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Is social media better at distributing wealth than Governments?

Friday, February 13th 2015

There have been several heart-warming stories recently that involve the public donating at times large sums of money to individuals who need help. In the US, there was the story of James Robertson who walked 21 miles a day to...

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You can keep your landline – I just want my broadband, TV and mobile

Wednesday, February 11th 2015

Last week I found myself attending a roundtable event hosted by new broadband provider Relish which claims to be able to provide superfast broadband into your home without the wires, or more importantly without the need for a...

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Does the end of Google Glass mean the end of wearables? I don't think so

Friday, January 16th 2015

Google did a brave thing. Just one week after CES and at a time when the industry is beside itself with excitement over the possibilities of wearables, they have announced they are withdrawing their Glass products. It was only...

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Is the UK ready for a digital democracy?

Monday, January 12th 2015

I was listening to the radio this morning and on came a debate about the government's proposed change to the minimum threshold of voting to allow strike action. The government want a minimum of 40% of eligible voters to support...

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The 10 tech trends for 2015

Tuesday, January 6th 2015

It’s that time of year when you can be guaranteed two things with complete confidence: anyone in tune with technology will be inundated by news from CES, and that self-styled ‘thought-leaders’ will share their wisdom on the...

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Digital exclusion is everyone's problem

Thursday, November 27th 2014

Being excluded from the internet makes life a little harder. Some choose this, but most do not, and they suffer as a result. Their freedom is compromised. By this definition, many people who have a physical or mental...

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Is Xbox One's fast food fetish unethical?

Wednesday, November 5th 2014

Microsoft’s endorsement of fast food brands has a history. The purpose of three ‘advergames’ launched on the Xbox 360 platform in 2006 was to gamify promotion of the Burger King brand – ditto for a series of Doritos...

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Proposed ‘troll’ laws sound more like election strategy than serious policy

Monday, October 20th 2014

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s quotes on the issue refer to a “baying cybermob” spreading “venom”, a choice of language which should be saluted for its moderation and thoughtfulness. Bandwagons are alluring...

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Broadband faster than 56Mbps is too fast – for now

Monday, October 20th 2014

Because numbers sell, as attested by the more pixels than the human eye can see TV industry, or the six more blades than could possibly matter safety razor marketplace. How fast is fast enough? At what point do the megabits...

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Gigabit broadband? Let's prioritise adequate speeds for all

Friday, September 26th 2014

When it comes to broadband, a new vitally important matter comes along pretty much every week. The latest issue to set pulses racing is gigabit broadband: providers are promising ever-faster speeds using new technologies, and...

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