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  • Keeping up with the lemurs

    Ryan Priest - Community Member 23 Feb 2017
  • A lemur face recognition tool has been developed by a team of computer scientists to identify between and keep track of individual members of the species and boost conservation efforts. For too ...

  • Brits battle boredom staring at phone screens

    Cliff Saran - Managing Editor 23 Feb 2017
  • A new survey has found Brits are now less bored today than they were 20 years ago, because they have a smartphone. Greg Tatton-Brown, spokesman for online gaming site, who commissioned ...

  • Nokia 3310s back to hard reset our dystopian world

    Ryan Priest - Community Member 17 Feb 2017
  • News of the Nokia 3310’s imminent relaunch has brought Downtime over all nostalgic. Take our hand, and come with us to the cloudless summer of 2001. It’s safer there. The sun shines brightly, the ...

  • Uber on the up

    08 Feb 2017
  • Perhaps the most bombastic cliche of an imagined futuristic world is the flying car. So when better than this already cartoonishly terrifying now for the overlords at Uber to recruit a veteran Nasa ...

  • Would you rather dump your other half, or switch broadband provider?

    Alex Scroxton - Networking Editor 02 Feb 2017
  • Because apparently, 77% of Brits are more likely to dump their partner than their broadband provider. At least, this was the main finding of a survey of 2,000 UK consumers conducted by broadband ...

  • Woke up this morning, reeling Vine

    25 Jan 2017
  • Something disconcerting happened when Downtime looked at its phone the other day. Vine had finally gone through with it. The six-second video sharing app’s green logo had given way to a gothic, ...

  • Donald trumped on Twitter by ex-GDS staffer he mistook for daughter

    Caroline Donnelly - Senior Editor, UK 17 Jan 2017
  • Downtime’s thoughts today are with ex-Government Digital Service staffer Ivanka Majic’s Twitter mentions, after gaffe-prone president elect Donald Trump mistakenly copied her into a tweet hailing ...

  • Try just using your card

    11 Jan 2017
  • The festive season is behind us for another year, even for those giddy traditionalists who keep their trees up well into January instead of just getting over it. But maybe we can cling onto the ...

  • Is this connected hairbrush peak internet of things?

    Alex Scroxton - Networking Editor 04 Jan 2017
  • Whilst combing through all the emails we over the Christmas holidays, Downtime came across a hair-raising little item; L'Oreal owned Kérastase is launching an internet of things (IoT)-enabled ...

  • Militant train calls for rights for robots amid strike

    Caroline Donnelly - Senior Editor, UK 14 Dec 2016
  • A militant train working on the driverless Dockland Light Railway (DLR) in London is running an online campaign for equal rights for hard working robots. In a show of solidarity to striking rail ...






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