ShinyShiny tech roundup: Twitter testing bigger pictures

Twitter is testing new changes to how photos and videos appear on its apps, closer to how images appear on other services such as Instagram. The new feature will expand visual media embedded in tweets to fill the whole width of a mobile phone's screen. Currently, images are indented next to a user's profile photo…

Shiny Shiny round up: Meet the Tokyo Olympics robots

The Olympic Games may be taking place a year late because of the pandemic, but it will still be a chance for host nation Japan to show off its world-class robotics technology. And despite spectators being kept away from the events by Covid restrictions, there will still be a string of robotic participants to help run the Tokyo…

The UK’s Top 10 Instagrammable Student Halls

It's all a far cry from tatty collective kitchens and paint peeling off the walls in grim looking tower blocks. Some of the UK’s most photogenic student accommodation boasts state-of-the-art features including a fully kitted-out music studio, an on-site nightclub and a host of stunning rooftop terraces. Chris Price reports  The top ten most Instagram-worthy…

Chairnology: Furniture Tech For The Modern World

It’s no secret that designers and companies have been clutching at straws when it comes to choosing which devices need to be made smart. There are refrigerators which can browse the internet, mirrors which can recommend what to wear, and speaker systems which can have a conversation with you. Of course, though, there is a…

Average Brit spends decade of their lives using technology

The average Brit will spend the equivalent of a decade of their lives using smartphones, tablets and laptops - and share a staggering 92,053 social media posts, it has emerged. Researchers who carried out a detailed study discovered the true extent to which every element of our lives is conducted while holding or staring at…

Parents slam video sharing sites for inappropriate content

Half of parents in the UK have criticised video sharing platforms, including Snapchat and Youtube, for failing to prevent children from accessing distressing, violent or adult-only content.  A survey of 1,500 UK parents, conducted by AgeChecked, found that 58% of parents believe that video sharing sites and apps aren’t doing enough to keep young people safe.…

Following strangers on Instagram can depress you, says study

Following celebrities on Instagram can have negative psychological effects, as found by research published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking. As Clapway reports, the peer-reviewed study, published in the journal's May edition, found that "there is growing evidence that following strangers on [social networks] and comparing oneself to others have important implications for well-being." It…