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Why Whisky tastes better with a splash of water

Spotify has surpassed 60mn paying subscribers, outgrowing Apple, and strong numbers in family subscriptions. Spotify decided to remove white supremacy music after events in Charlottesville. Sky are launching a new VIP TV channel that will air HBO, Showtime and Sky Original Productions 24 hrs before their regular broadcast on Sky Atlantic for subscribers who have…

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Paint survives brush with death, Flash doesn’t

This week we’ve got big numbers to report as WhatsApp hits 1 Billion daily users, sending over 55 billion messages a day. There’s no doubt that messaging is big business, as in a recent round of funding Slack were valued at circa $9Bn. A smaller, but nonetheless respectable, figure of $10.8 million was raised this…

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Robot security guard drowns itself

Following last week’s temporary reduction in price of the Occulus Rift headset, this week there’s news from Google about the relaunch of its ill-fated glass project, this time aimed squarely at the workplace alongside Microsoft who are also aiming it’s HoloLens at the same place. The path to mainstream AR adoption maybe workplace first rather than gaming first?…

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Why did the internet slow down this week?

The Internet slowed this week as  hundreds of  sites including Reddit, Netflix, Amazon and Mozilla united against proposals from the Federal Communication Commission which they see as an imminent roll back of net neutrality rules in the US  in a campaign called “Battle for the Net”. UK regulator, Ofcom, is preparing for a spectrum auction estimated to raise…

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High tech beer that’s actually good for you

This week we kick off with Microsoft, who are leading the charge to miniaturise, and thus reduce the cost of AI. Whilst putting AI on a Pi is impressive, their end goal is even more so. Instagram have harnessed AI in an attempt to combat extremism. (Caution – strong language in this article), and Mastercard,…

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Boaty McBoatface completes first mission

This week saw rulings from the courts affecting the tech industry; a jaw dropping  fine issued to Google by the European Union and a ruling in Canada that could set a precedent that could impact on your day to day browsing. Another major cyber-attack this week and analysts are now examining the Petya ‘ransomware’ and drawing disturbing conclusions. Tackling…

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True crime and the start, stop, skip podcast revolution

Apple’s new stats could revolutionise the way we find podcasts. A new version of the Podcast app will tell creators of the audio shows when listeners start an episode, when they stop and what parts they skip. True crime and comedy are most popular;  listens increased by 49% last year and growth expected from more connected devices and…

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He’s got the whole world, in his hands

Amazon surprised many with its acquisition of Whole Foods and the launch of a   ‘magic wand’ that can scan goods to buy and has AI built in. Amazon is taking the delivery of fresh grocery items very seriously and has scaled big time since its slightly mocked experimental Treasure Truck was first seen in Seattle.…

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The opaque role of Facebook in democracy

After the shenanigans of the UK General Election last week some have been analysing  the political nudges the appeared in their Facebook feed and how they got there. Opinions vary, but a sharp increase in the number of younger voters who principally turn to tech, rather than newspapers, for information played a significant role. Labour tweets…

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An amazing half-decade for big internet companies

The annual slide-fest (355 this year) from Mary Meeker is all things internet and well worth a read as it charts the plateauing mobile user base and more actionable ad tech market. Over the last 9 years, Spotify has grabbed 20% of the music market and Netflix 30% of the TV market. It’s been an amazing half-decade…

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Brotli, the mobile friend you haven’t heard of

After the world wide focus on cyber security and patching, this week focus moved to the perils of outsourcing and disaster recovery (and not testing business continuity plans) after British Aiways closed its skies for a weekend. More businesses will realise their future business is all about data, technology and digital so areas which were deemed non-core could…

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25 passwords not to use and patching is important after all

Lots of fallout from the WaanaCry Ransomware attack that hit large parts of the world last week. Although the spread of this particular attack was thwarted relatively early on (albeit accidentally) by an examination of the attack’s anatomy, it re-opens a discussion involving vendors, governments and citizens on responsibilities. Is it the vendors responsibility to make things…

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