WhatsApp now has 500m active users sharing 700m photos a day

Messaging app WhatsApp now has 500m active users, having added 70m since announcing in February that it was being bought by Facebook for $19bn.

“In the last few months, we’ve grown fastest in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, and our users are also sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every single […]

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Converting to LED lights: everything you need to know

What lights do you use at home?

I’m 100% LED now – even my fridge light is LED. You don’t need to go that far – I’m a little obsessed! It has taken me a couple of years of learning to get it right.

The most important lesson has been light ‘temperature’. This is measured in Kelvin […]

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Should I reduce my texting? What do chiropractors claim

Texting is bad for your health. Do it while walking and you can bump into walls or step out into traffic. Studies have linked excessive texting with insomnia, stress and painful tendons (BlackBerry thumb). Now the United Chiropractic Association (UCA) has warned that texting for long periods could lower life expectancy because it makes people […]

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The Bafta Games Awards 2014 winners announced

This week on our Tech Weekly podcast with Aleks Krotoski, Stuart Dredge reports from this year’s South by South West festival and the reaction to Edward Snowden’s video address. Click here for all our coverage of tech at SXSW.

Charles Arthur and Samuel Gibbs join Aleks to discuss this week’s news about Apple’s tax arrangements and […]

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Why Google Maps gets Africa wrong – Mapping the corners of the world

About halfway through Jonathan Swift’s boisterously witty epic poem On Poetry: A Rhapsody, the 18th century Anglo-Irish satirist briefly turns his attention to maps of Africa, writing:

So geographers, in Afric maps,
With savage pictures fill their gaps,
And o’er uninhabitable downs
Place elephants for want of towns.

In Swift’s time, European explorers had only skirted around the coastal edges […]

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3D-food printer offers the prospect of hamburgers printed to go

Much of science fiction becomes science fact some day (faster-than-light travel notwithstanding), and this year seems to be the turn of Star Trek’s replicator: a new Kickstarter is $50,000 into its goal to build a 3D-food printer, capable of turning fresh ingredients into a meal without cooks having to get their hands dirty.

The Foodini is […]

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Why it is not possible to regulate robots

There’s an old joke about the sciences: biology is just applied chemistry, chemistry is just applied physics, and physics is just applied maths. It’s really a neat little quip about essentialism and reductionism. While it’s true that biology can be accurately described as “applied chemistry,” treating living things as alive – and not as a […]

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