This Week in Digital

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This week in digital

Kanye has a Tantrum

More than 17 million Facebook users totted up 45 million posts, ‘likes’, and comments about the Grammys on Sunday night. Kanye repeated his awkward stage-storming as Beck won the award for best album, later stating “Beck needs to respect artistry, he should have given his award to Beyonce”. Meanwhile, though Sam Smith winning ‘record of the year’ was one of the most-talked-about moments, it was Pharrell’s disapproval of Taylor Swift’s dance moves which earned the most online laughs.



Fire Brigade Preps for ’50 Shades Effect’

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) is prepping for a busy weekend, after explaining to the BBC that “The Fifty Shades effect spikes handcuff incidents”. As a warning to those inspired by the imminent 50 Shades of Grey film, due to premier today, LFB spokesman Dave Brown said “we hope film-goers will use common sense and avoid leaving themselves red-faced”.




Hardware shop B&Q also briefed staff to prepare for “Fifty Shades of Grey customer queries” about rope, cables and other instruments potentially used to fulfil “unconventional sexual pursuits”. Though the DIY chain has admitted it was a PR stunt, the prank letter sparked national online coverage. Staff were told that copies of the book will be delivered to each store so they can understand customer questions in the context of how they will most likely be opting to use their products. After admitting the prank, a spokesperson of B&Q said “we would have confessed to this sooner, but our hands were tied”.

Bad Week for Spying Smart TV

Revelations that internet-connected TVs could be listening and sending your audio to third parties caused uproar this week. The news that a Samsung Smart TV could record audio was uncovered by The Daily Beast, which uploaded some suspect T&Cs. The small print read: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of voice recognition.”

Samsung defended itself by explaining how it works: “If a consumer consents and uses the voice recognition feature, voice data is provided to a third party during a requested voice command search. At that time, the voice data is sent to a server, which searches for the requested content then returns the desired content to the TV.”


Commuters Cheer for WiFi on Trains

Cameron has announced free wifi on trains as of 2017, a move that will be music to the ears of businesses and commuters. A £50 million investment will offer free internet access to ticket holders of four train operators: TSGN, Southeastern, Chiltern and Arriva Trains Wales.


And Finally…

Last week we looked at Facebook, but this week we’re interested in Twitter’s take on the General Election. 78% of MPs are now reported to be tweeting away, so the Telegraph calculated all of those directed at MPs in the last week. It found that Tory MPs were ‘booed’ 6,691 times and Labour 5,689 times. In other words, Labour’s getting slightly less tweeting stick from the public.