You Can Now Register Emoji Domains 😱 😍

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Last year I wrote a piece for Social Media London, looking at how the English language has developed over the past 100 (or so) years and how Emojis are now beginning to influence our communications. This was brought on by the joy emoji (😂 ) being named as the Oxford English Dictionary 2015 Word of …

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How your body can transmit your passwords

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A collective of engineers at the University of Washington’s Networks and Mobile Systems Lab have discovered a way to pass a four-digit code through human skin using everyday technology, lending itself to exciting concepts such as unlocking a door or a safe just by touching it. Sure, this could be achieved with a fingerprint sensor …

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Google DeepMind to delve into NHS records

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Google has been given access to 1.6 million NHS patient records in a data-sharing agreement – as revealed by New Scientist. The records, which includes full names and patient histories, are expected to help develop early warning systems for patients at risk of developing acute kidney problems. Under the agreement, Google’s artificial intelligence division will …

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What David Bowie thought of the internet in 2000

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There is no doubt that David Bowie shall be remembered as one of the greatest and most influential British artists of the 20th century. Celebrated as a visionary and pioneer in both music and visual art, it has since emerged, thanks to the unearthing of a BBC Newsnight interview with Jeremy Paxman, that Bowie was …

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Spotify finds its feet within the music industry. Sort of.

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Thanks to new research published by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, a study has concluded that Spotify is helping win the battle against digital piracy. After examining the effects of legal streaming on torrent downloads, researchers were able to conclude that for every 47 streams, the number of illegal downloads decreases by one. Launched …

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Where is the Equality in technology?

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Last week, writing on a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) interview, Professor Stephen Hawking was asked whether he thought that technological advancement could one day lead to large-scale unemployment – something that we have discussed before in an earlier blog. In reply, Hawking said that: If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on …

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Blocked party: Could Apple have a hand in the fall of free media?

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Last Thursday, Apple rolled out the iOS 9 operating system – the very first to accommodate ad blocking technology. Within hours, ad blockers were at the very top of the App Store and media sites faced a new, and all the more destructive enemy. Many sites including The Independent, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The …

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