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New Google Feed: What about privacy?

New Google Feed: What about privacy?

In July of this year, Google Inc. delivered a new feature for its Google app called Feed.  This addition transforms the front page of the app into a news and information feed, where news articles and suggestions are presented...
Has Apple Destroyed the Internet?

Has Apple Destroyed the Internet?

At the Worldwide Developers Conference 2017 (WWDC) Apple announced to the world their plans to sabotage the infrastructure of the modern internet. Their proposal to implement an ad-blocker called ‘Intelligent Tracking Prevention’ (ITP) onto their web browsers has produced...
Sensory reality; a new technology that changes both your virtual and physical world

Sensory reality; a new technology that changes both your virtual and physical world

Sensory reality. The name maybe already says it all; during a simulation in a virtual world, all your senses are being stimulated. That means that you can walk down the beach while hearing kids play, smelling the salty water...
Unmanned Stores Embraced by Chinese: Are They the Future Shops ?

Unmanned Stores Embraced by Chinese: Are They the Future Shops ?

In July, the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba opened its first experimental unmanned store Tao Cafe in the company’s home-city Hangzhou. Shoppers just need to scan the Ali-Pay app to go in, grab stuff and walk out. Money is automatically...

“All I need is your face”: Issues of privacy and security as Apple introduces FaceID.

Apple revealed its latest tech miracle, Iphone X, and alongside came a (not-so) new feature: FaceID. Apple suggests that biometric technology is the solution to security issues and personal identification. But in a data-based economy, more often than not,...
“Snooze”: Facebook’s Newest Feature that Enables Users to Temporarily Put Their Friends to “Sleep”

“Snooze”: Facebook’s Newest Feature that Enables Users to Temporarily Put Their Friends to “Sleep”

Are you done receiving certain posts from friends on your News Feed page on Facebook, like their vacation photos while you are sitting inside watching the pouring rain outside? Are you fed up with the Facebook Page that shares...
Close The Gate Behind You.

Close The Gate Behind You.

  Indy100.com : A professional news website consisting of the top 100 news stories from that day across 8 different topics. The editorials are displayed in list form, changing the hierarchy in accordance to how its readers interact with...
Made in China: The Rise of the SuperBanking App

Made in China: The Rise of the SuperBanking App

Historically, the Western world has made the majority of its biggest and most innovative discoveries through travel and the colonisation of other areas and continents that took our fancy. From tobacco to chocolate, the Silk Road has long since...
Forever Alive: Facebook’s Death Policy and Memorialization

Forever Alive: Facebook’s Death Policy and Memorialization

55 is the average age for people to make their will, according to a certified notary. The management and distribution of properties, money and important documents are the most common possessions in these wills. No one ever asked this...
One Man’s Trash, Another Man’s Treasure: The Fate of Our Deleted Data on Web

One Man’s Trash, Another Man’s Treasure: The Fate of Our Deleted Data on Web

    A madman is on the loose with a single aim of making all your deleted files re-appear on the web. Some of which are lame status updates that seemed cool back then, but some, graver. Flirtatious texts...
The fake fame – Black market on social media

The fake fame – Black market on social media

Sitting on a Saturday morning at my desk, it took me ten seconds to find a website which wanted to sell me 2,500 ‘quality Instagram followers’ to boost my account for the price of about 25€. The website claims...
The Future of Mass Surveillance Is Here (and We Are Excited About It)

The Future of Mass Surveillance Is Here (and We Are Excited About It)

On the 12th of September 2017 Apple announced the iPhone X, proclaiming that “the future is here”. According to the company the iPhone X contains multiple new technologies, one of which is Face ID. This new technology is described as...
Remediate The Clock: The Shift from Time to Space

Remediate The Clock: The Shift from Time to Space

Another clock? Despite its name, the Eta Clock isn’t really a clock. Well, it is shaped like a traditional clock- a rectangular piece of wood that nowadays we can probably just see in old movies- and uses clock hands...
ReplyASAP: A Quick Fix for Ignored Parents

ReplyASAP: A Quick Fix for Ignored Parents

It comes without question that having a mobile phone as a child or a teenager is essentially a must in today’s society. Many reasons could apply to answering why, from playing games, sending funny Snapchat videos to their friends...
Inquiring polarisation: re-imagining Youtube as a diplomatic mediator

Inquiring polarisation: re-imagining Youtube as a diplomatic mediator

The extent of political polarisation in large parts of the Western world seems to be such that disparities between one and another point of view is not just difference, but enmity. Hillary Clinton has been ordered to be put...
Your Bike Solution: An Exploration of Solutionism

Your Bike Solution: An Exploration of Solutionism

Nowadays technological solutions are everywhere and many more solutions are offered to make our lives easier and more convenient. Many posts on this blog discuss certain technological developments and solutions. In this research we want to reflect on the...
Car Companies Are Racing to the Street with the Self-Driving Car

Car Companies Are Racing to the Street with the Self-Driving Car

Autonomous cars are starting to take over our highways faster than you would think. The notion of the self-driving car is a big deal in media and debate as of late.  Many car companies are eager to become the market...
Image is Everything

Image is Everything

Idea and Concept The focus of the project was to find a fun way in which to think critically about self presentation online. Being a young group who are 75% single, dating applications quickly became a topic of discussion....
Saintify.me (A Critical Intervention)

Saintify.me (A Critical Intervention)

by Catherine Mills, Matthias Nothnagel & Georgina Ustik Introducing Saintify.me, a browser extension that makes activism simple and easy! Concept “Being good has never been so simple.” – Catherine Mills, Georgina Ustik, Matthias Nothnagel Social media sites have introduced...
Do you “LensIt”? A call for research on modified selfies

Do you “LensIt”? A call for research on modified selfies

Flower crowns, dog’s ears-nose-tongue, poking rainbows, big sparkling eyes…. Oh Snapchat what have you done? It has almost been a year since the Snapchat filtered selfies have occupied the Internet (TechCrunch). Did we move from “selfie mania” era to...
Fitness tracking with TomTom: an attempt to regain market control

Fitness tracking with TomTom: an attempt to regain market control

TomTom used to be one of the most important players in the field of navigational systems. With the arrival of google maps and other “free” navigators, TomTom was no longer the number one navigational device. TomTom was founded in...
Technology is weaving its way into our lives

Technology is weaving its way into our lives

A new generation jacket by Levi’s and Google This spring, fashion brand Levi’s will launch a new jacket called the LEVI’s Commuter x Jacquard by Google. At first glance it might not look like anything more than a normal...
Super Apps – The Western World is Already Behind

Super Apps – The Western World is Already Behind

In the Western part of the world we usually believe we are ahead of the times and that we have a “one up” on the rest of the world when it comes to the best new technologies and apps....

Blockchain: Revolution or Risk?

The money transfer protocol Bitcoin was first introduced in 2008 by the still anonymous pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. In their white paper they proclaimed “A purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash would allow online payments to be sent directly from...