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  • Remaining relevant without merging with machines

    Ryan Priest - Community Member 27 Apr 2017
  • Elon Musk’s recent penchant for an Instagram selfie has sent some of tech’s more skittish observers twitching in their seats. The business magnate has his fingers in more pies than Little Jack ...

  • Google Home starts seeing other people

    Ryan Priest - Community Member 20 Apr 2017
  • Burger King faced a backlash when its latest advert gaily invaded US living rooms by triggering Google Home devices to recite Wikipedia’s description of the Whopper burger. You find that ...

  • Scared? Oh, I'm bricking it

    Ryan Priest - Community Member 05 Apr 2017
  • One man’s damning review of an internet-enabled garage door device has seen its capricious creator weigh in and block him from using it. Garadget founder Denis Grisak, who responded to the irate ...

  • Welcome our robot overlords for they come bearing cake

    Bryan Glick - Editor in chief 30 Mar 2017
  • As all tech experts know, it is only a matter of time before artificial intelligence (AI) takes over the world, eliminates all our jobs, creates Skynet and the terminator, and enslaves us all in ...

  • Heaven is a half-wipe

    21 Mar 2017
  • Beijing’s Temple of Heaven park toilets are clamping down on local loo roll kleptomaniacs by rolling out face-scanning dispensers. But there’s a problem with this, isn’t there? Very rarely does ...

  • Sex toy data cock-up leaves users red-faced

    Alex Scroxton - Security Editor 14 Mar 2017
  • Donald Trump's counselor and strategist Kellyanne Conway caused uproar online this week when she implied that former president Barack Obama may have used a microwave oven to spy on her boss. Conway ...

  • The perils of modern journalism

    Bryan Glick - Editor in chief 10 Mar 2017
  • Regular readers will know the deep commitment to quality journalism that Downtime embodies. As the cutting-edge blog of the Computer Weekly stable, within the office tales are legion of the lengths ...

  • Handle in the wind

    01 Mar 2017
  • If you haven’t met Handle yet, Handle’s the latest robot to be delivered by the benign storks at Boston Dynamics, an intensely creepy subsidiary of not-so-proud parent Google. How does one describe ...

  • Keeping up with the lemurs

    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

    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 - Security 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 ...