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: 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 tech roundup: Spotify adds real-time lyrics to app

When listening to music, we often find ourselves singing along. However, sometimes we switch to humming because the lyrics aren’t all familiar to us. When comparing Spotify to some other music players, it always had an obvious disadvantage — lack of a lyrics view. Fortunately for all of us, this is no longer going to be…

ShinyShiny round up: Apple allows customers to self-repair iPhones

Apple is now allowing some of its customers to self-repair their own iPhones - after long prohibiting anyone except approved technicians from handling its proprietary parts and software. In a sharp turnaround, the US tech firm announced on Wednesday that users will be able to access genuine Apple parts and tools for consumer repairs on the…

Millennials staying in to save cash while Baby Boomers splash the cash

Millennials and Gen Z are saving cash by ditching nights out in favour of cheaper nights in, hunting for second-hand items and using money-saving apps, according to research. Meanwhile, Baby Boomers are more likely to splash the cash on holidays and expensive meals out, though adults aged 18-24 – and those over 65 – are…

ShinyShiny tech roundup: Singles Day fails to hit double-digit growth

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's Singles Day is known for being the world's biggest online shopping extravaganza. But this year it has been a more toned down affair as Beijing cracks down on businesses and economic growth slows. Sales for the 11-day event rose at their slowest rate since it was launched in 2009, up 8.5%…