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 snippets: WhatsApp launches ‘Message Yourself’ feature

WhatsApp has started rolling out a feature to let you chat with yourself. Sending messages to your own account can be a way to keep a piece of information easily accessible, right next to your other WhatsApp conversations. Called ‘Message Yourself’, the feature lets users send notes, reminders and shopping lists to themselves on WhatsApp.…

Hack Friday: Over 10 million Brits victim of online shopping scams

Over 10 million Brits have fallen victim to online shopping scams, it was revealed today, as 19 million UK shoppers embark on the biggest bargain hunts of the year. Research from cybersecurity company NordVPN can reveal that 20.7% of UK adults have been scammed while shopping online — equivalent to 10.6 million people. With Black Friday just a couple…

ShinyShiny snippets: Mercedes offers subscription for faster EV acceleration

  Mercedes-Benz is to offer an online subscription service in the US to make its electric cars speed up quicker. For an annual cost of $1,200 (£991) excluding tax, the company will enable some of its vehicles to accelerate from 0-60mph a second faster. It comes after rival manufacturer BMW offered a subscription feature earlier…

ShinyShiny snippets: Police smash online phone fraud shop

Image: iSpoof website The Met police have smashed a global online fraud shop selling tools that allowed criminals to carry out phone scams on hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting victims. Detectives disabled the iSpoof website as part of the biggest anti-fraud operation ever mounted in the UK. Criminals using software purchased…

ShinyShiny snippets: Mazda hints at electric MX-5

Mazda has previewed a sleek two-seat coupé – which could hint at the next-generation MX-5 – alongside the announcement of an £8.9 billion investment into future electric vehicles. Although the firm did not detail the model...it was shown alongside a series of Mazda MX-5 convertibles. This suggests it could be an early look at the next-generation sports…

ShinyShiny snippets: Just 1 in 7 Black Friday deals genuine, claims Which?

Only one in seven (14%) Black Friday deals offer a genuine discount, according to new Which? research which finds the vast majority of promotions are cheaper or the same price in the six months before the sales extravaganza. The consumer association analysed 214 Black Friday deals last year at seven major home and tech retailers…

ShinyShiny snippets: Kanye announces Twitter return with ‘shalom’

    Kanye West has returned to Twitter with the Hebrew word "shalom" after his account was previously blocked for antisemitic posts. He posted the word - often translated as "peace" but also used as a greeting or farewell - with a smiling emoji on Sunday evening. A few hours before, he tweeted: "Testing Testing…

ShinyShiny snippets: Trump back on Twitter after poll decision!

Donald Trump is back on Twitter after an online poll voted for his return. The platform's new owner Elon Musk had announced on Saturday evening that, following the vote, the former president would be reinstated, almost two years after he was removed following the 6 January US Capitol riots.  On hearing the news, the former…

ShinyShiny snippets: Twitter staff locked out of office until next week

Elon Musk has locked Twitter staff out of offices until next week as hundreds of employees reportedly resigned after being given an ultimatum by the billionaire. The closure until Monday was revealed in an email to staff and no reason was given. Hundreds of employees have quit the company after Mr Musk told staff they…

ShinyShiny snippets: UK’s EV Road Tax exemption to end

Electric vehicles will not be exempt from vehicle excise duty – or road tax – from April 2025, the UK chancellor Jeremy Hunt has said. Announcing the change as part of his Autumn Statement, Jeremy Hunt said the move was designed to make the motoring tax system “fairer”. Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is a tax…