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.…

Revealed: The Most Popular Gaming Accessories of 2021 

PewDiePie remains the world's number one streamer, ahead of Ninja  The best-selling gaming accessories last year were wired gaming headsets, wired gaming mice and gaming chairs  The top gaming headset used by streamers is the ASTRO Gaming A50 wireless headset  The most-searched-for accessories are Razer headsets, Playseat gaming chairs and SteelSeries headsets  The accessories with the biggest jump in searches around Christmas…

ShinyShiny snippets: Google has new Pixel feature drop

Google has a new Pixel Feature Drop for owners of Pixel devices. All of these are headed to the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, but for the rest of the Pixels that are still supported, you'll be getting a subset of "relevant updates", according to Google. Anyway, let's dive right into the drop. The December Pixel Feature Drop…

How did we all use Zoom this year?

If you’re like me and just about everyone else across the globe, you’ve probably spent a lot of time on Zoom this past year — for work collaboration, personal connection, and everything in between. But how long is the average Zoom meeting? How often do people try to talk while on mute? And who else…

ShinyShiny snippets: Uber prices could rise by 20%

Uber has said it may soon have to start charging its UK customers VAT at 20%, after a High Court judgement, pushing up the cost of rides. It comes after a judge ruled that UK private hire taxi operators must make contracts with their customers. It could have far-reaching consequences for the industry and other…

ShinyShiny snippits: Scientists develop microscopic camera

  Microscopic camera. Image: Princeton University Scientists have developed a working microscopic camera that they say is the size of a grain of salt. Developed by a team of researchers from Princeton University and the University of Washington in America, the camera can create full-colour images as good as ones produced by camera lenses 500,000 times their size.…

ShinyShiny tech stories: Twitter prohibits image sharing without consent

  Twitter is prohibiting the sharing of private images and videos without the consent of the people involved. Although publishing private information is already banned on the platform – as is sharing private nude images – the new policy covers images and videos of people in ordinary settings too. It has raised questions about the ability for…

ShinyShiny roundup: Extinction Rebellion targets Amazon UK depots

  Protests are being staged at Amazon buildings in the UK, US, and Europe – on Black Friday. The shopping sales day is among Amazon’s busiest all year. An international coalition of unions, equality and environmental groups called “Make Amazon Pay” is staging a day of action, demanding concessions. Meanwhile, the Extinction Rebellion environmental group has targeted Amazon…

ShinyShiny tech roundup: Spotify testing a new TikTok-style video feed

Spotify is testing a new TikTok-style video feed in its beta iOS app that shows fullscreen video clips as songs are played, TechCrunch reports. The feature was first spotted by Chris Messina, who posted a video of the feed in action. When available, the video feed is accessible from a new fourth tab in the navigation bar labelled…

Cyberstalking rife in the UK, claims Kaspersky

Ahead of the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women tomorrow (25th November), fresh research data into stalkerware and tech abuse suggests that the UK has one of the highest levels of cyberstalking in Europe. Kaspersky’s research highlights that the UK ranks second-highest for domestic abuse in Europe: nearly three-in-10 surveyed UK adults…

ShinyShiny roundup: New homes must have EV charging points

New homes and buildings in England will be required by law to install electric vehicle charging points from next year, the prime minister is set to announce. The government said the move will see up to 145,000 charging points installed across the country each year. New-build supermarkets, workplaces and buildings undergoing major renovations will also come under…