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…

Alexa tells a 10-year-old girl to touch live plug with penny

    When a 10-year-old asked Alexa for a “challenge to do”, Alexa challenged her to touch a penny coin to the prongs of a half-inserted live plug. Amazon has since updated its Alexa voice assistant  the error as soon as the company became aware of it. The girl’s mother, Kristin Livadhi, described the incident…

Dorsey resigns from Twitter

Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter, stepped down, as CEO on Monday, replaced by chief technology officer Parag Agrawal as his successor. Dorsey. 45, said the company was “ready to move on from its founder” and in an email to staff he said he had a “bone deep” trust in Agrawal, who joined Twitter 10…

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 was…

Wilbur Smith dies aged 88

Zambian born accountant turned International best-selling author, Wilbur Smith has died  on Saturday afternoon with his wife Niso, by his side, at his home in Cape Town at the age of 88. Smith’s 49 published books have sold more than 140 million copies worldwide, including the publication of his debut novel When the Lion Feeds…

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…

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…

GameStop rage as surname goes viral, seen 40 million times

Fancy having a surname Hedges-Stocks who had been inadvertently seen 40 million times on Twitter. Zoe has been inundated with thousands of requests for financial advice and trading tips after people misinterpreted her surname. Zoah Hedges-Stocks, a 31-year-old writer from Leiston, Suffolk, stated on Twitter hers was “ not a finance account” and did “not…

Bebo is going to be relaunched – Facebook and Twitter watch out

Michael Birch co-founder of Bebo plans to relaunch his social network with real-time interactions between friends rather than the new feeds displayed by Twitter and Facebook which inadvertently spread fake news. Bebo – an acronym for “Blog early, blog often” was once the most popular network in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. In…