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 to let you leave group chats silently

Meta has announced new privacy features for WhatsApp users. Users will be able to leave group chats silently, control who can see their online status and block screenshots on View Once messages. Meta chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said this would help keep WhatsApp messaging "as private and secure as face-to-face conversations". It will begin rolling…

Amazon adds Ziggy as new wake word for Echo devices

Customers in the UK can now try a new wake word for their Echo devices - “Ziggy”.  Inspired by David Bowie, “Ziggy” is the fifth wake word option for Echo devices in addition to “Alexa”, “Amazon”, “Computer” and “Echo”.  Customers can change the wake word of their Echo device customers via the Alexa app or…

ShinyShiny snippets: UK Parliament closes down TikTok account

The UK Parliament has closed down its TikTok account after MPs raised concerns about the risk of data being passed to the Chinese government. The account has been locked, and content deleted, days after its launch. Senior MPs and peers had called for the account to be removed until TikTok gave "credible assurances" no data…

ShinyShiny snippets: Shaun the Sheep in Space

Image: Aardman Ewe-ston we have a problem? The European Space Agency (ESA) has named its first astronaut to fly on its NASA's Artemis I lunar mission: Shaun the Sheep. No stranger to outer space following his exploits aboard a UFO in his big screen caper Farmageddon, the space-sheep will be going…

Yahoo! top for news globally, BBC ranks 9th

A new study by broadband experts at Uswitch has revealed the world’s most popular news and shopping websites - and there are a few surprises. Analysing data from the last three months on the market intelligence platform, SimilarWeb Pro, the research reveals which news and shopping websites receive the most traffic globally, and also which ones…

Tech Digest daily roundup: WhatsApp says it will not ‘lower security’

The boss of WhatsApp says it will not "lower the security" of its messenger service. If asked by the government to weaken encryption, it would be "very foolish" to accept, Will Cathcart told the BBC. Government plans to detect child sex-abuse images include the possible scanning of private messages. The NSPCC has criticised WhatsApp's position,…

Sky Glass adds new features including voice search for YouTube

Sky Glass - a smart TV with Sky inside - is getting smarter, with a range of updates including integrated voice search for YouTube and the launch of Sky Sports Box Office.  Here’s what’s arrived: Sports fans can now enjoy the best pay-per-view sporting entertainment with Sky Sports Box Office now on Sky Glass, meaning…

ShinyShiny snippets: Netflix to remove ‘worst horror film ever made’

A film dubbed the “worst horror film ever made” is set to be removed from Netflix UK’s streaming catalogue in a matter of days. Polaroid, first released in 2019, tells the story of a cursed polaroid camera. According to the official synopsis, the plot is as follows: “High school loner Bird Fitcher finds a vintage Polaroid camera…

ShinyShiny snippets: Amazon to put price of Prime up £1 a month

Amazon is to increase the price of its monthly Prime subscription service by 12.5% – or £1 – to £8.99 from September in the latest sign that delivery costs are rising. The company said the cost of an annual Prime package, which includes unlimited deliveries for online shopping, access to its video and music streaming…

ShinyShiny snippets: Elon Musk denies affair with wife of Google co-founder

Tesla boss Elon Musk has denied having an affair with Nicole Shanahan, the wife of Google co-founder, Sergey Brin. Mr Musk's comments came after the Wall Street Journal reported that his friendship with Mr Brin had ended over the alleged affair. Replying to a link to the story posted on Twitter, Mr Musk referred to…