I JUST GOOGLED “alarm dust,” “alibi sweatshirt,” and “sleuth intelligence.” Then I shopped for industrial dehydrators, scanned a Pinterest page for concrete decks, and read something about nuclear war.Read more
OF THE millions of photos shared online every day, which most faithfully represent their subjects? The popular #nofilter hashtag would suggest it is those that have not been digitally altered. But photographs of the same thing can differ greatly, depending on ambient light, distance and angle.Read more
Detroit and Silicon Valley aren’t just 2,000 miles apart – they’re on different planets, culturally speaking.
One is the home of America’s automotive industry, a heavily regulated, ultra-conservative sector focusing on high-volume, low-margin sales. The other houses companies that deal in high-margin information and digital services.Read more
The printed book works very well. It’s cheap, portable and surprisingly waterproof (as any number of leathery and buckled volumes on my bookshelf testify). But since the modern world is incapable of leaving a decent technology alone without trying to improve it, there are a number of apps which seek to refine the reading experience.Read more
IT IS not typhoons or earthquakes that insurers should fear most, but geeks alert to their businesses’ inefficiencies. Daniel Schreiber and Shai Wininger, tech entrepreneurs with no insurance background, spotted that the industry is huge, distrusted, antiquated and hopelessly unreformed.Read more
A friend who stumbled upon my Twitter account told me that my tweets made me sound like a jerk. “You’re much nicer than this in real life,” she said.
This is a common refrain about social media.Read more
Wetherspoon might have killed off the traditional pub and heralded the rise of the robots. Or it might just have saved it.
The company has unleashed into the world its Order & Pay app – specifically made so that nobody will ever have to queue at the bar again.Read more
WHEN someone goes into cardiac arrest, survival depends on how quickly the heart can be restarted. Enter Amazon’s Echo, a voice-driven computer that answers to the name of Alexa, which can recite life-saving instructions about cardiopulmonary resuscitation, a skill taught to it by the American Heart Association.Read more
There is much to be faulted in Uber, which has branched out from delivering people into delivering meals, under the unappetising name UberEats. But even I, someone who can rarely bring herself to write the word ‘sharing’, as in economy, without inverted commas, am prepared to give credit where credit is due.Read more
Fitness trackers and mental health apps could be doing more harm than good because they are not based on sound science, researchers have warned, comparing some health app developers to “snake oil salesmen of the 1860s”.Read more
‘Tis the season of cybersecurity threat predictions for 2017. Vendors’ glossy reports shower onto the desks of customers and journalists like gentle Christmas snow. But so many of these reports, like so many snowfalls, are nothing but slush.Read more