September Tech News Round Up

September Tech News Round Up

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Hollie Abbott

Apple announces the latest iPhone, PewDiePie finds himself in trouble again and the momentum of Climate Week sees big tech firms commit to aggressive sustainability goals. Here’s what’s caught our attention in the news this month.

Following in the footsteps of Instagram, Facebook announced that it will be trialling removing like and reaction counts, see more on Forbes. Meanwhile, Instagram continues to impose regulations on the platform by clamping down on posts promoting diets and cosmetic surgery. See The Guardian for the full story. Elsewhere in Social Media, security concerns have forced Twitter to shut down its tweet via SMS function (who knew you could text your tweets?), visit the Daily Mail for more on the story.

In the consumer tech world, just in case you might have missed it, Apple revealed its latest products including the iPhone 11 Pro and ‘always-on’ smartwatch. Head to BBC News for the full download. Toyota also announced its solar-powered Prius this month, see Reuters for more information.

A poorly executed PR effort from PewDiePie left a bad taste after he decided to pledge $50,000 to an anti-hate speech group to celebrate his 100m follower milestone, only to scrap it completely following backlash from his fans for not being “genuine”. Read the full story on BBC News. Other public figures, however, have been in the spotlight for better reasons. A group of celebrities and public figures including Eddie Izzard and Gary Lineker are campaigning against online abuse, advising people to stop engaging with trolls altogether. More on The Guardian.

The climate crisis has received lots of attention this month with climate strikes taking place across the world on September 20th and the key climate summit taking place in New York at the end of September, and many of the big tech firms are getting involved. Amazon has said it plans to be carbon neural by 2040, hiring a fleet of 100,000 electric delivery vans, see more on The Telegraph. Whilst Google signs 18 wind and solar energy deals across the US, Europe and Latin America as reported by the Financial Times.

And just as you thought we lived in a world where the internet is everything, it turns out, a fifth of Brits don’t use it. Check out the full story on the Daily Mail.

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