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…

Which are the most popular British TV exports?

British TV exports have never been so popular - and it's not just period dramas. Remakes of  reality TV shows, sitcoms and quiz shows have all fared well outside of the UK.... Despite the success of platforms like Netflix and imported TV shows from the US, the UK still punches above its weight when it…

ShinyShiny tech roundup: App users spending more time on TikTok than YouTube

App users in the UK and US are spending more time on TikTok than on YouTube, a new report suggests. Data from app monitoring firm App Annie indicates that average time per user spent on the apps is higher for TikTok, indicating high levels of engagement. App Annie characterised TikTok as having "upended the streaming…

ShinyShiny tech roundup: Sir Richard Branson sells $300m stake in Virgin Galactic

British billionaire Sir Richard Branson has sold around $300m (£216.8m) of Virgin Galactic stock, leveraging his biggest listed asset to prop up other parts of his business empire. The 71-year-old offloaded almost 10.5m shares, equivalent to around 4pc of the space-travel company, through his Virgin Investments Group. This is the third sale Sir Branson has…

ShinyShiny tech round up: Samsung launches Galaxy 4 watches

Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, as it hits reset on its smartwatch range. It has replaced its own TizenOS operating system for Google's Wear OS, and killed off the Active 2 range in favour of a singular smartwatch brand. It was revealed at an Unpacked event,…

ShinyShiny round up: Fingertip sweat to power medical sensors

Small biofuel cells can harvest enough energy from the sweat on a person’s fingertips to power wearable medical sensors that track health and nutrition – and because our fingertips are one of the sweatiest parts of the body, the sensors could be powered all day. Lu Yin at the University of California, San Diego, and…

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'…