Shiny snippets: TikTok opens European data centre

TikTok has opened its first European data centre to alleviate fears over Chinese state surveillance. The firm says European users' data is now migrating to servers in Dublin, as part of its ongoing response to data privacy concerns around the video-sharing app's links to China. TikTok, which is owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, says it…

ShinyShiny snippets: Twitter launches Tor service to bypass Russian block

Twitter has launched a privacy-protected version of its site to bypass surveillance and censorship after Russia restricted access to its service in the country. Russia has blocked access to Facebook and has limited Twitter in an attempt to try to restrict the flow of information about its war in Ukraine. Both companies have said they are working on restoring access…

ShinyShiny tech roundup: Eurostar trials biometric recognition

Image: Eurostar Continental rail operator Eurostar is set to trial a new biometric identity verification technology that promises seamless travel across borders. Created by identity, payments and data protection developer Entrust, the system allows travellers to register their face and passport ahead of travel for a touch-free journey through border checks. Once at St Pancras or other…

ShinyShiny tech news: O2 to reintroduce EU roaming charges

One of the UK’s biggest mobile phone networks has announced roaming charges for Britons travelling to the EU, in a blow to Boris Johnson’s Brexit celebrations. Customers of O2 have been told they will be billed £3.50 for every gigabyte (GB) of data used above a new limit of 25GB, from August. The move comes after the Christmas Eve trade agreement…

Shiny Shiny daily round up: Google launches Global.Health

Google has worked with researchers to create a new Covid-19 tracking database that will help governments monitor how the easing of lockdown measures is affecting case rates and spot the next wave before it spreads. Global.health, which launches today, will pool anonymised data on Covid-19 cases, allowing researchers to chart factors such as whether people had been…

HONOR launches Band 5 fitness tracker

Huawei sub-brand HONOR today has unveiled the Band 5, its latest affordable a fitness tracker and smart band. Featuring  AMOLED Full Colour touchscreen, 24-hour heart rate monitoring, multiple sports and fitness modes and eight customised watch faces, the HONOR Band 5 is available now for £29.99 at Amazon. It will be available at Argos later…

Honor 8A smartphone offers facial recognition and Android 9 Pie for £139

Chinese brand HONOR has launched an affordable new Android smartphone, the HONOR 8A. Combining a 6.09-inch Dewdrop FullView screen with 87 per cent screen-to-body ratio, it also boasts facial recognition and FM radio as standard.  The Dewdrop notch, nestled at the top of the screen, measures 3.2mm and houses the front camera, light sensor and proximity…

Honor unveils latest high-end smart phone, the View 20

At a preview event in London's Soho Square today, ShinyShiny took a glimpse at Honor's latest high-end smartphone, the View 20. Due to be officially launched for European markets in Paris on January 22nd, it is expected to retail for well under £500 (the Chinese price starts at around £350). Three colours will be available…

ShinyShiny talks to artist Chris Levine about his work with Huawei

Artist Chris Levine with his 'trademark' eyes shut shot Artist Chris Levine (pictured above) first came to the public eye in 2004 when he was commissioned by the Jersey Heritage Trust to create a holographic portrait of the Queen to mark 800 years of allegiance to to the crown by the…