Government launches 'Verify' scheme to check online identities

In Matthew Blakstad's debut novel Sockpuppet, the Government sets up a digital identity system that suffers a catastrophic failure of trust. Now a real-life version of the system, Verify, has been launched – and those behind it will be hoping that truth is a little more straightforward than fiction

How to manage menstruation with an app

Women hate prissiness about periods. A whole new lexicon is developing for that time of the month, along with apps to manage it. Chloë Hamilton wears her red badge with pride

Will Bike Balls help wobbly cyclists?

Travelling on two wheels has just got a little safer – or at least, a lot funnier – with the introduction of a new LED device. Simon Usborne won't play ball.

Has Apple finally lost its bite?

A staggering one billion people now own one of its iPads iPhones or iPods – but the company has not had a blockbuster product launch since 2012

Are soundtracked books a stunt or the future of ebooks?

Have your heard about the latest thing in publishing? 'Soundtracked' books are gaining ground in a crowded ebook market, tempting readers with interactive features. Alex Lawson speaks to one of the genre's leading lights, and gives his verdict on listening in

How fearful should we be about the rise of the robots?

The Foundation for Responsible Robotics this week warned us that we are rushing into a potentially perilous future of autonomous weapons and automated household helpers. Jamie Nimmo asks if the new world will really be so dystopian