ShinyShiny snippets: Social media a factor in Molly Russell’s death

Unsafe online content contributed "in a more than minimal way" to the death of Molly Russell who took her own life, an inquest has found. Senior coroner Andrew Walker said material viewed by the 14-year-old Molly on social media "shouldn't have been available for a child to see". Molly, from Harrow, viewed thousands of images…

ShinyShiny snippets: Not enough women working in tech, says Apple boss

Above: Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook Apple's chief executive has said there were “no good excuses” for the lack of women at the world’s tech firms. Tim Cook admitted there are still “not enough women at the table” and warned that technology “will not achieve nearly what it could achieve” without a more diverse workforce. According…

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: 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: Apple nudity-blurring feature to come to UK

Apple’s “communication safety in Messages” feature, which is designed to automatically blur images containing nudity sent to children using the company’s messaging service, is now rolling out to additional countries. After launching in the US last year, the feature is now coming to the Messages apps on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS for users in the UK,…

ShinyShiny snippets: Apple expected to announce ‘green-coloured iPhone 13’

Apple's first event of 2022 will begin later today at 6PM UTC, where it's expected to announce the new iPhone SE and a refreshed iPad Air. However, a new report claims these won't be the only products Apple will talk about at the event, as the company will introduce new color options for the iPhone 13 and iPad…

ShinyShiny snippets: Amazon drops plans to block Visa credit card payments

Amazon has announced that it will not stop accepting Visa credit cards for UK payments later this week as had been planned. In an email to customers, the online retailer said it was "working closely with Visa on a potential solution". The move had been due to take effect on 19 January with Amazon blaming…

ShinyShiny snippets: Top UK Google search terms football related

The three top trending terms on Google UK this year were football-related, with only one reference to Covid in the top 10. "Euros", "Premier League" and "Christian Eriksen" - the Danish player who had a cardiac arrest on the pitch - were the top three, with "Covid vaccine" fourth. Covid had dominated last year's list.…

ShinyShiny tech roundup: Vauxhall backs ‘Build Back Greener’ strategy

Vauxhall Mokka-e. Image: Vauxhall With the COP26 global climate summit around the corner, the UK government has announced another push towards electric vehicles (EVs) as part of an overall shift to a carbon-neutral economy.  Ministers are investing £620m in grants for electric vehicles and street charging points. Carmakers will also be…