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Is Buying Antivirus Software Necessary?

Let’s address the elephant in the room – malware and viruses do exist! Devices are not immune so we have…

Let’s address the elephant in the room – malware and viruses do exist! Devices are not immune so we have to ask “Is Buying Antivirus Software Necessary?”! It is worth noting that if your phone, tablet or computer is invulnerable to internet threats today, it isn’t a guarantee it will stay so forever.

Having said that, let’s discuss why viruses are immensely prevalent on some platforms while on others they are almost non-existent.

First and foremost, we need to understand that cybercrime is a lucrative business. Hackers are always in search of ways to sneak in into users’ systems and capitalize on sensitive information.

While most vulnerabilities till now have been centered around the Windows OS, other system software like that of Apple’s isn’t as protected either as it once used to be.

It’s not that there are issues with Apple’s inbuilt security system, but rather, cyber culprits have found new ways of slipping through advanced defense systems. The reason why they have started out so late is that they were pretty content targeting the much easier and larger number of Windows and Android users till now.

Though Apple’s security is pretty impressive, it isn’t completely immune. For cybercriminals exploiting the system, it is just a matter of time.

As of now, Apple doesn’t really have antivirus software for the iOS and the same goes for Google’s Chrome OS, one of the most secure systems to date.

The few apps that claim to protect devices running on these operating systems are probably Security Software. So, for the time being, we will focus our attention on Windows, OS X, and Android systems.

 

Windows PCs and Laptops

 

Before progressing any further, let’s answer the simpler stuff first – Is buying antivirus software necessary for windows 7 or older?

The answer is simple and straightforward – YES, IT IS!

Now back to what’s more popular: What about Windows 8 and Windows 10?

While Windows 8 and above have had some significant improvements in their security system, especially after the introduction of Windows 10 with which Windows Defender Antivirus (a step-up to the Microsoft Security Essentials) comes included, the everlasting question whether one needs an additional antivirus software or not still remains unanswered.

Before passing any judgment, it must be noted that Windows Defender switches off gracefully once it detects a third-party program to avoid any interference. Hence, you once an antivirus software is installed and running the Windows Defender isn’t going to work any longer. Unless you are confident with your antivirus software, it is best letting Microsoft’s default defender do the job.

While Windows Defender if good, it certainly isn’t the best! According to AV-TEST, Microsoft’s inbuilt security program score a 4.5 out of 6. Of course, it isn’t bad but not as capable as Avira’s or Avast’s antivirus software that topped the list in December 2017.

 

Mac OS X Desktop Computers and Laptops

 

For a long time, Mac OS X was incredibly safe. Apple’s intelligently designed sandbox OS made it extremely difficult for criminals to hack Apple devices.

As a matter of fact, if a few years ago a Mac user would install an antivirus software, the only purpose it would solve was preventing it from passing to other devices on the same network. However, Macs have been cracked and have lately been more vulnerable to threats like never before.

For now, home users are pretty safe from being affected by a malware or a virus. Even though not many Mac users have been affected by a virus, it wouldn’t be right to forget that the risks are there.

To be on the safer side, it wouldn’t be a bad idea investing in an antivirus. Just like for the Windows, antivirus software from Kaspersky, Symantec and Avast do an impressive job of protecting Apple devices.

 

Android Phones and Tablets

 

It wouldn’t be safe to say that Android viruses do not exist at all. However, as long as one refrains from downloading apps from external sources, it is almost impossible your device to be infected by a virus or malware.

While, by default, Google doesn’t allow its Android users to installs apps from third-party source, this can be easily modified through a few steps in the settings. If you regularly install apps from unknown sources or are one of those courageous users who fiddle with their devices by gaining root access, having an antivirus installed wouldn’t be a bad idea.

It must be noted, that the Android threats known till now aren’t as malicious as the ones affecting Windows PCs and Laptops. This is mainly because it isn’t as easy to exploit an Android device and there isn’t much reason to do so as most of the sensitive information that hackers are in the hunt for is one computer.

As of now, there hasn’t been an Android malware that has caused booting issues for a device. Even if one feels his Android phone or tablet has been affected by a virus, all he has to do is back up his data and run a factory reset.

While having an antivirus might seem something optional, one might not regret having a security software instead installed on his Android.

What is important to keep in mind is that Android runs on devices that have a tendency to get stolen. Losing a phone or a tablet is quite daunting indeed. But giving away sensitive information is even worse. And, that is where security software plays a crucial role.

 

Is Buying Antivirus Software Necessary or will a free version suffice?

 

While free antivirus software today, like the Sophos Antivirus, protect devices from threats to a good degree, they are obviously nowhere near to what the paid ones are capable of doing.

Whether or not to pay for an antivirus or whether even having one is required is a highly personal opinion and there are certain things that are to be considered while making such a decision. If of course, you have important data on your device, something you cannot afford lose an inexpensive antivirus is worth adding to the expense.

For some suggestions on which antivirus to pick, check our article – Top 5 Antivirus programs for 2018

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Introducing Bitdeer Group, the World’s Premier All-Inclusive Digital Asset Mining Service Provider

SINGAPORE, Sep 8, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – Bitdeer Group was established by renowned crypto pioneer Jihan Wu, the co-founder of Bitmain and Matrixport, which provides mining-related services to individuals and enterprise clients worldwide. With its headquarters located in Singapore, Bitdeer Group has branches in North America, Europe, and other regions. Bitdeer Group is committed…

SINGAPORE, Sep 8, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – Bitdeer Group was established by renowned crypto pioneer Jihan Wu, the co-founder of Bitmain and Matrixport, which provides mining-related services to individuals and enterprise clients worldwide. With its headquarters located in Singapore, Bitdeer Group has branches in North America, Europe, and other regions. Bitdeer Group is committed to becoming the world’s most reliable digital asset mining service provider. It offers three lines of business – Bitdeer, Mining Datacenter, and smart mining service. Bitdeer Group is developing market-oriented strategies and integrating resources for high-quality services and major moves in its global operations.Together, these verticals reflect Bitdeer Group’s professional development as well as its drive to continually cultivate authentic and trustworthy services for participants of the blockchain space. “Over the long-term, the blockchain industry is bullish and is undeniably the biggest opportunity for both investors as well as developers. The innovations in this industry may even surpass those that came with the advent of the internet,” said Jihan Wu, chairman and founder of Bitdeer Group.Mining and acquiring digital currencies are complex processes, but there are ways to obtain newly minted cryptocurrency without contending with technical intricacies. Whether you are a crypto-curious newcomer or a long-time believer, Bitdeer Group’s mining machine sharing, Mining Datacenters, and mining management platform weave together a seamless, easy acquisition strategy for any user around the world. “Bitdeer Group has made arrangements to adapt to developments in the mining sector and changes in the market,” said Matt Kong, CEO of Bitdeer Group.One-Click Mining with Bitdeer’s Top-Notch ServiceAs the world’s first platform to deliver real hashrate capacity at the base rate of 1 TB, Bitdeer features straightforward traceability for hashrates, direct payouts from the mining pool, and customizable service plans, with a convenience that makes it possible for anyone to take advantage of mining. Bitdeer offers support for more than 10 cryptocurrencies – including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Zcash, Litecoin, and Doge – providing a variety of choices that fit short-term and long-term wealth creation objectives.Moreover, Bitdeer’s service verticals include Cloud Hashrate, Cloud Hosting, and Hashrate Market for retail customers, as well as the Institutional Customer Service. Bitdeer’s cloud service is convenient for its kind for anyone anywhere in the world.Right now, Bitdeer has hundreds of thousands of mining machines running in Europe and North America, with monthly traffic of over 3 million visitors as an endorsement of long-time clients.Energy-Efficient Mining Datacenters with a Global FootprintMining Datacenter was the first to develop standardized, professional mining facilities and provide cryptocurrency mining services to global partners, drawing from eight years of experience in the field. This includes site selection, facility design, construction, maintenance, and general one-stop technical support. Its team originates from Bitmain’s former mining department.So far, more than 30 Mining Datacenters have been constructed for proprietary and client usage, as well as partners located around the world. Bitdeer’s fundamental infrastructure is supported by sophisticated Mining Datacenters located in various parts of the United States and Norway. These facilities can operate at an optimum level under various climate conditions and link up various forms of power supply.Altogether, Mining Datacenters wield the world’s sizable aggregate mining capacity. Its facility in the USA is one of the largest operations of its kind in North America. Alongside a focus on being fully compliant with regulatory demands, Mining Datacenters are forging a path to 100% renewable energy.Boosted Efficiency with Smart Mining ServiceAs an integrated smart mining service of Bitdeer Group, it offers a unified platform for infrastructure oversight and control, giving miners the means to solve problems that they may encounter during their regular operations and achieve the highest efficiency. Tracing its roots to the Antsentry team of Bitmain, it helps miners solve problems they may face during mining operations to achieve the best efficiency.This proprietary infrastructure software suite is utilized to regulate the expansive operations involving hardware assets spanning continents. The platform assists miners to prevent and solve problems that may arise during day-to-day operations. It can provide up to a 100% boost in efficiency while eliminating the need for human intervention by 50% for large-scale mining farms.The platform includes automated monitoring functionalities, batch management features, security capabilities, data-driven analysis, as well as energy and power meter management processes. The platform is calibrated to mesh with all mainstream mining rig models and pools for maximal impact in any context.Bitdeer Group Is Committed to Becoming the World’s Most Reliable Digital Asset Mining Service ProviderWith more than 300 staff spread across facilities around the world, Bitdeer Group is distributed at a global scale, ensuring risk resistance and versatility that enables stable mining 24 hours a day, seven days a week.That makes it even more crucial to merge diverse cloud services with its infrastructural backbone and intelligent management and maintenance platform for cutting-edge mining services. With a philosophy rooted in the origins of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, Bitdeer Group is prepared to service customers who are in pursuit of stable, dependable crypto financial growth.About Bitdeer GroupBitdeer Group is the world’s leading digital asset mining service provider. It was founded by Jihan Wu, a renowned pioneer in the crypto industry, along with Sequoia Capital, IDG, and other well-known investment institutions in the blockchain field. Founded in 2020 with headquarters in Singapore, Bitdeer Group has branches in the United States, Europe, and other countries and regions. Under the group, there are currently three business lines – Bitdeer, Mining Datacenter, and smart mining service. Together, they provide a full range of mining services, including mining machine sharing, mining infrastructure construction, and mining operation management. www.bitdeergroup.com.For more information, please contact:Website: https://bitdeergroup.com/ Business Contact: [email protected] Contact: [email protected] Copyright 2021 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com
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Strong Mainland China demand boosts Swiss watch industry

HONG KONG, Sep 7, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries, the special edition of the 40th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair and the ninth Salon de TE begin tomorrow…

HONG KONG, Sep 7, 2021 – (ACN Newswire) – Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades and Industries, the special edition of the 40th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair and the ninth Salon de TE begin tomorrow at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. To help industry participants grasp the latest market information and trends and formulate strategies for post-pandemic growth, the three organisations hosted the Hong Kong International Watch Forum on 30 August. The forum invited watch association representatives from Mainland China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and Switzerland to share on the watch industry’s current trade performance in the region and offer perspectives that can help the global watchmaking industry continue to move forward.Daniel Tsai, Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd (centre), with Student Group merit award winners Chan Yin-kei (R), Lau Ka-ki and Ho Wing-kiu; champion Yip Tsz-yan; and first runner-up Ho See-long (L)”Insight”, the creation of Student Group champion Yip Tsz-yanThe “Global Luxury Watch Investment and Market Outlook in Mainland China” forum on 10 September will feature insights from John Ng, Horologer of Montres S.A.Swiss representative – US demand has also reboundedEven though the pandemic has battered the global economy and posed significant challenges for the watch and clock industry, the speakers’ view was that markets are steadily recovering. They noted that imports, exports, production volumes and profits have all rebounded from the depths of 2020, although still remain shy of 2019 levels.Thierry Dubois, the representative from Switzerland’s Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH, explained that Swiss watch exports during the first six months of 2021 have improved year-on-year. In 2020, the country’s total exports dropped 21.7% compared to the previous year. However, the total export value remained on a par with that of 2019, dipping only 0.5% to 10.6 billion Swiss francs. This was thanks to the Mainland China market, which has seen a surge in demand for luxury Swiss watches since last summer. Demand from the US also began picking up from March this year, which was sooner than the Swiss watch industry anticipated.Mr Dubois pointed out that Asia now represents the largest market overall for Swiss watch exports, with Mainland China being the leading market, followed by the US, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. He foresees that by 2025, the mainland’s consumption will pull further ahead and account for 46-48% of all luxury watch purchases.He added that the pandemic has created new consumer habits, with prolonged lockdowns giving consumers more time to reflect on their watch purchases and make new discoveries. “We have observed that online sales quickly replaced physical sales, as shops had to close during the lockdowns. In 2019, online sales represented 10-15% of total sales of luxury products. We expect this will rise to 30% by 2025. At the same time, the importance of social media for communication, interaction and sales has continued to grow. Livestreaming has exploded, and the trend is particularly visible in Asia. With the increase in e-commerce, the demand for efficient logistics and delivery has also climbed, because today’s online shoppers expect swift product deliveries once they have placed an order,” said Mr Dubois. He remarked that there has also been a notable increase in the demand for “pre-owned” watches – or watches that have been possessed by someone else – which is expected to rise by 15-20% within four years.German representative – physical stores remain attractiveGuido Grohmann, the representative from Germany’s Federal Associations of Jewellery, Watches, Silverware and Supplying Industry e.V. (BVSU), said the country’s exports of watches, clocks and parts saw a significant year-on-year decline of 14.1% in 2020, including falls of 7.5% in the European Union (EU) and 16.4% in Asia. The situation was largely echoed in imports. In 2020, German imports of watches, clocks and parts fell 6.2% compared to the previous year, with the biggest decline registered in Asia, at 8.7%. Despite this, imports from the EU rose 28.5%, with logistics operating more smoothly among EU countries. In 2021, both exports and imports continued to strengthen during the first five months with imports faring even better than the same period in 2019.While e-commerce continues to gain popularity, Mr Grohmann said that offline stores are still maintaining their attractiveness. He remarked that even though lower-priced products were sold online during the pandemic, consumers still preferred going to stores to buy high-end products as it allows them to try out the luxury goods. As for logistics, he noted, “The COVID crisis has reflected that we still have huge problems within the supply chain, especially in shipping parts. Industries are looking into reinventing local suppliers in Europe to attain a more secure supply chain. It would be much better if the world’s governments [could] focus on how to re-enact the fast and solid supply chain that we used to have. From the watch industry’s perspective, we have to discuss this on a global level. It is difficult, but it can be solved.”The Hong Kong International Watch Forum was held as a webinar on 6 September. A replay will soon be available on the Watch & Clock Fair website.Hong Kong Watch & Clock Competition identifies local design talentTo raise the design standards of the Hong Kong watch industry, nurture local designers and inject new impetus into the industry, the HKTDC collaborated with the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and the Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd to organise the 38th Hong Kong Watch & Clock Competition. This year’s competition was once again divided into the Open Group and the Student Group, adopting the themes of “Minimalism” and “Live Fully” respectively. About 90 high-quality entries were received, from which a panel of 10 judges from various sectors selected the winning entries.The results of the competition have been announced and the champion in the Open Group was Tam Kwok-tung for his design titled “SPACE_BAR”. Housed in a transparent container, the design beautifully encapsulates the simplicity of the watch’s movements. The first runner-up prize was claimed by the Ballerina Watch Company Limited and its design “Singing Bowl”. The design forgoes a traditional watch crown to accentuate the unified and symmetrical watch case design. Second runner-up was Wong Ting-bong for his design “D012”. The unique open design of the minute dial is topped with a linear second hand, which perfectly represents the concept of points, lines and surfaces as the hands move.In the Student Group, the Hong Kong Design Institute’s Yip Tsz-yan was crowned champion for her design “Insight”. Her watch’s bezel and glass are made with a diamond-cut design, and the case-back contains fancy glass that refracts light and reflects colours. Ho See-long from the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong claimed first runner-up with her design titled “Serendipity”. The design reflects the idea that the happiness and fortune people seek may already be surrounding them and that every trivial matter in daily life can be a miracle. The second runner-up prize was taken by another Hong Kong Design Institute student, Pui Hong-yiu, whose design “Expedition” drew inspiration from the film Around the World in 80 Days. The watch’s oversized design symbolises the confidence and motivation for taking an expedition, while the mini globes on the face can display the wearer’s location.The champions of the Open Group and Student Group will be sponsored to attend the INHORGENTA MUNICH 2022 trade fair in Germany. All the winning and finalist entries will also be displayed during the Watch & Clock Fair to showcase Hong Kong’s design prowess to global industry participants and the general public.Renowned watchmaker shares tips on luxury watch investment in Mainland ChinaIn addition to the above events, the annual Asian Watch Conference will be held on 9 September during the Watch & Clock Fair. With the theme, “Redesigning the Future of Luxury Watches”, experts will look at the future for the luxury watch sector from the perspective of product design trends and marketing strategies, helping watchmakers and manufacturers to be more future-ready. Trade professionals interested in attending the conference can register at the event website. https://tinyurl.com/crnrkc2rMeanwhile, a sharing session titled “Global Luxury Watch Investment and Market Outlook in Mainland China” will be held on the afternoon of 10 September. John Ng, Horologer of Montres S.A., who is known as the only Asian disciple of master watchmaker Philippe Dufour, will be joined by Ho Sai-chu, Chairman of Chih Lo Lou Art Promotion (Non-Profit Making) Ltd, as well as three auction house representatives: Cissy Ngan, Associate Vice President and Specialist at Christie’s, Mary Lee, Consultant at Sotheby’s and Jill Chen, Head of Watches, Hong Kong at Phillips. They will discuss global luxury watch investment and share insights on watch collecting, the prospects for watch investment in Mainland China, the role of young people in the watch industry, and the industry’s outlook in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Interested trade professionals can register here. https://tinyurl.com/crnrkc2r The 40th HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair and the ninth Salon de TE both begin tomorrow. The physical fairs will run from 8 to 12 September at the HKCEC, while the online version will run until 19 September. The hybrid format will help global watch traders explore more business opportunities. The five-day fairs at the HKCEC will open to industry buyers and, for the first time, also to the general public, offering local watch lovers the opportunity to shop for precious timepieces.Fair websites- Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair: https://hkwatchfair.hktdc.com- Salon de TE: https://hkwatchfair.hktdc.com/te- Photo download: https://bit.ly/3zH79e9About HKTDC The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong’s trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedInMedia enquiries:HKTDC’s Communications & Public Affairs DepartmentJanet Chan, Tel: +852 2584 4369, Email: [email protected].orgAngel Tang, Tel: +852 2584 4544, Email: [email protected] Copyright 2021 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com
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Apple: Apps Hosting NFTs “Not Appropriate” for App Store

Key Takeaways Apple has reportedly blocked Gnosis Safe’s mobile wallet app from the App Store because it stores NFTs. The company reportedly said that applications storing NFTs are “not appropriate” for the App Store. Apple reportedly said that crypto apps offering NFTs must either make them available to App Store users as in-app purchases or…

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  • Apple has reportedly blocked Gnosis Safe’s mobile wallet app from the App Store because it stores NFTs.
  • The company reportedly said that applications storing NFTs are “not appropriate” for the App Store.
  • Apple reportedly said that crypto apps offering NFTs must either make them available to App Store users as in-app purchases or remove them from the app entirely.

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Apple has reportedly stated that applications storing or displaying NFTs are breaking the App Store’s terms of service.

Gnosis Safe, a multi-sig crypto wallet allowing users to manage digital assets on Ethereum, reportedly tried releasing a new, updated version of its iOS wallet application on the App Store two weeks ago. To the project’s surprise, Apple blocked the release, citing the wallet’s NFT storage functionality as the reason.

Lukas Schor, product developer at Gnosis Safe, revealed the incident in a Tuesday Twitter thread.

According to the email exchanges between Gnosis and Apple shared by Lucas Schor on Twitter, Apple says that applications that include access to NFTs by means other than in-app purchases violate the App Store’s guidelines. According to a screenshot shared by Schor, App Store wrote:

“The app allows users to store and send NFT’s (sic) which are digital items in nature in the Collectibles section of the app. This feature is not appropriate for the App Store.”  

Assuming the message was a human error, Gnosis says it reached back to Apple but got the same response. “Since NFTs are digital assets that have a price and cost associated with them,” the email from Apple reads, “Apps that access, whether it is just simple storage or marketplace, are not appropriate for the App Store. We suggest you remove this feature from your app.”

Interestingly, Gnosis Safe’s mobile wallet application upgrade had nothing to do with NFTs, as it’s been offering this functionality for several months without any issues. Moreover, other iOS crypto wallets, including the most popular crypto wallet with over 10 million active monthly users, MetaMask, allow users to store and even directly sell NFTs from their wallets. 

Apple forces applications listed in the App Store to use its in-app purchase system, charging up to a 30% commission on downloads and in-app sales and subscriptions. Last month, Epic Games sued Apple over monopolistic practices after having their most popular game, Fortnite, delisted from the App Store for circumventing the 30% through direct in-game payments. On Sep. 10, Federal Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers gave its final verdict in favor of Apple on all accounts.

Apple reportedly claims that all crypto applications offering NFTs (paid digital content) must either make them available to App Store users as in-app purchases or remove the functionality from the applications entirely. According to Schor, removing NFTs is not an option for Gnosis. Commenting on the issue on Twitter, he said:

“This shows how access to Web3 still relies heavily on gatekeepers like Apple. It’s an industry problem, as the same arguments apply to any wallet displaying NFTs or games making use of NFTs. We need to find better ways to make Web3 accessible on mobile permissionlessly.”

If Apple decided to enforce this policy more broadly, MetaMask and other crypto wallets would have to remove the NFT storage functionality from their iOS products.

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Hey iPhone users: Stop ‘Liking’ everything

Hey iPhone users, I know your world view is pretty much centered on blue bubbles, but do you think you could stop Liking everything in group texts? It’s annoying AF to Android users, a.k.a. most of us.I know you’ve been conditioned by Facebook and other social media services to show your approval of a friend’s…

Hey iPhone users, I know your world view is pretty much centered on blue bubbles, but do you think you could stop Liking everything in group texts? It’s annoying AF to Android users, a.k.a. most of us.I know you’ve been conditioned by Facebook and other social media services to show your approval of a friend’s cat having a bunch of kittens—but when you’re in a mixed group text, it doesn’t work the same way.On Facebook or Twitter, when you Like or Heart some tragic thing happening, it just attaches an icon to the original post.In a group text with 20 people in it, it takes the sentence you Liked—such as: “I’m feeling very sad because yesterday they stopped selling the McRib, and I’m really, really torn up about it. I’m not sure what to do with my life now”—and simply repeats it with the word Liked next to it.To read this article in full, please click here
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