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Have you ever sent or received an illicit text message or picture? Or do you know someone who has regretted sending a SnapChat or two? Well maybe you should think twice, especially if you are under 18. A Freedom of Information request by the charity revealed that the number of children reported to North Wales Police for so-called ‘sexting’ rose considerably between 2013 and 2015. In the majority of cases obtained by the charity, the children were under 15. The issue is becoming more prevalent with more accessible and cheaper technology. In 2013, just two children were reported for distributing…

So how much did the FBI pay to get into the San Bernardino shooters phone? FBI director James Comey indicated that they paid more than he “will make in the remaining seven years”, which has been estimated in the region of $1.3m (around £900,000), although several US government sources have stated that they had paid under $1m. Given that such a large amount of money has exchanged hands it is surprising that the identity of the hacker is unknown to Comey, although he said that the payment was “worth it” as the FBI now has a piece of hardware, or…

Did anyone really think the FBI needed Apples help to get into an iPhone? Our last article set out how the FBI were trying to set a precedent in order to make their lives easier in the future, but with some corner shops apparently offering to help you get into your phone when you have been locked out was it worth all the time and money. The Mail on Sunday set about their own investigation by buying an iPhone 5C and a device known as an IP Box which they purchased online for around £120. They set a random 4…

I was first introduced to MyFitnessPal a year ago and it’s an app I keep going back to time and time again. At first glance, the basic function of MyFitnessPal is as a calorie counter. The database has every food and every brand you can think of. You can either enter it into the search box or, as I prefer, you can simply scan the barcode using your smartphone camera. While this is its main selling point, under the hood it is so much more than just a way to keep track of your calorie intake. You can input your…

Have you ever seen someone you liked and tried to find them online? Or frantically gone through Tinder to try and find that person you think you like? Well that’s kind of creepy but many people do it these days as they do not have the courage to approach someone and tell them they are beautiful for fear of being called a creep or misogynist. The issue with this change in social norms is that you can now search the Tinder user database for £3.50 This new website has been targeted at people trying to find out if their partner…

Have you ever thought that someone was taking mental images of you? Well a filmmaker in Toronto may well be taking a video of you as part of a candid video or relaxed interview. Unfortunately for this filmmaker he is limited to three minutes before the camera in his eye starts to overheat. We have seen this kind of technology in science-fiction for a long time, but Rob Spence has made it a reality after his eye was taken out due to a shotgun accident at age 9 (he held the gun incorrectly, against his eye, while shooting a pile…

Did you ever use JustinTV or think about starting your own vlog series before noticing that you don’t have the equipment, can’t do fancy editing, or don’t think you will have a big enough audience? Well Facebook has launched a new feature that allows users to live stream in their timeline. This may not be news to some users as the company launched Facebook Live last year, initially only allowing public figures access, but it has now been launched to a much wider audience with the hopes that other users will be able to go live within groups and events.…

Many of you may have heard of Nest home automation but its recent behavior has been throwing up questions about the future of Google for many tech journalists. In October 2014 they acquired a manufacturer of a £210 home automation hub which could control devices such as lights, alarm and doors. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, and as Re/code reported at the time, the deal was an acqui-hire — buying a company for its talent rather than its products or users. As you can imagine the company’s technology was integrated into Nest’s own smart-home platform, Works with…

You have probably heard of the craze of mindfulness, it is one of the favoured techniques of the counselling service. Designed by an American, the technique is supposed to bring you into the present, making you more relaxed and aware of your surroundings. This month’s app is Sleepfulness. Although it is a cheesy play on words, a number of its users have sworn to it helping them get a better night’s sleep by taking you through guided meditations concentrating on the various  parts of the body in order to be more present. During the first few meditations it is not…

In our first issue of this academic year we suggested that you buy a cheap and affordable tablet from Amazon, the Fire 7″.  Since then they have launched a voluntary exchange and recall programme for the included power adapters as the adapter assembly may detach and create a risk of electrical shock. If you purchased the tablet then we urge you to check your adapter for the model number FABK7B. If you find that your power adapter is affected you can either order a free replacement, worth £17.99 by using the code NEWADAPTER, or have your account credited with £12…

With the raft of cuts the Police forces of England and Wales have had to endure, they have had to look at ways of working smarter to be able to still deliver the service the public expect. One of the ways the forces have done this is to look at technology to assist in the officers jobs easier. One of the answers has been to replace the simple pocket notebook with a smart phone. Some of you may ask why, but the phone has many uses as well as being able to record notes from incidents. The phones have now…

Apple have taken on the FBI and a federal district judge to say that its users have an interest, and a right to keep the data on their phones private and secure – even when they have potentially committed a heinous crime. In this particular case, the FBI have requested that Apple make it easier for them to access and decrypt data on a shooting suspect’s phone although Apple are claiming that what a magistrate is asking for is tantamount to a back door meaning that it would also make the device more vulnerable to criminals. The dispute between Apple…

Helpfulpeeps is a newly developed social networking site and app. Starting in Bristol but rapidly spreading, making appearances in 50+ countries thus far. It is a site that facilitates helping. You sign up for free and type in a message asking for help, whether music lessons or a lift to the doctors. If you don’t need any help then you can browse through the feed to see if there is anyone out there that could benefit from your help. At no point is money involved. The core values are that of community, sharing, human connections, and karma. Real old school.…

Valentine’s Day is a day for couples to show just how much they really mean to each other by showering each other with gifts and affection. Hearts lace school corridors and Cupid’s arrows fill the air as single red roses and anonymous cards are passed under desks. People wake up optimistic that their long term crush will confess undying love for them and restaurants are filled with happy faces that clink their glasses to the exciting future ahead of them, whilst playing ‘Footsie’ under the table. Meanwhile the single population fill their freezers with ice cream and make sure they have…

After about 12 hours, a Brazilian appellate judge on Thursday 17th December ordered the lifting of a 48-hour suspension of the services in Brazil of Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp phone messaging application, overturning an order from a lower court. The interruption of WhatsApp’s text message and Internet telephone service caused outrage in Latin America’s largest country, where the company estimates it has 100 million personal users, and led to angry exchanges on the floor of Congress. WhatsApp is installed on 92.5% of Android devices in Brazil, making it the most installed app in the country, according to SimilarWeb, an internet intelligence…

Ever wanted to learn to program but were worried about messing up your computer? Or maybe you’ve thought of developing your own game, or automating your home? Well the Raspberry Pi Foundation have recently come out with their latest iteration of the Raspberry Pi, the Zero. The Raspberry Pi Zero is a 1Ghz Single-core computer with 512MB RAM and a 40-pin header. Okay that probably means nothing to you, but it’s a computer less than half the size of a credit card which can run Linux for use as a server or to learn to programme. The Raspberry Pi Foundation…

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