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 tech roundup: Amazon launches Billie Eilish Echo Studio

If you were in a tizzy about what to get the devoted Billie Eilish fan in your family for the holidays, Amazon might have just solved your problem — assuming you’re prepared to drop $230 on them. Announced today, the Billie Eilish Limited Edition Echo Studio is available for pre-order and features the melancholy-voiced singer pasted on…

Which are the most popular British TV exports?

British TV exports have never been so popular - and it's not just period dramas. Remakes of  reality TV shows, sitcoms and quiz shows have all fared well outside of the UK.... Despite the success of platforms like Netflix and imported TV shows from the US, the UK still punches above its weight when it…

ShinyShiny tech roundup: DB5 Junior released for No Time To Die

There's always a lot of excitement around a James Bond film, because everyone loves 007. But with the delays and setbacks that have beset No Time To Die, anticipation is higher than ever - Spectre was six years ago, and we haven't waited that long between Bonds since Dalton was switched for Brosnan. Anyway, the…

ShinyShiny tech roundup: Amazon launch planned for September 28th

Amazon will hold its annual hardware and services event on September 28 at 9 am PST / 12 pm EST / 5 pm BST, the company announced today. The annual event is Amazon’s chance to show off its latest Echo devices ahead of the holiday season and is typically the place we hear about upgrades coming…

Inspiring Fifty UK award – influential women in tech announced

Inspiring Fifty UK: Karen Blackett OBE, Country Manager, WPP, CEO, GroupM The Inspiring Fifty UK awards, hosted by accelerateHER, has announced 50 trailblazing winners of this year’s contest.  Female co-founders and founders of dynamic, fast growth start-ups were amongst the winning 50 including Tessa Clarke, Co-Founder & CEO of food sharing app OLIO and…

ShinyShiny tech roundup: RIP inventor Sir Clive Sinclair

Inventor Sir Clive Sinclair, who popularised the home computer and invented the pocket calculator, has died at his London home aged 81. His daughter Belinda Sinclair said he passed away on Thursday morning after having cancer for more than a decade. Sir Clive's products included the ZX series of computers and his ill-fated C5 electric…

New Xiaomi 5G smartphone can fully charge in 17 minutes

At a real-life launch, held at London's prestigious BAFTA venue and attended by ShinyShiny, Chinese phone brand Xiaomi announced a new range of 5G enabled smartphones.  And while you've probably never heard, or only vaguely heard, of the brand, Xiaomi - pronounced shau-mee - it is in fact the second-biggest mobile phone manufacturer in the…

ShinyShiny tech round up: Apple launches ‘no longer a spectacle’

A smaller notch. A faster processor. A new camera with cinematic mode. In the pantheon of Apple keynote events, Tuesday’s iPhone 13 launch was towards the modest end. “We still see room for innovation,” was one analyst’s rather dry take. Perhaps Tim Cook didn’t want to make any risky moves on an unlucky number. The unveiling…

Apple iPhone 13 promises longer battery life, storage up to 1TB

Apple has revealed its new iPhone 13 along with several other devices, including a new iPad, iPad Mini and Apple Watch Series 7 at a virtual event hosted by the company's boss Tim Cook this evening. Apple has promised up to 2.5 hours more battery life on the iPhone 13, and 1.5 hours more battery…

‘Smishing’ scams grow 700% in six months, claims report

Major banks and delivery companies are adopting a new best practice guide for texting customers as Which? reveals that ‘smishing’  - scam phone calls or texts - attacks have increased dramatically over the first six months of 2021. The worrying number of smishing scams in 2021 -  including scam text messages pretending to be from…