Instagram starts HIDING likes from your followers

Instagram has started hiding likes as part of a trial aimed at removing ‘the pressure’ and shifting the focus to ‘sharing the things’ its users enjoy. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app said the trial in countries including Ireland, Italy and Australia was aimed at stopping the platform from feeling ‘like a competition’. The change applies to […]

Google is tracking your every move – here’s how to stop it

It probably comes as no surprise that Google keeps track of every place you visit, using the apps on your smartphone. The information is used to give you recommendations based on locations you’ve visited, targeted ads, traffic news and help finding your mobile. But while these things can be useful, not all of us feel […]

Instagram recovers after suffering huge worldwide outage

Instagram has suffered a huge outage with tens of thousands of users around the world reporting problems with the social media app. The worst affected areas include the UK and much of the US, with more than 23,000 people saying they were unable to access the social network on Thursday night. Users were unable to […]

Children as young as two ‘are using social media’

Children as young as two are using social media, according to new research. The study has led to fresh fears that more young people are becoming addicted to sites such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. More than 60% of teachers said that they were worried about under-fives using social networks, not only because of exposure […]

You need to be VERY careful with Facebook’s new ‘like’ feature

We all love a good stalk on Facebook. Seeing what our exes are doing, delving deep into an old school friend’s Facebook photo album and genuinely being very nosy. We didn’t need to worry about accidentally liking a photo and we could carry on for hours undetected. But those days are now gone – as […]

How much time do you spend on social media?

From checking Facebook while waiting for the bus in Valletta, to posting beautiful photos of Mdina on Instagram – social media plays a big role in our daily lives. Most of us in Malta and Gozo are slowly becoming social media addicts and spend a lot of time browsing online every day. But have you […]

Google ‘blocks Huawei from using apps on phones’

Google has blocked Huawei from using apps on its phones. Fears that the Chinese government could use Huawei to spy on other countries are thought to be the reason behind the move. Huawei is one of a number of manufacturers who use the Google-developed Android operating systems on its smartphones and tablets. Google reportedly halted […]

Are you using one of the most-hacked passwords?

The most common computer passwords have been revealed. The research showed a number of easily guessed log-ins are still being widely used, despite warnings about cyber security. 123456 was the most used, ahead of 123456789 and qwerty – the series of letters which appear in a line on a computer keyboard. The word password and […]

Ariana Grande becomes the new queen of Instagram

Ariana Grande has overtaken Selena Gomez to become the most followed woman on Instagram. The 89.7 Bay favourite – who was recently announced as the headline act for Manchester Pride – edged in front of her rival as she reached 146.3 million followers, with Gomez languishing behind with 146.2 million. Ariana, 25, is still some […]

Twitter reveals daily user numbers for the first time

Twitter has revealed its daily user numbers for the first time. The social network said it had 126 million users on board, at least once a day, in the final three months of 2018. The figure was revealed as the company outlined its latest financial results showing strong revenue and profit growth. However, monthly statistics […]

Hundreds of new emoji coming to your phone

The introduction of dozens of new emojis has been welcomed by disability rights campaigners. The new characters include hearing aids, wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs and guide dogs. Their inclusion in 2019’s official list means that they should be available on your smartphone later this year. Phil Talbot, from the disability charity Scope, said: ‘Social media is hugely […]

YouTube bans dangerous prank videos

Videos that show distressing or dangerous pranks have been banned from YouTube The move comes in response to so-called ‘challenges’ that have sometimes resulted in death or injury. The Google-owned video sharing site said harmful material had ‘no place on YouTube’. From now on, the site said it would not allow videos that featured ‘pranks […]

Turn off children’s gadgets ‘an hour before bedtime’

Parents should avoid letting their children use mobile phones or tablets an hour before bedtime, according to experts. Doctors said there was now ‘clear scientific evidence’ that looking at screens such as smartphones and laptops can disrupt sleep and impact children’s health. They c;aimed that spending long periods on gadgets was also directly linked to […]

Malta’s YouTube stars will soon be paid for videos

Malta’s YouTube stars will soon start making money from their videos. The video site has finally agreed to add Malta to its partner programme, allowing Maltese vloggers to earn from their work through advertising. The decision will also make it easier for internet users to find Malta-based videos and online content. In a statement, Google […]

‘Maltese Zlatan’ through to FIFA eWorld Cup finals

Kurt ‘Kurt0411’ Fenech is no stranger to banter. Often described as the ‘Maltese Zlatan’ of FIFA video games, he definitely talks the talk but does he walk the walk? He ranked number one globally last October, and now he’s really got something to play for. Kurt has come ahead of 20 million other players to make it through […]

Apple co-founder to speak at Malta seminar

One of the founders of tech giant Apple is set to speak at a conference in Malta next month. Steve Wozniak will visit the island next month. He will address a seminar, organised by one of Malta’s biggest iGaming companies. Gaming Innovation Group, based at St George’s Bay in St Julian’s, is hosting the two-day […]