Chinese cinemas post text messages on-screen during movies

We’ve all been there – getting annoyed with stupid people who insist on using their phones while watching a film in a cinema. But now some cinemas in China are actually encouraging such anti-social behaviour. Cinemas in Beijing, Shanghai and other major Chinese cities are experimenting with “bullet screens” on which members of the audience can send text messages commenting on …

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Twitter to remove images of deceased on families’ request

In a crackdown on gory and upsetting images, Twitter has announced a new policy where it will remove photos or video of dead people if close family members or other authorised individuals request such a removal. The policy update comes as pictures and video circulated on Twitter after the beheading of US journalist James Foley, and a week after Robin …

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Police investigated over social media breaches

Hundreds of police officers in England and Wales have been accused of breaches social media guidelines that include making racist and threatening comments, posing images of colleagues in compromising positions and sending Facebook friend requests to victims of crime. The BBC reports that research by the Press Association found that of 828 cases from 2009 to February this year, nine …

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Microsoft clones Snapchat with WindUp

It seems that even Microsoft is now cloning Snapchat with its own Windows Phone app. Microsoft Research has published a messaging app in the Windows Phone store that behaves exactly like Snapchat, as spotted by Neowin. The app is called WindUp, works on Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1, and is available to download for free. Here’s how the …

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Google is testing new Hangouts codenamed Ultra Violet

As Twitter and Facebook grow from strength to strength, Google is still struggling with its attempts to “do” social media. Google+ has not exactly set the world on fire, and neither has Google Hangouts – the Facebook Messenger-style chat app the company rolled out last year. Now it looks as though Google is experimenting with a “new and improved” Hangouts, …

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Beware of these Facebook malware scams

Would you like to find out how many people have visited your Facebook page this week? Or do you want to change that blue colour of your Facebook page? If so, be very wary of clicking on any related links in your Facebook news feed. The digital security company BitDefender has compiled a list of the 10 most-common scams on …

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Facebook is testing a ‘buy’ button

Amazon recently rolled out a “buy now” feature for its followers on Twitter, and now it seems that Facebook is looking at a similar feature for its website. Facebook said this week that it is testing a Buy button to help businesses drive sales through the News Feed and on their Facebook Pages. “With this feature, people on desktop or …

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Google+ finally removes naming restrictions

It’s been around for three years now, but Google+ still struggles to drag people away from the more popular (and, to be honest, useful) social networks Facebook and Twitter. Now, in a bid to actually get people involved and stop Google+ being a social desert island, Google has dropped the rule that requires Google+ users to use their real name …

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