Scientists can't seem to agree one way or the other.
Everyone knows that using gadgets like phones and tablets before trying to sleep is a bad idea. The blue light emitted by their screens plays tricks with our brains, we’re told, making it hard to nod off and get a healthy 40 winks. This idea has become accepted wisdom in recent times, with technology companies now including blue-light filtering as standard in many devices. But new evidence has emerged, suggesting that blue light isn’t a problem at all, and that warm colours are, in fact, what’s keeping people up at night. So what’s going on?Read More »
You might want to go faster, but it'll cost you.
It’s been several months since the UK’s fifth-generation mobile network launched, offering speeds well in excess of its predecessor. Most phone manufacturers have released a 5G handset, and all the major mobile networks have started offering access to 5G services. But just because something is available, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should buy it. In fact, there several reasons why you shouldn’t upgrade to a 5G phone – at least not for now.
Before we get into that, what are the big advantages of 5G?Read More »
If criminals can create their own reality, how can they be stopped?
Deepfakes, realistic counterfeit videos created by artificial intelligence, are being posted online in ever greater numbers, says a new report. In the last year, there has been a 100% increase in deepfakes on the web, and while the vast majority (96%) of them are pornographic in nature, this technology also poses a major security risk for businesses – because as deepfakes improve, their effectiveness as a means to commit fraud also gets better.Read More »
Russians probably aren't stealing your photos, but that doesn't mean your phone is secure.
Serious questions have been raised this week about how popular mobile application FaceApp handles user data. The panic has died down, but it still provides a good lesson about device management.
With FaceApp, users can take photos of people and quickly perform all kinds of impressive transformations, including aging them, making them look young and changing their gender. If you use Facebook, you’ve probably noticed some of your friends sharing the results.Read More »
And how to claim back some storage on your computer, phone, tablet or Mac
It doesn’t matter how much storage space you have your computer or phone – at some point it’s probably going to run out. You can buy memory cards and hard drives with hundreds of gigabytes of capacity, yet it will disappear before you know it. So what’s taking up all your space?Read More »
Apple is rightly getting flak for this pricy piece of metal
This week, the technology community reeled in shock as Apple unveiled a monitor stand that costs $999.
Even for Apple, which has a long history of pushing its luck on pricing, this is clearly excessive. Not only were there audible boos when the stand was announced at the company’s World Wide Developer’s Conference in San Jose, it soon attracted criticism from the press. “There's no defending Apple's ridiculous $1,000 monitor stand,” said Wired. “A $999 monitor stand is everything wrong with Apple today,” claimed Engadget.Read More »
A phone is a phone is a phone
If you’re lucky enough to be able to choose your own work phone or if you’re buying for someone else in your organisation, then you’ll no doubt want to know which is the best phone for business. But the truth is it barely matters, and it’s likely the one you already own is more than good enough.Read More »
This week, a major security flaw was found in Apple's MacOS operating system. When lessons can businesses learn from it?
As gaping security holes go, the one recently discovered in MacOS High Sierra was particularly monumental. Uncovered by researcher Lemi Orhan Ergin (who posted it on Twitter, much to Apple’s displeasure), it showed how even the richest, most experienced technology companies in the world can get things frighteningly wrong.Read More »