Money behind the tech revolution

Award-winning financial historian delves into character-driven story of venture capital and the world it made. “Innovations rarely came from experts” Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk was not in the auto industry.  When it comes to innovation, the future cannot be predicted, it can only be discovered. Most attempts at discovery fail, but a few succeed at…

Tech during lockdown

During lockdown Facebook changed direction to virtual reality, saying their communication had been poor, and the internet experienced a  few wobbles. WhatsApp’s plans to change its privacy policies to make it easier for people to message businesses faced a backlash as millions downloaded apps from its competitors, worried that the plan would make large amounts…

Spotify follows TikTok’s successful design

  Spotify is the latest app  following TikTok’s successful design  with a vertical video feed, a new feature in an early test build for iPhone reveals a new Discover tab being added to the app’s front page. It has vertical music video clips that users can swipe through rapidly, similar to TikTok’s interface.  The feature…

Facebook changes its name to Meta

Facebook has changed its corporate name to Meta as part of a major rebrand and said it would better “encompass” what it does, as it broadens its reach beyond social media into areas like virtual reality (VR). The change does not apply to its individual platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp, only the parent…

Financial gulf of generations

Professor Bobby Duffy’s compelling book, reveals our preconceptions are just tired stereotypes by expressing when we’re born determines our attitudes to money, sex, religion, politics, and much else, informed by unique analysis of hundreds of studies. Duffy, formerly of polling company Ipsos Mori, now director of The Policy of Institute at King’s College, London, concludes…

Incisive portrait of a big tech tycoon

Entrepreneur, Peter Thiel, a right wing student at the Stanford University in the 1980 as a burgeoning conservative, and a tech investor from Silicon Valley over the past two decades, became the ardent backer of Donald Trump. The Contrarian is the biography of venture capitalist Peter Thiel, the enigmatic, controversial and hugely influential power broker…

Who is taming the tech companies

Investment banker and professor Jonathan Knee argues the truth, about the secrets to the success of the biggest tech companies: Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google, and illustrates the nuances and complexities posed by their emergence, and explains a disparate portfolio of structural advantages buttressed by shrewd acquisitions, strong management, tax regulation and often encouraging…

Dating Revolution: The world has never been more connected, or more alone

Funny memoir about sex, dating, and relationships in the digital age, intertwined with investigation into the challenges to love and intimacy wrought by dating apps by 49-yar-old famed Vanity Fair writer and New York Times-bestselling author Nancy Jo Sales asks who to blame for the modern dating malaise:tech companies. Jo Sales award-winning journalist and single…

NHS England written to Instagram for promoting unlicensed Apetamin

NHS England had urged Instagram to clamp down on accounts selling Apetamin, an unlicensed “ dangerous” drug especially targeted at younger women and girls. Doctors say misuse of the appetite stimulant can cause severe fatigue, jaundice and even liver failure. Social media influencers promoted Apetamin as a quick way to gain weight and develop an…

Russian diplomats exit out of North Korea by hand-pushed trolley

  A group of eight Russian diplomats and their families made an unusual exit out of North Korea across the border by initially traveling by train and bus before pushing themselves across the Russian border for about 0.6 miles (1km) over train tracks. North Korea has blocked most passenger transport to limit the virus spread,…