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The photo-sharing platform is banning graphic images of self-harm after UK health secretary Matt Hancock said social media companies ‘need to do more’ to curb their impact on teenagers’ mental health Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Instagram is banning graphic images of self-harm after UK health secretary Matt Hancock said social media companies “need to do more” to curb their im(...)

Helen Coughlan with her daughter Ava May at home in Glanmire, Co Cork. Photograph: Clare Keogh

“I honestly think Christmas was invented to get us through the awful winters,” says Helen Coughlan, retail director of Irish homeware chain Meadows &a(...)

Houseplants decoratively displayed are a favourite with Instagrammers

Care to hazard a guess as to the rising stars of social media in this digitally-obsessed age of ours? No, it’s not the cosmetically-enhanced wannabes (...)

The cheap, gaudy decorations of the past have gone in favour of more tasteful, understated touches.

In a world changing at a dizzying pace, it’s comforting to know at least Christmas will stay the same. The tree, the decorations, the cake, the turkey(...)

On the “dark web”, user credentials are traded by the million; your personal information might be worth only a few pennies at best. Photograph: Photothek via Getty Images

In February 2012 there was a metaphorical explosion in online privacy. A Singapore-based blogger discovered that social-networking app Path had a dram(...)

Hipster style: Using industrial accents, reclaimed wooden pallets and battered mid-century furniture was, in the very first instance at least, likely borne out of financial necessity. Getty

You don’t need me to tell you that home design trends come and go with alarming speed. It seems like mere moments ago when we were buying into full-bl(...)

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Big internet companies and small software developers alike are likely to face scrutiny over how they share customer information in the wake of the sc(...)

‘A growing number of people have no truck with Facebook’s pull.’ File photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Years ago, in a bid to claw back some time for myself, I decided to wave my Facebook profile off on a cyber-funeral pyre. It had become the ultimate t(...)

It isn’t a textbook but opens up the world of science: Foraminifera are single-celled protists with shells. Illustrations from Life Under The Lens by Jennifer Delaney.

Who doesn’t love colouring in? No matter what age you are, if you can hold a pencil, marker or crayon then keeping between the lines offers hours of f(...)

Wolfgang Digital chief executive Alan Coleman: ecommerce page load times are “shockingly high”.

Google is still the central player in ecommerce and the “window to the web” for consumers, but an analysis of Irish ecommerce traffic by the “digital (...)

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