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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…

Are you worried about invasion of privacy by someone flying their drone overhead or looking through your windows? We already know that people are using them illegally near airports and getting in the way of emergency services at disaster sites and flooding, but the Dutch police force have developed their own way of dealing with inconsiderate pilots. Dutch Police have announced that they will be training eagles to bring down Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles (UAV’s or drones) in cases of emergency. You may have seen one or two videos of people shooting down UAVs, but this has the danger of hitting a…

Many of us on a student budget cannot afford the luxuries of a top-end phone with all the storage we need, especially when the operating system seems to be taking up more and more memory so that we are left with little space for our precious memories or music. Another problem many of us have is transferring files from one device to another, we do not always have a USB cable or it’s just not practical to store some files on our phones so what is there left to do? Well if you are on Android with a micro-USB connector…

Have you noticed when you hit the little cog when viewing YouTube videos with your mobile device there’s a “Cardboard” option? Well this is Google’s cheap and cheerful answer to affordable virtual reality for people at home. First launched at Google I/O 2014 this accessory has been partnered with a few select companies including Volvo, which, along with their Volvo Reality, let the user explore the XC90 without having to leave the comfort of their own home. For a while the pickings were slim with but a few custom apps and no real takeup until earlier this year. At Google…

Can you get enough of The Walking Dead? From the graphic novel to the TV Series everyone seems to be getting addicted to the creation of Robert Kirkman, but what about the gaming experience? There are a number of subpar apps out there unofficially touting this masterpieces name but few come up to scratch when you try to immerse yourself in the storyline, the only one I have found to be addictive and reflective of the original story is that of the Road to Survival. Although this app only received a limited soft-launch by Scopely on the Google Play store back…

FlightRadar24 is a flight tracking software that allows you to track aircraft all over the world, including some military flights such as RAF Valley’s Hawks. The software is available on PC, Mac, and all major smartphones. Although not one of life’s essential pieces of software, it is great fun and easy to use, allowing you to zoom in and out of specific locations, pinpoint a specific aircraft to see the aircraft and flight information, and it even has filters; allowing you to target specific aircraft, airlines, or flights. One of the latest updates allows you to point your smartphone camera…

With the fallout from the hacks of TalkTalk, Ashley Madison, Vodafone, and The Carphone Warehouse amongst many others there are major concerns surrounding cyber security. Symantec CEO Michael Brown has been quoted as saying that the global demand for cyber-security professionals is set to grow to six million by 2019 but there will be a shortfall of around 1.5 million, he continued to say that businesses in Wales will not escape the effect. Farida Gibbs, CEO and Founder of Gibbs S3, commented: “The range and severity of threats, coupled with the desperate shortage of skilled staff means that the majority…

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