep can also take a big toll on family life. "There are lots of things you can do now to try and help him get dry. The most important thing to start with is to give … [Read more...] about Ask The Expert: How can I help my child to stop wetting the bed?
HOW does the possibility of earning around £50,000 in a few years and having the pick of jobs in a thriving industry sound? Appealing, no doubt.Belfast Met's IT apprenticeship programme provides the opportunity to gain IT skills and knowledge alongside that all-important on-the-job experience. Applications are open for the programme and will close on August 26.Possible routes include the level 5 Higher Level apprenticeships in cyber security and networking infrastructure as well as a cloud and application development option. The Level 3 (A Level equivalent) options include digital forensics, networking infrastructure, and software development. Countless apprentices have participated in the programme before and are now successfully climbing the industry career ladder – many in top companies such as Fujitsu and Citi in addition to entering the public sector through the NI Civil Service's participation in the initiative. Belfast Met is in prime position to deliver … [Read more...] about Make IT your career with a Belfast Met apprenticeship