Would you blog on Facebook? Notes gets a revamp

Facebook has confirmed it is revitalising its long-forgotten Notes platform, perhaps in a bid to attract bloggers. Most of us can't even remember how to access Notes, let alone use them - that's how long it's been since we paid attention. (For the record, click the More tab beneath your cover photo, click Manage sections, then tick the…

ShinyShiny round up: iPhone users to pick male or female Siri

Apple will ask iPhone users to pick between male and female versions of its digital assistant Siri, the first of the major tech companies to automatically make users choose. The company said that setting up the assistant will involve choosing between the genders after an upcoming software release. Tech companies have come under pressure over…

Top 50 most re-watched box sets – Line of Duty tops list

Line of Duty, Friends and Only Fools and Horses are among the most re-watched box sets of the last 12 months. The top 50 binge-watched TV series during lockdown also included Peaky Blinders, Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey, according to a study of 2,000 adults. Breaking Bad, Killing Eve and The Crown also proved…

Shiny Shiny daily round up: Google fires head of AI ethics unit

Google has fired the founder and co-head of its artificial intelligence ethics unit, claiming she violated the company's code of conduct. In a statement, Google said an investigation found Margaret Mitchell had moved files outside the company. The ethics unit has been under scrutiny since December, following the departure of another senior figure, Timnit Gebru.…

ShinyShiny daily round up: Mini goes vegan, ESA calls for disabled astronauts

One of the most iconic British car brands is going vegan. Mini, which is now owned by BMW, has announced that it is to cease offering leather interiors in all new models. It has replaced the leather with recycled fabric and an underlining that’s 70 percent recycled. “We don’t need leather any more in the…

Spotify pages defaced as 2020 Top Tracks revealed

Some of the world's most popular singers have had their Spotify pages defaced by a hacker who posted messages about Donald Trump and Taylor Swift, writes the BBC. On Wednesday, artists including Lana Del Rey and Dua Lipa had their biographies replaced by the attacker. The hacker who calls himself Daniel had replaced the celebrities'…

EE Mobile report shows rise of data use in suburbs during lockdown

EE has released its Mobile Network data report from February to May 2020, tracking the changing trends and habits of the UK’s most used apps and services throughout lockdown. What it found was that in the UK, EE’s network saw a 45% increase in traffic for Apps used primarily to communicate - including WhatsApp, Houseparty,…

Top Tech stories of the Week: Apple, Amazon, Tesla announce profits

Chris Price looks at some of this week's top tech stories as most of the big tech brands announce their quarterly results with Amazon, Apple and Tesla all declaring profits despite Coronavirus slowdown.... Amazon sales up, but Bezos plans record investment Predictably, Amazon sales surged in the first three months of the year, as the…

Safer Internet Day: 7 top tips for staying secure online

With tomorrow (Tuesday 11 February) marking Safer Internet Day, Raj Samani, Chief Scientist and McAfee fellow, talks about how to stay safe online... “Safer Internet Day shines a light on the most critical issues facing people today, protecting what matters to them in a hyper-connected world. It is everyone’s responsibility to educate each other – we…

8 out of 10 Brits rely on online reviews for Holidays

Online reviews were more important than ever for Brits planning their holidays this summer with a new poll from the Internet Association showing that eight out ten holidaymakers relied on them before booking.  As well as using reviews to plan where to stay, 70 per cent of UK adults use the internet to book their…

Too much screen time? Number of teenagers needing glasses DOUBLES in 7years

The number of 13 to 16-year-olds needing glasses has almost DOUBLED over the past seven years – and ‘too much’ screen time could be to blame, according to experts. Twenty per cent of young teens required glasses in 2012, but this increased to 35 per cent in 2018 – despite eye test numbers remaining the…