Bugs shut down 24-hour US-Apple store

Bugs of a different kind, bed bugs temporarily shut down a 24-hours on New York City’s Fifth Avenue. Staff were ordered to pack their belongings in plastic bags last Friday after a bed bug was spotted in a manager’s office. Eventually a beagle dog sniffed out the bugs in the locker area. According to an…

Brand’s Instagram close-ups

  For companies starting-up Instagram has helped provide a “level playing platform”. Dirty Lemon, which raised $15m in seed funding at a valuation of $60m last December, is among scores of  start-ups that have leveraged Instagram’s 1bn  users to build  their businesses. Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, sinpijama have all benefited. “Brands have gone all in…

Snapchat gets gaming platform

Snapchat is following the mobile gaming lead of WeChat and Facebook Messenger by adding games to Snapchat  as it tries to puts failures of 2018 behind it. Snap is hoping to tap the  £54bn ($70bn) mobile gaming market, when Apple, Google, Tencent and Microsoft are all making new bids for developers’ and players attentions. The…

Online censorship of the web

China’s Great Firewall once a glorified porn filter has evolved into the most sophisticated system of online censorship in the world In China you can erase and delete all your Twitter posts after publishing a data analysis of government officials, plagiarised academic work. Over the past year, Beijing’s censors have for the first time tried…

One Direction singer Louis Tomilinson’ sister Felicite dies aged 18

Aspiring fashion designer and Instagram influencer with 1.3 million followers, Felicite Tomlinson – sister of One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson has died aged 18. Louis and Felicite lost their mum Johannah to leukaemia in 2016 and they have five siblings including twins under the age of six. According to Scotland Yard, police were called by…

Kylie Jenner becomes world’s youngest billionaire

21-year-old Kylie Jenner has become the world’s youngest self-made billionaire according to Forbe’s billionaires’ list. The youngest Kardashian family member made her fortune from her best-selling cosmetics business promoted by Instagram postings with over 128m followers. She made her announcement ” I wanted to remind you guys that my powders launch on Thursday” and proceeded…

Instagram to remove self-harm images

Instagram boss Adam Mosseri says he hopes new technology will help to flag all graphic images of self-harm  and will be removed from Instagram. Father of Molly Russell, 14-year-old who took her own life in 2017, said Instagram had “helped kill” his daughter. Molly’s family found she had been viewing graphic images of self-harm on…

Battle of the tech titans: Apple and Facebook over data privacy

Facebook is shutting down an app that paid $20 a month to people aged between 13 and 35 for allowing it to collect data on their iPhones, which according to Apple breached its privacy policies. The “ Facebook Research” app enabled the social network to monitor a user’s web and phone activity, including how they…

There was time when you searched Google, but now Google searches you

In Zuboff ‘s view Google’s original aim of making all the world’s information accessible mutated into a ruthless domineering to make money by exploiting and modifying human behaviour, by serving up ads to users just when they are most susceptible to persuasion and generating wants they did not know they had. Google is following a…