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The internet has revolutionised our lives but still faces challenges with our privacy and misinformation

“I’m the chief internet evangelist at Google, so I speak in parables,” Vint Cerf joked at last week’s South by South West (SXSW) conference. Cerf is often called one of “the fathers of the Internet” for co-inventing the TCP/IP protocol that underpins how computers connect and transmit data on the internet in the early 1970s. “Imagine you live in a little t...[Read More]

How Facebook and Google changed the advertising game

Creativity and spectacle are becoming less important than the personal information used to target ads. The sponsored links on a Google search or in your Facebook feed are very effective, but for a completely different reason than your favourite television commercial. When you think about advertising what comes to mind is probably the art. Memorable ads are often creative, clever or emotional. Some...[Read More]

As expected the Snapchat listing has been meteoric, the largest since Alibaba’s in 2014

If you want to see the changing nature of social media, then Snap’s listing last week is it. The biggest IPO since Alibaba’s US$168bn in 2014, the Snapchat parent listed at three times that of Twitter, valuing it at $24bn on its first day, $28bn on its second. And it still doesn’t make money. In fact, on revenue of $404m last year, it lost $514m and $373m the year before. But the...[Read More]

Your brain is unique – here’s how it could be used as the ultimate security password

Biometrics – technology that can recognise individuals based on physical and behavioural traits such as their faces, voices or fingerprints – are becoming increasingly important to combat financial fraud and security threats. This is because traditional approaches, such as those based on PIN numbers or passwords, are proving too easily compromised. For example, Barclays has introduced TouchID, whe...[Read More]

Win one of two copies of Kaspersky Internet Security Multi-Device 2017

The internet can be a wonderful place, filled with entertainment and answers to questions like “Where do those little glass bottles of jam come from?” But sometimes it’s a less-than-pleasant place and for those times, it’s a good idea to have something like Kaspersky Internet Security Multi-Device 2017 watching your back. As luck would have it, we’ve got two copies of...[Read More]

If Facebook ruled the world: Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of a digital future

Mark Zuckerberg, the 32-year-old multi-billionaire co-founder and CEO of Facebook has published his manifesto for the future. It’s a comprehensive vision, running at nearly 6,000 words – and the political and media elites have been poring over every word. This epic, sprawling treatise begins with Zuckerberg’s writing of Facebook’s continuing journey to connect the world. In times like these, he st...[Read More]

The social media app that pioneered disappearing photographs has proved to be a survivor

The remarkable thing is not only Snapchat’s 158m daily users, it’s that two thirds of them update their content every single day. That’s about 100m people posting something new every day, which explains why parent company Snap will be valued at US$25bn when it IPOs. Its users check the app 18 times on average each day, sending some 2.5bn images and messages. After introducing sho...[Read More]

How computer hacking is becoming Russia’s weapon of choice

In his 2007 address to the Annual Security Conference in Munich, Vladimir Putin threw down a gauntlet to the West. Attacking what he called “illegal” unilateral military action by the US, he hinted that Russia would build its capability in information warfare to counter American and NATO expansion. In the same year, a Russian policy doctrine noted that as the world became more digitally connected,...[Read More]

Are you really anonymous online? Your friends on Twitter may give you away

As you browse the internet, online advertisers track nearly every site you visit, amassing a trove of information on your habits and preferences. When you visit a news site, they might see you’re a fan of basketball, opera and mystery novels, and accordingly select ads tailored to your tastes. Advertisers use this information to create highly personalized experiences, but they typically don’t know...[Read More]

Facebook tops 1.86 billion users, and other very large numbers

Facebook has been sitting on top of the social media pile for a very long time so it makes sense that there are some large numbers attached to the service. According to its Q4 2016 earnings report we can add a few very big numbers to the monthly users category — 1.86 billion people are using Facebook each month. Of those 1.86 billion, 1.74 billion are using mobile devices to access the servi...[Read More]

Let’s face it, first impressions count online

We live in an age where most of us have an online presence. Many of us have numerous accounts on social and professional networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn. And singles among us are increasingly turning online to find love. So how do the images we post of ourselves online influence the first impressions others form of us? While it’s often said we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, th...[Read More]

After a deflated third quarter, Netflix surges back with strong growth

If you needed confirmation that we live in an online world where people stream their TV shows instead of watching them via traditional television broadcasts, Netflix’s results last week are the definitive proof. Delivering killer quarterly results, Netflix said it had Q4 revenue of $2.48bn and added 7m new customers, of which 3.7m were outside of its United States home market. Netflix now ha...[Read More]

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