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Talk to me: voice control is taking off, but it’s not taking over yet

If unexpected packages start showing up at your door, you might want to have a word with one of your smart devices. Earlier this month, a six-year-old in Dallas asked her family’s Amazon Echo smart speaker for a dollhouse. And Alexa, Amazon’s Siri-like artificial assistant, promptly ordered one to their house. A San Diego TV news show picked up the story, and inadvertently repeated it when one of ...[Read More]

MWC 2017: what we’re most excited to see

MWC is all about slabs with screens. No, not smart mirrors – but rather smartphones and tablets. Lots and lots of smartphones and tablets, from nearly all of the big manufacturers including Samsung, Sony and LG. And, while that might sound a bit predictable, it rarely fails to serve up some titillating tech to get us talking. So, with little more than a month to go until the tech circus desc...[Read More]

Drones delivering packages in cities won’t take off – here’s why

You may have gasped with disbelief the first time you saw a photograph of a drone home-delivering a box from Amazon or cakes from a bakery or carrying a bag of crisps. Until recently, this was the stuff of science fiction. Your initial reaction was probably: “Amazing … but will it ever take off?” Drones – or unmanned aerial vehicles, as we once called them – have now become capable of lifting and ...[Read More]

Light Start – Tracking Trump, SpaceX recycles, Note 7’s reasons, and lady gamers

If you want to see how Donald Trump keeps his promises, here’s where to do that We don’t really get involved in politics, unless it has some bearing on the technology world or it’s really, really funny. This one falls under the first category, sort of. America has a new president in Donald Trump, who was inaugurated over the weekend. So here’s the deal. The first 100 days o...[Read More]

Forget the resolutions, kick off the new year with a few of these useful apps

New Year’s Resolutions are the latest fad to receive the app treatment. My social media timeline have been awash with apps promising to help you fulfil those annual do-better intentions. Instead of apps to help you achieve the unachievable, rather use some good apps that make your life easier and more productive. Every year, my personal favourite app is always Evernote. Evernote is a brillia...[Read More]

Why you might want to think twice about surrendering online privacy for the sake of convenience

It is inconvenient to guard one’s privacy, and the better one protects it, the more inconvenience one must endure. Enjoying privacy, at a minimum, demands installing software to block tracking online, using long and different passwords for online services, remembering to turn off the WiFi and Bluetooth signals on your mobile phone when leaving the house, using cash, and so on. The more privacy con...[Read More]

Light Start – Thinking with portals, Note 7 weekend, Logan, and Tides combat

Now Red Bull is thinking with portals If you haven’t played Valve’s Portal or the sequel, Portal 2, then this Red Bull-created video of cyclists hitting jumps before vanishing into portals and popping out somewhere completely different might be a touch jarring, mentally. Your brain tells you everything is normal but also that nothing is working the way it should. Should you know how to...[Read More]

A new twist on fusion power could help bring limitless clean energy

In a world struggling to kick its addiction to fossil fuels and feed its growing appetite for energy, there’s one technology in development that almost sounds too good to be true: nuclear fusion. If it works, fusion power offers vast amounts of clean energy with a near limitless fuel source and virtually zero carbon emissions. That’s if it works. But there are teams of researchers around the world...[Read More]

How we can make super-fast hyperloop travel a reality

Across Europe and parts of Asia, travellers can enjoy some of the fastest rail services in the world. From Málaga to Madrid, Tokyo to Osaka, high-speed electric trains condense the travel times between major hubs by racing along at some 300kph. The fastest commercial service in the world is the Shanghai maglev – short for magnetic levitation, the method of propulsion it uses to glide along its tra...[Read More]

How wearable devices are reinventing our cities as open-air gyms

When Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, arguably the “father of gymnastics” and the inventor of the horizontal and parallel bars, opened his first gym (or Turnplatz) in 1811, he decided to locate it outdoors in Berlin. At the time – and for thousands of years beforehand – physical exercise was primarily an open-air activity. Only in the 20th century did the gym begin to be relegated indoors, due to the increa...[Read More]

10 old school games you can play on your smartphone right now

Week after week, a torrent of shiny new mobile games floods the app stores, offering in-app purchases like there’s no tomorrow. Despite their impressive graphics and meticulously calculated addictiveness, though, nothing quite warms our hearts like the classics of old. You know, the sort of basic button-bashers that had you hooked for hours, using little more than blocky graphics and a lot o...[Read More]

Does your smartphone make you less likely to trust others?

Imagine you are visiting a new city and get lost on your way to that famous must-see museum. In times of yore – actually just about 10 years ago – you might have had to consult a friendly local to direct you. Today, with all the friendly locals still very much around you on the street, you might find yourself reaching for the powerful fountain of information in your pocket – your smartphone. Direc...[Read More]

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