digital media

Snapchat adds GIF stickers via Giphy, plus new Friends and Discover screen tabs

Snapchat adds GIF stickers via Giphy, plus new Friends and Discover screen tabs

Snapchat is bringing one of the best recent features of Instagram Stories to its own app, with the ability to add GIF stickers from Giphy to your posts. This is a notable reversal of the typical
Florida students have turned social media into a weapon for good

Florida students have turned social media into a weapon for good

Teenagers’ use of Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram is social media at its best – a cudgel against political discourse that desperately needs to changeHigh schools have dances, they have cafeterias,
French far right attack choice of mixed-race girl for Joan of Arc role

French far right attack choice of mixed-race girl for Joan of Arc role

Incitement to racial hatred inquiry launched into abuse over selection for Orléans festivalA French state prosecutor has opened an inquiry into incitement to racial hatred after the selection of a
Netflix: would you be happy to pay more for the streaming service?

Netflix: would you be happy to pay more for the streaming service?

Shows such as Stranger Things and Altered Carbon have got us talking – some might argue subscribing is relatively cheapUsually this column rails against rip-offs, overcharging and general shystering
Social media firms failing to protect young people, survey finds

Social media firms failing to protect young people, survey finds

Cyberbullying inquiry finds the mental health of young people is severely affected by online abuseSocial media companies such as Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter have been accused of failing to protect
Crooks launder money using real (and fake) Amazon ebooks

Crooks launder money using real (and fake) Amazon ebooks

In a fascinating post, Brian Krebs and a group of security researchers have found a method for laundering money through expensive ebooks. It started when author Patrick Reames received an Amazon tax
Astranis emerges from stealth with a new satellite technology for connecting the world

Astranis emerges from stealth with a new satellite technology for connecting the world

There’s a new entrant in the race to provide internet connectivity to the roughly four billion humans on the wrong side of the world’s digital divide. Launching from stealth today with a fresh $13.5
EU gives Facebook and Google three months to tackle extremist content

EU gives Facebook and Google three months to tackle extremist content

Commission says internet companies also including YouTube and Twitter need to show progress on issue or face legislationThe European Union has given Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other
Facebook ends its experiment with the alternative ‘explore’ news feed

Facebook ends its experiment with the alternative ‘explore’ news feed

Facebook is ending its short-lived (and misguided) experiment with the alternative news feed feature called “Explore.” In a blog post today, Facebook head of news feed Adam Mosseri wrote: We
Mobcrush flips the switch on monetization with new ad platform

Mobcrush flips the switch on monetization with new ad platform

Mobcrush, the unified mobile gaming streaming service for Facebook, Twitter, Twitch and YouTube, is shaking its moneymaker for the first time with the unveiling of its advertising platform. “There’s
Blocked by Trump on Twitter – now crusaders take their case to court

Blocked by Trump on Twitter – now crusaders take their case to court

Holly Figueroa O’Reilly has joined others in a lawsuit that accuses the president of violating her first amendment rights. Will she succeed?When Donald Trump took the nuclear option, it seemed funny
Can Trump block Twitter users? Judge considers constitutional question

Can Trump block Twitter users? Judge considers constitutional question

Users who were blocked by the president on Twitter say Trump violated their first amendment free speech rightsA federal judge on Thursday expressed skepticism about whether Donald Trump can
‘I live a life of austerity so I can travel all the time’

‘I live a life of austerity so I can travel all the time’

Tom Bourlet on how he saves money to fund his lifestyle – and how Heinz spaghetti hoops inspired the name of his blogI’ve always been a saver. As a student I lived frugally and was constantly setting
Apple is buying Texture, signaling a harder push into news

Apple is buying Texture, signaling a harder push into news

Apple has more money than the U.S. Treasury, so it should come at no surprise that the company will occasionally spend its cash on new stuff. The tech giant announced at the annual South by Southwest
Consumer watchdog may investigate if Facebook data illegally used in Australian elections

Consumer watchdog may investigate if Facebook data illegally used in Australian elections

ACCC’s media inquiry could allow it to examine concerns about harvesting of personal data by firms such as Cambridge AnalyticaThe Australian consumer watchdog could investigate if data analytics

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AND SPRINT ANNOUNCE WINNER OF CHASING GENIUS: UNLIMITED INNOVATION — AWARDS $25,000 PRIZE TO TURN IDEA INTO CATALYST FOR CHANGE IN THE WORLD

WASHINGTON, D.C. and OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (March 21, 2018) – National Geographic and Sprint are proud to announce Asha Gummadi as the winner of the “CHASING GENIUS: Unlimited Innovation” challenge,
Musicians, actors and influencers plan social media takeover to support #MarchForOurLives

Musicians, actors and influencers plan social media takeover to support #MarchForOurLives

Some of the biggest names in music, movies and social media are plotting an Instagram takeover in support of Saturday’s #MarchForOurLives. At noon Pacific today, celebrities including Snoop Dogg, A$AP
Malaysia accused of muzzling critics with jail term for fake news

Malaysia accused of muzzling critics with jail term for fake news

Move to impose 10-year sentence seen as attempt to silence talk of corruption before electionMalaysia’s government has proposed legislation to outlaw fake news and punish offenders with a 10-year jail

Nvidia stuns by driving a car in real life through virtual reality

Today at Nvidia’s GTC conference the company unveiled a wild technology demo and it’s straight out of Black Panther. Simply put, a driver using virtual reality was remotely controlling a car in real

New federal rules blamed in disappearance of Kindle erotica titles

The upcoming Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, in addition to making Microsoft move to reduce obscenity on its platform, has hit erotica authors on Amazon. After many authors saw their rankings