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Latest ‘Tim Apple’ twist as Donald Trump takes to Twitter to explain
It’s the ‘mistake’ everybody has been talking about so far this month. Plus, it seems, the story that keeps on giving… So, during an advisory meeting at the White House, US President Donald Trump appeared to call Apple CEO, Tim Cook, “Tim Apple”. Mr Cook, whose name appeared on... Read more
Expensive Chat launched as a ‘social experiment’
A new internet chat service has been launched, but there’s an interesting twist. Expensive Chat, launched by entrepreneur Marc Köhlbrugge, will charge you a cent for every character you use. On the face of it, you wouldn’t think that it would really catch on. Though, rather surprisingly, scores of... Read more
Discussion sparked around social media community standards, following Tommy Robinson Facebook ban
The world’s biggest social media platform has spoken out about community standards. This follows the much-talked-about removal of a profile reportedly linked to “organised hate”. Facebook and Instagram announced on Tuesday February 26 that the accounts of Tommy Robinson would be removed. This has been welcomed by many and... Read more
Instagram announce changes to approach on self-harm content
Social media giant, Instagram, has vowed to do more to “support and protect” the most vulnerable people who use the app. Head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, has shared exactly what his team is changing about their approach. In a blog post, posted on Thursday February 7, he revealed four... Read more
Here are the 230 new emojis that have just been approved for 2019
Everybody has been talking about the latest batch of emojis, following their approval earlier this week. Unicode Consortium, the group which approve the icons before they appear on the likes of Android and iOS, has given the green light for no less than 230 new emojis. This means that... Read more
How Facebook is ‘expanding efforts’ to help protect elections in 2019
Facebook has released an article explaining how it will strengthen its platform, with this year’s elections in mind. In a blog post, titled ‘Expanding our efforts to protect elections in 2019′, a number of interesting points were discussed and highlighted. The report was jointly compiled by Facebook’s Katie Harbath... Read more
WhatsApp Business to add new web and desktop features to celebrate birthday
To celebrate its first birthday, WhatsApp Business has added some handy features to its desktop and web services. The WhatsApp Business features now available, via fresh web and desktop designs, have been confirmed. Published in an official blog post, the changes are hoped to speed up day-to-day business and... Read more
When Google+ for consumers will shut down has been confirmed
Google+ will start deleting consumer data on April 2.  Now users are being urged to begin backing-up their files. The global brand has officially confirmed when Google+ for consumers will shut down, by releasing a complete timeline. This is something that shouldn’t come as a surprise to users. In... Read more
Claims that the ’10 Year Challenge’ could have AI consequences
From the Ice Bucket Challenge to posting a #NoMakeUpSelfie, everybody loves a Facebook Challenge. The latest trend, the ’10 Year Challenge’, also has celebrities and the wider public hooked. It’s all a harmless bit of fun, right? Well, one writer has now aired some intriguing suggestions about the dangers... Read more
The people most likely to share ‘fake news’, according to recent study
The phrase fake news was relatively unheard of a few years ago. However, its notoriety has now seen it earn a spot in the dictionary, and it is regularly referred to by the President of the United States. It is undeniable that much of the rise in so-called fake... Read more
Google+ data leak will mean earlier closure – here’s what you need to know
Another huge data leak has been revealed by Google, and it may have affected around 52.5 million people. A Google+ data leak will see the platform closed early, after more user data was exposed. This news has been confirmed by Google via a blog post, an investigation is still... Read more
This is how Instagram is improving accessibility for users with visual impairments
Instagram has announced that it will introduce new improvements, making the app more accessible for people with visual impairments. Yes, the app is all about imagery and video content – but now Instagram is making big steps to better support visually impaired users. Screen readers will now be able... Read more
This is the ‘life-changing’ iPhone space bar hack that everyone is talking about
An apparently ‘secret’ hack involving the iPhone space bar is, rather hilariously, ‘blowing minds’ across the world right now. Surely, we’ve all been in the situation where we have to move the cursor while texting to edit a misspelt or unwanted word? This can be potentially problematic, especially if... 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
Byte to be launched in spring 2019 as Vine successor, reveals Dom Hofmann
Byte will be the long-awaited follow-up to Vine, the former short video app sensation, its creator has confirmed. It was no secret that Dom Hofmann, entrepreneur and co-creator of Vine, had been working on a sequel to the app since it was shut down two years ago. Originally it... Read more
Facebook Removes Almost 9 Million Child Nudity Images In Three Months. 
Facebook has announced that its moderators have removed some 8.7 million images of child nudity in just the last three months. The removal of the images was aided significantly by the use of previously undisclosed AI software Facebook has been using for the last 12 months that flags and removes such images automatically. Thanks to the use... Read more
Launch Day Data Breach Of Trump Supporter Dating App
‘Donald Daters’ app experiences data breach on launch day, and that’s not the only issue. It’s tough to be a Donald Trump supporter in today’s political climate. Appointed officials are being chased out of restaurants by protestors, alt-right members are being punched, and now, fans of the president who... Read more
Google+ Going Away (For Real This Time) After Massive Leak
Did you know it was still going? As social media platforms go, there are a handful of major players standing out from among a countless slew of other websites and apps. Some are niche tools, like J-Date or DateACowboy.com, that cater to a specific target audience. Others, like LinkedIn,... Read more