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Chinese cinemas post text messages on-screen during movies

Stuart O'Connor Mobile phones, Movies, Smartphones, Social Media Leave a Comment

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…

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Twitter to remove images of deceased on families’ request

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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,…

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Police investigated over social media breaches

Stuart O'Connor Facebook, Social Media, Twitter Leave a Comment

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…

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Microsoft clones Snapchat with WindUp

Stuart O'Connor Apps, Microsoft, Mobile phones, Smartphones, Social Media, Windows Phone 8 Leave a Comment

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…

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Google+ finally removes naming restrictions

Stuart O'Connor Google, Google+, Social Media Leave a Comment

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…

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