Malta’s worst internet passwords of the year revealed

Malta’s worst internet passwords of 2019 have been revealed Every year, security group SplashData analyses more than five million leaked passwords on the internet and collates them together in a handy list. In first place, for the eighth year running, is ‘123456’, as the worst password to use in 2019. It looks like people still […]

You’ll soon be able to report fake news on Instagram

Have you spotted fake news on your Instagram feed recently? The social media giant has come up with a new way to make it easier to report dodgy content online. Instagram wants its users to help prevent misinformation being shared on its platform. Starting from the end of August, if an Instagram user sees something […]

10 tips to help you stop checking your mobile every two minutes

Do you find it impossible to sit on a bus or even watch TV without checking your phone? Do you worry about missing out if you don’t check social media every few minutes? These are all indications of digital addiction, a fast-growing problem in Malta that has been linked to ­stress, isolation and sleep issues. […]

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 […]

iPhone designer to leave Apple after 30 years

The British man who designed the iPhone, iPod and Mac is leaving Apple after 30 years – saying it is a ‘natural’ time to go. Chief design officer Sir Jony Ive announced his plans to start his own design company called LoveFrom on Thursday – and said it will count Apple among its first clients. […]

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 […]

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 […]

The mighty black hole finally gets a name

The mighty black hole pictured in a world first photograph has been named Powehi. A language professor gave the Hawaiian name to the cosmic object, which was photographed with the help of two telescopes from the US island state. University of Hawaii Professor Larry Kimura said it was a ‘privilege’ to decide the entity’s name. […]

Apple takes on Netflix with new TV streaming app

iPhone maker Apple has unveiled a new video streaming service to compete against Netflix, Amazon and terrestrial TV. A host of Hollywood A-listers – including Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston and Steven Spielberg – joined Apple chief executive Tim Cook to reveal the announcement at Apple HQ in California. Apple TV + will feature original content […]

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 […]

Apple could slash iPhone prices to boost sales

Your next iPhone could cost you much less. Apple has signalled it is ready to slash prices in a bid to boost falling sales. The company’s latest set of financial results confirmed that iPhone revenues – which make up the bulk of its business – were 15% lower than a year ago. The iPhone maker […]

Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger ‘to merge’

Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp are to merge – with a deadline set for next year. While all three will remain stand-alone apps, they’ll be linked so that messages can travel between the different services. The functionality would be shared allowing users on Instagram to text people on WhatsApp. You could even message someone on Instagram […]

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 […]