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: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg sued over Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is being sued by the US District of Columbia which is seeking to hold him personally liable for the Cambridge Analytica scandal that breached millions of people's personal data. The political consultancy was accused in 2018 of illegally harvesting the personal data of as many as 87 million Facebook users. The data was…

ShinyShiny snippets: Clearview AI fined £7.5m for facial recognition breach

Facial recognition company Clearview AI has been fined more than £7.5m by the UK's privacy watchdog for collecting the facial images of people in Britain from the web and social media. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) said that globally the company illegally collected more than 20 billion images of people's faces to create a global…

ShinyShiny snippets: Mastercard pilots biometric payment system

The cost of groceries may be rising, but shoppers will have to grin and bear it at the checkouts. Under new plans unveiled by Mastercard, customers will soon be able to pay by smiling or waving at checkouts, meaning that the days of scrambling for a credit card or cursing a lost debit card could soon…

ShinyShiny snippets: Apple ‘testing screen for foldable display’

Apple is reportedly testing the use of a color display from E Ink as an external screen for an unannounced foldable device, according to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. “The color EPD [Electronic Paper Display] has the potential to become a mainstream solution for foldable devices’ must-have cover/second screen thanks to its excellent power-saving,” the analyst wrote…

ShinyShiny snippets: Elon Musk puts Twitter deal on hold over fake accounts

Elon Musk has said his $44bn (£35bn) deal to buy Twitter is temporarily on hold after he queried the number of fake or spam accounts on the social media platform. He said he was waiting for information "supporting [the] calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users". Following the announcement, Twitter…

ShinyShiny snippets: Royal Mail wants fleet of 500 drones

Image: Royal Mail The Royal Mail wants a fleet of 500 drones to help deliver the mail to remote communities across the UK. In the next three years it hopes up to 200 drones will help carry the mail on 50 new routes with the Isles of Scilly, Shetland Islands, Orkney…

ShinyShiny snippets: RIP Apple iPod Touch – you served us well

The Apple iPod Touch first launched in 2001 Apple has announced it is discontinuing its music player, the iPod Touch, bringing to an end a device widely praised for revolutionising how people listen to music. When the first iPod was launched in 2001, it could store 1,000 tracks. Today there are…

ShinyShiny snippets: Tesla slashes Shanghai EV production

Tesla has pulled back most of its production in Shanghai as China’s zero-Covid policy wreaks havoc in its supply chain. The electric car company, owned by billionaire Elon Musk, has cut back from making 1,200 units a day to fewer than 200 units, Reuters reported. The plans were outlined in an internal memo sent after…

ShinyShiny snippets: Bitcoin dropped 50% in value since November high

The value of Bitcoin continued to fall over the weekend as it dropped below $34,000 (£27,630), according to the Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange. The world's largest cryptocurrency by market value has now fallen by 50% since its peak in November last year. The slide in the value of digital assets comes as stock markets around the…