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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'Press 1 to go directly to the person you actually want to speak to': One man's bid to save us all from the automated 'hell' of call centre phone menus...
Friday 17 May 2013
Thanks to a new website automated call centre fury could be a thing of the past
Wednesday 20 March 2013
Updates on vital health information like proteins, sugar and organic acids in the blood can be displayed on doctor's mobile phone
Wednesday 13 March 2013
Cutting edge technology is replacing outmoded ways of recording a message, like voicemail and the carrier-pigeon
Tuesday 26 February 2013
The clichés about working from home are true. You can stay in your underpants all day
The downfall of UBS trader Kweku Adoboli is another morality tale from the City. But have we learnt anything from the Great Crash?
Monday 26 November 2012
We ought to have spurned the grabby ethic of the City - but did the opposite
Monday 01 October 2012
Two people who sent millions of spam text messages face being fined more than £250,000, the information watchdog said today.
Friday 31 August 2012
The washout summer ending today was the wettest in Britain for 100 years, the Met Office has said.
Sunday 12 August 2012
You can't move for Wicker-Man-soundtrack-influenced bands these days, but when these three Liverpool lasses let their freak-folk flag fly their abandon is contagious.
Saturday 02 June 2012
This soundtrack to Heiner Goebbels' installation piece Stifters Dinge is one of the most gripping musical experiences I've had in ages.
Tuesday 15 May 2012
Thursday 10 May 2012
A scientific ghost town in New Mexico's oil and gas country will hum with the latest next-generation technology – but no people.
Wednesday 11 April 2012
A team of geeks has devoted 5,000 man hours over six months to building a van-sized contraption designed to do nothing more complicated than pop a single balloon. Because, well, why not?
Friday 06 April 2012
Damon Albarn takes his latest opera, Dr Dee, to London's Covent Garden in June. Yet before the work about the mysterious Elizabethan alchemist and scholar opens at the Coliseum, the Blur frontman takes a short detour to Wiltshire with a band that includes Guinean musician Madou Diabaté.
Thursday 15 March 2012
A 164ft (50m) long space rock with the destructive power of an H-bomb will narrowly miss the Earth next year, scientists predict.
Liam Neeson's Downton dreams
Thriller is set in the secret world of British espionage
Bomber jacket worn by Mary Berry sells out within an hour
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 referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
- 2 Scottish independence: What you shouldn't tweet about if you want to avoid jail today
- 3 Scottish independence: Five reasons Salmond is secretly hoping for a 'No' vote
- 4 Isis plan to 'behead random member of the public' in Sydney thwarted by Australian police
- 5 Scottish independence: Andy Murray backs Yes campaign in eleventh hour decision