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Quite Simply WOW! 1 BILLION people use Facebook on just ONE day

One in 7 of all humans on Earth logged onto Facebook in a single day. It’s been described as an important milestone by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg after being reached on Monday 24 August 2015. In a Facebook post, Mr Zuckerberg said he was proud of the Facebook community for what it had achieved and that it was only the start of connecting the world “I’m so proud of our community for the progress we’ve made. Our community stands for…

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You Might Want To Change Your Phone Lock Screen Pattern…

We’ve heard warnings about passwords like 123456, but people choose similar phone lock screen patterns. Here’s how to improve your security. New research has shown that people gravitate towards simple patterns, which are easy to guess, when it comes to Android smartphone lock screens – which offer an alternative form of security to traditional passwords. Predictable A study of 3,400 user-selected patterns by researcher Marte Løge, a graduate of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, has revealed that 44 percent…

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How To Never Lose Any Work On A Computer EVER Again

Seriously good news! Scientists develop method that could lead to computers guaranteed never to lose your data. Picture the scene, you’ve spent hours working on an important project – and then boom, crash the whole lot’s gone. Well, researchers at the world famous MIT research centre in the US have found a way for this to never happen again. It’s all to do with something called ‘formal verification’. It’s complicated Nickolai Zeldovich, a principal investigator at MIT’s Computer Science and…

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Microsoft Windows 95 – 20 Years Old!

Wow! The popular Windows 95 operating system is a fifth of a century old – having been released on 24 August 1995. A reported $300 million was spent by Microsoft during its advertising campaign to launch the then latest version of its operating system. There was the ad featuring the Rolling Stones’ song Start Me Up – a reference to the start button – and even a 30-minute video with Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry of Friends’ fame, according to Wikipedia. Ah, they…

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Inside Google: Photos Of What The Internet Really Looks Like

The web is not wireless but is made up of huge warehouses of servers and data storage capacity. Here’s 10 photos from Google’s data centres. Today, we think of nothing of sending a quick email, searching and browsing the internet, enjoying online shopping, or storing and sharing photos and videos. But a vast physical network of data centres (also known as server farms) – full of servers and storage capacity – around the world is needed to support the explosion in…

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World Photography Day: 8 Inspiring Pictures

To mark World Photography Day, we’ve put together some amazing photos features on the blog from the past 12 months for you to enjoy. They range from the majestic Northern Lights in Iceland to the Red Arrows aerobatic display team to a picture taken with a kite and lots more besides. This photo was taken by John Maher, who was the drummer in legendary band Buzzcocks. You can see more of his stunning photography on the blog, by clicking here.…

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GCSE Results: 7 Funny Exam Answers You HAVE to Read!

To celebrate GCSE results day, we’ve scoured the internet and found some pretty amazing ‘answers’ to questions set in various tests for students. So, if you’ve got your pen and paper ready, let’s begin. Q 1. The first cells were probably…? A. Lonely. Q 2. Tony practices the piano 20 minutes every day. A. Effect: He is a big nerd. Q 3. What did Mahatma Gandhi and Genghis Khan have in common? A. Unusual names. Q 4. Explain why the concentration…

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Amazing Perseid Meteor Shower Photos

Stunning pictures of the annual Perseid meteor shower, which provides an incredible display in the night sky every August. Here’s a selection of your photos (used with kind permission) Perseids Meteor shower at Carew Castle, Wales, UK by @rob_still. You can find more of his photos on his blog ‘stepping off’, Meteor over Oswestry, Shropshire, UK by Richard Ellis (photo credit @richatquinta/Twitter) Perseid capture, Northamptonshire, UK, by James Parker, UK (photo credit: @JP_Astronomy/Twitter) Perseid meteor shower over Winchester by Dr James West…

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Wow! Students ‘To Be Rewarded Up To £17,000’ For A-Level Results

Of course, there are cheaper ways to reward the hard work of students on A-Level results day – here are some options! Incentives offered by parents range from money from £5 up to a staggering £17,000 as well as holidays, cars and laptops, according to a survey commissioned by Leeds Beckett University. On average, the research found that A* to B grades are most likely to be rewarded with £100 per A grade and £50 for each B/C the national…

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Now Google ‘Takes Over’ The Alphabet – Err, But Reportedly Doesn’t Own alphabet.com!

Google has turned itself into Alphabet,  a new holding company that owns the Google search engine, gmail, YouTube and so-called “moon-shot” businesses. But despite it’s huge online presence and power, it turns out that Google/Alphabet doesn’t appear to actually own the web address alphabet.com. That apparently belongs to a vehicle fleet management business that is part of car maker BMW, according to the Techcrunch news website – ironic given Google’s much-publicised development of driverless cars. Instead, the announcement about the change in the…

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