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Popcorn Time: The latest movies and series for free

Popcorn_Time_logoDespite numerous attempts to shut it down, Hollywood’s worst nightmare, Popcorn Time, just won’t die. It’s little wonder it’s been the target of studios’ ire: the service lets users stream high-quality movies and series for free, and its attractive and intuitive user interface means its popularity grows daily.

It’s been called the “Netflix for pirates”, but Popcorn Time offers even more for even less. A wider catalogue, more recent content and a price that can’t be undercut — free. Originally the service only offered movies, but last month it added TV series. Frankly, the only thing it lacks is a recommendation engine, but for that one can always turn to the likes of IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes.

Telegram: The (possibly) secure WhatsApp alternative

Telegram_MessengerTelegram is another in a string of competitors hoping to unseat the reigning champion of mobile instant messaging, WhatsApp. Promising unprecedented security and protection from prying eyes, it also claims to be speedier than its rivals and assures users it will remain completely free and devoid of ads, forever. But with WhatsApp promising to add voice functionality in coming months, can Telegram realistically compete with the current darling of the tech world?

Being guided by girls

GirlGuides-headerA couple of weeks back I was asked to write a column for a local tech site aimed at ladies called GirlGuides. My brief was to write something with a gender angle relating to tech. I opted to talk about the different relationships women and men tend to have with their gadgets. At the risk of getting digitally lynched, I argued that men tend to fixate on specifications, while women (far more sensibly) tend to be most interested in what a particular device can actually do for them.