Technology

Facebook suffers most severe outage in its history

Facebook has suffered the most severe outage in its history, with key services rendered unusable for users globally for much of Wednesday. The last time Facebook had a disruption of this magnitude was in 2008, when the site had 150m users – compared with around 2.3bn monthly users today. Facebook’s main product, its two messaging […]

Tackle tech giants ‘bullying tactics’ review urges

The UK needs to tackle “bullying tactics by market leaders” and the other consequences of a lack of competition in the technology sector, according to a new report. A six month review of the sector has concluded tech giants like Facebook and Google should face greater competition. Philip Hammond will give his initial response to […]

Lords urge tougher new privacy rules for tech firm

Tech firms, such as Google and Facebook, must improve their “inadequate” responses to privacy and data breaches and anti-social content, a House of Lords report says. The House of Lords Communications Committee wants a digital authority to help laws keep pace with technology. Content moderation used by tech firms was “unacceptably slow,” it said. The […]

Facebook boss Zuckerberg signals ‘privacy-focussed’ change in direction

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has said he believes secure, private messaging services will become more popular than open platforms. In a blog, Mr Zuckerberg outlined his vision to transform Facebook into a “privacy-focused platform.” Facebook owns Messenger and WhatsApp, but message encryption limits its ability to make money through targeted adverts. The social media giant […]

Technology is key to increasing employee engagement according to HR professionals

New research from global employee engagement company, Reward Gateway, has revealed the top three HR priorities for 2019: increasing workplace productivity, increasing employee engagement and increasing employee retention. The research, which surveyed 500 HR professionals across the UK, also found that a further 86% of HR professionals agreed that employee engagement would improve if their […]

Oracle research finds enterprises ready for benefits of 5G

While much of the discussion around 5G has centered on consumer devices, enterprises are looking towards the tremendous impact the technology can have on their ability to serve customers and the bottom line. Not only are most companies (97 percent) aware of the benefits of 5G, but 95 percent are already strategically planning how they […]

NHS organisations asked to replace all paper-based communications with email

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has called for all NHS organisations to replace all paper-based and fax-based communications with email to “reduce delays, boost cyber security and cut wastage”. The use of email in all communications by NHS organisations will not only introduce efficiency, but will also enable all NHS organisations to securely communicate with […]

Nine in ten under 24s admit to spending too much time looking at screens

Attest, the consumer intelligence platform, has released the results of a new study exploring the changing attitudes towards health and wellness. The ‘Health and Wellness Report’ is based on the findings of a study, commissioned and carried out by Attest in January 2019, and based on a nationally representative sample of 2,000 UK consumers. The […]

Number of Facebook users continue to grow despite privacy scandals

Facebook users have continued to rise despite a series of data privacy scandals and criticism over its attempt to stem toxic content. The social media giant said the number of people who logged into its site at least once a month jumped 9% last year to 2.32 billion people. Fears the firm’s scandals could put […]