ShinyShiny snippets: Dyson air-purifier headphones to set you back £749

Dyson has announced that its Dyson Zone air purifying headphones will indeed be on sale in early 2023 as rumoured. Prices start from $949/£749. Note the ‘start from’ – Dyson says that exact pricing will be confirmed closer to launch. The crazy headphones go on sale from January in China and March in the US, UK,…

ShinyShiny snippets: WhatsApp launches ‘Message Yourself’ feature

WhatsApp has started rolling out a feature to let you chat with yourself. Sending messages to your own account can be a way to keep a piece of information easily accessible, right next to your other WhatsApp conversations. Called ‘Message Yourself’, the feature lets users send notes, reminders and shopping lists to themselves on WhatsApp.…

ShinyShiny snippets: Meta slashes 11,000 jobs to cut costs

Meta, the owner of Facebook and Instagram, has become the latest big tech player to wield the axe in the tougher global economy, laying off 13% of its workforce. The firm announced on Wednesday it will cut its global headcount by more than 11,000 employees as part of a wider shake-up of the business that…

ShinyShiny snippets: WhatsApp rolls out new features for Groups

WhatsApp groups can now be brought together under one umbrella with the launch of a new communities feature. Rolling out from today, it's designed so that updates can be sent to everyone across all groups in one go, while still allowing for smaller discussions within the individual groups. Think of it like a Russian stacking…

ShinyShiny snippets: Samsung records record profits

Technology giant Samsung Electronics has said it expects to post a 52% jump in profit for the last three months of 2021, amid the global chip shortage. The world's biggest memory chip maker estimates that it made 13.8tn won ($11.5bn; £8.5bn) in the period. That would be its highest fourth-quarter operating profit in four years.…

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…

EE Mobile report shows rise of data use in suburbs during lockdown

EE has released its Mobile Network data report from February to May 2020, tracking the changing trends and habits of the UK’s most used apps and services throughout lockdown. What it found was that in the UK, EE’s network saw a 45% increase in traffic for Apps used primarily to communicate - including WhatsApp, Houseparty,…