Graeme McMillan

Graeme McMillan

Former Digital Trends Contributor
A transplant from the west coast of Scotland to the west coast of America, Graeme is a freelance writer with a taste for pop culture and technological trends. In addition to Digital Trends, you can find his work on Time.com and Wired.com.

Mobile entertainment use jumped dramatically last year

More people used their mobile devices to access (and buy) more entertainment last year, reports a new study, with mobile entertainment spending up 133 percent for 2011 compared with the previous year.

Mobile

Publishers agree to $69 million settlement over e-Book pricing

Three of the five largest publishers in America have agreed to a $69 million settlement with US authorities over accusations of attempts to fix the prices of their digital releases.

Web

Second LulzSec hacker charged with Sony breach

A second Lulzsec member has been charged with last year's hack of Sony Pictures Europe's website, facing up to 15 years in prison.

Web

What happened to ‘World of Warcraft’ for Iranian players?

Last week, without warning, Iranian subscribers to World of Warcraft suddenly found themselves unable to access the game. Were US sanctions to blame, or something far less official?

Gaming

Smartphone market growing faster than anticipated

Smartphones are going to make up more than half of the global cellphone market for the first time next year, two years ahead of schedule, according to a new report released today.

Apple

Low-rated YouTube channels to go off-air

Less than a year after its launch, YouTube is reportedly investigating culling its funding of certain channels on the site as it moves towards more promotion of the most successful offerings.

Web

Craigslist adds maps (quietly)

Craigslist has added a maps feature to the housing sections of its Bay Area and Portland, Oregon sites. Does this mean we'll be seeing more of where things actually are on the service?

Web

The lesson for political tweeters looking to be heard? Stay positive

The shape of online discussion of politics is changing as we head towards this year's Presidential election, with social media users apparently preferring to see something positive instead of their leaders going in for the kill.

Social Media

In the Amazon election, it’s Romney by a landslide

Amazon has launched its own Election Heat Map 2012, a tool that shows whether Americans are buying more conservative books than liberal, and by how much. Paul Ryan fans, prepare to get excited.

Web

July saw Twitter dethroned as America’s second-favorite social network

Move over, Twitter; you're no longer America's second-favorite social network. That position has been taken by VEVO, the video-sharing network, which overtook the micro-blogging service in terms of traffic for the first time last month, according to comScore.

Social Media

Introducing Doctor Watson

Winning television quiz shows could never have been enough for IBM's supercomputer Watson; now it is going to be used to help heal people as a predictive diagnosis tool in the healthcare field.

Computing

$5 buys you DRM-free comedy with LOLFlix

Would you pay $5 for a stand-up comedy set downloadable to multiple devices, DRM-free? The newly-created LOLFlix hopes that you will.

Web

Where is the most cuss-friendly place in America?

Thanks to a new tool online, we can look and see what parts of the United States are most vocal in telling each other to Eff Off on Twitter. Somewhere, Cee-Lo Green must feel so proud.

Social Media

Netflix, DirecTV mull making a new ‘Killing’

Netflix and DirecTV are both said to be in talks with cable channel AMC to continue the channel's cancelled crime series 'The Killing' as a streaming or carrier-exclusive show.

Web

Google and Boingo add 24 more Wi-Fi hotspots across the US

Prepare for even more free Wi-Fi around the US, courtesy of Google and Boingo. The two companies are expanding their existing New York test of a free Wi-Fi service to airports and shopping malls across the country.

Web