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The internet pays tribute to Grumpy Cat
Social media has been in mourning following the passing of perhaps the internet’s most famous feline. The death of Grumpy Cat, so named for her permanent scowl, was announced by owners this time last week (Friday May 17). However, the loss of the Arizona cat – who died aged... Read more
What you need to know about the WhatsApp attack
Following a huge attack on one of the most popular messaging services, users are being advised to react. News of the WhatsApp attack echoed around the world when it broke on Tuesday May 14. It is understood that hackers found a “major vulnerability” on the messaging app. They were... Read more
Apple recall certain adapters due to potential ‘electrical shock risk’
Apple is recalling certain products over fears of electrical shock risks if broken. News of the Apple recall came earlier this week, when an ‘Important Notice’ was published on the tech giant’s official site. It’s understood many exchanges have already taken place. However some Mac users may still not... Read more
What you need to know about romance and confidence fraud
A heart-breaking statistic has recently been discussed by security software experts, yet it’s perhaps not a surprising one. Avast posted an article about romance and confidence fraud to its blog following contact with an FBI expert. Titled ‘Romance and confidence fraud: Cybercrime’s $363 million secret’, Jeff Elder’s article is... Read more
Microsoft Word reveals ‘Ideas’ to use AI to improve writing
Never mind spellcheck, there will soon be another helpful feature to support struggling writers. Microsoft Word has revealed plans to use AI to improve writing. This new feature will go beyond the usual grammar fixes that many users have relied upon for years. It is understood that, thanks to... Read more
Don’t fall for this Royal baby scam
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex introduced the latest Royal baby on Wednesday May 8. However, before official photographs were shared, cybercriminals were reportedly already preying upon the worldwide intrigue. It is understood that there were fears concerning a Royal baby scam. Yes, fraudsters were apparently using the birth... Read more
The Game of Thrones #AryaChallenge brings out the best of social media
Warning: Game of Thrones spoilers are coming… We’re curious here at FileHippo HQ, have any of our readers done the #AryaChallenge yet? We didn’t like to ask last week as we appreciated it would have given away not just a little spoiler, but THE spoiler. Yes, it was Arya... Read more
Vine descendant Byte begins beta testing
FileHippo told you last November that a long-awaited follow-up to Vine was being launched. Now there’s been another exciting development… Byte is set to carry on where Vine, the former short video app sensation, left off. Its creator, Dom Hofmann, confirmed the news last year. It was no secret... Read more
Key steps for a healthier Twitter revealed
Leading figures at one of the world’s biggest social media platforms have revealed plans to make it safer. A healthier Twitter has been promised, with key steps outlined. This comes following a blog post written by Twitter vice president Donald Hicks and senior director David Gasca. The pair, co-writing... Read more
Android and iOS smartphone users warned about ‘Exodus’ malware
Technological advancements are being made every day. Unfortunately, with every step forward there seems to be greater dangers out there in the tech world. The latest comes in the form of ‘Exodus’ malware, targeting Android and iOS users. It has been reported that this type of cyberattack can steal... Read more
The Important Social Media Changes The Epilepsy Society Want to See
The UK Government has been urged to protect people with photosensitive epilepsy, by better regulating fast-paced social media content. Warnings have been issued by The Epilepsy Society, a charity looking to raise awareness of “online harms”. It’s understood that a growing number of people with epilepsy have experienced seizures... Read more
Amazon Reviews – are they always what they seem?
Whether you’re tech savvy or not, product reviews are a huge factor in potential online purchases. This is especially the case when it comes to Amazon reviews, or any other kind of online shopping platform. Often, we can’t see, feel or try-out the product so we put our faith... Read more
Internet Regulation: Mark Zuckerberg’s Four Ideas
The founder of Facebook has published four ideas that he believes could help better regulate the internet. Mark Zuckerberg’s four ideas revolve around harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability. He published his thoughts in a Facebook Newsroom blog titled ‘Four Ideas to Regulate the Internet’, published on... Read more
Pirated Game of Thrones Downloads Most Likely to Home Malware
A Kaspersky Lab study has found that hackers are sneakily adding malware to illegal downloads of popular TV shows. Game of Thrones downloads, and indeed those of other top series’, are the most susceptible to this kind of thing. This is according to the new study, published on Monday... Read more
Facebook Ban White Nationalism and Separatism
Leading social media platforms have announced steps to block ‘praise, support and representation’ of white nationalism and separatism. A Facebook ban will be handed to anyone flouting new rules. It will also apply on Instagram, owned by Facebook, and comes into force this week. This development follows Facebook’s revised... Read more
Apple Keynote Event Welcomes New Services
Apple has unveiled four huge new products, and the world of tech has reacted with excitement and intrigue… As expected, the Apple keynote event in California was star-studded and saw some big announcements. Not only will Apple launch a new TV streaming platform, it will also create ‘a new... Read more
Facebook User Passwords Exposed Internally – What You Need to Know
After millions of passwords were left exposed internally, the world’s largest social media giant has spoken out. Facebook user passwords were stored in a readable format within an internal data storage system earlier this year. The BBC reported how the passwords were “accessible by up to 20,000 employees”, citing... Read more
Here’s what we know about Stadia – Google’s new game streaming platform
The online gaming world has been reacting to the much-anticipated reveal of Google’s new streaming service. There was rumour and intrigue, but on Tuesday March 19 Google finally unveiled Stadia – ‘a new way to play’. Essentially, Stadia will allow gamers to play across multiple devices. It’s hoped that... Read more