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  • 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 ...

  • Educating Norris

    Ryan Priest 07 Jun 2018
  • One app mentioned at Zendesk’s customer experience conference this month was Replika, an AI friend that on first impression seems barely an improvement on grandparent’s crumpet Eliza from 1964. ...

  • Football’s kompromat home

    Ryan Priest 01 Jun 2018
  • The BBC has started blowing its own vuvuzela about all the new technology it will be using to supplement the upcoming World Cup, including a virtual reality lounge to watch games in on its ...

  • Now that’s what I call compliance II

    Ryan Priest 25 May 2018
  • Nobody’s been able to get in contact with Downtime’s marketing manager since our discovery of a GDPR-themed Spotify playlist back in March, but his driving licence was found by the Royal Thai ...

  • Nothing compares 2U89X

    Ryan Priest 17 May 2018
  • The government announced this month a brand new method for submitting divorce applications: it can now all be done online! The digital route is intended as a less stressful option than the fusty ...

  • Beats, shoots and leaves

    Ryan Priest 10 May 2018
  • Electronic music producer Arca has partnered with a leather company to create some BDSM headphones. It’s a big moment for experimental music, after a week that saw one of its own go so far as ...

  • A twisted fire sale

    Ryan Priest 03 May 2018
  • Guangzhou-based drone company EHang has broken the world drone display record for the most drones used at an airborne show, but the decidedly indifferent Chinese media preferred to point out the ...

  • The life of macro

    Ryan Priest 26 Apr 2018
  • Kanye West’s recent Twitter meltdown, in which he professed his love for Donald Trump, has seen many fans turn on him, but our interest lies more with his denunciation of Microsoft Excel. The ...

  • Phishing for beer

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 13 Apr 2018
  • Pishing is when you get fed plenty of booze and then start mouthing-off, reveal a few secrets, passwords and PIN

  • This is the last Downtime written by humans: the robots have won

    Alex Scroxton - Security Editor 11 Apr 2018
  • It’s the week of the 2018 London Book Fair at Olympia, and the worrying news has reached Downtime that our jobs are indeed under threat from the rise of the robots, with the publication of the ...

  • The Daley fail

    Ryan Priest 06 Apr 2018
  • HTC has been forced to apologise and remove an advert starring Olympic diver Tom Daley, which wrongly suggests its HTC U11 device can be submerged any deeper than one metre. Smartphones are ...

  • The sweet life of Cambridge Analytica

    Ryan Priest 21 Mar 2018
  • Channel 4’s hidden-camera exposé on data firm Cambridge Analytica has made familiar faces of the puppeteers of democracy who wished to remain invisible, but we’re glad to meet them. Not since the ...

  • The universe is full of idiots

    Ryan Priest 15 Mar 2018
  • In a country that, according to Michael Gove, has “had enough of experts”, you might have expected the death of Stephen Hawking to trigger a bunting rush not seen on these shores since the street ...

  • Now that’s what I call compliance

    Ryan Priest 08 Mar 2018
  • Cloud-based customer relationship management software supplier Donorfy has taken the initiative in putting data protection officers nationwide out of their misery and compiling what can only be ...