Friday Five: Rise of the five-year-old ‘TikTot’ users

1. Rise of the five-year-old ‘TikTot’ users

Children as young as five use social media, despite most platforms having rules users must be over the age of 13. An annual study into media habits, from Ofcom, highlighted the mini social-media mavens, with a third of parents of five to seven-year-olds revealing their child had a social media profile.

2. Asda clashes with Waitrose over new range

Asda has confirmed it is launching a new value range, Just Essentials by Asda, which it claims is the largest budget-friendly staples offer in the market. The supermarket has invested £45m in developing the range and says it has been specifically designed to help “millions of families” manage rising living costs.

3. AI tech cuts shoplifting losses by 90%

A London-based convenience store has cut shoplifting losses by 90% using AI technology that can tell what people are putting in their pockets. The smart AI techis connected to the existing cameras and security network through the internet and then automatically monitors all the cameras for potential shoplifting activity.

4. UK tech industry third to reach $1tn valuation

The UK tech industry is now valued at $1tn (£764bn), a milestone previously only been reached by the US and China. The figures, which combine the valuations of the UK’s public and private tech companies, puts the value of the UK tech industry at more than double that of Germany and almost five times larger than France.

5. RoboBurger is a fast food restaurant in a box

We’ve seen vending machines serving up burgers, but they’re usually little more than glorified microwave ovens. RoboBurger, on the other hand, claims to be the world’s first fully autonomous robotic burger chef. That means it cooks the beef patties from scratch, toasts the bun, and adds the condiments before serving it up to customers.

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