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  • Another girl, another palate

    Ryan Priest 09 Sep 2021
  • The launch of dating app Power of Music (POM), which matches up users who like the same music to spare them from ever having to grow as human beings or have any new experiences whatsoever, has ...

  • Atlas hugged

    Ryan Priest 19 Aug 2021
  • Boston Dynamics’ latest attempt to promote its “most dynamic” humanoid robot, Atlas, has seen the firm release footage showcasing its prowess at parkour. Benjamin Stephens, control lead of the ...

  • All my exes avoid Texas

    Ryan Priest 22 Jul 2021
  • Jeff Bezos has taken his rocket ship, New Shepherd, for its first ride. A ragtag team of Bezos, his brother, wee Wally Funk and the teenage son of a Dutch financier left Earth for 10 minutes and 10 ...

  • Nuisance for a reason

    Ryan Priest 08 Jul 2021
  • The past week has seen many businesses complaining that the NHS Covid-19 contact tracing app has started sending out too many self-isolate alerts, leaving them short of staff.  It’s the new jury ...

  • Pepper production grinds to a halt

    Ryan Priest 01 Jul 2021
  • While – if one of the most peculiar songs of the 21st century is to be believed – there are upwards of nine million bicycles in Beijing alone, Reuters reports that there are just 27,000 Pepper ...

  • Work different

    Ryan Priest 09 Jun 2021
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook’s call for his employees to return to their offices at least three times a week by September has been met with a detailed response that effectively tells him, “Nah.” His initial ...

  • The non-fungible kind

    Ryan Priest 05 May 2021
  • Not long ago, somewhere in Mebane, North Carolina, Zoë Roth – better known as the Disaster Girl meme – picked up her phone and consulted Kyle Craven – better known as the Bad Luck Brian meme – ...

  • The tedium is the message

    Ryan Priest 22 Apr 2021
  • The president of football’s crumbling European Super League project has cited teenagers’ enjoyment of video games as a reason to constantly pit the continent’s elite teams against each other like ...

  • The tracks of National Rail’s tears

    Ryan Priest 14 Apr 2021
  • To the meme generation he was simply known as the Airplane Mode Prince, but it seems nobody has taken the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh quite as hard as National Rail. Users of the website woke ...

  • Bamby on thin ice

    Ryan Priest 24 Mar 2021
  • YouTube has claimed it rushed to remove an offensive rap advert before the Advertising Standards Authority’s verdict on it even came in. The promo for Bamby H2O, an artist with fewer Instagram ...

  • The battle of the poms

    Ryan Priest 17 Mar 2021
  • A Pennsylvania mum has been charged with multiple counts of harassment after reportedly using deepfake technology to oust her daughter’s cheerleading rivals. In a current-day reimagining of Sophie ...

  • Pay-in-three is a slur

    Ryan Priest 11 Mar 2021
  • PayPal is taking its seductive “buy now, pay later” service to Australia, after successful roll-outs in Britain and the US saw it handle more than £540m of transactions by the end of 2020. It’s ...

  • We shan’t forget

    Ryan Priest 04 Mar 2021
  • Online genealogy platform MyHeritage has embraced deep learning with its Deep Nostalgia service, which allows users to crudely animate photos of their long-dead descendants – or, let’s face it, ...

  • World's first computer faced a gnawing dilemma

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 24 Feb 2021
  • The ENIAC is 75 years old. This complex piece of kit from the 1940s was the world’s first computer. It was commissioned by the US army to calculate missile trajectories. It was officially launched ...

  • The mystery novel coronavirus

    Ryan Priest 17 Feb 2021
  • Scientists have been using machine learning to pick out the animal kingdom’s prime suspects for the next coronavirus, and we’re sorry to report it spells party over for a number of familiar ...

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