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…

Bedtime stories given boost by technology

Bedtime stories are experiencing a boom in popularity among UK families, thanks to gadgets such as tablets and iPads according to new research. A survey of 1,009 British parents carried out by gadgets and technology e-tailer, LaptopsDirect.co.uk, found that 69% of UK families have used gadgets and technology for bedtime stories with their children. When quizzed on which gadgets…

Q+A interview: Gerald Lynch, author of Get Technology

Chris Price talks to Gerald Lynch, former editor of ShinyShiny's sister publication Tech Digest, about everything from bionics to transhumanism, just two of the tech topics featured in his latest book, Get Technology... Q: How did you get into technology? Were you into computer games as a kid? Like most people my age, it was probably…

Total protection: How McAfee plans to fight cyber crime

  Image: fbi.gov With nearly half of all crimes involving at least some former digital technology, it’s more important than ever to protect yourself from hackers. Chris Price spends a day with McAfee Labs finding out how it plans to tackle cybercrime.... Think McAfee and what springs to mind? Probably the…

Control your family’s internet access with plug in haandle device

Looking to control your family's access to the internet? With today's kids having more access to the web than ever before (with an incredible 8.3 connected devices now being found in the average home) there are several dangers for them online including obsessive usage, cyber bullying and access to explicit content.  Enter a new device…

Trainline partners with Code First: Girls to get 20K women coding for free

Online travel app Trainline and Code First: Girls have announced a partnership to help 20,000 women in the UK to code for free by 2020, as part of the Code First: Girls 20:20 Campaign. The partnership represents a commitment by Trainline, Europe’s leading independent rail and coach platform, to support the work of Code First:…

Confused parents don’t know what an engineer is. Six times more likely to know Justin Bieber than Elon Musk!

Above: Engineer and entrepreneur Elon Musk. Pic: By Maurizio Pesce from Milan, Italia - Elon Musk, Tesla Factory, Fremont (CA, USA), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38354348 Research released today from the Institution of Engineering and Technology has revealed that, despite engineering generating £1 in every £4 of the UK’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), there is a…

Google doodle celebrates London Aquatics Centre designer, Zaha Hadid

It'a been a year since the Iraqi born British architect Zaha Hadid died aged just 65 and today Google pays tribute to her in its daily 'Google Doodle' Known as the "queen of the curve," Hadid's major works include the Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympics, Michigan State University's Broad Art Museum and the Guangzhou…

CES 2017 Preview: What’s there to see at the world’s biggest tech show?

CES2017 kicks off this week in Las Vegas. The world's largest technology expo, it promises thousands of new and exciting products from manufacturers right across the globe. And while the show has already caused some controversy this year with the organiser Gary Shapiro claiming the UK government is not doing enough to help its own…

Furbo – the world’s first treat-tossing dog camera. Whatever next?

What do you buy a the dog owner (and dog) who have virtually everything? Why a treat tossing dog camera, of course. Designed for the guilty, or perhaps curious, dog lover who wants to keep an eye on their pet pooch while they are out, the Furbo is at first glance like any other surveillance…