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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Five times the Internet fooled the world

Internet hoaxes

The Internet may be a smorgasbord of interesting facts but you should know by now that you cannot believe everything you read on the Web. Sometimes people are out to fool the world and have a laugh at our expense. Here are five examples of when the Internet took the world for a ride: The Blair Witch Project (1999) The Blair Witch Project is a 1990s horror film that centers around three student filmmakers. They go on a hike in the woods of Maryland to … Continue reading

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Top 7 TED talks on technology

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TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide people with a deeper understanding of the world while simultaneously providing free knowledge on a range of topics across all cultures. Its most popular initiative is TED Talks that are easy-to-understand videos taken of presentations by speakers from all kinds of disciplines and backgrounds. These speakers share ideas and projects they are knowledgeable and passionate about with the aim to educate. Topics range from biology and sociology to statistics and interpersonal relationships. … Continue reading

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Weird apps that’ll amuse almost anyone

Unusual apps for your smartphone

With so many people now able to have easy access to advanced technology, strange and sometimes useless apps are bound to pop up on app stores. Here are just a few examples of these unusual apps— download if you dare! Cat Paint Cost: $0.99 Available on iOS only Are you crazy about cats? Now you can add images of cats to any photo. The cats will ‘meow’ as you place them on an image and you can even give them laser eyes. Its popularity may … Continue reading

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8 movies tech geeks will love

8 movies tech geeks will love

It is difficult to say if it is movies that inspire technological advances or whether art is simply imitating life itself. Whatever the case may be, technology will certainly continue to inspire and progress as the years go by. We’ve gathered some of the best tech-related movies, from as far back as the 1980s to the current day, for you to enjoy. WarGames (1983) Starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy A young would-be hacker accidentally accesses a top secret, military supercomputer that enables its users … Continue reading

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iOS 9 update brings welcome new features

iOS 9 update - September 2015

Updates to Apple’s operating system, iOS, have been coming swiftly during 2015. March and April saw the release of two separate updates (iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3) and on 16 September 2015 iOS 9 made its appearance. It may not be the biggest update in Apple’s history but plenty of small, very helpful, changes have been made. Battery With the new update you get more control of your battery usage: In Settings > Battery a Low Power Mode has been added. This reduces the phone’s … Continue reading

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+: An overview

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5

Samsung’s latest releases, the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+, are cleverly targeted at Apple users. The company is providing a 30-day trial to iPhone users which includes a free activated SIM card as well as a cable for migrating data. Let’s take a look at what these new phones have to offer: Samsung Galaxy Note 5 As the first phablet (a blend of a phone and a tablet) to become commercially successful, the high-end Galaxy Note series was designed with the power-user … Continue reading

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Hacktivists: Rebels with a cause

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In July 2015 a group of hackers called The Impact Team hacked into Avid Life Media’s websites, two of which include the controversial Ashley Madison website (a dating site where people go to have extramarital affairs) and Established Men (a human trafficking/prostitution website for rich men). The hackers threatened to release all of the users’ private, sensitive information (including credit card information and photos) to the public if all of the sites weren’t shutdown. Unfortunately for the users of these sites, Avid Life Media did … Continue reading

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