12½ trillion hours spent online, a new milestone in internet adoption, and new records for social media use…

If you expected digital to return to “business as usual” in 2022, you may want to reset those expectations.

The new Digital 2022 Global Overview Report – published in partnership between We Are Social and Hootsuite – reveals that most of the connected world continues to grow faster than it did before the pandemic.

Big stories in this year’s report include:

  • Double-digit growth in social media users
  • Big gains for YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok
  • New insights into the world’s social media preferences

Scientists have developed a highly sensitive Covid test that relies only on low-tech kit and a smartphone, which could be used as a quicker, cheaper alternative to PCR testing.

The team behind the 25-minute saliva test say it provides a highly reliable platform for testing in the workplace or at home. It requires a basic lab kit that includes a cardboard box, a small hot plate and LED light that can be produced for less than £75. The cost of running a test, including the reagents, is about a 10th of a PCR test and is also cheaper than a


Jason Miller doesn’t mind a little competition from his old boss.

A former adviser to then-President Donald Trump, Miller is the CEO of Gettr, a Twitter-like social media platform that has gained momentum in recent months after an inauspicious start last July. In the first 10 days of 2022, it’s estimated that over 700,000 users downloaded the “free speech” app, according to Sensor Tower data, after podcaster Joe Rogan announced he’d created a profile on the platform. 

That growth has made Gettr one of the most successful entrants in a new genre of social media platforms targeted at Republicans that


WordPress 5.9 code-named Josephine has been released. The big news about 5.9 is that Gutenberg finally has full site editing capabilities which means that Gutenberg is ready to be used in a live publishing environment.

WordPress Gutenberg is the future of content management and with the release of WordPress 5.9 that future is right now. So it’s definitely time to consider exploring what Gutenberg has to offer. You may find that sites load up faster, are easier to design and because of a better user experience may help you exceed your business goals.

Should You Wait Before Trying WordPress Gutenberg?


Facebook’s announcement in October that it was further embracing the metaverse and rebranding itself as Meta set off a firestorm. While experts say the metaverse is still many years away, the explosion of the term has many asking, what is the metaverse?

The metaverse aims to innovate the way people interact with each other on the internet, interacting in a way previously only thought possible in science fiction.

“The metaverse is essentially a massive, interconnected network of virtual spaces,” Rabindra Ratan, associate professor of media and information at Michigan State University. told ABC News Live. “In theory, we’ll be able


A conceptual image showing stock exchange numbers and flames.

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After a blockbuster year for venture capital deals, some investors worry the boom times may not last much longer. 

Tech start-ups raised a record $621 billion in venture funding globally in 2021, according to CB Insights, up more than double from a year earlier. The number of privately held “unicorn” firms valued at $1 billion or more rose 69% to 959.

Private companies such as Stripe and Klarna saw their valuations swell to the tens of billions of dollars, aided by a flood of



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