It probably contravenes some unwritten rule to begin a light-hearted examination of the week in technology with a reference to Jimmy Savile, but a few days ago I remembered an episode of Jim'll Fix It in the 1980s where some lucky youngster had his room kitted out with all the latest gadgets from the Ideal Home Show, including some automated curtains. These curtains elicited gasps of wonder from my teenage self as I entertained the notion that, in the future, we'd be relieved of the endless, life-sapping drudgery of having to drag light pieces of material along a rail, sometimes as frequently as twice a day.
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Thursday 19 December 2013
An alternate game world dubbed the 'cheater's pool' has been created for infringing players, but stats show that cheaters have accumulated trillions in in-game currency
Friday 13 December 2013
Increasing levels of non-human activity reflects a rise in automated web services that collect data for us - as well as an influx of more sophisticated hackers
Thursday 14 November 2013
iPhone and iPad app locates nearest defibrillator for people suffering cardiac arrest
Friday 11 October 2013
Automated machine lets you feed in the ingredients, set a timer and wait for your home-brewed beers
Wednesday 14 August 2013
A lawsuit says the tech giant is breaking the law when it scans emails to target adverts to users
Wednesday 07 August 2013
Last week, my TomTom satnav app kept trying to send me the wrong way down a one-way street in Peckham, south London. This was mildly annoying – although fortunately I've got sufficient sense of direction to successfully execute emergency procedures.
Tuesday 06 August 2013
More than 100 civil servants will have to be employed to manually verify whether people should be hit by the new benefit cap, because of delays to the Government’s IT system for its welfare reform programme.
The Royston ring of steel: Data watchdog warns police that surveillance scheme in rural Hertfordshire town is 'unlawful'
Wednesday 24 July 2013
Monitoring of car number plates by CCTV cameras is ‘excessive’, rules data Information Commissioner's Office
Sunday 14 July 2013
The third person to die from injuries sustained when an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crashed in San Francisco has been identified as a 15-year-old classmate of the two earlier victims.
Tuesday 09 July 2013
Lee Hang-kook and co-pilot did not say a word to one another until shortly before plane's tail section clipped the seawall at the end of the runway
Saturday 06 July 2013
The Mallorcan singer goes a bit more uptempo on this, her sixth album, and it’s a welcome move.
Facebook will remove adverts from restricted content after M&S and Sky become the latest to suspend their advertising
Saturday 29 June 2013
New system promises to stop adverts appearing next to controversial or offensive material
Sunday 26 May 2013
Sunday 19 May 2013
People, places, notes and observations...
Saturday 18 May 2013
Recorded by the sea in Aldeburgh, Herbert's sort-of concept album is changeable as the ocean.
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 4 Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand