A week in tech: self-tying shoes, console VR, & diamond smart watches

Posted by David Murton on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 @ 04:43 PM


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A lot has been happening in the tech world over the last few days, so it's time to have a brief look at some of the standout moments. From the first-ever commercially available self-tying shoes to another luxury smart watch, here are the big tech stories of the week.

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Topics: Entertainment, Technology

Instagram is going to start testing an algorithm-based feed

Posted by David Murton on Wed, Mar 16, 2016 @ 12:35 PM


Read time: 4 - 5 minutes

It seems as though algorithm-based feeds are all the rage in social media these days. While Facebook used to be the key social network to filter content via its EdgeRank algorithm, Twitter recently jumped on the "best content first" bandwagon with its own take on an algorithm-based feed. And now, Facebook-owned Instagram has announced it will be testing a revision that will surface your "favourite" Instagram content to your main feed as opposed to sticking to a pure reverse-chronological order.

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Topics: Social Media News & Strategies, Technology, Apps

Facebook 360° video and Oculus - virtual social media

Posted by David Murton on Mon, Mar 14, 2016 @ 05:03 PM


When Facebook acquired the team behind Oculus Rift back in 2014, it was always assumed that the world's largest social network would find a way to integrate its features into the virtual reality world. As it turns out, one of the first major integrations of Facebook into Oculus has now occurred in the form a Facebook Video tab, currently available on Samsung's Gear VR, which was developed in conjunction with the Oculus VR team.

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Topics: Gaming, Social Media News & Strategies, Technology

Samsung unveils the S7 and S7 edge

Posted by David Murton on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 @ 10:47 AM


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Samsung has officially unveiled its latest flagship smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge. Having taken on the critiques levelled at last year's Galaxy S entries and with an eye on taking more consumers away from Apple, the S7 and S7 edge look set to be Samsung's most accessible and powerful smartphones yet.

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Apple, the FBI, and why public discourse on data security matters

Posted by David Murton on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 @ 02:23 PM


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For big companies like Apple and Google, being able to offer the customers and users confidence in the fact that their private data is safe is of the utmost importance. It's not just the idea of feeling your data is safe, it's knowing that it will be safe and that all features and measures have been taken to ensure this safety. While any product or online service can be at risk of being hacked, with the right tools at our disposal, most of us maintain a level of confidence in the businesses behind set products and/or services.

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Topics: Social Issues, Technology, The Big News

Private messaging and the rise of anonymous social media

Posted by David Murton on Fri, Feb 12, 2016 @ 01:03 PM


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Anonymity and the internet. Nowadays, people are more concerned than ever about how much of what they do online can be captured, retained and used - be it by hackers or government bodies. While some may argue that things such as data retention can be used to protect against malicious online activity and in uncovering criminal movements, such operations also present concerns for legitimate online users (aka the majority of the population) who don't want to have their privacy and right to expression compromised.

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Topics: Social Media News & Strategies, Technology, Apps, The Big News

A week in Digital: 60-second Instagram ads & Google's ad-blocking wrath

Posted by David Murton on Thu, Feb 04, 2016 @ 10:52 AM


Read time: 2 - 3 minutes

It's been yet another busy week in digital, so in today's article I'll be taking a look at two recent stories that have been making the rounds. Both have to do with the world of online mobile advertising, but they come from very different ends of the scale.

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Topics: Technology, Apps, The Big News

Screaming Frog and your website's SEO

Posted by Camille Storms on Tue, Feb 02, 2016 @ 09:14 AM


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Topics: Online Advice, SEO Resources, Technology

Rumoured features for Samsung's Galaxy S7

Posted by David Murton on Mon, Jan 18, 2016 @ 10:42 AM

Mock-up based off rumoured design and features

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In a little over a month, the Mobile World Congress will take place in Barcelona, Spain. While plenty of mobile heavyweights will be showing off their latest mobiles, one company that tends to create plenty of buzz is Samsung. Known for unveiling its Galaxy S flagships at each MWC, the rumour mill is already churning out some interesting information on what could come with the Galaxy S7 when it's revealed next month.

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Topics: Technology

The rise of virtual reality in 2016

Posted by David Murton on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 @ 10:47 AM


Read time: 5 - 6 minutes

Virtual reality is one of those technologies that a lot of people have wanted but no one exactly knew how to develop it in a way that could be commercially successful and avoid the criticism that former attempts at the technology had brought about. 

One such failed foray into virtual reality occurred in 1995 with Nintendo's Virtual Boy. While not explicitly virtual reality, the product did place a significant focus on the user wearing a headset that achieved a 3D effect via parallax that creates the illusion of depth. The display itself was achieved through a set of two red LED screens.

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Topics: Gaming, Entertainment, Technology

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