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Report: Your phone number reveals more personal info than your name
According to a recent New York Times article, your phone number has loads of personal information attached to it.  Quite often, websites and apps ask us for our phone number when logging in or creating an account. However, by using searching for your phone number on WhitePages.com, a hacker... Read more
A dark mode is coming to Google Chrome on desktop
Every app these days seems to have a new dark mode or one in development. This is due in part to the appearance a slick black background can give but also due to recent research from Google that shows darker colors use up less battery power on devices with... Read more
Google now allows you to play podcasts within search results
The podcasting world has always been a bit of the Wild West. You’d discover a series through word of mouth or maybe by way of an article listing recommendations. Then it’s on you to use a podcasting app or go to the website to download the episode and listen.... Read more
LEAK: Windows 10 removes live tiles in new Start menu
A new leak shows that Windows 10’s new look will not feature live tiles. For those who do not know, live tiles are the moving tiles on your Start menu. The leak is accurate, but it might be a proposed concept for Windows Lite rather than the full version... Read more
New Google Chrome Global Media Controls will give you better control over audio and video playing in open tabs
Google uses its Chrome Canary build to give developers and more advanced web users an early look at experimental features it is working on for Chrome. The build can be unstable, but it offers a unique insight into the future features we’re likely to see added to Google’s main... Read more
Android apps collect your data through hidden channels
After you tell an app that it does not have permission to collect any of your data, you expect that to be the end of the story. However, a recent article from CNN says that these apps continue to collect your information even after you told them to stop. According... Read more
Google Maps will tell you if your bus or train is crowded or late
You’re rushing out the door for your commute. You get to the train station. The train doesn’t come when it’s supposed to. And when it finally does come, it’s jam-packed. Now you’re going to be late and your day is off to a terrible start. Today, Google is trying... Read more
Over $1m paid to ransomware hackers by two US towns
More than one US town has been badly hit by hackers recently – and it’s had expensive consequences. It’s understood that ransomware attacks have seen two towns in the United States of America forced to pay out $1.1m to the culprits. BBC News joins scores of media outlets in... Read more
Success as messaging app Slack joins the stock market
One of the latest tech start-ups to join the stock market has recorded a surge of shares. The messaging app Slack saw shares rise by 49% last week. The team organiser initially set a guide price of $26 a share. However, it rose by 60% at the start of... Read more
Chrome is tracking you to an absurd degree
Cookies make the web a little easier. If you’ve previously visited a site, it can make the return visit a little smoother. But some of those cookies can be more invasive than we’d like. According to a recent Washington Post article, just one week of desktop surfing generated more... Read more
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game released today
Ever since news was released about the new Harry Potter mobile game, millions of muggles have been wishing they could simply shout ‘Accio’ and conjure up a time-turner. The wait is now over though, as Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is released today. The augmented reality mobile game, themed after... Read more
Meet My SkinTrack UV – the gadget to keep you protected in the sun
One of the world’s biggest cosmetics companies has teamed up with Apple, launching a new gadget to protect sunbathers. In collaboration with L’Oréal, the tech giant has produced My SkinTrack UV. This electronic sensor can monitor exposure to cancer-causing UV rays and warn you if levels are too high.... Read more
World Blood Donor Day: How Facebook is helping to increase US donations
Facebook has announced that it is playing a part in helping to increase blood donations in the US. Today marks World Blood Donor Day. It was founded by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to raise awareness about the need of regular donations. The day in itself serves as a... Read more
The world’s richest man Jeff Bezos confronted by campaigner
The founder and CEO of Amazon was confronted by a protester at a recent conference in Las Vegas. Jeff Bezos, often referred to as the world’s richest man, was only a few feet away from the passionate animal rights activist. Now named as Priya Sawhney by the BBC and... Read more
Gamers rejoice as E3 2019 kicks off in LA
One of the world’s biggest gaming conferences kicked off in style yesterday. Don’t worry, there’s still time to get a piece of the action… E3 2019, which takes place in Los Angeles, brings the biggest names in the gaming industry together. While at the event, the wide array of... Read more
Amazon drone delivery plans are soaring
There was a time when this article could have made the April Fools billing. However, Amazon insist packages could soon be delivered to customers by drone. That’s right, Amazon drone delivery could soon be an actual thing. Not only that, Amazon reckon they could kick off their sky-based service... Read more
Why ‘the death of iTunes’ isn’t the end of the world
After almost two decades the end of iTunes, as we know it, is here. Rumours of ‘the death of iTunes’ had been circulating for a while, but confirmation came this week. Well, for Mac users at least! Millions of people around the world store their music collections on the... Read more
Fake ads on Windows 10 apps lure victims
Some Windows 10 users are complaining that ads from Microsoft’s own apps invite them to use deceptive applications. These ads would appear in native Windows 10 applications such as the News app. Specifically, these ads are disguised as false warnings that warn users of non-existent security threats. The security blog... Read more