internet: August 2010 Archives

275x250.jpgCameron Diaz been awarded the dubious honour of being named the most dangerous celebrity to search for online.

Security experts warn that searching online for the Knight and Day star can frequently result in landing on sites laden with malicious software.

In fact searching for Cameron Diaz gives a 10% chance of landing on a website used by cyber-criminals to hit you with spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.

Other dangerous celebs to search for were said to include, Julia Roberts, Jessica Biel, Gisele Bündchen and Brad Pitt.

However, a risk the security bods didn't factor into their danger risk list was being caught by your girlfriend searching for Gisele Bündchen pictures.

275x250.jpg An image on Google Street View of a girl's body lying face down on the pavement sparked panic among local residents that crime had gone undetected.

Families in Middle Road, St John’s, Worcester, feared something terrible had happened to a young girl on their doorstep, when they saw the shocking image online.

But they needn't have worried and contacted police -- because it was just a youngster playing a prank on her friend by pretending to be dead and not realising the Google car was passing.

Nine-year-old Azura - who says she didn't know the Google car was passing - had fallen over and was 'playing dead' as a prank on her friend… and inadvertently the internet.

275x250.jpg Beatles fans are causing constant traffic chaos on the famous Abbey Road crossing where the Fab Four were shot their classic album cover, a new webcam has revealed.

A new HD webcam installed at Abbey Road Studios is now streaming live footage showing the dangerous lengths Beatles fans go to, in a bid to imitate the 1969 album cover.

Tourists and fans can be seen infuriating London cabbies and other drivers by posing as John, Paul, Ringo and George in the middle of the busy road.

Many fans (most of them Day Trippers) even keep dashing across the road and back again in a bid to get their picture just right.

275x250.jpgSocial media sites like Facebook and Twitter are costing the UK economy £14 billion per year in lost work time, it has been claimed.

Research has shown half of British workers accesses social media sites while at work -- with a third of those (roughly six million) spending more than 30 minutes doing so.

And a cheeky two million people claim they spend over an hour per day at work logging onto sites like Facebook, Twitter and Myspace.

In total all this 'lost time' means UK businesses are shelling out £14 billion for us to sit at the office chatting with friends online.

So, how long do you spend Facebooking while at work? Let us know... especially if you saw this story on Facebook or Twitter while you should have been doing something more productive.

275x250.jpgBy shopping online tech-savvy families have each saved £27,024 since the millennium, it has been claimed.

A study of 3,000 online shoppers found they each spend £2,702.42 less per year on purchases than if they'd shopped on the high street.

The biggest saving is being made on the weekly food shop - which has gone down from £71.22 spent in-store - to a reasonable £48.98 online.

With savings from buying holidays, insurance, clothes and electricals online, canny shoppers are claimed to have saved £27,024 over the last decade.

However, while there's now doubt huge saving can be made shopping online, we're not sure you'd have had too muck luck doing it all online in 2001.

275x250.jpgRapper Kanye West has given an unsuspecting fan a moment of fame - by choosing to follow him on Twitter.

The US star is followed by over 350,000 users on the social networking site but follows just one… a seemingly randomly picked man from Coventry.

Kanye started following Steven Holmes (@Ste_101) after the Coventry lad commented on a photo the rapper had uploaded of diamond teeth.

"Do you clean them with Colgate or polish?" said Holmes, prompting the US star to follow him and add the comment: "You are the chosen one dun dun dun dun."

Since receiving the Kanye seal of approval, Holmes has seen his own number of followers jump from 60 to over 1,800… I'm gonna let you finish, but Ste_101 has the best Twitter followers of all time!

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