ShinyShiny tech roundup: App users spending more time on TikTok than YouTube

App users in the UK and US are spending more time on TikTok than on YouTube, a new report suggests. Data from app monitoring firm App Annie indicates that average time per user spent on the apps is higher for TikTok, indicating high levels of engagement. App Annie characterised TikTok as having "upended the streaming…

ShinyShiny tech round up: Samsung launches Galaxy 4 watches

Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, as it hits reset on its smartwatch range. It has replaced its own TizenOS operating system for Google's Wear OS, and killed off the Active 2 range in favour of a singular smartwatch brand. It was revealed at an Unpacked event,…

ShinyShiny tech round up: TikTok world’s most downloaded app

TikTok was the world's most downloaded app in 2020 as it took the top spot from Facebook Messenger, according to digital analytics company App Annie. The Chinese video-sharing platform is the only app not owned by Facebook to make the global top five of downloads. In its home country, TikTok's owner ByteDance also holds the…

World data suggests TikTok is most popular social app, claims study

TikTok may have the crown as the most downloaded social media app globally during the pandemic, but new research by comparethemarket.com reveals that Facebook is still Brits’ favourite platform – and that only one in 10 (11%) favour the video-based app. Following data revealing the top eight downloaded apps over the pandemic, comparethemarket.com polled UK social media…

ShinyShiny tech round up: Concern over live facial recognition mounts

  The Information Commissioner has expressed deep concern about the potential misuse of live facial recognition (LFR) in public places, warning that “supercharged CCTV” could be used “inappropriately, excessively or even recklessly”. The controversial technology has been under the spotlight in recent years over fears it may invade people’s privacy, be used to create watchlists,…

UK adults spent more time online in 2020 than those from other nations

UK adults spent more time online on computers, smartphones or tablets in 2020 than those in other European countries, according to Ofcom’s annual study into the nation’s online habits. Its Online Nation 2021 report looked at an unprecedented year, when communication, entertainment, culture, retail, work and education moved more online. UK adults spent more than…

TikTok helps to shape music industry, claims Uswitch study

A new study by price comparison site Uswitch has revealed how the influence of TikTok sounds is changing the music industry. TikTok has become one of the world's most downloaded apps with around 689 million monthly users and claims anyone can go viral due to its unique algorithm and “for you page”. Using popular TikTok sounds, Uswitch was able to monitor…

Top 5 TikTok Workout Trends – should you embrace or avoid?

There are plenty of workout trends and challenges circulating at the moment, many of which are being widely shared on social media site TikTok. You may have even come across some of these viral challenges yourself. However, recent research found that 1 in 4 TikTok fitness influencers are giving the wrong advice. As there seems…

1 in 4 TikTok fitness influencers giving wrong advice

New research has been released that reveals that one in four fitness influencers on TikTok are giving incorrect workout advice, despite increasing demand for useful 'FitTok' content during lockdown.   Money.co.uk worked with qualified personal trainer, Maiken Brustad, to analyse hours of fitness content on the video-sharing app and grade them based on the techniques…