Netflix’s cultural influence on global culture

The Netflix Inc. website and logo are displayed on laptop computers arranged for a photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Netflix Inc., the largest subscription streaming service, is expected to release earnings data on Jan. 22. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

At the beginning of 2016 Netflix, the subscription-based media streaming and rental service, announced that it would be making its services available worldwide. Netflix can now be viewed in almost every country across the world. Reed Hastings, co-founder and chief executive, sums it up as “witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network.” With streaming media booming globally we decided to delve a little deeper into what Netflix is and its influence on the world. Firstly, what is streaming media? In essence, streaming … Continue reading

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Where are our hoverboards?

Back to the Future Overboard

The idea of a hoverboard has held a special place in the hearts of science fiction fans ever since Back to the Future Part II hit cinemas in 1989. The movie sequel was set in the not-so-distant future (2015), and featured flying cars and hoverboards. However, when the year 2015 arrived many people wondered where our rad hoverboards were as predicted in the movie. Good news though as hoverboards have been making headlines recently. However, these hoverboards are far removed from what the Back to … Continue reading

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CES 2016: from high flying to cool riding

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The Consumer Electronics Show, better known as CES, is back. It is usually the first big technology-driven event to happen each year and it never fails to generate a big buzz. CES is also a good indicator of what trends in technology will be emerging in the months to come. We’ve taken the time to read up on what trends will be making an appearance at this year’s CES and presented them to you in easy-to-find categories – some of which, as you will see, … Continue reading

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2015’s top viral videos and newsmakers

Viral newsmakers 2015

Each year there are always moments that capture the world’s attention, whether it be for good or bad reasons. 2015 was no exception so we’ve rounded up some of the headlines and videos that got people talking: “The Dress” debate In February 2015 bride-to-be Grace Johnston posted a photo to Tumblr (a microblogging and social networking site) of a dress her friend was planning to wear to her wedding. They were disagreeing about whether the dress was black and blue or white and gold, and … Continue reading

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What big tech releases had us talking in 2015?

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New tech releases abounded in 2015 but nowadays this isn’t a big surprise. The world of technology is moving so fast that one almost expects to hear of new and exciting gadgets every day. In case you missed out, we’ve rounded up the most important tech releases of 2015: Apple Watch As soon as it was announced, Apple fans were anticipating the April 2015 release of the Apple Watch. This wearable, with its curved screen and interchangeable straps, starts at $349 for the Sports edition … Continue reading

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Tech news stories that ruled headlines in 2015

Tech News 2015

2015 seems to have been the year for tech controversies. To end off the year we’ve gathered some of the biggest tech-related news stories that grabbed the world’s attention. We will cover product releases and the like in another, upcoming post. Peeple – Yelp for people There are countless weird apps to download such as “Places I’ve Pooped” or “Cat Paint”. But one particular app, called Peeple, captured the world’s attention like no other in 2015. The Peeple app caused controversy because it is essentially … Continue reading

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Windows 10 features to fawn over

Microsoft Windows 10 Start menu tiles

July 2015 saw the consumer release of Microsoft’s much-anticipated Windows 10. It is described as an operating system as a service that has ongoing updates to features and functionality similar to a mobile app. Since its release Windows 10 has received overwhelmingly positive reviews and critics are glad to see the return of the much-loved Start button. Windows 10 is currently installed on more than 10 million devices, and we thought we’d take a look at some of the interesting features to be found on … Continue reading

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An insight into YouTube’s new subscription-based direction

YouTube Music and YouTube Red

Ever since YouTube’s first video was uploaded in 2005, the mammoth website has become dominant in the video-sharing sphere. In 2006 Google purchased YouTube for almost $2 billion and the site has been expanding wide and far. Currently, YouTube is trying to get in on the subscription service action (like Spotify and Netflix) and, make YouTube more exclusive and specialized. Here is everything you need to know about the new YouTube Red subscription service as well as its free counterpart, YouTube Music. YouTube Red On … Continue reading

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Iconic video game mascots and how they came to be

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Ever since video games became popular in the 1970s and 80s, thousands of video game characters have been created. Some have since faded into the background whilst others have become household names and are instantly recognizable even to this day. Some characters are so popular that they have in essence become the face of the companies behind them. See if you recognize these popular video game mascots and learn a bit more about how they came to be: Mario Mario first appeared in Donkey Kong … Continue reading

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‘But first, let me take a selfie’: the tech slang that is now part of everyday language

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When the Internet was still in its infancy, new terms had to be created to describe activities that no-one had done before. Today the Internet and technology are still rapidly evolving so new terms keep popping up daily. Here are some tech terms that were previously seen as slang, but have become so commonplace that they are now permanently embedded in everyday language: Surfing the Web Surfing the Web means browsing the Internet. This term was already coined back in 1992 by a blogger called … Continue reading

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