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The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world

October 14, 2018 at 09:00AM We check our phones every 12 minutes, often just after waking up. Always-on behaviour is harmful to long-term mental health, and we need to learn to the hit the pause buttonIt is difficult to imagine life before our personal and professional worlds were so dominated and “switched on” via smartphones… Continue reading The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world

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What next for photography in the age of Instagram?

October 14, 2018 at 10:00AM In our image-propelled social media era, some photographers fear for the future of the art, while others are galvanised by it. As technology increasingly shapes how we see and share the world, how is photography changing in response?In 2012, I wrote an essay about the shifting nature of photography in… Continue reading What next for photography in the age of Instagram?

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MP urges police to investigate data misuse by leave campaigners

October 14, 2018 at 06:00AM Damian Collins says Scotland Yard must explain its failure to look into potential crimes committed by three pro-Brexit groupsA senior Conservative MP has demanded that Scotland Yard urgently explain why it has not opened a criminal investigation into three pro-Brexit campaigns that the Electoral Commission found had broken the law.Damian… Continue reading MP urges police to investigate data misuse by leave campaigners

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Competition regulator considering UK digital ad market inquiry

October 12, 2018 at 06:41PM CMA remarks add to pressure on Google and Facebook, which dominate £13bn marketThe chief executive of the UK competition regulator has said it is “actively considering” launching an investigation into the digital advertising market.The comments from Andrea Coscelli of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) are the latest example of… Continue reading Competition regulator considering UK digital ad market inquiry

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Digital contraceptives and period trackers: the rise of femtech

October 12, 2018 at 03:34PM Market predicted to be worth $50bn by 2025, despite scandal around app Natural Cycles Digital contraceptive techniques have been on the receiving end of bad press recently after Swedish company Natural Cycles was described as “misleading” by the UK’s advertising body, and a number of women complained about becoming pregnant… Continue reading Digital contraceptives and period trackers: the rise of femtech

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Zuora partners with Amazon Pay to expand subscription billing options

October 11, 2018 at 02:02PM Zuora, the SaaS company helping organizations manage payments for subscription businesses, announced today that it had been selected as a Premier Partner in the Amazon Pay Global Partner Program.  The “Premier Partner” distinction means businesses using Zuora’s billing platform can now easily integrate Amazon’s digital payment system as an option… Continue reading Zuora partners with Amazon Pay to expand subscription billing options

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Are you a ‘cyberhoarder’? Five ways to declutter your digital life – from emails to photos

October 10, 2018 at 10:00AM Most of us have an unmanageable amount of data on our devices. But a few easy tweaks could bring it all back under controlYou have Marie Kondoed your wardrobe, recycled your old newspapers and taken unwanted books to the charity shop. It may feel as if you have succeeded in… Continue reading Are you a ‘cyberhoarder’? Five ways to declutter your digital life – from emails to photos

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Upskill launches support for Microsoft HoloLens

October 09, 2018 at 12:42PM Upskill has been working on a platform to support augmented and mixed reality for almost as long as most people have been aware of the concept. It began developing an agnostic AR/MR platform way back in 2010. Google Glass didn’t even appear until two years later. Today, the company announced… Continue reading Upskill launches support for Microsoft HoloLens

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Uber UK strike: users urged not to cross ‘digital picket line’

October 09, 2018 at 07:00AM Union asks public not to use app during national 24-hour strike by driversUber customers are being urged not to cross a “digital picket line” on Tuesday during the first coordinated national strike by British drivers with the app-based service.The 24-hour strike starts at 1pm and there will be protests by… Continue reading Uber UK strike: users urged not to cross ‘digital picket line’

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BlackBerry races ahead of security curve with quantum-resistant solution

October 04, 2018 at 04:07PM Quantum computing represents tremendous promise to completely alter technology as we’ve known it, allowing operations that weren’t previously possible with traditional computing. The downside of these powerful machines is that they could be strong enough to break conventional cryptography schemes. Today, BlackBerry announced a new quantum-resistant code signing service to… Continue reading BlackBerry races ahead of security curve with quantum-resistant solution

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Google and Facebook join rights groups to fight Australia’s encryption bill

October 03, 2018 at 04:06AM Unusual alliance calls on government to ‘slow down’ and listen to ‘legitimate concerns’Tech heavyweights Google and Facebook have joined civil and digital rights groups in an unusual alliance aimed at defeating Australia’s planned encryption laws.The Alliance for a Safe and Secure Internet brings together the disparate groups in a plea… Continue reading Google and Facebook join rights groups to fight Australia’s encryption bill

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Apple expands Business Chat with new businesses and additional countries

October 02, 2018 at 04:52PM Apple Business Chat launched earlier this year as a way for consumers to communicate directly with businesses on Apple’s messaging platform. Today the company announced it was expanding the program to add new businesses and support for additional countries. When it launched in January, business partners included Discover, Hilton, Lowe’s… Continue reading Apple expands Business Chat with new businesses and additional countries

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Facebook hack gets worse as company admits Instagram and other apps were exposed too

September 29, 2018 at 09:12AM Anyone with access to a person's Facebook account could make their way through rest of people's digital life too, security researchers warn Facebook hack gets worse as company admits Instagram and other apps were exposed too ...

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Instana raises $30M for its application performance monitoring service

September 26, 2018 at 11:10AM Instana, an application performance monitoring (APM) service with a focus on modern containerized services, today announced that it has raised a $30 million Series C funding round. The round was led by Meritech Capital, with participation from existing investor Accel. This brings Instana’s total funding to $57 million. The company,… Continue reading Instana raises $30M for its application performance monitoring service

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Can you fall in love with a scripted robot? A growing number of app gamers are

September 26, 2018 at 10:00AM A crop of dating simulations where the goal is to reach a virtual happily ever after have recently become hits. Are they a substitute for human companionship or a new type of digital intimacy? I recently met a young woman named Wild Rose on an online chat forum. We struck… Continue reading Can you fall in love with a scripted robot? A growing number of app gamers are

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Time: how the digital age became the iconic magazine’s unlikely savior

September 22, 2018 at 07:00AM Mark and Lynne Benioff are the latest entrepreneurs to make a bet on old media with their $190m Time purchase. Should tech billionaires own our biggest news outlets?In February, Time magazine’s name was stripped from its headquarters in lower Manhattan. America’s most famous magazine seemed headed for the wastepaper bin… Continue reading Time: how the digital age became the iconic magazine’s unlikely savior