Face scans mandatory for new mobile phone users in China

  A regulation announced in September 2019, was due to come into effect on Sunday when all people in China are required to have their faces scanned when registering new mobile phone services, as the authorities seek to verify the identities of hundreds of millions of internet users. China has for years been trying to…

ByteDance to compete with Spotify and Apple

Bejing-based, TikTok, the Chinese company behind the popular video app is set to go head-to-head with the likes of Spotify and Apple in the music streaming market with the launch of its rival service ByteDance, which is in talks with largest record companies with the largest record companies  like Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal…

Social-media influencers income soars

The Average price of a sponsored photo on Instagram has leaped from £104 ($134) t0 £1, 276 ($1, 6742 in 2019. Brands are willing to pay more to sponsor posts, videos, stories and blogs too. “Digital marketing is the equivalent of word of mouth but there will always be a mix between that and traditional…

Laura Mulvey the critic who coined “Male Gaze”

Laura Mulvey, 78-year-old academic  coined the phrase “Male Gaze” and almost 45-years-ago ignited a generation of feminists with her concept in 1`975, to describe the dominant assumption “ Sexual imbalance”  in Hollywood that the perspective film-maker and view is male, and how it strategically positions men as spectators and women as objects,  is now reaching…

Google makes fundamental changes by introducing Bert

Google, the world’s most popular search engine,  is adopting artificial intelligence in its ranking algorithm. The change which Google explains as the most significant revision in at least five year, uses a new form of language analysis to understand users’ queries better and will affect its responses to one in `10 searches , according to…

Will Super-intelligent robots enslave humanity?

Alarms already sounded by Bill Gates, late Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk,  about artificial intelligence and how one day super-intelligent robots  will one day wipe out or enslave humanity. Superhuman artificial intelligence is an approaching tidal wave that threatens not just human relationships and jobs but civilisation itself. Conflict between humans and machines is seen as…

Are you one of the two million people who uses emoji every hour

  Gretchen McCulloch, a Canadian linguist, making sense of  the ways we communicate online “ how internet is making us  more nuanced and inventive writers”,  in her latest book she writes “ because of internet, through a revolutionary period in linguistic history, where writing quickly, within character limits and deploying ever-changing internet slang, is enriching…

Rich and diverse civilization

A Tunisian friend of Justin Marozzi told him, “I’m embarrassed to be an Arab these days. Everywhere you look there’s chaos, fighting, bloodshed, dictatorship, corruption, injustice, unemployment. The only thing we’re leading the world in is terrorism”. For centuries the caliphate was both ascendant on the battlefield and triumphant in the battle of ideas, its…

Our extreme behavior with social media

Twitter and Instagram was used to hurl racist abuse at Paul Pogba, the Manchester United midfielder. Team-mates rallied to his defence, criticised social media companies who inturn gave their usual excuses that they were monitoring the situation banning those who participated in the abuse, investing in new tools to avoid such situations. The Twittering Machine…