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Taking a look at the lighter side of IT - technology may be a serious business but it rarely fails to raise a smile too.

March 2015

  • Is autocorrect the bane of working from home?

    Clare McDonald - Business Editor 31 Mar 2015
  • Everyone is caught up in the BYOD revolution, and the flexibility it brings mean more people are emailing from anywhere using whatever gadget they have on them. Unfortunately it seems that ...

  • Fake chocolate more lucrative than cybercrime?

    Clare McDonald - Business Editor 31 Mar 2015
  • A press release came through to the Downtime inbox in the lead-up to Easter warning consumers to be aware of fake branded chocolate bars being sold, presumably over the internet or otherwise. An ...

  • Google and its "no comment" GIF

    Caroline Donnelly - Senior Editor, UK 27 Mar 2015
  • Rumour and speculation is the fuel that much of the tech journalism world runs on, and for press officers working at firms like Google, responding to it all must be a wearying experience. So much ...

  • Cisco's postal service needs some work

    Caroline Donnelly - Senior Editor, UK 27 Mar 2015
  • Cisco has hit on a novel way to stop the US National Security Agency (NSA) from tampering with its networking kit by sending its customer orders to the wrong address. The shady US surveillance unit ...

  • Smartphones lack smart users

    Warwick Ashford - Senior analyst 26 Mar 2015
  • Most smartphones lack smart users a survey by mobile security firm Lookout has revealed, with 52% of people who claimed to be security savvy admitting they do not read privacy policies for mobile ...

  • Kaspersky's sauna nights with the KGB

    Caroline Donnelly - Senior Editor, UK 20 Mar 2015
  • When it comes to kicking back after work, most people open a bottle of wine, binge-watch a favourite show on Netflix and/or hit the gym to work off some of the day's frustrations. Not anti-virus ...

  • Smart ass watches

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 20 Mar 2015
  • Here's a couple of things to do with your new smart watch:You can check if your heart is still beating during the 25th PowerPoint slide in your boss's presentationWhen you get mugged, you are now ...

  • Solar eclipse pings network

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 20 Mar 2015
  • Downtime experienced the full effects of the solar eclipse today with its network inadvertently failing. Since London is all cloudy, the best views were those on the live stream from other parts of ...

  • Ashes to ashes, tweet to tweet

    Bryan Glick - Editor in chief 12 Mar 2015
  • Saga - that well-known organisation famed for its popular use in taunts against your over-50 friends - is encouraging its elderly audience to get into the social media mindset before it's too ...