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Facebook trials temporary messaging

Posted on November 19, 2015

Facebook has begun the testing phase of ‘vanishing messages’, in a challenge to rival Snapchat.

The new feature means that personal messages do not have to be permanent; they can delete themselves following a set period of time.

When composing a message, an hourglass icon that is present in the top right hand corner of the screen can be turned on or off. When the option is chosen, a message will (more…)

Posted by Mark Glenning

Mother furious as Britain First exploits daughter for poppy pic

Posted on November 18, 2015

A mother is reportedly “livid” after far-right political party Britain First used a picture of her 13-year-old daughter in a propaganda post on Facebook.

The picture shows two middle-aged men “protecting” the teenager, who is a member of the sea cadets and was dressed in uniform, along with another 12-year-old girl, as part of a day of action they called “Protect the Poppy”.

The mother says that she (more…)

Posted by Mark Glenning

App developer apologises following Google and Apple ban

Posted on November 17, 2015

The author of an app that harvested the usernames and passwords from Instagram has offered a public apology for his deeds.

InstaAgent, created by Turker Bayram, was taken down from app stores following the discovery that it had copied personal account details. InstaAgent, which informed users on who had viewed their profiles on Instagram, had risen to the top of (more…)

Posted by Mark Glenning

Couple’s dream holiday ruined by spelling error

Posted on November 17, 2015

An American couple has had their dream holiday plans thwarted by a single incorrect letter on their flight reservation.

Sharon and Harry Kautzman planned the trip as a special way to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Mr. Kautzman initially booked a seven-day (more…)

Posted by Jenny C

Facebook Notify launches for smartphones

Posted on November 16, 2015

A new iPhone app that aggregates news from a host of major sources has been launched by Facebook.

Called ‘Notify’, the app allows users to tailor their newsfeeds using providers such as Fox, the Washington Post and CNN from a choice of over 70.

Facebook has said that the categories available for choice include (more…)

Posted by Mark Glenning

Facebook wields banhammer for rival social network

Posted on November 13, 2015

Shortly after promising to end the spam generated by Candy Crush Saga, Facebook is once again tackling the problem. This time, however, it’s for another social media site.

The offending platform is Tsu.co, which recruits members by invite only, and works on the idea that any ad revenue is shared among its users. However, it became the wellspring of a huge amount of (more…)

Posted by Mark Glenning

Social media trouble brewing for Starbucks’ red cups

Posted on November 12, 2015

Worldwide coffee chain Starbucks is seeing a growing number of its customers using Twitter to bemoan a change to its seasonal takeaway cups.

The company’s iconic red cups debuted in 1997, and each year since have featured a different Christmas-themed design, including reindeer, snowflakes and trees. However, this year’s design is a much more sombre affair, and although still a festive red, it is devoid of any (more…)

Posted by Mark Glenning

Pintrest introduces visual search tool

Posted on November 11, 2015

Photo sharing website Pintrest has added a new tool for people who don’t know how to put into words what it is they want to look for.

Its answer is a new visual search capability, which allows users to focus on particular objects in pictures- or “pins” – and then find things related to those items.

It works by using (more…)

Posted by Mark Glenning
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