Famous websites – 1980s-style


If you’ve ever wondered what our favourite websites would look like Eighties-style, there’s a YouTube channel just for you.

Taking nostalgia to a whole new level, SquirrelMonkeyCom’s retro videos reimagine Instagram, Google, and Spotify complete with floppy disks, early Bitmap fonts, and the high-pitched scream of dial-up modems.

Full of references to Casio, Ronald Reagan, and the mullet hairstyle, the videos take a tongue-in-cheek look at the popular sites – and how we use them.

Take a look at the videos here and tell us what other sites should get the retro treatment.

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Summer of Penguin


Penguin is giving commuters the chance to experience some of its content for free on their daily journeys.

To mark its 80th anniversary celebrations, the publishers is offering snippets of new books and interviews to London Underground passengers through its dedicated mobile site, Summer of Penguin.

A collaboration with Virgin Media and TfL, Summer of Penguin is available until the 28th of August.

Penguin said: “This partnership takes the written word beyond the page to inspire and entertain travellers on the London Underground and celebrates the stories, writing and ideas that have shaped Penguin over the past eighty years.”

Read more about it here and get involved.

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Guess the city by the emoji


Test your knowledge of well-known cities and emojis with The Telegraph’s new quiz.

To celebrate World Emoji Day, the quiz takes nineteen cities and represents them in emoji form, offering a written clue for those of us who aren’t experts in the pictorial language.

Some are easy (such as ‘Spanish angels’) while some may require a bit of lateral thinking on the lines of iconic quiz show ‘Catchphrase’ (in which you have to say what you see).

Have a go at the quiz here and tell us how well you do – or let us know if you’ve got your own city-emoji suggestions…

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Coca-Cola asks Londoners to ‘Choose Happiness’ this summer


Coca-Cola has decided to measure the happiness of Londoners this summer as part of its ongoing ‘Choose Happiness’ campaign.

The brand has created ‘happiness meters’, using real-time social data and outdoor advertising, which will analyse any tweets using the hashtag #ChooseHappiness.

300 digital billboards in the capital will show the ever-changing results of the happiness meters, along with promotions for the events supporting the campaign, including phone-in competitions and deliveries of chilled Coca-Cola to London parks.

Find out more about the campaign, which is running throughout August and September, here and tell us if you’ll be choosing happiness.

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How the world uses Twitter in 2015


If you’re an avid retweeter or just an occasional user of Twitter, it can be tempting to wonder how your Twitter behaviour measures up to everyone else’s.

HubSpot’s new infographic reveals how Twitter’s 300 million active users behave on the social media platform, giving insight into demographics, engagement, and content.

For instance, did you know that 55% of tweets include an image and that 5pm is the peak time for retweets? Or even that a third of Twitter’s users are based in the Asia Pacific region?

The infographic also reveals how engagement differs for B2B and B2C marketing, and how many languages are supported on the platform.

Take a closer look at the infographic here.

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Pimm’s launches innovative digital posters


Have you always wanted to know in advance if a pub still has seats on a hot summer day? Well, Pimm’s has launched new billboard posters that will let you know.

The brand has installed innovative sensor-activated digital posters throughout London, which will activate when the temperature reaches 16 degrees Celsius and will update you with seating space information in your area.

Using beacon technology to sense when the participating pubs and beer gardens have space, the ads will also change their messaging depending on the weather data they receive.

Learn more about this innovative campaign here and let us know if you’ll be paying attention to the Pimm’s posters.

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Ofcom reveals latest UK web usage figures


Ofcom has unveiled its latest research on how we use technology in 2015.

The study reveals that the average Internet user in the UK spends twenty hours a week online – a figure which has doubled in a decade.

The report also shows the increasing importance of social media among Internet users, with 72% belonging to a social network.

1,890 adults from across the UK were surveyed for the questionnaire.

Find out more about the report here and tell us if you think it’s an accurate reflection of the way we use the Internet.

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