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  • Mr Shithole

    Ryan Priest 23 Jan 2020
  • Facebook has extended its apologies to China’s president Xi Jinping for erroneously translating his name to “Mr Shithole”. With Slick Nick busy defending his employer’s decision to keep letting ...

  • Get Huawei done

    Ryan Priest 16 Jan 2020
  • The BBC’s Dan Walker has sat down with Boris Johnson to probe him over all manner of hot topics, including the government’s decision to let Huawei build its 5G telecoms infrastructure. Having ...

  • Reinventing the ball

    Ryan Priest 08 Jan 2020
  • Samsung may have rattled through a number of new technologies in its CES 2020 keynote, but Ballie quite simply stole the show. The very next day, Downtime interviewed several etymologists to try to ...

  • Y2.02K

    Ryan Priest 03 Jan 2020
  • So here we are in 2020, and almost everything is still working as normal. The apocalyptic Y2K bug that caused such a thrill 20 years ago found its sequel in Y2.02K, but rather than nuclear reactor ...

  • Not 4 sale

    Ryan Priest 11 Dec 2019
  • The man behind State Snaps, a set of social media pages with over a million followers, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for getting his cousin to try to steal a domain name at gunpoint. In ...

  • Walking on the water

    Ryan Priest 04 Dec 2019
  • There wasn’t much fanfare around Amazon Prime’s midweek maiden voyage into Premier League football coverage. We’d have missed the delectable choice of fixtures altogether had we not opened the app ...

  • Keep on truckin’

    Ryan Priest 28 Nov 2019
  • Elon Musk has explained why the windows of Tesla’s tank-like Cybertruck smashed during a humiliating launch. Chief designer Franz von Holzhausen cut a gleeful figure as he prepared to throw a steel ...

  • (What’s the story) morphing Tory?

    Ryan Priest 20 Nov 2019
  • “You dressed up party lines as a fact-check service. That is dystopian,” Emily Maitlis told Conservative Party chairman James Cleverly on the BBC’s Newsnight after the leadership debate. But like a ...

  • Deepfake it until you make it

    Ryan Priest 14 Nov 2019
  • What are the chances of deepfakes poisoning the integrity of the UK’s current General Election? Probably a lot higher now a think tank has created clips of the two frontrunners endorsing each other ...

  • Enema at the Gates

    Ryan Priest 06 Nov 2019
  • The Conservatives’ doctored version of Keir Starmer’s Good Morning Britain interview left out our favourite bit: an arms-folded Piers Morgan insisting he’s “absolutely fine” with 26 billionaires ...

  • Life comes at you up to 1.5 times faster

    Ryan Priest 30 Oct 2019
  • The world of entertainment has come down on Netflix like a ton of bricks for trialling a feature that allows content to be watched at different speeds. We don’t know. Is this really such a big ...

  • Hack the Kop – the Reds are sitting ducks

    Alex Scroxton - Security Editor 24 Oct 2019
  • Liverpool may be flying high at the top of the Premier League table right now, but when they get home after a hard-fought 90 minutes, their fans are the most likely to have had their personal data ...

  • Plush giraffe perturbation

    Ryan Priest 16 Oct 2019
  • A robot hand has been taught by OpenAI to successfully solve a Rubik’s Cube in an average time of four minutes. “So what?” you ask, being the unbearable Rubik’s Cube expert you are. It’s true, mere ...

  • Rebekah Vardy’s out of the party

    Ryan Priest 09 Oct 2019
  • Coleen Rooney has detailed the detective work that went into unmasking Rebekah Vardy as the alleged mole of her private Instagram account. Adopting the standard celebrity statement release protocol ...

  • Mark Zuckerberg’s existential threat

    Ryan Priest 02 Oct 2019
  • When we heard that some of Mark Zuckerberg’s Q&A sessions with his Facebook massive had been released by The Verge, we hardly expected to witness a grand reveal of them all kicking off their ...

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