The anonymous apps you should know about

There is a growing trend toward anonymous sharing of pictures, messages, secrets and rumours. It is thought that this is in retaliation against Facebook’s determinism towards making everything we do public on the Internet. Here are seven of the most popular anonymous apps in the Android and iOS stores. 1. Snapchat If you don’t already know what Snapchat is, it’s a photo and video messaging app where you can edit your ‘Snaps’ using filters, text and drawings, before sending them to your friends. Sharing Snaps on ‘My Story’ means that all your contacts can see your string of moments taken…

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Smart light bulbs: never be in the dark again

Technology is no longer just on our laps and in our pockets; it’s now in our homes, on our walls and in our ceilings. Home automation started out as science fiction, which developed into toys for the rich to play with. But now times have changed and the home automation and smart device markets are heaving with cool, affordable gadgets. Heating and cooling systems that know when to turn on and off, refrigerators that notify you when you’re out of milk and my personal favourite, smart light bulbs. Recently, I bought a smart light bulb and I have not regretted…

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Review: The Roku Streaming Stick

You’ve moved into your new student digs and your landlord has left you the most useless TV imaginable. It doesn’t have Freeview, it doesn’t connect to Wi-Fi and it most definitely isn’t smart. What if there was a way to make it smart? For the past week I’ve been testing out the Roku, which is a small, memory stick sized device that plugs into the HDMI port of a TV or screen. Using the provided remote, you can access a smart TV user interface and add apps such as YouTube, Netflix, etc. Our landlord has left us a mammoth TV…

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Why you should ditch your USB stick

Everyone has a collection of memory sticks; one memory stick has that presentation, another one has this coursework. And, it always seems to be when our lives depend on it that they get corrupted or snap in half. We don’t really think about the security risks of our USB sticks when we use them on a daily basis, but USB flash drives haven’t always had a good track record. They’ve been known to spread serious viruses as hackers can write their malicious code and copy it into the USB stick’s flash memory which in turn gets transferred onto your PC….

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Tech that detects date-rape drugs in your drinks

We’ve all been there; a night out in a shifty bar surrounded by strange people with questionable motives. Leaving your drink unattended and accepting drinks from strangers are things we naturally try to avoid however, technology can now assist us on our nights out by letting us know if our drinks have been date-raped. The only way to truly know that drinks are safe is by testing them and pd.id does just that.  pd.id is the personal drink identifier. It’s a purse-sized gadget, the same size as a lighter, that can tell you if your drink has been drugged. Developed…

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