ShinyShiny tech roundup: Facebook blames ‘faulty configuration change’ for outage

Facebook has blamed a "faulty configuration change" for an outage that prevented the company's 3.5 billion users from accessing its apps and services, including Whatsapp and Instagram, for nearly six hours. The platforms crashed on Monday afternoon, with users unable to send or receive messages or refresh their news feeds. In a Facebook post after…

ShinyShiny roundup: Facebook puts Instagram Kids on hold

Plans to make an "Instagram experience" for under-13s, dubbed Instagram Kids, have been paused. Facebook would use the time to listen to "parents, experts, policymakers and regulators", Instagram head Adam Mosseri wrote. It follows leaked internal research the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) said Instagram was "toxic for teen girls". But in a recent blog, Facebook head…

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…

Only 1 in 3 directors in top companies are female, claims study

A new study that analysed the board of directors in technology, entertainment and e-commerce companies has revealed only 1 in 3 board members (34%) worldwide are women, with Zoom the worst for gender diversity.  Small Business Prices analysed the board of directors for 15 major companies across the technology, entertainment and e-commerce sectors. What it…

Shiny Shiny daily round up: Facebook considers facial recognition for smart glasses

Facebook is looking at adding facial recognition to its highly anticipated smart glasses that are planned to hit the market next year. At an all-staff meeting, Facebook Reality Labs director Andrew Bosworth said the company was examining the technology's legal and privacy ramifications, BuzzFeed reports. He cautioned the benefits and risks were obvious, 'and we don't know…

Shiny Shiny daily round up: Hyundai announces EV with solar panel roof

Hyundai's new electric car, the Ioniq 5, has a solar panel roof and can charge other EVs. Unfortunately, the solar panel roof is not available as standard - and right now we don't know how much this optional extra will set you back. Nor will you won't be able to rely on the sun to…

Shiny Shiny daily round up: Superdrug sells Covid-19 saliva tests

Superdrug is now selling coronavirus saliva tests which it claims are as accurate as the swabs used by the Government. The £120 kits are available from today either in-store or online and give results within two to three days of sending off a test. Results are included in Public Health England's daily figures and information…

Shiny Shiny round-up: Facebook unfriends Australia, BP backs geo-thermal

Facebook has blocked Australian media organisations and users from sharing news content on the platform, in an escalating disagreement between tech firms and the Australian government that could ultimately become a test case for media regulations and the way people consume news around the world. Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2268431-facebooks-australian-news-ban-is-a-fight-the-whole-world-should-watch/#ixzz6mpa1Fipc Hopes that next-generation geothermal energy technologies could…