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  • Delivered and read

    Ryan Priest 27 Sep 2018
  • If you were to make a list of things least worthy of your tears, the wistful tale of a man who sold his soul to Facebook for billions of dollars would surely nestle somewhere between, say, Tim Cook ...

  • The importance of binning idols

    Ryan Priest 20 Sep 2018
  • The art of 3D printing has suffered a setback in Kuwait, after pressure from hysterical clergymen forced the closure of its local Doob 3D store with accusations of idolatry. The company offers a ...

  • Provocation, provocation

    Ryan Priest 13 Sep 2018
  • You don’t need to be told by two self-satisfied dudebros that poking AI with a stick might come back to bite us one day, but Joe Rogan’s recent podcast with Elon Musk has certainly reminded us to ...

  • Buoy, that’s a gnarly app!

    Clare McDonald - Business Editor 06 Sep 2018
  • Australian tourist favourite Bondi Beach has taken a bite of the app market by creating a mobile app which tells lifeguards whether there’s a shark nearby. According to the Telegraph the system of ...

  • You don’t know you’re porn

    Ryan Priest 29 Aug 2018
  • What’s all this about deepfakes? We can’t move lately for the sinister imagery that accompanies this ubiquitous news item designed to make baby boomers put down their Oat So Simple. While the likes ...

  • Taste the deference

    Ryan Priest 15 Aug 2018
  • Sainsbury’s is trialling its first ever till-free supermarket, entrusting us with the task of scanning our own items via our smartphones. This comes as good news for those of us who feel the ...

  • AI makes wallies of us all

    Ryan Priest 09 Aug 2018
  • As much as we try to embrace all the various wonders of modern technology, we still turn into Danny DeVito’s character as the bitter, resentful father in Matilda whenever we see a news story about ...

  • Drone accidentally announced in Argos catalogue

    Clare McDonald - Business Editor 02 Aug 2018
  • Technology companies are always coming up with increasingly elaborate ways to announce their new products. But when drone manufacturer decided to postpone the press event where it would announce ...

  • Kuri curries favour but Bosch favours Currys

    Ryan Priest 26 Jul 2018
  • Bosch has forced startup firm Mayfield Robotics to cancel the release of Kuri, a home robot that was all set to patrol your house and rob your dog of its last shreds of dignity. Could it be that ...

  • Chitty Chitty Bond Bond

    Ryan Priest 19 Jul 2018
  • Aston Martin unveiling plans for a “sports car of the skies” will presumably cause some headaches for those James Bond fans of the school of thought that nothing about the franchise should ever ...

  • The analogue minister

    Ryan Priest 12 Jul 2018
  • When Theresa May’s unstoppable reshuffle tour eventually reached as far as grinning app namesake Matt Hancock, he found himself thrust from his role as secretary of state for digital, culture, ...

  • Siri, show me a threat to national security

    Ryan Priest 04 Jul 2018
  • Gavin Williamson unwittingly summoning Siri on his iPhone whilst updating Parliament on the fight against Daesh has marked him as national security’s weak link, which couldn’t really be any less ...

  • Introducing Ukip’s meme team

    Ryan Priest 28 Jun 2018
  • Somewhere deep in cyber space, a clutch of the internet’s more eccentric alt-right YouTubers have collaborated to join Ukip for a bit of attention, and the dotty old right-wing Eurosceptics have ...

  • L is for the way you look at renewable heating technology

    Ryan Priest 21 Jun 2018
  • A civil servant has swapped her job at the Department for Education for a stint on ITV’s hit reality show Love Island. Zara McDermott, who had previously been developing government policy on ...

  • Better off Elon

    Ryan Priest 13 Jun 2018
  • This week, we suppose we’re meant to have some kind of sideways take on Downtime icon Elon Musk selling flamethrowers to his lamewad fans, but documenting this man’s hijinks is starting to become ...

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