Facebook has pulled a network of fake accounts attempting to spread Russian disinformation in Ukraine. The company said it had removed about 40 accounts, pages and groups from Facebook and Instagram that were detected over the last 48 hours. Meanwhile, Russia has been restricting Twitter access for its citizens since early Saturday morning. According to internet monitor NetBlocks, there was a nearly complete blackout of the platform across all major domestic telecom providers. On Friday, the country’s telecom regulator, Roskomnadzor, began partially restricting access to Facebook after the social network refused to stop fact checking and labeling content from Russia’s state-owned news organizations.— Mat SmithThe biggest stories you might have missedUkraine asks international volunteers to join ‘IT army’ against RussiaYouTube blocks RT and other Russian channels from generating ad revenueSome Russian bank cards no longer work with Apple Pay and Google Pay’The Dropout’ offers a timely reminder of the Theranos madnessSony’s answer to Game Pass on PlayStation could cost up to $16 a monthSamsung’s new Galaxy Book laptops get better webcams and brighter screensHitting the Books: The case against tomorrow’s robots looking like peopleHuawei’s new MateBook X Pro has six speakers packed inside itValve Steam Deck ReviewIts first portable combines the familiar with something new.EngadgetValve’s first portable isn’t a mobile device to take on your everyday commute. It’s more like a Steam Controller and a Steam Machine in one hefty package, and it isn’t all that comfortable to play for hours on end. But while it’s hard for Senior Editor Jessica Conditt to recommend the Steam Deck as an introduction to PC gaming, it’s a great second device for the millions of existing Steam users around the world, one that opens up new places to play around the house.Continue reading.’Pokémon Scarlet’ and ‘Violet’ head to Switch in late 2022It’s set to be an ‘open-world adventure.’The Pokémon Company just surprised most of us. It revealed Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, two new Pokémon games, are set to launch sometime in late 2022. Building on the recently released Pokémon Legends: Arceus, developer Game Freak said the games would offer an “open-world adventure” for players to discover. Perhaps it’ll strike a balance between the newest Pokémon game and the mainline series.Continue reading.Huawei’s MatePad Paper is half e-reader, half tabletAnd it works with the company’s stylus.HuaweiA lot of us are obsessed with e-ink devices. The latest addition is a substantially sized e-ink tablet from Huawei. The MatePad Paper has a 10.3-inch grayscale screen with an anti-glare, reflective display to aid low-light use. The Paper can reproduce 256 shades of greyscale to display text and images — and even video. Not only does it have surprisingly tiny bezels, with an 86.3% screen-to-body ratio, but it’s also is compatible with Huawei’s M-Pencil, its second-generation stylus.Continue reading.TCL’s latest concept phone folds inwards and outwardsBut getting the screen to work is staggeringly difficult.TCL seems to love showing off its prototypes, and it’s doing the same for MWC 2022. Alongside an array of new phones and tablets, the company just debuted a concept device tentatively called the Ultra Flex — a phone with a 360-degree rotating hinge and a flexible display that bends with it. This thing can fold in on itself as well as outwards. However, it’s a little… no, very, delicate.Continue reading.

Facebook has pulled a network of fake accounts attempting to spread Russian disinformation in Ukraine. The company said it had removed about 40 accounts, pages and groups from Facebook and Instagram that were detected over the last 48 hours. 

Meanwhile, Russia has been restricting Twitter access for its citizens since early Saturday morning. According to internet monitor NetBlocks, there was a nearly complete blackout of the platform across all major domestic telecom providers. On Friday, the country’s telecom regulator, Roskomnadzor, began partially restricting access to Facebook after the social network refused to stop fact checking and labeling content from Russia’s state-owned news organizations.

— Mat Smith

The biggest stories you might have missed

Ukraine asks international volunteers to join ‘IT army’ against Russia

YouTube blocks RT and other Russian channels from generating ad revenue

Some Russian bank cards no longer work with Apple Pay and Google Pay

‘The Dropout’ offers a timely reminder of the Theranos madness

Sony’s answer to Game Pass on PlayStation could cost up to $16 a month

Samsung’s new Galaxy Book laptops get better webcams and brighter screens

Hitting the Books: The case against tomorrow’s robots looking like people

Huawei’s new MateBook X Pro has six speakers packed inside it

Valve Steam Deck Review

Its first portable combines the familiar with something new.

Engadget

Valve’s first portable isn’t a mobile device to take on your everyday commute. It’s more like a Steam Controller and a Steam Machine in one hefty package, and it isn’t all that comfortable to play for hours on end. But while it’s hard for Senior Editor Jessica Conditt to recommend the Steam Deck as an introduction to PC gaming, it’s a great second device for the millions of existing Steam users around the world, one that opens up new places to play around the house.

Continue reading.

‘Pokémon Scarlet’ and ‘Violet’ head to Switch in late 2022

It’s set to be an ‘open-world adventure.’

The Pokémon Company just surprised most of us. It revealed Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, two new Pokémon games, are set to launch sometime in late 2022. Building on the recently released Pokémon Legends: Arceus, developer Game Freak said the games would offer an “open-world adventure” for players to discover. Perhaps it’ll strike a balance between the newest Pokémon game and the mainline series.

Continue reading.

Huawei’s MatePad Paper is half e-reader, half tablet

And it works with the company’s stylus.

Huawei

A lot of us are obsessed with e-ink devices. The latest addition is a substantially sized e-ink tablet from Huawei. The MatePad Paper has a 10.3-inch grayscale screen with an anti-glare, reflective display to aid low-light use. The Paper can reproduce 256 shades of greyscale to display text and images — and even video. Not only does it have surprisingly tiny bezels, with an 86.3% screen-to-body ratio, but it’s also is compatible with Huawei’s M-Pencil, its second-generation stylus.

Continue reading.

TCL’s latest concept phone folds inwards and outwards

But getting the screen to work is staggeringly difficult.

TCL seems to love showing off its prototypes, and it’s doing the same for MWC 2022. Alongside an array of new phones and tablets, the company just debuted a concept device tentatively called the Ultra Flex — a phone with a 360-degree rotating hinge and a flexible display that bends with it. This thing can fold in on itself as well as outwards. However, it’s a little… no, very, delicate.

Continue reading.

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