‘Selfie surgery’ – the pinnacle of social media self-absorption or natural evolution

Vanity, though sometimes frowned upon, isn’t new to our species and in fact it can produce some very helpful byproducts. An elevated self-perception has been known to trick one’s audience into thinking the same and the ‘selfie’ phenomenon has undoubtedly pulled the very same wool over our peer-pressure-prone eyes, garnering the pretty or the ‘perceived …

Now you can test-run your Insta pics for likes before you post them

So we’ve accepted we’re not all capable of an Ellen DeGeneres-style, Twitter-crashing, multi-celebrity selfie, in fact, we need as much help as we can get if we’re trying to rack up those precious likes. Even digital favourites One Direction didn’t manage her 3 million retweet record. Luckily, a new site engineered by MIT researchers serves to …

‘Mingleton’ – Move aside Tinder there’s a new dating app in town

This week we were presented with further evidence that we are completely incapable or absolutely unwilling to meet people the old fashion way. ‘Mingleton’, a new smartphone dating app, makes the search for everlasting love (or temporary acquaintance) that much easier by connecting you with people in your immediate vicinity. The brainchild of two Harvard …

Prince clamps down on illegal music distribution with a $22m lawsuit

You’ll think twice before sharing your latest concert experiences on Youtube after you’ve read this, Golden Circle or not… Like many artists, Prince must be fed up of the free and sometimes illegal online distribution of live footage from his concerts – footage that would otherwise have been seen only by (paying) gig-attendees and DVD …

Do you know your Hipsters from your Punks? – Well, your computer does

Dividing people into popular subcultures may be the quickest way to determine whether you have anything in common with someone but  it wasn’t the kind of thing you would expect scientists to take a particular interest in until now. Scientists from the University of California, San Diego have developed algorithms to determine an individual’s ‘urban …