Alex Masters

Alex Masters is a technology journalist, podcaster and blogger based in the UK. You can follow his online escapades on Google+.

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Angry Birds launches cartoon series

The number one paid mobile app of all time launches spin-off animation

Facebook redesigns the News Feed

A look at the main features of Facebook's new news feed

Do you need a Chromebook Pixel in your life?

The leaks were real and the rumours were true. Meet Google's latest laptop

Be careful what you 'like' - Facebook Graph Search might make you rethink those ridiculous groups

Whenever a new technology is unveiled there are always unforeseen consequences, and the results returned by Facebook’s new ‘Graph Search’ feature are no exception

Google Nexus 4

Bytesize: Google Nexus 4 review

It is not only the most powerful flagship smartphone on the market, but also the most affordable. After living with it for a month, Alex Masters reviews Google’s latest Nexus handset

Instagram cuts off Twitter card support, but it’s more business than personal

As Instagram withdraws support for Twitter’s card feature, it’s clear that their motivations are more business based, rather than personal. It’s all about monetising their audience in the future.

Relax, Facebook’s Photo Sync is an opt-in feature. If you’re worried about privacy, simply don’t use it

Facebook won't be taking user's photos without permission.

4G or not 4G? If you want a fast, affordable connection, Three's Ultrafast 3G network is better

Whether to shell out for an overpriced LTE contract, or embrace Three’s new ‘Ultrafast’ 3G network until 4G matures and becomes more affordable? Our expert casts his vote

Apple’s latest infringement claims may signal an impending legal war with Google

Apple are targeting both Samsung and Google with their latest patent infringement claims, but do these claims hold clues to an all-out legal war between Apple and Google?

Anonymous hackers threaten to take down Facebook, but in the fight between Anonymous and Zynga, everybody loses

Anonymous hackers have threatened to take down Facebook and offer Zynga's games for free in protest.

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