ShinyShiny tech roundup: EV charging ‘excludes disabled’, claims research

Investigators have found that many of the UK’s 2.5 million Blue Badge holders risk being excluded from Britain’s EV revolution. Research by Auto Express has revealed that EV charging providers are systematically failing to meet their accessibility obligations under the Equality Act - and the government is moving too slowly to protect the interests of…

ShinyShiny tech roundup: Apple warns of reduced iPhone 13 production

Apple's shares dropped on Tuesday following reports it could slash its iPhone 13 production targets due to the ongoing global computer chip shortage. The electronic giant had expected to make 90 million iPhones in the last quarter of 2021, reported Bloomberg. However, Apple was now having to tell its partners that the total will be lower…

ShinyShiny tech roundup: Young should take break from Instagram, warns Nick Clegg

  Instagram will encourage teenagers to take breaks after a series of damaging revelations about the social media app, Sir Nick Clegg has announced. Facebook’s PR and policy chief said Instagram would also nudge young users away from images that might harm their mental health and allow parents to supervise their children’s activity. “We can’t…

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…