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What is Alibaba and why should we care?

So what's Alibaba? Alibaba (not to be confused with the guy from the Arabian Nights tales) is widely known as 'China's answer to eBay', but many say it's actually more like someone rolled eBay, Amazon and Google together into one massive superpower. The thing is it's got the potential to be even better AND more…

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Becca CaddyWhat is Alibaba and why should we care?
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Facebook and Twitter got the Scottish referendum all wrong

Just after 6 AM today, the results were in: Scotland had voted to stay in the United Kingdom by 55% to 45%. Whether it was because of Gordon Brown’s unexpectedly rousing speech, the Better Together campaign’s uninspiring ad, or just because people tend to stick with what they know, the final result was 2,001,926 votes…

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Diane ShipleyFacebook and Twitter got the Scottish referendum all wrong
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10 people who just didn’t want to queue for an iPhone 6

So, it turns out there were a lot of people REALLY wanting the iPhone 6 today, as there were queues all over the world, full of Apple fans hoping to be the first to get their hands on the new Apple phone. Of course, Twitter was on hand, as always, to mock the whole idea…

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Hayley Minn10 people who just didn’t want to queue for an iPhone 6
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How safe are contactless payments?

With the announcement of Apple Pay earlier this month and the launch of EE’s Cash on Tap users being able to pay for London transport this week, anti-virus software Bitdefender’s Chief Security Strategist has spoken out about his fears of the growth of contactless payment, and questions its security. We know, we know it's scaremongering at its…

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Hayley MinnHow safe are contactless payments?
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Facebook will meet with LGBT community members over ‘real names only’ controversy

When you find yourself in a drag queen's bad books, you know you've seriously slipped up, so it might be time for Facebook to re-examine its life choices. Last week, anyone not using their legal name to access the site was suspended from logging on. As Mashable reports, drag queen Sister Roma was one of…

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Diane ShipleyFacebook will meet with LGBT community members over ‘real names only’ controversy
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The week in hashtags: #Phones4U, #WhyIStayed, #LFW and more

#Phones4U After its final remaining network EE cut ties with the company on Sunday night, Phones4U has gone into administration. The store may have been one of the less soothing retail experiences out there, about on par estate agents and the Primark returns queue, but with 720 outlets the cheap and cheerful mobile merchants were…

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Lauren BravoThe week in hashtags: #Phones4U, #WhyIStayed, #LFW and more
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Now China has a special mobiles-only pavement lane

A street in the Chinese city of Chongqing has designated a pavement lane for chatters, texters and tweeters (or Weibo-ers, more likely), according to Engadget. A local publication first flagged up the innovation, which has a sign announcing 'First mobile phone sidewalks in China'. And we probably shouldn't be surprised, given that China is now…

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Diane ShipleyNow China has a special mobiles-only pavement lane
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Hello Kitty isn’t a cat, she’s a British girl & 7 other lies that’ll blow your mind

Today the earth was shook to its very core when news broke that Hello Kitty (that's right, we wrote KITTY) isn't actually a cat. That's right. Hello Kitty (again, KITTY) isn't actually a cat. We'll give you a minute to process that one... According to Buzzfeed, anthropologist Christine R. Yano was curating a Hello Kitty…

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Becca CaddyHello Kitty isn’t a cat, she’s a British girl & 7 other lies that’ll blow your mind
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Better Together ad starts Twitter storm, spawns meme: meet #PatronisingBTLady

This week the lid was lifted on a new ad created by the team behind Better Together, a campaign dedicated to keeping Scotland as part of the UK in the upcoming referendum. (You can watch the ad for yourself here.) The ad is clearly targeting female voters, as it features a woman pondering over some…

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Becca CaddyBetter Together ad starts Twitter storm, spawns meme: meet #PatronisingBTLady
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Will Facebook getting rid of click-bait make your News Feed any better?

You may have heard at the weekend that Facebook is planning on reducing the amount of click-bait headlines on your News Feed, but will this really make any difference to our experience of the social network? In case you don’t know what click-bait is, it refers to those articles with really enticing headlines (usually involving…

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Hayley MinnWill Facebook getting rid of click-bait make your News Feed any better?
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Bio-bean is turning coffee grounds into energy and fuel

When thinking of coffee shop waste, we always tend to think of piles and piles of cups, but the average coffee shop throws out around 22 pounds of coffee grounds a day too. With so many coffee shops (sometimes three or four all within the same square mile) that adds up to A LOT of…

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Hayley MinnBio-bean is turning coffee grounds into energy and fuel
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Is David Cameron the only person alive still using a Blackberry?

In shocking news, David Cameron has confessed his reliance on his BlackBerry smartphone, claiming he can run the government from it, while on holiday. We don't know whether we're more shocked at the fact that there's a person out there still using a Blackberry, or the fact that the Prime Minister has actually confessed this.…

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Hayley MinnIs David Cameron the only person alive still using a Blackberry?
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It’s official: US Copyright Office declares animal selfies can’t belong to humans

Remember the macaque selfie saga that's been raging for the past year or so? Well, the quick and dirty story is that a macaque stole a photographer's camera. She then took a load of selfies. They were the best selfies anyone had ever seen, so sites like Wikipedia published them. But the photographer who owned…

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Becca CaddyIt’s official: US Copyright Office declares animal selfies can’t belong to humans

Watch CGI transform a model’s face in this mesmerising video

Many of you will probably have seen some amazing displays of CGI and projection mapping on YouTube or even in the flesh (here are some great examples if you're none the wiser). But most of these are on the sides of iconic buildings or store fronts. What about if you took this clever tech to our…

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Becca CaddyWatch CGI transform a model’s face in this mesmerising video
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Your food Instagrams could be affecting the restaurant business! #PhotoWeek

Are you one of the millions of people who makes everyone wait to eat, so that you can get a good Instagram shot of the food when it arrives on your table? Well, you may actually be causing damage to the restaurant business. A New York restaurateur used surveillance tapes to find out that people…

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Hayley MinnYour food Instagrams could be affecting the restaurant business! #PhotoWeek
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Wikipedia and the Macaque selfie saga: Who REALLY owns the right to our images?

See update from 07/08/2014 below. Remember the Disney movie-like story of the macaque who stole a camera and decided to go ahead and take a bunch of selfies? Well, who knew that this beautiful tale of primate posing would cause such an uproar. British photographer David Slater, who owns the camera the cheeky monkey (geddit?)…

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Becca CaddyWikipedia and the Macaque selfie saga: Who REALLY owns the right to our images?
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9 Situations when it’s totally not OK to take a selfie: burning stuff, plane crash & jail

A huge controversy stirred up the media and Twitter masses earlier this week when Louisa Foley's social media faux pas, which we'll be referring to as 'the burning bikini selfie', went viral. But social media uproar aside, it's got everyone wondering: When is it totally OK to take a selfie? And when is it totally…

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Becca Caddy9 Situations when it’s totally not OK to take a selfie: burning stuff, plane crash & jail
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Cash on Tap: Will you start paying with your EE phone to travel around London and leave your Oyster card at home?

From today EE customers living in London can use their phones to pay for bus travel - just tap your handset onto the Oyster card reader and away you whizz! (Assuming you're not stuck in a traffic jam after 30 seconds of movement, which most London buses are.) According to The Next Web, any EE…

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Becca CaddyCash on Tap: Will you start paying with your EE phone to travel around London and leave your Oyster card at home?
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Samsung’s clever colour-changing art installation adapts to the weather

Have you ever heard of synesthesia? It's a complex 'neurological phenomenon' (thanks Wikipedia!) that ties one sensory experience to another. So for example, some synesthetes might link textures to days or colours to emotions. The latter may sound familiar even to those who don't usually experience synesthesia (I always associate happiness with a sparkly blue!)…

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Becca CaddySamsung’s clever colour-changing art installation adapts to the weather
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8 Reasons why Extant is your new online TV addiction

If you're desperate to fill that huge Orange Is The New Black-shaped hole in your life, then we may have a solution for you: Extant. The Spielberg web series (that's being aired on Amazon Prime Instant Video here in the UK) may be more sci-fi thriller set in the future than dark comedy set in…

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Becca Caddy8 Reasons why Extant is your new online TV addiction