Kose launches social video commerce for its Addiction brand 

11th September 2023

The Japanese multinational personal care company, Kose are launching a social video commerce offering for its Addiction cosmetics brand. Kose who produce premium cosmetics, skin care, and hair products, with a focus on both innovation and sustainability.. Addiction is its make-up brand, that provides a wide variety of colours and textures to create custom-made styles that… Read more »

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Spotify raises premium subscription price.

25th July 2023

Spotify is raising the price of its single-account premium plan for the first time since 2011 and hiking other services as well. In the UK, subscriptions will rise by £1 a month to £10.99 for an individual plan, £14.99 for a premium duo plan and £17.99 for a family plan. The price of a student… Read more »

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Rare Apple computer trainers at Auction for $40,000

25th July 2023

A rare pair of Apple trainers is being sold by auction house Sotheby’s for £38,969. The shoes were custom-made for employees only in the 1990s and were a one-time giveaway at a conference. A pair have never been sold to the public before. The white trainers have a standout detail which is the old rainbow… Read more »

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TikTok adds text-only posts as social battle continues

25th July 2023

Chinese-owned video streaming app TikTok says it will offer text-only posts as competition between social media giants heats up. The new feature gives users another way to express themselves. Earlier this month, TikTok launched a new music streaming service to rival platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. Last week, Elon Musk’s Twitter ditched its famous… Read more »

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Marks & Spencer has an AI facelift

22nd June 2023

One of the UK’s oldest shops is set for a technology makeover after Marks and Spencer announced a new partnership with Microsoft. The computing giant will be working with M&S to bring its AI technologies into the company’s stores and customer experiences, helping transform the 134-year-old institution into a “Digital First” retailer. A team of… Read more »

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Australia threatens to fine Twitter over online hate

22nd June 2023

  Australia’s cyber watchdog has called for Twitter, to explain its handling of online hate. The country’s online safety commissioner says Twitter has become one of the most complained about platforms, Twitter has 28 days to respond to the regulator or face potential fines of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Read more at BBC  

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Shopify to make Shop Pay available to retailers off-platform

21st June 2023

Shop Pay, the checkout service of Shopify, is expanding and now includes retailers not in the platform as well.  According to the e-commerce platform, turning Shop Pay into a part of the commerce process will enable corporate users to “upgrade their customer experience without having to rip up and replace all of their commerce infrastructure”. This will… Read more »

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Amazon launches flexible financing programme.

20th June 2023

Small and medium-sized businesses now have new flexible financial programme to rely on at Amazon.  This new system is based on companies’ sales. It will allow small and medium-sized businesses to “repay as they earn” according to their performances, but also to create a new flexible option to generate greater cash-flow flexibility for UK-based businesses.… Read more »

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Taimi partners with Dice to offer gig recommendations

14th June 2023

Taimi the fully inclusive queer dating app, has announced a partnership with DICE the ticketing and live event discovery platform. Together they aim to revolutionize the way the queer community connects, combining the convenience of online dating with the thrill of real-life experiences. The partnership will see the app send gig recommendations to users who… Read more »

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A new Report shows TikTok’s influence on eCommerce sales.

9th June 2023

Digital the Economy Index took a detailed look at how social media platforms drive traffic to eCommerce websites, and how newer platforms like TikTok continue to eat away at the share of social media traffic of the more established players, like Facebook and Instagram. UK consumers spent a total of £7.8bn online in May 2023, down… Read more »

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Twitch Scraps Ad Changes as Streamers Leave the Platform

8th June 2023

Advertising really does make a difference… Twitch is scrapping its own new advertising rules, after backlash that saw streamers leave the platform. The Amazon-owned live-streaming service originally said it would restrict the size and type of ads used by streamers who create content on Twitch. Doing this would have substantially reduced the ways in which streamers… Read more »

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The Future of the eSports Circuit 

3rd June 2023

Very few people can say they’ve raced against Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel and won. However, Lucas Blakeley can. He’s also a racing superstar.  As a Scottish esports athlete he can usually be found on the virtual track – although his victory over Vettel was in a real car. The pair’s Race of Champions face-off in January was the… Read more »

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Artificial Intelligence Ban  a Possibility, Government Adviser Warns

3rd June 2023

 Some of the more powerful artificial general intelligence (AGI) systems may eventually have to be banned, a member of the government’s AI Council says.  Marc Warner, also boss of Faculty AI, spoke to the BBC about how AGI needed strong transparency and audit requirements as well as more inbuilt safety technology and over the next six months… Read more »

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