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Boyd Tonkin becomes a Google Glass ‘explorer’ with his Glass guide Alice Cabon and tries out the wearable computer in London

Google Glass is here, but the view is more invalid than cyborg...

For £1,000, you can now sport the technology that promises to transform our lives, or destroy personal privacy, depending on your lookout

Working with scientists at Cornell University, researchers from Facebook tweaked the emotional content of users’ News Feeds

Facebook's dark secrets: What else is the social network up to behind your back?

If you thought Facebook’s emotion manipulation tests were bad, look at what else they are doing

David Hockney has used an iPad to draw for ‘The New Yorker’ magazine

Adobe Ink and Slide aim to rekindle drawing on an iPad - and make the stylus a vital accessory

The Ink and Slide, which were released in the US last week, are the first hardware products from the company - and could prove Steve Jobs wrong

The Blackphone promises not to compromise your privacy

Rhodri Marsden: The Blackphone comes with the promise of 'peace of mind'

A pleasure that I indulge in which other people might conceivably describe as "guilty" is to sit up late watching the QVC shopping channel. Not to buy anything, you understand – merely to watch people doing free-form verbal improvisation around, say, a diamonique bracelet.

Digital deficit: Professor Green

Professor Green: 'I've had my fill of Twitter'

After 54,000 tweets to two million followers in five years, rapper Professor Green reveals exclusively why he is curtailing his 140-character bulletins – and why we should too

Who is Teresa Fidalgo? Debunking the fake ghost story that's got Instagram spooked

Young girl didn't die on a mountain road and she isn't going to kill you with social media

Variable reception: technology could enhance this year’s festival experience

Glastonbury 2014: Music, pints and even the loos are going hi-tech at the festival this summer

This year's Glastonbury will be more connected than ever, with 4G coverage and phone charging for every festival-goer

Rhodri Marsden: This new app Yo is a funny idea but $1.2m of funding is no joke

The internet has made us an excitable bunch. We jump on speeding bandwagons, keen to be in on something early and eager to get people to join us. Our behaviour can be measured down to the last unit, our rapidly changing interests charted across the web on hit-counters and graphs, soaring as we embrace something, and then levelling off or plummeting as we get bored. Last week, that almost violent capriciousness was demonstrated perfectly by a little app called Yo.

Life on the line: the Swedish TV series ‘Real Humans’

Real Humans: Are the robots taking over?

In a hit Swedish TV drama, soon to be remade in English, lifelike robots do the all the dirty work. Pure science fiction, wonders Gerard Gilbert – or a glimpse of the future?
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Teaching? Too much hassle. I’ll just cook up some crystal meth to fund the cancer treatment. Bit harsh, this drug dealing

Skimo: The essential TV catch-up service for those who have FOMO

Bypassed 'Breaking Bad'? Too busy for 'The Bridge'? Don't worry, technology firm Skimo has developed a condensed TV catch-up service. Hannah Verdier gets up to speed
Taking the biscuit: Nestlé capitalised on the Facebook shutdown to tweet a Kit-Kat advert

When Facebook broke, users railed or mocked, but most kept refreshing their news feeds

As we mocked Facebook's meaninglessness, we knew deep down that we were mocking ourselves, says Rhodri Marsden

On locations: Ed Parsons at Google’s London HQ

The man who's making Google Maps smarter

Google Maps has changed the way we navigate, poked its cameras into our lives – and come close to sparking border conflict. Simon Usborne meets the geography fanatic who is the tech giant's mapping evangelist

Rhodri Marsden: They may have passed the test, but the robots aren't taking over yet

The news was announced with such fanfare and excitement that you'd have forgiven us for bracing ourselves for psychological subjugation at the hands of an army of sentient robots. "Turing test passed for the first time", screamed the headlines, before going on to explain that a Russian-produced chatbot had managed to convince a panel of humans attending an event at the Royal Society that it, too, was human.

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Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

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Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

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