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Where to next for smartphones

Where to next for smartphones

There is no innovation more emblematic of the early 21st century than the smartphone. Putting a handheld computer combined with a video camera, permanently connected to the Internet, in the pockets of billions of people

Why Facebook is ripping off Snapchat

Why Facebook is ripping off Snapchat

Mark Zuckerberg must be very accustomed to getting his way. When you’ve built two platforms with over a billion customers each (Facebook and Messenger), then acquired and grown another two to a similar size

Uber: heading for a crash

Uber: heading for a crash

It’s been a tough few months for Uber. Already this year, it has been hit by a massive boycott followed swiftly by serious allegations of institutional sexism and sexual harassment. Now the most serious scandal in the ride-hailing

Reasons to worry about the AI revolution

Reasons to worry about the AI revolution

Intelligent robots are poised to take over the world. Sounds like a bad 1950s sci-fi movie, right? Perhaps not. If technology keeps accelerating at the current rate, robots and artificial intelligence will either displace

Invasion of the privacy snatchers

Invasion of the privacy snatchers

It’s no secret that everyone from employers to educators to landlords scan social media profiles to assess applicants. In an age of radical openness, our online profiles often say more than we’d admit in an interview. But now

You’ve heard of bitcoin, this is BitCompany

You’ve heard of bitcoin, this is BitCompany

Imagine a company with no managers and no employees. Imagine that said company operates as a democracy, and that its shareholders vote electronically on every aspect of its operations. Sounds crazy, right? Except that such a company

The Panama Papers: journalism as judo

The Panama Papers: journalism as judo

The ongoing exposé of the Panama Papers is the most significant leak of compromising data since Edward Snowden’s revelations about America’s National Security Agency. What few people realise is the vital role played by African journalists

Start-up promises a real-life Babel fish

Start-up promises a real-life Babel fish

It’s the dream of anyone who has travelled to a foreign country: a device that instantly translates a local’s speech for you while simultaneously translating your own words for them. A new gadget, named the Pilot, claims to do just that

Coming soon(ish): DNA-powered hard drives

Coming soon(ish): DNA-powered hard drives

If you’re a typical technology user, you’ve run out of space to store your data at least once in your life, if not once this year already. Whether it’s photos on our phones or Game of Thrones on our laptops, we’re all gathering data faster than we

The biggest tech company you’ve never heard of

The biggest tech company you’ve never heard of

On Monday, Ant Financial Services Group received US$4,5bn in private funding. That sets the Chinese firm’s value at roughly $60bn. It’s the largest funding round for an Internet company in history. Let’s put that number into perspective

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