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  • Mobile phones a waste of time

    Warwick Ashford - Senior analyst 22 Jan 2015
  • While many people are obsessed with their mobile phones and never put them down for a minute, research shows that for many others they are just a waste of time. In fact, the average Brit will spend ...

  • Data thieves face the music

    Clare McDonald - Business Editor 22 Jan 2015
  • We found out this week that the younger generation are pretty lazy when it comes to protecting their payment data, with 20% of 16 to 24-year-olds having shared their PIN with a third party. With ...

  • No patch for stupidity

    Warwick Ashford - Senior analyst 16 Jan 2015
  • Proving the computer security lament that there is no patch for human stupidity, three UK students have been stung in a Skype scam. They admitted to North Yorkshire Police that they accepted a ...

  • Big wee data

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 16 Jan 2015
  • Hammersmith Hospital has just begun a molecular analysis programme, which will take a close look at what makes up urine. Apparently the machine doing the analysis produces as much data per day as ...

  • The get-fit solution for tech obsessives

    Bryan Glick - Editor in chief 16 Jan 2015
  • Researchers in Germany claim to have found a way to generate electrical power from walking. Coming in the same week as news that a lack of exercise is a bigger threat to public health than obesity, ...

  • UKIP knocked off internet in update screw-up

    Alex Scroxton - Security Editor 06 Jan 2015
  • Panic on the streets of Clacton, panic on the streets of Rochester, after the official website of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) dropped off the internet this morning, leaving the party's ...

  • Goodbye Clip Art, goodbye memories of my youth

    Caroline Baldwin - Business Editor 05 Dec 2014
  • First it was MSN Messenger, now it's Clip Art. Clearly the powers-that-be at Microsoft have no soul. And no memory of what it was like to be a teenager in the noughties. If they did, they wouldn't ...

  • Mum's (not) the word

    Clare McDonald - Business Editor 05 Dec 2014
  • Organisers of Parklife festival have been fined £70,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office after sending festival goers promotional text messages claiming to be from their mothers. The ...

  • Go away, Black Friday, nobody likes you!

    Alex Scroxton - Security Editor 27 Nov 2014
  • Please, please, please, make it stop.

  • Aha! Partridge was right. Norwich is cool.

    Karl Flinders - Emea Content Editor, Computer Weekly 26 Nov 2014
  • A bus company has chosen is putting Norwich on the IT map through a trial to send bus users adverts from local retailers.FirstGroup has put low energy Bluetooth beacons on buses in Norwich which ...

  • Metro bank goes to extremes in customer satisfaction battle

    Karl Flinders - Emea Content Editor, Computer Weekly 25 Nov 2014
  • Downtime believes Metro Bank has crossed a line in the battle to improve customer satisfaction.Banks are throwing online apps customers as well as introducing iPad wielding staff into branches to ...

  • A new breed of banking IT failure

    Clare McDonald - Business Editor 25 Nov 2014
  • Online money transfers and banking apps are on the rise, leading to so many branch closures that even bank robbers have given up visiting branches these days. It's a good job they have as well, as ...

  • Drones - another reason not to trust estate agents?

    Clare McDonald - Business Editor 20 Nov 2014
  • The use of drones in business is looking to become a regular occurrence in the near future, and this month Amazon proposed plans to test its prototype same-day delivery drones in the UK. But use of ...

  • Google arrives in Streatham, but for how long?

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 20 Nov 2014
  • Apparently the UK's first 'Google House' is being kitted out in a flat in Streatham. Will Davies, head of property maintenance firm aspect.co.uk said the "normal flat", on a very normal street, is ...

  • Dutch bloke gets cash injection

    Karl Flinders - Emea Content Editor, Computer Weekly 13 Nov 2014
  • A Dutch cryto -currency fanatic has taken the start-up term "cash injection" a little more literally than expected. Martijn Wismeijer, who runs a company called MrBitco.in in Amsterdam, has put NFC ...

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