Trevor Mogg

Trevor Mogg

Not so many moons ago, Trevor moved from one tea-loving island nation that drives on the left (Britain) to another (Japan). As far as electronics are concerned, he's in the right place, with the East Asian country continuing to produce a plethora of gadgets and gizmos for tech addicts around the world. When not writing for Digital Trends, Trevor can be found out and about taking far too many photos, or in front of his computer trying to sort them all out.

Apple to offer free ‘Hour of Code’ workshops to inspire young programmers

Hour of Code is an annual event designed to get students interested in coding. Thousands of free workshops are taking place around the world on December 11, with Apple one of several tech companies getting involved.

Computing

Facebook tries again with Slingshot

Facebook launched Slingshot back in June, but the Snapchat competitor has apparently failed to capture the imagination of smartphone users. Now it hopes to change that with a redesigned version introduced on Thursday.

Mobile

Google confirms intention to launch kid-friendly versions of its products

Google has confirmed it's preparing to roll out child-oriented versions of its most popular products some time next year. The initiative will see "fun and safe" versions of YouTube and Search launched for kids and will also incorporate educational elements.

Web

Spotify slashes cost of Premium service to $1 a month for 3 months in special offer

Spotify is slashing the cost of its monthly fee for new subscribers from $10 to $1 for three months, after which you'll have to pay the regular rate. Still, if you're interested to know how its Premium service sounds without ads, it might be worth a punt.

Mobile

Facebook fights malware with another anti-virus scanner for users

Facebook already has two security companies supplying anti-virus software for its service, but to be even more sure it spots damaging malware before it has a chance to wreak havoc, it's just added another.

Social Media

SoftBank backs Uber-rival GrabTaxi to the tune of $250m

SoftBank has said it's investing $250m in Uber-rival GrabTaxi. The backing in the south-east Asian startup will likely put pressure on ride-sharing service Uber as it attempts to further establish itself beyond its U.S home base.

Mobile

Next-gen elevator goes sideways as well as up and down

The humble elevator has been going up and down, and up and down only, since its invention 160 years ago. To make it more efficient, and to make better use of space in the buildings of tomorrow, a German firm has come up with a revolutionary design.

Cool Tech

Bezos comes out fighting for the Fire Phone, calls it a ‘bold bet’

Amazon's Jeff Bezos has described his company's first smartphone as a "bold bet" but one worth taking. He added that the firm hasn't given up on the Fire Phone, which has struggled to sell, though declined to say when a revamped version might appear.

Mobile

Twitter beefs up tools to fight trolls

Twitter said Tuesday it's in the process of rolling out enhanced tools for users to report abuse on the service, and has also made changes to ensure it responds to such reports more quickly.

Social Media

Cyber Monday: Online shoppers set single-day spending record

Online shoppers hitting the Web on Cyber Monday spent more than ever, comScore said this week, with spending in the U.S. exceeding $2 billion in a single day for the first time.

Web

FBI warns U.S. firms about ‘destructive’ malware after Sony Pictures hack

The FBI on Monday issued a "flash warning" to U.S. businesses warning them to beware of specific malware that could cause havoc on their computer networks. The FBI's action is thought to be related to the damaging Sony hack that occurred last week.

Computing

ABC launches 60-second newscast on Facebook

ABC on Monday launched a 60-second newscast on Facebook, offering users a quick and easy way to catch up on the day's news. Called 'Facecast: The One Thing,' the new weekday show is presented by World News Tonight's David Muir.

Social Media

Firefox update sees Yahoo replace Google as default search option

For the last 10 years Firefox has used Google as its default search provider. With the rollout of Firefox 34 on Monday, however, that all changes, with Yahoo taking its place for Firefox users in North America.

Computing

Santa tracker: Google and Microsoft roll out their rival offerings

With Christmas just around the corner, Google and Microsoft have once again rolled out their rival Santa Trackers. Both revamped offerings come packed with features that should keep the kids entertained in the run up to the big day.

Android Army

New Sony Pictures movies leaked online following recent hack

Hackers that hit Sony Pictures' internal computer system last week appear to have leaked online a number of Sony-backed movies, including yet-to-be released 'Annie,' and Brad Pitt's 'Fury.'

Computing