Bosses believe workers aren’t as productive at home, Microsoft report shows

A major new survey from Microsoft shows that bosses and workers fundamentally disagree about productivity when working from home. Bosses worry about whether working from home is as productive as being in the office. While 87% of workers felt they worked as, or more, efficiently from home, 80% of managers disagreed. The survey questioned more…

ShinyShiny snippets: Twitch announces partial gambling ban

Twitch has announced a partial gambling ban, targeting slots, roulette and dice games. The Amazon-owned livestreaming platform will bar videos of gambling sites not licensed in the US or "other jurisdictions that provide sufficient consumer protection". The ban includes cryptocurrency gambling sites such as Stake.com, based on the Caribbean island of Curacao. It will take…

ShinyShiny snippets: Microsoft to buy Activision Blizzard in $69bn deal

Microsoft has agreed a deal to buy the troubled Call of Duty and Candy Crush gaming firm Activision Blizzard for $68.7bn (£50.5bn). The all-cash takeover will give the Xbox maker a leap into the mobile gaming sphere and "play a key role in the development of metaverse platforms," according to Microsoft boss Satya Nadella. The…

ShinyShiny tech stories: Twitter prohibits image sharing without consent

  Twitter is prohibiting the sharing of private images and videos without the consent of the people involved. Although publishing private information is already banned on the platform – as is sharing private nude images – the new policy covers images and videos of people in ordinary settings too. It has raised questions about the ability for…

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…

Two in five tech workers are depressed, claims survey. Amazon workers top list

Just under two in five (39%) workers in tech firms are depressed, according to a new survey by Blind, an anonymous social network for professionals. It found that Amazon had the highest number of depressed workers closely followed by Microsoft and Intel. Least depressed, according to the survey, were Apple workers and those working for…

Bling and Bing? Microsoft smart ring patent unveiled

According to a patent unearthed by website Patently Apple, Microsoft could be about to launch its first piece of smart jewellery. Earlier this month the US Patent Office published a new Microsoft patent application covering an invention that relates to using wearables - such as a ring or a wristband - to control other devices, including…