Amazon Launches Etsy-Like Handmade Store

Amazon has launched a specialist artisan goods marketplace titled Handmade. It’s already been seen as a challenge to Etsy in that sector. Rather than launch the site and hope to pick up some sellers, it seems Amazon launched a recruitment drive beforehand, directly approaching Etsy store owners. As a result it’s launching with 5,000 sellers […]

Facebook To Replace ‘Like’ With Six Emoji

Facebook appears to have ditched the idea of a straight “dislike” button to go alongside the traditional like. Instead it is testing a choice of six emoji to cover a wider range of emotions. The original plan for adding a dislike button was intended to cover situations where users might want a one-click way of […]

Google Speeds Up Mobile Sites

Google has unveiled a new system for making web pages load quicker on mobile devices. It seems to be an attempt to prevent people using dedicated apps instead, particularly for news sources. Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) is a set of open source code that’s a variant on HTML and uses existing technologies. It’s partly designed […]

US Firms May Need To Boost Customer Privacy

A 15-year old agreement that makes it easier for thousands of US companies to run websites and online services has been declared invalid by a European Court. The ditching of the Safe Harbor arrangement means US companies wanting to handle the personal data of most European customers will now have to rethink their data protection […]

Ad-Free YouTube Subscription Imminent

An ad-free subscription option for YouTube looks set to launch by the end of October. It will cost $10 a month and include access to legally distributed music. While it has been known for more than a year that YouTube was working on such an option, the timetable has never been clear. However, the company […]

‘Netflix Tax’ Challenged In Court

Chicago’s attempts to put a nine percent tax on streaming services such as Netflix are to be challenged in court. The suit claims both the tax and the process by which it was introduced are unlawful. The tax, which applies to streaming service subscribers with a Chicago address, was not a new measure in itself. […]

I Made Some ‘Rick and Morty’ Meets ‘Adventure Time’ Fan Art!

For those who don’t know, Justin Roiland who created Rick and Morty with Dan Harmon and does most of the voices also plays the voice of Lemongrab on Adventure Time. To me, this seemed quite fitting. Please note the Star Trek red shirt reference. What do you think? Don’t worry, I know my art sucks, […]

Added Protection For Tor’s .onion Addresses

The .onion domain used for sites accessed via Tor has been officially recognized as a top level domain. Rather counter-intuitively, the move is designed to give .onion sites special treatment for added protection. Until now, the presence of .onion in a website address wasn’t officially recognized as a traditional domain and instead was designed solely […]

The Amazing New LG 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor (Sponsored)

When it comes to PC’s, you are either part of the master race or are being left behind in a cloud of dust. While some gamers and web users plop down in front of a 14 inch laptop screen or some archaic, bulky monitor, the realest fans are getting rigs and set ups that make […]

Someone Finally Caught Pikachu

Well, after all these years, looks like someone caught a Pikachu. I would love to pretend like I am an actual adult and not jealous right now, but I am slightly jealous. (Imgur)

Quadruple Lightning Strike Causes Google Data Loss

Google has confirmed that four lightning strikes led to a tiny amount of permanent data loss in its online cloud processing service. It appears to be an extremely unlikely freak incident, though Google says it will continue to work to reduce such risks. The incident took place near a data center in Belgium where Google […]

Emoji Use Across The States

Nevada likes eggplant. Oklahoma’s into ghosts. And Vermont is all about the poop. That’s the somewhat unscientific conclusions of SwiftKey, which decided to publicise its app by looking at the pattern of emoji use among its customers in different states. Contrary to some reports, the map above is not a depiction of the most popular […]