How online ‘influencers’ are changing the food industry

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It’s all about your followers on social media.  Thirteen-year-old Californian food blogger Chase Bailey – who has autism – has just written his first cookbook after gaining more than 200,000 views for his YouTube page, Chase ‘N Yur Face.  His weekly posts see him cooking new recipes, working with established chefs and teaching his thousands… Read more »

How ‘robo recruiters’ could affect your job prospects

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Next time you apply for a job, it could be a computer algorithm deciding whether or not you fit the bill.  This is because clever, self-learning programs are getting better than human recruiters at analysing vast amounts of data gleaned from application forms, CVs (curricula vitae or resumes), and social media profiles. Source: BBC Technology Date: May… Read more »

Is there a place for old tech in the 21st Century?

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It might have been the general consensus that the floppy disk, which was big in the 1980s, had had its day – but after the US government’s revelation that the technology remains in use at the Pentagon, enthusiasts wonder whether there is still a place for old tech in today’s hi-tech world? Source: BBC Technology Date: May… Read more »

Who is watching you online?

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Around 40 million UK adults – 78% of us – go online every day or almost every day. By posting on social media, booking tickets or buying a DVD, we add to the 2.3 billion gigabytes of internet data created daily.  The data trail we leave on our online journey says much about our habits… Read more »

Google turns search results black for some

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Why is Google thinking of changing the color of its search results from blue to black?  “We’re always running many small scale experiments with the design of the results page,” a Google (GOOGL, Tech30) spokesperson said.” Source: CNN Tech Date: May 10th, 2016 Link: Discussion 1) Do you think the colour of a link actually matters?  Have… Read more »

Crash test: The tech driving down car insurance fraud

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Like everything from watches to refrigerators, cars are fast becoming internet-connected and laden with sensors monitoring their every move.  A “black box” can be found in millions of cars globally, now that more and more drivers are choosing so-called telematics insurance policies.  And these devices, that monitor speed, acceleration, braking, cornering – all aspects of… Read more »

How does Google make money?

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In 2015 alone, Google had revenues of $75bn (£53bn). That’s about £1,675 a second. Yet its core service – search – costs nothing to use. So how does it make all its money? Source: BBC Date: March 25th, 2016 Link: Discussion 1) Google makes most of its money from selling advertising opportunities on the search pages so many… Read more »

Show, don’t tell: How video is swamping the internet

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Asked what inspired him to write the cult 1979 hit single Video Killed the Radio Star, songwriter Trevor Horn said it came from the idea that “video technology was on the verge of changing everything”.  More than 35 years later, it’s digital video – particularly on mobile – that is changing everything again.  Video will… Read more »