Parents slam video sharing sites for inappropriate content

Half of parents in the UK have criticised video sharing platforms, including Snapchat and Youtube, for failing to prevent children from accessing distressing, violent or adult-only content.  A survey of 1,500 UK parents, conducted by AgeChecked, found that 58% of parents believe that video sharing sites and apps aren’t doing enough to keep young people safe.…

ShinyShiny snippets: Social media a factor in Molly Russell’s death

Unsafe online content contributed "in a more than minimal way" to the death of Molly Russell who took her own life, an inquest has found. Senior coroner Andrew Walker said material viewed by the 14-year-old Molly on social media "shouldn't have been available for a child to see". Molly, from Harrow, viewed thousands of images…

Cybersecurity month: Top 10 hacks for protecting your family’s data

Women at UK tech company Sparta Global share their Top 10 security hacks for Cybersecurity awareness month in October.... 1. Auto update software as often as possible The world of software updates has significantly changed, with many system updates rolled out automatically. Auto-updates always seem like an inconvenience to do, but they are absolutely vital.…

ShinyShiny snippets: Not enough women working in tech, says Apple boss

Above: Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook Apple's chief executive has said there were “no good excuses” for the lack of women at the world’s tech firms. Tim Cook admitted there are still “not enough women at the table” and warned that technology “will not achieve nearly what it could achieve” without a more diverse workforce. According…

Shiny Snippets: TikTok facing £27 million fine for endangering children

TikTok is facing a £27 million fine for endangering children online after an investigation by John Edwards, the Information Commissioner. The social media giant has become the first tech company to be issued with a formal notice of intent that they face the fine for breaches of the children’s code. The company has been accused…

ShinyShiny snippets: Fitbit devices to require Google account from 2023

Google completed its acquisition of Fitbit last year and rebranded it "Fitbit by Google," but Fitbit continued to launch wearables as it used to before getting acquired. And while customers can currently use Fitbit accounts for new devices and services, things will change from 2023 onwards. Fitbit has updated its support page to reveal that after the launch…

Bosses believe workers aren’t as productive at home, Microsoft report shows

A major new survey from Microsoft shows that bosses and workers fundamentally disagree about productivity when working from home. Bosses worry about whether working from home is as productive as being in the office. While 87% of workers felt they worked as, or more, efficiently from home, 80% of managers disagreed. The survey questioned more…

ShinyShiny snippets: Twitch announces partial gambling ban

Twitch has announced a partial gambling ban, targeting slots, roulette and dice games. The Amazon-owned livestreaming platform will bar videos of gambling sites not licensed in the US or "other jurisdictions that provide sufficient consumer protection". The ban includes cryptocurrency gambling sites such as Stake.com, based on the Caribbean island of Curacao. It will take…

Who is Chris Moneymaker? 

Since poker hit the internet, there have been countless big winners - but the really big names come from the big poker tournaments. It is one of the world's most popular games because it is a combination of skill and luck - often in equal measure.  All of the players at the table are playing…

15 Cute Dog Photos to Brighten Your Day

Image: Carmen Saltnes Lopez There’s nothing quite like a series of cute dog photos to put a smile on your face which is why CEWE has released a collection of new images from its CEWE Photo Award - the world’s largest photo competition -  featuring these sweet snaps of our canine…

ShinyShiny snippets: Hackers steals footage from Grand Theft Auto VI

Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto. Image: Rockstar Games It’s been a giant week for video game news. Nintendo announced a release date of 5 May 2023 for the next Legend of Zelda game (now titled Tears of the Kingdom, certainly not an intentional reference to the death of the Queen); we’ve seen…