How to make Google searches child-friendly

Posted on June 23, 2017

Anyone who uses the internet has probably, at some point, stumbled upon something they didn’t really want to see. This might have been because they were hanging around in dubious areas of the internet, or it might have happened quite innocently.

There are people who deliberately tag inappropriate images in an inaccurate way, hoping unsuspecting internet users will be (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Google finds new way to distract you with fidget spinner

Posted on June 22, 2017

One of the cleverest offerings Google has brought to internet search is the ability to display results through its own tools that appear separately to its main rankings.

An obvious example of this is that any search for a mathematical sum, such as ‘2+2’, will lead Google to display the answer in its Calculator tool, but there’s much more the search engine can do as it increasingly tries to (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Social media used for “public opinion manipulation”, study finds

Posted on June 21, 2017

A nine-country investigation conducted by the University of Oxford has concluded that social media is being used as an effective tool to spread misinformation and propaganda throughout the world.

The Computational Propaganda Research Project did not (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Twitter reveals new interface

Posted on June 19, 2017

At the tail end of last week, microblogging site Twitter announced that the platform had a new layout and began to roll it out to users.

The announcement was made via a blog post on Thursday. The update contains mainly cosmetic changes with the main one being that profile pictures now appear in a (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Worldwide roll out for Instagram feature

Posted on June 16, 2017

Photo-sharing platform Instagram recently announced it will be rolling out its archive feature on a worldwide scale.

Last month, it was revealed that the archive feature was being tested. This test was deemed successful and will now become a permanent aspect of the platform; it has already started to be introduced to users.

The announcement was made by (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Twitter tests new Happening Now feature

Posted on June 15, 2017

Microblogging site Twitter is currently testing a new method of showing its users what is being talked about on the site and the latest news, situating this feature at the top of the timeline.

The test, known as “Happening Now”, is a new feature that presents users with current affairs and events happening in real time. The feature takes the form of (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Facebook to expand groups section of platform

Posted on June 13, 2017

Social networking site Facebook is planning an expansion to the Groups section of its site which will see online communities becoming the main focus of the feature.

The online giant will be testing a Groups section in the mobile version of the site and this will see the icon moved onto the main menu, alongside (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Alphabet sells robotics company Boston Dynamics

Posted on June 12, 2017

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has recently announced it has sold engineering and robotics company Boston Dynamics.

Boston Dynamics produced a number of robotic animals and is perhaps more famously known for the creation of Spot, a robot that looks like a dog, and the six-foot humanoid Atlas. These robots were sent into the limelight thanks to (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler
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