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How Instagram made me a better person

Lauren Bravo Gadgets & Apps, Premium 3 Comments

We’re all narcissists now, had you heard? But of course you had. The news is everywhere. Self-promotion is the opiate of our masses, and vanity the virus that will eventually cause our slick, buzzy, digitally-enhanced lives to short circuit and blow a fuse. For every selfie and belfie and knelfie (that’s a photo of your…

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Facebook’s anonymous app might not be so anonymous after all

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A little while ago, rumours were spreading about how Facebook was planning on launching an 'anonymous app' -- one that would allow people to chat without revealing their real identity. Now it seems that there's a bit of a catch. Other people won't know who you are, but Facebook might. Essentially, if the system is…

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JustGiving hits 10 million users, becomes social platform

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Fundraising website JustGiving has just signed up its 10 millionth registered user. That makes charitable donations officially more popular in the UK than Spotify, Pinterest or Airbnb and means JustGiving is one of the country’s fastest-growing technology companies. To celebrate, the site’s re-launching as a social platform, partnering with Facebook to enhance the reach of…

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Facebook, Pinterest, Box to launch mentorship program for women in tech

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Facebook, Pinterest and Box have teamed up to announce a one-on-one mentorship scheme to help women break into the technical industry. With the pilot scheme due to begin in early 2015, the aptly-named Women Entering and Staying in Tech (WEST) will offer help to early through mid-career women who are in roles such as Engineering,…

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Facebook to enter field of healthcare with apps and support services

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Facebook is to take its first steps into the world of healthcare by creating health tracking platforms, support groups and medical apps. The social networking giant is to follow in the footsteps of fellow Silicon Valley companies Google and Apple, exploring plans to devise 'support communities' which will connect people suffering from the same chronic illnesses, as well as…

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China’s reportedly blocked Instagram due to Hong Kong protests

Diane Shipley Trending 1 Comment

What do we want? #democracy! When do we want it? [Censored]. Yep, it looks like everyone's favourite photo-sharing service is now blocked in China. Boo. As filled with other people's shoes, food, and engagement rings as Instagram can be, it's also a great way for people to record what's happening, especially when huge global events…

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Facebook adverts will follow you wherever you go online

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There was a big kerfuffle a few years back when it became clear that logging into Facebook installed cookies on your computer that were capable of viewing your browser history, even when you weren't logged into Facebook. People were rightly annoyed. Now it looks like that programme is expanding somewhat. The new system will see…

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Ello: Will the ‘anti-facebook’ social network really lure away the masses?

Becca Caddy Gadgets & Apps, Premium, Trending 1 Comment

There's a new social network on the block and judging from the online chatter it's generated over the past few days, it may just have the power to do what every other app and platform has been hoping to do for a decade: knock Facebook off the top spot. Meet Ello. I'm not sure if…

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Facebook and Twitter got the Scottish referendum all wrong

Diane Shipley Trending 1 Comment

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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Facebook’s ‘Moments’ app is for private sharing

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Reports indicate that Facebook is developing a new app that will allow its users to share content with small groups of people. According to TechCrunch, this app is to be called 'Moments' and is designed to address the issue with user privacy on the social network. Apparently the app is currently being tested by Facebook…

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What we learned from London Fashion Week SS15: streaming, social media and fibre optic frocks

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If your name's not down, you're still coming in With 90 per cent of LFW shows being streamed live online this season, actually being there isn’t nearly as on-trend as it used to be. Which means your new excuse is 'oh of course I was invited – but who needs the hassle of the crowds…

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You should judge Facebook users by their profiles, says study

Diane Shipley Fun Stuff 1 Comment

Ever looked at a friend of a friend’s Facebook profile, made a snap judgement about them, and then felt guilty because you can’t really tell what someone’s like without actually interacting with them? Well, it turns out you were right the first time. Researchers from the University of Kansas have found that looking at someone’s…

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Facebook wants to know why you don’t like adverts

Tom Pritchard Gadgets & Apps 1 Comment

Advertising is, for all intents and purposes, a necessary evil. Without out it the internet wouldn't exist in its current form because everyone would have to pay for everything they wanted to access. The thing is, they're only any use of people actually go ahead and click on them, and Facebook wants to know why…

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Facebook is testing a system that lets you schedule post deletion in advance

Tom Pritchard Gadgets & Apps 2 Comments

A number of people using the Facebook for iOS app have noticed something interesting lately, a features that allows them to set a timer that will delete a Facebook post once it expires. Essentially it's letting you schedule a post's deletion in advance, and a Facebook spokesperson confirmed that this feature was being tested as…

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Netflix’s new sharing policy is more personal

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Unlike some of my braver friends and acquaintances, I don't link my social media accounts to Spotify or Netflix or any other streaming site that wants to share what I've been consuming. No one should have to know that I listen to the Alvin and the Chipmunks version of It's Beginning to Look a Lot…

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10 social network ideas that might just make us rich

Lauren Bravo Features, Fun Stuff, Social networking 1 Comment

When Miranda July’s truly social new app Somebody launched last week, it inspired a vast spectrum of responses – ranging from ‘MY HEART IS WARMED AND HUMANITY IS SAVED’ to ‘strangers keep hugging me and now I hate the world more,’ with a lot of ‘but… why?’ in the middle. Meanwhile, we were thinking: what…

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Will Facebook getting rid of click-bait make your News Feed any better?

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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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