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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
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
Myspace data loss: The reaction to former social media giant losing 12 years of content
One of the first online social networks has this month apologised to users, following a huge loss of data. Myspace, founded in 2003, may have seen its popularity wane in recent times. However, seemingly much to the surprise of many, it’s still going and has recently been big news!... Read more
World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee urges us to build a better web
This month marks 30 years since the creation of the web, prompting the man behind it to share his thoughts. The World Wide Web’s founder and inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has written an open letter to mark the occasion. Translated into four languages, ’30 years on, what’s next #ForTheWeb?’... Read more
Why you need to update Google Chrome
Users of one of the world’s most popular browsers are being urged to act, following a recent security alert. An announcement has been made warning people to update Google Chrome on their desktops right away. It comes after Google realised a ‘major security flaw is being exploited by hackers’,... Read more
Firefox for iOS update includes tab and private browsing improvements
If you’re a Firefox user on iOS, we’ve got some good news for you.. Firefox for iOS has shared the advantages of its latest update. Now you will be able to better organise your tabs; a big relief for many! Not only that, you can also feel like nobody... Read more
The questions you need to consider about your children’s screen time
As much as we love tech and software, spending too much time staring at screens is something many of us are likely guilty of. Now leading paediatricians have spoken out about children’s screen time. The guidance, shared as the BMJ Open medical journal published a new review, has prompted... Read more
Get Early Access To The New Microsoft Edge Browser
Join the Microsoft Edge Insider program to be among the first to try the preview build of Microsoft Edge browser in early 2019. In case you missed it, Microsoft announced big plans for it’s Edge browser earlier this month. Microsoft is one of the world’s largest supporters of open... Read more
Latest Firefox release includes better tab management and recommendation features
Mozilla unveiled the latest Firefox release on Tuesday (December 11) and it’s had a great response. Firefox 64, available now for desktop and android, boasts better browser tab organisation and nifty recommendation tools. “It’s the season for spending time with family and friends over a nice meal and exchanging... Read more
Facebook launches £4.5m Community News Project to support local journalism
An ambitious Community News Project has been funded by Facebook, in a bid to enhance local journalism in the UK. In the era of ‘Fake News’ allegations, and digital media casting a shadow over print, the social media giant has been regarded as an ‘enemy’ of journalism by some.... Read more
EE confirm first UK cities to get 5G in 2019
EE has revealed which six UK locations will be the first to enjoy faster 5G mobile networks. 2019 is set to be a bumper year for Britain’s leading mobile network, thanks to plans to launch this service within 16 cities. It will come in two phases. Phase one will... Read more
Google And Orange Team Up To Lay New Data Cable Between US and France 
Google and Telecoms giant, Orange have officially announced a new partnership to work on laying the ‘Dunant’ transatlantic submarine cable. The new 6,600-kilometer-long data cable will be laid across the floor of the Atlantic Ocean and connect France and the United States. “I am extremely proud to announce this collaboration with Google to build a... Read more
Tech Industry Fighting Back Against Climate Change
Google introduces carbon map tool to help fight climate change. There’s so much focus and media coverage of political reactions to a recent UN climate change report right now, enough that many people are far more interested in the antics of world leaders and crisis deniers than the actual... Read more
Duolingo Announces 50% Female Engineer Hires, Internet Enraged
A breakthrough for women in tech, but not everyone is happy. It seems that all around the world, highly-qualified, more-than-capable, and dare we say “incredible” men are being denied jobs in the tech industry just so a few social justice types can make themselves look good. Yes, in an... Read more
Walmart Files Patent For Shopping Cart That Tracks Shoppers Heart Rates 
Walmart, the US shopping giant has quietly patented a new type of shopping cart called the “System and Method for Biometric Feedback Cart Handle.” The new type of cart would see Walmart shopping carts fitted with sensors akin to smartwatches fitted on special handles, that would then transmit that data to Walmart’s servers.... Read more
Google Challenges Record $5 Billion EU Antitrust Fine 
Alphabet subsidiary, Google, has appealed the record $5 billion fine EU regulators imposed on the tech firm earlier this year. “We have now filed our appeal of the EC’s Android decision at the General Court of the EU,” Google said in an email to Reuters. Google’s main argument against... Read more
9 Million Broken, Old Wikipedia Links Restored Back To Life 
Internet Archive project alliance with Wikipedia means that you can browse Wikipedia the way you were always supposed to.  As any regular user of Wikipedia can attest to, the internet encyclopedia has something of a memory problem, or at least a dead link problem. The problem resides in the fact that the World Wide... Read more