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Taking Control: Who is Using Your Data?

3.4.2018 by Jenn Granger

When did you last give your details away to a stranger? With the recent revelations from Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, we are currently hyper-aware of how our data is shared around the world. When we enter our name, location, age and email address, often we don’t know where that data is stored or sent to. However, we certainly hope it does not get passed to companies who might use it to manipulate our perceptions and thoughts.   Running away with your info Online fitness recorder app Strava is seen as a great tool for runners, and produces a map of…

Whatsapp-ening to telecomms?

8.9.2015 by Alice Cullen

Last week, Facebook-owned mobile messaging app WhatsApp announced that it has 900 million active monthly users. This latest announcement marks a not-half-bad couple of weeks for the social network giant. The news comes about a week after the mothership –…

Facebook sets its sights on Google’s crown

30.7.2015 by Alice Cullen

Facebook today tightened its grip on big brand ad spend, and seemingly set its sights on knocking Google off its perch as leaders of the internet. Whilst Facebook undoubtedly takes the crown as the King of Social Networks, it is…

Facebook now used by a THIRD of the world’s online population

30.7.2015 by Alice Cullen

There has been a lot of talk in the press lately about how popular social media sites really are. Is the social media bubble about to burst? Well, Facebook recently reported that the number of people who use the social…

What Your Facebook Likes Reveal About You

15.1.2015 by Katherine Kelly

Ladies and gentlemen, you have a new best friend – and you may not even know it yet. It really knows you, and it’s always there for you – providing it doesn’t run out of battery that is. A new…

Stop Messing With Our Emotions FB

7.7.2014 by Katherine Kelly

It’s fairly well-publicised that Facebook makes you sad (I mean, we’ve all been there, crouching over our laptops at 3am, shedding a silent tear as FB unceremoniously dumps us into a dark pit of despair, amirite??), but what’s even more…

The Sound of Facebook Listening In

29.5.2014 by Katherine Kelly

If – like me – your music collection is a mortifying mix of cheesy ‘90s pop and power ballads, you may want to look away; because Facebook is about to open its ears to what you’re listening to. And given their love…

Fridays at UKFast – 11th April

11.4.2014 by Katherine Kelly

OK not to get too excited or anything but... it’s FRIDAY! And this week we’ve had a few dicey security situations, but hopefully now we’re out the other side and into the sunny climes of the weekend (the sun’s actually…

Droning On

2.4.2014 by Katherine Kelly

Drones might sound like they belong in a Star Wars film, or remind you of the noise your Shakespearean Lit professor made in lectures (trust me on that one), but they’ve been getting a lot of coverage recently; and it…

Facebook’s Oculus Deal Creates a bit of a Rift

26.3.2014 by Katherine Kelly

Facebook is just dropping dolla like it’s going out of fashion these days. After Instagram’s $1bn purchase in 2012, and a $19bn deal for WhatsApp last month, the social media giant has just announced it’s acquiring the hot new VR Oculus rift…