Friday Five: BBC launches tool to watch together

1. BBC launches tool for watching together

Remember when we used to watch the same TV shows at the same time (because that’s when they were on)? Well the BBC is trialling a tool that allows you to enjoy a programme with friends during lockdown. BBC Together lets you watch or listen to content from iPlayer, Sounds, etc in sync with other people using different devices.

2. Facebook turns business pages into Shops

Facebook has rolled out a major update in the US called Shops, which effectively turns Facebook and Instagram pages into digital shopfronts. A Shop would function on a business’s page or profile, from where a customer could browse its wares. In theory, a business could take its whole shopping mechanism to Facebook.

3. Easyjet hit by ‘highly sophisticated’ hackers

Having already had to completely shut down its flying operations, Easyjet has now been the victim of a “highly sophisticated” hacking attempt that managed to access the email addresses and travel details of nine million people. Even more worryingly, it also accessed the credit card details of more than 2,000 customers.

4. Virtual Chelsea Flower Show in full bloom

The first ever virtual Chelsea Flower Show got under way this week after the usual event at Royal Hospital Chelsea was cancelled for the first time since the second world war. Content including tours of gardens by designers such as Monty Don, potting demonstrations and a ‘school gardening club’ is being posted online.

5. KFC is back, so put the deep fryer away

Great news for fast food fans: not only has McDonald’s opened a load of drive-throughs (did you see the queues though?), KFC has announced that 500 of its UK restaurants are reopening for delivery. It celebrated the news with a YouTube video montage of people trying to recreate the Colonel’s favourite recipe at home.



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