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Adobe Flash: dead man walking

Adobe Flash: dead man walking

It’s installed on a billion computers around the globe, but before the end of this decade Adobe Flash will be dead. After two decades of ubiquity, the Flash platform is finally collapsing under its own weight. Flash Player used to be everywhere. You used it to

Superfish blows up in Lenovo’s face

Superfish blows up in Lenovo’s face

One in five of the personal computers sold worldwide in the last quarter of 2014 may have security holes so serious that even an amateur hacker could easily and silently penetrate its defences. All of the compromised computers were manufactured by Lenovo

The hardware that could change the Internet

The hardware that could change the Internet

One of the most exciting developments in hardware in the last five years has just been announced … by Facebook. No, it’s not yet another smartphone or any kind of personal electronic gadget. It’s something much more important, something with the potential to

Alibaba and the $40bn squeeze

Alibaba and the $40bn squeeze

The Chinese government is not renowned for its openness, particularly not in matters involving its own citizens. So last week’s spat between a regulator and one of the country’s biggest companies offered a rare glimpse into domestic Chinese politics. The company in question is Alibaba, a thriving online marketplace founded by one of China’s most […]

Bringing an end to mass surveillance

Bringing an end to mass surveillance

At first glance, Nadim Kobeissi looks about 14 years old. Yet the baby-faced PhD student is part of a new wave of entrepreneur-activists who are finding new ways to protect our privacy online, to the horror of governments around the world. Born in Lebanon in 1990

An end to printed receipts

An end to printed receipts

Every day, around the world, billions upon billions of slips of paper are printed with legally binding information. The vast majority of these are never even looked at by the people who accept them – most are thrown away immediately. You’ve probably done so already today. I’m talking

Gamergate: no more fun and games

Gamergate: no more fun and games

What do you think of when you hear the word “nerd”? What was once an insult has become almost affectionate. With their extreme intelligence and social awkwardness, nerds are usually seen as endearing and harmless. This makes what is happening in the gaming industry all the more shocking

We are destined to be cyborgs

We are destined to be cyborgs

Neil Harbisson is an extraordinary person. Though he was born completely colour blind, he found a way to see colour using an electronic eye that is now permanently grafted to his skull. In 2004, he became the first person to be officially recognised by a government as a cyborg — a being that is part man

Emojis: it’s not all talk :)

Emojis: it’s not all talk :)

Have you heard of the world’s fastest growing language? It was born just 20 years ago, and already hundreds of millions (possibly billions) of people use it to communicate every day. You’ve probably used it today without even thinking. I’m talking about Emoji. These expressive little symbols have slowly

Amazon’s Fire Phone a frightful flop

Amazon’s Fire Phone a frightful flop

The smartphone industry may produce gleaming marvels of modern technology, but it is also ruled by the law of the jungle. Amazon has learned this the hard way. Its Fire Phone range, unveiled to such fanfare in June, has been completely mauled by

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