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: Elon Musk puts Twitter deal on hold over fake accounts

Elon Musk has said his $44bn (£35bn) deal to buy Twitter is temporarily on hold after he queried the number of fake or spam accounts on the social media platform. He said he was waiting for information "supporting [the] calculation that spam/fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users". Following the announcement, Twitter…

ShinyShiny snippets: Royal Mail wants fleet of 500 drones

Image: Royal Mail The Royal Mail wants a fleet of 500 drones to help deliver the mail to remote communities across the UK. In the next three years it hopes up to 200 drones will help carry the mail on 50 new routes with the Isles of Scilly, Shetland Islands, Orkney…

ShinyShiny snippets: RIP Apple iPod Touch – you served us well

The Apple iPod Touch first launched in 2001 Apple has announced it is discontinuing its music player, the iPod Touch, bringing to an end a device widely praised for revolutionising how people listen to music. When the first iPod was launched in 2001, it could store 1,000 tracks. Today there are…

ShinyShiny snippets: Tesla slashes Shanghai EV production

Tesla has pulled back most of its production in Shanghai as China’s zero-Covid policy wreaks havoc in its supply chain. The electric car company, owned by billionaire Elon Musk, has cut back from making 1,200 units a day to fewer than 200 units, Reuters reported. The plans were outlined in an internal memo sent after…

ShinyShiny snippets: Bitcoin dropped 50% in value since November high

The value of Bitcoin continued to fall over the weekend as it dropped below $34,000 (£27,630), according to the Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange. The world's largest cryptocurrency by market value has now fallen by 50% since its peak in November last year. The slide in the value of digital assets comes as stock markets around the…

1 in 10 sent instant message to client or colleague by mistake

The research shows that two thirds (66%) of us now communicate with clients and colleagues using instant message (IM) platforms such as WhatsApp.  For a quarter of us, our personal phone also doubles up as our business phone, meaning the dangers of sending personal messages to professional contacts are heightened considerably.  14% of us admit…

ShinyShiny snippets: Robot chef taught to chew and taste food

Robot chef tastes scrambled eggs and tomatoes. Image: University of Cambridge Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed a bot to imitate the human processes of chewing and tasting, in order that they might eventually be able to produce food humans will not only enjoy - but which can also…

ShinyShiny snippets: Apple users in Russia launch legal claim

Apple users in Russia have launched a legal claim, seeking 90m roubles (£1m) in damages from the US tech company. Apple limited its payment service - Apple Pay - in Russia last month, as a number of companies reduced their presence in response to the invasion of Ukraine. But owners of Apple products in Russia allege…

ShinyShiny snippets: Samsung ad criticised by women’s running groups

Samsung's latest advert has been criticised by some women's running groups and safety campaigners for being "unrealistic". The film shows a young woman getting up at 02:00 to go for a run through the streets of a city alone. Samsung says the aim was to show runners working to their own schedules. But women's safety…