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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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How the Phones 4U collapse will hurt the UK mobile market

Friday, September 19th 2014

On Monday (15 September 2014), 5,000-plus Phones 4U staff – and thousands more of the company's customers – woke up to dismal news that the 18-year-old retailer had entered administration, and that stores and...

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Could security concerns sink Apple's mobile payment platform?

Friday, September 12th 2014

It wasn't just two new phones and a smartwatch that Apple announced this week. You'd be forgiven for having missed it, but the Cupertino company also took the wraps off a new mobile payment platform – something...

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IFA 2014 - this year's highlights

Friday, September 5th 2014

The consumer electronics industry descended on Berlin for the IFA 2014 conference yesterday, showing off a slew of new gadgets like smartphones, tablets and wearables. While we're only a couple of days into the trade show,...

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Sky and BT to do battle once more as Premier League returns

Friday, August 15th 2014

This weekend's return of the Barclays Premier League means two things: football fans will finally be sated after making it through the barren one-month stretch since the end of the World Cup, and Sky will resume its most...

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