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August 18, 2018 8:33 PM 'Dumb phone' sales on the rise as smartphone users hope to switch off

Mobile handsets that simply make calls are being marketed as an escape from constantly being connected to social media and apps. Sales of so-called dumb phones have seen an increase for the first time in years. Phones that simply make and receive calls are known in the industry as feature phones and are being marketed as a means to switch off from the constant 7

August 17, 2018 8:55 AM Highways England reassures drivers after Genoa bridge collapse

British chief highways engineer Mike Wilson has spoken out, offering his "deepest sympathies" to everyone involved in the tragedy but assuring people that safety "is and will always be our top priority". There are around 21,000 bridge structures on Britain's network of motorways and A roads, although none are similar in design to the one in Italy 6

August 13, 2018 11:38 AM BBC podcasts are now available on Spotify in the UK

A full library of BBC podcasts has been added to Spotify, bringing thousands of new audio episodes to the streaming app. The streaming service said BBC podcasts produced for the broadcaster’s iPlayer Radio and BBC Sounds apps would now be added to the Spotify platform. “The BBC is one of the largest content creators in the UK, and have worked with the biggest 10

August 10, 2018 11:27 AM 'Lock your doors': At least four dead in Canada shooting

Police are urging people to "stay in their homes with doors locked at this time for their safety" as the incident continues. The Fredericton Police Twitter account says: "An incident has resulted in at least four people killed." The incident in the capital of the Canadian province New Brunswick is still ongoing. Police are urging people to "stay in their 11

August 10, 2018 6:39 AM The One With The Most Streams: Friends tops list, with The Grand Tour second

British viewers still love the US sitcom - driving Amazon's The Grand Tour, starring Jeremy Clarkson, into second place. The US sitcom, 236 episodes of which were produced over 10 years, was added to Netflix UK at the start of this year. The ever-popular comedy, with a cast featuring Matt LeBlanc, Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry, was streamed more than twice 9

August 1, 2018 10:45 AM Facebook launches tool to tackle social media addiction

People using Instagram and Facebook will be able to access a dashboard to help control how they spend their time online. Users will now have access to an activity dashboard, a daily reminder and a way to limit notifications to help them control the time they' are spending online. The company said it "developed these tools based on collaboration and inspiration 9

July 28, 2018 4:27 PM Ricky Gervais looks for weight loss motivation on social media

Next to the picture, The Office star wrote: “Just weighed myself. I’m a fat c*** again. The most-liked jibe referenced streaming service Netflix, where Gervais’s latest stand-up show Humanity is currently available. Among the famous faces to get in on the act was Downton Abbey star Peter Egan, who played Hugh “Shrimpie” MacClare, Marquess of Flintshire 25

July 27, 2018 9:18 AM Egyptian zoo denies their 'zebra' is a donkey after photo goes viral

Mahmoud Sarhan snapped a photo of the animal which quickly went viral after Facebook users noticed black smudges on its face. Egyptian student Mahmoud Sarhan, 18, was visiting the International Garden in Nasr City, Cairo, when he spotted the suspiciously-striped creature. Mr Sarhan captured a photo of the animal that appears to show black smudges smeared 8

July 24, 2018 8:12 AM Grays drug driver disqualified for three years and fined after caught in Pitsea

A drug driver has been disqualified for three years after he was caught on the A13 in Pitsea. Officers spotted a Ford Fiesta being driven erratically at around 5.05pm on March 7, 2018. They followed and stopped the vehicle and found the driver, Jamie Harding, 24, of Godman Road, Grays, was not wearing his seatbelt. Suspecting he was under the influence 8

July 23, 2018 11:07 AM Trump threatens Iran, Twitter responds with jokes and memes

Social media users have responded to President Trump's angry Twitter threat towards Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani by aping his words to air their own grievances. While media coverage has focused largely on the geo-political ramifications of Trump's unique brand of Twitter diplomacy and the deterioration of relations between the United States and Iran, many Twitter 9